Dixie Mine

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Dixie Mine is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.5 miles
419 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


trail running




McDowell Mountain Regional Park 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr. MMRP Arizona 85255 Ph: 480-471-0173 Fax: 602-372-8507 mcdowellpark@mail.maricopa.gov Mailing Address McDowell Mountain Regional Park PO Box 18415 Fountain Hills, AZ 85269-8415

4 months ago

Where is the mine itself? Did not see any sign, however it is very nice trail with some real nice views.

4 months ago

very beautiful scenery... with a bit of challenge

5 months ago

Gave it one star because we couldn’t hike on it. Arrived on News Years day and there was a security guard waiting and turning away all hikers. It was closed and he said it is. Closed 3 days a year and we happen to hit one of the days. I mean who pays a man to stand on New Year’s Day to turn hikers away. Will have to try again soon.

6 months ago

hiked over from the Scottsdale side via bell pass and prospector. Been wanting to check out the mine for a while. Hiked back to Dixie mine trailhead to complete the route. Enjoyed the route besides the mine great views of Four Peaks weavers needle Thompson peak and east end.

7 months ago

Closer to moderate than easy. Fairly scenic and not many people using it. I also missed the trail back to the mine but it was the best part of the hike for me, if you continue going up the trail past the mine to the top of the mountain you can see the fountain (during the first 15 minutes of every hour), a little bit of the Verde river and a lot better view of the mountains.

7 months ago

Nice Trail, we were lucky to see about 6 Mule Deer about 100 yards away from us:)

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Amazingly beautiful scenery. It was a little difficult to find the trail after crossing the dirt road. We had to double back to find it. It is just a few feet down the road past the wash. Up that wash are the other caves and petroglyphs. It looks like a game trail.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Beautiful out and back hike. Not very difficult and a great place to take the dog for a casual hike. Not very many people. You do have to park outside a gated community (Eagles Nest) and walk approx a half mile to trail head.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Located in the McDowell Mountain Range behind the gated community of Eagle's Nest, this is a near-perfect hike through rolling hills. The views are second to none with various types of cacti, lush vegetation, and a variety of geological wonders. Views go on for days.

The hike is exceptionally well maintained and labeled. It is out and back, and at around 2 miles, you reach the established mine. There are two paths to get there: one narrow option just after the signs to the trail, and another wider "road" a bit farther down. The mine entrance is straight down and well covered to avoid falls. However, as you stand on the mine and look down toward the wash, you will see another mine that is open.

To explore more, when returning back, turn right at the wash to visit three more small mines and petroglyphs. Only a mild amount of bouldering is needed to traverse this area, but it is well worth it. These extra steps will make the hike closer to 6 miles.

We took the hike on a cloudy, cool day, which was perfect since there is no coverage on the trail. But in some places, it certainly didn't feel like we were in Arizona. There was so much green in the area, and at the right times of year, the wildflowers will be spectacular.

Monday, February 20, 2017

I think this trail should be rated moderate due to very numerous up and down portions,some of which Have loose rock Very little shade. Take water. It is a beautiful trail and there are some great quartz outcroppings

Friday, February 17, 2017

Just an incredible hike. So much to see and appreciate. Solid workout. Encountered a huge rattlesnake that was more afraid of us than we were of it. Highly recommend this trail. Can't wait to take it in with my mountain bike.

Monday, February 13, 2017

This hike has gorgeous views all around. The trail has many variations in the terrain as well. There are several steep climbs, some loose rocks and rocky slopes. My hiking poles came in handy for sure. Newer to the hiking scene since January of this year. My own personal opinion is this trail is moderate due to the steep hills. You must park outside the gated community and walk about a half mile thru the subdivision before getting to the trail head. There is a $2 honor system pay envelopes once you reach the trail head. Have plenty of water!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

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!

Monday, December 26, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Great hike that is fairly easy and has great views! Highly recommended.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

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.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Excellent trail, mine and petroglyphs were worth the hike.. Highly recommend !

Monday, April 18, 2016

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.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

A good hike, though lacking in elevation and views. It's great for what it is. Watch out for rattlesnakes when it gets hot.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Very natural trail with a lot of ups and downs and a lot of wildlife. Lots of lizards, jackrabbits, jerboas, and birds. Supposedly rattlesnakes in area so proceed with caution on hotter days. Trail is a lot longer than expected and has no sitting spots/resting spots so be prepared to power through. Couldn't find mine at any point in trail other than an off-trail concrete structure. Not sure if I wasn't looking in the right spots for it. Would definitely hike again if mine can be located and if I bring more water.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Parking is a distance from the trail head. The luxury homes are amazing on the walk to the trial head. Great interval training hike, because trail goes up and down constantly. Bring lots of water because it is a longer hike. I'm use to 2.5 hour hike. My fingers and hands were huge sausages!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Loved it! Beautiful! We saw a rattlesnake though so watch your dogs!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The trail starts in the parking lot on the right outside the Eagle's Nest neighborhood gatehouse. Follow the signs thru the neighborhood about 1/2 mile to the actual trail head. Nice houses and nice views on the way. The trail goes up and down a lot so even though the elevation gain is only 472ft, the cumulative gain is a lot more than that. Dixie mine is a covered shaft that goes straight down 60-70 ft or more. Didn't see the bottom nor did I want to venture out over the shaft any further. There is a horizontal shaft and gate for the mine. It's located along the creek bed below the mine. You can access it the creek bed from the road. Don't try to climb down the mine tailings or you might slide all the way down and really get hurt. Fun hike for one time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nice trail--very well marked and clean parking lot. Saw a coyote on my run. Ran this around 5pm which was perfect for October because the sun dipped behind the mountain for most of my run. The first mile is very technical and rocky so watch your footing. After that it opens up to some solid single track.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I couldn't find the gate to Dixie but I did find the big hole with metal over it. Not sure if the gate is now covered? I went 6.8 miles... so no clue where the gate was!

Friday, January 25, 2013

This is a nice trail through fairly level desert, with a few ups and downs along the way. After arriving at the dirt road, take a right, go down the hill, and then left into a lush wash. Follow the overgrown trail a short way to the Dixie Mine, which is closed up. Also, a little further down the wash are some purported petroglyphs.

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