Anthem is nearly inaccessible other than by automobile. Valley Metro does not provide bus service to Anthem, nor is there a circulator bus. Taxis from metro Phoenix are very expensive. Bicycles are not permitted on I-17 (on the shoulder, adjacent to cars and trucks typically traveling 75 mph or faster). Furthermore, until July 2009 there were only four ways into and out of the community: two freeway exits on I-17 , a frontage road to the New River area, and a connection to the Maricopa County street grid at Desert Hills Drive. The latter connection, however, is normally open only to emergency vehicles.
In October 2009, a two-way frontage road connecting Carefree Highway to Gavilan Peak Parkway in Anthem was opened on the East side of I-17. This frontage road, combined with North Valley Parkway and Norterra Parkway provide a surface street route to the rest of the Phoenix metro area.
Homeowners are required to utilize native and near-native plants in landscaping in order to conserve water and balance preservation of the Sonoran Desert with suburban development. Anthem also has many miles of bike/running trails and greenscape areas. Most major roads in Anthem offer bike lanes and many residents utilize electric golf carts for travel within the community. Some residents have noted the HOA does not comply with A.R.S. 33-1803 and issues fines without allowing owners access to the board under due process of law.