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Dixie Mine Trail

MODERATE 162 reviews

Dixie Mine Trail is a 11.1 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.

Distance: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,115 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Located in the McDowell Mountain Range behind the gated community of Eagle's Nest. 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 This trail is closed on holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years

hiking
27 days ago

Would have been better for me on a cooler day, not much shade and quite a bit of short steep inclines. Mines were interesting. Views were good. We did a little over 6 miles. Petroglyphs were nice, not as good as Hieroglyphic Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Hello everyone who reads this. My name is Ryan I am a security guard at the gated residential community that leads up to this hiking trail. I saw some of the 1 stars and everyone who did that mentioned how on the holidays they were turned away. I did hear about the guard last year who did that and I apologize, this trail was suppose to be open everyday starting last year on new years day. I don't know if he just wasn't informed or what but anyway this year I took his place. I don't know if I will be working on the holidays but I will make sure this year that it is open from sunrise to sunset.

mountain biking
no shade
1 month ago

Great trail with lots of up and downs. Plenty of loose rocks on the grades. Mostly single track but connects with a rough road near the mine. Interesting to look down the mine.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Hike/jogged this trail with a buddy of mine. You have to park before entering a gated community and the trail head is about a half a mile walk from the entrance. Amazing morning hike to get some awesome views of plants/wild life. Very easy but around this time of year would recommend starting early. Once 8am rolls around it starts to get a little hot. Totally worth going, the mine is pretty cool as well! Total miles I clocked was 5!

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

bugs
7 months ago

fun hike lots of up and down. a little bit rocky. biggest annoyance were the bugs

bugs
no shade
7 months ago

Great hike! Very colorful, with beautiful views.

hiking
8 months ago

Loved this trail - lots of up and down but not too difficult. Beautiful flowers everywhere

8 months ago

I loved this trail so much! Its rated as moderate, the first part of the hike seemed more on the easy side to me. a little rocky and a few hills, overall awesome.

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Couldn’t have asked for a better hike on a great trail! It definitely would be rated as moderate since there’s a lot of ups and downs on the trail. Finding the mine was a bit tricky since there are no signs leading up to where the mine is, so you’d have to pay close attention when you’re on the trail if you’re looking for the mine. Many signs of wildlife on the trail as well! Saw some birds, a coyote, and a couple of jack rabbits roaming around. Be mindful of some cacti growing around or on the trail because if you’re not paying attention, you might just have a bad day with a cactus while on your hike. Other than that, it’s a wonderful hike to go on. You’d just have to walk to the trail head about 0.5 miles. Once you get to the trail head, there is an entrance fee of $2 per person which you’d pay by envelope.

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

Beautiful trail. My fiancé and I seen lots of wildlife - a coyote, jackrabbits, a cardinal, and a couple of blue birds! Parking lot gets full quickly so you may have to wait for a spot. Be sure to bring $2 per person with you. When you park, it’s about a .5 mile walk to the trailhead. Just follow the signs and the feathers on the sidewalk. Trail has ups and downs, so no steep inclines at the end. When you get to the mine itself, be sure to look over the edge and find the other mine entrance. You can see 2 more entrances, and some petroglyphs! Would definitely come back to this one.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! Wow, rough and rocky terrain. Amazing views. Hiked with 6year old and 4yr old. Carried 4yr old all the way back. Saw a buck, doe, and babies about 30 yards from us. Reached the 2 mines and was really cool to see. Was hard to find, but a group of people showed us. Just beautiful

11 months ago

MMRP team worked hard to re open lower trail to horizontal mine shafts. Beautiful fall like views with yellow leaves.

hiking
Fri Nov 23 2018

We attempted this hike on Thanksgiving Day, only to find that cones had been set out across the sidewalk and signs had been posted on the sidewalk leading into the gated community that said "No Trespassing". The security guard at the gate informed us that the trail is closed on holidays (i.e. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc.) so the residents of the gated community can have their privacy. That makes me wonder which came first, the trailhead or the gated community? If this is a public trail, how can a private residential community block public access?

hiking
Tue Nov 20 2018

Gorgeous mostly flat hike to the Dixie Mine and back is only about 5 miles. Parking is outside gate in neighborhood and then have to walk through neighborhood to trailhead. The sidewalk is marked and security will stop you if you don’t stay on marked path. Once at trailhead about 2m out to dirt road, turn right to go downhill. You will see the mine dug out on the hill and the mine entrance is right under it. Be safe! Fun and interesting hike with the kids.

hiking
Sat Nov 10 2018

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

hiking
Mon Sep 24 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Apr 05 2018

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.

hiking
Mon Feb 05 2018

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

Mon Jan 29 2018

very beautiful scenery... with a bit of challenge

hiking
Thu Jan 04 2018

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.

hiking
Wed Jan 03 2018

Great trail, gorgeous views each step of the way!

Mon Jan 01 2018

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.

hiking
Mon Dec 11 2017

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.

hiking
Sun Dec 03 2017

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.

Mon Nov 13 2017

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.

Fri Nov 03 2017

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

hiking
Sun Oct 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.

hiking
Thu Apr 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.

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