Community of Fountain Hills

Our field of dreams!

At its full height of 560 feet, the fountain in the center of Fountain Hills is higher than the Washington Monument. It is 10 feet taller than Notre Dame Cathedral, 110 feet higher than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt and three times as high as Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park.
The white plume of the world famous fountain is visible far beyond Fountain Hills. It can be seen from as far away as the Superstition Mountains, Carefree and even from aircraft.
The fountain is the focal point for community celebrations and the pride of its residents. If you happen to visit during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you’ll see the fountain transform to emerald green.
The Fountain is extended to its full height on special occasions, for everyday viewing the Fountain reaches a height of 330 feet!
Our World Famous Fountain runs every hour on the hour for 15 minutes from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. everyday of the week!  This fountain is a celebration of life and water where it is most appreciated – in the middle of the desert.

HISTORY OF THE FOUNTAIN

Built in 1970 by Robert McCulloch the fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world!  The fountain sprays water for 15 minutes every hour at the top of the hour.

The fountain uses 7,000 gallons per minute and at its full height it can reach 560 feet in the air.
The plume rises from a concrete water lily sculpture in the center of a man-made lake.

ADVENTURE IN FOUNTAIN HILLS!

Hiking and mountain biking are at the top of our top 5 outdoor things to do! Make Fountain Hills your outdoor recreation choice. Outdoor art that celebrates the Western and human spirit, award-winning community theater, world-class golf and more are all yours and all just minutes from 32,000 unbroken acres of park and preserve land.

In Fountain Hills, panoramic views of the surrounding mountains beckon you to the adjacent McDowell Mountain Regional Park and McDowell Mountain Preserve and their generous network of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Thanks to Fountain Hills’ location, your enjoyment of these trails and the desert can start in minutes. This base camp lets you spend more time being on the trails than getting to the trails.

The Lake Overlook Trail is an easy-moderate 1.5 mile hike that is accessible from the heart of downtown Fountain Hills and offers some of the outstanding views of the Town and the neighboring Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and surrounding mountains. The south trailhead is located at Panorama Blvd. between Vista Del Lago and Diamante Drive. The north trail head is located at Panorama Blvd. just east of Saguaro Blvd.

Explore,experience and enjoy Fountain Hills

Desert Botanical Gardens

“This is your Garden—be proud of it. Take nothing but pictures and memories and leave nothing but the peace within.” ~ Quote, Terry Barwegen, Jr. Eagle Scout Award 1985

 

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Fountain Hills Trails and Connections

FOUNTAIN HILLS MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN PRESERVE

MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK

McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Thanks to the foresight of local residents, the tops of the McDowell Mountains are preserved for wildlife and future generations to enjoy. Through the work of Sonoran Conservancy volunteers, there are now more than five miles of trails. There are three to five scheduled guided hikes each month. Call 480.837.8290 to schedule a hike or check the conservancy website at www.scfh.org for hike details.
  • The Sonoran Trail is 2.6 miles and has an elevation change of 2,170 feet. Hikers can enjoy panoramic views of the lower Verde Valley and the Mazatzal Mountains, and the moderate-rated trail winds through several deep mountain face canyons.
  • The Promenade Trail is .93 miles and generally level except at the south end. This trail is also known as the “old Jeep road.” The trail is wide enough for hikers to walk side by side.
    • Western Loop Trail is 1.2 miles in length with an elevation change of approximately 600 feet. The trail is rated moderate to difficult with a number of switchbacks. The trail crests at over 3,000 feet, giving the hiker expansive views including downtown Phoenix. The trail is not recommended for bikes.
    • The Overlook Trail, Wayne Tall Loop and Easy Access Trail are accessed off the Promenade Trail. The Overlook Trail is about .5 miles with a small elevation gain of 167+ feet. The Wayne Tall Loop is a short side trail off the Overlook Trail and features a bench and interpretive plaque with information about local birds seen in the preserve. The Easy Access Trail is level and only .12 miles on a wide smooth surface.

 

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