8.8 Excellent
     
Scottsdale, Arizona

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Scottsdale, Arizona



16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr
Scottsdale, Arizona 85268
Phone: (480) 471-0173

Sites: 76
Recent Rate: $32 2/2017

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Latitude: 33.693664561218
Longitude: -111.72966957092
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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43 Reviews

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Review Count: 177
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 17

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: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

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

Information signs are typical brown with white letters showing signs of age. Very difficult to see and read. Site spacing is fantastic - park nearly full and we could only see six or seven other RV's. Our space #61 strangely shaped in that entrance was just barely wide enough for toad and coach and other end was much wider. Be careful selecting site. I saw several that were probably long enough for 30 footers but half was a steep grade/ramp up. Shower water was HOT with no adjustment. Entrance booth seemed to be closed most of the time. Check-in at nature center (closes at 4 PM) a couple miles from entrance. Overall we enjoyed our week stay. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
61
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

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Review Count: 56
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 22

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: 85
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

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: 17
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

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

Stayed over the weekend and it was very peaceful around the campground. Not too many people there at all, surprising because of all the Snowbirds. Sites are huge and very clean and private with 30 and 50 amp services. Utilities are close and convenient. Easy back in sites, rest rooms conveniently located and always very clean. Satellite service easy to get, very open area with nothing to block the signal. Lots of coyotes at night to listen too and enjoy. My dog wanted to run a play with them, go figure! Camped here in a 5th wheel. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
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
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nice place just to kick back and relax for a time. Not much to see or do except for enjoy the view of the "four Peaks", the desert and the cacti. Enjoy the music of the coyotes at night, just keep your small pet close to your side!!

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Review Count: 92
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 21

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

A lot of very unlevel sites, we tried for 30 minutes to get our 40' bus level, unsuccessfully. Thankfully they had another level site & allowed us to switch, for a $5 fee. 50A power, nice views, good playground for the grandchild, lots of hike trails. Very far from civilization(other than Fountain Hills). Nice spacious sites, well maintained. Dump station only, no sewer at sites. Water quality is "Arizona Terrible", lots of mineral content. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
39
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Long way to Spring Training games.

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 8

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

This is the second time we have stayed here and we would definitely stay here again. The sites are very spacious, quite some distance from each other, very quiet, and the views are great. This is not your typical RV park but more like "camping". We had a long pull through site which easily handled our 40 foot motorhome and tow vehicle. We had to use additional blocks to level, however. Electric and water at site, no sewer at site, and no wifi. The park is 8 miles out of Fountain Hills, which requires a lot of driving if you are doing city activities. But we definitely find that it is worth it! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
56
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 20

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: 56
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $3.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice, very quite, regional park. Sites are level, although a bit on the short side. If you don't need a pull through site, I wouldn't recommend them...basically just a wide spot in the road. Plenty of space between sites with beautiful mountain views in every direction. With many miles of mixed use trails, this is a very popular park for mountain bikers. Great trail access from the campgrounds, but with the number of bikers, I wouldn't really call the trails dog friendly, and certainly not off leash (leash rules in affect). We found Stoneman Wash a great location to let dogs off leash to run (under voice control at all times of course). Trails are well marked, mostly rolling hills, and easy, so not a great hiking area if you like more challenging trails. First time here, and will be back. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
74
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

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

Fairly close to Scottsdale area and all it has to offer. Great hiking and biking trails in the area.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 14

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: 129
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 63

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: 3

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: 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: 177
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 17

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

We have been here several times and always enjoy the park, the view, the hosts' care of the park and the hiking trails. Many cacti were blooming here at the end of March. Fabulous, nearly empty. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 250
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 28

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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