Parks, Paths & Trails

Living in DC Ranch is a dream come true for active people seeking a spirit of connectedness. The community has 47 parks, located at the heart of each neighborhood, that are interconnected by over 50 miles of landscaped paths and trails. It’s easy to enjoy nature and walk all around the community without crossing busy streets. That connectivity promotes healthy lifestyles and a sense of community, two of DC Ranch’s founding values.


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Neighborhood Parks

Parks vary by neighborhood—some are more formal, others focus on kid-friendly play areas, and several are intimate “pocket” parks tucked into neighborhoods. Many have sweeping views of the McDowell Mountains.


Park amenities range from fire pits, waterfalls, seat walls, and shade canopies to interesting paving patterns and vine-covered ramadas—and even a life-sized chess board at Homestead Park in Silverleaf Village.

Market Street Park

Market Street Park, located east of Market Street Plaza, is a half-acre of public open space with a fire pit, grills, play area, natural stage area and shade cover. The Starlight Concert Series is held at the park in the spring.

Paths & Trails

The path and trail system connects all neighborhood parks and the community centers. Many residents meet each other for walks, with or without their canine companions!

The trails ultimately lead pedestrians, runners and cyclists to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the nation’s largest urban land preserve and the natural backdrop of DC Ranch.

Please remember that motorized vehicles are not allowed on the paths and trails, with the exception of authorized landscape, maintenance, and utilities crews.

Hiking Safety

The paths and trails in and near DC Ranch are very popular. But there are some things residents should know when it comes to staying safe while hiking or just enjoying a casual neighborhood walk. The Community Council produced a series of videos where experts share their favorite tips for avoiding trouble in the great outdoors. What items should you always have with you? What should you do if come across a snake or bees? How do you protect your dog in the desert? “In the back of your mind, I want you to always think about what if,” said John Loleit, a Natural Resources Coordinator with the City of Scottsdale.