New development brings opportunities
From the smallest to the largest of Arizona's 22 Indian tribes, the
ingenuity of design in construction, range of tourist attractions and
quality resorts and restaurants have reached impressive heights.
In Arizona tribal communities, there's widespread construction and
development. There's Fort McDowell Yavapai's sleek new Radisson hotel and
Gila River's new Rawhide attraction along the waterway at the Sheraton Wild
The Hualapai Nation is building a glass walkway over the Grand Canyon, west
of Flagstaff, which will extend out over the canyon floor 4,000 feet below
when the walkway opens for the summer season.
In southern Arizona, Pascua Yaqui and Tohono O'odham casinos offer top
entertainment, while San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache attract
travelers to their museums and scenic mountains. In northern Arizona,
travelers love the beauty of the red rocks of Canyon de Chelly and Monument
Valley on the Navajo Nation. The arts and crafts, food and beauty of the
Hopi Tribe are always favorites with travelers.
In central Arizona, signs of development include the new Sonic DriveIn at
Camp Verde Yavapai and construction under way at the Tonto Apache Tribe.
The Yavapai-Prescott Tribe is among the Arizona tribes with a smoke shop.
One of the top employers in the Payson area in central Arizona is the Tonto
Apache Tribe, 95 miles northeast of Phoenix. Consisting of 85 acres, it is
the smallest land base reservation in the state of Arizona, with 110
enrolled tribal members and 102 members living on tribal lands.
The 575-member Ak-Chin Indian Community is also expanding and attracting
travelers. Its Him-Dak Museum displays tribal crafts and photographs of the
Ak-Chin people. Nearby, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is a
multi-storied structure constructed by the Hohokam during the 13th century.
In the Phoenix Valley, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has
been a leader in progress and development, with its enterprises: Cypress
Golf Course, Phoenix Cement, Red Mountain Trap and Skeet, Saddleback
Communications, Salt River Landfill, Salt River Devco, Salt River Sand and
Rock Co. and Talking Stick Golf Course.
In one of the nation's hottest desert regions, the Colorado River Indian
Tribes' homeland is an oasis.
Along the border of Arizona and California, the Colorado River Indian
Reservation was established on March 3, 1865. Mohave and the Chemehuevi
were the ancestral tribes to the area. Then, in 1945, a portion of the land
was reserved for other tribes, including Hopis and Navajos.
Now, CRIT's new BlueWater Resort and Casino has two restaurants, and 200
luxury rooms and suites with river views. There's an indoor water park with
four swimming pools, a water slide, children's pool and whirlpool spa, with
live entertainment provided at the outdoor amphitheater.
Each year in March, there's the Mohave Days Celebration. Travelers are
attracted to lakes Moovalya and Havasu for swimming and boating, while the
CRIT Tribal Museum offers arts and crafts for sale.
The 'Ahakhav Tribal Preserve, located near the CRIT administration complex,
consists of 250 acres of aquatic habitat, a landscaped picnic area and a
spur trail planted with native mesquite, cottonwood and willow trees.
For those traveling to Mexico, the Cocopah Tribe on the border, and nearby
Quechan and Yuma in southwestern Arizona, offer opportunities to learn more
about Arizona tribes' history and culture.