"Lightning of the Lower Verde Valley" display

The “Lightning of the Lower Verde Valley” photo display is running again through Dec. 2 at McDowell Mountain Regional Park visitor center, a Maricopa County park center.

This display features lightning and monsoon photography specific to the Lower Verde Valley, in which the park is located. I decided to theme the show around the Lower Verde to celebrate the area, the park and the wild lightning that it gets during the summertime.

The Lower Verde Valley lies between the McDowell mountains (east of Scottsdale), the Four Peaks Wilderness (east of Fountain Hills) and the Mazatzal mountains (south of Payson).

The display is located in the Visitors Center of the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. The Center is an ideal place to stop by, pick up a trail map and information before hitting the trails.

McDowell Mountain Park is a 21,099-acre desert wild park situated between the McDowell and Mazatzal mountain ranges northeast of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, Arizona. Terrain is upper Sonoran desert, featuring lush varieties of desert cacti and plants such as Giant Saguaro, cholla, ocotillo and desert trees. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors enjoy a full program schedule, over 50 miles of multiuse trails, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Interpretive hikes are available, see the calendar of events…


The park gate is located 8 miles north of the town of Fountain Hills. Follow Fountain Hills Blvd north as it leaves town and about 5 miles down you will see the park gate. The Visitors Center is located about 3 miles in from the gate. To verify hours of Visitors Center, please call ahead.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park Visitor's Center
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP Arizona 85255
[email protected]

$5 per vehicle park entry fee for park day use
Contact: Crash Marusich, Interpretive Ranger 480-471-0173
Call ahead for Visitors Center hours.
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