McDowell Mountain Ranch (often referred to as “The Ranch”) is a diverse, family-oriented community with a wide range of amenities designed for an active lifestyle.
There is an abundance of recreational opportunities at McDowell Mountain Ranch—both in the surrounding mountains and in beautiful Scottsdale. Some of the highlights include aquatic sports, bicycling, equestrian activities, golf, hiking, state parks, fishing and ice hockey. This award-winning community features a five-acre park and community centers with swimming pools, spas, basketball courts, tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and the very popular splash fountain. Miles of improved trails connect neighborhoods to each other and to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the Scottsdale Public Library, Citizen Service Center, Desert Canyon School (one of only two sites in the Scottsdale Unified School District offering K-8) and the recreation centers. Residents enjoy easy access to the nearby Perimeter Center Business Park, the ice arena (home to the Phoenix Coyotes), West World (a 385-acre equestrian and special event facility that includes the 18-hole championship Sanctuary Golf Course with Audubon Signature Status), a medical office plaza, a 5-acre soccer center and a full-service neighborhood shopping center at 105th Street and McDowell Mountain Ranch Road as well as Bashas’ at the corner of Thompson Peak Parkway and Bell Roads. Other notable retailers include Osco, Subway and a selection of specialty stores. Three shopping centers lie within or adjacent to its boundaries offering a varied selection of unique dining and shopping opportunities. Since 1995 McDowell Mountain Ranch has served as a model for the development of several other Sonoran desert communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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