McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Now that we are all settled into our campsite at McDowell Mountain Park, I took my morning walk and captured a few pictures of what this park has to offer. McDowell Mountain Park is about four-times larger than San Tan Park, with what I am told offers over 22 thousand acres of land, and approx. 80 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback ridding, as well as about 80 campsites for RV’s, and I think they have about 10 tent campsites as well. I have not been given the “official” documentation of the park to study yet, but you can bet when I get that information, I will memorize all that information so I can share it with our visitors when I’m working the entry station booth…

The sun was just coming up over four peaks mountain as I started out this morning. What a beautiful sight. This is what we see every morning from the front window of our motorhome. I never get tired of watching the sun rise over those mountains.


I didn’t hike the trails this morning, but instead, I walked the paved road that goes around the campground where we live. This area is called Pemberton Loop Drive. As I walked along I saw lots of quail scurrying across the road. I love the quails especially when they are with their little babies. They run fast and are hard to capture when they are on the move. But I did manage to capture a picture of one before it got across the road and into the bushes…


I don’t know what kind of bird this is in the next picture, but it was perched in the top of this tree (not a great picture but if you look closely you can see it), and it was singing the most beautiful tune as I walked by.


Of course the mighty saguaro cactus makes its appearance by the thousands throughout the park.


But one of my favorite cactus is the beautiful, and graceful, ocotillo cactus. When this cactus is in bloom it is just fabulous!


The park offers visitors the opportunity to purchase memorial benches, for their loved ones that have passed, and have them places in different locations throughout the park.


As far as the eye can see in any direction here in the park, there are trails that take you through miles and miles of beautiful desert. With trails for every level of hiker, mountain biker or horseback rider.  From flat walking trails to more slightly elevated moderate trails, to the more difficult and challenging trails for more experienced and adventurous folks…


After about 45 minutes of walking and enjoying the quiet of the morning desert, with the exception of a few coyotes howling in the distance…, I returned back home to our little slice of heaven in the desert.


This will be our home for the winter. We love our space here. This is where we will spend our mornings watching the sun rise, and our evenings watching the sun set. Where we welcome family, and long-time friends, and where we will make new friends along the way. Our home… welcome to it!


Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 21:15:06

    And I just can’t wait to see it up close and personal! Love you both!! xoxoxo MORE!


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Nov 02, 2016 @ 22:14:21

    It is absolutely beautiful there. So inviting and cozy and I love your table setting and that tile on the patio, really neat and different. You’re going to have a great winter there and you’ll be near your family and friends old and new. Who could ask for anything more. My prayer are for you and Bill to continue enjoying such beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the weather stays nice and I’m still praying for Shantel that she find her future with all the joys and happiness that she deserves. Love you guys😘😘🍷🍷🙏🏻🇺🇸


    • beyondcinderella
      Nov 02, 2016 @ 22:46:39

      Thank You Aunt Ellen. We are loving life here, and hope to make this our winter home for as long as we continue to work/camp. Thank-you also for your continued prayers for Shantel, “that she finds her future with all the joys and happiness that she deserves” That is my ongoing prayer for her too. Love and hugs to you and yours. XoXo


  3. Bill
    Nov 03, 2016 @ 12:54:16

    We are going to have a great time learning the trails here it will take awhile but we will get there, just like at San Tan.
    Thank you for putting your personal touch on our home, I know you enjoy doing it.
    Love you your Bill


    • beyondcinderella
      Nov 03, 2016 @ 13:32:42

      Yes, Bill, I’m looking forward to learning all about this beautiful park and discovering our favorite hiking trails together. I do love decorating our home and appreciate that you notice when I change things up… Love you, Girly xoxo


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