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.
Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino
Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort is a casino and resort located 39 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona near Maricopa, Arizona. It is owned by the Ak-Chin Indian Community and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
The 40,000-square-foot casino has 1.089 video poker and slot machines, as well as 28 game tables, keno and bingo.
With the recent addition of a 152-room hotel tower, the resort now has 300 rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool with swim up bar, which recently underwent a complete renovation. The resort also features four restaurants, an entertainment venue, meeting and conference space and the only Bingo hall in the Caesars organization, which continues the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937.
Address: 15406 N Maricopa Rd., Maricopa, Arizona 85239
Hours: Open 24 hours daily
The 2018 Pinal County Fair
The 2018 Pinal County Fair will take place March 21-25, the 5 day annual event brings entertainment, thrills, delicacies animals and much more! Located at the Pinal Fairgrounds and Event Center at 512 S. 11 Mile Corner Road, Casa Grande – the family friendly event truly has something for everyone!
Carnival rides are always a favorite. No matter what your thrill level, be it the beautiful carousel or the scream inducing zipper, you’ll find just the right amount of excitement! Discounted unlimited carnival ride wristbands are available (must be purchased before March 22nd) for only $20.00. After the 21st, you can purchase the wristband at the carnival ticket booth for just $30.00. Individual tickets are also available.
Food, food and more food! Traditional corn dogs, crispy kettle corn, cheesy pizza, fabulous fry bread, giant turkey legs, specialty burgers and much more await appetites of all sizes. Leave your diet at home and come out and enjoy delectable delights!
Entertainment abounds and all free with your fair admission! Check back for the complete lineup of entertainment.
Animals of all kinds are in residence during the fair. Pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, rabbits, poultry and more fill the barns. Young people from throughout the county work all year to bring their projects to the fair. Everyone is looking for the ultimate prize – Grand Champion. Their hard work is rewarded on Saturday at the Youth Livestock Auction. Families and local businesses come out and support the Exhibitors by buying their animals.
At only $8 for adults and $4 for children 6-12, everyday admission to the fair is a bargain when you consider that all the shows are free. Budget conscious guests are encouraged to take advantage of the several discounts the fair offers from free admission and rides for youthful readers to discount senior day and free military admission.
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!
Indian Petroglyphs and Pictographs
Our past is all around us here in Arizona City. Just minutes away from our modern world we can take to a desert trail and be transported back thousands of years. From black-rock deserts to red-rock canyonlands, Arizona is a vast and sunny gallery of ancient art. For thousands of years the people of this hard and varied land scratched mysterious images on naturally varnished boulders and rock faces, and pecked their dreams and mythologies into soft sandstone cliffs; these are called petroglyphs. Others mixed long-lasting pigments from plants and minerals to paint handprints, footprints, animals and gods on the walls of shallow sheltering caves in high canyon walls; these are called pictographs.
Rock art is a physical reminder of a time where fertility rituals and sympathetic magic actually worked, where shamans and the gods they served walked the same trails and routes, where myths were truth. People seek out petroglyphs and pictographs because of a fascination with those people and their beliefs, and maybe as a way to honor them too.
Nearby to Arizona City is a significant cluster of petroglyphs located in the Picacho Mountains, the mountain range on the north side of the I-10. Here archeologists have catalogued more than 4000 petroglyphs at 19 distinct sites with some of the more spectacular displays located at the northern reaches of the Picacho Mountains.
Cactus Fly-In at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport
Cactus Fly-In is the premier event for antique airplanes in Arizona. Come check out a host of unique aircraft, learn something new during forum presentations, and mingle with folks who enjoy history and the machines that flew us to the present!
The 60th Cactus Fly-In
March 2-3, 2018
Casa Grande Municipal Airport (CGZ)
3225 N. Lear Ave.Casa Grande, AZ 85122
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
Casa Grande Valley Historical Society & Museum
Come spend an hour, or an afternoon at the Historical Museum. Explore the rich heritage of rural Southern Arizona. The museum offers tours, lecture series, workshops and children's programs.
Experience the 19th Century mining boom as you tour the exhibit. See the miniature agricultural display. Learn how irrigation turned sandy plains into lush cotton fields.
See what Casa Grande looked like in 1879 when the railroad ended here and the city was named Terminus. Discover the people that come alive through our Research Facilities and Photographic Reproductions. Tour the historic Heritage Hall and the Rebecca Dallis School House.
Hours: September 15 - May 15 / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Noon - 4PM
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter
Entrance Fees: Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children Free
Address: 110 West Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, Arizona 85122
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.
Casa Grande Ruins
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is a unique structure built by the Hohokam Indians in the 14th century. The Big House stands an impressive four story building. The ruin is 40 feet by 60 feet at the base and some of the walls are more than 3-feet thick.
Explore the mystery and complexity of an extended network of communities that rivals today's cities. An Ancient Sonoran Desert People's farming community and "Great House" are preserved at Casa Grande Ruins. Whether the Casa Grande was a gathering place for the Desert People or simply a waypoint marker in an extensive system of canals and trading partners is but part of the mystique of the Ruins.
Guided tours are offered nearly hourly from late November to mid-April. Tours meet in the shaded Interpretive Ramada located immediately outside of the visitor center's rear doors. While you are seated for the introduction the guide will explain the history of the ruins, the archeology, and the Hohokam Culture. Your guide, either ranger or trained volunteer, will then lead the tour into Compound A and point out interesting features. You may enter or leave the tour at any point, or you may chose to visit the park on a self-guided tour. There are signs and exhibits to enhance your visit with volunteers and staff eager to hear your stories and discuss your questions. Tours are wheelchair friendly.
