Friday, November 16, 2012

Campground Review: McDowell Mountain Regional Park

We chose to stay at McDowell Mountain Regional Park based on the glowing review by Wheeling It, and we agree with their assessment.

Roads are paved, sites are gravel with water and electric hookups. There is an onsite dump station. Restrooms and showers are clean and convenient.

Sites in the South loop are more level and better for big rigs than those in the North loop. In either loop, we prefer the perimeter sites as they are the most private.

There are 50 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, including a competitive mountain bike track.

We stayed in site #62, a pull off site that has your RV door facing wide open desert; no roads, no RV's, no buildings, nothing but beautiful, spacious, open desert. The nearest neighbors are at least 100 feet away and out of view. Completely quiet and peaceful at night.

Site #60 may be my favorite site; it's another perimeter site and is a back in site and like the rest of the back in sites, it is wide enough for your truck or towed to park next to your rig. Site 60 has lots of privacy and beautiful saguaro views.

And to top it all off we met a lot of great folks here, including Harlan and Donna, owners of Bicycle Garage just down the road in Fountain Hills where Hans had his bike fixed; if you need bike repairs while in the area do check them out for quality work. We also had a very nice happy hour with Cliff and Sharon from Alberta and their sweet dog Toby.

We would definitely stay here again, but there are other nice parks in the area that would give us a new area to base out of that we might try (Usery Mountain Regional Park, Lost Dutchman State Park).

Pull out site #62 on the perimeter of the South loop. The only difficulty in setting up was positioning
 the rig next to that curb so our steps would fold out properly.

Nothing but desert in front of us. Big sitting area with table, BBQ and metal fire pit.


  1. Glad you guys enjoyed the campground as much as we did :)

    1. We sure did! And now we are checking out Usery Mtn Park...every bit as beautiful!