Some of you may be thinking water and ducks do not belong in the desert. It is true, and we do have water because of our ingenious ancestors, the Hohokam, who inhabited the Scottsdale area from about 300 BC to 1400 AD. The Hohokam were farmers and built a vast and complex array of over 125 miles of irrigation canals. These canals are still in use today by Salt River Project. The canals provide water to farms, homes, golf courses, businesses, and carry the Central Arizona Project (CAP) water from the Colorado River, 200 miles away.
Scottsdale is home to about 250,000 people, the sixth largest city in Arizona and is about 185 square miles in size. Arizona became a state in 1912, and Scottsdale became a City in 1951. Scottsdale was named the "Most Livable City" in the United States in 1993 by the United States Conference of Mayors. Temperatures typically range from 40 degrees to 70 degrees in winter and 75 degrees to 104 degrees in summer, and yes, it truly is a dry heat. We receive very little humidity.
Scottsdale is a premier golf and resort destination and I will share many hotels, golf course and dining experiences with you in the days to come. One quote that describes Scottsdale was by the New York Times when it proclaimed Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach."