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Gila Bend Things to Do

  • Sonoran Desert National Monument

    The Sonoran Desert National Monument consists of 487,000 acres of desert wilderness in south central Arizona. There was not a separate listing for the monument so I will list ot under Gila Bend, the closest town to the part I visited. This monument is a neat place to get away from people and enjoy nature on its own terms. Lots of nice cacti, low...

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  • Gatlin Site Park

    The Gila Bend Visitor's Center and Museum also offers information about the soon to be opened Gatlin Site Park.

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  • See Papago Baskets

    One of the tribes that has occupied the area for hundreds of years is the Papago Tribe. The Papago Tribe is famous for their artistry in making baskets.

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Gila Bend Restaurants

  • Italy in the Desert~

    Here is a nice little restaurant that has some good reviews from our sister site Tripadvisors. Tripadvisor Reviews

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  • Molto Bene! Mangiamo!

    Under its Sicilian owners "Little Italy" has much better Italian fare than one would ever expect in little Gila Bend. We're just glad they decided to set up their homestead here! Buona fortuna! Mine was Penne al Pesto. Brenda had Spaghetti alle Vongole, but her favorite as always - and the one we always sample looking for perfection - is the...

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  • Chain of Mexican Fast Food

    I had seen the signs for Cafe Charo but had never stopped there. It is a chain restaurant like Taco Bell but with a more limited menu and, to me at least, less tasty food. Stick with Sofia's. The taco platter was not that good.

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  • Great Breakfast

    The night I stayed at the Space Age Hotel included a free breakfast at the Space Age Restaurant which is co-located with the hotel. The decor was pretty interesting with a large mural of what looks a lot like the USS Enterprise but is named the Outer Limits due to copyright issues. They also had a number of other space related decorations some real...

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  • Yummy Pie with a Space Theme

    This little diner was a different stop along the I-8. It has a 60's space theme to it. It is not the original one, which burned down years ago. My expectations were more than what it was, but it was still fun. We were not that hungry, so we ordered pie and it was delicious. Blueberry, apple, and cherry were what we tried.

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  • Good Mexican Food

    The decor is simple; but the food is well prepared and authentic. The staff was friendly enough. Sofia's appears very popular with the locals. Great Chile Rellenos.

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Gila Bend Off The Beaten Path

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    by Yaqui Updated Nov 17, 2012

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    When we were traveling thru town, my sister was reminiscing of when she lived here and remembers the grand hotel. And there it was, so I was only able to take a quick snapshot of it.

    Built in 1916 by Albert Stout born in 1885, whose family moved from Tombstone in 1879 to this area. Alberts father was an Southern Pacific locomotive engineer on the railroad, with headquarters at the new town of Gila Bend. The family bought into raising cattle on a ranch of the Lower Gila River. The family often lost many of the cattle to theiving, but they alway seemed to recover the financial loss. After marrying his sweetheart in 1906,Frankie Fogal of Temp Arizona, they moved into town and they built this hotel. The hotel originally faced Murphy Street and railroad station, but in 1923 it was remodeled to face Route 80. Although no longer a hotel, the Stout familly still owns it.

    Located along Interstate 8/Pima Road.

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    by Yaqui Written Nov 17, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Here is a little establishment along Pima Road/Interstate 8 that has gifts, food and Visitor Information.

    (928) 683-2411
    404 W Pima St, GILA BEND, AZ - 85337 near Johnny St & Papago St.

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