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 Events for McDowell Mtn 
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FIRE BAN INFORMATION
Effective
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 through Friday, August 29, 2014
Maricopa County's regional parks will initiate the annual fire ban. This includes banning the use of all
campfire, fire pits and charcoal grills; however, it is still acceptable to use gas/propane grills in designated areas such as the ramada areas, semi-developed and developed camping sites, and along the shoreline at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
If the parks do not receive ample rain during the monsoon season, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department
may extend the fire ban to protect the parks resources and ensure visitor safety. To learn more, click here.


Arizona... a place of legends still conveyed through movies, T.V., the written word and many storytellers. Maricopa County through it’s Regional Park system encompasses considerable areas where many stories originated. McDowell Mountain Regional Park is one such place where history is not only a form of speculation with it’s Indian petroglyphs and archaeological sites, but considerable amount of it actually transpired, and has been documented.

Almost 2,000 years ago nomadic big game hunters spread into southwest North America. Next, the Hohokam Indians, who evolved from the earlier Cochise culture, plus immigrants from Mexico occupied much of Southern Arizona and Maricopa County from about 2,000 years ago to 1450 A.D. The Spanish the arrived in the early 1500’s under the leadership of Coronodo. At that time, the areas near the confluence of the Salt and Verde Rivers was home to between 4,000 and 10,000 Hohokam Indians. Native activities ranged from intensive agriculture, with river irrigation, to nomadic hunting and gathering. McDowell Park contains the remains of several such hunting and gathering sites within its boundaries.

In 1865, Camp McDowell was founded on the west bank of the Verde River. Remaining a permanent military post until 1890, it was the only fort inside present boundaries of Maricopa County. Remains of the fort still exist in the present day village of Fort McDowell, just a few miles southeast of McDowell Park. Due to the presence of Camp McDowell and the protection it offered, settlement in the Salt River Valley was permanent. On February 12,1871, Maricopa County was created to serve the growing population.

By early 1944, talk and correspondence originated regarding establishing a County Park system. A committee was established, studies were conducted for choosing locations, the process of land acquisition was formatted and by 1945 certain land purchases and leases had been completed. An 18,273 acreage for McDowell Park was first leased in 1958, and patented in 1964. Through further land acquisition this has been expanded to now encompass 21,099 acres. One of the largest in the Maricopa County Parks System, McDowell Mountain Regional Park rates as one of the most scenic with majestic mountain views.

 

Nature Walk to Nursery Tank - McDowell

McDowell Friday Fitness Hike- 4 Peaks (Horse) Staging Area - 8/22/2014
The Art of Camouflage - McDowell - 8/23/2014
Summer Night Ride Series- McDowell Competitive Track - 8/23/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- Tom's Thumb Trailhead - McDowell - 8/29/2014
Desert Show & Tell - McDowell - 8/30/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 9/5/2014
Scorpions in the Wild! - McDowell - 9/6/2014
Early Evening Ranger-led Acessible Trail Hike to Nursery Tank-McDowell - 9/11/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell -Trailhead Staging Area - 9/12/2014
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 9/13/2014
Summer Night Ride Series- McDowell Pemberton Trail - 9/13/2014
McDowell Friday Fitness Hike-Tom's Thumb Trailhead (end of 128th st.)- DIFFICULT - 9/19/2014
The Desert Tortoise and Friends - McDowell - 9/25/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Sonoran Trail- DIFFICULT - 9/26/2014
Desert Show & Tell - McDowell - 9/27/2014
The Desert Floor - McDowell - 10/2/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell -4 Peaks/Horse Staging Area - 10/3/2014
Reptile Feeding - McDowell - 10/4/2014
Family Full Moonlight Mile Hike - McDowell - 10/8/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell - Wagner Trailhead - 10/10/2014
Competitive Track Closed - McDowell - 10/11/2014
Become a Jr. Ranger - McDowell - 10/11/2014
Wildlife Watch at Nursery Tank - McDowell - 10/16/2014
Fridays Fitness Hike- McDowell -Trailhead Staging Area - 10/17/2014
Geocache Fun 101 - McDowell - 10/18/2014
more...


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McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP Arizona 85255  
Ph: 480-471-0173      Fax: 602-372-8596
mcdowellpark@mail.maricopa.gov

Mailing Address
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
PO Box 18415
Fountain Hills,  AZ 85269-8415

 
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