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Ideally Positioned in a Gateway Region

The Ak-Chin Indian Community sits in the state’s agricultural heartland in the Santa Cruz Valley on the southern edge of the greater Phoenix area. It is adjacent to the City of Maricopa in Pinal County, Arizona.

Approximately 18 miles southwest of metro Phoenix and 34 miles from Sky Harbor Airport, Ak-Chin’s industrial park, Santa Cruz Commerce Center, lies on the eastern perimeter of the Reservation, fronting the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and less than five minutes from the Ak-Chin Regional Airport.

Room to Grow

Ak-Chin’s Reservation currently encompasses an area of approximately 22,000 acres, less than half of the nearly 48,000 originally assigned to the Tribe by President Taft in May 1912. Approximately 16,000 acres are devoted to its agricultural operations.

The current Commerce Center is approximately 130 acres, of which about 45 are immediately available. In addition, there are two off-Reservation properties that are adjacent to the Commerce Center, which includes the parcels designated as “Ak-Chin-owned” and the “Ak-Chin Regional Airport” in the illustration. The total of these two additional parcels is approximately 655 acres.

An application for Fee-to-Trust has been filed with the federal government to expand the existing Reservation boundaries to include both these parcels, which are currently owned fee-simple by the Community. It is expected that the property will become a part of the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation within the next 12-months, subject to any delays in final federal approval processes.

Central to Major Centers of Commerce and Ports

Away from the congestion of the Phoenix metro area, Santa Cruz Commerce Center is a gateway to points throughout central and southern Arizona as well as to some of the world’s largest economic centers.

  • 180 miles to California, the world’s sixth largest economy
  • 380 miles to Texas, the world’s 11th largest economy
  • 148 miles to Mexico, the second largest economy in Latin America
  • 448 miles to Port of Long Beach, California
  • 344 miles to Port of San Diego, California
  • 399 miles to El Paso, Texas

Close to Major Transportation Corridors

Santa Cruz Commerce Center fronts the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway between the Cities of Maricopa and Casa Grande. This site provides convenient access to the Canamex I-10 corridor and the I-8 entrance to Yuma-San Diego. Approximate distances are:

  • 18 miles to Interstate 10 and the Canamex trade corridor
  • 5 miles or less to the proposed Interstate 11, linking Las Vegas and Phoenix, a Canamex route that bypasses the congestion of I-10 through Phoenix
  • 13.5 miles to Interstate 8
  • Less than 5 minutes to Ak-Chin Regional Airport
  • 8 miles (10 minutes) to Hwy 347
  • 12 miles (15 minutes) to Hwy 84


Santa Cruz Commerce Center is at the hub of important current and planned transportation services.

Rail Services

The Union Pacific Railroad parallels the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway from Casa Grande to Gila Bend. Currently, between 45 and 55 freight trains operate daily through Maricopa. Amtrak’s Orlando-Los Angeles Sunset Limited has a scheduled stop in Maricopa. The Amtrak station is located just east of the SR 347 crossing of the UPRR tracks. Santa Cruz Commerce Center is about 40 miles from the proposed Red Rock switching yard near Picacho Peak.

Air Service

Sky Harbor Airport: The Commerce Center is about 38 miles from this international airport by surface travel and about 28 miles by air from Ak-Chin Regional Airport.

Ak-Chin Regional Airport: The Ak-Chin Indian Community bought the Phoenix Regional Airport in 2006 and renamed it Ak-Chin Regional Airport. In 2012-2013, more than $1 million worth of improvements were completed.

The next phase of improvements included reactivating the self-service fuel system; securing the airport with perimeter fencing; installing runway lighting; adding a 24/7 bathroom facility in the terminal building; and installing an AWOS system. The next phase of planned improvements include constructing additional tiedowns, t-shades, and t-hangers.

FAA Identifier: A39
ARC: B-1 (small)
Lat/Long: 32°59’26.90″ N / 111°55’06.70″ W
Field Elevation: 1,300 feet MSL
Fuel Storage: 20,000 Gal. Tank/100LL AvGas
Other: AWOS 126.900

Runway 4/22
Length (feet) — 4,751
Width (feet) — 50’
Displaced Threshold — 290
Strength (pounds) — 12,500 (SWG)
Pavement — Asphalt

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Latest News

New Hydroponics Operation to Grow its Business at Ak-Chin

On July 19, Ibarra Family Farms broke ground on its first U.S. hydroponic operation at Santa Cruz Commerce Center, the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s industrial park. The wholesale operation will produce leafy greens for farmers markets, supermarkets and local restaurants. Phase1 will consist solely of the installation of a 16,128 SF pre-engineered/pre-fabricated greenhouse manufactured by Cravo […]

What do our enterprise partners say?

Never in our twenty years have we worked with a group so determined for excellence … I am honored to be a part of Ak-Chin’s history and to work with a team of such high character and dedication to growth.

Caesars Entertainment is proud of our 20-year relationship with the Ak-Chin Indian Community. As the only tribal gaming enterprise in Arizona with an international management partner, we value and commend the Community’s continued commitment to bringing quality entertainment to the Valley.

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The Ak-Chin Indian Community has been a tremendous partner for Troon Golf. Their support in making substantial investments in Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club has created a wonderful asset of immense value not only to the Ak-Chin community but for the golf community as a whole. Their vision of elevating the facility to national prominence demonstrates the strong commitment they have for the project.