All About Phoenix Trotting Park

Phoenix Trotting ParkHello and thanks for stopping by! Have you ever noticed the large, unusual structure along Interstate 10 in Goodyear, Arizona and wondered: "What is that thing?" It's the Phoenix Trotting Park, an abandoned harness horse racing track from the mid-1960s.

The purpose of this website is to preserve the Trotting Park's history, and educate the curious about its troubled past. A lot of research has been done to ensure the accuracy and validity of information shown on this website. If you have spotted an error or omission, please let us know!

I have worked hard to make this website a great resource for all things related to the Trotting Park. If you have additional information that may be useful, please Contact Me.


about the history of the Park

the list of Frequently Asked Questions
Photo Gallery

photos of the Park

Site News and Updates

April 14, 2017 - A third person has now sent me a drone flyover video of the trotting track, and it's one of the best I've seen yet! Big thanks to Scott Elder for sharing this video with us:

March 18, 2017 - It appears that the sale of the Trotting Park fell through and was not finalized. The sale was expected to close by the end of 2016, which did not happen according to public records. I don't know what happened, but my best guess is that something happened with the financing or with securing all of the necessary rights to the land. If anyone knows any information about it, please use the Contact Form to send me some details!

December 7, 2016 - Wow! Just received an email with a 2nd great drone video of the park from Fly UAS AZ! Thanks for sending it in. He did get permission before flying there. Check it out:

November 21, 2016 - Huge thanks to Gary Oglesby for sending in his drone footage of the Trotting Park. He did get permission before flying there. Check it out:

November 1, 2016 - I have added a new page of fan mail and letters from readers about the Trotting Park.

September 7, 2016 - We are saddened to announce the passing of James J. Dunnigan Jr. The elder James J. Dunnigan was the one who built the Phoenix Trotting Park, and he passed away in 1983. His son of the same name recently passed away on August 22, 2016 in Phoenix. Read his Obituary and this article about his life from

August 23, 2016 - Phoenix Trotting Park is in the news again, this time in The Arizona Republic. Check out Long-vacant Phoenix Trotting Park in Goodyear is in escrow, could be demolished by Adrian Hedden.

August 10, 2016 - Sale pending! According to a new article published in the West Valley View, the Phoenix Trotting Park is in escrow. The buyers and the sale price have not yet been disclosed.

Also I have fixed the Contact form. Many thanks to everyone for their patience.

August 7, 2016 - Huge photo update!! Many readers have reached out to me with submissions of photos of the Trotting Park. Thanks to Annie for sending in photos from 'The Harness Horse' magazine and to Mike at PaperJet for their contributions. Check them out on the Photo Gallery page.

March 27, 2016 - Photo update: I have recently come across some new, never-before seen photos of the Trotting Park. Check them out on the Photo Gallery page.

January 14, 2016 - HUGE NEWS!!! The Trotting Park has been listed for sale! The asking price for the 194-acre parcel of land is a whopping $16,500,000 USD! View the listing here: Phoenix Trotting Park by Colliers International.

January 12, 2016 - The Trotting Park was the subject of a major story today in the Arizona Republic. Read the article here: Huge Trotting Park in Goodyear Marks 50 Years Standing Empty.

January 12, 2016 - The Trotting Park celebrates its 51st year today.

June 22, 2015 - We are now on Twitter! Follow us @PHXTrottingPark.

April 2, 2015 - The new site is online!

Phoenix Trotting Park 51st Anniversary