Tag Archives: McDowell Mountain Regional Park

June Activities in Fountain Hills Transition to Cooler Locations Indoors

Mark Your Calendars for Fun Without So Much Sun…

Pic #1 Bright SunWhile our sunrises and sunsets are as spectacular as ever, summer activities indoors where it’s cool and comfortable are abundant in Fountain Hills.

Please Note:  Many activities change between the time our information is gathered and the actual events.  Please consult the websites or call to confirm information about any activities that may pique your interest.

 

June 3, 2016

Miss Minnie’s Melodramodeon!
June 3 – 12, 2016
A Ross Collins Original

Poor Miss Minnie!  She has been forced to become the reluctant manager of her old father’s melodrama theater, ‘The Melodram-Odean’ since he has suddenly and mysteriously taken ill (He thinks he’s a chicken!) right before the judging of the grand melodrama competition!  Throw in a devious and insincere leading man, a deceitful developer and a large cast of misfits and ne’er-do-wells, and poor Minnie faces her biggest challenges ever.

Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ext. # 3

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

June 1,8,22,29, 2016

Cool off with Coloring

June #3pile-crayons-6304319The theme of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Before you start reading, try a little coloring to get you ready and relaxed. Adult coloring is sweeping the country and it does help your general wellness. Supplies as well as refreshments will be provided. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

June 6, 2016

Fountain Hills Artist’s Gallery Adult Art Classes

June #4SunflowersEven if you have never painted before, you can paint a gorgeous still life of Sunflowers.

Oil painter Ruth Stewart will guide you step by step using safe non-toxic water miscible oils to paint a 12”x16” gallery-wrapped canvas.

No experience necessary; $55.00 fee includes all supplies.

16858 E Ave of the Fountains, Suite 103, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

fountainhillsartistsgallery.com (480) 836-9919

 

June 7, 2016

 MVPs of Summer: An Eight Week Workshop for kids 8-12

What do Von Miller, Steve Nash, & Serena Williams have in common? What characteristics and traits do you find in a Most Valuable Player? With the help of our awesome teen mentors and Ryan Chmura of Skyline Athletes, discover and develop the skills of the MVP within all of us. For Children 6-12 Years Old.

10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

June 10, 2016 (registration June 6, 2016)

Calling all Junior Chefs, age 8-11 years old!

June #5 kids_cooking-Have fun with Melanie Albert of Experience Nutrition making a simple, delicious, creamy avocado salsa with fresh local Arizona seasonal organic veggies. Enjoy learning simple cooking methods, get tips on how to grow an avocado tree, and learn the good fats from plants. Complete the program by eating your avocado salsa with friends. Registration Needed.  Location: Reading Lounge
Registration Ends: 6/6/2016 at 8:00 AM
Presenter: Melanie Albert of Experience Nutrition

2:00-3:00p.m. Library Reading Lounge
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

June 10, 2016

Friday Fitness Hike

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

June #6 Hikersdes_04_smFriday fitness hikes are a serious workout for those who enjoy the Sonoran Desert.  This week’s hike begins from the 4-peaks/Horse staging area.  Led by Kevin B, bring plenty of water, snacks, and of course, comfortable shoes and clothing.  Consult the web for the map and directions to the trailhead.

6:00 a.m.

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP, AZ 85268
Phone: (480) 471-0173

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

June 10, 2016

Summer Reading Program “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”

June #6 blindsideThe theme of this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” Get motivated by watching these inspirational sports films! Watch The Blind Side (PG-13, Warner Bros. Pictures). The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

1:30-3:30 p.m. Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

June 11, 2016

Teen Big Screen Book Club

Pairs Books and the Movie/Play They Became

 Join a book club that has a bit of a cinematic flair and pairs reading with viewing. We will meet quarterly to discuss, screen chat, or watch books that have become box office hits. Play trivia on this quarter’s book “Between Shades of Grey” by Ruta Sepetys. The winner will receive two movie tickets. Pick up a copy of the next book “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. For Teens ages 12-17 years old. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

3:00-4:00 p.m. Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

June 11, 2016

Fountain Hills Artist’s Gallery Adult Art Classes

April Bower, Metal Artist

June #7April Bower AspensThe Fountain Hills Artist’s Gallery bustles with activity during our winter and spring season.  But in summer, a number of their amazing artists invite the “budding artists” among us to participate in a number of interesting classes to create classic works of art on our own.

