Tommy J. DeBardeleben

Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden

Fast Flight Facts

Target Species:  Desert species

Elevation: 1800'

Habitat:  Informative botanical garden in Lower Sonoran Desert habitat

Overall Birding Rating: 2

Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

Birding Type: Easy Hiking

Facilities:  Parking

Fees/Ownership:  None /Town of Fountain Hills

Closest Town or City/How far from Phoenix:  Fountain Hills /21 miles northeast of Phoenix

Getting there:  Reached from residential streets in Fountain Hills

Overview:  This Botanical Garden is owned by the town of Fountain Hills.  It is a small 8 acre garden, but is a very good place to learn about the different plants of the desert southwest.  There are 29 different desert plants throughout the garden, which a loop trail goes for a half mile through the habitat.  Here at the Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden, there are scenic rock formations, and good desert habitat in midst of these plants and plantings.  It's a simple walk for anyone, and is educational as well.  Birding wise, it is a great place to see various desert species, who will be rather easy to view throughout this small loop trail. 

Birding Tip:  Access to this Garden is free and is open from dawn to dusk.  Pick up a brochure under the information kiosk for more information about the Garden and be sure to respect the rules of the park.  Stay on the park trails, as a lot of the surrounding area is private property.

Directions:  To access the Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden:  From the east side of Shea Boulevard, take Fountain Hills Boulevard a short 0.7 miles north (which curves sharply northeast).  The Garden will be on the west side of Fountain Hills Boulevard, which is just north of Palomino Boulevard (west side of Fountain Hills Blvd.) and barely south of Emerald Drive (east side of Fountain Hills Blvd.).  A small parking area is at the entrance to the Garden.  Fountain Hills Boulevard is 1.6 miles west of Saguaro Boulevard, another good access road into the Fountain Hills area (which both roads eventually intersect). 


Fountain Hills Desert Botanical Garden Maps


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