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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | April 2017 | ArizonaKEY.com

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features

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Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

27 14 Lava River Cave 20 Calendar of Events 27 Talking Stick Tasting Trail 70 The Grand Canyon 81 Gilbert Ortega Gallery

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VISIT PHOENIX’S #1 ATTRACTION

The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum

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Ranked in the Top 20 Museums in the United States —2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

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56 Glendale 64 Sedona 66 Prescott 74 Northern AZ 78 Southern AZ

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ot all museums are in a building in a city. Lava River Cave is a natural museum where people can learn about history, geology, biology and cave climates. Unlike other museums, you can’t just walk through a door to visit Lava River Cave. The entrance is actually a hole in the ground and the floor just inside is covered with large, slippery boulders. Also, conditions throughout the cave are always cold and dark. This mile-long lava tube cave north of Flagstaff was formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. The top, sides and bottom of the flow cooled and solidified first, after which the insides of the lava river continued to flow emptying out the present cave. Ample evidence of how the tube was born is written in the rocks of which it is formed. Small wave-like undulations in the floor are the remains of ripples frozen in the last trickle of molten rock that flowed from the cave. Stone icicles hanging from the ceiling show where a final blast of volcanic heat caused the rock to partially re-liquefy and drip. Dress appropriately when you come to visit, with warm clothes and sturdy shoes. The cave is as cool as 42° even in summer, and you may even find some ice inside. The rocks are always sharp and slippery, too. Bring two or three sources of light, in case one happens to fail, it can be very dark one mile from the nearest light source. Here’s an insider tip - bring glows sticks and/or glow necklaces for everyone in your group! The Lava River Cave is located about 14 miles north of Flagstaff on paved highways and graveled Forest Roads. Drive 9 miles north of Flagstaff on US 180 and turn west (left) on FR 245 (at milepost 230). Continue 3 miles to FR171 and turn south 1 mile to where FR 171B turns left a short distance to Lava River Cave. Though the cave is open year-round, FR 245 and/or FR171 may be closed in the winter. In those cases, you will need to hike or ski in to the cave. Call the Flagstaff Ranger District at 928-5260866 for current conditions and more information. AZ

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publisher’spage MONUMENT VALLEY

April is a perfect month to visit Monument Valley in northeastern Arizona. The weather is mild and the skies are typically clear - a wonderful combination for experiencing one of the most iconic geologic formations in the southwest. Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films, and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, “its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.” Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft above the valley floor. The area is part of the Colorado Plateau. The elevation of the valley floor ranges from 5,000 to 6,000 feet above sea level. The floor is largely siltstone of the Cutler Group, or sand derived from it, deposited by the meandering rivers that carved the valley. The valley’s vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide. The buttes are clearly stratified, with three principal layers. The lowest layer is the Organ Rock Shale, the middle is de Chelly Sandstone, and the top layer is the Moenkopi Formation capped by Shinarump Conglomerate. The valley includes large stone structures including the famed “Eye of the Sun”. The Mittens (bottom photo) buttes are among the most recognizable formations. Other formations such as the Three Sisters, Elephant Butte, and the Thumb are accessible via a A 17-mile scenic drive. The area features many trails, and guided and unguided hikes abound. While in the area, be sute to check out Antelope Canyon (top photo) - one of the most colorful slot canyons in the US. Monument Valley is approximately 300 miles from Phoenix. Kayenta is a good starting point - take I-17 north to Flagstaff, I-40 to US 89 north, and then US 160 east to Kayenta. Tuba City also makes a nice home base, while Chinle is the closest community to Canyon de Chelly. Remember, the area surrounding Monumnet Valley is sparsely populated. Towns dot the landscape, but are far apart. Cell service is questionable - so be sure to bring plently of water, food, flashlight and emergency supplies just in case. Welcome to Arizona. Nature has been kind to the Grand Canyon State. Get out there and explore some of our natural wonders. Enjoy your stay - we’re glad to have you!

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Travel the World Through

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an one see the whole world in a day? It would take a lot of money to literally travel the entire world, and no amount of money could make this a day’s journey. For those who may not have the time or funds to travel the globe, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) offers a solution. Travel the world through music! MIM, the world’s only global musical instrument museum, is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The 200,000-square-foot museum showcases the music, musical instruments, and more from cultures throughout the world. Displaying more than 6,500 instruments and associated objects, MIM has quickly become a favorite destination for families, music lovers, world travelers, and culture enthusiasts. In fact, the Musical Instrument Museum is ranked the area’s number one attraction by TripAdvisor! Utilizing state‐of-the‐art audiovisual technology, MIM allows guests to see the instruments at close range, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original cultural contexts. The bulk of MIM’s collection is organized into five Geographic Galleries that feature

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instruments from more than two hundred countries and territories. The museum’s curators travel around the globe collecting instruments to create displays that bring the world to MIM guests. MIM highlights also include the Artist Gallery, which displays instruments played by notable artists such as Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, Maroon 5, and more. A favorite space among museumgoers is the Experience Gallery where guests can actually touch, play, and hear an array of instruments such as banjos, a theremin, and a giant gong. So, to experience the world in a day, visit MIM. This one-of‐a‐kind experience is unique in the world. To plan your trip, visit MIM.org. AZ

MIM - Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard Phoenix, AZ 85050 480.478.6000 | MIM.org

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MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480-478-6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit MIM.org Concert: Jon McLaughlin: The Indiana Tour Saturday, April 8 | 7 & 9 p.m. Tickets: $20.50 - $28.50 Description: Singer-songwriter, Jon McLaughlin, was propelled into stardom with his Oscarnominated song, “So Close,” for the Disney film Enchanted.

