About Desert Foothills Family YMCA

October of 2009 the Desert Foothills Family YMCA opened its doors 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 multigenerational 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 an outdoor heated 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 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 firefighter 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 part of the Valley of the Sun YMCA and the surrounding community.

Amazing facility with great personal trainers and group class trainers!  Very upbeat, clean, caring and something for every age group!

Desert Foothills Family YMCA

For A Better Us

Leane, Jeanne, James, Riley, And Lucas Baughman

Leane and Jeanne Baughman have been members of the YMCA since their boys were 10 months old. They had just moved to Phoenix and were looking for a place to become fit and have a positive environment for their 3 boys, James, Riley, and Lucas.… Read More

swimming Lessons|Desert Foothills Family YMCA|Valley of the Sun YMCA

In Arizona it is very important to know your strokes and be safe around the water! Take swimming lessons at the Desert Foothills Family YMCA and be a confident swimmer. … Read More

Helping With Horsepower

The Desert Foothills Family YMCA is excited to partner with Helping with Horsepower and the local motorcycle community to launch this FREE one-of-a-kind hands-on, interactive learning experience to rebuild, market and raffle-off an entire custom motorcycle! … Read More


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The Desert Foothills Family YMCA averages over 1,000 visits per day!