is a small community with a peaceful, Sonoran Desert setting on the north edge of Phoenix, elevation 1,800 feet. Many saguaro
grow on the surrounding, undeveloped land, on the slopes of Daisy Mountain to the north and the Union Hills to the south. Most of the district is residential, including the upscale dwellings around Anthem Country Club
; the town also has two schools, a community sports park and several shopping centers, the main one (Anthem Marketplace) close to I-17 exit 229, Anthem Way. Also beside this exit are the business premises of Anthem Commerce Park, and Old West Cactus Farm
, which offers an extensive collection of desert plants. Another attraction of the town is Daisy Mountain Railroad
, featuring a replica steam engine on a half mile track, 24 inch gauge. Anthem has the northernmost chain lodging in the Phoenix area, and so the first for travelers arriving from Sedona (86 miles), Flagstaff (117 miles) and the Grand Canyon (195 miles). Downtown Phoenix
is 34 miles south along the interstate.
Three nearby attractions are Lake Pleasant
(19 miles west along Hwy 74), Bartlett Lake
(40 miles east) and Agua Fria National Monument
(20 miles north along I-17).
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