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Queen Creek, Arizona: Where to Camp and Rope in 2023
From some of the best ropings in the country to awe-inspiring views to the movers and shakers who shape the sport of team roping, Arizona offers something for everyone.
Brooks Benjamin photo

South Phoenix may not get the same love and attention as Cave Creek and Wickenburg, but make no mistake, there’s plenty of attraction for team ropers. Queen Creek is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities but still hangs on to its agricultural roots, offering Western comforts and urban conveniences. Throw in Gilbert, Maricopa, Casa Grande and Eloy farther south on I-10, and you’ll find all your winter days filled.

Check for jackpot dates and times as well as producers’ Facebook pages.


John Volken Academy’s Welcome Home Ranch
26601 South Val Vista Drive, Gilbert
Velazquez Productions: 480-307-7250
Double C Roping: 602-390-4130

• Three arenas (one covered), round pens, hot walker 
• Boarding (60 indoor stalls & 60 mare motel pens), equine hydrotherapy pool, feed store
• Jackpots, barrel racing and even weekly goat (or alpaca) yoga ( 

Siggins Horse Company Arena
11125 South Highway 87, Eloy
Facebook: Siggins Horse Company

• Two arenas
• Horse boarding, covered stalls, winter hookups
• Top Hand tack store, concessions, farrier and vet services
• Rehabilitation services, access to desert trails for riding
• Training and lessons along with weekly jackpots and practices; breakaway too

Superstition Stables
2151 North Warner Drive, Apache Junction

• Arena and three round pens
• Full care horse boarding, year round
• RV hookups
• Stalls, full and partial covering, and larger paddocks
• Clubhouse, restrooms, hot coffee in the office, open spaces to ride in Usery Mountain Park, Superstition Wilderness and Tonto National Forest

Aros Ranch
18704 South Picacho Highway, Picacho 
Facebook: George Aros

• Covered pens, roping arena, round pen
• Roping practice five days a week, instruction from NFR roper George Aros, private lessons, miles of trails for riding
• Senior day care: roping practice specifically for 60+, three days a week
• Expanded facility now offering properties for sale and rent, irrigated pastures, rental houses, RV hookups

Rube Woolsey’s Walking N Arena, Winter Roping Camp
7350 North Henness Road, Casa Grande

• RV hookups, covered stalls
• Clubhouse, laundromat, full restrooms
• Daily practices, lessons and training
• Weekly Thursday jackpots, Bob Payne Memorial in February

Town of Queen Creek’s Horseshoe Park
20464 East Riggs Road, Queen Creek
Facebook: Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre

• Four arenas (two covered)
• RV spaces, stalls, concessions
• Weekly jackpots, mounted shooting, PBR Bull Riding in November, GCPRA Finals, barrel racing

Cowboytown Arena & RV Camp
7825 South Eleven Mile Corner Road, Eloy

• Year-round boarding and RV hookups, some winter availability
• Covered stalls (12) and some uncovered
• Arena for riding, close proximity to roping practices and jackpots (Siggins and Broke Down Productions)

Broke Down Productions Arena
850 East Acoma, Eloy
Facebook: Broke Down Productions

• Jackpots and practices, schedule TBA

West Pinal Mounted Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Grounds
400 West Rodeo Road, Casa Grande

• Two arenas
• Overnight stall rentals
• Hosts Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Pro Classic & Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash

P&M Arena
11404 East Brown Road, Mesa
Facebook: P&M Arena

• Two arenas
• Access to public land trails

Billy Barnett Productions Rattlesnake Arena
41271 North Rattlesnake Road, San Tan Valley
Facebook: Rattlesnake Arena

• Two arenas
• Horse boarding, 12 x 24 covered stalls, 12 x 60 covered stalls, sand round pen, hotwalker
• Outside riding available
• Group and individual lessons for roping, barrels and riding

Lonestar Equestrian Center
350 South Attaway Road, Coolidge
Facebook: LoneStar Equestrian Center

• RV hookups, showers and laundry, free wi-fi
• Covered stalls, turnouts, round pen, walker
• Daily practices and weekly jackpots

Epic Arena
10165 North Blanco Drive, Casa Grande
Facebook: EPIC Events, Zamora Roping Productions

• Boarding and RV hookups
• Private practices
• Team roping, barrel racing, and breakaway roping events

