McDowell Mountain Preserve & Trails

Trail Hours- Sunrise to Sunset

Adero Canyon Trailhead Access

Beginning Saturday, May 9th  public access to the Adero Canyon Trailhead will be open for pedastrian access weekends from sunrise to sunset and weekdays after 3:00pm. Hikers are encouraged to use alternate hiking areas in andd around Fountain Hills including the Overlook Trail, Golden Eagle Trailhead and McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Please be reminded that restrooms and drinking fountains within Fountain Hills parks and trailheads remain closed and all hikers are urged to plan accordingly. In addition, many trails are adjacent to homes and communities and all hikers should respect private property and observe social distancing guidelines.

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 Conservancy of Fountain Hills are proud to present a full schedule of guided hikes.

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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.