Best Arizona Active Adult Communities for Bicycling

retired couple riding bikes

I noticed a few themes in the book Younger Next Year… one being STAY ACTIVE.

Not the P90X active, rather get moving and stay moving.

A bike ride is a great way to get your heart pumping.  In the Active Adult Communities, you will see lots of people headed up to the recreation center on their bikes, many of the communities have bicycle paths in and around the community as well.  Making the 55+ communities a great place to get on your bike and get moving.

A few of the Best communities with additional bike paths and trails close by…

Trilogy at Vistancia in Peoria has bicycle friendly streets and the Discovery Trail a 3.5 mile paved nature trail system meandering thru the Master Planned  Community of Vistancia.

Heritage Village IV in Scottsdale is close to the Camelback Walk, a paved multi use path along the parks and golf courses in Scottsdale.

The City of Gilbert is utilizing the natural washes for bicycle and walking paths, and are easily accessed from Trilogy at Power Ranch.

Trilogy at Verde River   Rio Verde and Tonto Verde  are right around the corner from McDowell Mountain Regional Park, where 15 miles of mountain bike trails await, trails are marked for beginner up to expert.  This is a popular location for mountain bike racing too!

MountainBrook Village in Gold Canyon is close to several different mountain bike trails, most with some hilly terrain.

Trilogy at Vistancia
Heritage Village IV
Trilogy at Power Ranch
Trilogy at Verde River
Rio Verde and Tonto Verde
MountainBrook Village

8 Best Arizona Active Adult Communities to get out and ride your Motorcycle

The main factor in picking these communities was how quickly you could ride out of the city traffic, and get into some delightful small, and scenic roads.  That means most of these communities are on the outer edges of the city.

Communities out to the east Mountainbrook Village, Sunland Springs Village and Encore at Eastmark are so close to the Superstition Mountains it won’t be long before your itching to get out on the open road.

Headed across the Valley and over to the north west, I think Sun City Festival, Sun City Grand, Arizona Traditions, and Trilogy at Vistancia will give you an opportunity to head out on the 60 toward Wickenburg or around the White Tank Mountains to go exploring.

While mentioning Wickenburg, I have to add in Trilogy at Wickenburg Ranch.  You are already out of the ‘big city’ and you can head out on the open road in any direction without Phoenix’s highways.

6 Best Arizona Active Adult Communities for Indoor Pools

Indoor Pool at Sun City Grand. Can you see people on the walking track upstairs?

If you like to swim for exercise, you probably don’t want to always do it outside in our blazing sun, or exit the pool with our cool mornings during the winter months.  Indoor pools allow for consistent temperatures of the air and water limiting the excuses and increasing your swim time.  For this best of list, I have included communities with Olympic sized pools, with a sloped walk in beach style entry and an exercise first lane.  Allowing for multiple swimmers lanes, and a fabulous pool for any injury recovery physical therapy as well.

You are primarily going to find indoor Olympic sized pools in larger communities.  Del Webb is the leader in this best of list.  Their new community Sun City Festival has an Olympic Lap Pool connected to the resort pool.  Maybe in the second Clubhouse there will be an Olympic indoor pool too.

The top 6 Arizona Active Adult Communities with Resort Pools

Resort Pool at Trilogy Wickenburg Ranch

 

If you love to relax around a beautiful pool then these communities should be at the top of your list.  All of these communities have stunning resort feeling pools.  Each pool has a gentle sloped beach entry.  There is plenty of shade available to relax and enjoy your time around the resort pool.  Loades of lounging chairs and restaurant and/or bar service.

If you are looking to experience every day as a vacation day, then checkout these communities.

Shea Homes has figured out the Resort Pool experience with 4 communities on this list.

North West Phoenix Valley

Sun City Grand_068The Cities of Surprise and Peoria as well as the community cities of Sun City and Sun City West

The north west’s largest city Surprise has long been the home of the earliest, largest and most well known of  Arizona’s active adult communities; the Del-Webb Sun City developments. It is also one of the homes of baseball’s spring training, an event that draws thousands of visitors each year. Sports fans love the new Cardinals Football Stadium and the new Coyotes Ice Hockey Arena. The NASCAR races at Phoenix International Raceway to the south are a big favorite. The area’s growth has been astounding, filling in state and farm land from the 101 freeway to the White Tank Mountains.

Of the many Master planned communities both adult and family oriented, our favorites are below.

 

Arizona Traditions

Arrowhead Ranch

The Sun Cities
Sun City
Sun City West
Sun City Grand
Corte Bella

Ventana Lakes

Vistancia
Trilogy at Vistancia

Westbrook Village

Trilogy at Vistancia

Happy woman outdoorsTrilogy at Vistancia Welcome to the Sonoran Desert, home of Trilogy at Vistancia. In this pristine setting you will find a gated, private community that will nourish the soul, comfort the heart and excite the imagination. Trilogy is part of the multi-generational Vistancia, named America’s Best Master Planned Community 2005.

The community has been designed to make it easy for you to create the life of your dreams and make the most of every day.  Features include the 35,000 sq ft Kiva Club, Alvea Spa and Athletic Club, the Center for Higher Learning and a championship golf club.

Trilogy Golf Course, a par 72 Gary Panks designed course has received many awards.  It is honored to have recently been recognized by Golf Digest magazine with their highest possible rating – 5 out of 5 stars. This designation, determined by combining the opinions of official Golf Digest raters with the online responses of the general public, was only given to two dozen courses in North America (and no others in Arizona). How does Golf Digest define 5-Star? Superb. Golf at its absolute best. Pay any price to play at least once in your life.”

 

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This update is from 6/25/13


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