Located just a few minutes away from Fountain Hills is the shimmering jewel in the desert known as the Fort McDowell Resort & Casino. This beautiful resort area is mostly owned and operated by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The resort includes a casino, health club, spa, world-class We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, upscale Ahnala Mesquite Grille Restaurant & Lounge, a luxurious pool oasis, a Radisson hotel with 248 rooms, and a number of other dining and entertainment options! Free transportation is available to and from the casino.
The Fort McDowell Casino is open 24 hours a day and offers Live Keno, Live Bingo, Poker, Blackjack, and of course plenty of slot machines.
The Keno games run every 3 to 5 minutes where players mark their tickets with up to 15 numbers and watch for their numbers to come up out of the 20 numbers drawn. Fort McDowell Casino offers 23 different games of Keno. There is also a “Speed Keno” where guests play 100 games for ten cents per game on a straight ticket.
Fort McDowell Casino also has a state-of-the-art Bingo Hall featuring spacious smoking and non-smoking areas, speedy tableside food service and free beverages while you play. Bingo action happens seven days a week at 12:30pm (Early Bird), 6:30pm (Evening), and also “Midnight Madness” on the weekends.
The Card Room at the Fort offers No-Limit Poker Tournaments every day at 12 noon and 7 p.m. Buy-ins are $16, $20 or $30 depending on how many chips you wish to start the tournament with. For the first hour there are $10 re-buys. Also available is 24/7 Las Vegas style Blackjack, Jackpot Poker games, 24 hour tableside food service and the lowest time collections for red chip games in Arizona.
Many casino visitors love slot machines, and Fort McDowell Casino has 775 of them! You will find a huge selection of state-of-the-art reel, video, and progressive slot machines to get your fill of exciting slot action. Three of the favorites at Fort McDowell are the ‘Fort Knox’, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Munsters’ slot machines.
In addition to all the exciting casino action you will also find live entertainment, six restaurants and lounges, a gift shop and more!
Radisson Fort McDowell
Some guests of the Fort McDowell Resort & Casino live in Fountain Hills and other parts of the Phoenix metro area and venture to the Fort for some fun and excitement for the day. Many others from close by and out of town make the resort a destination for a few days or more. The Radisson is right next to the casino, spa, golf and myriad restaurants and is a perfect place to stay! In addition to all of the resort activities, the the Radisson is just minutes away from Fountain Hills and a short trip away from the nearly unlimited Scottsdale and Phoenix entertainment options.
The Radisson Hotel offers 248 upscale guest rooms and suites that are equally perfect for a relaxing overnight stay or a week’s vacation. The views from many of the rooms are spectacular! Beautiful Sonoran Desert vistas, jagged mountains, beautiful sunsets/sunrises and golf course views are available in various rooms. During the summer, beautiful cloud formations and lightning storms are part of the monsoon and can be enjoyed from many of the rooms also!
There are different rooms available for every taste and budget: King rooms with a sitting area, double rooms with two beds, junior king suites with a sofa bed and executive ‘Board Room’ suites with a Jacuzzi and kitchenette. Different rooms have different upgrades, but the various amenities available include smoke-free rooms, complimentary high-speed internet, Sleep Number bed, flat-screen TV, Jacuzzi Whirlpool Tub, refrigerators and more. When making reservations please ask which amenities are available for the room you are reserving.
Radison Fort McDowell Spa
The Spa offers a number of rejuvenative and relaxing procedures such as constitutional hydrotherapy, Swedish massage, facials and hair & nail salon services.
Constitutional Hydrotherapy uses an alternating application of hot and cold water to increase circulation and bolster the immune system. This form of healing has been used over one hundred years by naturopathic physicians and other traditional healers.
The Swedish Massage uses long, gliding, light pressure strokes to improve circulation, assist the lymphatic system and increase muscle tone and relaxation.
A Golfer’s fitness massage is also available that concentrates on the muscles used when playing golf. It is recommended after a round of golf to aid in recovery or just to help add to the enjoyment of your vacation.
The Fort Relaxation Facial includes a thorough but gentle cleansing and toning of the skin followed by a relaxing face, neck and shoulder massage.
Hair and Nail Salon services include shampoo set or style, haircut and style, gentleman’s haircut, and special occasion up-do.
Outdoor Pool Oasis
The outdoor desert pool oasis will be appreciated by all family members. The large outdoor heated pool features a kid’s area and two whirlpools set amongst a scenic desert backdrop. Plenty of lounge chairs are available around the pool and are perfect for relaxing in the sun. Enjoy the picturesque water-fall area as you spend the day pool-side.
