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A Town & A Historic Landmark

Gila Bend was founded in 1872, and is located on an historic route of travel.  For centuries Gila Bend, Arizona has has been a place for weary travelers to stop and rest. The small town of approximately 1,900 people is in the southwestern portion of Maricopa County, 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. Gila Bend is known as "The Crossroads of the Southwest", as it is just off Interstate 8 on Arizona State Route 85, which provides access between I-8 and Interstate 10 north of Gila Bend.he town itself flourished as a major railway stop for both stage and freight routes, especially during the rare mineral rushes that the West experienced at the end of the 19th beginning of the 20th century.

Gila Bend, a small rural community, is home to the Gatlin Site, a National Historic Landmark, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, and a gateway to the Sonoran Desert National Monument.Now, Gila Bend is noted for its quirky community atmosphere, Space Age themed architecture, and popular roadside attractions. Gila Bend is fast becoming known as the solar capitol of the nation due to the use of cutting edge processes that have gained world-wide recognition, Gila Bend has received accolades from the U.S. Department of Energy and the White House.

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Endless Attractions

Gila Bend has made its reputation off outstanding roadside attractions! This town is renowned for its gorgeously intricate petroglyphics, ancient hieroglyphics carved and stained into stone, displays of fighter jets in the desert, metal casts of dinosaurs, and many other oddities! This town is teeming with a quirky local culture and history, giving residents something new to discover everyday!

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Community Atmosphere

Gila Bend is a special community. Whether its a holiday or a community celebration, Gila Bend is sure to have an event ready to go to celebrate it! Meet your neighbor at any one of the fun-filled events in the town, bite your nails at the rodeos, and enjoy delectable treats at the town festivals–the opportunities are endless!

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Outdoor Adventures Await

Outdoor adventures await you in Gila Bend. As with everything the community does, the parks and recreational activities available are incredibly unique. View ancient petroglyphs by the Gila River, watch the racers at the Junkyard Grand Prix, or simply take in the sunny Arizona rays at the Burleson Park. Gila Bend offers a range of activities for you to enjoy–just outside your front door!

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Space Age Architecture

One of the most famous features of Gila Bend is the influence of the Space Age theme on local architecture. One of the top local attractions for tourists is actually the Space Age Lodge, a motel that celebrates all things extra terrestrial. They do this through a unique architectural style, interior design, and art. There is a restaurant attached to this famous structure that serves a similarly themed meal, perfect for a unique breakfast or lunch experience!

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Small Classroom Education

The students of Gila Bend are served by the Gila Bend Unified School District, a small school district that serves just over 450 students. The small size of the classroom allows each child to receive individualized attention, perfect for recognizing needs, talents, and habits of each students. The small classroom size allows the schools to celebrate their community more frequently through enriching school-wide events, and much more!


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Gila Bend at a Glance

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Quick Facts

Population: 2,001 
Growth Since 2010: +1.01%
Zip Code: 85337
County: Maricopa
Median Home Price: $77,800

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Travel & Commute

Downtown Phoenix: 1 hr 10 min
Chandler: 1 hr 15 min
Glendale: 1 hr 10 min
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport: 1 hr 25 min
Sky Harbor Airport: 1 hr 10 min


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