Deer Valley, Phoenix

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Deer Valley
Deer Valley Village
Location of Deer Valley highlighted in red.
Location of Deer Valley highlighted in red.
CountryUnited States
 • Total56.9 sq mi (147 km2)
 • Total165,656
WebsiteDeer Valley Village Planning Committee

Deer Valley or Deer Valley Village is one of the 15 urban villages that make up Phoenix, Arizona, United States. As of 2010, the population was 165,656, 25% of whom were under 18 years of age.[1] The origin of the name is unclear; it first appeared on a 1921 General Land Office map of the area describing the valley created by Skunk Creek.[2]


It is located in the northwestern portion of the city, and borders the cities of Glendale and Peoria. Within Phoenix, it borders four other urban villages (North Mountain, Paradise Valley, Desert View, and North Gateway). The village is 56.9 square miles (147 km2) in size and is centered at Interstate 17 and Arizona Loop 101. The core of the village includes commercial, industrial, and multifamily housing developments. Outer areas have more lower density residential land.[3]

Significant geographic features of the village include the volcanic Adobe Mountains and Hedgpeth Hills, Adobe Dam, Skunk Creek, and Scatter Wash.[3]


Within Deer Valley is approximately 9.3 million sq ft (0.86 m2) of office space, 11.9 million sq ft (1.11 m2) of industrial space, and 3 million sq ft (0.28 m2) of mixed space. As of 2013, major employers were:[4]

Features and attractions[edit]

Deer Valley Airport
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

Deer Valley Airport, one of the busiest general aviation airports in the country[5] is located in the village. Turf Paradise, a horse racetrack and Wet'n'Wild Phoenix, a 35-acre (14 ha) waterpark and the Arizona's largest theme park are both located in Deer Valley.

The Central Arizona Project canal carrying water from the Colorado River at Lake Havasu to Phoenix and Tucson passes through the village. The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, a 47-acre (19 ha) archaeological site containing over 1500 petroglyphs,[6] listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Phoenix Points of Pride, is located just west of the village core.[3]

The Adobe Dam Regional Park, a 1,514-acre (613 ha) Maricopa County park, is located here.[3] The park is located behind Adobe Dam in an area primarily designated for flood control. The park includes a sports complex for softball and sand volleyball, a golf course, kart racing track, a radio-controlled aircraft flight facility serving an AMA-chartered model aircraft club,[7] a paintball field, and a 44-acre (18 ha) large scale model railroad.[8]


Most children in Deer Valley attend schools of the Deer Valley Unified School District. The school district is much larger than the village, and includes area from several surrounding Phoenix urban villages, as well as parts of Glendale and Peoria. A small portion of the village south of Bell Road is in other school districts.[9] The district has five high schools, two of which are located in the village, Barry Goldwater High School and Sandra Day O'Connor High School. The eponymous Deer Valley High School is located just outside the village boundary in Glendale.[10]


  1. ^ "Deer Valley Village 2010 Census Summary" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on January 15, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Barnes, Will Croft (October 1, 2016). Arizona Place Names. University of Arizona Press. p. 125. ISBN 978-0-8165-1074-0.
  3. ^ a b c d "Deer Valley Village" (PDF). City of Phoenix. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 15, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  4. ^ "City of Phoenix Employment Center Profile Deer Valley" (PDF). City of Phoenix. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  5. ^ "Business Aviation Airports: A Contrast to the Commercial Airline Hubs". nbss.ord. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Deer Valley Rock Art Center". About.Com. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  7. ^ Arizona Model Pilots Society homepage
  8. ^ "Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Adobe Dam Regional Park". Maricopa County. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Attendance Boundary Maps - Deer Valley Unified School District". Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Attendance Areas for DVUSD High Schools". Retrieved November 19, 2016.

Coordinates: 33°40′08″N 112°06′47″W / 33.669021°N 112.113117°W / 33.669021; -112.113117