Visit the Tohono O’odham nation to see a rich culture alive and well, flowing through the communities west of Tucson.
With about 28,000 members, and the reservation land approximately the size of the state of Connecticut, the Tohono O’odham Nation is the second largest American Indian tribe in the state.
Learn more about the Tohono O’odham Nation, also known as the “People of the Desert,” through exhibits and educational programs at the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum. You’ll even get the chance to try some native desert cuisine at the Desert Rain Café in Sells!
Sometimes there’s no better way to learn about a culture than getting right into it. For those looking to get in on the celebrations, check out the Annual Rodeo & Fair in Sells, the first weekend of February; the Wa:k Pow Wow at the San Xavier del Bac Mission – the White Dove of the Desert – the second weekend of March; and the San Xavier Mission Indian Market at the Mission Plaza on Thanksgiving weekend.
For some adventure on tribal lands, head up the Quinlin Mountains to the Kitt Peak National Observatory. The observatory is the world’s largest and offers tours daily. If you’d rather enjoy the excitement of a casino, the Desert Diamond Casino has three locations: Tucson, Sahuarita, and Why.
Stay and play at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel, located minutes from the Tucson International Airport. Camping, RV, and many indoor lodging options are also available in nearby Tucson.
Annual Rodeo & Fair
Information: (520) 383-2588
Wa:k Pow Wow
Location: San Xavier Mission
San Xavier Mission Indian Market
Location: Mission Plaza
Date: Thanksgiving weekend
Information: (520) 573-4029
The Tohono O'odham Nation spans just south of Casa Grande to the border of Mexico.
PO Box 837