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Concert: Suzy Bogguss Wednesday, April 19 | 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20 | 7 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $48.50 Description: Singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss was one of the prominent female singers on country radio with Feb hit songs 3 such as “Aces” and “Outbound Plane.”First Fridays (PHOENIX) Self-guided art tour of Concert: Afro-Cuban All Stars Phoenix galleries, Sunday, April 23 | 6central & 8 p.m. art spaces, studios, free Tickets: $38.50 - $48.50 shuttle rides, 6-10pm, Description: The world-renowned Afro-Cuban 602-256-7539. All Stars, led by bandleader Juan de Marcos González, pay tribute to Cuba’s popular music, marrying the past with the present.

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LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy great live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. ALL MONTH Taliesin West Guided Tours (SCOTTSDALE) Designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West offers enchanting evening tours as well as a range of daily tours from 1 to 3 hours long. Enter at 114th St. & Cactus Rd, 480-627-5340. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 800-782-1117.

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LIVE MUSIC THUR-SAT Live Music at Harold’s Corral (CAVE CREEK) Harold’s is THE place in Cave Creek, Arizona for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Enjoy live music every Thursday – Saturday, 480-488-1906. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Yellow Bird Production (SCOTTSDALE) Celebrate Native American culture every Friday and Saturday evening through dancing, stories and music with Yellowbird Productions. Talking Stick Resort in the Fire Garden (adjacent to the Pool), 6pm, free, 480-850-7777. SATURDAYS Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s Car Show (SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s”, this showcase of anywhere from 250 – 500 cars, and up to 150 motorcycles and choppers, is sure

to satisfy collectors, dreamers, and aficionados, alike, The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 4-8pm, 480-362-2700 for more information. FREE SUNDAY CONCERTS Sunday Concerts in Carefree (CAREFREE) The Town of Carefree invites you to attend these FREE concerts taking place in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at 101 Easy Street every Sunday from 1pm to 3pm! 480-488-3686. THROUGH MAY 31 John Coleman: Past/Present/ Future (SCOTTSDALE) Images of American Indians infused with the history and mythology of the American West have made John Coleman one of the nation’s most highly regarded contemporary artists. Exhibition at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539 for further details.

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 event calendar THROUGH APR 2 (SAT & SUN) Arizona Renaissance Festival (APACHE JUNCTION) Don’t miss the BEST Day Out in History featuring a 13-stage theatre, a 30-acre circus, an arts & crafts faire, a Jousting Tournament and a feast, all rolled into one non-stop, day-long, family adventure! Weekends, 10-6 pm, Rain or Shine, 520-463-2600, RenFestInfo.com. APR 1 Fountain Hills Music Fest (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy music and food trucks at Fountain Park from 4pm – 9pm, free, 480-816-5185. APR 7 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit & culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route, 6-10pm, 602-256-7539. APR 7 - 8 Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Helicopter Mine Tour (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Be one of the few to tour the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst mine. Your day will begin by meeting at Sami Fine Jewelry. Not only will you get to fly over the breathtaking views of Four Peaks, but you will also get to land at the mine and enjoy a private tour! Please call 480-837-8168 for reservations and pricing, limited availability. APR 8 7th Annual Dog Days of Glendale (GLENDALE) The Dog Days of Summer is the city’s annual canine celebration that will offer pet owners and their dogs a fun-filled morning! Murphy Park, 9am-1pm, 877-800-2601. APR 8 Phoenix Children’s Festival (PHOENIX) A one day outdoor festival featuring five zones of fun, food,

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interactive experiences and adventurous activities for children and families. CityScape, 10-6pm, $10, 602-529-2810. APR 8 Flavors of the West (LITCHFIELD PARK) Family-friendly atmosphere with great food, wine, entertainment, and outdoor activities. Area chefs will show off their culinary masterpieces in an event for foodies. Ticket price includes two hours of food sampling followed by two hours of fun and music, a kid’s zone and live performance. Downtown Litchfield Park, 2pm – 7pm, 623-223-1982. APR 8 - 9 Scottsdale Culinary Festival (SCOTTSDALE) Featuring cooking demonstrations by some of the nation’s top chefs, food from 40 local restaurants, a beer garden, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, family zone, wine garden, and a vodka lounge. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, $15 GA door, $45 Beer Garden, 480-945-7193. APR 8 - 9 Uncommon Markets (SCOTTSDALE) Find fabulous new things to wear, things to hang, things to give, things to share, things to eat, things to drink, things to entertain, things to enjoy! Be entertained by local musicians. Salt River Fields, 10-5pm, tickets, 480-448-9959. APR 11 Tuesday Talk: Cowgirl Up! Artists (WICKENBURG) A conversation with Cowgirl Up! artists. Noon in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center. Desert Caballeros Western Museum, FREE, Noon – 1:30pm, 928-684-2272. APR 15 41st Memorial Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt (PEORIA) There are candy hunts for eight different age groups and one for individuals with disabilities. Enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, make & take

crafts, face painting, carnival games, fun inflatables, and much more! Peoria Sports Complex, 8am – Noon, free with canned food, 623-773-7564. APR 21 Art Walk (CHANDLER) Fine art, dozen of local artists, free kids art activities, great eateries and unique shops. Historic Downtown Chandler, 6pm – 10pm, free, 480-855-3539. APR 22 Vintage Market Place (WICKENBURG) The Market place will showcase all things rustic, vintage and handmade. Shop artists and vendors from Wickenburg and surrounding areas. For location and times, call 928684-0977 or VisitWickenburg.com. APR 22 Great Southwest Cajun Fest (CHANDLER) Celebrating Cajun culture and handcrafted beer, the TALIESIN WEST event will showcase the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor plus live music. AJ Chandler Park, Noon – 9pm, $10, 602-276-2499. APR 22 - 23 The Mavericks Concert (SCOTTSDALE) Blending country, Latin and rockabilly influences, The Mavericks gained acclaim with 14 singles on the Billboard Country charts. Groove into hits like “Dance The Night Away” and “All You Ever Do in Bring Me Down.” The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 8pm, tickets 480-850-7734. APR 27 Wild on the Greens (PHOENIX) Join the Phoenix Zoo for Wild on the Greens Golf Tournament held at Talking Stick Golf Club’s North and South Courses. In addition to a fish bowl raffle, auction and prizes, guests will have a chance to meet some of the Zoo’s amazing animal ambassadors! To register, 602-286-3800 or phoenixzoo.org.