Non-hotel & Spa Service guests may use the fitness equipment & pool areas at the Fort McDowell Resort and Casino for a per-day service fee. The pool area is open from sunrise to sunset daily and is not attended by a lifeguard. The pool may close due to inclement weather or unforeseen conditions at the Fort’s discretion.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
We-Ko-Pa has two stunning 18-hole world-class golf courses that will amaze and delight the most experienced and travelled golfer. The Cholla Course was opened in December 2001 and the Saguaro Course was opened on December 16, 2006. Each course has won numerous awards including placement in ten best new courses by Golf Magazine and Sports Illustrated. The near-perfect fairways and greens make a striking contrast to the rugged Sonoran Desert terrain surrounding each hole.
We-Ko-Pa has a full practice facility that includes practice balls, a large area for short game work, fairway and greenside practice bunkers as well as a large putting green. There is a $15 fee for the use of the practice facility.
The We-Ko-Pa clubhouse is an incredible piece of architecture done in the “desert vernacular” style that draws inspiration from the surrounding desert landscape. Spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the Superstitions are offered at various locations in and around the clubhouse. A full pro shop and a restaurant can fulfill any needs a golfer might have during his or her day at the links, and a large, open patio area is a great place to enjoy a drink and some food and to discuss the great day that was had at We-Ko-Pa.
Plenty to Eat!
Luck may or may not be with you at the Casino or on the golf course, but if you go home hungry you only have yourself to blame! At Fort McDowell Resort and Casino you have many excellent dining options.
Ahnala Mesquite Grille is the premier fine dining restaurant on the property. The chef has created an eclectic menu featuring southwestern cuisine with a Spanish flare. Some tasty selections include: Tenderloin of Buffalo, Quail, Olive-Oil poached Corvina, Pan-seared Pacific Wild Salmon and much more. The Ahnala Lounge with its centerpiece Mesquite Fireplace is a great place to kick back with friends and enjoy some drinks and conversation.
Cottonwood Café is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Silver Platter has good old-fashioned burgers and shakes and is open from 7am to midnight daily.
A New York Deli is in the middle of casino action and serves a great variety of the freshest deli sandwiches this side of Brooklyn.
If you have worked up a huge appetite, you’ll want to check out the Red Rock Buffet all-you-can-eat buffet. Featuring incredible variety and excellent quality, Monday through Thursday the all-you-can-eat buffet is only $8.95! And come by on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for all-you-can-eat crab legs for $13.95 all day.
If you are looking for something slightly more exotic, check out Noodles Sushiya. Get all of your favorite standard sushi selections plus try out some of the chef’s exotic fusions if you are feeling more adventurous.
Once you have satisfied your hunger and are ready to party a bit, check out the Lucky 7 Saloon featuring live entertainment on Friday through Saturday nights.
If you are golfing at the We-Ko-Pa course, they have a restaurant in the clubhouse with both indoor and outdoor seating. The clubhouse and surrounding scenery is so beautiful you wil lwant to eat there even if you don’t golf. Many non-golfers from Fountain Hills eat on the patio regularly and enjoy the beautiful architecture and scenery.
Additional Entertainment Options
If you require even more entertainment than all of the activities mentioned above, Fort McDowell Resort & Casino is a great place to make your ‘base camp’!
Throughout the year the Fort sponsors concerts, events and fireworks. Fountain Hills itself does not have fireworks on the fourth of July, but Fort McDowell usually does, and it is quite an impressive show. Additionally, many impressive concerts are held at the resort every year.
If you want a little taste of the old-west, Fort McDowell Adventures is a short ride away down the dusty trail. Fort McDowell Adventures offers a number of different venues for group activities and entertainment options. Trail rides, Native American storytellers & dancers, hiking & biking tours, and many more activities are offered depending on the time of the year.
Nearby Fountain Hills has numerous entertainment and dining options (take a good look at the Dining Guide in FountainHillsGuide.com!) Old Town Scottsdale is a beautiful 30-minute drive away. Payson and the Zane Grey’s fabled Mogollon Rim country is a little more than an hour up the Beeline (another spectacular drive!) Dozens of Hiking and Mountain Biking trails are nearby. Saguaro Lake is a short distance away (yes – another spectacular drive!)
Many residents of Fountain Hills have lived here for years and not taken advantage of all the activities available, so there is plenty to do unless the only activity you find fun is surfing!
Fort McDowell Resort & Casino
10424 North Fort McDowell Road
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino Hotel
10438 North Fort McDowell Road
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
18200 East Toh Vee Circle
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264