About Us


Rio Verde offers the complete active adult lifestyle with a real down-home feel. 

Located 10 miles east of north Scottsdale, Rio Verde is insulated from the hustle and bustle of city life, but within reach of all that the Phoenix Valley of the Sun offers.

Spend  time enjoying Rio Verde’s many activities or venture into the surrounding McDowell Mountain Preserve and Tonto National Forest.  The opportunities for fun and adventure are endless.

Two world-class golf courses, activities for everyone, vibrant and socially active people, a friendly and welcoming community…

Rio Verde Community Video

Yahoo! Finance
#1 Best Suburb for Retirees in the US. Click Here to view the article.

Audubon International
Audubon International Certified Sustainable Community since 2015

Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
Celebrating every year since1996 of home building for Habitat Humanity.

FireWise Award 
A certified Firewise Community

Our HeritageIn the early 1970s, a group of Minnesota businessmen bought the Box Bar Ranch. They believed the ranch’s unique location, nestled along the Verde River on the edge of the Tonto National Forest, would make the perfect retreat for golfers and nature lovers to escape the cold winters of the north. Ray King, founding partner and first Rio Verde president, expressed the vision for Rio Verde in 1973:

"When I first pulled together the people who helped me develop Rio Verde, I insisted that each share my commitment to the future of this community. My message to the team was this: Rio Verde isn’t going to be one of those 'get rich quick and get out' developments. First, we’re going to plan Rio Verde with the idea that we’re designing it for ourselves and for our very own families. Second, we’re going to carry out those plans to the letter—no matter what the cost in time, effort, or money. And third, we’re going to make darned sure Rio Verde remains the kind of community that first convinced people to live here. That’s what I insisted on…and that’s what’s been done! We call Rio Verde 'the Arizona you come to Arizona for.’”

As a community, Rio Verde has honored the promise of Ray King’s message. Rio Verde continues to enhance amenities, invest in its golf courses, and strive to make life enjoyable for all who live here.