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.
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.
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.
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