With its warm, dry climate and endless blue skies, Arizona has always been a popular destination for retirees, ranking in the top ten nationally. But since Wickenburg Ranch opened its doors in 2015, the appeal has reached a whole new level.

This is especially true recently, as Wickenburg Ranch has seen its most successful sales year to date. With the restrictions related to the pandemic, residents from California and other surrounding states have been coming to our safe and charming desert community in droves. Truth is, there are countless reasons to explore the attraction Arizona—and Wickenburg Ranch, in particular—has for anyone who wants to spend their best years in a place with so many upsides. Here are just a few of them:

Ideal Year-Round Weather

It’s hard to beat a place where the winter temperatures can feel like summer anywhere else. Only here, there’s a lot less humidity. Although it can get hot, Wickenburg Ranch is generally 5 to 10 degrees cooler at 1,000 feet higher than nearby Phoenix. And with around 300 days of sunshine every year, the generally dry climate means fewer pollen-producing plants, even more inviting to allergy sufferers.

Ranked #2 for Golf Nationally

Arizona is ranked second only to Florida for golf, according to Golf.com. Home to over 420 courses statewide, including some of the top public and private options, it’s no wonder retirees flock here in record numbers. Near the top of the list is Big Wick, Wickenburg Ranch’s championship course that Golf Advisor rated #1 out of the nation’s top 25 for 2021 based on golfer reviews. A truly elite golfing experience, the course’s 18 holes pass through scenic canyons and arroyos that offer breathtaking views of nearby Vulture Peak and Prescott National Forest. Looking for an even more relaxing round? Wickenburg’s Li’l Wick is a 9-hole course where t-shirts and flip-flops are commonplace, and fun is always part of the game.

A Playground for Outdoor Enthusiasts

The same things that make Arizona such a great state for golf make it equally appealing for almost anything you’d want to do in the great outdoors. Case in point, the state is home to some of the country’s most distinctive national parks and monuments—we’re not called the Grand Canyon State for nothing. And there’s plenty of more scenic hiking where that came from. The Pioneer Trails at Wickenburg Ranch crisscross the entire community with 20 miles of interconnecting paths through the surrounding desert landscape. Have a passion for some more structured open-air activities? Wickenburg’s Courts & Sports Complex has four tennis courts, six pickleball courts, and even three bocce ball courts.

A Great State for Health Care

If quality health care is a consideration for your next stop, you’re looking into the right state. Arizona was named one of the great places to retire for your health by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in 2018. Not only is Wickenburg Community Hospital a mere 15 minutes from Wickenburg Ranch, the community is also close to many specialty clinics and some of the top medical facilities in the country. In fact, the world-famous Mayo Clinic has two locations just over an hour away in Phoenix and Mesa.

Home to MLB Spring Training

Want to wet your appetite for baseball in the biggest way possible? Arizona’s Cactus League features several of the sport’s top teams facing off to get the season started right. And for those who live at Wickenburg Ranch, all the action is relatively close and easily accessible every single year. To check out Spring Training schedules and purchase tickets, visit cactusleague.com.

Need more reasons to make Arizona and Wickenburg Ranch your ideal retirement destination? Experience all of the above, and so much more, by calling 833-529-0717 to schedule a visit.