McDowell Mountain Regional Park Hosts Special Summer Events

Not everything slows down in the summer.  McDowell Mountain Regional Park, one of Fountain Hills most interesting assets, stages special summer-appropriate events featuring some of the area’s most elusive critters.

Come Face to Face with  Desert Tortoise at McDowell Mountain Park

Come Face to Face with Desert Tortoise at McDowell Mountain Park

“Meet the Tortoise” Feedings, led by ranger Amy Burnett introduce locals to these slow-moving desert dwellers that are a local connection to the days when dinosaurs walked the earth.  Slow-moving and docile, these small animals offer an excellent opportunity to touch, feed and photograph while learning about their habits from Ranger Amy. Perfect for children as young as young as 3-4 years of age, the event is thrilling to anyone who has not seen these rare species native to the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts of the Southwest.

Date: 6/20/2013 and each Thursday through August

Drop in and Feed them Breakfast:  11:00-12:00

Friday Fitness Hikes

Join the Friday Fitness Hikers

Join the Friday Fitness Hikers

Fridays Fitness Hikes are staged to showcase different locations in Park.  Visitors are invited to come to one or all of the Fitness Hiking Series, held every Friday. You will build up to a longer hike at the end of the month. Please wear sturdy shoes & bring plenty of water.  Check the website for the location of each hike.

When:  Every Friday through August

Time: 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours

Leader: Ranger Amy Burnett

The Park offers a variety of nocturnal “flashlight” hikes where both children and adults have the opportunity to explore the lively “night-life” of our desert creatures.

The park is one of the most interesting multi-generational assets in Arizona, and attracts visitors from across the globe.  From wildflower identification to exploration of its rare collection of desert denizens, it is a rich part of the Fountain Hills experience.

Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173×201

Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ  85268

http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/EventsDetailPublishers

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