McDowell Mountain Ranch is a diverse, family oriented community with a vast range of amenities designed for an active lifestyle.  Its 25 neighborhoods are arranged around a central five acre park that features a community center, swimming pool, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, and splash fountain.  Miles of well maintained trails are available for walking or biking, connecting neighborhoods to each other and leading to the McDowell Mountain Ranch Park & Aquatic Center.  This park is 35 acres and features a skate park, soccer fields, and lighted ball fields.  The Aquatic Center offers swim lessons, aerobics classes, and fitness classes, in addition to its 8 lane lap pool, diving well, water slides, lazy river, and large play pool.  Spending a day at the Aquatic Center is like visiting a water park, without the crowds or the costs.

This community is bordered by the championship, 18-hole,  Sanctuary Golf Course.  It lies on the western slope of the McDowell Mountains and has achieved Audobon Signature Status for the way the native plants and wildlife have been protected while conservation, water quality, and pest control issues have been handled.  The clubhouse is 8,500 square feet, and includes a full service restaurant, driving range, putting greens and private golf lessons.  In close proximity to the community are a wide variety of shopping and dining opportunities, as well as a city library and the Scottsdale Citizen’s Service Center.