Destination guide

Arizona adventures in New River

Halfway between Phoenix and Prescott, New River is an ideal vacation destination if you want to explore these vibrant cities and the epic desert and forest landscapes of Arizona. With off-roading and desert trails on your doorstep and the sparkling Lake Pleasant just a 30-minute drive away, choosing a New River vacation rental is the perfect choice for outdoor enthusiasts. And when you want to swap the outdoors for urban pleasures, the thrilling cities of Glendale, Scottsdale and Phoenix all lie to the south, so New River vacation rentals are well placed for exploring the theaters, museums, sporting events, live music and great shopping in Arizona.

Things to do

Lake pursuits near New River

Half an hour west of your New River vacation rental, the serene Lake Pleasant has boating ramps where you can launch small craft for a day on the water. The lake is known for its bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish, and you can head to the Scorpion Bay marina to rent a fishing boat, ski-boat or kayak for the day. The park also has a number of short but attractive lakeside trails to meander along. Off-roading is another popular way to experience the desert landscapes. Meanwhile, to the north, Prescott bursts with historic buildings, local history museums and turn-of-the-century saloons along the city's famous Whiskey Row.


Explore Phoenix from New River

In New River, you have great shopping on your doorstep at the Outlets at Anthem mall, but Arizona is made for road trips and choosing a New River vacation rental offers you something to see in every direction. To the south, the upscales shops, restaurants and spas of Scottsdale are less than an hour away. Neighboring Glendale is known for its college vibe, great antique shops and sporting events. Or head into the state capital of Phoenix for more shopping and dining options, world-class theater performances and family-friendly attractions, such as the Desert Botanical Garden.


Hot times in New River

Like the rest of Arizona, New River is warm and dry year-round. Nights can be cold but, even in winter, high temperatures can reach into the high 60s and low 70s. By summer, those highs are tipping 100. On these scorching, sunny summer days, you can head to the lakeside at Lake Pleasant Park to rent a tube or raft for the day and lazily cool down on the water. This is the season when renting a New River vacation rental with its own private pool is a truly welcome treat – blissing out in your back yard is just the thing on hazy summer days.

Natural features

Get back to nature in New River

New River vacation rentals enjoy picturesque spots, nestled between Lake Pleasant Regional Park and Tonto National Forest. The latter's millions of acres stretch from cactus-studded desert to dramatic hillsides of Ponderosa pine. Its numerous trails offer opportunities to explore these spectacular, rugged landscapes. Closer to home, just 20 minutes from many New River vacation rentals, the Phoenix Sonoran Reserve provides an opportunity to trek the desert hillsides dotted with wildflowers and Saguaro cactus. Alternatively, head north to the scented woodlands of Prescott National Forest. Its trails are very popular with mountain bikers.

How to get there

Traveling to and around New River

The nearest airport is in Phoenix, AZ (DVT-Phoenix Deer Valley), located 17.9 mi (28.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Scottsdale, AZ (SCF), which is 24.8 mi (39.9 km) away.

Where to stay around New River?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 233 vacation rentals near New River. From 196 Houses to 3 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near New River for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to New River?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in New River:

  • Paradise Valley Village: 3,585 vacation rentals
  • Kierland: 735 vacation rentals
  • Troon North: 431 vacation rentals
  • Desert Ridge: 704 vacation rentals
  • North Mountain: 1,404 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to New River?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in New River. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kierland Commons: 2,373 vacation rentals
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital: 6,198 vacation rentals
  • Grayhawk Golf Club: 5,993 vacation rentals
  • Lake Pleasant Regional Park: 977 vacation rentals
  • Desert Ridge Marketplace: 6,130 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around New River listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in New River?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 196 Houses in New River. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in New River include:

  • Cottages: 3 rentals available
  • Guest houses: 5 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 16 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in New River?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 179 vacation rentals with pool available in New River. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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