The North Valley

The North Valley

Rio Verde

Active Adult lifestyle in a tight-knit community.

Rio Verde is considered tailor-made for retirement,1 but that certainly doesn’t mean settling down. The city features amenities that encourage an active lifestyle, including tennis and pickleball courts, an art studio, a fitness center and hiking and biking trails. But the real draw of Rio Verde is its world-class golf.

Rio Verde is home to two traditional style championship golf courses fit for all levels of players and an active golf community. For the price of membership, you’ll have full access to all Rio Verde Country Club has to offer, on and off the course.2

Desert Cacti in Rio Verde

Rio Verde is home to two traditional style championship golf courses and an active golf community.

Rio Verde is a retirement community for people ages 55 and above who enjoy an active lifestyle, mountain views and lots of amenities.

Locals love: The variety of physical and social activities for senior living, especially tennis and golfing.

Nearby attractions:

  • Social experiences and activities at the Rio Verde Country Club
  • Hiking and walking trails in the Tonto National Forest
  • McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Closest cities: Fountain Hills, Scottsdale, Cave Creek

Freeway access: Loop 202, AZ Route 87, AZ Route 51, Loop 101

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Cave Creek

A small rural community with a western flair.

Set in the foothills of northwest Scottsdale, Cave Creek offers a peek into the Old West.

Frontier Town in Cave Creek

Throughout Cave Creek, you’ll find art galleries, upscale home decor stores and five-star dining. Just don’t be surprised to see a hitching post for your horse out in front.

This town has plenty of places for two-stepping, horseback and bull riding, and it’s signature event, Wild West Days, features a parade and a cattle drive. But it’s not all old western fun. Throughout Cave Creek, you’ll find art galleries, upscale home decor stores and five-star dining. Just don’t be surprised to see a hitching post for your horse out in front.

The combination of a slower-paced lifestyle, gorgeous mountain views and variety of attractions draw couples age 55+,1 but all are welcome to enjoy.

Locals love: There’s no shortage of things to do, from visiting the art galleries, attending community events, spending a day on Lake Bartlett, or enjoying nature’s beauty while hiking, or by renting an ATV 4-wheeler.

Nearby attractions:

  • Cave Creek Regional Park
  • Historic Spur Cross Ranch for hayrides, cookouts, horseback riding and more
  • Bartlett Lake

Freeway access: Carefree Highway, Agua Fria Freeway (Loop 101)

Closest cities: Carefree

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