Desert Rose Bahá'í Institute, Inc. is located on 50 acres in rural Arizona, equidistant from Phoenix and Tucson, and just an hour south of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. It is approximately 9 miles off I -10, north of the city of Eloy. The city of Casa Grande is ten miles away, with all the amenities of numerous hotels, motels, shopping, restaurants, and good medical facilities.
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Air & Ground Transportation
- 65$ One person one way.
- 5587 North Fuschia St. Casa Grande.
- Visit pinalconnections.tripod.comor call (520 426-1914 or (800) 427-1271 for information.
- SkyDive Arizona at the Eloy Airport (520) 466-3753 www.skydiveaz.com
- Casa Grande Ruins National Monument www.nps.gov/cagr/
- Picacho Peak State Park
- Sunland Visitors Center on Toltec Road, Eloy, Arizona (520) 466-3007
Motels & Hotels (For those wishing off-campus lodging)
- Mainstay Suites at Henness Road (520) 426-1177
- Red Roof Inn at Toltec Road (520) 466-2522
- Motel 6 at Sunland Gin Road (520) 876-4226
- Best Western Suites (520) 836-1600
- Holiday Inn (520) 426-3500
- Super 8 at Florence Blvd. (520) 836-8800
- Comfort Inn (520) 421-9878
Climate - A Winter Visitor's Delight
Eloy is in the Santa Cruz River Valley, an area of the wondrous Sonoran Desert. Elevation is about 1,300 feet. This area receives only 8.48 inches of rain annually. Most of the rain falls during two brief rainy seasons, one during the winter, the other during the summer. The wettest month is August, with a mean rainfall of 1.65 inches.
Eloy, a winter visitor's delight, experiences exceptionally mild winters. January is the coolest month, with a mean high of 67 degrees and a mean low of 36 degrees. However, it can be much warmer, with temperatures in the 70’s or even an occasional 80 degree high. Nighttime lows can reach into the 20’s during and after winter storms.
Being located in a large, flat basin, Eloy is subject to extremely hot summers. July is the hottest month, with a mean high of 105 degrees and a mean low of 75 degrees. Although certainly hot, the humidity at this season is bone dry, less than ten per cent, making a 105 degree day in the desert seem cooler than any 85 degree day in other parts of the country. The August temperatures are a bit lower, but seem hotter because of the increased humidity as the monsoon season gets into full swing. Nights are generally warm but pleasant throughout the summer months.
Stunning mountain vistas are seen in all directions. The most notable and unique are the Picacho Mountains. The highest peak in the Picacho Mountains is Newman Peak (Elev. 4,500 ft.) and the most unusual is Picacho Peak (Elev. 1,500 ft.) which is actually an eroded, resistant lava flow from a series of lava flows that began 22 million years ago (making the peak four times as old as the Grand Canyon). Within the Picacho Peak State Park are hiking trails, especially popular during the spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom.