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About Ancala

Ancala is a beautiful community located high in the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. The guard-gated community is noted for its championship golf course, safety, and beauty.

The community of Ancala stretches across 850-acres of the Sonoran Desert and has incredible views of the famous Camelback and the McDowell Mountains. It has its own community park which, in addition to grassy play areas, has a basketball court, swing set, picnic table area, water fountain, barbecue grill, and restroom. The Ancala Country Club is located within the community and offers an 18-hole golf course, casual and formal restaurant, fitness center, heated swimming pool and lighted tennis courts.  

Ancala provides close proximity to three excelling schools: Anasazi Elementary, Mountainside Middle School, and Desert Mountain High School. Strategically located with easy access to the 101 freeway, Ancala is near recreational areas in Scottsdale which offer upscale shopping, restaurants, spas, healthcare facilities, and many recreational activities. 

Ancala is fortunate to have a full-time, on-site executive director, committed to helping maintain Ancala as an upscale community. For questions about Ancala, contact 480-661-1066 or

*When purchasing the land in 1937, Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned homes on the side of the McDowell Mountains looking like "butterflies alighting on a rock." His vision and property was the land for Ancala. Ancala was named after a rock and flower garden in Scotland.


Nearby Attractions

Ancala is strategically located in the heart of north Scottsdale off Via Linda between 114th and 124th Streets, within easy access of what the area is known for: fine dining, upscale shopping, top-notch healthcare facilities, a vibrant arts scene, luxurious resorts, pampering spas and abundant recreation, including a championship golf course at the Ancala Country Club. Not far away, the Loop 101 provides a quick route to the rest of metropolitan Phoenix.

Ancala Country Club is privately-owned and is a separate entity within the community. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Ancala Country Club (golf or social), contact the Club at 480-391-1000 or visit

The community is located within easy reach of the following Scottsdale amenities and services. Click on the links below for more information.

Appaloosa, Mustang, and Palomino Libraries
Butterfly Wonderland
Fort McDowell Casino
Hiking Trails
Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt
Kierland Commons
Mayo Clinic
Old Town Scottsdale
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Scottsdale Promenade
Scottsdale Quarter
Scottsdale Shea Healthcare Hospital
Taliesin West
Talking Stick Resort & Casino
Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale
Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center
WestWorld of Scottsdale


» Click here for a detailed PDF map of Ancala

The Ancala Park

The Ancala Park was built in 1998 for the enjoyment of both the homeowners and members of the Ancala Country Club. It offers a basketball court, swing set, a grassy play area, shaded picnic tables, barbecue grills, water fountain, and restroom.

The Ancala Park has several amenities for the enjoyment of both the homeowners and the members of the Ancala Country Club. It offers a basketball court, swing set, a grassy play area, shaded picnic tables, barbecue grills, water fountain, and restroom. 

For more information and park rules, contact 480-661-1066 or email


Access Control

Safeguard Security has been contracted to provide access control and patrol services for the Association.

Residents of Ancala must register all vehicles with the main gate. SmartPass devices (or transponders) may be purchased through the guard on duty at the main gate. Resident access into Ancala is through the use of this SmartPass device attached to the windshield of the vehicle registered with the Ancala HOA. Each pass purchased must be assigned to a vehicle registered to an Ancala property and recorded in the QuickPass database for access to be granted. 

If you are having issues with your SmartPass device, please see the guard on duty at the main gate. There is a “sweet spot” on some vehicles that will improve readability. Your car dealer will also know where the ideal spot is located on your vehicle.

Gate Locations/Staffing

There are three entrance/exit gates that can be used by residents, guests and vendors. The main gate is located at 118th Street and Via Linda, the west gate is at 113th Place and 114th Street (off of Frank Lloyd Wright and Cactus), and the east gate is at 124th Street and Columbine (near the Lost Dog Wash trailhead).

Only the main gate is staffed 24/7. The west gate is staffed 6 days per week from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The east gate is not staffed. All gates are equipped with card readers and residents may enter any of these gates.

*Please note that there are two access gates into the west entrance. The first access gate off of Taliesin Drive is owned and managed by the neighboring community of Ancala West Estates. Your SmartPass transponder will work at this gate, however after-hours access for visitors and vendors should be through the main gate.

Access for Guests/Vendors

Guests, visitors and service personnel must be authorized through your online QuickPass account or by a call from you to the guard at 480-451-4701 before they arrive. You can manage all of your visitors through the QuickPass website. You can log on to from your mobile device to add visitors to your QuickPass account or download the QuickPass app for your iPhone or Android. 

You will need a login and password to access your account. If you forgot your login and password, you may contact QuickPass at support, or contact the main gate at 480-451-4701. Once logged on, you can control the list of visitors and vendors and can even receive an email notification when someone on your list has entered the community.


The roadways within Ancala are owned by the Association and therefore, as a condition of the CC&R’s, the Association shall repair and maintain the private roadways within the property.

Street sweeping is performed every two weeks, and regular maintenance of roadways in the form of crack filling, sealcoating, repair and replacement of asphalt will be conducted as needed.