 

Learn the art of silver leafing to create a unique painting on copper from renowned metal artist, April Bower. You will have the opportunity to create your own picture, plus some simple tricks to give your trees a natural look and gold leaf for the shimmering essence of aspen leaves. 11”x14” is the size of your metal painting.

Class is limited to 8 students; prior registration is required.  No experience necessary.  75.00 includes instruction and all supplies

16858 E Ave of the Fountains, Suite 103, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268  fountainhillsartistsgallery.com  (480) 836-9919

 

 

 

June 11, 2016

McDowell Mountain Park  

June #8 SnakeReptile Feeding

Have you ever seen a snake eat?  Join us for the evening meal with our cold-blooded reptile residents.  Frozen Rodent entrees will be served to the critters.  Feeding takes place at the Visitor’s Center.

7:30 p.m.

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP, AZ 85268
Phone: (480) 471-0173  http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

June 11, 2016

Scorpion Night Hike

McDowell Mountain Regional Park

You may have heard that Scorpions glow in the dark, but have you ever been brave enough to go out and look?  Join us as we head out on a short slow walk—just to look for scorpions!  Wear closed shoes, and bring a flashlight.  Immediately following the reptile feeding at the Visitor Center.

8:00 p.m.

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP, AZ 85268
Phone: (480) 471-0173

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

June 14, 2016

Great Arizona Puppet Theater Presents

Jack Rabbit and Desert Tortoise Puppet Show

Jack Rabbit thinks the race against Dusty the Desert Tortoise will be easy! So he stays up late, skips breakfast and even stops in the middle of the race for a snack! Lots of audience participation and beautiful Arizona backgrounds. For Children 3-10 Years Old.

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

June 17, 2016

Friday Fitness Hike

McDowell Mountain Regional Park-Dixie Mine

Friday fitness hikes are a serious workout for those who enjoy the Sonoran Desert.  This week’s hike begins from the Dixie Mine Trail Head at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd. Park Entry fee is $2.00.  Led by Kevin B, bring plenty of water, snacks, and of course, comfortable shoes and clothing.  Consult the web for the map and directions to the train head.

6:00 a.m.

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP, AZ 85268
Phone: (480) 471-0173

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

June 20, 2016

Legos in the Library

June #9, LegosBe creative while improving lateral thinking skills during one week a month at Legos in the Library. Kids will think in three dimensions as they problem solve, organize, and create with Legos. Work as a team on our Library Display Project or work individually on our monthly Lego Challenge. For Children 5-11 Years old. Children’s Area of the Library. Adult supervision required at all times. Funded by the Fountain Hills Friends of the Library.

2:30-4:00 p.m.

Library Reading Area
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

June 23, 2016

Become a Junior Ranger

McDowell Mountain Regional Park-Wagner

Bring your kids, aged 4-12 (with an adult) out to the park for this “on your own” program.  Stop by the Ranger Center after 7:30 am and pick up the Junior Ranger booklet.  Head outside to complete the activities. When the activities are complete, return to the Ranger Center to pick up your certificate.

Any time between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP, AZ 85268
Phone: (480) 471-0173

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

June 23, 2016

Friday Fitness Hike

McDowell Mountain Regional Park-Wagner

Friday fitness hikes are a serious workout for fit hikers.  This week’s hike begins from the Wagner Trail Head.  Led by Kevin B, bring plenty of water, snacks, and of course, comfortable shoes and clothing.  Consult the web for the map and directions to the train head.

6:00 a.m.

16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP, AZ 85268
Phone: (480) 471-0173

http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/mcdowell-mountain-regional-park/

 

June 24, 2016

Adult Summer Reading Film:

June #10 Hoosiers‘Hoosiers’

Hoosiers (PG, Orion Pictures) is the second June offering in the “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” summer series. A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the State championship.

