Our newest book, which includes Arizona Highways iconic photography and maps, is sorted by region and is written for car-campers and families. Detailed information about accessibilty, amenities and fees is included for each campground.
Named for a 90-degree bend in the Gila River, Gila Bend is one of the westernmost outposts of Maricopa County. Once a stagecoach stop along the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line and then the Butterfield Overland Mail route, the town was considered “The Crossroads of the Southwest.” Its Indian history is rich, as well. The town’s affiliation with the Tohono O’odham Nation dates to 1882, and it’s located just miles from the tribe’s San Lucy District. Although its history is noteworthy, Gila Bend is also committed to the future — the town is home to one of the largest solar-power plants in the world, and two more are under construction. — Kelly Vaughn Kramer