Thanks to these volunteers, Scottsdale Road is a “Clean & Scenic” Drive.
Apr30

Thanks to these volunteers, Scottsdale Road is a “Clean & Scenic” Drive.

April 24, 2017 Photographs by Cindy Lee and Peter Cherry   GPPA-Friends of the Scenic Drive thanks the more than 25 volunteers who made its Scenic Drive cleanup on Saturday, April 22nd the most successful of the year, both in terms of turnout and fun.  Because of your community service, we were able to clear 13 miles of roadside along the northern reaches of Scottsdale Road, from Happy Valley Road to Carefree Highway. Following...

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Get In The Picture, Win Prize At Scottsdale Scenic Drive Cleanup, Sat., Apr. 22
Apr15

Get In The Picture, Win Prize At Scottsdale Scenic Drive Cleanup, Sat., Apr. 22

Help keep Scottsdale beautiful. Volunteers are needed. GPPA Video: “Keep the Scenic Drive Beautiful” The next Scenic Drive roadside cleanup is Saturday, April 22 from 7:45 to 9:45 A.M.     Following the cleanup volunteers are invited to be included in The Peak’s free photo shoot and drawing from 9:45 A.M. TO 10:05 A.M.  Picking up litter is more enjoyable than you would expect, and there will be at least 13 miles of...

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Picture This: Volunteers Made Feb. 25 Scenic Drive Cleanup a Success
Feb27

Picture This: Volunteers Made Feb. 25 Scenic Drive Cleanup a Success

Courtesy GPPA-Friends of the Scenic DrivedRoa Photographs Courtesy of Peter Cherry and Cindy Leeo Volunteers “Brave” Elements for Landmark and Environment  Thank you. In fact, everybody who drives, bikes, jogs, walks or otherwise uses the northern-most reaches of Scottsdale Road thanks you. Let’s face it, most of us have been spoiled by blue skies and warmth. It takes an extra measure of community pride to “hit...

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Sneak Peeks: Help Put the Final Touches on Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive
Feb08

Sneak Peeks: Help Put the Final Touches on Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive

January 2017 By Les Conklin I was reviewing this magazine’s pages that are devoted to Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive when I came across these entries that are part of the drive’s “Heritage Timeline.”  See  The Peak: Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive now is easier to explore. See for yourself.  There is still work to be done. “February 1999. Mayor “Sam Campana and City Council honor Scenic Drive and...

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Welcome ScenicDrive.org Visitors
Sep14

Welcome ScenicDrive.org Visitors

People have been visiting www.scenicdrive.org since 1995 to learn more about our area and the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive. If you are a new arrival or prospective visitor who is seeking information about our community and Scottsdale’s Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll down and take a quick tour. You’ll find information about the local climate, flora, fauna, attractions,...

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Tom Mix and Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive
Aug15

Tom Mix and Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive

By Les Conklin Did you know that there is a connection between Tom Mix and Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive? I’m probably one of the few people in the world that know about the connection, but read on and you’ll know about it too. No; Tom Mix didn’t ride his favorite steed, Tony the Wonder Horse, down Scottsdale Road. No; Mix did not help create the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive. No; Mix was not the first mayor of...

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Scenic Drive Neighborhoods
Jul20

Scenic Drive Neighborhoods

Most of the volunteers who help with the Scenic Drive first came to the area as visitors and decided to move here permanently or at least during the winter months. Adjacent to the Scenic Drive there are older equestrian properties off dirt roads, gated master planned communities with golf, tennis, pools, and fitness centers, and traditional family-style neighborhoods.   There are churches and schools nearby. Review Neighborhoods, and...

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Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive: 52 Reasons to Save a Landmark Community Service Project
Jul12

Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive: 52 Reasons to Save a Landmark Community Service Project

Courtesy of Friends of the Scenic Drive, May 5, 2015 The Desert Foothills Scenic Drive (Scenic Drive) was created 52-years-ago to preserve, protect, and showcase the desert roads of a “special place,” and thus, moderate future development, encourage tourism, and create an amenity that would attract customers for local businesses. For decades, hundreds of individuals, businesses, and community leaders have donated many thousands of...

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Scottsdale Man Discovered Black Mountain Treasure
Nov01

Scottsdale Man Discovered Black Mountain Treasure

The Scottsdale man who discovered the treasure was Don Schoenau. The year of discovery was 1998. The treasure was a collection of 1960s issues of the Black Mountain News. Don was the president of GPPA and also served as editor/publisher of The Peak. Today, the articles, which were written by Corkie Cockburn,  are part of The Peak. For an insightful journey into the past when the Scenic Drive preservation project excited Cave Creek,...

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Scenic Drive Plant Guide
Oct19

Scenic Drive Plant Guide

The Scenic Drive section of The Peak magazine includes  introductory information about the plant species that are exhibited along the Scenic Drive. You can also take an optional Sonoran plant and animal trivia test. The photographs of the Scenic Drive plant exhibits are more than worth your click. These photos were taken in the late 1990s, after the plant exhibits were restored by Friends of the Scenic Drive. Look at the backgrounds...

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