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“Fun trail for the family”

Fountain Hills Botanical Garden
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

A good, short trail for everyone from the pre K to the Post 80. No major hills, clearly marked and about a half mile. Several benches along the way. All plants are marked. Small parking lot is plenty large enough for the amount of usage. Saw several fairly tame rabbits which should entertain the little ones.

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

This is a short, well marked trail that looks nothing like the rest of Fountain Hills. There are nice markers to tell you what the vegetation is, a very old dam no longer in use, and big beautiful boulders the trail weaves between. This trail is suitable for young and old. Unless you use a walker, you can do this trail. :)

4  Thank dawnhammer
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

The Fountain Hills Botanical Garden is a small desert preserve with a roughly half mile long self-guided hiking trail through a local wash. There is no admission fee. It is located in a scenic area between many nice homes. There is paved parking for several cars, a large sign with a map, and a few benches along the trails, but no other facilities, so bring water if it is a hot day. Though called a “garden” this is an area of native vegetation without any formal gardens and I do not believe many if any of the plants were intentionally planted here. There is signage on several of the more common plants. The views are similar to those seen by many high end homes in the area with nice views of Four Peaks Mountain, lots of mature saguaros, and some interesting rock formations. There are a few short spurs off the main loops that provide interesting overlooks. Also present is a brick dam that dates back to 1941. The dirt trails are a bit steep in places and can be slippery, so wear shoes with good traction. There is little or no shade on the trail, so this hike is best taken during cooler temperatures. The entire garden can be toured in a leisurely hour. If you are in the area and want to see what it would be like to live in the desert and see what the locals see, I recommend you stop by, but if you are looking for formal gardens with cactus from the world over, I recommend the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. I live in the area and take my relatives who have been to Arizona several times before on this nice trail. I believe children would enjoy the experience, though they may be tempted to clamber on the rocks which I don't believe is allowed.

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