Pinal County: Maricopa

Maricopa is a vibrant city in the Gila River Valley south of Phoenix. When Father Eusebio Francisco Kino visited in 1694, he reported finding a Native American farming community. In the 1800s, it became an oasis in the desert, growing up around its wells and watering holes. 

The Gila and Santa Cruz rivers provided an abundance of water to the area historically, and the peaceful and friendly Native Pima and Maricopa farmers sold supplies to the many migrants traveling through. It was a key relay station along the San Antonio-San Diego Mail line and the Butterfield Overland Mail route, playing an important role in the region because of its reliable water and food resources.

 An east-west railroad provided optimism, but when a promised connecting line to Phoenix failed to be built, it seemed the area’s time had passed. Until recently. Maricopa has become one of Arizona’s most progressive and fastest growing cities. The population grew from barely 1,000 in 2000 to 54,000 today; the City offers many unique activities for its residents and visitors in a modern, clean, inviting setting.

Sitting in the heart of the City is the 98-acre Copper Sky Recreational Complex, including the Copper Sky Regional Park, Aquatic Center and Multigenerational Center, a 52,000-square-foot recreation center designed for all ages, interests and skill levels. In addition to open spaces, it offers ballfields, courts, ramadas, a competition-level disc golf course and a skate park. Maricopa is one of the first municipalities in Arizona to offer an esports arena. The park hosts more than 80 athletic tournaments yearly in baseball, basketball, disc golf, lacrosse, rugby, football and esports.

Bucket List

  • Copper Sky Regional Park
  • APEX Motor Club
  • Duke Golf Club at Rancho El Dorado 
  • Arizona Soaring
  • Skydive Phoenix
  • Copper Sky Multigenerational Center