Sitting Pretty In McDowell Mt Regional Park

We are now all settled into our new campsite for the winter at McDowell Mountain Regional Park, and we just love it here. We have a nice size full hook-up campsite (not too close to other campers) with a fire pit (really nice for happy hours in the winter…) , BBQ grill (would come in handy but Bill always uses his Traeger smoker/grill our kids bought us for our retirement), and large picnic table in our back yard…


Bill already has his Traeger grill set up and ready to go, and I have my outdoor oven set up on the picnic table just waiting for me to cook up something wonderful for friends/family when they come to visit… You all know how I love to entertain…! We even set up our chairs and umbrella so we can sit outside and watch our outdoor TV in the evenings if the mood strikes us.. Ha!


We have stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The mountain in the picture below is where the sun sets and casts its golden glow every evening… so beautiful.


Being a desert rat through and through since 1952…, I just can’t get enough of the beautiful Arizona deserts!


Like San Tan, where we were last winter, McDowell Mountain Park offers miles and miles of beautiful hiking trails, as well as mountain biking, and horseback ridding. But McDowell Mountain Park also offers overnight camping as well.


McDowell Mountain Regional Park is located just outside of Fountain Hills Arizona. Fountain Hills is well-known for having one of the highest fountains in the world! The fountain sits in the center of a man-made lake in the center of the Fountain Hills community. We can actually see the fountain from the front window of our motorhome. Look closely in the middle of the picture below and you will see a white mark against the mountain in the background just to the right of the saguaro cactus. That is the fountain shooting high in the air.


The fountain sends a snow-white jet stream of water 560 feet into the blue desert sky. It is set to go off at the top of every hour for fifteen minutes between the hours of 10:00 A.M and 9:00 P.M. The fountain is the center piece and landmark of Fountain Hills, a community of rolling hills and spectacular mountain views. Fountain Hills is located just east of Scottsdale, Arizona.

At night the fountain becomes a jet stream of gold and white against the desert sky. Golden spotlights situated in the base of the jet spray send glowing illumination up the first 300 feet of the column of water where it blends with a contrasting silver-white light on the upper portion.

On St. Patrick’s Day the fountain is turned green. How fun is that!

We are beyond thrilled to be here in this beautiful park where we will be closer to our family and friends that live in this neck of the cactus… 🙂 🙂 We are excited to meet with some of our new co-workers and team members tomorrow and to get started (next week) in our new work/camp roles here at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. We will work Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s in the beginning until the other work/campers arrive, then we will all rotate weekend work shifts…

Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 20:13:36

    FABULOUS!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see the new neighborhood! Love you!! MORE!


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Sep 08, 2016 @ 21:06:41

    That’s a Womderful spot for you guys! We looked at a beautiful home there in Fountain Hills when we were thinking of moving there, but Harvey and I decided not to accept the job Harvey was offered , but that Fountain is beautiful . Your place looks so inviting and will be fun to watch for the fountain to shoot up and to enjoy your happy hour with all the many campers there. Looking forward to your post and you guys enjoy yourselves. Love you


    • beyondcinderella
      Sep 08, 2016 @ 21:31:16

      I remember when you and Uncle Harvey looked at homes in Fountain Hills. Our dear friends, Holly and Chuck, live in Fountain Hills, and our friends Robin and Bob, live in Scottsdale, so we are right in a good place to see both of them… It’s going to be a GREAT winter. Love and hugs to all. XoXo


  3. Karen
    Sep 09, 2016 @ 05:15:24

    Very anxious to make plans to see you and Bill! We are headed to Michigan soon and then have a trip to Rocky Point and Stacey’s wedding in October. Hope to find time in Oct or Nov to come visit. We’ll bring our own chairs for joining you in watching a Cardinals game or something! Haha


    • beyondcinderella
      Sep 09, 2016 @ 12:24:47

      YES!! We must make plans for you and Larry to come over and “side-gate” with us. We will “fine dine” under the stars and of course Happy Hour will be involved… Can’t wait to see you again. XoXo


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