About Desert Foothills Family YMCA

The Desert Foothills Family YMCA opened its doors in October 2009 to serve the communities of North Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and North Phoenix. This Y sits on the beautiful backdrop of the North Sonoran desert and is a part of the Black Mountain Campus – a partnership with Paradise Valley Community College and the Foothills Community Foundation.

As a true multi-generational facility, the Desert Foothills YMCA supports offerings and services for the entire community – from the youngest member at 3 months and their siblings to adults and active seniors in their 90s!

In addition to the health & fitness offerings (including equipment, group fitness classes and personal training), the facility has a heated outdoor pool with zero-depth entry, gender specific and family locker rooms, separate spaces and programs for youth and teens, racquetball courts and a gymnasium.

DFFY is a very popular place for the teens in the area with a dedicated teen center and associated programs, many of which are free to the community. It has the largest Teen Leaders Club in the association.

The Desert Foothills success can be accredited to a dedicated leadership team that exemplifies the core values of the YMCA. You’ll often see firefighters playing racquetball, the gym full of adults playing Pickleball, or the buses dropping kids off at the branch after school.

The Desert Foothills Family YMCA is proud to be part of the Valley of the Sun YMCA and the surrounding community.

Beautiful facility with a staff that truly cares about every member’s experience! Great equipment, and kick-butt group classes. It’s not just a gym, it’s a family of people who care about one another and their community.

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