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Athletic Leagues/Recreation

  • Little LeagueBaseball competition from T-Ball level (five year olds)up through the Senior League (early teens). 480-837-9874
  • Central Arizona Youth Football League -The Fountain Hills Youth Football Association has reorganized and aligned with the fast-growing Central Arizona Youth Football and Cheer League (CAYFL) to bring a locally-based youth football program back to Fountain Hills. Tackle football age and weight organized ranging from seven to 15 years of age and from 70 to 169 pounds. 480-205-6451
  • Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation – Organizes a variety of recreational and leisure programming for all ages in Fountain Hills. Some events are free, while others have a nominal fee. The department offers leisure classes and other programming that targets specific age groups and activities. 480-816-5152

Want to Stay In Shape -We Have Fitness Facilities  for Everyone

  • Anytime Fitness – 16650 E. Palisades Blvd. #109  480-837-5151
  • Black Belt USA – 16335 E. Palisades Blvd. #122  480-836-2272
  • Champions Fitness Club – 11879 N. Saguaro Blvd. 480-837-0315
  • Copperwynd Health and Spa – 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr. 480-333-1900
  • Fun 2 B Fit – 16650 E. Palisades Blvd, Suite 109  480-837-4620
  • Genuine Palates – Private in-home sessions 480-277-9062
  • Jazzercise of Fountain Hills15225 N. Fountain Hills Blvd. Suite 103  480-661-3948
  • Peaks Fitness Athletic Club – 18,000 sq. ft. of workout space. 12545 N. Saguaro Blvd. 480-816-3348
  • Smart Bodies – One on one private fitness and nutritions sessions 16316 E. Jacklin Drive  480-816-6161
  • Snap Fitness – 24 Hr gym and health club. 13525 Fountain Hills Blvd, Suite 104  480-837-3901
  • TruFit Studio – 1,300 sq. ft. of small group classes for yoga, pilates and strength fitness and Zumba classes. Located at 16716 E. Ave. of the Fountains 480-272-0547
  • Yoga Village – 16650 E. Palisades Blvd. Suite 107  480-905-8801

Activity Center for Seniors & Boomers

The center is supported by town funds, has nearly 300 volunteers and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday in the Community Center,  13001 N. La Montana Drive. The center provides hundreds of opportunities for seniors and boomers to prove that age is only a number. An annual membership entitles members to participate in many activities free of charge. All adults are eligible for membership; the center currently has more than 1,100 members.

Programs include line dancing, bingo, cards, fitness classes, knitting, dominoes, woodcarving, Mah Jongg, Scrabble, bunko, Sherlock Holmes book club, women’s singles, table talk for women, league sport games with Wii and a mens discussion group. The center also sponsors current-release movies that are shown weekly and several educational classes throughout the year such as conversational Spanish, AARP Defensive Driving and Great Decision classes.

The center offers educational classes at a minimal cost. A variety of day trips and overnight excursion options are offered at reasonable prices. The center coordinates a free Medical Equipment Loan Program for those in need as well as a Home Delivered Meals program. There are also support groups for Alzheimer’s, bereavement, caregiver’s, hearing loss and Parkinsons. 480-816-5226

Clubs and Organizations

If you are new to Fountain Hills or perhaps you want to meet some new people, the community has nearly 100 clubs and organizations in which to participate.  Fountain Hills has a proud heritage of volunteerism and community spirit which is apparent through the variety of activities represented by the clubs and organizations. Because there are too many to list on our website, we recommend you visit The Fountain Hills Times website for a list and description of these organizations.

Parks for Everyone “Even Fido”

