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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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32 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This park north of Fountain Hills is our favorite Maricopa County park. If you want the feeling of being in the wide open desert but with hookup (W & E) sites, this is the park to go to. There is generous spacing between sites like we've never seen at any other place. We reserved 6 months out for February. It was full during our stay. Loops are paved. Sites are gravel and wide. In #61 the picnic area was behind and had a concrete table, pedestal grill, and fire ring/grill combo. There are many trails at this park easily accessible from the campground. The visitor center is small but has some interesting things for sale. There are ranger programs to attend. There is one dumpster and recycling bin (aluminum cans only) per loop plus one by the dump station. Our top picks for sites are: 6, 46, 48, 50, 61, 69, 70 (view of dumpster). We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Number
61
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There are many trails. The Pemberton trail seems to have the heaviest bike use. Be careful if you are walking on it.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful scenery with mountains all around and desert plants as far as the eye can see. No road noise since park entrance is 4 miles away, but the coyote chorus is regular and constant throughout the night. Plenty of hiking and biking trails, some right from the campground. Great bathrooms and showers which are never crowded. Quiet campground except for some late night socializing on the weekends...not enough to complain about to camp hosts, though. The only real negative is the sewer smell from the first bathroom in the South Loop, and the fact that the supposedly automatic lights in the Women's room don't always work. Apparently it's an ongoing problem so I just learned to bring a headlamp and hold my breath near the bathrooms. Otherwise, an outstanding experience. We will be back! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We love the Fountain Hills Library with freaky fast internet. Choice of Safeway, Basha's and Fry's for groceries, all within 15 minutes.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We love it here. The views are tremendous. We prefer the south loop (sites 45-80). This is a very clean, well maintained county park. The trails are amazing. We came to volunteer for an ultramarathon being held on the trails in the park. We got plenty of running and biking in while here. I had very good connectivity for work on AT&T and Verizon. An earlier reviewer remarked about the planes, but I enjoyed watching them. The park is close to services in Fountain Hills, Tempe and Phoenix. I had to travel for work and it was easy for me to get to the airport. We will definitely stay again. It is a great place, and the staff are very helpful and friendly. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Concrete, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

While we were there, there was both a mountain biking event (one weekend) and an ultramarathon (the other weekend) happening in the park, so if you are in to either of these things, this is the place to be.

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Review Count: 239
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 33

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

see previous reviewers, excellent park. If I had a choice I would avoid sites 30-40 as it is the main road for the service trucks and they fly buy often. I would also avoid (if it is a concern) sites 50-80 due to old bathrooms. However, 50-80 is also quiet and best views. but all views are wonderful...birds, saguaro, mountains, sunsets, sunrises, etc. etc. the host rakes each campground. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Recommend the North Trail nature hike with plants identified by number. arrive in the daytime, the campground is very dark which is great. coyotes are wandering at nite, keep pets close by. Nature center has beautiful live snakes, scorpions, gila monster and tarantula.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here while visiting the Scottsdale area. The camp hosts were very helpful. Our camp site was immaculate all the way down to rake designs by our fire pit. Didn't have a chance to use the bike trails but will definitely be back. Great place! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 126
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 71

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Our second stay at this wonderful county park. Maricopa County has to have some of the nicest, prettiest parks anywhere. Water and electric only, but nice dump station in the park. Very nice spacing between sites with many sites having no view of neighbors. The sites are plenty wide with picnic table and fire pit in the rear, but they are not overly long. Our 43' RV fit, but without much room to spare. The only downside, if you can call it that, is the park is far from pretty much anything. Fountain Hills has a really nice Safeway, but like everything else there, prices are high. Decent Verizon signal and no problem with sattelite reception. Lots of hiking and biking trails in the park. We wanted to stay longer, but the park gets pretty full on weekends, so plan ahead. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
64
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 90
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Another return visit to this convenient and beautiful campground. Same spacious sites with plenty of room between your neighbors. Immaculate rest rooms and showers. Water and power functioned normally, although we are now int he habit of always leaving the water filter as well as the power meter connected. Camp Hosts frequently about in their carts cleaning common as well as individual areas. Plenty of great trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding (we were there this time for the AZ High School MTB races on the Competitive Track). Community dump at the entrance/exit to the campground with 2 stations. Stunning views of 4 Peaks and the Superstitions Mountains to the east and the McDowell mountains are your back door to the west. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The popular Thoms Thumb trail head in the McDowell Mt Preserve is just a short hike to the west. If you get a site on the far south area of the camp ground, you'll get to see the fountain at Fountain Hills at the top of every hour during the day.

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This park is beautiful, well kept, large sites, no close neighbors, beautiful views. We've stayed here before and I'm sure we'll be back.

