Rio Verde, Arizona

One of my favorite semi-rural territories in Arizona.  There’s not much of anything in Rio Verde… including water. But that doesn’t stop folks from living there. It is considered a golf community, but to me it is horse country, where the wealthiest cowboys in these parts live.

Rio Verde is a master planned community, but take the back roads minutes from town, and you are in 4-wheel drive, dirt road, treacherous rugged territory. I’ve seen 90lb Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Coyote, Javelina, and of course… rattle snakes.

Rio Verde, Arizona

What About the Water?

Water is brought to many households throughout Rio Verde by truck where it is stored in gigantic water tanks on the home owner’s property. So, how rich these ranch owners are with their 80+ head of horses, lush green pastures, and swimming pools situated on DRY land is a baffling mystery to me. I couldn’t even begin to guess what their water bill is. But I can take a fair shot on what their feed bill is for all those horses…  $7,500 a month?

See Rio Verde on Google Maps Satellite

Country:  United States
State:  Arizona
County:  Maricopa
Area
• Total     5.4 sq mi (14.0 km2)
• Land     5.4 sq mi (14.0 km2)
• Water     0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation     1,617 ft (493 m)
Population (2010)
• Total     1,811
• Density     340/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zone     Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code     85263
Area code(s)     480
Rio Verde is a census-designated place (CDP) in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is a master planned community. The population was 1,811 at the 2010 census.

More interesting Rio Verde statistics

I’ve always taken a fancy to luxury real estate properties, and Rio Verde certain fits the bill. But, is it the wealthiest community in the Phoenix area? No. I’m saving that special location of the rich and famous for an upcoming post… soon!

amy elizabeth, TBN Ranch

Photography: Rio Verde pic taken by Laura D. / local resident.
Used with permission
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About tbnranch

amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm. Raises laying hens.
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13 Responses to Rio Verde, Arizona

  1. Kate Kresse says:

    Amy–i learn so much from you! I have got to get out and about and explore our incredible state!

  2. Breathtaking! we are planning a family trip next year and the Grand Canyon is on our list of decisions – we just have to narrow it down and decide!! But when I see pictures like this of the desert in Arizona it seems to call out for us – it is indeed beautiful.

    • tbnranch says:

      Contact me if you choose AZ, I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction! 🙂

      • Thanks I will – we have it narrowed down to a cruise or the Grand Canyon or the beach. Son wants the cruise (hubby and I are preparing to go on in a few weeks), daughter wants beach and we want the Grand Canyon…decisions, decisions… 😉

      • tbnranch says:

        I pick the cruise! Grand Canyon is nice, but lets be honest… it’s a big hole in the ground that is fascinating for about an hour or so, then what?

      • LOL You are not the only to tell me that. I am sure there is plenty to offer. I hope to travel to most if not all of the 50 states even if I have to put my foot across the border. 😉 Oh to have the money to pack my bags and just go wherever I want to. Both hubby and I would love to see your “big hole in the ground”!!

  3. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    Wow!! Beautiful place but to pay that feed bill and the water bill…now way I could do that. Very expensive living place. Hugs

  4. bulldogsturf says:

    Thats a lot to pay for water… but if you’ve got it… you’ve got it…

  5. tbnranch says:

    Well, I’m complaining about mine! Especially in the summer. 😦

  6. Wow, never knew they had no water…and the water bill? I’ll never complain again about mine!

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