1:30-3:30 P.M.
Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

 

June 24, 2016

Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical
June 24 – July 10

June #11Tenor _LOGO-FINALMerelli is about to revive Otello for the ten-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found. Max, the Opera Director’s sheepish assistant, is charged with the daunting task of finding a suitable replacement. Who is cavalier enough to replace him? With the help of a menacing soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife, and the Cleveland Police department, mayhem, lunacy and shear panic ensue, but in the end the show must always go on.

Tickets are available on-line or by calling the Theater, 480-837-9661 ext.: #3

Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 N Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://www.fhtaz.org/

 

June 29, 2016

Learn the Magic of Coding…

#12 Teen on computer-Create Apps, Games and Websites

Ever wanted to learn how to code so you could make your own games, apps, and even basic websites?  Here’s your chance…No computer or coding experience needed.  Class is limited so everyone receives individualized help. Pre-registration is required, so enroll asap. Ages 8-13.

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Library Conference Room
12901 N La Montana Drive, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp

Cyclists Find Fountain Hills a ‘Match Made in Heaven’

bicyclistWith more than 390 miles of dedicated bike lanes, cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the astounding views in Fountain Hills. Bicycling and hiking are in the top 5 reasons regional folks visit the Fountain Hills. Serious riders find the Hills a challenging place to build strength and endurance for competitive riding, but all levels of riders come to enjoy our special slice of Sonoran Desert heaven.

 

Two local Bicycle stores serve local and regional riders alike.  Fountain Hills Bikes is located at the far north end of the city, convenient to the popular off-road trails available at McDowell Mountain Park. Offering sales, service and rental bikes for short or long term, this experienced crew has served more than two generations of area riders.

Biking GearFountain Hills Bikes   15225 N. Fountain Hills Blvd   480 836-8827

http://www.fountainhillsbikes.com/

The world-renowned mountain bike tracks in McDowell Mountain Park offer three loops totaling 15 miles: one for the experts, one for intermediate riders, and one for the average rider. Each loop offers a variety of obstacles to test the riders’ skills. The first track consists of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain. This competitive track is geared for mountain bikers who want to test their skills as riders. Joggers and equestrian riders are welcome to give the track a try too. The Long Loop of the track was designed for the average rider but is used by all. The Sport Loop is for intermediate riders and experts. The Technical Loop is for the expert rider. This portion of the track offers swooping turns, very technical descents, and steep inclines.  Recent competitions on these breathtaking hills have drawn more than 30,000 spectators.

 http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/Biking.aspx

McDowell Mountain BikesServing all ages and skill levels of riders, McDowell Mountain Cycles (MMC) is located on the south end of Saguaro Blvd.  Offering service, products, clothing and training, MMC hosts a number of rides offering exercise, coaching and fellowship.

Their popular Saturday “MMC Road Run” features three levels of riders, from Pro’s to the “Slow Go’s” starts at 7 am from Starbucks.  Schedules and activities vary, so check their website for details. Other rides of interest to area riders include:

mountain BikeDec 5: AES McDowell Mountain 60 – Fountain Hills, AZ

Dec 12: Dawn to Dusk – Fountain Hills, AZ

Jan 16: MBAA McDowell Meltdown – Fountain Hills, AZ

Jan 30: MBAA Estrella Hedgehog Hustle – Goodyear, AZ

Feb 12-14: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo – Tucson, AZ

MMC also hosts periodic all-ladies rides, which includes all skill levels and is beginning to draw riders from across the valley; details are posted on their informative website.

