Paradise Valley





Paradise Valley is a small city in Maricopa County, just north of Scottsdale with population of 14,558. People often confused the town as part of Phoenix or part of Scottsdale. However Paradise Valley actually has its own municipal government and the town was incorporated in 1961 as residents feared the annexation of Phoenix and Scottsdale would lose the rural lifestyle.

Despite its size the town is a popular tourist destinations with 12 resorts including Camelback Inn, Cottonwoods Resort & Suites, Hermosa Inn, Montelucia Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley Resort, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale Plaza Resort and SmokeTree Resort.

Beside the resorts there are also landmarks in Paradise Valley worth visiting:

  • Cosanti - the headquarters, foundry, studio, & gallery for Paolo Soleri Bronze & Ceramic Windbells & Sculptures. Cosanti features terraced landscaping with experimental earth-formed concrete structures.
  • Mummy Mountain - long-time town resident Charlie Mieg gave the name of the hillside areas of Paradise Valley as the shape resembles an Egyptian mummy lying down.
  • El Chorro Lodge - originally the home of the Bell Family built in 1930's, El Chorro Lodge is a restaurant and lounge. The name El Chorro comes from Peruvian Spanish meaning “running stream.”



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