Looking for the best pools in Scottsdale and other ways to stay cool while visiting The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch? With temps that reach triple digits in the summer, you'll want to find places to beat the heat during your stay in Scottsdale. Our on-site Luna Spa and relaxing pool oasis will keep you cool during those hot days, but we've also put together this list of our favorite places in case you want to venture out into Greater Scottsdale.
Operated by the city of Scottsdale, the McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic & Fitness Center is a great place to spend a summer day, even if you're not traveling with kids. Practice diving from the 1-meter and 3-meter diving boards, get fit in the eight-lane lap pool, enjoy the large tube water slide or meander down the lazy river at one of the best pools in Scottsdale. There is plenty of veranda seating with a view of the pool, and there's even a party island with seating along the lazy river.
Immerse yourself in arts and culture and stay cool as you tour the many art galleries along Scottsdale's Main Street and Marshall Way arts districts. With close to 30 galleries highlighting many different genres including folk and tribal art, minerals and fossils, glass, jewelry and Asian art, you can easily spend an afternoon or two staying entertained in the coolness that only air conditioning can bring.
You may not think it's possible to stay cool while outdoors in the Sonoran Desert, but it's easy. There are plenty of opportunities for river rafting on everything from calm(ish) waters to class IV rapids, and kayaking, tubing and canoeing is also plentiful on both the Verde and Salt rivers. Our concierge can help you to arrange a fun trip to spend some time rafting the Upper Salt River Canyon, paddle boarding down the river or taking a private jet ski tour – just make sure to pack your sunscreen!
Whatever you decide to do, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is also home to one of the best pools in Scottsdale. From spa to dining and everything in between, we'll pamper you the way you should be pampered before you set off on the next day's adventure.