The story of Sahuaro Ranch begins with the completion of the Arizona Canal in 1885. The canal stretched 44 miles across the Valley and opened up 100,000 acres of desert land to homesteading and irrigation farming. Local land speculators promoted the Salt River Valley as the future agricultural mecca of Arizona. The City of Glendale has a long history of preservation and has made a financial commitment to preserve historic Sahuaro Ranch. The city has maintained and preserved Sahuaro Ranch. During this time, historical grants have been acquired, partnerships have been formed, and numerous visitors have appreciated the historical value of Sahuaro Ranch. The City of Glendale will continue to preserve and nurture this historical landmark for generations to come.
There are many picnic areas and grills throughout Sahuaro Ranch Park's Pecan Grove. These areas are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sahuaro Ranch Park also has ramadas available for reservation. A family, club, business or organization can be certain of having a sheltered area available for their special gathering at selected city parks. Reserving a park ramada ensures the right to use a specific ramada at a scheduled date and time.