Dixie Mine Trail

Dixie Mine
Dixie Mine
Views from the Dixie Mine trail
Along the Dixie mine trail
The Fountain hills fountain peeks out on the Dixie mine trail
map: dixie mine trail


How to Get There
This hike is located Phoenix, AZ.

In the Phoenix area, take state HWY-87 towards Payson. Turn left onto Shea Blvd into Fountain Hills. From Shea Blvd turn right onto Palisades Blvd. Then take a left onto Golden Eagle Blvd. Take Golden Eagle Blvd to the end of the road and a parking area.
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Phoenix Area and Central Arizona

Hike details

5.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
About 5 miles for the out and back.
2.00 [Hours]
It took us 2 hours to complete the hike with a few minutes checking out the mine.
Elevation Change
200 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Worst Season
  • July
  • August
Date Hike completed
December 31, 2008


Solitude Details
Not bad. Expect to see about 10-30 other hikers.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
The best part about this hike is it's proximity to the Phoenix area. This trail is Easy.


Be Aware of
$2 fee to enter McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Hike to the Dixie mine near Phoenix, Arizona

From the parking area, you need to walk about 10 minutes through a subdivision under construction to get to the actual trail. There is a map at the parking area, but there are no signs on the roads. As you enter the subdivision, turn right onto the third right street. The wide and well traveled trail is on the left side of the road. There is a spot to pay the $2 entry fee into the park here.


The well marked trail heads through the desert. There are plenty of Saguaro and Palo Verde here. The trail has some up and down, but generally heads up. Views behind you of the Superstitions and in front of you of the McDowell Mountains open up as you hike. Be sure to stop and look around once in a while. After 2.5 miles of hiking, you will reach a dirt road (closed to motor vehicles). You can see the tailings of the mine directly in front of you (marked on the map as Jct 2L), along with some large cottonwood trees in a wash. Go right onto this road and look for the trail along your left that leads up to the top of the tailings. The entrance to the mine is at the top of this short trail.


The mine never really yielded much wealth, but there is a nice view of the Superstition Mountains from here.

Return the way you came.


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