The McDowell Mountain Range is located about twenty miles northeast of Phoenix, Arizona and may be seen from most places throughout the Phoenix Metro Area. The McDowell Mountains share borders with the cities of Fountain Hills, Scottsdale, and Maricopa County. The city of Scottsdale has made its share of the McDowell Mountains a preserve, and has set up a wide trail network in partnership with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
The highest peak in the McDowell Mountains' is East end Peak at 4,057 feet. This mountain range also serves as a sacred marker to the Yavapai people. The boundaries are loosely defined Granite Mountain to the North and Saddleback Mountain to the South. The Mcdowells also entail local landmarks such as Pinnacle Peak and Tom's Thumb. Located throughout the McDowell Mountains are copious amounts of hiking and biking trails. Many are located in and adjacent to or in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. When visiting the park you can enjoy over 50 miles of multiuse trails, and stellar views of the amazing mountain ranges. Throughout the mountains you are likely to see Deer, Javelina, birds, Coyotes, Gila Monsters and be on the lookout for rattlesnakes.