Guided tours in May through October are offered as staffing, weather, high temperatures, and group size permit. Please ask or read postings at the front visitor center information desk to learn about tours, special events, or guest speakers featured on the day of your visit.
No tours enter the Great House due to safety and resource protection concerns.
There are no additional fees for guided tours. Special tours such as backcountry archeology walks are offered in the spring. Please contact the park in advance as these programs fill quickly.
Address: 1100 Ruins Drive, Coolidge, Arizona 85128
Hours: Daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm except Christmas Day
Entrance Fees: $3.00 per person, Children ages 16 and under are admitted FREE. Golden Eagle, Golden Age, and Golden Access Passport cards are honored.
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.
Elsy Pearson Public Range
The Elsy Pearson range in Casa Grande, AZ has one 100 yard rifle and two 50 yard rifle/ pistol lines and two shorter (25 yard) pistol ranges. It is a well-maintained, clean, and free place to shoot. It’s nothing fancy, but ranges don’t need to be. The hours are 7am to 5pm daily.. Please call for more information.
It’s an unsupervised range, with no safety officers. The rules are printed on a big metal sign— there are about six rules, all basically saying “be safe, don’t be an idiot”.
The range is run by the Casa Grande Parks & Recreation Department and is free for public use. There’s a nearby range for police use only, There is also the Casa Grande Trap Club about a quarter-mile north, for those who prefer shotguns.
The public rifle range is simple and spartan (metal roof, concrete benches), but well-maintained. Large berms serve as backstops, and there’s Casa Grande mountain beyond the berms to catch any stray bullets.
The range doesn’t have any “permanent facilities” but does have a “Porta-Poty.”
There are no restrictions on the type of firearms used (but they do restrict tracers and incendiary rounds for obvious fire safety reasons) —Full-auto is permissible with proper NFA documentation.
Elsy Pearson range is just slightly over six miles from Arizona City. To get there go West on Bataglia to Henness Rd (N). It dead ends at Isom where you turn West and follow around the south end of Casa Grande mountain. You will see the range on the right. Both Henness and Isom are unpaved roads, but are relatively smooth and well-maintained.
McFarland State Historic Park
McFarland Courthouse and museum provides visitors with a window into the past. The 1878 Territorial Courthouse represents a transition between Sonoran and Anglo-American architecture with a wood-shingled pitched roof surmounting traditional adobe brick walls. Like most buildings in Territorial Arizona, the original 1878 structure was constructed by hand using native materials. In 1963, the Pinal County Historical Society acquired and maintained the building as a museum. Today, the buildings and house exhibits depicting the history of the area include the Ernest McFarland Archives and World War II POW Camp.
Address: 24 W Ruggles St, Florence, Arizona 85132
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm; and is closed on Sunday.
Entrance Fees: Adults (ages 14+) $2.00, Children (ages 13 and younger) Free
Casa Grande Mountain Trails
The Casa Grande Mountain trails system started through primarily social uses by hikers and bicyclists who were creating their own trails and routes on the mountain. With its popularity steadily increasing, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department determined that a more formal approach was needed to utilize the mountain in an organized and sustainable way. In 2004, the City received a grant to assist in development of a Trails System Master Plan for the mountain from the National Park Service. Once this grant was obtained, work began to develop an official Master Plan. Due to many different property owners and regulations related to the area, it took until the spring of 2010 to finish the lease, purchase, and paperwork portion of the project.
It was at this time community trail builds utilizing volunteers began work on the trail system itself. It was also at this time the City began to apply for Americorps volunteer teams to assist with work on the mountain. The City was successful in receiving these Americorps groups through a competitive application process, and Americorps volunteers continue to play a critical part in the Casa Grande Mountain trail development each year. Since starting with the very first volunteer trail build in April 2010, Casa Grande Mountain is now home to more than 17 miles of established and marked trails. At its highest point the mountain reaches an elevation of 2,538 ft. and provides unparalleled views of the surrounding mountain ranges and valley.
Arizona City Golf Club
The "Arizona City" course is a fun 18 hole regulation course located at the Arizona City Golf Club facility in Arizona City, AZ. From the longest tees it features 6,775 yards of golf for a par of 72. This medium-length layout features 4 sets of tee boxes for the enjoyment of golfers of all skill levels.
The course was designed by Arthur Jack Snyder, ASGCA, and features an island tee, greenside bunkers and the 'saguaro'. Opened in the 1959 it weaves through the homes of this small community.
Arizona City Golf Club, one of the city's high points brings with it fine dining experience. The golf course has an in-house four star restaurant called the Duffer's. The restaurant provides an elegant atmosphere where one can grab a drink after the game or come and dine with the family.
Off-Roading / Outdoor Activities
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, and to some the desert is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. One of the best ways to take it all in is by taking advantage of the many off-roading trails. It's also a great way to take advantage of your vehicle's off-road capabilities. In recent years, off-highway vehicle use has grown significantly throughout Arizona. With 365 riding days per year, scenic trails and great weather it’s become the number one sport in Arizona. Arizona draws OHV enthusiasts from across the country to access our motorized trails.
Off-roading, the activity or sport of driving a motor vehicle through rough terrain, is something that people should experience at least once in their lifetime. After the first experience, you might just end up hooked. Traveling this way allows you to steer clear of the more popular, well-known routes, and camp, hike and explore with your friends or family that might be riding along with you.
Whether you go for an easy Sunday drive or spend an entire week out on the road, it’s all about the journey. Take out the ATVs, side-by-sides or an SUV and hit the trails.