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Sedona Open Studios Tour April 28, 29 & 30

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he Sedona Annual Studio Tour has become known as a golden opportunity for art lovers to visit with professional artists in authentic working environments and to purchase art while enjoying the lush landscape of Sedona and the Verde Valley. It will be the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition’s (SVAC) 14th annual Open Studios Tour. This exciting, self-guided event is free and runs daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th. Past tour visitors report one of the distinct pleasures of shopping on the studio tour for their own collection or for gifts, is spending time with the wide variety of artists who offer a personal look at how and where a piece is made. Open Studios’ co-chair Mike Upp explains artists enjoy demonstrating their creative processes and, more importantly, making that special and personal connection with buyers and visitors alike. “For the visitor, the Tour experience invites the artwork to speak much more intimately to them as it provides an op-

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portunity to gain a deeper appreciation of the creative process,” says Upp, adding that a major appeal is the chance to buy gorgeous, one-of-a-kind and locally produced artwork direct from the artist.” Open Studios’ artists create in a widely diverse milieu including glass, ceramics, painting, mixed media, digital art, fiber, photography, jewelry, and watercolor, a testament to the flourishing diversity of the arts community. This year there will be over 50 studios participating in Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Cornville, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Camp Verde. Brochures with a complete list of participating artists, including a map, will be conveniently available at numerous locations around the Verde Valley, including hotels and restaurants. For complete information, including artists’ name and medium, studio locations, a downloadable map, and suggestions and ideas for planning a personalized tour, please go to the SVAC website: http://sedonaartistscoalition.org/ or contact, Mike Upp 503.789.4437 or mjupp10@gmail.com 23


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Sedona, Prescott + N Central AZ ALL MONTH Out of Africa Wildlife Park (CAMP VERDE) Experience a completely different view of wildlife where exotic animals from around the world roam in spacious habitats. And with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Open daily, 928-567-2840 (Coupon Page 61) MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches how to tap Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced prayer, meditation, mind/ body healing and creative thinking. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1-2:30pm, $15, to reserve a seat call 928-203-5353. TUESDAY - SATURDAY Live Entertainment at Timbers Lounge (PINETOP) Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center features 800 of the newest slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel

rooms. Enjoy FREE live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment & Dance at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live music, dancing & fun every Friday & Saturday night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT.

APR 8 First Saturday Art Walk (JEROME) Visit 30+ unique art studios and galleries featuring jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings, sculpture and more, 5-8 pm, 928-649-2277.

APR 5 – 9 Sedona Spring Music Festival (SEDONA) Magical music in the Red Rocks! Visit chambermusicsedona.org for tickets and performances.

APR 8 A Taste of Provence (SEDONA) Mix & mingle with 12 artists & craftsmen from Provence at Tlaquepaque during a fabulous day of cultural exchange. Taste delicious wines from the award winning wine country in Provence along with tasty little bites by a French chef. Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, 4-7pm, 928-2824838 for more details.

APR 7 Sedona Gallery Association 1st Friday Tour (SEDONA) Evening of openings, special guests, & artist receptions from 5pm-8pm. Ride the Sedona Trolley, w/continuous loops to the Gallery Row & Uptown, 800-288-7336.

APR 8 - 9 Oak Creek Arts & Crafts Shows (SEDONA) Village of Oak Creek, located on scenic Hwy 179, the Gateway to Sedona, take home your own personal piece of the Southwest. Oak Creek Factory Outlet Mall, 760985-7773.

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APR 15 Celebration of Spring (SEDONA) This is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! Inflatable toys for kids, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides, duck races and much more are included with the admission fee for the youth attendees. $5 for attendees 12 and younger. Multiuse Field at Posse Grounds Park, 9am-Noon, 800-288-7336. APR 21 Fleetwood Nicks/Women of Rock (PINETOP) This will be a fun show, half the show a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, half the show a tribute to the great women of rock! Conference Center at Hon-Dah Resort Casino, doors 7pm, show at 8pm, tickets and packages call 800929-8744. Must be 21 or older. APR 22 - 23 Chalk it Up! (PRESCOTT) ArizonaKEY.com

FREE, family-friendly, communitycentered, artistic endeavor intended to cultivate the creativity in people of all ages and abilities. Gather friends, bring your imagination and pick up a piece of chalk! National Bank of Arizona Parking Lot, 10-4pm, 800-266-7534. APR 23 The Phoenix Symphony (PRESCOTT) Tito Munoz leads the Phoenix Symphony in Franz Shubert’s final Symphony No. 9. Shubert’s “Great” Symphony is hailed for its majesty, difficult orchestration and grand scale. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 3pm, for tickets call 928-776-4255. APR 28 Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk (PRESCOTT) Showcasing regional & international photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry & wearable art! Meander the streets & courtyards

to discover a virtual feast for the eyes & soul. Various locations, 5pm-7pm, 800-266-7534. APR 28 – 30 Sedona Open Studios Art Tour (SEDONA) This 14th Annual free event is an opportunity to visit artists in their own work environments and gain a deeper understanding of the creative process, 10-5pm each day. (See Page 23 for more info) APR 28 – 30 2017 Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike Race (PRESCOTT) Join Epic Rides, the City of Prescott and our musical guests as they present a tide raising event for the American mountain bike scene. Participants plus spectators, friends, family, music fans and random wanderers will enjoy three days of event activities in Prescott’s picturesque downtown area, 520623-1584 or www.epicrides.com. 25


