El Dorado Holdings, Inc., is about building Arizona:  Developing not just properties, but solid foundations for families, businesses and the vitality of the state.

It began with one historic property, once owned by a member of Hollywood royalty also known as “The Duke.” El Dorado Ranch, owned by John Wayne for 42 years, was acquired by El Dorado Holdings in 1987, becoming the foundation for the company’s future endeavors.

Success for El Dorado is also defined by how a community can grow and flourish. That’s why we are involved in efforts as diverse as strengthening the state and regional economy, to showcasing the arts and culture of America’s Western heritage, to citizenship education.


The Development of Maricopa

(formerly John Wayne’s El Dorado Ranch)

The population of Maricopa soared from 500 residents in 2000 to more than 43,000 by 2010, setting the stage for commercial development for retail, entertainment, health care and educational providers.  (Maricopa as shown from aerial images in 2003, 2006 and 2011, respectively.)

Maricopa 2011