Things to do
In Arizona City you can enjoy Golf, Fishing (you can purchase your fishing license at the Chamber office), Bird Watching, Hiking, Rock Hunting and Star Gazing, and just plain relax! Our lightly used country roads also offer the perfect opportunity to take a nice leisurely bike ride and enjoy the rural Arizona countryside.
Cowboy Days and O’Odham Tash
Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash returns to Casa Grande for a week-long celebration of western heritage, culture, and traditions. Join us as we celebrate our rich heritage and see Casa Grande transform into a colorful festival full of Native American arts/crafts, rodeos, and much more! In addition to a carnival that will light up the weekends.
Following the O’Odham Tash Parade, head to the All-Indian Rodeo for an electrifying show of both rough stock and timed events. These cowboys and cowgirls will showcase their abilities in bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding. There will be tie down and team roping, along with steer wrestling and barrel racing events. The event will host the Seventh Annual Quad-Nation Roping for all of the neighboring ropers.
The series of events continues for an entire week and includes: World class Team roping; The Central Arizona College Rodeo Team in a series of similar rodeo events; Ladies Barrel Racing; and Ranch Rodeo Fun for the whole family.
Skydive Arizona™, located in Eloy, Arizona, half way between Phoenix and Tucson, is the premier place for skydivers of all skill levels. If this is your first time skydiving relax Skydive Arizona has some of the best skydiving instructors in the world, ready to take you on the adventure of a life time with your first tandem skydive.
With Arizona's beautiful weather, one of the largest Aircraft Fleets, amazing facilities and the largest drop zone in the world, they have the ability to offer you more sun, more fun and more jumps. This is why many World and National Champions have chosen to train there. Not only do they train there, but many of them offer opportunities for you to be coached and trained by them. Now you can see why this skydiving resort has become the Mecca for the skydiving community!
"You must be 18 years of age to
skydive at Skydive Arizona™"
Weight Restrictions Apply
Address: 4900 N Taylor St., Eloy, Arizona 85131
Eloy Balloon Rides from Ballooning
Hot air balloon rides in Arizona are one of the most fascinating experiences you will ever have. The roar of the burners as you rise into the sky, then the silence of floating, drifting with the winds, looking down on trees, beaches, farms and fields. Arizona Hot air balloons float almost silently above the trees and fields, vineyards and orchards - you'll see Arizona in a way that ground-bound travelers never do.
Hot air balloons are something special in comparison to other forms of flight. You don't feel the wind, you are a part of it, almost not even realizing you are moving. Hot air balloons drift gracefully above Arizona at heights of up to 10,000 feet. Typically, though, most Arizona hot air balloon flights are 500 to 2,000 feet above ground where peace and tranquility reign as you float over the tree tops above the beautiful Arizona countryside. As the balloon rises, your panoramic view of Arizona's Beautiful Landscape and all who inhabit it is put into a perspective that you won't soon forget.
Looking for a Hot Air Balloon Ride near Arizona City?
With a network of hot air balloon pilots that stretches from coast-to-coast, Ballooning is your best bet to find a hot air balloon ride near Arizona City, ! If you are looking for a unique ballooning experience near Arizona City, call one of our Pinal County Hot Air Balloon Experts at 1-855-445-8968 and ask about launch sites near you!
Picacho Peak State Park
Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance. The unique shape has been used as a landmark by travelers since prehistoric times. One of the first recordings was in the 1700s by the Anza Expedition as it passed through the area.
The park facilities include a visitor center with exhibits and a gift store, hiking trails, playground, historical markers, campground, picnic areas, ramadas, grills, dump station, restrooms, and showers. The group use areas, for day & overnight use, are available by reservation. Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.
Address: Interstate 10 Exit 219, Picacho, Arizona 85241
Hours: Day use hours are from 5am to 9pm. The park is closed from 10pm to 5am. Entrance is prohibited when the gate is closed.
Civil War in the Southwest
Now happening in November! Arizona State Parks presents a historical re-enactment of Arizona's only engagement of the American Civil War, the Battle of Picacho Pass, or the Battle of Picacho Peak, on April 15, 1862. It was fought between a Union cavalry patrol from California and a party of Confederate pickets from Tucson, and marks the westernmost battle of the American Civil War. Every year hundreds of spectators descend on Picacho Peak State Park to watch the re-enactments which include living history demonstrations interpreting military lifestyle of the soldiers in the southwest during the 1860s.
Pinal County Historical Society
This is a good first stop to orient visitors before visiting Florence’s historic district. An 1870s silver mining boomtown, Florence’s true wild west heritage of stage coach robberies, shoot outs and even a former Civil War spy, comes alive at this museum alongside Florence’s rodeo and prison legacy.
Popular items in the museum are 1890’s cactus furniture, an 1884 square grand piano, Apache playing cards and a large collection of barbed wire. Rodeo exhibits highlight Florence’s connection to the Madison Square Garden rodeos and Gene Autry. Memorabilia and information about Western film star Tom Mix who visited Florence often and was killed nearby, is on view. A large gun display includes rifles from the Civil and Apache Wars. Florence helped inspire Gus Arriola to create the comic strip Gordo and an exhibit is included giving a taste of Florence’s rich Hispanic heritage. Military displays highlight the POW Camp Florence and local WWII heroes.
Of particular interest is our archive on the Arizona State Prison in Florence and the 28 actual nooses used for hangings at the prison. The double execution chair used for the first gas chamber execution in Arizona can be seen, along with items relating to Winnie Ruth Judd, the trunk murderess of the 1930s.
A non-circulating library and archives keeps rare and out of print books, documents, letters and photographs about the area as well as Arizona Highways Magazines dating back to 1937. To do extensive researching, call for an appointment.
Hours: September 1 through July 15: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm and Sunday Noon to 4 pm.
Address: 715 S Main St., Florence, Arizona 85132
Paradise lake is a 48 acre man-made lake nestled in the heart of a small Arizona town called Arizona City. It is the biggest residential lake in the entire state of Arizona with a mega fountain rivaled only by Fountain Hills.
An Audobon stop, wildlife abounds on Paradise Lake. Pelicans, ducks, geese, turtles and various other water fowl including wayward seagulls.
Paradise Lake is located about 50 miles south of Phoenix and 50 miles north of Tucson just off of I-10 south of exit 200.
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