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Grab A Paddle, Start Your Adventure, and Explore History
at the River of Time Museum

Throughout human history desert dwellers have found ways to create an oasis in arid environments.

Our journey begins between 5 and 10 million years ago when the Colorado Plateau uplifted. The change in elevation caused the Verde River to reverse direction and expose rock formations: the mountains of the Lower Verde River Valley were born, filled with spiritual and scientific significance.

From the canal building Hohokom to the early wikiup shelters of the Yavapai, the history of the Lower Verde River Valley’s earliest residents can be read in the pottery and petroglyphs they left behind.

As the river of time flowed into the 19th century, miners and ranchers arrived in the region hoping to make their fortune; and when soldiers came in 1865, they established a military fort (later to be named Fort McDowell) near the Salinas (Salt) River.

Fast forward 100 years to the late 1960s when a land developer named Robert McCullough envisioned a community surrounding the largest fountain in the world. On December 15, 1970, McCullogh’s vision came to be when our eponymous fountain first sent water shooting 560 feet into the blue desert sky.

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Build the Future by Exploring the Past!

Our Hours

Summer Schedule (June through September)

Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Regular Schedule (October through May)

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m

The Museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and all scheduled Library closures.

Tickets

Child Admission
Admission ticket for a child (age 6-12) – $3.00

Student Admission
Admission ticket for a Student with ID – $3.00

Senior Admission
Admission ticket for a Senior Adult (age 65+) – $4.00

Adult Admission
Admission ticket for an Adult – $5.00

Our Mission

To engage, entertain, educate, and inspire people about the Lower Verde River Valley through relevant topics and experiences. Using the natural /social sciences of the region we preserve and interpret the past to understand the present, and promote future sustainability.

Location

12901 N La Montana Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Driving Directions

From Scottsdale: Shea Blvd. east; left on Palisades Blvd; right on La Montana Blvd.

From Mesa/Phoenix: Rte 87 north; left on Shea Blvd; right on Saguaro; left on El Lago Blvd.

Build the Future by Exploring the Past!

Our Hours

Summer Schedule (June through September)

Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Regular Schedule (October through May)

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m

The Museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and all scheduled Library closures.

Tickets

Child Admission
Admission ticket for a child (age 6-12) – $3.00

Student Admission
Admission ticket for a Student with ID – $3.00

Senior Admission
Admission ticket for a Senior Adult (age 65+) – $4.00

Adult Admission
Admission ticket for an Adult – $5.00

Location

12901 N La Montana Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Driving Directions

From Scottsdale: Shea Blvd. east; left on Palisades Blvd; right on La Montana Blvd.

From Mesa/Phoenix: Rte 87 north; left on Shea Blvd; right on Saguaro; left on El Lago Blvd.

Our Mission

To engage, entertain, educate, and inspire people about the Lower Verde River Valley through relevant topics and experiences. Using the natural /social sciences of the region we preserve and interpret the past to understand the present, and promote future sustainability.

Get in Touch. Get Involved.

12901 N La Montana Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

480-837-2612