McDowell Mountain Park is one of the oldest and largest of the marvelous chain of regional parks in Maricopa County. These parks surround the huge Phoenix metro area and offer a multitude of recreational opportunities. McDowell Mountain has over 40 miles of hiking/biking/equestrian trails, a marvelous campground with group and primitive areas, a separate tent-only camping area, a competitive mountain bike track complex, 88 open picnic sites in two areas, plus reservable group picnic ramadas and a small nature center.
Most trails in the park are multi-use, allowing bikes, horses, and hikers. The trails interconnect, allowing an almost infinite variety of loop hikes to be created. Some of the primary trails:
The McDowell Mountain Competitive Track consists of three inter-connected tracks: the Long Loop for general riders, the Sport Loop for intermediate and advanced riders, and the Technical Loop for expert riders. The tracks contain a variety of features to test riders’ skills, including steep inclines, swooping turns, and rugged terrain. The track is open to runners and horseback riders as well.
The beautiful desert and mountain scenery of McDowell Mountain Park is a real treasure for residents and visitors to the Phoenix area.