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Hilltop view of Estrella

22 September . 2018

Fun Facts About The Sierra Estrella Mountains

One of the many benefits of living in the Estrella master-planned community in Goodyear is being nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Estrella Mountains. Surrounded by the most prominent mountain range to the south of Phoenix, this area is known for its stunning scenery and endless activities for guests. Here are a few fun facts that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

For the history buff
The Sierra Estrella Mountains have long been inhabited by native American tribes, primarily from the Maricopa and Pima communities. Previously considered part of Mexico, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo allocated this land to the United States. Today, a majority of the mountain range lies within the boundaries of the Gila River Indian Community, preserving its beautiful landscape and resources. There is even evidence of ancient mining activity deep in the mountains.

For the outdoor adventurer
Much of the mountain range is closed to the public since it falls on reservation land. Despite this fact, there are still plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and explore the mountainous desert. The Estrella community land connects to the Estrella Mountain Regional park which features numerous activities, including:
Horseback riding trails

For those who live in the master-planned community, additional private hiking trails are available to residents and offer many of the same benefits as the regional park. For more information, take a look at the Estrella trails guide.

For the golf enthusiast
The Estrella Mountains are also home to the Golf Club of Estrella, located within the Estrella master-planned community. Open to the public, players of all levels will appreciate how the course moves with the natural terrain, resulting in a challenging round with a beautiful backdrop.

For the astronomer
For those interested in soaking in the night sky in the Sierra Estrella Mountains, stargazing events are offered twice a year at Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Open to the public, attendees will learn about the moon, planets, star clusters, and more. A telescope is also provided for guests to get a closer look at the night sky. For a schedule of events, visit Stargazing for Everyone.

For the nature lover
Roughly one fourth of the Sierra Estrella Mountains sit on what is called the Sierra Estrella Wilderness and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Just a short drive from Phoenix, the rugged terrain is considered one of the most mountainous areas of Arizona. The Sierra Estrella Mountains feature rocky canyons and steep peaks, rising nearly 2,600 feet in just two miles. The extreme elevation change results in a traditional desert terrain at the base with saguaro, cholla, paloverde, and ocotillo, while higher elevations feature shrub live oak and junipers. Explorers can expect to come across a variety of wildlife, including big horn sheep, Gila monsters, javelinas, coyotes, prairie falcons, and desert tortoises.

All this beauty could be right outside your door. For more information about how you can call this desert oasis home, visit the Estrella master-planned community page.