  • Desert Vista Dog ParkAn off-leash recreational facility with restrooms and ramadas. This 3-acre fenced Dog Park allows pet owners the opportunity to let their dogs run free. The Dog Park is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dogs must be licensed and have proper vaccinations. The Dog Park is divided into two fenced areas, one for larger dogs and the other for smaller canines. The large/active dog area can be accessed from entrances on either Tower Drive or Desert Vista. The small/passive dog area can only be accessed from Tower Drive.
  • Desert Vista Skate Park – The Skate Park offers skateboarders, rollerbladers and bikers alike a place to get some exercise. The Skate Park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily.
  • Fountain Park – This 64-acre public park which includes a 29-acre effluent lake is owned and maintained by the Town of Fountain Hills. The Park was built in 1970 as the cornerstone of Fountain Hills and includes a 18-hole championship disc golf course, two age-defined children’s playgrounds with shade covers, a restroom building, as well as park benches, ramadas, walking paths and Splash Pad providing Fountain Hills youth a local place to cool off in the summer months. The recently initiated Greening Project has meant the inclusion of more than 40 additional trees surrounding the park.  Over the years, Fountain Park has become home to many local events including Movies in the Park, various musical events, Ballet Under the Stars and even high school graduation.
  • Four Peaks Park – Four Peaks Neighborhood Park is a 15-acre park that includes a youth soccer field with spectator seating, a 100 ft. pedestrian bridge and walkways, picnic tables, two lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, two multi-purpose ball fields with lights and a children’s playground.
  • Golden Eagle Park – This park occupies 25-acres off Golden Eagle Blvd. just north of the Fountain Hills High School. The park has a hardball diamond, three lighted multi-purpose fields for softball, Little League, youth soccer and high school sports, and two shaded “tot lot” play structures for children; one designed for toddlers and other older youths. The park also has two lighted sand volleyball courts, a large picnic ramada, two lighted basketball courts, four lighted tennis courts, horseshoe pits and grassy areas. There is also a central control building with restrooms, vending machines, concession stand, office, storage area and activity room.

Hiking and Biking – McDowell Mountain Park Regional Map

Fountain Hills and the Sonoran Desert areas are intertwined with more than 100 miles of hiking and mixed use trails. Trailheads in Fountain Hills now offer easy connections to trail systems in McDowell Mountain Regional Park as well as the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve.

Local Trails

  • Golden Eagle Trailhead leads to the Dixie Mine Trail , part of McDowell Mountain Park; 5 miles round trip. The trailhead is located at the end of Golden Eagle Blvd. Park in the public parking lot behind the “Ranch House” before reaching the gate house to the Eagles Nest Subdivision. The trail takes hikers to its namesake, an abandoned 240-foot deep mine. Nearly 500 feet of tunnels exist in the mine, but the mine is closed off today.
  • Overlook Trail offers a short, brisk hike many can reach from their front doors. The trail starts and ends on Panorama Drive across from Fountain Park. Amazing mountain and town views.

Preserve Hikes

The Fountain Hills McDowell Sonoran Preserve brings desert hiking right into the back yard, literally in many cases, of Fountain Hills residents. The 940-acre preserve within the twon boundary was acquired over several years during the late 90’s and early into the new decade. The Town of Fountain Hills owns 740 acres, and the remaining 200 is owned by the City of Scottsdale.

Volunteers with McDowell Sonoran Conservancy of Fountain Hills have worked the past few years building trails in the preserve and have completed 9.3 miles among five different trails.

  • The Easy Trail/Wayne Tall Loop is a .12-flat hike. This trail is a wide, gradual slope with broad views similar to the higher Town Overlook Trail.
  • The .4-mile Town Overlook Trail in the McDowell Mountain Preserve, begins along the Easy Trail (at .3 miles) and then climbs moderately to offer spectacular views of the Verde Valley and the Town of Fountain Hills. This trail is different from the “Overlook Trail” above Fountain Park.
  • The Promenade Trail is .09 miles along the face of the McDowells. This old Jeep trail is a wide path with a 309 foot elevation change. This is a moderately difficult hike along the length of the Preserve.
  • The Western Loop Trail is the hikers’ challenger. It is a 1.2 mile climb over the top of the mountain with a 573-foot elevation change with 360-degree views as the reward. The loop drops back to connect with the Promenade Trail.
  • The Sonoran Trail (formerly the North Trail) is 2.6 miles between the Promenade Trail and the Dixie Mine Trail inside McDowell Mountain Regional Park. This trail is strenous with a 580-foot elevation change. Mountain bikers enjoy the challenge of the Sonoran Trail. The extension between the Fountain Hills Preserve boundary and the Dixie Mine Trail was completed in 2009.

Until Eagle Ridge Drive is extended as a public road to the main trailhead, access to the Preserve is restricted. Guided hikes between October and April are offered. The restricted access lengthens the hiking by 3.4 miles round trip along the old jeep trail.