Coyote Creek

Nestled at the foot of the Rincon mountains is the quiet, gated community of Coyote Creek. This neighborhood was masterplanned by Backus Realty and Development, and boasts closeness to the Arizona Trail, fellow neighbors, and the Sonoran Desert.

The Housing

The houses in Coyote Creek are custom built luxury homes. Each house is built to compliment the surrounding Southern Arizona environment.

Custom lots are also available within Coyote Creek. Here, buyers have the unique opportunity to harness the benefits of living in a gated community while also custom building their home to their standards and tastes.

One of the most unique parts of this community are the secluded equestrian properties available. This gives homeowners access to a state-of-the-art Equestrian Center where they can board their horses.

Custom homes start at $400,000 and custom lots are sold starting at $75,000. To see what is available, visit

The Schools

Although Coyote Creek is a secluded neighborhood, it is located close to many top-ranked schools in the Vail School District.

According to the Coyote Creek website, Elementary School students who live in Coyote Creek attend Acadia Elementary School or Ocotillo Ridge Elementary School. Middle School students attend Old Vail Middle School, Desert Sky Middle School, or Pantano Middle School. The two high schools that most teenager residents attend are Cienega High School or Pantano High School.

The Perks

Living in Coyote Creek offers residents a never ending list of perks. Some of the most popular benefits among residents are listed below.

The Views

Coyote Creek was developed and built to provide homeowners protected views of the surrounding mountains. With over 1,000 acres, only 25% of the neighborhood property is taken up by homes. That provides breathtaking sights from every home of the Rincon Mountains, Southwest landscape, or Tucson city lights. Some homes get all three!

Proximity to the Trails

Equestrian lovers, mountain bikers, and hikers alike love the proximity to a network of stunning trails. The most famous of the trails is the Arizona Trail that runs alongside the vast community. There are several trailheads in the area that take you through creeks, rocky slopes, and stunning scenery. These trails can be accessed easily from the community, making it an ideal location for families that own horses.

Proximity to Tucson

Residents often boast about the rustic living with easy access to key points in Tucson. Coyote Creek is only 20 minutes away from most major employers, such as Raytheon and Davis Montana Air Force Base. It’s only a 25 minute drive to the Tucson International Airport and 35 minutes to a bustling downtown scene.

Activity Central

Although close to the city, many residents find fun with the wealth of activities available in their backyard. There’s always something to do in this neighborhood. Tennis, Basketball and Pickle Ball courts are accessible to the residents.

The Annual Fiesta

This guide would not be complete without promoting the annual fiesta held by Backus Realty and Development. Each year, Peter and Debbie Backus host a ride and fiesta to raise money for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. In addition, the fundraiser gives a $5,000 scholarship to a Vail High School Student to attend the University of Arizona. It also benefits Myasthenia Gravis.

On April 11, 2015 the Backus family will host their 18th annual event. If you’d like to participate, contact Debbie Backus at 520-647-0030 for more information. There will be a lunch, raffle, live auction, and hosted bar.

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