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.

Great people, clean place. The Group Power weightlifting class is amazing!

Desert Foothills Family YMCA

For A Better Us

Jared | Team Sports | YMCA Competitive Basketball | Desert Foothills Family YMCA | Valley of the Sun YMCA

Jared has played YMCA competitive basketball since 5th grade. The leagues are set up so that he is constantly being challenged by players at or above his ability level.… Read More


Yoga on Friday, February 5th will be held at 3:30pm for this day only.… Read More

Community Safety | The American Safety and Health Institutes CPR/AED & First Aid Courses | Desert Foothills Family YMCA | Valley of the Sun YMCA

The American Safety and Health Institutes CPR/AED & First Aid courses teach entry-level knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize, and respond to medical emergencies.… Read More

Building Healthy Families | Desert Foothills Family YMCA | Valley of the Sun YMCA


IMG 1997

Youth Yoga

Y Fun Fact

Several Valley of the Sun YMCA branches provide opportunities to play Pickleball. According to the sports and fitness industry association’s 2015 participant report, about 2.46 million people play Pickleball in the U.S.