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Celebrate Rawhide’s 2nd Annual Snowy Christmas

Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse announced Rawhide’s 2nd Annual Snowy Christmas where the magic of the season sings “Let it Snow” all month long! The whole family will enjoy Rawhide’s town decorated with thousands of holiday lights and snow – Yes, it snows at Rawhide for the Holidays!

Drop off your letter to Santa at Rawhide’s “Delivery to the SW Pole” mail box; every kiddo who sends Santa a letter will hear back from Ol’ Saint Nick! Are you on the “Naughty or Nice” list this year?   You can find out and have your picture with Santa at the Photo Emporium.

Every night join Santa for the nightly snow fall and tree lighting ceremony on Main Street that will be a spectacular sight!

December 3 – 5th        Town Open    5:00pm-10:00pm
December 6th              Town Open    Noon-10:00pm
December 7th              Town Open    Noon-8:00pm
December 10 – 12th    Town Open    5:00pm-10:00pm
December 13th            Town Open    Noon-10:00pm
December 14th            Town Open    Noon-8:00pm
December 17 – 19th    Town Open    5:00pm-10:00pm
December 20th            Town Open    Noon-10:00pm
December 21st            Town Open    Noon-8:00pm
December 22-23rd      Town Open    5:00pm-10:00pm
December 26 – 27th    Town Open    Noon-10:00pm
December 28th            Town Open    Noon-8:00pm
December 29 – 30th    Town Open    5:00pm-10:00pm

Sweet Sally’s
Looking for unique stocking stuffers or maybe you just have a sweet tooth? Pick up a couple pounds of homemade fudge or old fashion treats that will take you right back in time from Rawhide’s own Sweet Sally’s candy store.

Through December 30, buy a pound of fudge get a half pound free.

Rawhide Mercantile
Searching for a perfect gift?  Rawhide Mercantile is a western lifestyle upscale boutique featuring regional, community and western artists.  Here, you will find exquisite furnishings, hand-made jewelry and brands you won’t find anywhere else. From traditional to trendy, Rawhide Mercantile carries a full line of boots, apparel, jewelry, accessories, gifts and home decor.

December 3rd – 14th Holiday Sale! 25% off select items
December 17th – 30th Last chance Holiday Sale 50% off select items

General Store
Make an impression and give that one of a kind gift that you can only find at Rawhide’s General Store; Holiday Specials all month long.

December 3rd – 14th Holiday Sale! 25% off select items
December 17th – 30th Last chance Holiday Sale 50% off select items

Can’t decide on that perfect gift?  A Gift Card from Rawhide is always a great idea to use at Rawhide’s famous steakhouse, shops or attractions.

Rawhide Steakhouse
Reservations are highly recommended during the holiday season.   Reservations can be made at (480) 502-5600 or reso@rawhide.com.


New to Market: Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Hotel

Developer: Wild Horse Pass Development Authority
General contractor: W.E. O’Neil Construction
Architect: RSP Architects
Project Management Firm: TynanGroup, Inc.
Location: Adjacent to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Size: 74KSF
Value: WND
Start/Completion: February 2014 to early 2015

The new Four Points by Sheraton will be a 74KSF, 134 key, six-story hotel owned by the Gila River Indian Community and developed by the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority. The hotel will be managed by Starwood and will fly under the Four Points flag. The hotel is the key anchor of the Toka Sticks development, and the facility will include a bar & restaurant, private dining, fitness room, 2KSF of meeting and event space (indoor and outdoor) and is scheduled to open early 2015. The historical 160-acre Toka Sticks 18-hole golf course will receive several upgrades, and boast a new replacement 3,900 SF club house, pro shop, grill and patio, along with a state of the art 4KSF cart barn, scheduled to be completed late 2014. The existing Toka Sticks Golf Course will remain open during construction. A convenience store/fuel station is also included as part of the Toka Sticks development, and will incorporate the former Toka Sticks Smoke Shop with a convenient drive-thru option. The 4KSF convenience store and fuel station is scheduled to open later this year.


Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Debuts Festival Park

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino will debut its new 5.6 acre, Festival Park with Sammy Hagar, the ‘Red Rocker’ and his Four Decades of Rock performance in conjunction with Phoenix Bikefest™, April 4 to April 6. This exciting new multipurpose outdoor venue boasts one of the valley’s best new entertainment options and is in a prime location, adjacent to the popular Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

“The all-new Festival Park at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino expands our entertainment and group business footprint,” said Michael Olujic, General Manager of Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. “The Festival Park will allow us to accommodate up to 15,000 people in a concert setting and showcase major talent such as Sammy Hagar,” said Olujic.

The Festival Park encompasses 5.6 acres of outdoor land located between Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and the recently opened Phoenix Premium Outlet Mall. The Festival Park is a multipurpose, outdoor facility designed to accommodate concerts and outdoor festivals of various sizes. Olujic went on to say, “With land and construction costs at a premium, we were able to economically design and build the Festival Park at Wild Horse Pass to meet the demands of smaller groups while also accommodating up to 15,000 guests for an outdoor concert. We estimate that the Festival Park can easily accommodate major outdoor festivals such as the inaugural Phoenix Bikefest™ or any other major outdoor festival.”

To unveil Festival Park to the public, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino has partnered with Phoenix Bikefest and R Entertainment Company to offer a coveted lineup of entertainment. British rock band The Cult will kick things off with its Electric 13 Concert Tour on April 4 followed by headliner “The Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar on April 5. Tickets start at just $20 and can be purchased online at WinGilaRiver.com, by phone at 877.840.0457 or by visiting the box office at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Guests can experience all the action in one place at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino with a spacious gaming floor featuring big-time tables, red-hot slots, Arizona’s only Shula’s, the best in live entertainment, a luxurious hotel and now, the all-new Festival Park.

Photo: Tomiaki Tamura

Top 5: Uniquely Arizona Adventures (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Uniquely Arizona Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:


1324 Jess Hayes Rd.,
Globe, AZ 85501
(928) 425-0320
Visitors walk through a 700-year-old Salado Culture pueblo, climb ladders to second story rooms and view the typical furnishings of the era. Artifacts are also displayed in the Besh-Ba-Gowah Museum.

Hubbell Trading Post

1 mile west of Hwy. 191,
Ganado, AZ 86505
(928) 755-3475
Feel the old wooden floor give slightly and squeak beneath your feet as you enter the oldest, continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. As your eyes adjust to the dim lighting of the “bullpen,” you might catch the trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist for their art.

Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

5700 W. North Loop Rd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 502-5600
Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.


HC 74, Box 4136,
Mayer, AZ 86333
(928) 632-7135
In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. When complete, Arcosanti will house 5,000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth.

Mystery Castle

800 E. Mineral Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(602) 268-1581
This unusual piece of architecture, built from recycled bottles, granite and bricks in the 1930s, is a tribute from a father to his daughter. Largely constructed of native stone, the 8,000-square-foot castle contains 13 fireplaces, 18 rooms and various features of interest. Southwestern antiques furnish this unique facility.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Wild Horse Pass Casino

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Is The Perfect Place To RUN WILD

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Is The Perfect Place To RUN WILD

Wild Horse Pass PoolWild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is Arizona’s premier entertainment destination and was recently awarded AAA’s prestigious Four Diamond award.  This stunning property offers 242-luxury hotel rooms, 100,000 square feet of gaming space including over 1,000 slot machines and 70 table games. Three full service restaurants and the ever popular food court are available to satisfy every appetite. Looking for libations? Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino offers four distinctive lounges and Chandler’s hottest Nightclub, AiRIA. Looking for entertainment? You can catch top name acts in the state of the art, 1,400 seat Ovations LIVE! Showroom.

Pick-up a complimentary Player’s Club card today and start earning your way to valuable rewards. Play your favorite slots or table games and qualify for Free Bonus Play, daily promotions, special giveaways and a whole lot more. The action on the gaming floor is hot and that’s just the start.  The casino is also home to popular amenities including: Encore Lounge, Center Bar, the award winning Classics with a Twist and Reflections Lounge. Take your pick of several dining choices including Shula’s Steak House, Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar & Grill or Café 24-7. In a hurry? Then grab your favorite burger, deli sandwich or pizza at Fatburger, Boar’s Head Deli or Pizzeria Famiglia in the food court.

