Situated in the northernmost reaches of Maricopa County, the unincorporated community of Desert Hills comprises border sections of both Cave Creek and Anthem. For its part, the Desert Hills residential area covers around 4.3 square miles and consists of both home developments and open stretches of ranch land best suited for horse farms.
Between the two of them, the cities of Cave Creek and Anthem boast a great many amenities and lifestyle enrichments to which Desert Hills residents and visitors have easy access. Cave Creek itself is home to the Desert Awareness Park which serves to expose residents and tourists alike to the marvels of desert ecology. Also in Cave Creek are the Memorial Arena Rodeo Grounds, the Cave Creek Museum, and the Desert Foothills Library which measures 20,000 square feet in size.
As for Anthem, this handsome slice of Sonoran Desert paradise features the splendid Anthem Golf & Country Club, which runs right up against Daisy Mountain, itself a nice sight for eyes in need of natural wonder. The club itself boasts 36 holes of championship fairways, twin putting greens, ample tennis courts, two fitness centers, and an amphitheater large enough to accommodate 200. A tour of this sterling club will surely amount to time well spent for visitors of all ages.
The food and shopping options surrounding Desert Hills are surprisingly ample, particularly given how far removed the community is from the larger Phoenix metropolitan area. Cave Creek and Anthem benefit greatly from excellent restaurants, most of which are within close driving distance of Desert Hills. Hungry residents and visitors have a terrific array of culinary styles from which to choose, including The Village Coffee & Crêperie, Le Sans Souci, The Grotto Café, and Tru Burger Co.
And for those looking to splurge on a retail outing, Desert Hills sits within convenient proximity to stores ranging from outlet venues and boutiques to quaint shops and specialty vendors. Be sure to visit Cartwright’s Leather Company, Anthem Community Farmer’s Market, Rare Earth Gallery, the Outlets at Anthem, or any of the dozens of other charming merchants not listed here. Many (if not most) of the stores surrounding Desert Hills effortlessly channel the very essence of Southwest living and desert culture. Lifelong residents and first-time visitors often find themselves taken with the sincerity and wholesomeness that characterize business and customer service in this quiet refuge of a community.
Because of its remote location, life in Desert Hills is serene when compared to otherwise similar communities in Maricopa County. It also straddles the line between modern civilization and the timelessness of a bygone age when the West was young and Arizona was a mere collection of train stations and outposts. A week’s visit in Desert Hills will acquaint you closely with that very phenomenon.