WW Arena & Team Roping Camp
697 North Lola Lee Road, Casa Grande

• RV spaces with full hookups (15)
• Covered stalls (30) and uncovered stalls
• Lighted arena & calf lane
• Laundry and bathroom with showers
• Daily practices, on-site hay sales

Zabawa Productions/4/Z Arena
48069 W. Papago Rd., Maricopa
Facebook: Zabawa Productions

• Winter jackpots

Joel Wengert’s Winter Roping Camp
3953 South Tweedy Road, Casa Grande

• RV hookups, covered horse pens
• Round pen, walker
• Daily practice


Queen Creek’s Horseshoe Park is the host of the annual Art of the Cowgirl (406-633-3657) event the third week of January. As the name suggests, the event showcases female artists, saddle makers, silversmiths, braiders and horsewomen, and offers entertainment, competitions and shopping, all designed to raise funds to encourage other female artists to keep these Western traditions alive.

In the same vein of celebrating the fairer sex, practice your aim—or learn how— at Ted’s Shooting Range (480-840-9202), a 100% women-owned business in Queen Creek that offers specialty days for youth and ladies education in firearm safety and skills. Try out a cowboy-style six-shooter or shotgun while you’re there.

Of course, there’s plenty of golf: 58 courses within a 15-mile radius of Queen Creek, in fact, including some rated the best. Try Las Colinas (480-987-3633), Superstition Springs in Mesa (480-985-5622) and the Golf Club at Johnson Ranch (480-987-9800) in San Tan Valley, where a lunch of smoked brisket is served at the Terrace or come on Friday night for BBQ and live music.

Food and Drink

Queen Creek’s growth means you can find plenty of options in dining, from reliable chain favorites like the Olive Garden, Panera Bread and local-fav Oregano’s, to unique local choices such as the famous Queen Creek Olive Mill (480-888-9290) or San Tan Flat (480-882-2995).

If you’re out in Apache Junction, check out the Handlebar Pub & Grill (480-982-2091), which offers standard pub favorites like cheeseburgers and sandwiches alongside blue cheese potato salad, stuffed pasilla peppers and agave-based wine margaritas. They also have live music several nights a week if you’re up for dinner and a show.


In Casa Grande, you’ll find all the shopping you want at Promenade Shopping Center (602-953-6412). Catch a movie at the Harkins Theater, grab some lunch and shop favorites from Dillard’s and Marshall’s to Ulta Beauty and the Shoe Department Encore.

While in Casa Grande, catch an auction or visit the gallery of the Western Trading Post (520-426-7702), a family-owned business tracing its roots back to the late 1800s. Stroll around and take in the classic Americana including vintage turquoise, firearms and antiques and art.

The growth in Queen Creek has brought plenty of shopping to the once sleepy town, with several strip malls like the Queen Creek Marketplace (602-866-0900) where you can grab staples at Target, find some funky footwear at the Sketcher’s Warehouse Outlet, get beautified at Sephora or find something pretty for your place at Kirkland’s. There’s plenty of places to eat once you’ve shopped ’til you drop.

Essential Services

Feed and Tack

Higley Feed Inc.
3091 East Williams Field Road, Higley
480-988-2419; Facebook: Higley Feed

• Livestock feed and supply, local beef, jewelry & gifts

C-A-L Ranch
1116 East Florence Blvd., Casa Grande

Tractor Supply
Multiple locations

Vehicle Repair and Maintenance

Bishop’s Trailer Sales
538 East Old West Hwy, Apache Junction

Hays Trailer Sales
8449 Main Street, Mesa

Veterinary Care

Arizona Equine Medical & Surgical Center
1685 South Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Facebook: Arizona Equine

East Valley Equine Practitioners, P.C.
14469 East Pecos, Gilbert (and mobile)
Facebook: East Valley Equine Practitioners

Desert Mountain Equine
24760 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek
Facebook: Desert Mountain Equine

Urban Livestock & Equine Veterinary Services
Mobile Practice

Arizona Mobile Veterinary Practice


Earnhardt Auto Centers
17 Valley locations

San Tan Ford
1429 E. Motorplex Loop, Gilbert

Robert Horne Ford
3400 S. Tomahawk Rd., Apache Junction

AutoNation Chevrolet Gilbert
3125 South Auto Way, Gilbert

Jones Ford Casa Grande
1932 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande

Jerry Seiner Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram/Chevrolet
|1990 N. Pinal Ave., Casa Grande

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