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Coolidge Dam - Things to Know Before Visiting

Coolidge Dam, AZ 85542, USA


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About Coolidge Dam

Coolidge Dam was constructed in 1930 by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a major component of the San Carlos Irrigation Project. It is a reinforced concrete multiple dome and buttress dam 31 miles southeast of Globe, Arizona on the Gila River. The project irrigates 100,000 acres. San Carlos Lake is stocked periodically, and when the winter has experienced average or above average precipitation, is one of the largest lakes in Arizona.Bicyclists can ride the access road to the dam face and back.

Attractions Near Coolidge Dam

San Carlos Lake
San Carlos Lake5.09km from Coolidge Dam

San Carlos is one of eight lakes with desert surroundings created by damming rivers in the hills around Phoenix, and like the others, it has quite a dramatic setting. The lake is located within the 3,000-square-mile San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, and is thus subject to tribal regulations.Jet-skiing, water skiing, and boating are also allowed.

San Carlos Reservoir
San Carlos Reservoir7.78km from Coolidge Dam

San Carlos Lake was formed by the construction of the Coolidge Dam and is rimmed by 158 miles (254 km) of shoreline. The lake is located within the 3,000-square-mile San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Because of irrigation needs, the water level at the lake sometimes is low enough to kill its self-sustaining fish, but during wet years, the water can overtop Coolidge Dam. Since construction of the dam, the lake has been nearly empty at least 20 times, and has been full only three times.

Needle's Eye Wilderness
Needle's Eye Wilderness9.61km from Coolidge Dam

The Needle's Eye Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. It is surrounded by the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation to the north and south, and private lands to the east and west. Visitors must obtain permission in advance to access the Wilderness.

Lake Takalai
Lake Takalai24.44km from Coolidge Dam

Lake Takalai is a reservoir in Arizona and has an elevation of 817 metres. It is situated nearby to Elgo Dam, and northeast of Sevenmile Wash. It is one of the iconic attraction in this area and also there are so many things to see and do.

Mount Turnbull
Mount Turnbull27.49km from Coolidge Dam

Mount Turnbull is the highest point in the Santa Teresa Mountains in western Graham County, Arizona. The summit has an elevation of 8,284 feet and a prominence of 3,562 feet. It is the highest point in the Santa Teresa Mountains and the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. A recreational permit is required for access to reservation land.

Pinal Mountains
Pinal Mountains29.59km from Coolidge Dam

Pinal Mountains are a mountain range located in Gila County, Arizona. They have a maximum elevation of 7,848 ft at Pinal Peak and a prominence of over 4,000 ft. The mountains are covered with Ponderosa Pine and white fir and experience cooler weather than the Globe/Miami area, so that they are a popular recreation area in the summer. The maintained facilities include a maintained dirt road that goes all the way to the summit of Pinal Peak, a campsite and recreational area, many hiking trails.

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Gila County
Gila County
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Gila County is in the central part of the U.S. state of Arizona. Gila County is full of opportunities to come to play. Whether you want to go camping, boating, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, hunting, or just exploring, our wide-open spaces and area attractions make Gila County the perfect get-away spot.