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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

Vistas Golf Club

Holes 18 Architect(s) Ken Kavanaugh Year Built 1990 Public/Private Semi-Private Guest Policy Open Credit Cards VIS...

Tempe Historical Museum

Museum featuring the history of Tempe from the time of prehistoric Hohokam to today. Video, hands-on exhibits, and gift shop....

Thrifty Joe's Books & Music

Features more than 60,000 books, a large collection of vinyl records of all genres, and a vast array of CDs, DVDs, and video ...