McDowell Mountain Cycles  11879 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268  480 272-8741

http://mcdowellmountaincycles.com/mmc-life/

Desert Bloom 08 029Trails through Fountain Hills, McDowell Mountain Park and the McDowell Mountain Preserve are accessible from across the valley, giving thousands of outdoor enthusiasts’ access to some of the most pristine desert beauty in the world. So if you want to rent a bike for a few hours at Fountain Hills bikes, or biking is your “daily dose” of fitness, Fountain Hills is the perfect place to glide along under perpetual blue skies.  See Map My Ride link below for thousands of connecting trails across this glorious State.

http://www.mapmyride.com/us/fountain-hills-az/

Live “Spooky Bird” Event at McDowell Mountain Park

Vultures, Ravens and Owls…Oh, My!

OwlMcDowell Mountain Park, just North of Fountain Hills, is one of the most innovative recreation centers in Maricopa County.  Home to dozens of national and international endurance competitions featuring runners and bicyclists, it is a hiking, camping and picnicking paradise. But this is not your ordinary campground!  The Rangers have developed a full range of exciting activities designed to help the curious of all ages explore and learn about the amazing creatures that call the Sonoran Desert home.

Some hikes are regularly scheduled, like the Friday morning fitness walks and the nighttime “Full Moon” adventures.  Black light flashlight hikes to find scorpions and crawly creatures of the night are a pre-teen delight. Tortoise-feeding and plant identification are regulars, but the in-depth sessions on our wildlife neighbors are some of the most intriguing and interactive educational experiences at the Park.  Just in time for haunting and Halloween, McDowell Mountain Park staff are offering Vultures, Ravens and Owls.

This experience is a LIVE ‘Spooky’ Bird Experience and Birdwalk.

Date: 10/30/2013

Time: 8 a.m.

Exquisite Sunsets...One of the Many Reasons We Love the Sonoran Desert

Exquisite Sunsets…One of the Many Reasons We Love the Sonoran Desert

Description: Did you know that vultures urinate on their feet to cool down? And that ravens hold’funerals’ for dead flock members? Or that owls ‘throw up’ bones and fur or feathers after eating?

Celebrate the ‘Eve of All Hallow’s Eve’ with a chance to view and learn all about these ‘spooky’ birds on a pre-Halloween bird walk at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

Liberty Wildlife will be on hand with a live vulture and owl for a presentation before the bird walk! Bring your binoculars and come on out. No previous birding experience is required, only an interest in birds… and an interest in the macabre! This is a less than one mile, level, easy and ADA Accessible birdwalk. Meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead at 8 a.m.

Take a Hike in the Hills!

The weather is perfect and the views are beautiful.  It’s time to head out for a hike in and around Fountain Hills.  Local residents have a surprising number of trails that provide various challenges, scenery and time requirements.

Sonoran Lifestyle Real EstateLake Park Trail at  Fountain Park is perhaps one of the best known (and easiest) to enjoy.  With gentle slopes, wide sidewalks and plenty of park benches or ramadas to enjoy the fall weather, the Lake Park Trail is busy from dawn till dusk with thousands each day who also like to stop in at Mountain View Coffee, Euro Cafe or Oyo Yogurt Shop for a treat.

Lake Overlook Trail is a more challenging portion of the Lake Park Trail and takes hikers through desert vistas on the upper reaches of Lakeside Village.  At the very top, hikers get magnificent views of Fountain Hills, the Verde River and Valley,   Four Peaks Mountain, Fort McDowell Reservation, Goldfield Mountains and the Superstition Mountains.    Trails are gravel and well marked, providing a great start to your hiking adventures before moving to more difficult mountain trails.  

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

The Dixie Mine Trail is accessed through the gated community of Eagles Nest with a lovely trail head building and parking area.  The Dixie Mine was established in 1877, when scouts noticed expanses of red quartz in this area. Apparently, red quartz often occurs in proximity to gold and silver deposits, so the mine was established. Although some silver and gold was extracted from the mine, signicant profits were never realized.  It finally closed in 1917 and was given to the state. There are petroglyphs believed to have been created between 1000 and 1500 A.D., when the Hohokams populated this area. Where the Hohokam people went remains a mystery; and no living descendants can be claimed. The trail is 4.3 miles round trip.

