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ttention Snow Lovers... Arizona has plenty of the white, fluffy stuff! This seems to shock many people. But in fact, we do get snow and Flagstaff is one of the best places to enjoy winter activities. Whether you’re looking to ski, snowboard, sled, build a snowman, or make snow angels, a trip up north must be on your itinerary. For those who wish to ski and snowboard, the Arizona Snowbowl is located fourteen miles outside of Flagstaff, Arizona on the San Francisco Peaks. The resort is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day. This ski and snowboard paradise boasts 40 different runs, all of varying difficulty. The ski resort receives about 260 inches of snowfall every year. There are six lifts at the park: four traditional, arial lifts, and two surface level conveyer belts. The usual season (how long one can ski/snowboard at the park) is from mid-December to mid-April. The base elevation at Snowbowl is 9,200 feet and the highest summit reaches 1,500 feet! Arizona Snowbowl has a ski and snowboard school for people of all ages. www.arizonasnowbowl.com Wiing Mountain Snow Play Area is the place to be if you love to go sledding or simply enjoy the snow. Wing Mountain Snow Play Area is set on about 40 acres composed of natural cinder hills in Coconino National Forest that make for GREAT sledding. On top of sledding there is also plenty of space to build a snowman and make snow angels! Only plastic sleds and tubes are allowed for safety reasons. Snow conditions aree updated on the Wing Mountain Snow Play Area Facebook page at www.facebook. com/WingMountain/. Wing Mountain may close suddenly due to reaching maximum capacity. When vehicle capacity is reached, the gates are closed without advanced notice. You may find other sledding and snow play opportunities at Crowley Pit at mile marker 233 or Fort Tuthill County Park, located at exit 337 on I-17 before Flagstaff. Wing Mountain Snow Play Area sells sleds on site, however bringing your own is highly recommended. Food and drink vendors are setup at Wing Mountain on weekends and Porta John restrooms are available. snowplayaz.com Regardless of which Snowy Adventure you choose, be sure to dress appropriately for extreme winter conditions by wearing warm hats, gloves, shoes, coat, etc. And remember, hydration is key at high elevations. See you on the slopes! AZ


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Welcome to January in Arizona, a time and place that offers something for everyone. If you’re visiting from the Midwest, Northeast, Canada, or other parts cold, snowy, and gloomy, then metro Phoenix and Tucson offer you blue skies, sunshine, heated swimming pools, nature trails, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and tall, cool drinks. If you’re still in the Holiday Spirit and need a fix of snow and winter activities, then Northern Arizona can help. The scenic cities of Prescott and Sedona may have a light dusting on the distant mountains and red rocks, while skiers, snowboarders, and sledders will find plenty of the white stuff in Flagstaff. The Grand Canyon in winter is stunning - get there if you can.


Golfers rejoice. PGA Tour golf returns to the Valley of the Sun for the 82nd playing of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, the tournament tees up January 30th through February 5th at TPC Scottsdale. Last year’s tournament shattered attendance records on Friday (160,415) and Saturday (201,003), pushing the weeklong attendance mark to 618,365 enthusiastic fans. A sea of golf buffs had a lot to be excited about, as fan-favorite, Rickie Fowler, took on eventual champion, Hideki Matsuyama, in a thrilling four-hole playoff for the title on Sunday just before sundown. See page 18 for more information. Fear not baseball fans... Cactus League Spring Training is almost here too! The first pitch is tentatively scheduled for late February. It’s going to be a huge year with both World Series teams (Cubs and Indians) kicking off Spring Training 2017! Welcome to Arizona! This issue features some of the best experiences offered throughout the Grand Canyon State. It is my hope that you can experience the beauty of Arizona and the hospitality of our people while you’re in town. On behalf of everyone at Arizona KEY Magazine, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

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he Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Jan. 30 - Feb. 5, Community is coming back to TPC 2017 at TPC Scottsdale January 30-February 5 for the Scottsdale 82nd edition of The People’s Open. Last year’s tournament shattered attendance records on Friday (160,415) and Saturday (201,003), pushing the weeklong attendance mark to 618,365 enthusiastic fans. A sea of golf buffs had a lot to be excited about, as fan-favorite, Rickie Fowler, took on eventual champion, Hideki Matsuyama, in a thrilling four-hole playoff for the title on Sunday just before sundown. Matsuyama is expected to return to defend his title, but he will be tested by what is traditionally one of the strongest fields on tour. Beloved former Sun Devil and three-time WM Phoenix Open winner, Phil 18

