Chandler, Arizona is really a superb location to work and live. There are many houses and they might cost much less than you are accustomed to. Additionally, there are plenty of business options in the region. As well as the other positive aspects of family life in Chandler, AZ, the area is chock full of family fun. You can find activities throughout the area. There is plenty to keep all your family members enjoying themselves together for years ahead.

Arizona Railway Museum

The Arizona Railway Museum was founded and incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit, educational and historical organization. The Museum is dedicated to the railways of Arizona and the Southwest. The interest and fascination of railways and trains has no boundaries and so railways of all kinds are included in the scope of the Museum.

The Arizona Railway Museum is a community effort towards the acquisition, restoration, preservation and display of railway equipment, artifacts and mementos related to railways of the past and present.

In 1929 the Santa Fe Railroad opened a new freight depot in Phoenix at 5th Avenue and Jackson Street. By the mid 1960's times were changing and the freight business in the Phoenix area changed too. Santa Fe closed the depot in favor of a regional center. The depot sat and rotted internally for the next 30+ years. Finally in 1999 Maricopa County purchased the building. Used to store files and old equipment, the building was really not being used well. It was a dark and dangerous place. A debate arose as to the fate of the building. Tear it down or find a use for it.

This time our elected officials got it right and decided to save the building. Fate stepped in as Maricopa County Assessor Keith E. Russell wanted to save the County money by consolidating satellite offices into one office downtown. In 2010 a plan was made to convert the old freight depot into offices for the County Assessor. Eleven (11) months later at a cost of about $4 million dollars the Assessors new offices were completed. With the closing of the satellite offices, the building will pay for itself in about five years.

The completion of this building is a proud day for all who live in Arizona. The Santa Fe Freight Depot is one of two remaining poured concrete freight buildings in the country and is truly an Arizona landmark. As you will see in the pictures below, a wonderful transformation was done.

The Arizona Railway Museum was contacted by Tim Boncoskey, Chief Deputy Assessor, and Dick Carr, Capital Facilities Manager for Maricopa County in October 2010 for assistance in helping to set up the decor inside the building. The Board of Directors unanimously approved the project and museum curator Steve Whisel took on the roll of coordinating with the Assessors office to find appropriate artifacts to display.

Steve did not work alone in this task. Bart Barton assisted Steve in finding artifacts and helping to refurbish them for display. An agreement was signed by both the Museum and Assessors office regarding display and ownership of the artifacts on display. Many items were copied so they could be displayed. In the visitors lobby there is a large display about the Arizona Railway Museum and is functions. There is also a small display case which will house rotating artifacts.

This was no small effort by the County to renovate this building. Tons of asbestos insulation, dirt, surplus property and drug paraphernalia waste had to be removed before work could even start. The tunnel that brought ice from the Ice House across the street to cool produce before air conditioning was still in place and was used for sewage pipes and other utility routing. The floors were uneven and had to be re-leveled. Emphases was made on keeping the original theme and looks to the building but also make it "state of the art" for the environment and people using the building.

In March the County Assessors Office moved in and on June 28, 2011 a rededication ceremony officially opening the building was held. Officials from other county departments, Arizona Railway Board members and its general membership along with others involved with the building were invited to the open house and ceremony. Steve Whisel was one of the speakers at the ceremony.

The County did an outstanding job on the building. The freight doors on the north side of the building where trucks would load goods were removed and large windows put in their place. On the inside it looks like a modern building but on the outside, you can still see where the doors would have gone. The natural light from the windows not only give the employees the view of the city but also bring in huge amounts of light that will reduce the electricity needed to light up the work space. There are two working crossing lights (theyonly manually blink) that really add to the atmosphere in the building and the artifacts throughout add a nostalgic touch. In talking to the employees, many of whom did not know at first I was with the museum, commented on how much they loved the building and the decor that had been done. Some had brought their own train items to place in their cubes or windows. It was a huge hit and other County departments were a bit envious of their new office space. We should all be proud of the job that was done.


