The next time you’re in Phoenix or Tucson, take an excursion to the town of Eloy, Arizona. Perfectly situated between the two major cities, Eloy offers a multitude of recreational activities, perfect for the family or solo adventurer. Museums, golfing, races, numerous golf courses, ancient ruins, and most excitingly, skydiving are all in or next door the small town. Here are just a few examples of what the city has to offer.
While Arizona is known for being the home of the Grand Canyon, the state, and specifically Eloy, is a great place for daredevils and bucket listers alike. In the heart of the Sonoran Desert lies Skydive Arizona, a business that will help you fulfill your lifelong dreams of jumping out of a plane and free falling for a few thousand feet. Easily the most exciting thing to do while visiting Eloy, skydiving literally takes you to a new level of adventure and excitement. The business was founded by Larry and Liliane Hill, in January of 1978, with a single Cessna 182 and a gravel airstrip, north of Phoenix. Their business has grown to proudly be the world’s largest skydiving center, averaging over 135,000 jumps per year.
Its own oasis in the center of a barren region, Skydive Arizona facilities surprise visitors with fresh green grass, a swimming pool, and trees, making the whole operation that much more unique. Equipment is sold on site, along with food, and facilities for bathing and laundry. Overnight guests are welcome, with bunks in the recreation hall and campsites available. But lush facilities aren’t what keeps the business flourishing. A dedicated, well-trained staff, equipped with aircraft like a Super Otters, Skyvans, a DC-3 and a Pilatus Porter, ensure that every customer is safe and well-attended to, giving each individual a superb time. What’s more, the surrounding area makes for the perfect drop zone as free-fallers don’t have to worry about undesirable obstacles on their decent. The area’s mild weather allows for over 340 jumping days per year, with low humidity keeping the skies clear year-round. It’s easy to see where the company gets its motto: “more sun, more jumps, more fun!”
Address: 4900 N Taylor St, Eloy, AZ 85131
Price: from 189 USD
Opening Hours: Open daily from 8am - 5pm
Contact: +1 (520) 466-3753
Website: Skydive Arizona
2. Skydiving indoors
While skydiving looks like a lot of fun, the sport simply isn’t for everyone. For example, in order to skydive, you must be a legal adult, meaning skydiving isn’t exactly a family-friendly trip. However, the good people at SkyVenture have worked around that problem by providing a facility where you can have all the fun of skydiving, indoors. No planes, no parachutes, and no heights, at SkyVenture you can free fall anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. Upon your arrival, you will be given the appropriate gear, and coached on basic skydiving techniques to more thoroughly enjoy your time at the facility. But don’t worry, before long SkyVenture Arizona will help you master new flying positions and advanced aerobatic skills. The best part is, children are welcome, so long as they are accompanied by a legal guardian.
Address: 4900 N Taylor St, Eloy, AZ 85131
Price: from 30 USD
Opening Hours: Open daily from 8am - 5pm
Contact: +1 (520) 466 3753
3. Golfing at Robson Resort
While in Eloy, swing by the Robson Ranch Resort Community. Most famously a retirement community, at Robson Ranch you can relax and unwind while playing 18 holes. Come in on a Sunday for Couples Golf and a different game each week. Don’t have time for a full game? You can golf 9 holes with a price reduction on half games. And if you’re going to be in Eloy for a while, you can purchase a year-long pass that will let you into other resorts around the nation.
Address: ROBSON RANCH GOLF CLUB, 5750 N. Robson Blvd. Eloy, AZ 85131
Opening Hours: Open everyday from 6am - 5pm
Contact: +1 (520) 426 3333
Website: Robson Resort
4. Picacho Peak State Park
17 minutes away from Eloy lies the 1,500 ft (457 meter) peak that is Picacho Peak State Park. Stop by the park to hike the winding trails up to the peak, and view a sea of wildflowers blooming in the spring, as well as the area’s unique geological structure. Historically important, the peak has been used as a landmark for travelers since prehistoric people traversed the landscape. One such example was the 1700’s Anza Expedition.
Today, you can be a part of the peak’s historical roots by visiting the park. At Picacho Peak State park you’ll find a visitor center, exhibits about the surrounding wilderness, a park store, a playground, historical markers, a campground, and picnic areas. After learning about the history of the mountain, you can hike your way up the peak taking one of many hiking trails. Both scenic and challenging hikes are available, so know your limits, bring plenty of food and water, and wear proper footwear. That way you can fully enjoy your journey and return home safely to recollect your adventures.
Hiking at Picacho Peak
Price: Park Entrance Fee: Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): 7 USD. Individual/Bicycle: 3 USD
Opening Hours: Park is open year-round. Gates are closed from 10:00pm - 5:00am. Visitor Center / Park Store is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm
Contact: +1 (520) 466 3183
Website: Hiking at Picacho Peak
5. Museum of Casa Grande
While not in Eloy, located 21 minutes away is the town and museum of Casa Grande. At the museum, you will learn about Arizona’s early days, and view artifacts, writings, documents, and photos from the area. The collections include the archives and library, where you can view first-hand reports of life in Arizona, and the artifacts exhibit that holds prehistoric, archaeological, historic, and contemporary items. Just outside Casa Grande is the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and the remains of the Hohokam’s Pueblo from the Pueblo III and Pueblo IV Eras. You won’t leave without being inspired by Arizona’s past and the people that brought us here.
Museum of Casa Grande
Address: 110 W. Florence Blvd. Casa Grande AZ 85122
Price: from 5 USD
Opening Hours: 12pm - 4pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Contact: +1 (520) 836 2223
Facebook: Museum of Casa Grande
6. Central Arizona Speedway
If you’re looking for something more action-packed—without jumping out of a plane—head 11 miles (17.7 kilometers) north to the Central Arizona Speedway. Events are scheduled year-round for racers to compete, and for the public to enjoy. Stadium food and beer is available at the venue, along with handicap-accessible seating and bathrooms. The races include cars like IMCA Sport Mods, Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks and Bombers, but no matter who’s racing, you’re sure to have a roaring good time.
Central Arizona Speedway
Address: 512 N 11 Mile Corner Rd, Casa Grande, AZ 85194
Contact: +1 (520) 574 8515
Website: Central Arizona Speedway
7. Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
Featured on shows like “Larry the Cable Guy - Only in America,” "Extreme Roadside Attractions,” "Chef vs City,” "Amazing Animals,” and “Arizona Highways,” Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch offers a truly country experience to all those willing to come by. True to its name, Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch is a working ostrich ranch, owned for the past three generations by the same family. While ostriches certainly are the headline attraction, they’re not the only draw to Rooster Cogburn as miniature Sicilian donkeys, Nigerian dwarf goats, Fallow deer, and Peking ducks also call the ranch their home. If you come by on Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, you can take a tour of Picacho peak—in a MONSTER TRUCK. This family-centered, affordable, destination is sure to make any parent a hero, putting a twist on traditional family fun.
Petting Zoo and Ranch
Address: 17599 E Peak Lane - Picacho, AZ
Price: from 10 USD
Opening Hours: OPEN DAILY (Nov. 16th thru April 30th). OPEN FRI., SAT, SUN, MON.(May 1st thru Nov. 15th)
Contact: +1 (520) 466 3658
Website: Petting Zoo and Ranch
Fun with the family in Eloy
Visit Eloy during your next Arizona trip for an adventure unlike any other. From skydiving to rocky mountain climbing, you won’t regret the time you spend in this Arizona town.