The Gila River Indian Community is nestled beneath a beautiful blue desert sky, amid breath-taking sunrises and warm golden sunsets, live The River People. This lush desert environment with its abundant wildlife of wild horses, cottontail rabbits, quail, road runners, and morning dove, makes living here very precious.
The Sonoran Desert has been home to two distinct tribes – the Akimel O’otham (Pima), and Pee-Posh (Maricopa) people since time in memorial. The natural elements of our environment have been embraced by incorporating them into our artwork, pottery, baskets and jewelry. Our new buildings also feature symbolic designs, natural materials and plants which reflect our affection for the land.
Once arriving within our 600 square mile boundary, Phoenix seems light years away, yet it’s only 11 miles to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and 17 miles from downtown Phoenix.
Gila River Casinos
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Gila River Casinos has three locations - Wild Horse Pass, Vee Quiva, and Lone Butte. Enjoy the experience of playing the newest state-of-the-art slot machines or have a seat at one of our friendly poker or blackjack tables. If Bingo is your game, you will enjoy a comfortable, spacious atmosphere with fun games and large jackpots! And when you get hungry, you'll find excellent food and great service at one of our delis or restaurant. Plus, there's exciting promotions, cash giveaways, weekly live entertainment and more! Gila River Casinos has something for everyone. So when you think fun...go to the River, Gila River Casinos.
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
In a land of legends, where wild horses still roam free, indulge in a luxury resort experience at this 500-room desert oasis. Conveniently located 11 miles from Sky Harbor International Airport on the Gila River Indian Reservation, this unique destination resort features custom-designed, culturally-themed guest rooms reflecting the traditions of the Pima and Maricopa people, 36 holes of Troon® golf, the Aji Spa offering Native treatments, dining at Kai with James Beard award-winning chef Janos Wilder and onsite horseback adventures at Koli Equestrian Center. The only destination that encompasses the Arizona experience, the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass awaits.
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass
Rawhide is the valley's premier special event destination located at Wild Horse Pass in the heart of 160 acres of Sonoran Desert. Whether you come to dance under the festival lights, dine at a fundraising gala, speed through an obstacle course, or see a good ole fashion rodeo, you are in for an experience you will never forget! Additionally, the 1880’s Western Town and unique dining options spring to life for each of our Signature holidays, when you and your family can experience the spirit of the old west first hand. Visit Rawhide.com for our Calendar of Events!
Whirlwind Golf Club
Gila River Indian Community has woven championship golf with its rich cultural heritage to create Whirlwind Golf Club. Located just off of Maricopa Road and I-10, Whirlwind Golf Club offers 36 holes of championship golf at it's Devil's Claw & Cattail Golf Courses.
Toka Sticks Golf Course
Toka Sticks Golf Course (formerly Williams Air Force Base Golf Course) is located 5 miles south of US 60, at the intersection of Power and Williams Field roads. The original 9 holes was built over 40 years ago by the Air Force personnel and local community members who volunteered their help in exchange for golf privileges. The newest 9 holes was built by the Air Force in the mid 1980's, and has been open to the public since December of 1993. The course plays 6700 yards from the back tees, and features some terrific holes that will challenge even the best of players. The large trees come into play on most holes, and require a straight tee shot to hit narrow fairways. The greens are some of the best in the valley. Overall, Toka Sticks Golf Course is one of the best values in town.
HuHuGam Cultural Center
The Huhugam Heritage Center is a place that tells the stories of the history, culture, and language of the peoples of the Gila River Indian Community and honors the ancient Huhugam. It is designed to house and preserve the cultural resources of the Gila River Indian Community, including past and current archaeological findings. Through exhibitions, classes, programs, and collections, its goal is to educate the public about the rich cultural heritage of the Akimel O'odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples.
