Rio Verde Country Club

Speak to those who live and play in Rio Verde and you will probably hear, “This is the perfect fit for our lifestyle!” Originally a slice of the former Box Bar Ranch, the property is as stunning today as when it was first envisioned as a retreat for golf and nature lovers.

Wrapped in blue skies and Arizona sunshine, Rio Verde is nestled along the Verde River on the edge of the Tonto National Forest. Although tucked away in the desert, it is a short drive away from spectacular restaurants, theaters, shopping, museums and more in nearby North Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

Rio Verde’s total club lifestyle benefits from spectacular weather for staying active outdoors. And golf is elemental to this full life. Members play for the thrill of the sport and joy of the game. Whether playing for three hours or three holes, Rio Verde’s professional staff, extensive practice facility, and open fairways provide plenty of opportunity to get into golf.

Unlike many private clubs, Rio Verde’s members do not have food and beverage minimums or pay cart fees. Full membership provides unlimited access to dining and events, 36-holes of parkland-style golf, a driving range, three putting greens, and a bunker/chipping complex. Because Rio Verde Country Club is managed by Troon, members can request tee times at over 500 courses worldwide.

With fantastic food, a social calendar, and signature events, members stay as busy as they please. Those seeking a little piece of paradise are invited to see firsthand what makes Rio Verde the perfect home away from home.

To learn more about Rio Verde memberships or to schedule your private tour, contact Membership Director Megan Liborio at (480) 471-3410 or, or visit

Inside Your Home

Fall and Winter Maintenance

You might think of home maintenance like brushing and flossing your teeth. Neglect doing it for too long and you can face painfully expensive repairs. As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

While you can find many extensive checklists for fall and winter home maintenance, the following are critical for the long-term health and safety of your home.


Hire a roofing professional for a thorough inspection. Your roof took a beating through this extensive summer heat and possibly from earlier storms, so be sure to check for cracked tiles and aging flat roofs. Check that all debris is removed from rain gutters, downspouts, and scuppers. Debris build-up can lead to serious water damage.


Water pressure regulators only have a lifespan of about ten years. Sometimes water pressure spikes or a faulty regulator could spell disaster for your plumbing.

Make sure all exposed exterior water pipes are properly insulated. It is better to do it now than the night before a freeze occurs.


Clothes dryers cause 17,000 home fires every year. Most are caused by an accumulation of lint. Remove lint from the screen after every load and clean or replace accordion-style vent ducts at least once a year.


Fall and Spring are great times to give your A/C system some love. A qualified technician can check for wear and tear on parts and keep your coil clean.


If your home was built between 1988-1996, you might have polybutylene plumbing, which is known to have an elevated failure rate.  In addition, your electrical panel may need attention! Several brands including Federal Pacific, Zinsco or GTE-Sylvania might be a hazard.  We recommend checking in with a licensed professional to get more information on these key items.  

Real Estate

17211 E. Alta Loma at Arriba del Lago

Enjoy the magic of lakefront and mountain views from 17211 E. Alta Loma in Arriba del Lago.

17211 E. Alta Loma in Arriba del Lago

Overlooking the world-famous fountain and only a short walk to restaurants, pubs, the park, and hiking trails, you’ll fall in love with life in the heart of Fountain Hills.

17211 E. Alta Loma in Arriba del Lago

Nestled in the celebrated Arriba Del Lago gated community, this is one of the community’s signature homes and backs directly to the Fountain Park. A dramatic 11-foot arched door opens to views straight to the fountain.  Twelve-foot ceilings and walls of windows give you the best views of the park, fountain, and lights from the surrounding area.  The large fenced yard has multiple spaces and is perfect for entertaining.  Arriba del Lago features a beautiful gated entry along with a lap-style heated community pool and spa.

17211 E. Alta Loma in Arriba del Lago
17211 E. Alta Loma in Arriba del Lago

The large great room has space for a formal dining area. The wood-beamed, 12-foot ceilings offer a dramatic feel, along with walls of oversized windows with wood Plantation shutters. The porcelain tile in the living space gives it a clean, modern feel.

A granite peninsula in the kitchen has seating for three and is perfect for entertaining. the maple cabinetry, granite counters, and travertine backsplash make it warm and inviting. The huge dining nook has a large picture window for plenty of natural light. There is even a computer workstation nearby.

17211 E. Alta Loma in Arriba del Lago

This home has 2 bedrooms plus a den or flex space. The master suite has a wall of windows and private access to the back patio.

