McDowell Mountain Regional Park

     


Scottsdale, Arizona
Phone: (480) 471-0173

Sites: 76
Avg. Rate: $24

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Latitude: 33.6660681426183
Longitude: -111.695594787598

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 20
  • Good 12
  • Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

32 Reviews

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saturn7

Review Count: 125
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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Jayhart

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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TheSchweitzers

Review Count: 159
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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Shire traveler

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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pyrthkr

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Another New Years visit to this park to get away from the crazies in town during this holiday. Took a pull thru for ease of parking our new class A but will probably get a back in next time as all sites are very spacious. Impeccably well maintained park with friendly gate keepers and camp hosts. In the midst of many trails for hiking and mountain biking. Will definitely stay here again. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Euri

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Absolutely a jewel of a park. Gorgeous desert camping at it finest. Top notch facilities and over 40 miles of riding and hiking trails (some of which are competitive). Interpretive programs available and nice staff. Would definitely go again and highly recommend it!! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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DRFink

Review Count: 39
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We fell in love with this park, first place we've ever camped in AZ and we'll be back. Huge sites, great connectivity on our Verizon card, lots of hiking trails, very quiet location, beautiful weather and friendly camp hosts. Very close to the town of Fountain Hills, diesel was a bit expensive in that town so fuel up before you arrive. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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silvertube

Review Count: 37
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Great if you want widely spaced sites in the desert. Lots of trails in this very large rural park, too. Despite feeling very remote, it's right next to Fountain Hills (suburbia) with all services within 4 miles. You have to drive through Fountain Hills to get here. But it's a long drive to any part of Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, etc. Be careful for rattlesnakes. You can see a captive one at the Nature Center. Also note that because the park is at about 1,400 ft elevation it's pretty hot all summer. Cell phone is no problem here. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

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02ROAM

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here while visiting family that spends much of the winter in nearby Fountain Hills. We ended up staying 10 days and it was amazing. The sites are huge and spaced far apart, making for the most privacy we've ever experienced as I can recall. The camp hosts were very kind and helpful. The park is impossible to reach by phone, but the online reservation system was a breeze. Thank you to Maricopa County for building this spectacular park. Because of this terrific experience, we are planning our trip for two weeks in 2013 and will be visiting from Oregon every year. Sitting outside, under the desert sky at night is priceless and something every RV owner would appreciate! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Metamorphosis Road

Review Count: 86
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

The only reason I did not rate it 10 is because there is no sewer hookup at the site; otherwise this park is fabulous. South loop is better for big rigs (sites are more level) and the perimeter sites are especially awesome! Got decent 3G service here as well. Fantastic mountain biking trails! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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PhoenixFun

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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Red Wolf Deux

Review Count: 121
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

One of our most favorite campgrounds in Arizona. Sites are huge and spaced quite far from your neighbor. If you like birdwatching, this is the place to be. Good trails for hiking and even a competitive mountain bike track. Quiet and remote, even considering the closeness of Fountain Hills. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Road Dawg

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

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice find! Quiet with great desert vista's. Only 7 miles from town for supplies and 3o miles from Scottsdale. Camp Hosts were great on site. Not so helpful by phone prior to arrival. Restrooms & Showers are some of the cleanest i have seen. This is important since there are no sewer hook ups. Dump station on-site. Bring your own shade. We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Rick Lechner

Review Count: 67
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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pyrthkr

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $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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