330 E. Ryan Rd., Chandler, AZ 85224

(Ryan Road is south of Germann and east of Arizona Avenue)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 842, Chandler, AZ 85244

Open Season

September 11, 2010 - May 29, 2011


Open Days/Hours

Saturday-Sunday: 12-4pm


Entrance Fee

Display Yard and Building: FREE

You are welcome take a self-guided walk around our yard and view the equipment. The yard is open air (uncovered) and surfaced in crushed rock. Our building displays our smaller artifacts as well as our Gift Shop and restroom.

Display Cars: $2 per person ($5 families/groups)

We typically have at least four passenger cars and a caboose open for walking through and viewing the interior.

Please note that the Museum cars are not configured for the disabled (all doors/hallways are original width) and entering the cars requires climbing stairs.

Group Tours / Parties: Fee Schedule

For tour appointment information contact Holly Antosz at: 480-814-8645, or email

Tours are available Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings by appointment only for groups of 25 persons or less and age 10 and above.

Private (and Student) Video or Photography: FREE

Videos and photos taken for private/student use is permitted free of charge as long as it does not disrupt or interfere with other visitors enjoyment of the museum. Equipment should be limited to a single camera, flash and tripod.

If you are taking family photos of your vacation, or learning how to become a better photographer, great!

Commercial Video or Photography: NOT FREE

Commercial photography (including for-profit portrait photography) requires a video/photo permit PRIOR to the day of the shoot. Any extended equipment set-up (multiple cameras, special lighting, wardrobe, etc.) and/or restricted access shall be scheduled. Pre-payment can be made at the ARM Gift Shop during normal operating hours.

If there is money involved (including between photographer and client), its a commercial shoot.

Commercial Fee Schedule

Commercial Video/Photo Permit

Summer Hours

We are officially closed during the Summer. We are an all volunteer operation and it is difficult to get volunteers to staff the displays in such heat. Also, the visitor count per day goes drastically down. However, we have a few stalwart volunteers that come semi-regularly every weekend to work on their projects. Times are variable, but generally EARLY on Saturday mornings you may find volunteers working on stuff. Typically 7:30-9:00am. If the gates are open, you are welcome to enter. There is no guarantee someone will be working, so it is up to luck. Access to the display cars is not guaranteed (BUT you may get a chance to see inside other cars not normally open for display). Most of the equipment is visible through the perimeter fence so your trip won't be wasted.

About the ARM

The Arizona Railway Museum was founded and incorporated in 1983 as a non-profit, educational and historical organization. The Museum is dedicated to the railways of Arizona and the Southwest. The interest and fascination of railways and trains has no boundaries and so railways of all kinds are included in the scope of the Museum.

The Arizona Railway Museum is a community effort towards the acquisition, restoration, preservation and display of railway equipment, artifacts and mementos related to railways of the past and present.

All restoration efforts are funded solely from membership dues and public contributions. The Museum is a Non-Profit Organization (501-C-3 in IRS terms).

Aji Spa

Offering the World's Most Authentic Native American Spa Services

Aji, meaning "Sanctuary" in the Pima language is appropriately named after the nearby Aji Mountain located on the Gila River Indian Community where women and children would go in times of war. Aji Mountain is still one of the Community's most sacred treasures and fittingly, Aji Spa is where sacred Pima and Maricopa traditions are practiced and shared.

Offering the only authentic Native American spa menu in existence, the Indigenous Collection features treatments and activities designed and practiced by Aji's Pima and Maricopa Cultural Caretakers. The ancient Pima and Maricopa cultures are also showcased throughout the spa in design elements, artwork, architecture and shared legends.

Ostrich Festival

Ostrich Races. Oh Yeah!

The Festival gets its name from these awesome birds.

For three fun-filled days in March, Tumbleweed Park in Chandler Arizona will resound with music, excitement, and laughter. Two stages spotlight a diverse sampling of great music, while a huge midway provides excitement to thousands of festival fans. Ostrich races complete with human jockeys are a sight unique to Chandler! Like any world class festival, all kinds of food will be available from the traditional fair favorites to Ostrich burgers.