Sites easily can hold the big rigs, the ones that are at a 90 degree entrance from the road are a little tricky to back a large 5th wheel into due to where the park has some concrete barriers, narrow road and a ditch on one side of the road. Unfortunately we arrived in the dark so it was a little more time consuming than usual. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Number
35
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

This park is not too far from Fountain Hills, groceries / diesel are cheaper closer to Phoenix so come well stocked.

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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We're staying here now - a 4 night stay and it's a very nice desert RV Park. Lots of room between campsites. Very nice bathrooms and water and Electric service.

Mountain views all around and large old Segura Cacti in most of the campsites. We've got a pull-thru which is a wide spot in the road kind of pull-thru. Nicely curbed and a nice picnic table, grill and fire ring with neatly raked gravel. The campsite is paved, not level, but just fine.

Lots to do here, but you are far from everything. It seems every place we've gone has been 29 miles away according to the GPS. The closest town Fountain HIlls is very southwestern and nice. But no Laundromat nearby. The closest we found was... you guessed it, 29 miles away.

We like it here very much and would return if we were in the area. We're here in April but I'm guessing May to Oct is VERY hot. Though in April it's 80 during the day and 55 each night - cooling off around 5 pm. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
49
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 198
States Visited: 45
Helpful Reviews: 104

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed our stay at McDowell Mountain. Most of the sites are quite spacious, the restrooms and showers are top notch, and there are many miles of walking/hiking trails which we explored with our dogs (the park was very dog friendly). The views consist of mountains and desert as far as you can see in every direction (at the top of each hour you can see the famous Fountain Hills fountain to the south). The area was very quiet except for an occasional airplane overhead and the evening and morning coyote howls. During our stay we saw plenty of rabbits, jackrabbits, and some roadrunners, and one coyote. The campground has two loops, with the south loop having more spacious sites. We were in the north loop which we thought was perfectly nice too. ).The campground accepts UPS and FedEx packages for campers (pick up at the visitor center), but not US Mail. We are definitely looking forward to staying here again! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

It's a 10-15 minute drive to nearby Fountain Hills which has all the stores and restaurants anyone could want (though gas there is expensive, as mentioned in other reviews. If you want to receive US Mail, the nearby Fountain Hills Post Office accepts General Delivery mail.

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

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed here five times over the last 4 years. Owned and operated by Maricopa County, this is our favorite place to camp in Arizona. We are staying a total of 20 days. Some people spend the entire winter here changing sites every 14 days. Whoever designed this campground was a genius. Sites are spaced so that there is plenty of elbow room. Sites on the apex of the circles effectively leave you with an unimpeded view. Campsites are level chip seal with concrete picnic table and grill. There is no sewer connection, so plan accordingly. We use a tote for grey water. The shower houses are the cleanest we've ever seen at a campground. Always plenty of hot water. They are unheated which can be a bit "brisk" on winter mornings. Utilities all good. Our AT&T cell and hotspot worked well. Campground and McDowell Mountain Park is filled with abundant wildlife. Bring your birdfeeder including a hummingbird feeder. McDowell Mountain Park has 55 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. There is even a competition mountain bike trail. Park backs up to the Scottsdale park system expanding the recreational opportunities. Good park maps available at the park headquarters where there is a small gift shop and displays. Park patrolled by Maricopa Sheriff. Watch your speed on entrance road. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
69
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Gas and diesel are a rip off in Fountain Hills. Best Safeway in Arizona. Don't miss the Frank Lloyd Wright museum. Drive into to Scottsdale and eat at Chompies deli. You'll think your in New York. Skip the local casino. It is dingy and smoke filled. There is no laundry in Fountain Hills. Also good hiking in nearby Cave Creek.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Very peaceful. One of our favorite places to camp. Lots of hiking trails accessible from campground. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Pavers
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

A wonderful park off the beaten path that provides widely spaced well groomed sites, immaculately clean bathroom/shower facilities, amazing vistas, serenity, and plentiful nature viewing. There are hiking/mountain biking trails adjacent to the campground. If you're looking for peace and quiet in a beautiful natural setting, this is it! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 263
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 38

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The rate is for a developed site. Maricopa County will increase the rates and fees by about 20% in the near future. And you have to add a $8 reservation fee per reservation. Without a reservation you have to be very lucky to get a site even for only one night. The overflow (dry camping) is not very appealing, rough and tight spaces, almost no views and no privacy at all. The developed sites are fine gravel, well level and provide good hookups. Picnic table, grill and fire pit on site. Good privacy. Verizon MiFi worked very well. The views are just gorgeous. There is some air traffic noise throughout the day, but the nights are super quiet. This is our new favorite park in the area. About 8 miles from the campsites to shopping in Fountain Hills. We will come back for sure and make a reservation for a longer stay. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Really a lovely park with views of the desert landscape. Because of a fire in 1995, there is limited cactus etc which is good when camping with dogs. Well maintained and clean. The information booth and shop was great with very friendly helpful people and good resources. Camp was quiet. Convenient to Scottsdale. Large camp sites. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

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