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Williams, Flagstaff + N AZ ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort & safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy the wildlife, from majestic bison & nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves & adorable bear cubs, 928-635-2289. ALL MONTH Meteor Crater (WINSLOW) Come and relive the intensity of the impact at Meteor Crater, located off Interstate 40 at Exit 233, 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Enjoy guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and Subway Sandwich shop. Save $5 off Two Adult Admissions with Ad on Page 71! 800-289-5898. ALL MONTH Visit Williams Arizona (WILLIAMS) A small town nestled in the

pine country of Arizona, Williams offers countless things to see and do. Route 66 history buffs can explore six blocks of historic buildings and shops. And wildlife devotees will discover a whole new world as they traverse the roads and trails through Bearizona Wildlife Park. experiencewilliams.com

APR 8 Discovery 2nd Saturday at MNA (FLAGSTAFF) Join MNA for kids’ programs, hands-on activities, and creative crafts. Programs included with admission and are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Radical Reptiles. Museum of Northern Arizona, 928-774-5213.

APR 1 Steam to the Grand Canyon (WILLIAMS) It’s Time To Get Fired Up! Steam is back at Grand Canyon Railway. Fueled by waste vegetable oil (WVO), driven by an iron will, powered by ingenuity. Ride the historic locomotive #4960 to the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon Railway, 800-843-8724.

APR 19 David Lindley Concert (FLAGSTAFF) The electro-acoustic performance combines folk, blues, and bluegrass with African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Coconino Center for the Arts, 7:30pm, tickets 928-779-2300.

APR 7 First Friday ArtWalk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music and entertainment, unique dining, meet artists & shop for artwork at galleries in historic downtown. 6-9 pm, free, 928-779-2300.

APR 22 Flagstaff Earth Day 2017 (FLAGSTAFF) Celebrate Earth Day in Flagstaff! Enjoy live bands, local food, vendors and exhibitors. Heritage Square, free, 11 am – 2 pm, 800379-0065.

Tucson + Southern AZ ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) Come experience Biosphere 2 for yourself and find out why Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 mustsee wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org. APR 2 Taste of Tubac (TUBAC) Fine foods from local area restaurants, wine tastings, silent auction, live music and dancing, all within the delightful setting of the Tubac Golf Resort, $50, 5-8pm, 520-398-8265. APR 7 – 9 ASUA Spring Fling (TUCSON) Check out the largest student-run carnival in the nation and experience th

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35+ rides, games, & 20 food booths! UA Campus East Mall, 520-621-5610. APR 7 - 9 Rose Tree Festival (TOMBSTONE) Celebrate the 132nd blooming of “the Shady Lady,” the World’s Largest Rose Tree. Saturday activities include an old-fashioned lunch box auction, Rose Tree Parade, music and more. Allen Street, 520-457-3326. APR 8 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) Over 30 participating shops and galleries, special sales, promotions, drawings, live entertainment and refreshments and artist’s receptions until 8pm, 520-432-3554. APR 20 – 30 Pima County Fair (TUCSON) Oldfashioned fair featuring attractions,

motorized events, concerts and staged entertainment, prize-winning animal exhibits, and finger-licking fair food. Explore carnival rides and midway games for thrill-seekers of all ages and sizes plus much more! Pima County Fairgrounds, 520-762-9100. APR 22 - 23 Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival (ELGIN) 20 Arizona Wineries in one location plus new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, food vendors, a professional two-day chili cook-off and live music. Kief-Joshua Vineyards, 11-5pm, 520-455-5582. APR 29 Rodders Day (TUCSON) Raffles, DJ, vendors and on-day entry awards. Rodders Day brings out the finest examples of street rods, lining the length of Fourth Avenue, 9-3pm, 520-991-3600.

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inter, Spring, Summer or Fall… no matter what time of year you visit the Valley of the Sun, there will be much to see and do. The Sonoran Desert ‘s natural beauty begins with rugged mountains, Saguaro cactus towering over adventure trails, and pink and orange sunsets you thought you only read about in Western novels. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World Famous Fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and

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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES Phoenix/Scottsdale/Central AZ 1. MIM – Explore an amazing collection of instruments from every country in the world and from the likes of Elvis, John Lennon, and many more at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Guests wear wireless headsets to hear the sounds of the instruments as they approach different displays. 480-478-6000. 2. WESTWIND AIR SERVICE – Find the Adventure in YOU! Come Fly With Us and experience the most beautiful locations in Arizona. With tours to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and even custom itineraries, Westwind is dedicated to helping you find the perfect tour that will fill your day with memories that will last a lifetime! 888-869-0866. 3. TALKING STICK RESORT – a luxurious Four-Diamond Scottsdale Resort where fun is limited only by your imagination. Enjoy Vegas-style entertainment, panoramic views at Orange Sky Restaurant, 36-holes of championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and fabulous live entertainment. 480-850-7777. 30 30

4. THE PHOENIX ZOO – The non-profit Phoenix Zoo is Home to more than 1,400 animals including more than 30 different endangered or threatened species from around the world. 602-286-3800. 5. RUSTY SPUR SALOON – Enjoy great live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. 6. SHOP TIL YOU DROP – Discover the finest in Native American Art and Jewelry at Gilbert Ortega Gallery - 480990-1808. Looking for unique southwest gift items? Visit Bischoff’s Shades of the West - 480-945-3289. Visit Sibley’s West in Chandler showcasing the unique gift items of over 200 Arizona Artists and Businesses! 480-899-4480.

