Day Trip 4 itinerary
Day Trip Adventures in Casa Grande
Embark on an unforgettable journey on Day 4 of your Casa Grande adventure, where you can immerse yourself in the charm of Caywood Farms, delve into the mysteries of the Biosphere II, and marvel at the breathtaking vistas from the historic Apache Leap
Start your day with a farm tour at Caywood Farms. (Call to schedule your tour before planning your day.) Take Florence Boulevard east past Interstate 10, where it becomes Highway 287. Caywood Farms is a fourth-generation, family-operated farming business, located at 841 E. Highway 287. The fascinating and informative tours provide a unique view of crops, from seed to harvest and give an insider’s view of the agricultural industry that was one of the principal economic drivers in the development of Casa Grande and Pinal County. To learn more about the seasonal tours, or to schedule your tour, call (520) 560-1119 or visit caywoodfarms.com.
Next stop on the itinerary: Drive east on Highway 287 to State Route 87. Drive south on SR 87 to Interstate 10. Drive south (east) on I-10 to Park Link Drive. Take Park Link Drive east to SR 79. Drive south on SR 79 then turn east on State Route 77 for a visit to the very interesting and uniquely informative Biosphere II, a step into more modern history, a science-based look to the possibilities of the future. Take the tour; you’ll be glad you did!
After your tour, continue east on SR 77, which winds north, past the small towns of Mammoth, Oracle, Dudleyville and Winkelman. This is a beautiful drive through the higher elevations of the county, past the mining communities. Like agri-business, mining was another major economic driver for Pinal County. Heading to Kearny, AZ on SR 77, you will be able to see the spectacular Ray Open Pit Mine, which is educational, too. Stop at the overlook to get a magnificent view of the mine and read the placards about the history of the mine and the region.
Turning west to Superior, AZ on Hwy. 60, stop to hunt for Apache Tears at the mountain they call Apache Leap and admire the mysterious Superstition Mountains, that, like their name, beckoned to prospectors seeking the evasive Lost Dutchman Mine for many years in the early 1900s.