McDowell Mountain Preservation Commission


Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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NameRoleTerm StartedTerm Ends
Brian JenningsCommissioner11/01/202110/31/2024
Sherry IrwinCommissioner04/26/202210/31/2025
Bill CraigCommissioner02/19/201910/31/2024
Steven Nurney
Vice Chairman05/04/202110/31/2025
Scott Grzybowski
Janice HoldenCommissioner11/01/202010/31/2023
DJ WillardCommissioner11/01/202010/31/2023

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Aerial view of trail on Mountain Preserve


The Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve, also known as the Preserve, encompasses a scenic area of mountainous, pristine land that will be preserved in its natural state for the benefit of this and future generations.

In order for the Town of Fountain Hills to provide trails, trail head locations and safeguard the Preserve, a thorough set of regulations is needed. These regulations are specifically intended to accomplish the following:

  • Maintain the existing, undisturbed desert landscape
  • Provide regulations that will protect wildlife habitats and limit human encroachment to specific areas within the Preserve
  • Provide use regulations for the Adero Canyon Trailhead that grants public access into the Preserve
  • Provide use regulations for the Golden Eagle Trailhead, including access control into the Preserve through McDowell Mountain Park
  • Provide for the development of a trail system within the Preserve and connectivity to abutting trail systems in the City of Scottsdale and within McDowell Mountain Park