Fountain HillsUnited States of America

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Check out art galleries, vast desert canyons and one of the world’s tallest fountains reach into the sky against a backdrop of the purple-hued McDowell Mountains.

The Town of Fountain Hills is a stunning oasis in the middle of the Arizonan desert. Explore the town’s exciting art trails and creative studios, take in the sights of a world-famous fountain or discover the surrounding region, where stunning mountain ranges roll out as far as the eye can see.

The town is named for its breathtaking man-made fountain, which bursts forth out of the center of Fountain Hills Lake. A local Arizona entrepreneur, Robert McCulloch, built the fountain in 1970. The pride of the town and a truly spectacular sight, the fountain can reach a height of 560 feet (170 meters) on special occasions, making it taller than the Washington Monument, Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral and the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. Stroll around Fountain Park and you’ll see the monument reach its everyday height of 330 feet (100 meters) every hour. Pack a picnic and enjoy the show or hike along the Lake Overlook Trail for stunning views across the town and beyond.

Downtown, you’ll find a selection of intriguing galleries and local landmarks. Embark on the Fountain Hills Public Art Walk to see 150 different artworks dotted throughout the streets and parks. Grab a map and a guide from the local tourism office or join a docent-led tour for a local insight into the art pieces. Stop by the Fountain Hills Artists’ Gallery or the Fountain Hills Theater to experience some more local culture. Learn about the region’s heritage at the River of Time Museum, which highlights the Yavapai people, Fort McDowell and the mining prospectors who sought gold and found amethyst.

Explore Fountain Hills’ mesmerizing desert landscapes to reach breathtaking viewpoints and experience Arizona’s spirit for adventure. Go hiking or biking in the McDowell Mountain Preserve or check out Tonto National Park. Visit nearby Saguaro Lake for paddleboat or kayak tour. Ride through the desert hills on horseback or in a four-wheel drive buggy.

The town of Fountain Hills is located in central Arizona and is a half-hour drive from Phoenix’s international airport. The region has plenty of sunny days and mild winters, ensuring you can have outdoors adventures almost year-round.

Where to stay in Fountain Hills

Sunrise, off East Shea Boulevard.
trover photo by Jim Thompson

Town Center

When in Town Center, you can plan a visit to Fountain Hills Fountain and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Town Center

Top Hotels in Fountain Hills

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lakeshore Hotel and Suites
Lakeshore Hotel and Suites
3 out of 5
12800 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$93
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Situated in Fountain Hills, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fountain Hills Botanical Garden and Fountain Hills Artists' Gallery. Fountain Hills Fountain ...

3.9/5Good! (1,804 reviews)

"It was just what I needed for my stay in AZ I was travelling on business"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Lakeshore Hotel and Suites
Inn at Eagle Mountain
Inn at Eagle Mountain
3.5 out of 5
9800 N Summer Hill Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ
$230
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Eagle Mountain, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Golf Club at Eagle Mountain and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Eagle Mountain ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,577 reviews)

"We loved that the inn was tucked away on the mountainside- so quiet and relaxing! It felt like we were miles away from everything! Yet we were only minutes from every amenity we could want - grocery, restaurants, gas stations, shopping."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Inn at Eagle Mountain
Comfort Inn Fountain Hills - Scottsdale
Comfort Inn Fountain Hills - Scottsdale
2.5 out of 5
17105 E Shea Blvd, Fountain Hills, AZ
$126
per night
Mar 23 - Mar 24

Located in the heart of Fountain Hills, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Desert Canyon Golf Club and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fountain Hills Botanical Garden and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (590 reviews)

"The bathroom was nice and clean. Pool and hot tube was clean and refreshing."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Comfort Inn Fountain Hills - Scottsdale

Popular things to do in Fountain Hills

Old Town
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Old Town

4.5/5(3,484 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Old Town, a favorite shopping spot in Scottsdale. Savor the lively bars and top-notch restaurants while in town.

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain

4.5/5(1,871 reviews)

A distinct “hump” in the landscape offers panoramic views over the Valley of the Sun.

Scottsdale Fashion Square
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Scottsdale Fashion Square

4.5/5(2,056 reviews)

When you visit Scottsdale Fashion Square, a favorite shopping spot in Scottsdale, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Phoenix Zoo
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Phoenix Zoo

4.5/5(1,127 reviews)

This wildlife park often ranks in the top American zoos for families, and is the largest non-profit zoo in the United States.

Desert Botanical Garden
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Desert Botanical Garden

4.5/5(1,105 reviews)

With desert flora and fauna, including larger-than-life cacti, this garden attracts those who want to experience the desert without venturing far from the city.

Sloan Park
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Sloan Park

4.5/5(276 reviews)

Catch an event at Sloan Park, and enjoy other activities in Mesa such as running. Experience the acclaimed art scene or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Top activities in Fountain Hills

Tee Time in Scottsdale Including Premium Golf Club Rental
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Tee Time in Scottsdale Including Premium Golf Club Rental

100% of travellers recommend
$129
Per adult
Best Hummer Adventure in Scottsdale/Phoenix area through Tonto National Forest
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Best Hummer Adventure in Scottsdale/Phoenix area through Tonto National Forest

$162
Per adult
Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

96% of travellers recommend
$169
Per adult
Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour
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Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
$168
Per adult
Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Sonoran Desert with Gourmet Cuisine
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Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Sonoran Desert with Gourmet Cuisine

88% of travellers recommend
$179
Per adult
Musical Instrument Museum Tickets
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Musical Instrument Museum Tickets

100% of travellers recommend
$20
Per adult

Reviews of Fountain Hills

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 30.62200956937799%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.655502392344498%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Fountain Hills is a wonderful community to visit! We enjoyed the park area around the fountain, the farmers market and craft vendors on the avenue, the Pony Express riders rode in the day we were there and the car show was another popular event.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

Balloons by lake were great!

5/5 - Excellent

Rod

Dec 24, 2019

Fountain Hills is a wonderful little town and worth the drive if you are close!

5/5 - Excellent

Christine

Nov 19, 2019

Fountain Hills is a beautiful area. Great art, food and I loved walking throughout the fountain park area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 14, 2019

Check in and out and over charges ruined my birthday weekend

5/5 - Excellent

Staycation

Oct 8, 2019

Nice town, clean, quiet, close to the river.