Maricopa is an isolated city off of the I-10 southwest of Chandler by about 20 minutes. For many years, Maricopa has been an affordable alternative to those who work in Phoenix and don’t mind commuting every day into Phoenix. Unfortunately, there’s only 1 real way into and out of Maricopa, and that tends to back up coming onto the I-10 in the morning, making for a longer commute than it used to be. Of course, if you work in Maricopa, it’s a super place to live with lots of recent development and very affordable prices compared to most of the rest of Phoenix.
The biggest draws around Maricopa are the casinos located on reservation land that borders the north and south sides of the city. Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino is on your way in to town off of the 347, and the Ak-Chin Casino and Resort is just to the south. even if you don’t gamble, these casinos offer a lot of dining and entertainment which is fun for the whole family.
If gambling and nightlife is not quite your thing, try discovering some of the great hiking in the area just to the East such as Sevenmile Mountain, or a few minutes farther to the South Maricopa Mountains with several more trails in all stages of difficulty.
You can also visit some historic sites such as the nearby Ak-Chin Him-Dak Eco-Museum, near the Ak-Chin Casino, or the Huhugam Heritage center just off the 347 on your way into town.
Super Adventurous: Learn to hang glide or take a tandem flight at Sonora Wings about 15 minutes east of Ak-Chin Casino at Ak-Chin Regional Airport or skydive in Eloy at one of the largest skydiving centers in the U.S.!
Wild Horse Pass
Ak-Chin Casino and Resort
Hiking in Maricopa Mountains
Huhugam Heritage Center
Skydive with Skydive Arizona
Sonoran Wings Hang gliding