Wild Horse Pass HotelAfter you’ve experienced all the pulse-pounding action you can handle, relax in a luxurious hotel room just steps away from the excitement. Each guest room at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is tastefully appointed with modern amenities. Suites are available and in-room amenity packages let you customize your perfect getaway.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino truly has something for everyone. High stakes casino gaming, fine dining, world class hotel amenities and the hottest entertainment options in the Valley make Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino the perfect place to RUN WILD.

people gambling - AZ Business Magazine Sep/Oct 2010

New Resorts Are Sprouting In The Valley Despite The Shaky Economy

Arizona touts dozens of breathtaking resorts with countless amenities, but there’s still room for more. The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler opened its doors in October 2009, and Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale opened this past April. What makes the opening of these two new resorts all the more remarkable is that they happened during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

Of course no one plans to open a hotel in a tough economy, but who could have predicted this level of devastation a few years back? However, Harold Baugus, CEO of Gila River Gaming Enterprises, the driving force behind the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, is not one to be easily deterred.

“We determined long ago that we needed a better, more sophisticated and more advanced product offering more entertainment value and better food and beverage for our clients,” he says. “In 2005, we started the process, and at that time the economy was on the upswing … but it doesn’t drive what we do. We wanted to build this product for the future of the community. The economy didn’t really play a factor.”

Steven Horowitz, director of sales for Talking Stick Resort, says the venture has proved successful so far, even in this economy.

“Hospitality demand was at its lowest during the majority of our building phase,” he says. “We were due to open when the economy would hopefully begin the cyclical upswing. That has been the case.”

Developed by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Talking Stick encompasses a 240,000-square-foot casino in a 15-story tower that houses almost 500 rooms.

Despite early encouraging signs, Horowitz does think people are continuing to be very careful about how they spend their money.

“While we feel like Talking Stick Resort is opening as the economy is beginning to rebound, some of the initial challenges during recovery would be the lack of demand for resorts, and the overall economic downturn in gaming,” he says. “For obvious reasons, people have been very careful about their discretionary income, and entertainment, until recently, hasn’t been top priority.”

Baugus says his property is competing for all discretionary dollars, not just those targeted to other hotel properties.

“We have created an overall entertainment experience for those with complete discretionary income,” he says. “We are not necessarily concerned with other facilities or casinos, but rather if people are going to take those dollars to a ballpark or the movies.”

These properties offer guests a laundry list of entertainment and luxury options. Besides gaming and lounges, Talking Stick has its signature restaurant Orange Sky, multiple pools, and entertainment venues.

“We are truly an all-encompassing entertainment destination. A guest literally does not have to leave the property,” Horowitz says.

Baugus also is proud of the options and amenities available at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. The 10-story property has 242 hotel rooms with a 100,000-square-foot casino. It also boasts a range of dining options, including the area’s only Shula’s Steak House; a 1,400-seat entertainment venue; the AiRIA nightclub; and pool parties.

“We’ve tried to offer something for every demographic,” he adds.

The two resorts also offer plenty of meeting space for corporate or organizational gatherings. Talking Stick has 100,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and banquet space; Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino has about 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

Along with providing world-class amenities and entertainment, the actual construction of these facilities has given the local economy a much needed boost. The opening of Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino added about 500 jobs. During construction, 1,000 workers a day were employed to complete the facility. Talking Stick Resort added 600 jobs to the economy when it opened, and employed hundreds of additional workers during its construction phases, as well.

Both Baugus and Horowitz are pleased with the resorts’ initial numbers and neither is letting the summer heat slow down that momentum. Talking Stick Resort offers regular gaming promotions and a concert series. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino has kicked off a comedy series for the summer, pool parties and golf specials.

The Valley’s resorts are often ideal places for staycations during the summer, and both properties appear to be generating interest from the locals.
“There are so many facets of Talking Stick Resort that you just can’t see or get anywhere else, and that naturally sparks interest from folks both locally and those who are out of town,” Horowitz says.

Baugus adds: “We have had a tremendously positive response and have already seen repeat business. People were pleasantly surprised with the opening. They were not expecting this level of quality.”

    If You Go:
    Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
    5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler

    Talking Stick Resort
    9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale

Arizona Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010