Ahwatukee, Arizona is an urban village located in Phoenix, Arizona. There are fifteen urban villages in Phoenix. Ahwatukee is the southernmost urban village and is 35.8 square miles around with a population of around 77,000 as of 2010. It is bordered by South Mountain Park and Guadalupe Road as well as the cities of Chandler, Tempe, and Guadalupe as well as the Gila River Indian Community.
Ahwatukee was annexed by Phoenix from 1982 to 1987 before strong residential growth took place. This area receives about six inches of rain a year and the nice climate makes a variety of outdoor activities possible nearly year round. If you’re thinking about visiting Ahwatukee, here are five cool spots you should check out. They’re quite unique to the region.
1.) The South Mountain Trails
If you’re a bit of an outdoor fanatic, you’ll definitely want to check out the South Mountain Trails. Make sure that you bring layered clothing, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and some water, too! You’ll get your workout done for the day. Athletic types will love the hike, and those that live for the view will not be disappointed– South Mountain offers some gorgeous scenic views.
2.) Pomegranate Cafe
If you love bright colors, a vibrant atmosphere, and fantastic healthy food, you’ve got to stop in at the Pomegranate Cafe in Ahwatukee. Located at 4025 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 28, the Pomegranate Cafe offers a variety of appetizing food. They offer brunch, lunch, and dinner, so you can find something great no matter what time you’re having a bite.
With organic and seasonal local produce, fresh made smoothies and juices, and an eclectic and ever changing menu, you’re always going to find something to enjoy at this unique hot spot. Want a latte or some wine or beer? They’ve got that too. Tons of vegan options included mean that any foodie is welcome at the Pomegranate Cafe.
3.) Horse Riding in the Ahwatukee Foothills
The Ahwatukee Foothills belong to one of thirteen villages designated by Phoenix. In addition to miles of scenic beauty, the Foothills can be explored not only by foot, but by horse. If you love the beauty of nature and don’t have a fear of horses, this is definitely one Ahwatukee spot you need to check out.
4.) Mystery Castle
Mystery Castle is not actually such a mystery, although it is interesting! Boyce Gully built the castle for his little daughter Mary Lou, who always built sand castles but the sand always washed them away. He moved to Arizona and constructed Mary Lou’s dream home– but died before he could send for his family to come.
She eventually moved here and began living in the castle, allowing guided tours until her death in 2010. The tours still go on today. This native stone castle has an incredible eighteen rooms along with thirteen fireplaces and is furnished with southwestern antiques. It’s a unique spot that may just inspire you.
5.) Desert Foothills Park
The Desert Foothills Park is a fun place to go out and enjoy the sunshine. There’s so much to do here, so it’s great for families or even couples who want to relax and enjoy the day. With a ball field, volleyball nets, tennis courts, a playground, restrooms, and a picnic area, there’s tons to do and lots of natural Arizonian beauty to keep you occupied.