Hot Air Balloon! Daily balloon flights available with Hot Air Expeditions 480-502-6999. 8. EXPLORE A DESERT MASTERPIECE – Frank Lloyd Wright began building Taliesin West in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Visitors can enjoy a broad range of guided public tours. 480-627-5340. 9. HORSEBACK RIDES – MacDonald’s Ranch is the premier horseback riding stable in the Valley of the Sun. Enjoy Trail Rides, Hayrides and Cookouts, Stagecoach Rides, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Western Games and more! 480-585-0239. 10. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. AZ

7. HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES – Embark on an unforgettable journey as you soar over the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a

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360 HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 haroldscorral.com Harold’s features the finest Choice hand carved steaks and daily delivered fresh seafood. All the BBQ meats are smoked on premise using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. The wide variety menu features everything from Salads, Steaks, Seafood, Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona.

VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • www.venetotrattoria.com Casual and moderately priced, Veneto Trattoria offers light, Northern Italian cuisine with a Venetian accent. Located in Hilton Village, the restaurant is known for its hand-fashioned pastas and gnocchi and luscious risottos. Menu highlights include Venetian-style squid, calves’ liver and dried salt cod, called baccala. An extensive wine list offers a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Enjoy dining on the patio or inside where the atmosphere let’s you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner 5-10pm.

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360 RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • www.rustyspursaloon.com Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon serves up great live country and western music daily. It’s located in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank and the walls are decorated with dollar bills, license plates and all kinds of American memorabilia. Lunch served daily from 11 - 4pm.

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360 HARD ROCK CAFE 3 South 2nd Street, Suite 117 Phoenix, AZ 85004 +1-602-261-7625 hardrock.com An electrifying vibe. Jaw-dropping memorabilia. And a legendary menu. Don’t miss this world-famous cafe in the heart of the action: Copper Square downtown Phoenix. Located at the corner of 2nd St. and Jefferson.

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360 BISCHOFF’S SHADES OF THE WEST 7247 Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-3289 • www.shadesofthewest.com Founded in 1971, Shades of the West continues to be the most unique shopping destination in Old Town Scottsdale. Featuring a wide variety of custom leather goods & jewelry, Minnetonka Moccasins, Southwestern foods, pottery from Mexico and much more. Bischoff’s Gallery features Southwest home décor, books and museum quality art.

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360 GILBERT ORTEGA GALLERY 3925 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 • 480-990-1808 Gilbert Ortega is a nationally recognized dealer of Native American Art and Jewelry that has been operating for over 50 years. Located in Old Town Scottsdale at Main Street & Scottsdale Road.

360 HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 • www.highsocietyresale.com Find exceptional women’s clothing and accessories from the finest homes in the Valley! Vast collection of jewelry including one-of-a-kind pieces of sterling silver and set stones from India, Indonesia and Nepal.

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ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Map B4 KIERLAND COMMONS A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale shopping, dining and entertainment in an urban setting. Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map J3 OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon, Gilbert Ortega, and The Great Australian Bakery. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4

THE SHOPS AT GAINEY VILLAGE A distinctive blend of upscale shops and boutiques like Ritzy Rags & Shoes, Diva plus trendy eateries and fine dining establishments. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Doubletree Ranch Rd / Scottsdale Map L4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4 SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Camelback / Scottsdale Map N3

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MACDONALD’S RANCH Conveniently located just 5 miles north of the 101 and Scottsdale Road. 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255

CALL (480) 585 - 0239 | www.macdonaldsranch.com Trail Rides (offering private, group or moonlight rides)* Hayrides and Cookouts* Stagecoach Rides* Western Town Ambience & Giftshop Pony Rides & Petting Zoo Western Games (like Steer head roping, Horeseshoe throwing, and much more!) *Call for pricing and availability.

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Custom Tours and Day Trips Throughout Beautiful Arizona!

t Destinations include Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Tombstone, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Apache Trail, Jerome, Bisbee & more! t Enjoy Scenic Drives, Historic Sites, Native American Ruins, Wine Tours, etc. t Flexible pickup options at many Metro Phoenix locations. t Family Friendly - DVD system on board - bottled water & cold drinks provided. t Private and semi-private tours for groups of all sizes. t Single day and overnight tours available - Contact us today!

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360 WESTWIND AIR SERVICE 888-869-0866 www.westwindairservice.com An experience of a lifetime! Find the Adventure in YOU! Come Fly With Us and experience the most beautiful locations in Arizona. With tours to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and even custom itineraries, Westwind is dedicated to helping you find the perfect tour that will fill your day with memories that will last a lifetime! 3 0 6 360 6 30

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360 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S TALIESIN WEST 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale, 85259 480-627-5340 www.franklloydwright.org Taliesin West in northeast Scottsdale is ranked one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West was a bold new concept for desert living. Guided public tours range from 1 to 3 hours long. Enter at 114th St. & Cactus Rd.

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Come explore the future of our planet. For the past ten years, the University of Arizona Biosphere 2 has been diving deeper, looking closer and advancing science on an unparalleled scale to better understand our changing planet. Come explore the world’s largest living research center. Come discover Biosphere 2.

Tours daily! Visit Biosphere2.org UA&Biosphere 2 Ten years exploring tomorrow.

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Life Gets Wild Here. Introducing new rides in the new Adventureland including an exhilarating 100 foot high Vertigo Swing, exciting family Roller Coaster, breathtaking Soaring Eagle Zip Line and a fun Flying Scooter. All centered around new exhibits featuring Bears, Buffalo, Javalinas, Bobcats, Mountain Lions, monkeys and more.