Thanks to the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, the area's rich and unusual heritage in Ostrich ranching provides the basis for a wonderful family oriented community event. Young and old alike can explore, relax, and enjoy the many exhibits, games, and shows.

The Kids Zone is just for kids. It's loaded with all kinds of toys, bounces, animals and games. Our huge petting zoo is always a favorite. Cheer on your favorite pig in the pig races, or ride the ponies - there's so much to do!

All day, the Community Stage features area dance, music, martial arts, and other entertaining talents. Then at night, it's the fun place to be with a music stage and dance floor. Also in the evenings, the Main Stage presents national headline acts sure to please. Plan to spend some fun time this year as we celebrate Chandler's unique heritage in a fun family friendly festival. See you at the fest!


A line-up of world class entertainment is created by the producers of the Annual Ostrich Festival. There is something for every taste!

A wide array of nationally known artists will perform on the Main Stage nightly. The Community Stage and Ostrich Coop Stage will feature the top local talents The music entertainment schedule will be bursting with talent. From classic rock to high school bands, country to R & B, the variation is amazing. This is the place for all types of music enthusiasts.

Ostrich Parade

The Thorobred Chevrolet Ostrich Festival Parade will kick-off the Ostrich Festival.

The parade route starts at Ray Road and Arizona Avenue, proceeds south on Arizona Avenue to Chicago St.

Parade watchers are encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets to enjoy the parade. Some of the attractions that were featured in the past include Ollie the Trolley, antique cars, horses, high school marching bands and creative floats. More than 100 various entries are expected for the parade.

As the parade sponsor, the Thorobred Chevrolet name has been associated with supporting the Ostrich Festival from the beginning.

Advance Tickets

$65-Family Fun Packs - Advance Sales Only ($84 value)
Includes 2 adults, 2 Youth, and 2 all day carnival ride wristband tickets
Available at Fry's & the Chandler Chamber of Commerce .

$20 All Day Carnival Ride Passes/Wristbands ($25 value)
Available at Fry's & the Chandler Chamber of Commerce .

On Site Tickets

General Admission:
(General Admission includes concerts) Available ONLY the festival!

Adult $10
Seniors $7
Youth $7 (5 to 12 years of age)
Children Free (4 and under)

Ride Wristbands:
$25- All Day Carnival Passes at the Gate


We listened to your comments and lowered the price of parking.
Car (per Car) $5 (was $10)
Motorcycle (per motorcycle) $3 (was $5)

Arizona Soaring, Inc.

  • 22548 N. Sailport Way
  • Maricopa, AZ 85239
  • Phone: (520) 568-2318
  • Fax: (520) 568-2602

Located at Estrella Sailport, we offer introductory flights in several different sailplanes, ranging from training aircraft to high performance racing sailplanes. For the thrill seeker, aerobatic flights are also available. You'll strap on a parachute and step into the most incredible Roller Coaster in the World! Arizona Soaring, Inc. offers a large fleet of sailplanes, professional pilots, and SAFE, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE since 1969.

Fighter Combat International

  • 5865 S. Sossaman Rd.
  • Mesa, AZ 85212
  • Phone: (480) 279-1881
  • Tollfree: (866) 359-4273
  • Fax: (480) 279-1882
  • Email

Experience first-hand what it's like to be a "fighter pilot" or "airshow performer" and actually fly the plane! Exciting combat and aerobatic adventures with real fighter pilots - no flying experience required. Individuals, groups and corporate events.

Mountain bike

Discover a new way to explore the rugged Mesa landscape. With plenty of bike rental shops, it's easy to find the right bike to get your adventure in gear.

