The Great AZ Road Trip

Wigwam Resort

Photo Courtesy of Arizona Wigwam

Photo Courtesy of Arizona Wigwam

Does everyone remember Arizona’s 5 C’s? Copper, Cattle, Climate, Citrus and… cotton! Cotton is especially important to the town of Litchfield Park, home to the historic Wigwam Resort.

Originally, the Wigwam Resort was built to serve as a lodge for ranch suppliers. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company discovered, in 1918, that cotton was the key ingredient to maintaining the life expectancy of its tires. The company bought 16,000 acres of land in the west Valley to cotton farm. To house workers, employees and ranching suppliers, the company established the Organization House, which also served as a winter vacation spot for Goodyear executives and their families.

The Wigwam officially opened on Thanksgiving Day in 1929, as a guest ranch with rooms for 24 guests. Five years later, a golf course was built. The resort has grown over the past 80 years and a portion of the original structure remains at the center of it all.

Visitors today can experience the 331-room resort, which includes three championship golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, a water slide, spa and luxury dining.