Litchfield Park

Discover how a humble cotton farm transformed into a charming little town where the scent of orange blossoms fills the air and hiking trails are adorned with ancient petroglyphs, all just 20 miles from the heart of central Phoenix.

In 1916, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company sent Paul Litchfield, one of their junior executives, to purchase 16,000 acres of land in Arizona to grow the Egyptian long-staple cotton needed to produce their tires. Litchfield ended up falling in love with the area and turned Litchfield Ranch into the headquarters of what would eventually become Goodyear Farms. This colorful origin story led to the rugged yet luxurious experience visitors to Litchfield Park enjoy today.

The lap of luxury

Nestled among the stunning scenery of the Sonoran Desert, the iconic Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa is an oasis of casual elegance. After a century of service, The Wigwam has become a part of Arizona's rich history, and synonymous with Litchfield Park. Originally called the Organization House, the property was built to house visiting executives from Ohio-based Goodyear Tire. Today, the resort boasts luxury casitas and suites, and the 440-acre getaway provides a complete array of popular things to do in Litchfield Park, including recreational amenities, stunning pools, three restaurants (including date-night favorite Litchfield's), a luxury spa, and 54-holes of championship golf.

Go wild

See a rare white alligator, an electric eel and other exotic animals at Litchfield Park's Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. Built to provide a natural habitat for endangered species, the park has the largest collection of exotic animals in Arizona and is a must-see Litchfield Park destination for animal lovers of all ages.

The great outdoors

Residents and visitors alike enjoy the town's proximity to White Tanks Regional Park, named for the natural water tanks once used by resident American Indians. Evidence of these early inhabitants can still be seen today in the petroglyphs and rock carvings throughout the park. The equally close 19,000-acre Estrella Mountain Regional Park offers camping, hiking and horseback riding, as well as golf at the Tres Rios Golf Course.

A show in the sky

It's a bird … It's a plane … It's an F-16 jet cutting through the air above Luke Air Force Base, the largest training center for F-16 fighter pilots in the world. While the base may not be open to the public, it isn't uncommon to catch a glimpse of a jet streaking through the sky on any given day.

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