Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, the McDowell Mountain range is a 21,099-acre park in the northeast Valley. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. With over 5o miles of trails to explore, visitors will find several distinct areas to explore throughout its range, however, the Rock Climbing in this park is exclusive to the Northern entrance.
The McDowell’s are comprised of several different granite climbing areas, each with a unique set of climbs. From the iconic Tom’s Thumb pinnacle that can be seen from miles all over the Valley, to the grand Gardener’s Wall – the McDowell Mountains are a rock climbing destination.