Dateland is a tiny settlement in Yuma County, Arizona, 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.
Get in edit
The only real access to Dateland—and in fact, the only reason why Dateland still exists—is Interstate 8.
Get around edit
- 1 Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, Rocky Point Rd, ☏ . This 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. $2/day use; $8/night (camping).
- 2 Sears Point (19 miles northeast of Dateland). 24 hrs. Hundreds 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). Free.
- 3 Aztec ghost town, Exit 73 off I-8 (6 miles east of Dateland). A former station on the Southern Pacific Railroad line between Phoenix and Yuma. Remains include two standing buildings and foundations, visible right off the interstate. Free.
- 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.
Eat and drink edit
Without an RV, the closest available lodging is in Gila Bend, or west in Wellton.
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|Routes through Dateland
|El Centro ← Yuma ←
|→ Jct N S → Casa Grande