Gold Standard Site

Desert Mountain Club

Scottsdale, AZ

The Desert Mountain Club has received the Gold Standard Site designation in November 2023, making it the first private community to obtain the designation.

Sitting as high as 4,500 feet in the picturesque Sonoran Desert of Scottsdale, Ariz., Desert Mountain Club is recognized as a Top 10 Platinum Club in America– and the top ranked private Club in Arizona.  More than 5,000 people call Desert Mountain home. Desert Mountain’s outdoor enthusiasts share a 3 million-acre back yard with the Tonto National Forest, which is adjacent to the club’s private 25-mile hiking trail system.

The trails at Desert Mountain Club are a place of magic and beauty, and the Leave No Trace education program is especially significant for a Club and community of our size,” said Jake Metz, Outdoor Adventure Manager at Desert Mountain. “Our members and their guests from around the world experience outdoor recreation that provides endless opportunities to connect with nature and one another. Achieving the Gold Standard Site designation affirms all the hard work our teams, trail founders and trail builders have done to preserve the experience of hiking on pristine trails at Desert Mountain Club.”

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