5 Best Things to Do at Wild Horse Pass During Fall


Although Arizona is a year-round destination, spring and fall offer unbeatable weather, making it the best time of year to visit. Cooler temperatures without extremes are the perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy the desert landscape.

Whether you’re a snowbird flocking to Arizona or a local looking for a getaway, Wild Horse Pass offers an escape to all who seek it.

Located on the ancient Tribal lands of the Gila River Indian Community but only minutes from Sky Harbor Airport, Wild Horse Pass features pristine Sonoran Desert views and stunning mountain vistas.

Here are the five best things to do at Wild Horse Pass that involve soaking in the beautiful fall weather.

A Round of Golf at Whirlwind

With Arizona’s average high temperatures of 70°F in fall, a round of golf at Whirlwind Golf Clubis a must. Whirlwind’s 36 holes of championship golf are surrounded by pristine and uncluttered views of the Sierra Estrella Mountains and have some of the best wildlife to be seen in the Southwest.

Crafted by Gary Panks, both award-winning courses at Whirlwind (Devil’s Claw and Cattail) are consistently ranked among the Best You Can Play in Arizona. ⁠

 A round at Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass is quiet, peaceful, and feels like a destination golf club, yet it is only 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Hit The Trails – Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Hike

Lace up your boots and immerse yourself in rich culture and breathtaking mountain views on the Wild Horse Pass Interpretive Hike.

This family-friendly 2.9-mile out-and-back trail takes you through ancient Tribal land in the heart of the Sonoran Desert.

“More than fifty signs detailing the culture, history, and plant life of the Gila River Indian Community can be found along the trail,” says HikeArizona.com.

Horseback Riding at KOLI Equestrian Center

You’ll want to add KOLI Equestrian Center to your itinerary if you or people in your group are visiting Wild Horse Pass, or Arizona, for the first time. Wide open views and landscapes and knowledgeable wranglers make for a horseback riding adventure that cannot be missed.

Don’t just take our word for it- check out their impressive customer ratings!

⁠⁠Keep your eyes peeled for wild horses roaming free;Koli wranglers know all the best spots to catch a glimpse of the elusive creatures.

With cooler temperatures,KOLI Equestrian Center has opened its fall/winter schedule and is open for more rides and availability.⁠

Phoenix Premium Outlets

Temperatures are dropping, and so are the prices of your favorite fashion brands at Phoenix Premium Outlets.

⁠Enjoy Arizona’s beautiful weather and mountainous views while shopping 90+ outlets with savings of to 65% off.⁠

Phoenix Premium Outlets has something for you, no matter what you’re in the market for.

Dine on the Patio

What better way to end the evening than with delicious food, your drink of choice, and a front-row seat to an infamous Arizona sunset?

Prime, A Shula’s Restaurants will have you forgetting everything you know about the traditional steakhouse experience. ⁠Located on the 11th floor of Gila River Resorts & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass, enjoy expertly prepared dishes accompanied by panoramic sunset views. ⁠

Choose the outdoor seating for comfortable seating and a stellar ambiance.

Prime is a 2022 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winner in the Americas – Hotel Restaurant & Bar Design category.

Kai, meaning ‘seed’ in the Pima language, is the only AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star restaurant in Arizona. Kai’s menu is rich in creativity, history, and Native American culture and features locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community. ⁠

⁠Request the patio for beautiful sunset views of the Sierra Estrella and South Mountain ranges.

Kai, at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, has recently been named Phoenix New Times ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ 2022.

What Will You Choose?

Wild Horse Pass allows you to escape the everyday hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in serenity. ⁠From golf to horseback riding to shopping, there is something for everyone, and fall is one of the best times of year to enjoy it.

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