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Travel to Payson AZ

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Until we spent part of a day in Payson after visiting Tonto Natural Bridge (see previous blog  two weeks ago), we had just been through Payson on our way to other places.  It is the junction for Arizona State Routes 87 and 160, and about equidistant between Flagstaff and Phoenix, so it was just a place to fuel our car and keep going.  We’re glad we stopped by this time, though!

With a population (at last count) of over 13,000, they are a giant metropolis in comparison to Strawberry and Pine, the neighbor burgs we visited the same day.  There is more of everything, but the scenic backdrop of the mountains gives everything the “aah” factor.  You can relax in Payson.  It’s that kind of place.

There is shopping along the main street, including the Swiss Village shops which a resident we met at the Natural Bridge told us not to miss. We missed it, because we weren’t there for shopping. We just wanted to see what it was like for someone visiting and looking for scenery. (more…)

Travel to Bucky’s Casino in Prescott Arizona

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

This is it!  The last Wednesday of the year, and, the last of a series of articles on Arizona tribal Hotel-Casinos.

For the culmination of the last four weeks, we decided to get out of town and head for Prescott, Arizona, less than 2 1/2 hours northwest of Phoenix. (more…)

Traveling to TUCSON’s Casino Hotel

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

We’re coming down to the last two Wacky Casino Wednesday’s featuring casinos with hotels here in Arizona.

This week we’re featuring the only casino/hotel in southern Arizona.


From a tent containing a bingo hall established in1984 to a $120 million hotel- casino, the Tohono O’odham nation completed its newest casino project in 2007 including its first hotel.

The quite new Desert Diamond Casino

The quite new Desert Diamond Casino

Located adjacent to the Tucson International Airport, Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel is owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the second largest tribal area in Arizona.  Another Desert Diamond Casino without a hotel property is located I-19 & Pima Mine Rd., approximately 10 miles south.

The 323,000-square-foot casino-hotel is located at 7350 S. Nogales Highway.  A 149 room hotel is connected to the 165,000 sq. ft. casino by an 8,000 sq. ft. conference center.


The casino complex boasts over 1000 slot machines

  • 500 Seat Bingo Hall
  • 35 Seat Keno Room
  • Separate non-smoking slot machine room
  • Separate non-smoking poker and table game room

** Note: Smoke Alert!!!  After visiting several casinos over the last few weeks, all which allow smoking on the gaming floor, my opinion is that The Desert Diamond Casino ventilation system is not as adequate as the previous properties we have reviewed.


Monsoon Night Club

Hours: Friday & Saturday 8:00PM


The Steakhouse

Cost: Prime Rib/Steaks: $16.95-$29.95

Hours: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 7 Days a Week

The Buffet
Cost: Lunch $9.99, Dinner $12.99

Monday Seafood Buffet $16.95

Sunday  Brunch $14.95

Lunch: $8.85
Dinner: $10.85

Food Court

Diamond Grill / Diamond Wok

Cost: Grill – Average Entrees 4.95   Wok – Average Entrees $5.95-7.95

Hours: 24 Hours


As an added benefit to your wallet, there is no lodging tax – a savings of 12.5% per room.

Desert Diamond Hotel with a Vegas kind of look

Desert Diamond Hotel with a Vegas kind of look


Heated outdoor pool

Exercise facilities

Near the pool

Near the pool


King and double rooms are available along with Executive Suites and Luxury VIP suites with one or two bedrooms.

Rooms include:

  • Contemporary decor
  • 32″ flat panel television (42” flat panels in suites)
  • Large work desk
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Refrigerator

Traveling to the city of Maricopa, Arizona’s only Casino/Hotel

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

We’re back with Wacky Casino Wednesday!  That’s Wacky Wednesday’s featuring casinos with hotels here in Arizona.

This week we’re featuring another casino that’s been around for a while with a hotel property that has a familiar name.