DatelandArizona, most notable for farming Medjool and other types of dates. The town was once a World War II training outpost and the site of a Japanese internment camp. Today, it is a fun little road stop, the best place to pull off the road between Gila Bend and Yuma.
The only real access to Dateland—and in fact, the only reason why Dateland still exists—is Interstate 8.
phone: +1 623-580-5500address: Rocky Point RdThis archeological site contains hundreds of pre-Columbian petroglyphs and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Picnic tables and vaulted toilets available, primitive camping possible (no water). Most heavily visited from October to April; watch out for rattlesnakes.
Sears PointHundreds of petroglyphs can be seen on the basalt outcrops overlooking the Gila River; many can be spotted from the parking lot. The site is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Keep your car on the road, and stay on the footpaths (not maintained).
Aztec ghost townaddress: Exit 73 off I-8A former station on the Southern Pacific Railroad line between Phoenix and Yuma. Remains include two standing buildings and foundations, visible right off the interstate.
- Fill up on gas if you're down to a quarter-tank or less. Gasoline in this region of Arizona is scarce, and you don't want to get stranded in the desert. Dateland's gas prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the isolated and remote location.
phone: +1 928-454-2772address: 1737 S Ave 64 EA kitschy gift shop for dates, postcards, drinks, and other merchandise.
Eat and drink
phone: +1 928-454-2772address: 1737 S Ave 64 EThe famous "Date Shake" is worth a stop. It's very sweet, but a tasty way to cool off in the desert heat. Larger meals are available, too.
phone: +1 928-454-2772address: 1737 S Ave 64 EThe only place to sleep in Dateland. Electric and sewer hookups, and showers and laundry facilities onsite. Registration is at the gift shop (see listing above).