Casa Grande, Arizona
Arizona's Golden Corridor
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Location / Description
Casa Grande prides itself on being a modern city with a rural heritage and old- fashioned values. It is located in south central Arizona at the intersection of two of Arizona's major interstate highways - I-8 and I-10 in an area known as Arizona's Golden Corridor. Many think of Casa Grande for the nearby Casa Grande ruins or the outlet shopping on the interstate between Phoenix and Tucson. Both are worth a visit, however, there is a lot more to Casa Grande worth investigating.
Population / Elevation
- Population: 38,455 (2006)
- Elevation: 1,398 feet above sea level
- Area: 53.5 square miles
Casa Grande (meaning "Big House" in Spanish) was named for the famous Hohokam Indian Ruins 20 miles to the northeast. Almost halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, the area is gaining importance with the sprawl of both major cities it connects. Casa Grande has grown to be the largest community in western Pinal County. Casa Grande is more than just a trading center for surrounding farms and ranches. It now boasts an outlet mall featuring many upscale fashion stores and a community people are flocking to for a more traditional lifestyle. The city was incorporated in 1915.
Things To Do
January - Heritage and Tourism Days
January - Arizona Old-Time Fiddler's Jam and Country Store Bazaar and Car Show at Pinal County Fairgrounds
January - Casa Grande Century (bike race)
February - O'odham Tash Festival - Pow Wow - and all Indian Rodeo - Native American arts and crafts, ceremonial dances, rodeos, powwows, and parades.
March - Pinal County Fair
March - Arizona State Open Chili Championship
October - Casa Grande Annual Half Marathon and Fun Walk
December - APS Electric Light Parade
Camping & RV Parks
For more information, contact:
The Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce
575 N. Marshall Street, Casa Grande, Az 85222
(520) 836-2125 (800) 916-1515
Resources & Nearby Attractions
Parks & Monuments
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - preserves a 4-story adobe building and surrounding plaza and other structures. It was occupied by the Hohokam Indians seven centuries ago. The structure may have served as an observatory or administrative center. It stands near Coolidge, a short drive from the city of Casa Grande. It is one of the most interesting ruins worthy of visiting in Arizona because it has been preserved and because of its proximity to Tucson and Phoenix. Approximately 200,000 people visit the ruin each year.
Recreation & Wilderness Areas
- Salt River Recreation - a great location for riding inner tubes down the Verde and Salt Rivers. This site is very popular (and sometimes crowded) during the hot days of summer, however, it is an event for the entire family and is even more fun than it looks in pictures. Bring sunblock!
Historic & Points of Interest
- Casa Grande Valley Historical Society and Museum
- Historic railroad station and other historic buildings
- Casa Grande Art Museum
- Walking tour of Casa Grande is suggested by the Historical Society of Casa Grande.
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
The movie Stagecoach, in 1939 introduced two stars to the American public, John Wayne, and Monument Valley. Visiting Monument Valley gives you a spiritual and uplifting experience that few places on earth can duplicate. Take a look at this spectacular scenery in this DesertUSA video.
Glen Canyon Dam - Lake Powell Held behind the Bureau of Reclamation's Glen Canyon Dam, waters of the Colorado River and tributaries are backed up almost 186 miles, forming Lake Powell. The dam was completed in 1963. Take a look at this tremendous feat of engineering - the Glen Canyon Dam.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyon de Chelly NM offers the opportunity to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest Anasazi to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here today. Its primary attractions are ruins of Indian villages built between 350 and 1300 AD at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves.
Laughlin - Lake Mohave - Colorado River
In the summer, Katherine's Landing at the southern end of Lake Mohave is a hub of activity. It has fuel, a general store, a restaurant and a snack bar. The Colorado River south of the dam offers many recreational opportunities. Take a look at this river destination!
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