The city boundaries of Casa Grande
encompass a 15 mile-wide section of mostly undeveloped desert land, but the downtown area is more compact, centered on the intersection of highways 84, 387 and 287, seven miles from the major I-8/I-10 junction. Facilities are scattered along the 4 miles of Hwy 287 between the town center and I-10, and include Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Casa Grande Mall and a good selection of shops, restaurants & hotels. The newest stores are on the far side of the interstate - Promenade at Casa Grande
This part of Arizona is very hot in summer, low in elevation and flat, with only occasional hills rising above the desert plains. Some have maintained hiking trails, such as Casa Grande Mountains 4 miles south and Picacho Peak
, 20 miles southeast along I-10. There are two national monuments within 20 miles; Casa Grande Ruins
(after which the town was named) preserves a 14th century adobe dwelling, while Sonoran Desert
contains a vast expanse of peaceful desert lands, with endless opportunities for backcountry exploration.
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