McDowell Mountain Preserve & Trails

Adero Canyon Trailhead Access

Adero Canyon Trailhead will be open for pedestrain access on weekdays after 3:00pm and dawn to dusk on the weekends. Vehicular access is strictly prohibited, as the roadway is still an active construction zone. All hikers are asked to use caution and to observe posted signage including parking restrictions, cross walks, etc. Hikers are also reminded that no amenities are currently available at the trailhead, including restrooms and water fountains. 

Additionally, the Golden Eagle Trailhead offers full hiking access throughout the hiking season. Hikers are reminded to use the marked pathways when approaching the Golden Eagle Trailhead via the Eagles Nest community.

For regular updates about trail access or to view more information regarding trails, mileage, difficulty and more, please visit

Upcoming Guided Hikes
The McDowell Mountain Preservation Commission and the Sonoran Conservatory of Fountain Hills are proud to present a full schedule of guided hikes.

All hikes will start at 8 a.m. and each hiker must register at the start of each hike. Hikes are free, with exception of the $2 entry fee into the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.


Due to the importance of social distancing to reduce exposures to COVID-19, the Sonoran Conservancy is cancelling remaining hikes for this season. Though this may be a challenging time, we are fortunate to live in an area where we can easily enjoy the outdoors.

Local trails remain open.  We encourage you to visit the Fountain Hills Botanical Garden and walk the Lake Overlook trail. You can enjoy longer hikes nearby in the Fountain Hill McDowell Mountain Preserve, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.  If you are searching for hiking ideas, considering downloading an app, such as Alltrails, to your smart phone so you can easily access information on nearby trails. Check our website - - for updates and additional information.

Please see the Maricopa County website for more information on COVID-19 (

Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills


For more information about the guided hikes, please email Carol Ayres,
or call 480-837-8290.