Nestled under a blue desert sky, the Gila River Indian community has lived in the Sonoran desert for centuries. This region of land has been home to two distinct tribes — the Akimel O’odham (pima) and Pee-Posh (Maricopa).
The Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee-Posh (Maricopa) tribes have a rich history in artwork including pottery, baskets and jewelry, and draw from the area’s natural elements to inspire their work.
Learn about the tribe’s culture at the HuHugam Heritage Center, one of the nation’s finest tribal facilities. This museum houses artifacts that tell the stories of the history and language of the Gila River Indian Community and provides a space for research by members. The exhibitions, classes, programs, and collections educate the public about the cultural heritage of the tribes.
Outdoor activities are also a popular choice for visitors, like the Koli Equestrian Center that offers miles of breathtaking scenery and Toka Sticks Golf Club, which has the nine original holes built over 40 years ago by Air Force personnel.
Stay at one of the nearby resorts, or lodging options are also available in Phoenix.
Mul-Chu-Tha Fair & Rodeo
Location: Rodeo Grounds, Sacaton
Information: (520) 562-6032
St. John's Festival
Information: (520) 562-6550
Location: Arts & Crafts Center, Bapchule
Information: (480) 963-3981
The Gila River Indian Community is located approximately 34 miles south of the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
525 W. Gu U Ki Road
Sacaton, AZ 85147