A uniquely developed master-planned neighborhood.


There's plenty to do around MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN RANCH, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including EP Cakes, Mise En Place, and White Lion Tea.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.8 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.84 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.97 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.35 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.83 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.89 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars


8,583 people live in MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN RANCH, where the median age is 45.6 and the average individual income is $76,431.82. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

45.6 years

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Welcome to McDowell Mountain Ranch

An award-winning, 3,200-acre, master-planned community.
McDowell Mountain Ranch is a uniquely developed master-planned neighborhood situated within 3,200 acres of peaceful Sonoran Preserve and surrounded by abundant desert wildlife and extensive hiking trails. It sits in Scottsdale's McDowell Mountain Range in Arizona and comprises private, individual homes built by 14 different builders, giving the neighborhood a distinct personality. Residents of McDowell Mountain Ranch enjoy a wide range of scenic views, a peaceful lifestyle, easy access to convenient, high-end shopping and restaurants, and resort-style amenities.
Developed mainly between 1995 and 2019, the community boasts a perfect location with proximity to the 101 freeway, Scottsdale Airpark, and numerous indoor and outdoor activities. Living choices in McDowell Mountain Ranch range from low-maintenance winter townhomes to spacious, gated custom homes. The varying elevations of the community allow for some of the city’s best skyline, mountain, and golf course views.

What to Love

  • Remarkable elevations up the McDowell Mountains
  • Gorgeous mountain and cityscape views in a peaceful location
  • Unique walking trails and path system
  • Gateway Loop hiking trail
  • A handful of shops and restaurants to explore
  • Fantastic homes
  • Aquatic and fitness center
  • Parks, golf courses, and nearby Westworld

Local Lifestyle

McDowell Mountain Ranch is a tranquil suburban community with homes ranging from rental apartments to luxury townhomes, hillside custom homes, condos, and detached homes on multi-acre lots. A few neighborhoods are gated and feature miles of breathtaking biking, hiking, and walking trails. The community is perfect for active outdoor enthusiasts, especially those looking to indulge in the simple serenity of the majestic mountains. Families can also enjoy living in McDowell Mountain Ranch due to the various playgrounds, picnic areas, swimming pools and spas, and an aquatic center.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

McDowell Mountain Ranch offers residents and visitors plenty of dining and shopping options. When looking for a relaxed tavern that offers southwestern spins on pub grub, regular live music, and cocktails, head to The Vig MMR on Bell Road. This American restaurant provides an excellent atmosphere, including indoor and outdoor seating, for a unique dining experience.
Thompson 105 is another perfect eatery in the neighborhood offering Italian fares. The diner features a wood-fired rotisserie grill, locally sourced produce, and fresh meats. While getting your vehicle washed along Bell Road, you can also enjoy great coffee, cheese, wine, and BBQ dinners at The Thumb. If you need to taste Chinese and Asian cuisine in the heart of McDowell Mountain Ranch, check out Flo's - New Asian Cuisine on Baseline Road.
When shopping in the neighborhood for groceries, visit Farmers Market along Greythorn Drive or head to McDowell Mountain Marketplace, a retail building with a great selection of restaurants and shops. For memorable entertainment, check out The Whining Pig, which serves the best beer and wine in the community. The Ice Den is another excellent spot to practice hockey and take figure skating sessions.

Things to Do

McDowell Mountain Ranch offers plenty of things to do, whether exploring indoor or outdoor activities. MMR Public Golf Course is a premier public golf course located in the valley of Arizona's McDowell Mountains. The golf course offers all the amenities of a private club, especially after a massive enhancement and renovation in 2011.
For a unique recreational adventure, McDowell Mountain Aquatic Center is a beautiful, clean facility with a 5,000-gallon lap pool, a splash pad, and a 600-foot lazy river. In addition, you can extend your fun to McDowell Sonoran Conservancy to explore the natural open spaces and take on horseback riding, rock climbing, trail running, and hiking.
MMR Park is another excellent place to visit, offering a sprawling getaway for hiking, camping, biking, and horseback riding. McDowell Mountain Ranch is also home to some of Arizona's best sports. For instance, the Pickleball League is always fun to attend. If you are a hiking fanatic, interacting with hiking clubs in the community can be a perfect fit for some adventure and exercise.
Challenge yourself or take a stroll on the Gateway Loop Trail, a 4.4-mile loop offering some of the best views of the Valley. The Loop is among the most popular (and dog-friendly!) hiking trails in North Scottsdale. Few qualities bring a city together like a well-used, well-maintained pedestrian thoroughfare (always remember to drink and pack plenty of water before hitting the trail).

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