You can gamble in Arizona on Native American land, as long as you can get to one of the casinos. In the Phoenix metropolitan area, tribal land surrounds the city's vast borders, so casinos can be long distances from downtown. Free shuttle service is a convenient transportation option for residents and visitors who want to visit a casino but do not want to drive.
Fort McDowell Casino is part of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, located east of Scottsdale, adjacent to Fountain Hills and 24 miles northeast of Phoenix. The casino offers a free daily shuttle to and from the east, west, central and north sections of the sprawling Phoenix metropolitan area and it recommends reservations.
The casino covers 150,000 square feet and features slot machines, black jack tables, poker tables, keno and bingo. There are five restaurants, including the all-you-can-eat Red Rock Buffet. Every weekend, live music and other forms of entertainment are available free in the Lucky 7 Saloon. Guests who would like to stay overnight close to the casino can camp at the Eagle View RV Resort on the reservation or choose from the hotels and resorts in nearby Fountain Hills.
Harrah's Ak-Chin is a hotel and casino on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation in Maricopa, approximately 18 miles south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It makes free shuttle trips to and from the casino available to people 21 years of age and older. The shuttle does not go to all locations every day, so guests should call for reservations and to confirm the shuttle schedule. There are shuttle stops in Scottsdale, Mesa, the West Valley and Tucson.
The Ak-Chin Casino offers 40,000 square feet of gaming tables, slot machines, keno and bingo. Free live entertainment from local artists is available in the Oasis Lounge. Dining options include a steakhouse and the Harvest Buffet, which serves American, Chinese, Mexican and Italian cuisine. There are 148 rooms in the Ak-Chin hotel and hotel guests can also take advantage of the outdoor pool and spa with a swim-up bar.
Wild Horse Pass
Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino is in Chandler, Arizona, on the east side of the Phoenix metropolitan area, approximately 15 minutes from the airport. The hotel and casino are on the tribal land of the Gila River Indian Community. Reservations are required for the free shuttle, which operates every day except Saturday and includes a $10 casino voucher. Pickup and drop-off points are located throughout the Phoenix area, although the shuttle does not go to all stops every day.
The casino covers more than 100,000 feet and features 875 slot machines, table games, such a blackjack with limits ranging from $5 to $500, and a 17-table poker room with tournaments on Mondays and Thursdays. There are 242 rooms for guests who would like to stay at the hotel. Five restaurants and five bars are on-site and the Wild Horse Pass regularly hosts live entertainment by local and national acts. Nearby attractions include Firebird Raceway, the Bondurant Driving School and the Gila River Farmers Market.