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Tempe, Arizona

Following the establishment of Fort McDowell on the eastern edge of central Arizona’s Salt River Valley in 1865, enterprising farmers moved into the area. They dug out the irrigation canals left by the prehistoric Hohokam people and built new ones to carry Salt River water to their fields. Valley farms soon supplied food to Arizona’s military posts and mining towns.

The first settlers to move to the Tempe area, south of the Salt River and east of Phoenix, were Hispanic families from southern Arizona. They helped construct the first two irrigation canals, the Kirkland-McKinney Ditch and the San Francisco Canal, and started small farms to the east and west of a large butte (Tempe Butte). In 1872, some of these Mexican settlers founded a town called San Pablo east of Tempe Butte.

Tempe is well known nationally as the home of the Fiesta Bowl and the Arizona Cardinals. It is the seventh largest city in Arizona, with a strong modern economy based on commerce, tourism, and electronics manufacturing.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

ASU Planetarium

Evening shows are offered Tuesday and Thursday nights from Sept.-Nov. and Feb.-April. Shows begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately 30 to 50 minutes. Weather permitting; viewing though ASU telescopes follows each show. Reservations are required for all evening shows.

Tempe, AZ Planetariums


Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a 2-mile recreational haven for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating or picnicking.

Tempe, AZ Recreation

ASU Center for Meteorite Studies

The Center for Meteorite Studies is home to the world's largest university-based meteorite collection. We house specimens representing over 1,600

Tempe, AZ Collections

Rio Salado Golf Club

Regulation nine-hole course, driving range, fully equipped pro shop, golf instruction, golf leagues and restaurant.

Tempe, AZ Golf Courses

Things to do near Tempe, AZ

Phoenix Rock Gym

In business since 1992, Phoenix Rock Gym is Arizona's largest indoor climbing center with 30 foot high walls and over 12,000 ...

Tonto Hills

The area is home to a giant Kachina; motorists can see it on their way to Bartlett and Horseshoe lakes and Seven Springs camp...

Phantom Horse Golf Club

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

Trilogy Golf Course

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

Palmbrook Country Club

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