About Us

 The Greater Pinnacle Peak Association (GPPA)

Founded in the Pinnacle Peak area of Scottsdale, Arizona in 1977, is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment and the enhancement of quality of life in the North Scottsdale Sonoran Desert. We support Scottsdale’s Scenic Drive, desert preservation, wildlife conservation, the arts, education, responsible development, and community service through our publications, initiatives, student grants, and by assisting local nonprofits. GPPA receives no State or Federal funding.

GPPA Accomplishments

GPPA’s accomplishments include:

  •  Achieving positive impact on the development and preservation of our unique environment and quality of life since 1977
  •  Publishing A Peek at the Peak magazine as a community service since 1983
  •  Supporting the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, established in 1963 through improvement projects, donations, roadside cleanups, public education, and Cookout at the Ranch
  •  Using our publications to support other nonprofit community causes including the theater, museums, local artists, desert and wildlife conservationists, and Scottsdale’s Shop with a Cop program
  •  Organizing annual Write Stuff and photography contests to promote preservation and encourage local creativity – Making an annual college grant to a graduating senior in the Cave Creek Unified School District
  •  Making annual donations to local nonprofits that are working to preserve, save, and rehabilitate native birds and animals
  • Sponsoring Southwest Wildlife’s “Wild About Wildlife” wildlife rehabilitation benefit
  •  Organizing Cookout at the Ranch with the assistance of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park, and Pinnacle Peak Rotary Club – Donating of more than $50,000 to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and recognition as a “Lifetime Friend of the Preserve”
  •  Organizing the 2005 Inaugural Preservation Golf Tournament that raised more than $11,000 for Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve
  • How You Can Contribute


    Friends of the Scenic Drive

    "Friends of the Scenic Drive Roadside Cleanup Volunteers" by Dennis Liddell, January 2012

    “Friends of the Scenic Drive Roadside Cleanup Volunteers” by Dennis Liddell, January 2012

    A corps of volunteers, within the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association, that works to preserve and enhance the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, an area landmark since 1963. Friends conducts regular litter pickup programs, and maintains Scenic Drive plant exhibits and monuments. Friends, founded in 1994 in north Scottsdale, is a division of GPPA.  You’ll find more information in the Scenic Drive section of this website.

    Goals of Friends of the Scenic Drive

    • Maintain and enhance Scenic Drive plant signs, visitor exhibits and monument signs for the enjoyment of residents, visitors, and future generations
    • Preserve and enhance roadside vegetation and vistas
    • Publicize the Scenic Drive and its heritage
    • Reduce visual pollution (litter, signs, poles, utility boxes, etc.)
    • Advocate for recognition of Scenic Drive as a Scottsdale historic landmark
    • Support Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scenic Corridors, and Adopt-A-Road Program
    • Add to the legacy of community service that was initiated by county residents in 1963
    How You Can Contribute


    Volunteers serve on GPPA’s Board of Directors and the editorial staff of The Peak magazine.


    Review List of Board & Editorial Staff Members