Golden Eagle Trailhead


  • Difficulty - Easiest (Pavement)
  • Trail Length - 0.6 miles

The Golden Eagle Trailhead access to the McDowell Mountain Preserve trail system is located at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd. There are facilities at the trailhead and signage that will guide you through the Eagles Nest community to the Dixie Mine trail where there is a $2 per person access fee to enter the park.


Trailhead Address: 14425 E. Golden Eagle Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

General Rules



  • Stay on designated and posted trails.
  • No smoking, fireworks, or open flame.
  • No motor vehicles except in designated parking areas.
  • Dogs must be on a physical leash at all times.  Dog owners must possess a waste container and  immediately pick up all waste and deposit in a trash receptacle.
  • Do not leave bagged waste along the trail.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or alter, deface, place or remove any materials, rocks, or animals or vegetation either alive or dead.
  • No alcohol or glass containers.
  • No horses.
  • No hunting (excluding bow hunting per State regs), trapping or harming wildlife.


Trail Safety

  • Bring ample water and a cell phone.
  • Be aware of extreme heat:
Limit activity to the cooler parts of the day.
Wear light colored clothing, a hat, & sunscreen.
Leave your dog at home.

  • Wear sturdy footwear.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Leave valuables at home, or lock them out of view in your trunk.

Trail Etiquette

  • Be considerate of other trail users - you are all here for the same reason.
  • Bicyclist should yield to all other users.
  • Always travel at safe speeds.
  • Do not use trails when wet or muddy.
  • Sound travels far in the desert environment, so please speak quietly.