Ft Hills ScenicThe West View Overlook Trail is accessed at the end of Eagles Nest Drive, near CopperWynd Resort.  Because the first 1.7 miles of this trail are through private property, trail stewards often organize guided hikes.  When the trail progresses (in beautiful, high vistas overlooking Fountain Hills and the Eastern Mountain chains) there are various trails like West Overlook, Wayne Trail, Western Loop and Sonoran Trail that place hikers near the crests of many of the McDowell Mountains.  For a copy of the local trail maps go to:  McDowell Sonoran Preserve Map

North of Fountain Hills, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park provides a number of hiking trails that  range from .5 miles to 3 miles.  The Park is accessed off McDowell Mountain Road, and Park Ranger Amy is often there to assist with trail selection, information about the Sonoran Desert and guided hikes.  McDowell Park Map at:  McDowell Mountain Park Trails

The Sunrise Trail is a slightly more engaging trail that begins over the hill in Scottsdale on Via Linda at approx. 140th Street. The trail climbs high up behind the homes and then to the canyon that offers more views.  You can see the Fountain in the distance and the different mountain ranges around the valley. The hike is about an hour up and an hour back. Dogs and horses are also welcome on this trail.  See the map:  Scottsdale Mountain Preserve Maps

 

Tour de Scottsdale Rides Again!

Tour de ScottsdaleSunday October 13th brings Cyclists in to Scottsdale and surrounding areas for the Tour de Scottsdale Citizen Rides . This year there will be 2 citizen rides, a 30 mile and a 70 mile ride both of which are presented by Lexus. They begin and end in DC Ranch but both take different courses. The 70 mile ride takes the cyclists out of North Scottsdale and they circumnavigate the Preserve. The Ride takes the cyclists over into the McDowell Mountain Park area, through Fountain Hills and back in to Scottsdale as they travel down Shea Boulevard. The 30 mile ride keeps the riders in North Scottsdale but still in beautiful Sonoran Desert landscape.

The rides benefit the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization in Scottsdale that protects and promotes the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

For more information on this event and to register for the rides please read more at www.tourdescottsdale.net/event-info/

McDowell Mountain Park is Alive with Nature!

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

Hiking through the Sonoran Desert on a trail

The McDowell Mountain Regional Park is here in our back yard and it is brimming with life and excitement! We are lucky enough to have wonderful Rangers that offer a calendar of events to help bring that nature to us.

They offer Early Bird Desert Birdwalks and feedings of Reptile and Live Animals which are sure to intrigue and give us a new appreciation for the wildlife we share this beautiful Sonoran Desert with.

They also lead informative lectures that teach us about Living with Rattlesnakes and also Nature’s Grocery Store, a hike that introduces us to what is edible in the desert.

There are so many different kinds of wildlife in the Sonoran Desert

There are so many different kinds of wildlife in the Sonoran Desert

The calendar of events and for more interesting information on The McDowell Mountain Regional Park please go to http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/

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

Sonoran Foothills Desert Blooms Explode in April !

The Sonoran Desert Wildflowers are in Full Bloom during April

The Sonoran Desert Wildflowers are in Full Bloom during April

Whether you hike, bike or horseback, taking in the blooming Sonoran Desert in April is an un-matched pleasure. Our exceptionally cool and rainy winter has produced a thick carpet of California Poppies and Desert Lupine.

Our Neighboring community, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, offers a unique way to enjoy this fleeting season…on horseback! Not only is the foliage surrounding your Verde River ride beautifully lush, you have the opportunity to see nesting Golden Eagles, Great Horned Owls, and if you are lucky, will spot the new foals of their wild horse herd as you cross the River on your well-trained mount! No need to be an experienced rider…their gentle horses know their way around the trail.

McDowell Mountain Adventures Horseback RidingThe picture opportunities are fabulous, and your guides make numerous stops so you can actually capture a shot or two of the eagles.

Just remember to dress for the outdoors…jeans, long-sleeve shirts, sensible tennis shoes or boots…or a sneaky photographer may snap a photo like this one…Oh my! http://www.fortmcdowelladventures.com for more information.

Cowgirl High Heels Are a No-No!

