8.9 Excellent
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McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Scottsdale, Arizona


16300 McDowell Mountain Dr
Scottsdale, Arizona 85264
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Sites: 76
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 33.69366
Longitude: -111.72967

Elevation: 1972' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access no

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49 Reviews

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

As others have said, this is a beautiful park. My only complaint is the cost of making a reservation prior to coming. It is $25 if you just show up but every time we have come here the park was full. We needed to camp here so made advanced reservations, which cost an extra five bucks. If you want to camp here, be sure and arrive early to get a site (probably before noon). Even then you may have to park in the overflow for a day or two. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is probably the most beautiful desert RV camping place we've stayed at. 30 minutes to Scottsdale,10 minutes to Fountain Hills with all you need. Wonderful hiking and biking trails from the campground. RV sites are level, graveled and big enough for big rig and towed. Sites have picnic tables, grill and fire ring. Great place for birding. This place would be a five star plus if it had sewer dumps at each site. Will be back. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

Have stayed here many times, usually over the New Year holiday but at other times as well. Until this year I would have no complaints but while I was traveling cross country my in-laws called to tell us their usual New Years stay was a bit more challenged this year. Seems they only take on-line reservations now (?? - used to be ONLY walk-ins) & everything was full; they were charged $18 for an overflow spot in the big dirt lot near the group Campground. Hmmm, I wonder if Regional Parks in Arizona are making some questionable decisions trying to raise $? Anyway, my stay in September was more of my former experience: pristine rest rooms & shower; attentive but unobtrusive camp hosts (eg., came around & set water valves to better prevent freezing overnight) great hiking/mountain biking trails in the area; Will do some investigating before staying again. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice "state park" type campground in the desert with a view of distant mountains all around. The drives are paved, quite level, and very well separated. There are quite a few large cacti in the park. There are several washrooms which are quite new with free hot showers. There were only three campers there when we were there, making it a very private experience in the high desert. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great RV park just outside the hustle and bustle of Phoenix. A small mountain range separates the city lights so you have nice dark nights. Sites are nicely spaced apart. There are trails all over the place for hiking and biking. Just 15 minutes from stores and restaurants and free Wi-Fi at the Safeway. Will stay here again if in the area. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 152
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

I think this is a terrific park. The views of the surrounding McDowell and Superstition Mountains are outstanding, with beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The sites are huge and, given that you are in the desert, very private. We attended several ranger led hikes and talks, all well done an informative. There is also good hiking and biking out of the campground itself. The park is spotless and the Camp Hosts are helpful. This is a good place. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Only rated this "9" because of no direct sewer hookups, though the dump station was very close and handy. This is a spectacular place: very close to Scottsdale/Phoenix, yet a world away. They put the sites far from one another, so you feel as if you are alone in the desert. The showers are huge, clean and hot, plus free. There are miles of trails for hiking and biking, and we absolutely loved it. The sunsets are 360 degree and the birds are everywhere: especially when you put out feeders. We had Gila Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Curved Bill Thrashers plus lots of finches and wrens within feet of us all day. The birdseed bills were high! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 60
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: January, 2011 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

McDowell Mountain Regional Park is a wonderful state park. The McDowell Mountains and Superstition Mountains produce outstanding views and sunsets. The sites are paved, level and include a good amount of distance from other campers. Ranger led tours are available, including trails for hiking and bike riding. Electric power was stable and water pressure was great. Park has no sewer hookups, but a clean dump station is available. Park is close to Fountain Hills, which includes gas stations, grocery stores, shops, parks and dining. See their website for more details, park event planning and local attractions. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

If you are visiting the Phoenix area, and don't want to stay in basically a parking lot right in town, then this is a fantastic place to stay. It is located just 15-20 minutes from town (Scottsdale), and there is the cute town of Fountain Springs nearby for nice restaurants and quick shopping if you need to. The park is extremely well kept, clean with lots of great trails and playgrounds. You really feel like you are camping out in the Sonoran desert, and the ridge of hills between the park and the city give the impression that you're hundreds of miles out. The pull-through sites are basically just parallel parking on the side of the internal park roads, but the back-in sites are quite long, so you can pull right in and have some space. The sites are very well spaced apart, though you're in the desert so there's no trees between them of course. The entire park is on a first-come-first served basis, with no reservations. When we were here (just after New Year's) there was no problem getting a site. There are multiple bathrooms, which are basic but clean. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This county park is just above Fountain Hills, AZ in the Phoenix metro area. You can even see the Fountain Hills Fountain way off in the distance. Except for a few airplanes, you wouldn’t know you were so close to civilization. It’s in a lovely Sonoran Desert setting with wide open sky, surrounded by mountains. You drive in and pick your site. A camp host comes by later to collect the fee. The campground creates privacy by using lots of space between sites, especially in the lower campground loop. We stayed in site #56, parallel to the road. This site had a slight incline. Most of the back in sites looked very level. The main gate person and camp ground hosts were all friendly. Showers were clean and hot. We will definitely be back. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 67
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: January, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice desert park with all hookups. It was not very crowded when we were there and there are a number of hiking trails throughout the desert environment. In the evening the quail are all over the place, scurrying about (haven't gotten a good picture yet!), There are numerous, level sites and a very quiet, laid back type of park. We will stay here again. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 132
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: April, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Happened upon this desert jewel quite by accident. What a magical spot if you enjoy a rustic, pristine desert setting. Campsites are spacious and level with excellent separation between sites. Roads are paved, sites are gravel. Electric power is strong and stable. Water pressure is great. Although there are no sewer hookups at the sites, there is a dump station at the campground entrance. The desert and mountain views are inspiring, especially at sunrise and sunset. The saguaro cactus in this area are huge and numerous. Although it feels remote, the park is located only six miles north of the developed Fountain Hills area with its many stores and services. We highly recommend this park. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 179
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: February, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Super park! Lots of room between sites. Great hiking on wonderful trails. The hosts and the park rangers are great. The host comes to your rig to collect your money for your stay. Don't leave your bird feeders out overnight because the javalinas will knock your shepherd hooks down and eat your seed and possibly your feeder as well. We also dump our bird water as well. Lots of coyotes howling at night. Love it here! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: January, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Really fantastic RV park with spacious sites and beautiful desert views. Unlike some RV parks, while the sites varied somewhat, every one of the sites was really good with a large amount of space around it and offered a picnic table, fire ring and separate grill. The sites all access a series of hiking/bicycle/horse trails that are well maintained with great desert scenery. Only drawbacks are no sewer hookups (but they do have a dump station), very few dumpsters available, which meant a bike or car ride to take out the trash and they don't take reservations. Also, given their setting close to town, it would be nice for them to add WiFi and/or cable. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2008 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We've been on the road for about 6 months now and have stayed in many different campgrounds/RV parks and this may rate as the best of the trip. Certainly, as far as setting goes, it's wonderful. It's set in the middle of the desert surrounded by miles of undeveloped land. The sites are huge and widely spread out. There is a mix of pull through and back ins with many large enough for any size RV. Each site offers a table, BBQ and fire pit. We heard coyotes every night and had an abundance of various birds frequent our site. There is labyrinth of trails that leave each loop of the camp sites. They go off for many miles and connect with several other trails that wind throughout the area and are friendly to both hikers and bikers. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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