Dixie Mine is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.
McDowell Mountain Regional Park 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP Arizona 85255 Ph: 480-471-0173 Fax: 602-372-8507 firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing Address McDowell Mountain Regional Park PO Box 18415 Fountain Hills, AZ 85269-8415
Put "Eagles Nest Community" in your GPS to get to the parking lot. My Fitbit said 0.45 miles to get to the trailhead from the parking lot (Follow the sidewalk with the feathers printed on them). It was 2$ per person to enter the park from this entrance. This is a pretty trail, a lot of ups and downs but completely doable for anyone. Wear sturdy shoes as the path is more rocks than gravel. You will turn a corner and see the tailings from the mine. You can either hike on top of the tailings and view the mine from above or follow a small man-made/wash trail below the tailings to view the mine from below. Keep following that wash trail (below the tailings in the canyon) and you will find two panels of petroglyphs. One right after the mine and one a little further back, that are a little harder to spot, but worth the extra effort. If the wash is wet it could be slippery, so be careful! After starting from the parking lot, hiking on top of the tailings and to the 2nd panel of petroglyphs and back to the parking lot my Fitbit said 6.25 miles. Beautiful views of the Mountain Range! Recommend it!
This is a beautiful hike. Not busy, amazing views, and a well-groomed trail. This is definitely one of my favorites! You do have to walk about a mile through the neighborhood to get to the trailhead. I didn't see the petroglyphs or mine but I stopped at the Thompson Peak crossroad (about 2.5 miles in) and turned around so it might be just past that marker.
Great hike that is fairly easy and has great views! Highly recommended.
It was an amazing trail! About a mile walk from the parking lot to get to the actual trail though. Also, it's a littler harder than it seems, buy definitely doable! Good amounts of ups and downs. No traffic at all. We were the only people on the trail from 7-9am on a Saturday. Beautiful views, for sure.
Excellent trail, mine and petroglyphs were worth the hike.. Highly recommend !
We use this access point to get to the Thompson Peak summit trail. The parking access is approximately a mile or so from the TH. The Dixie Mine trail has a nice flow to it with some mild ups and downs and lots of gorgeous desert flora.
A good hike, though lacking in elevation and views. It's great for what it is. Watch out for rattlesnakes when it gets hot.