"North Scottsdale Sonoran Desert" by Howard Myers

“North Scottsdale Sonoran Desert” by Howard Myers

The Peak magazine covers the natural environment in Scottsdale, AZ and the neighboring communities of Cave Creek, Carefree, northeast Phoenix, and Rio Verde.

Founded in the Pinnacle Peak area of north Scottsdale in 1983, The Peak focuses on topics that relate to its mission of preserving and protecting the quality of life and environment in the north Scottsdale Sonoran Desert.


The Greater Pinnacle Peak Association (GPPA), which publishes The Peak, was an early supporter of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. GPPA board members were involved in the planning of Pinnacle Peak Park and the surrounding area. In addition, board members helped to develop Scottsdale’s Scenic Corridor program.

GPPA and Friends of the Scenic Drive were among the first organizations in north Scottsdale to participate in Scottsdale’s Adopt-a-Road program. Friends of the Scenic Drive, a division of GPPA, cares for and promotes Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive. Founded in 1977, before the area was annexed by Scottsdale, GPPA supported the annexation and was involved in planning for future growth, include use of available water resources.


A nonprofit publication, The Peak is supported by individuals, businesses, and organizations that publish advertisements or advertorials to publicize their events and activities.

How You Can Contribute


Reviewing Articles about the Local Environment and Preservation Efforts

The Environment category includes articles about local preservation and wildlife rehabilitation efforts. You will also find articles about Scottsdale’s Green Building and Scenic Corridor programs. Other articles, submitted by residents, are about local flora and fauna. Some of these articles feature photographs of bobcats, javalina, owls, and hawks. In the current issue of The Peak, you will find articles such as:

  • Scottsdale Green Building Lecture Series
  • And, much more.


Review Environment


Reviewing Information About the Sonoran Desert Environment and Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive

The Scenic Drive section of this magazine, which is accessed by clicking on “Scenic Drive” in the top navigation menu, is the most complete source of information available on the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, a.k.a. Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive. Its “Scenic Drive: Sonoran Desert” pages cover the following environmental topics: And more.

  • Learn About Geography, Climate, Life Zones
  • Plant Guide
  • Critter Guide
  • Scenic Skies
  • Spring Flowers
  • Website Links
Scenic Drive: Sonoran Desert


Viewing Photographs of the Natural Environment, Including Entries from The Peak‘s “What’s Worth Preserving” Summer Fun Photography Contest

The Peak’s Photo category includes many articles that feature images of our area’s flora, fauna, and landscapes. You will also find articles showcasing the winners of The Peak’s annual photography contest.


Review Photos



Viewing Information About Friends of the Scenic Drive Adopt-a-Road Cleanups & GPPA Activities

The Peak‘s GPPA-Scenic Drive Events category includes articles about events and activities related to Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive and the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association (GPPA). You will also find articles related to our organization’s ongoing activities.

As examples, in the current issue you will find articles about:

  • GPPA’s “Save the Scenic Drive” Petition Campaign
  • Litter Cleanup Schedule for Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive
  • And more.


Review Scottsdale Scenic Drive Cleanup Schedule Review GPPA – Scenic Drive Events


Viewing E-Newsletters & Announcements

The Newsletter and Announcements category of the magazine includes the article a”Newsletter Nook” and additional articles that are press releases and other announcements from the City of Scottsdale, magazine sponsors, and organizations that GPPA supports.

“Newsletter Nook” is a monthly list of electronic newsletters that can be read in The Peak. There is a brief description of each newsletter. By clicking on the associated link, you can review the newsletter.

A few example, in the current issue of The Peak you will find these newsletters and announcements that relate to protection and preservation of the natural environment.

  • Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Newsletter
  • And, many more.

for articles and “Newsletter Nook”  article that identifies and provides links to electronic newsletters


Review Newsletter Nook


Review Newsletters and Announcements


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Gain valuable exposure for your upcoming event and support a good cause by publishing an advertisemtn or advertorial in The Peak. Sponsorships are affordable, simple, and fast.


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Environment-Related Websites

Scottsdale Scenic Drive, www.scottsdaleaz.gov/construction/scenicdrive Visit Website

City of Scottsdale Scenic Corridors and Streetscapes, www.scottsdaleaz.gov/planning/corridors-streetscapes Visit Website

Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve Visit Website

Scottsdale Pinnacle Peak Park, www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacle-peak-park Visit Website

Wild At Heart Raptor Rehabilitation, www.wildatheartraptors.org Visit Website

Desert Foothills Land Trust, www.dflt.org Visit Website

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, www.southwestwildlife.org Visit Website