Bondurant High Performance Driving School
Bondurant School of HPD
Phoenix, AZ 85076
Dubbed the "Fastest 60 Acres in America", first-time visitors to the Bondurant School are generally not prepared for the size, scope and energy of The Bondurant School. One look and you see that Bondurant is committed to professional driving instruction. The size and scope of the Bondurant training facility is beyond comparison.
Located in Phoenix, Arizona, adjacent to Firebird International Raceway, the Bondurant School is a multi-million dollar racing enterprise. The Bondurant School is the world's finest driving school featuring a 15-turn, 1.6 mile road course, specifically designed by Bob Bondurant for high performance, race driving, and advanced driving instruction.
The course consists of a variety of corners and elevation changes that will challenge both novices and professionals alike. Bondurant utilizes Firebird Raceway's three other tracks for selected advanced road racing and corporate group programs.
In addition, an 8-acre asphalt pad is used for advanced driver training with exercises on the Throttle Steer Circle, Handling Oval, Accident Avoidance Simulator, Slalom Course, Autocross and Skid Pad.
The Bondurant fleet consists of over 200 cars, including open wheel, formula style cars. All vehicles are specially prepared for the Bondurant School.
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
Chandler, AZ 85226
Tel: (520) 796-5601
The multi-faceted, 450 acre motorsports park offers an array of options for racers, event-promotion companies, and fans alike. Known as the destination for thrilling NHRA drag racing, spectator events, club racing, corporate outings and experiential marketing, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park offers a world-class racing facility for motorsports and other exhilarating activities.
Included in the World-Class Facility are:
· 3 road course racing circuits
· Acres of pavement for automotive autocross & skidpad use
· 120 acre water sports lake for boat racing
· Quarter mile NHRA drag racing strip
· Drag boat racing
· Off-road truck racing, and more!
Koli Equestrian Center
Fax number: 520-796-1438
Ride horseback on ancient tribal land at this unique equestrian experience. Truly an adventure back in time. Koli Equestrian Center offers an array of options for a Western adventure.
Aji spa invites you to embody the simplicity, serenity and lifestyle of the Pima and Maricopa culture and traditions. Through its design, storytelling art, gardens, treatments and programs, Aji Spa will inspire you with clarity and a renewed perspective as you seek sanctuary from your world of daily stress and cares.
About Our Community
Food has always been a way to bring cohesiveness to our people be it at a social or ceremonial gathering. A unique menu has been created at Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. Traditional indigenous recipes are integrated into the one-of-a-kind cultural culinary menu satisfying everyone’s taste.
Stories are told of our history and culture at the Huhugam Heritage Center where historic and prehistoric records are archived. The ball court/amphitheater is patterned after the Hohokam Snaketown ball courts, providing a place for gatherings and ceremonies.
Visitors can experience a variety of attractions located within our boundaries. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is one of the finest resorts in Indian country. The AAA Four Diamond 500-room resort, offers its guests a recreational, educational and inspirational experience never before available in a resort setting and a lavish spa and salon with an array of health and fitness possibilities for relaxation and rejuvenation. Horseback riding, trail rides and outdoor events are available at Koli Equestrian Center.
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass is Arizona’s largest western-themed attraction featuring its world famous steakhouse and saloon, unique retail shops, cowboys, gunfights, stagecoach rides, cookouts, and more! Admission is free!
For golf enthusiasts, three championship 18-hole golf courses are provided. Two of the golf courses known as Devil’s Claw and Cattail are managed by world renowned Troon® Golf. The third golf course formerly Williams Air Force Base Golf Course in Mesa, AZ is now owned and operated by Gila River Indian Community.
The three Las Vegas-style gaming casinos of Gila River Casinos offers slots, poker, keno, black jack, bingo, the latest in entertainment and outstanding food choices.
The Bob Bondurant Professional School of High Performance Driving, the world’s finest driving school features a 15 turn, 1.6 mile road course, designed for high performance race car driving and advanced driving instruction. Firebird International Raceway, home of NHRA Checker Schuck’s Kragen National Event offers top fuel racing.