Dixie Mine Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fountain Hills, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.0 miles
1,128 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


historic site

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

2 days ago

Excellent hiking with good views and an abandoned mine (which is covered).

1 month ago

Don’t know why this mileage is so far off.

Hard to find trailhead parking lot just outside the gated community of Eagles Nest. After a 1/2 mile walk through the gate to the trailhead, you begin the hike and still haven’t seen a sign that says Dixie Mine.

Trail is mostly dirt and easier than the jagged stone hikes on many of the Sonoran trails. While not a big total elevation change, the many up and down segments make it a more moderate hike. You eventually come to a sign that says Dixie Mine at the Sonoran Trail intersection.

After 2 miles on the scenic trail (2 1/2 in) you wonder, “Have I missed the mine?” You come to the remains of a dirt road and think the mine must be down this road.

After another 1/2 mile (now 3 miles from the parking area) we turned around thinking we’ve overshot the mine entrance based on the All Trails app mileage number and turned around.

Never saw the mine holes others talked about. Our hike totaled 6 miles. Enjoyed the scenery. Yup, there is no shade so bring plenty of water to last 2+ hours.

7 months ago

Great hike!! Cactuses and other plants just starting to bloom! Mostly easy with a few spots that would be considered moderate. Not very many people... beautiful views! Take lots of water as there is no shade.

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

very beautiful scenery... with a bit of challenge

10 months ago

I hike this trail quite often seeing as I live in walking distance to the trailhead. Usually not crowded although sometimes on weekends there are hiking clubs that go. The mine is actually through the wash at the bottom. Great trail for everyone because you can either turn around at Dixie mine or keeping going to Thompson peak or prospector. Great hike for dogs too.

10 months ago

Great trail, gorgeous views each step of the way!

10 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.

11 months ago

Fairly mellow hike and good for most ages. Can be beautiful during wildflower season but that can also bring a lot of bees. Usually not super crowded.

11 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.

11 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.

Friday, November 03, 2017

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

One of our favorites! Great views without having to climb a peak. Very interesting rock formations. Mine itself is pretty cool too. A bit confusing to get to the mine itself, but there is a road up to the mine opening, which is caged off. Trail head is a new parking area so you can’t park right at the beginning. It is well marked but bring $2 for the trail fee, which you pay at the beginning of the Dixie Mine trail head.

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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I come here after work to go running and it's beautiful. The flowers are in bloom so there's lots of colors and desert animals out. I started at Dixie Mine Trail and switched to the Sonoran Trail for more of an incline. The views of Four Peaks Mountain are amazing.

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.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Linked it to prospector to gateway pass ... Gorgeous!

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.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

A great hike. Good trail and enough ups and downs to make fun. Just a note...it's very easy to miss the mine. The mine is actually below the tailings in the trees....worth the the trip.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

What a great afternoon hike. Did not see very many hikers and only a few bikers. Parts of the trail could best be described as "rolling" meaning there are ups and downs and so you get a great variety. Views are fantastic and there is a cool old mine you can peak down into. Would recommend for all skill levels just be sure to take lots of water as there isn't much shade or relief from the sun!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It was a cool trail. A few old mine entrances to peer into but you can't enter them. Not very challenging but great views.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This is a very scenic hike that connects to several other trails for longer hiking options. Most people miss the mine as they think the tailings are the mine. The mine is in a wooded canyon at the end of trail. People remove the cairns to keep it secret. There are petroglyphs just beyond the mine entrance.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Easy family friendly trail. Fun to take the service road down to climb to the mine.

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.

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