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.
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.
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
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.
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
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