Cities

Coolidge

Love a good mystery? Check out the awe-inspiring Casa Grande ruins, which continue to puzzle and amaze visitors in Coolidge.

You’ll know when you’re getting close to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. The adobe “great house” in the fields outside Coolidge continues to dominate the landscape for miles around it.

The ancient Sonoran Desert people who built Casa Grande – one of North America’s largest prehistoric structures – occupied a massive compound for about 1,000 years before abandoning it more than 560 years ago for unknown reasons. Then the people themselves vanished.

Coolidge owes its modern development to the expansion of the railroad and construction of a dam that turned sandy soil into rich farm and ranch land. Cotton is king in Coolidge, which remains the hub of Arizona’s cotton industry. The city’s early days are documented in the Coolidge Historical Society Museum, with historical artifacts and photographs from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Modern pop history was made in Coolidge, too, at the amusingly named Gallopin’ Goose Saloon & Grill. The historic honkytonk boasts vintage neon sign and a tribute wall to country icon Waylon Jennings, who launched his solo career there after Buddy Holly’s death.

Coolidge’s hometown spirit shows through with community events including Cotton Days, Calvin Coolidge Days, Coolidge Airport Fly-In Breakfast, and Christmas in the Park/Electric Light Parade.

Visit City Website

More to Explore Near Coolidge

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

At the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, discover the Ancient Sonoran Desert People’s farming community including the preserved “Great...

Picacho Peak State Park

Don’t miss Picacho Peak, the most famous summit in the Sonoran Desert, which you can spot on the interstate between Tucson and Phoenix.

Cities

Chandler

Visit this hot spot for family activities, excellent shopping and dining, and charming downtown strolls.

Visitor Centers

McFarland State Historic Park - Visitor Center

McFarland State Historic Park, is a seven-room adobe structure dedicated to sharing Arizona in its pre-statehood days. The history of the...

Performing Arts

The Murder Mystery Company in Phoenix

The experts in mystery entertainment are now performing live, public and private interactive murder mystery dinner shows in Phoenix and...

Galleries & Museums

Pinal County Historical Museum

Step back in time and explore Florence's rich history at the Pinal County Historical Museum.Bring Florence's stories to life with our...

Tours

Ready to Ride Rentals

Rent the latest dirt bikes from brands like KTM Motorcycles and Husqvarna Motorcycles. Need a dirt bike for just one day, or an entire...

Nature & Wildlife

Riverbound Sports

Arizona does have water! In fact, Arizona has some of the most beautiful lakes and rivers to explore by kayak or paddleboard. Riverbound...

Spas & Luxury

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Find yourself a world away at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Arizona's premier Native American-owned luxury resort. Designed to be an...

Family Activities

SkyVenture Arizona

SkyVenture Arizona is a state-of-the-art skydiving wind tunnel, located in Eloy, Arizona, halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. Designed for...

Galleries & Museums

Vision Gallery

The Vision Gallery is a non-profit art gallery managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation. Exhibits are rotated on a regular basis. For...