Arizona has more Tribal land than any other state in the U.S. Tribal lands comprise about 27% of Arizona's land base, or a total of more than 20 million acres. Currently 16 Tribes operate 24 Class III casinos throughout Arizona. Six Tribes do not have casinos but have slot machine rights which they lease to other Tribes with casinos.
Tribal Lands and Casinos
Arizona is home to 22 Native American tribes that represent more than 296,000 people. A total of 20 Reservations cover more than 19,000,000 acres, ranging in size from the very large Navajo Reservation, which is the size of West Virginia or Ireland, to the small Tonto Apache Reservation that covers just over 85 acres.
Visitors who want to travel to Arizona reservations may do so without prior permission. But if you want to know where to buy arts and crafts or observe dances or rodeos, you should contact the tribal offices in advance of your travel. Many tribes today are committed to diversifying their economies so in addition to casinos, you can visit and enjoy tribally-owned shopping malls, RV parks and convenience stores, resort hotels and golf courses along with trying your luck at the tables and machines.