Cowgirl High Heels Are a No-No!

Fun In Fountain Hills In March!!!

“March Madness” has a special meaning in Fountain Hills.  Whether your interest runs to music or running itself is your game, there are dozens of world-class events coming to Fountain Hills in March. Saint Patrick’s Day, Spring Break and Easter in the Same Month? The fun come at you fast in Fountian Hills.

CONCERTS IN THE PARK

Spring weather is nearly perfect in Arizona.  The desert bloom unfolds across the hills, and Sunday concerts in the park, March 3, 10, and 24 are a special treat.  Ranging from jazz to easy listening, the free concerts are held at the performance pad in the Northeast corner of Fountain Park, Saguaro at Palisades Blvd.  Bring a chair, a blanket, the kids, the dog, snacks, and enjoy Fountain Hills Community Services’ Concerts in the Park. Enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Fountain Park with friends, great music and maybe even some dancing. Bring blankets, chairs, the family and friends!

The Beautiful Fountain during the day but you can still see the moon!

The Beautiful Fountain view while listening to music at the Amphitheatre

2:30-4pm. Fountain Park Amphitheater.

• March 3

Tres Romanico featuring Dave Robinson,

Eric Bart, and Ronald Jean

• March 10

Jenny Jarnagin

• March 24

Silhouette with Cornelius Bishop

FOUNTAIN TO MOUNTAIN 15 K Race

Southwest Spine and Sports/ Bandidos Racing Club/Fountain Hills Community Services

 March 10;  8 a.m.  Fountain Park

The 3rdth annual race heads to McDowell Mountain Park from Fountain Park.  $10,000 in prizes, including “win your weight in beer” category.  Kids 5th grade and up race for free. Registration and details at www.bandidos15K.com.

12th Annual Race starts at the Fountain at 8am

3rd Annual Race starts at the Fountain at 8am

World-class Hiking and Biking in Fountain Hills Back Yard!

 

The 21,099 acre McDowell Mountain Regional Park is just a few miles north, between Fountain Hills and Rio Verde. One of the largest in the Maricopa County Park System, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park is probably best known as a mecca for mountain biking enthusiasts from across the country, yet it is also a fantastic place to hike, horseback ride, camp, RV, picnic, bird-watch, stargaze, take photographs or just get out and enjoy nature. There is a $6.00 per vehicle fee to enter the park! If you visit frequently then you might want to obtain a Maricopa Mountain Parks Annual Pass, or a Senior Pass, which is free.

The beautiful Sonoran Desert in bloom.

The beautiful Sonoran Desert in bloom.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park has over 50 miles of trails within its boundaries, and the western edge of the Park borders the McDowell Sonoran Preserve which has an additional 50-plus miles of hiking and biking trails! Several International marathons, bicycle, mountain bike and fun runs draw contestants from across the globe, but most of the

The park has an amazing range of activities each month, and publishes a monthly calendar.  “Ranger Amy” is a crowd favorite, but her interpretive hike with the “Creepy Crawlies of the Desert” is a favorite for adventurers of all ages.  The next class is scheduled for February 23, 2013.

Date: February 23rd

Time: 1-2 pm

Contact: Amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov  /  480-471-0173  Ext. 201

Ranger Amy guides you on this event and there is no registration required!

Enjoy the hikes through the Sonoran Desert with Ranger Amy.

Enjoy the hikes through the Sonoran Desert with Ranger Amy.

Photography is another favorite pastime in our beautiful Sonoran Desert…and the Park sponsors dozens of hikes each week that provide the perfect opportunity to capture the essence of the Fountain Hills area.  Regularly schedules Fitness hikes every Friday are enjoyed by dozens of visitors and locals alike, and a special cell phone photo hike is planned for March, where you might catch the early desert wildflowers.

We, at Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate know how stunning our surroundings are. We hope you enjoy the hikes and the beautiful scenery that we wake up  to everyday. If you would like to enjoy our weather and scenery everyday, then please drop by our office and we can help find you the perfect Desert Oasis of your own!  www.150ways.com