Buckeye, Arizona—the West side of the Valley of the Sun—offers a unique blend of rural and urban, shopping centers sprinkled among farm fields producing cotton, alfalfa and citrus. It’s an ideal home base for winter roping visitors, with close events in Litchfield and Buckeye and plenty more with a short drive to Wickenburg and Cave Creek.
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What are you looking for?
• Two arenas (one covered) along with smaller cutting pen and warm-up arena
• Dry camping
• Boarding offered for up to 60 horses, stall barn plus outdoor pens
• Concessions available during jackpots, plus Dillon’s KC BBQ across the road
Buckeye Equestrian & Events Center
10300 South Miller Road, Buckeye
• Multiple arenas and five round pens, covered and uncovered, adjacent to The Tack Room Saloon & Pool Hall
• Full RV park, including hookups with Wi-Fi (100 available)
• Several stall barns and tack lockers
• World Series qualifiers along with weekly jackpots, barrel racing and rodeos
If golfing is what you love second-best behind roping, the Valley of the Sun is the place to be, with countless courses. There are three courses in Buckeye alone: Verrado Golf Club (623-388-3000), Sundance Golf Course (623-328-0400) and Copper Canyon Golf Club (928-252-6783), and more tee times are available at several others in nearby Litchfield Park and Goodyear.
Stay long enough and you can take in spring training games in the Cactus League at Goodyear Ballpark (623-882-3120) and Camelback Ranch (623-302-5000). Go to a concert at Desert Diamond Arena and take advantage of the shopping and dining options at Westgate Entertainment District (480-387-5678).
When you need a little more adrenaline rush than that, try out the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (401-543-3278) at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale. Book your reservations online and drive or ride. Or, grab some friends and try out the Twiisted Riddles Escape Room (623-440-1901) with several options for mysteries to solve from the strategic to the scary.
Food and Drink
For a delicious meal paired with your choice of a wide variety of unique wines, try Ciao Grazie Pizzeria Winebar with locations in Verrado (623-853-1717) and Scottsdale (480-685-3884). Family-owned and operated, Ciao Grazie offers authentic wood-fired pizza and calzoni, fresh seafood options, salads, pasta and more inspired by owner and chef Franco Dalu’s Italian heritage and years working in some of the finest European hotels. On warmer days, they offer al fresco patio dining and take advantage of deals during Happy Hour, seven days a week.
For a great view while dining on a wide selection of from-scratch dishes, head to The Vic Bar + Kitchen (623-533-4722), located inside the Victory Club in the Verrado community. The Vic boasts wholesome foods cultivated from fresh, local ingredients in a changing menu of options.
For a one-stop shop, consider the Out West General Store (623-535-3813) in Waddell. The Store is home to the Cowboy Cafe, serving pizza, tacos and milkshakes as well as a deli and barista for that caffeine jones you’ve got happening. While you’re there, you can pick up feed, tack, farrier supplies, clothes, and have a notary sign your documents and then copy and fax them, all under one roof.
If you don’t mind a short drive, nearby Goodyear/Litchfield Park boasts numerous chain restaurant favorites like BJ’s Brewhouse, Texas Roadhouse and the Olive Garden.
For essentials, head to Canyon Trails Town Center to hit Target, CVS Pharmacy, PetSmart and Starbucks, or try Sundance Towne Center on Watson Road for Wal-Mart, Boot Barn, AutoZone and more.
Downtown Buckeye features its own creative shops like Screws and Sparkles (623-386-6576) and the Enchanted Bullfrog (623-687-0289). For adventurous spirits, Bootleg Botanicals (bootlegbotanicals.com) offers all the ingredients you need to brew your own alcoholic masterpieces.
Find a treasure trove of nostalgia at the Phoenix West location of the Brass Armadillo Antique Mall (623-889-0290). Located just off I-10 at Dysart Road, the Brass Armadillo is over 55,000 square feet in size with more than 500 dealers onsite.
Feed and Tack
Santa Maria Feeds
3836 South 67th Avenue, Phoenix
• Hay, tack, medicine, bedding, supplements, pet supplies
Barn 21, LLC/Cardew Hay Co.
• Delivery of alfalfa and grass hays by tractor trailer load, year-round barn stored hay
C-A-L Ranch Store
2075 North Pebble Creek Parkway, Goodyear
Tatum Hay & Grain
7001 W. Southern Ave., Laveen
• Hay delivery (minimum 64 bales)
Dale’s Town & Country
14320 West Waddell Road, Surprise
• Feed, supplies and pet grooming services
Stores in Surprise, Tolleson, and Buckeye
Jones Ford Buckeye
24600 West Yuma Road, Buckeye
16991 West Waddell Road, Surprise
13680 West Test Drive, Goodyear
Desert Edge Equine Veterinary Services
19840 W. Mitchell Ct., Buckeye
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Vehicle Repair and Maintenance
Hernandez Road & Tire Service
23740 W. US Highway 85
• 24-hour service, roadside, truck and trailer repairs, tires, electrical
Desert Truck Road Service, LLC
I-10 & Miller Rd, Buckeye
Cummins Sale & Service
651 101st Avenue, Avondale