Before there was San Tan Valley, there was a nameless unincorporated bedroom community that utilized the Queen Creek zip code as its mailing address. In summer of 2009, 2,000 residents were given a number of names to choose from, including San Tan Valley and Bella Vista, the latter coming from a country road located in the community. About 18% of voters chose San Tan Valley, named after the nearby San Tan Mountains.
Before officially voting on the name San Tan Valley, the area was referred to by a number of names and variations of ?San Tan,? including the San Tan Area, San Tan Foothills, and even San Tan Heights.
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
The San Tan Mountains offer some of the most spectacularly scenic views in this part of Pinal County. San Tan Valley is only a short 15 minute drive to the San Tan Mountain Regional Park where residents can take advantage of over 8 miles of paved multi-use trails and picnic facilities. Over 10,000 acres of land is dedicated to the park, which is located in the lower Sonoran Desert in Queen Creek. Elevations range from about 1,400 feet to 2,500 feet. The park includes 3 designated trails with a total of over 8 miles for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, with each trail varying from about 1.1 miles to over 5 miles in length. The trails are a great way to quietly observe the park?s wildlife.
Students of San Tan Valley are under the jurisdiction of three school districts: Coolidge Unified, Florence Unified, and J.O. Combs Unified. Coolidge Unified School District serves both San Tan Valley and its neighboring community, Coolidge. The district is comprised of seven schools: three elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Florence Unified School District features seven elementary schools that serve students in grades K-8, in addition to two high schools. This district serves both San Tan Valley and the town of Florence. J.O. Combs Unified School District includes four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Over 4,200 students are currently enrolled within this district.
Colleges and Universities
A number of colleges, universities, and trade schools are located near San Tan Valley at the convenience of residents. Options include Communiversity in Queen Creek, Central Arizona College in Coolidge, the San Tan Valley campus of Central Arizona College, Arizona State University at the Polytechnic Campus, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. Many more higher learning opportunities can be found within the Phoenix metro area.