Scenic Drive to Fountain Hills

Scenic Drive to Fountain Hills

Drive Dates: Thursday, May 6 and Saturday, May 8

Total Drive Distance: 100 miles

Estimated total tour duration: 6 hours

Get out of the Valley and into the Hills! Join us as we take a scenic drive to Fountain Hills. We’ll start by taking a meandering route through beautiful desert neighborhoods in North Scottsdale, past expansive horse properties with views of Four Peaks and the surrounding mountains, and continue through the golf community of Rio Verde and the winding road which passes McDowell Mountain Regional Park.


After a short stop, we will continue onto the Beeline Highway to the East Valley, where we’ll pass Usery Mountain Regional Park and cross the Salt River, a popular waterway for river tubers. Navigators, keep an eye out as you may spot the legendary Salt River wild horses along the road! The iconic Salt River wild horses represent the wild, free spirit of Arizona and the American West. These horses are a historic population of unbranded, unclaimed, free-roaming horses that were born in the wild and are now protected within the Tonto National Forest. It is believed that the herd is descended from the Spanish horses brought to Arizona by the Spanish missionary Father Eusebio Kino in the 1600s. We might just get lucky and see some on this tour!


Our next stop is at the Water Users Recreation Site giving us the opportunity to view imposing cliffs rising above the river with another perspective of Four Peaks to the north. Continuing on, we’ll pass by Saguaro Lake, one of six reservoirs created to supply a reliable source of water to the Salt River Valley. The tour continues on the Beeline Highway which will take us to our final destination, Fountain Hills.


At its full height of 560 feet, the fountain is higher than the Washington Monument, 110 feet higher than the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt, and three times as high as Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park. The park surrounding the lake is the venue for the annual Concours in the Hills, which features over 1000 collector and exotic vehicles, with Porsche typically being the most-represented marque. The 2020 event raised $250,000 in support of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and featured a special reveal presentation of the Porsche Taycan.


Lunch will be served on the patio at Arrivederci Cucina Italiana overlooking the lake and famous fountain. “You will be greeted with big warm smiles as famiglia, and will be served some of the best Italian food this side of the Atlantic.”


Our tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa together, tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch for a leisurely drive back to the resort. You may also wish to stay and explore the Fountain Hills area on your own.

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