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Fort McDowell, Arizona

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is located within Maricopa County about twenty-three miles northeast of Phoenix. The desert landscape is contrasted by the Verde River, which flows north to south through the reservation. Thirty miles east of Fort McDowell, the Four Peaks rise from the desert floor to an elevation of more than 7,000 feet.

The community was created by Executive Order on September 15, 1903. The 40-square mile reservation is now home to 600 community members, while another 300 live off reservation. The reservation is a small parcel of land that formerly was the ancestral territory of the once nomadic Yavapai people, who hunted and gathered food in a vast area of Arizona's desert lowlands and mountainous Mogollon Rim country.

Fort McDowell paved the way for Indian gaming in Arizona when in 1992 the FBI raided its casino. Protests led to a 3-week stand off until the Arizona governor ultimately was persuaded to sign a gaming compact with the tribe.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

We-Ko-Pa Golf Course

Upon its opening in January, 2001, Sports Illustrated named We-Ko-Pa one of the 10 best new public golf courses in the world. Since that time, this desert gem has continued to garner more than its fair share of recognition including the prestigious "Development of the Year"

Fort McDowell, AZ Golf Courses

Fort McDowell Casino

Located on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation, the casino (open 24 hours every day) brings fun and excitement to visitors by offering slots, cards, bingo and colorful stage shows featuring well-known performers. We have 775 Slot Machines!!!

Fort McDowell, AZ Casinos

Things to do near Fort McDowell, AZ

Wildlife World Zoo

Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals-up close and personal...

Mccormick Ranch Golf Club -Pine

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

We-Ko-Pa Golf Course

Upon its opening in January, 2001, Sports Illustrated named We-Ko-Pa one of the 10 best new public golf courses in the world....

Ken McDonald Golf Course

Municipal 18-hole championship golf course, lighted driving range, fully equipped golf pro shop and Pete's 19th Hole Restaura...