Adjoining Queen Creek is the unincorporated community of San Tan Valley.
There’s evidence of agriculture during the classic Hohokam era from 1100 to 1450 A.D. There was little activity in the modern era pre-millennium other than occasional prospecting (more than 50 claims are still in place) and cattle grazing.
A stagecoach trail ran through the area. It formally took the name San Tan Valley from the nearby San Tan Mountains in 2009. With an estimated 95,000 residents, it is now the newest and largest named community in Pinal County, spreading from the San Tan Mountains into the surrounding desert.
A major area attraction for visitors and residents alike is the San Tan Mountain Regional Park. It was designed in 1986 to preserve open spaces and provide an escape from the fast-paced life of nearby Phoenix. The visitor center was added in 2005. It provides over 8 miles of easy to strenuous multiuse trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, ranging from 1 to more than 5 miles. Look for petroglyphs and native Sonoran plant and animal life from javelinas and coyotes to Gila monsters. Numerous events are held at the park, including stargazing programs, with the park providing the telescopes.
The golfer has multiple options in San Tan Valley. The Links at Queen Creek Golf Course is a par 70 championship course with multiple tee boxes catering to all playing levels. It features five lakes and two running streams and offers daily rates, rental clubs and the Ironwood Grill with a terrace overlooking the course.
The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch is a quality, value oriented daily-fee club, with two very different nines. The Mountain nine offers elevated tees and stunning views while the Valley nine offers generous fairways and longer holes. The Terrace Restaurant is available for weddings, special events and corporate outings.
The Encanterra Country Club features a par 72 Tom Lehman-designed core-style course with panoramic views of the Superstition and San Tan mountains. The layout makes it easier to walk than many courses.