Cactus League Legacy Trail

Self-guided tour brings Cactus League history to life!

legacy-trail-cactus-league See memorabilia collections in Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and Goodyear

From the Buckhorn Baths to Ernie Banks and Buster Posey, Arizona’s Cactus League has a history steeped in sun, fun, phenoms and Hall of Famers.That colorful past comes to life this spring in a series of exhibits collectively called the Cactus League Legacy Trail. Twelve memorabilia collections at venues in Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and Goodyear make up the trail, a must-do journey for even casual baseball fans.

Collectively, these exhibits tell the story of the Cactus League from its barn-storming beginnings to the state-of-the-art complexes of today. They also present the remarkable stories, photos and memorabilia of the ballplayers who through the years created “America’s Pastime.”

The Legacy Trail exhibits include:


  • 7011 E. Indian School Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Driving Directions
    (480) 990-3433

    The Coach House Tavern

    Coach House
    This rustic landmark remains almost unchanged from the 1950s when cowboys tied up at the hitching post and the Boston Red Sox were Scottsdale’s spring training home team. For more information, visit: www.coachhousescottsdale.com
  • 7501 East Camelback Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Driving Directions
    (480) 990-0900

    Don and Charlie’s

    Don and Charlies
    The sports memorabilia collection at Don and Charlie’s restaurant, 7501 E. Camelback Road. With walls brimming with jerseys, shoes and autographs, plus a display case filled with baseballs signed by Hall of Famers, Don and Charlie’s is a museum in its own right. For more information, visit: www.donandcharlies.com.
  • 3915 North Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Driving Directions
    (480) 994-1489

    The Italian Grotto

    Italian Grotto
    Another player’s favorite located just a short walk from Scottsdale Stadium, the Italian Grotto’s memorabilia collection reflects Scottsdale’s deep ties to the Cactus League. For more information, visit: www.locallifedesign.com/clients/italiangrotto.
  • 7246 East 1st Street #101
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Driving Directions
    (480) 990-7660

    Karsen’s Grill

    Karsen's Grill
    This unassuming bar and grill has become a gathering spot for Cactus League sportswriters and umpires … and fans seeking the latest scoop on their favorite teams. For more information, visit: www.karsensgrill.com
  • 3831 North Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Driving Directions
    (480) 945-6697

    Pink Pony

    Pink Pony
    The recently re-launched Pink Pony, an Old Town institution, is set to take diners on a wilder ride with sophisticated touches and a new menu fit for a modern audience. For over 60 years, The Pink Pony is known as a welcoming restaurant and watering hole for locals, tourists and visiting Cactus League players craving superb food, stiff drinks and camaraderie. The restaurant is getting a modern facelift from the interior to the menu, set to carry on the legendary spot for another lifetime. Called “the best baseball restaurant in the land” by New Yorker writer Roger Angell and referred to as “the most popular hangout for baseball people in the civilized world” by Sports Illustrated, The Pink Pony is located at 3831 N Scottsdale Road. For more information, visit: PinkPonyScottsdale.com.
  • 7555 N. Pima Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    Driving Directions
    (480) 270-5000

    Salt River Fields

    Salt River Fields
    The Cactus League’s newest and largest complex is spring home to both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. It is the only spring training complex located on Native American lands and boasts some of the most beautiful mountain views in all of baseball. Guests can experience the rich history of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community through a Stewardship Trail and History Trail. Daily facility tours resume April 10 following the completion of spring training. For more information, visit: www.saltriverfields.com.
  • 7333 East Scottsdale Mall
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Driving Directions
    (480) 945-4499

    Scottsdale Historical Museum

    Scottsdale Historical Museum
    Scottsdale’s rich spring training history comes to life with this exhibit featuring a variety of items relating to the Cactus League and baseball greats. The exhibit will run through March. For more information, visit: www.scottsdalemuseum.com.
  • 7408 E. Osborn Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Driving Directions
    (480) 312-2580

    Scottsdale Stadium

    Scottsdale Stadium
    The spring home of the San Francisco Giants is the Cactus League’s only stadium located in a downtown setting. It’s also home to the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame and the Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame. Scottsdale Stadium’s intimate confines, historic feel and park-like setting make it one of America’s five iconic sports venues, according to San Francisco Chronicle columnist Gwenn Knapp. The stadium is open to the public daily and tours are available by advance appointment, except during spring training. For more information, visit: www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/stadium.
  • 4005 North Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Driving Directions
    (480) 946-0051

    The Sugar Bowl Restaurant

    Sugar Bowl
    Rookie ballplayers have been stopping by the Sugar Bowl for a “double frosted” ice cream treat since the 1950s. Bil Keane immortalized the Sugar Bowl in his “Family Circus” cartoons – many of which adorn the restaurant’s walls. For more information, visit: www.SugarBowlScottsdale.com
The Cactus Experience The following four locations are displaying unique aspects of Arizona Spring Training Experience and Cactus League Hall of Fame.
  • 51 East Main St.
    Mesa, AZ 85201
    Driving Directions
    (480) 929-0292

    Mesa Historical Society

    Downtown Mesa
    The Cactus League Experience exhibit at 51 East Main Street, Mesa. The exhibit will be a year-round exhibition! For more information, visit: www.playballexperience.com.
  • 1933 S. Ballpark Way
    Goodyear, AZ 85338
    Driving Directions
    (623) 932-3910

    Goodyear Ballpark

    Scottsdale City Hall
    The Cactus League Experience exhibit at the Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. The Goodyear Ballpark is spring home to the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians. This exhibit focuses on the Indians’ deep Arizona roots as one of the three original Cactus League teams. For more information, visit: www.playballexperience.com.
  • 2200 West Alameda Drive
    Tempe, AZ 85282
    Driving Directions
    (480) 350-5265

    Tempe Diablo Stadium

    The Tempe Diablo Stadium exhibit features a mural depicting the impressive history of the Angels from their beginnings in the Cactus League to the present era.