Arizona Outback Adventures

  • 16447 N. 91st St., Suite 101
  • Scottsdale, AZ 85260
  • Phone: (480) 945-2881
  • Tollfree: (866) 455-1601
  • Fax: (480) 970-1825
In business since 1993, Arizona Outback Adventures specializes in guided hiking and biking day tours, bicycle rentals for families and team building and other events for corporate groups. Each year, over 8,000 guests trust AOA to handle their daily activities and week-long vacations. From the individual traveler to the family vacation, from the small corporate retreat to the large company team building event, we take pride in offering a true outdoor experience with an unsurpassed level of service.

Arizona Trail

  • P.O. Box 36736
  • Phoenix, AZ 85067-6736
  • Phone: (602) 252-4794

The Arizona Trail, the dream of Flagstaff teacher and hiking enthusiast Dale Shewalter, will eventually be a 790 mile non-motorized trail that traverses the state from Mexico to Utah. The Arizona Trail is intended to be a primitive, long distance trail that highlights the state's topographic, biologic, historic, and cultural diversity. The primary users are hikers, equestrians, and mountain bicyclists. Opportunities will also exist for cross-country skiers, snowshoers, joggers, and packstock users. Government agencies, volunteers, and private groups and businesses are working together to make the Arizona Trail a reality. Back-country areas, such as those found along the Arizona trail, are places to seek solitude and a "wilderness experience" away from crowds, noise, and daily pressures of life. By using Leave No Trace skills, trail users can reduce their impact on the diverse, fragile, and spectacular areas in Arizona.

Horseback Riding

Tour Mesa's beautiful desert surroundings like the conquistadors of old on horseback . Arizonans celebrate a love affair with the horse here in the Southwest and there are numerous places visitors can take a trail ride through our stunning Sonoran Desert.

Goldfield Livery

  • 4650 E. Mammoth Mine Rd.
  • Apache Junction, AZ 85119
  • Phone: (480) 982-0133

Enjoy horseback riding near the Superstition Mountains. Hourly, daily, and overnight rides available. Take a carriage ride on the weekend. Try a group cookout or hayride. Open September - May. Located at Goldfield Ghost Town. At Goldfield Livery & Stables, they cater to riders from novice to experienced, singles to large groups and many families. Located at Goldfield Ghost Town, the trail rides often feature the history of the legendary Superstition Mountains.

Fishing and Water Sports

Even though Mesa is set in the Sonoran Desert, there are plenty of aquatic sports for you to enjoy! From fishing, watercraft and boats to river rafting and tubing , it's easy to wet your feet and splash your way to a fun-filled getaway. There are three lakes and two rivers within 30 minutes of Mesa that allow for desert boating, fishing, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and jet skiing. Or, partake in the ever-popular activity of “tubing”, a leisurely float along the cool waters of the Salt River via inner-tube! Contact these nearby lakes below directly for information on boat rentals and current fishing schedules.

Apache Lake: 17 miles long with secluded coves. Hotel lodging, camping, boat rental and storage available. Day use areas on-site. Fees apply. Fish species: Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye. Apache Lake Marina, 928-467-2511 , .

Canyon Lake: 28 miles of shoreline, 950 surface acres of water and secluded coves. RV and tent camping, boat rental and storage available. Day use areas and ramada rental on-site. Fees apply. Depth: 141 feet. Fish species: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Yellow Bass. Canyon Lake Marina, 480-288-9233 , .

Roosevelt Lake: 112 miles of shoreline and 22,000 acres of surface water. Hotel lodging and RV park, camping, boat rental and storage available. Fees apply. Depth: 300 feet (when full). Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass,Catfish, Bluegill, Crappie. Roosevelt Marina, 602-977-7170 , .

Saguaro Lake: 10 miles long and 22 miles of shoreline. Ranch-style lodging, day use areas and Butcher Jones Beach. Boat rental and storage available. Fees apply. Depth: 100+ feet. Fish species: Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Crappie. Saguaro Lake Marina, 480-986-5546 ,

Salt River: The closest river to Mesa, most leisure recreation takes place in the lower and upper portions where outfitters operate guided water tours via kayak, raft and inner tube. The river winds through the Tonto National Forest and offers a convenient day trip for Mesa visitors. Fishing permit required. Day use areas throughout.


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