I've heard people say there's too much desert in Phoenix. (sort of an oxymoron, since Phoenix is in the desert, and water usage is always a concern.) This isn't true in McCormick Ranch, one of the first planned communities in Scottsdale. Here you'll find more green than brown, with plenty of parks, lakes, and bike paths. This picture was taken from Hayden Rd, just north of Indian Bend Rd.