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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Carefree & Cave Creek 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-488-1906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS - The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP – There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek, except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences. 480-488-9047. 4. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique and authentic Victorian atmosphere. 480488-4812. 54

5. CAREFREE FARMERS MARKET – Open every Friday from 9am - 1pm during October - May. Artfully located under the Carefree Sundial located within the Desert Gardens. Features may include fresh, local, seasonal produce, herbs and flowers; locally made jams, jellies and salsas; fresh baked breads. 480-4883686. 6. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB - Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek - 480488-0398. 7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY – Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to come a bit closer. The steel kinetic wind sculpture turning in the breeze captures the attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757.

Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480488-2764. 9. THE SPA AT CAREFREE – Step inside, & enjoy exclusive services for men and women a full array of skin care therapies, aromatherapy, hair salon services and body treatments. Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 888-692-4343. 10. FRONTIER TOWN – Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in Arizona, and full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ

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MARCH 4 - SEPTEMBER 1 Sand Sculpture Exhibit by Renowned Artist Ray Villafane MARCH 17 - 19 Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival APRIL Free Sunday Concerts in Pavilion 1:00 - 3:00 pm The Town of Carefree welcomes visitors to our Carefree Desert Gardens which is open 365 days a year. Live Carefree!

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Glendale/West Valley 1. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK – Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 85 exhibits and the all new 15-acre Safari Park. See ad page 53 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 2. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT – Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, just East of the Loop 101 on Glendale Avenue. 623-385-7502. 3. WIGWAM RESORT – Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, superb spa, distinctive cuisine, 623935-3811. 4. BLAST OFF WITH SOME FAMILY FUN – Children, and grown-ups, alike, can enjoy simulated space missions, 56

interact with real NASA astronauts and learn all about the wonders of the cosmos at the Challenger Space Center. 480-488-1906. 5. ARIZONA SAILING ADVENTURES - Enjoy a scenic sailing cruise on a Catalina 22’ foot sailboat on Lake Pleasant! Soak up the Arizona sunshine, enjoy the beautiful desert scenery and unwind and relax on your vacation! 602-6161986 6. STROLL IN THE GARDENS – 1,000 cactus, trees and shrubs await you desert style, where you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour at Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the library to check out a listening wand, so you may learn the names of the foliage. 623-930-3596. 7. FOR THE “CHOC-O-HOLIC” IN ALL OF US – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday and a nonguided video tour anytime. 623-930-9000.

8. BOOTS AND BIKES – The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. 623-932-3811. 9. PACK A ROMANTIC PICNIC LUNCH – The crown jewel of Glendale’s park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with it’s historic ranch buildings and wonderful flora. 623-930-4200. 10. LAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK – One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun”, the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Turn off your mobile phone and unleash some family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ

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POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday--and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 800-266-7534 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all within close proximity to the parks, at-

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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Sedona 1. PINK JEEP TOURS – Pink Jeep’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 55 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. 800-8733662. 2. CLIFF CASTLE CASINO HOTEL – The entertainment destination on the way to Sedona is Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. Enjoy fun for the whole family including Bowling, Kid’s Quest, fabulous dining, newly renovated accommodations and of course great slot and table gaming. Voted Arizona’s #1 Casino 18 years in a row! 800-381-SLOT. 3. EXPOSURES INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF FINE ART – Enjoy a diversity of art including amazing bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic paintings, fine art jewelry, and an array of glass art. Exposures International Gallery has an impressive 20,000 square feet of art display that includes every style from classical to contemporary. 800-526-7668. 4. OAKCREEK COUNTRY CLUB – Oakcreek Country Club boasts a Robert Trent Jones 64

Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. This 18-hole championship golf course is nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks with views beyond compare. 888-284-1660. 5. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK – Watch exotic animals roam in spacious habitats plus exciting shows like Tiger Splash & Predator Feed. Use Promo code AZKEY17 for special savings. 928-5672840. 6. SEDONA ROUGE HOTEL & SPA – Unwind in spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and hotel suites. Feast upon modern cuisine and delicious comfort foods at REDS Restaurant. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at the luxurious Sedona Spa. Call 866-312-4111 today!

8. KACHINA HOUSE – Kachina House is the ultimate destination for authentic Native American art, artifacts, pottery and jewelry. Find Kachina dolls, Hopi Baskets, Hopi Kachina dolls, and so much more. 866-587-0547. 9. VERDE VALLEY BALLOONS – Enjoy panoramic views of the Verde Valley and surrounding areas during your balloon ride with Verde Valley Balloons located in Cottonwood. Reservations are required. Please call 928-756-3231 for an adventure of a lifetime! 10. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS – One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks, the Chapel rises two-hundred feet above ground surface between two red rock formations that accentuate its 90-foot tall cross. Must-see. AZ

7. SEDONA AIR TOURS – The most-trusted and well known helicopter and airplane tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jet-powered helicopter to view the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona, or fly to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Skywalk in an airplane. 888.866.7433. Mention KEY2017 for Special Savings.

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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Prescott 1. WHISKEY ROW – Whiskey Row is a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and people-watch. 2. SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM - Prescott is home of the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion built in 1864. The Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals. 928-445-3122. 3. HASSAYAMPA INN & HASSAYAMPA INN SPIRITS LOUNGE - A must for savvy travelers searching for a relaxing respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Yesteryear’s charm combines with today’s modern amenities to make the Hassayampa Inn a haven for sophisticated guests seeking a sense of pampered well-being. 928-778-9434. 4. PRESCOTT STATION Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located 66

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of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230.

