“The West’s Most Western Town”
Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east. Scottsdale, long dubbed “The West’s Most Western Town” for it’s wild west heritage, is annually rated among the nation’s most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out the latest rankings.
Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and more than 80 art galleries. Visit ScottsdaleDowntown.com
Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, in the city’s northern reaches, is the largest urban wilderness area in the United States and features more than 60 miles of trails through diverse and scenic desert terrain. In the East-Shea Corridor Scottsdale, access to these trailheads can be gained through the communities of Scottsdale Mountain and Hidden Hills. Nearby is the world-renowned Mayo Clinic .
Scottsdale Mountain was a model for both hillside development and sensitive community planning within a desert environ. The theme of Scottsdale Mountain has always been about a celebration of the natural desert surroundings, even long before the fabulous trail system in the McDowell Mountains to the eastbecame the treasured masterpiece they are today. Within Scottsdale Mountain, a community center features a tennis center and sport court that provide the most scenic view found anywhere in Arizona’s sports world! There is an outdoor pavilion for resident gatherings, plus a secluded, hillside whirlpool spa.
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve Trails cover an aggregate 36,400 acres of land that has been assembled through public and private partnerships, and is protected and preserved for “a sustainable natural desert habitat for wildlife, desert flora, and appropriate public use”. The Preserve includes lands of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills. Some of the area’s best hiking and equestrian trails are located here. You will also find the trailhead to the Sunrise Trail that winds through the mountains. The 4.48 mile trail has a 2,852 foot elevation with spectacular 360 degree views of the Valley.
Nearby, the Mayo Clinic and it’s 75,000’ research facility offers 240 exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center, a full-service laboratory, pharmacy, patient-education library, an endoscopy suite and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in more than 66 medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.
In addition to world-class health care careers and treatment opportunities, you’ll find many of Arizona’s finest public and private schools. Desert Mountain High School (DMHS), opened in 1995, is located at 120th and Via Linda and serves a community which strongly supports the school system. Also within minutes is the renowned Notre Dame Preparatory campus. The Basis School,located at 136th Street and Via Linda, provides one of the finest preparatory environments for kids 6-12 grade.
Golf and Area Resorts
Tourism provides the majority of the Scottsdale’s economic base, while the city draws in over 7.5 million visitors per year. It has more destination spas than anywhere else in the country and has been rated America’s Best Place to Live For Golf on account of its having more than 200 courses ranging from desert to rolling green. Nine of those courses are located within ten minutes of the area, including 5 in Fountain Hills and 4 in Scottsdale. These include Ancala Country Club, Talking Stick Golf Club, Tournament Players Club and Sanctuary Golf in Scottsdale. In Fountain Hills, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, Desert Canyon Golf Club and FireRock Country Club are easily accessible, along with the 36-hole We-Ko-Pa Golf Club at the Fort McDowell/Radisson Resort.