GRRC Opens Doors for tour of the new Santan Mountain Casino

June 2, 2023


GRIN Staff

Gila River Indian News


Gila River Resorts and Casinos will soon open the doors of their latest addition, Santan Mountain Casino, located on the southeast corner of Hunt Highway and Gilbert Road, in District 4.

This is the fourth casino property for the Gila River Indian Community and will debut numerous special features in comparison to the traditional casinos in the state. The new property stands in front of the famous Santan Mountain landmark with its stunning views and desert landscape which are viewable from inside the casino floor.


“You know how one of the key structures of a casino is to not have any windows, well we got rid of that methodology and have these beautiful glass windows surrounding the building,” said Blake Katsnelson, General Manager for Santan Mountain Casino. He further explained that the windows feature solar powered capabilities that tint throughout the day, allowing visitors to enjoy views of the outside desert landscape from within.


The 160 acre property was completed in just 18 months and features a 33,008 square foot of gaming floor room with 810 slot machines, 15 Blackjack tables, a high-limit gaming salon, electronic table games, three ultimate Texas Hold’em tables, three card poker tables, two craps tables, three roulette tables, mini baccarat, and one of the biggest BetMGM sportsbooks in the state.


And dining options include the ‘Honey & Vine’ restaurant which will serve dishes using staple produce grown from the Community’s very own Gila River Farms. A food court offering a variety of quick serve options will also be available. 

Another social element to the newly built casino is the Hive Center Bar, located in the middle of the gaming floor, where casino goers can relax and enjoy some of Arizona’s local libations on tap. 


As individuals walk through the Santan Mountain Casino not only will they be able to view the desert landscape but also enjoy many works of art from GRIC artists found throughout the property. 


The grand opening date for the new San Tan Mountain Casino is set for Friday, June 30.