5. CITY OF PRESCOTT LAKES - With kayak, canoe and bicycle rental at all three lakes via Prescott Outdoors, you’ll have no problem planning your outdoor escape to enjoy all the natural bounty that Northern Arizona has to offer. 928-9251410.

9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT – Don’t miss the Mile-High Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System, and the Greenways Trails System.

6. HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY - A non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Open year round, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. 877-778-6008.

10. ANTIQUE ROW - Browse and shop in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where specialty boutiques and interesting galleries offer shoppers a delightful diversion. This historic city has long been known as one of the West’s best places to shop for antiques. AZ

7. ANTELOPE HILLS GOLF COURSE - Features 36 holes of championship golf in the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona. At an elevation of 5,000 ft., the two courses sport bent grass greens and bluegrass. 928-777-1888. 8. THE SMOKI MUSEUM – This treasure documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety

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ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? Northern Arizona invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Grand Canyon – The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 GrandCanyonCVB.org Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumber men, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. experiencewilliams.com Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200

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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” 
— President Theodore Roosevelt ENJOYING THE SOUTH RIM Individual interests, available time, weather, and health considerations can influence your visit to the South Rim. Use the information available on the web site, www.nps.gov/grca/, to help plan your visit. Once you arrive in the park, read The Guide and talk with the rangers for up-to-the-minute information. Elevations along the rim vary from 6650 feet (2030 m) at Hermits Rest to more than 7400 feet (2260 m) at Desert View near the East Entrance. Summer temperatures are pleasant along the rim, but increase rapidly as you descend into the canyon. Low humidity makes for big temperature differences between day and night. The low humidity and high elevation also means that it is important to drink water frequently. Afternoon thundershowers are common in July, August, and early September. Windy conditions prevail in April and May. Snow may fall as early as November. Winter snowstorms continue into March. Many miles of roads along the rim feature numerous pullouts to enjoy the views. Hermit Road to Hermit Rest is open to private vehicles only from December through February. The free shuttle bus system provides a worryfree way to explore the developed areas of the rim. 70

The Rim Trail winds along the rim for more than 13 miles (21 km), much of it paved and suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. The Greenway, a broad, paved pathway suitable for hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchairs, leads two miles (3 km) from Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village. A separate segment heads east from Hermits Rest along the rim. The Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails descend steeply into the canyon. Rangers present programs—walks, talks, and evening presentations—throughout the year. All activities are free. Check in The Guide for programs during your stay. VISITOR CENTERS The National Park Service staffs several visitor centers on the South Rim. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. Grand Canyon Visitor Center Located near Mather Point The largest visitor center on the South Rim is a good stop for an introduction to Grand Canyon and for assistance in planning your visit.

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IN THE PARK An authorized concessioner provides a variety of lodging options within the park. Reservations should be made well in advance as facilities tend to be full for much of the year. Prices vary from approximately $70.00 to more than $400.00. Located at the bottom of Grand Canyon, Phantom Ranch offers overnight lodging in dormitories or individual cabins. Advanced reservations are required. Contact Xanterra Parks and Resorts, www. grandcanyonlodges.com, (888) 297-2757.

Verkamp’s Visitor Center East of El Tovar Hotel Housed in the former Verkamp’s Curios, displays tell the story of the South Rim community. Tusayan Museum 3 miles west of the East Entrance Exhibits provide a glimpse of the rich Native American cultures, both past and present. A short trail circles an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan village.

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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. METEOR CRATER – Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visitor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. 800-289-5898. See Ad Page 71 for Savings. 3. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoe-shaped bridge extending guests 70 feet past the canyon edge and providing an unparalleled view of this natural wonder. Tours also include other points of interest and unique canyon views. 928-769-2636. 4. WESTWIND AIR SERVICE – Find the Adventure in YOU! Come Fly With Us and experience the most beautiful locations in Arizona. With tours 74

to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and even custom itineraries, Westwind is dedicated to helping you find the perfect tour that will fill your day with memories that will last a lifetime! 888-869-0866. 5. GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM – 12 miles wide. One mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928-638-7888. 6. LOWELL OBSERVATORY – Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to sketch Mars or the telescope that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff offers guided tours, telescope viewings and more. 928-774-3358.

928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 800-999-2137 (Pink Jeep) 8. GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 – Whether it is through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we love to be connected to our love of the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 9. STEP BACK IN TIME – The Petrified Forest has plant and animal fossils going back over 200 million years. Some petrified logs found in the park measure over 190 feet! 928-524-6228. 10. TWIN ARROWS CASINO RESORT – Enjoy promotions, gourmet dining, excellent gaming, luxury guest rooms and more. Join the players club for special offers. Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Flagstaff, 855946-8946. AZ

7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy one of the new Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tours - a must do adventure!

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ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Bisbee – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe. 866-2BISBEE Tombstone – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888457-3929 Tubac – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio

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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Southern Arizona 1. BIOSPHERE 2 - UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Come experience Biosphere 2 for yourself and find out why Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Tours take you inside the world’s largest living research center dedicated to exploring future life on our planet. Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org 2. KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour. The Discovery Center features museums exhibits, a gift shop, theater and more. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 • www. azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/ 3. TUCSON ADVENTURES What better way to view the gorgeous landscape of Southern Arizona than from a Hot Air Balloon! Bring your camera for incredible photos. After your magic carpet ride enjoy a champagne toast! FAA Certified Pilots & Hot Air Balloons. 1-800-742-2556 • tucsonadventures.com

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4. TUMACÁCORI NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 • www.nps. gov/tuma/

8. COLOSSAL CAVE Explore the ancient crystal cave which is on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful cave formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 • colossalcave.com

5. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion, zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains adjacent to Saguaro National Park (West). Enjoy 21 scenic acres and live animal presentations. 520-883-2701 • desertmuseum.org

9. EXPLORE TUBAC Located 45 miles south of Tucson, Tubac offers scenic high desert vistas, art galleries, restaurants, year-round golf, hiking, camping and more. The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park includes a Visitor Center, museum, an archaeological exhibit, a picnic area, and a trailhead for the Anza Trail. 520-3982704 • www.tubacaz.com

6. MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC A National Historic Landmark, this “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson. 520-294-2624 • www.sanxaviermission.org

10. O.K. CORRAL TOMBSTONE Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Reenacted daily at 2pm 520-4573456 • okcorral.com AZ

7. PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Where history takes flight! Tour one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced. 520-574-0462 • pimaair.org

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corner Arizona Visitors Ask…? BY JOHNNY FENTON, M.A. CONCIERGE, OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL RESORT

Q. What are some restaurants you recommend for guests with specific dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergen sensitivity) traveling in Arizona? A. No nuts, no milk—no problem! Travelers needn’t have their business trip or vacation derailed because of food allergies or dietary restrictions—just ask your concierge for suggestions. (Clarification: This column is not written for the picky eater who “won’t eat anything that’s yellow or looks like animal reproductive organs. They have their own support group PEAS (Picky Eater Adult Support! I kid you not.) But 15 million Americans alone have food allergies. First, anyone with a serious restriction should scout out Allergy Eats, a website and smart phone app which is a peer-reviewed restaurant directory of over 800,000 restaurants. Arizona is home to all their top five chain restaurants rated. They are: Chipotle, P.F. Chang, Red Robin, Outback and Mellow Mushroom. And of course, the chefs at most fine dining restaurants strive to accommodate all guests’ healthrelated dining issues. But when you get overwhelmed with the choices on the internet, seek out the concierge for secret places and personal stories. The following are a select few of the local offerings that guests have raved about to our concierges. Edamame and education on the same plate? Flagstaff’s 1899 Bar & Grill in Northern Arizona on the NAU campus in the historic Union building takes its name and the inspiration for its American Bistro menu from the founding date of the University. The menu features many Southwestern dishes and supports the University’s hospitality program providing employment to its servers. 1899 B&G has an historic ambience with its original copper fireplace. The menu though limited, features a grilled cheese of the week while the Red Pepper Gouda Soup and Fried Cauliflower are favorites among regulars. www.1899barandgrill.com The metro Phoenix area in Central Arizona dishes up a galaxy of choices for the food sensitive among which are the Herb Box and The Greene House. The Herb Box in its three locations has been feeding people good nutritious whole foods since 1995 before it became a trend. Many items are gluten-free. The restaurant carries cage-free eggs, and hormone-free natural meats. My pick for ambiance is the South Bridge location with an enormous patio on the lake at 7134 E. Stetson Drive. A favorite on Susan Wilcox’s weekend brunch menu is the cinnamon buckwheat pancakes.www.theherbbox.com Another great choice for patio dining in this ideal Spring weather is the craftsmen-style Greene House, a cottage in Scottsdale where California-inspired cuisine is heartily consumed in this natural setting. The menu has several gluten-free options, organic produce and GMO-free protein offerings. The Butternut Squash Agnolotti, the Yellow-Tail Sashimi and the Sour Cherry Warm Brie are popular dishes. www.foxrc.com/restaurants/the-greene-house.

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Tucked in the town of Lake Havasu City in Western Arizona is a must-experience stop for the vegetarian in your crowd and all others. Famed for over 30 types of grilled cheese sandwiches, 30 varieties of loose tea and 30 microbrew choices, The Brew Shack has an enthusiastic following. This café celebrates “Cheap Food. Good Times. Unusual People” and has a Pay It Forward outreach to those temporarily down on their luck. Their Vegetable Delight Hummus and Grilled S’mores Panini are addictive, folks say. www.thebrewshack-az.com [For another alternative universe experience, the folks at the restaurant want you to check out the Waterless Boat Race at Havasu 95 Speedway on April 22, if you’re in town.] Not the Gobi, the Kalahari or the Sahara but our Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona is far from a wasteland of dining options for its guests. In fact, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) placed Tucson in the international spotlight for its thriving culinary scene; rich agricultural history and its potential to incubate sustainable food-related businesses, by designating it their first City of Gastronomy in the U.S. in the Spring of 2016. One restaurant worth traveling to the eastside of Tucson for is Renee’s Organic Oven, a locally sourced eatery since 2005 of friendly faces that offers a creative menu for those seeking healthy dining with many gluten free and vegan options. I love their vegetable tarts and gluten-free bundt cakes. And I make their Roasted Pumpkin, Apples, Cranberries with Quinoa dish every fall! www.ReneesOrganicOven.com. AZ

Johnny Fenton—a 38-year resident of Arizona, is past President of the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, member of the National Concierge Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A.

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Gilbert Ortega Jr. carries on his father’s appreciation of Native and Southwestern cultural achievements. View an eclectic collection of some of the most impressive works of art and discover an array of vintage/contemporary handmade jewelry, hand-woven tapestries in eye catching dimensions, unique hand crafted furniture, exquisitely hand-carved Hopi kachinas to a variety of so much more. Carefully examining each piece he buys measuring excellence Gilbert Ortega Gallery and authenticity, president, Gilbert Ortega Jr strongly believes that Old Town Scottsdale the art goes beyond the item itself, recognizing each piece to be 3925 N Scottsdale Rd of spiritual expression. Buyer beware, unfortunately, there are Scottsdale, AZ 85251 still “fly-by-night” imitators. However, Gilbert Ortega Gallery is a 480-990-1808 name that you can trust. AZ

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