17211 E. Alta Loma

3 BD | 2 BA | 2,089 SQ | 2 CG


We invite you to schedule a tour by calling us at 480-837-1331.

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Around Arizona

Orme Dam: The Dam that Never Was

Many hundreds of years ago, the ancestors of today’s Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation lived a nomadic life along the Verde River. They hunted and gathered food from the Mogollon Rim to the Salt River, and from the Colorado River to the Mazatzal Mountains. When European settlers arrived in search of gold, the Yavapai were forced to relocate to the San Carlos Reservation.

Today’s community of Fort McDowell was created by Theodore Roosevelt’s Executive Order on September 15, 1903. But the fight for sovereignty did not end there.

In 1910, the Office of Indian Affairs attempted to relocate the residents so the federal government could have water rights and other interests in the area. A delegation of Yavapai testified to a Congressional Committee and won.

In the 1970s, the federal government proposed the construction of the Orme Dam at the confluence of the Verde and Salt Rivers, a short distance south of the reservation’s border. If built, it would have flooded most of the reservation and their cemetery, forcing the community to abandon their remaining ancestral homeland. Tribal members were offered homes and cash settlements. In 1976, the residents passed a referendum rejecting the offer, claiming the move would effectively disband the tribe.

A difficult fight for sovereignty with limited financial resources followed. Other Indian tribes and even non-tribal people rallied behind the tribal members as they launched their opposition movement. After extensive petitioning of the U.S. government and a 3-day march from Fort McDowell to the capitol in Phoenix, the proposed dam was withdrawn.

This significant victory allowed the Yavapai to keep their community and culture intact. Each November, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation celebrates this victory with a tribal fair, pow wow with traditional dance competitions, and rodeo called the Orme Dam Victory Days (this year will be skipped due to pandemic).

The tagline on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation website shows the determination of these remarkable people: “Never give up. Always give back.”

Local Events

3 Weekly Markets Through 2020

Shopping local is more important than ever before, and these 3 weekly markets will give you a good reason to do so.


3 weekly markets

You’re probably making your holiday shopping list already. If so, stop by Art on the Avenue to find unique gifts for some of the people on your list. Local artists will be in the median on the east end of Avenue of the Fountains every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM through mid-April.

Follow them on Facebook to get regular announcements.


3 weekly markets

Local vendors bring fresh products like tamales, baked goods, lotions, and much more. You will find them in the median of Avenue of the Fountains across from Town Hall on Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM through the end of April.

Follow them on Facebook to get regular announcements.


3 weekly markets

Enjoy a large variety of great local foods including Noble Bread, Hunger-Bomb Cookies, Boyd’s Farm with farm fresh eggs and jellies, Good Living Greens, vinegar, hummus, raw honey, and so much more. Plan to grab breakfast while you’re there from Waffle Love food truck.

The Market Place is located in the back parking lot of Smith Family Chiropractic at 11673 N. Saguaro Blvd. The market runs every other Saturday from 8:00 to 11:30 AM.

Follow them on Facebook to get regular announcements.

Local Events

Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge

It is not too late to join the Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge before it ends on November 30. This challenge is a great way to gain physical fitness, mental well-being, a chance to explore new places around the community and connect with nature.

Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge

Five hikes will take you across 32 miles of the Sonoran Desert:

Scenic Trail Loop- 4.2 miles

An easy to moderate trail with a 300-foot elevation gain located in McDowell Mountain Park.

Sunrise Trail to Andrews Kinsey Trail- 6.8 miles

This 1,100-foot elevation gain is a moderate hike that begins at the east end of Via Linda in Scottsdale.

Golden Eagle Trailhead to Dixie Mine- 5.4 miles

Follow the trail signs from the end of Golden Eagle Blvd. to McDowell Mountain Park for a moderate to difficult hike with a 700-foot elevation gain.

Golden Eagle Trailhead to Preserve- 7.9 miles

Start heading toward the Dixie Mine, then turn left on the Sonoran Trail into the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve for a moderate to difficult hike with a 1,500-foot elevation gain.

Golden Eagle to Bell Pass- 8.0 miles

This moderate to difficult trail has a 1,500-foot elevation gain. Head toward Dixie Mine, turn left on the Dixie Mine dirt road, then left on Prospector Trail through the McDowell Mountains.

All registered participants receive a Fountain Hills Hiking Challenge t-shirt. If you complete all five hikes, you will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Just Roughin’ It.

For more information and to register, visit