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McDowell Mountain Campground

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Phoenix Metro Area, Arizona

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McDowell Mountain Campground

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  • Campground entrance.- McDowell Mountain Campground
  • The views are beautiful from this campground.- McDowell Mountain Campground
  • A shaded playground is available in the campground.- McDowell Mountain Campground
  • Tent camping in McDowell Mountain.- McDowell Mountain Campground
  • Buckhorn cholla (Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa) in bloom.- McDowell Mountain Campground
  • The campground is on a bit of a rise, providing nice views.- McDowell Mountain Campground
  • Camping in McDowell Mountain Park.- McDowell Mountain Campground
  • Campground roads are wide and well-maintained.- McDowell Mountain Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Large paved sites. Great views. Many hiking options. Electric/water hookups.
Cons: 
Often full during high season. Very little shade.
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Region:
Phoenix Metro Area, AZ
Managed by: 
Maricopa County Parks
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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McDowell Mountain Regional Park is one of several county parks in the outskirts of the Phoenix metro area and, like sister Maricopa County parks (Usery Mountain, White Tank Mountain, Lake Pleasant and Cave Creek), it has an outstanding campground. Offering a serene Colorado desert camping experience just minutes from the busy suburbs, McDowell Mountain is justifiably popular.

Set up in two main loops, the campground has large sites that are suitable for most RVs or multiple vehicles. All sites have water and electric hookups, and most have a fair bit of privacy from the desert vegetation. Bathrooms and free showers are available in multiple locations. There is also a group camping area that can accommodate up to 30 RVs or tents. The group area does not have hookups, but it does have bathrooms and showers. There is a youth group camping area and two primitive camps, Eagle Camp and Mink’s Camp.

Several hiking trails originate right from or near the campground, including Wagner, Granite, Bluff and Stoneman Wash, and these in turn lead to many of the other trails that offer about 65 miles of hiking and biking in the park. There is also a shaded playground for kids in the campground.

Due to the popularity of this campground, reservations are strongly suggested during the high season from January through April.

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