Mickelson, will look to make his 28th consecutive start at TPC Scottsdale, along with an outstanding group of PGA TOUR stars such as two-time Major winner, Bubba Watson, two-time runner up Rickie Fowler and a host of some of the world’s top players. Tournament play begins Thursday, February 2, but there’s no shortage of entertainment earlier in the week. The Monday Pro-Am begins kicks off the festivities, followed by the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day and Outfront Media Special Olympics Open on Tuesday. The ever-popular Annexus Pro-Am begins on Wednesday, showcasing

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a star-studded lineup of local entertainers, celebrities, rock stars and professional athletes teamed up with their favorite PGA TOUR pros. After Wednesday’s Pro-Am, the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory pits the Pro-Am competitors and other celebrities in a closest-to-the-pin contest for a chance at $1 million for a charity of their choice. Think the fun is over when the last putt drops? Think again. When the sun goes down over TPC Scottsdale, things heat up across the street at the Coors Light Birds Nest, a four-night music extravaganza Wednesday through Saturday that attracts some of the biggest names in music spanning all musical genres. January 30 - February 5 See for yourself why the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open is a can’t-miss event. For more For more information information or tickets visit www.WMPhoenixOpen.com. AZ or tickets visit www.WMPhoenixOpen.com



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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: John Paul White Tuesday, January 10 | 7 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $48.50 Description: Former member of the GRAMMYwinning duo the Civil Wars, John Paul White has a voice that “was meant to be heard on its own.” Concert: Ladysmith Black Mambazo Monday, January 16 | 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 17 | 7 p.m. Tickets: $53.50 - $73.50



Description: The iconic a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo blends traditional South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of gospel music. Concert: An Evening with George Winston Monday, January 30 | 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 31 | 7 p.m. Tickets: $33.50 - $38.50 Description: American pianist George Winston is a true original and one of the most recognized performers playing contemporary instrumental music in the world.


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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. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 800-782-1117. 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. ArizonaKEY.com

SUNDAYS Sunday Football Viewing Parties (SCOTTSDALE) Watch the game in HD quality every Sunday throughout the season at Talking Stick Resort’s Blue Coyote Cantina. This modern hot spot will offer irresistible food and drink specials in conjunction with Sunday’s slate of games, 480-850-7777. THROUGH JAN 7 Glendale Glitters (GLENDALE) Experience the magic of traditional old town holiday atmosphere with about 1.5 million holiday lights throughout a 16-block area that includes the Old Towne and Catlin Court Districts. Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th & Glendale Avenues, every night 5 pm – 10 pm, free. Jan 7 - Glitter & Glow Block Party to celebrate last evening, 623-930-2299. THROUGH JAN 8 Phoenix ZooLights (PHOENIX) Celebrating 25 years! ZooLights

shines with millions of lights, a three-story lighted tree, hundreds of glimmering light displays, & lakeside Music-in-Motion shows! Phoenix Zoo, 5:30pm-10:30pm, 602.286.3800. THROUGH JAN 8 Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus (CHANDLER) Enjoy an ageold Italian tradition in an intimate tent setting featuring a one-ring circus with amazing acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowns and plenty of audience participation. Chandler Center for the Arts, tickets 480-782-2680. THROUGH JAN 29 Lights of the World (CHANDLER) A unique international lantern arts festival with 11 overarching exhibits and 75 stunning displays. Over 30 Carnival rides and games, a daily performance showcasing acrobatics, dance, and music concerts. Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, tickets and more info 480-502-5600. 21

 event calendar 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. JAN 1 The Hamptons Show (FORT MCDOWELL) Playing a wide variety of dance and party favorites ranging from today’s latest hits to the oldies everyone knows by heart. Fort McDowell Casino, 6pm – 10pm, 1-800-THE-FORT. JAN 6 Night of the Three Kings (PHOENIX) Celebrate Noche de Reyes Magos! Featuring a traditional celebration including activities, mariachis and a chance to visit with the Three Kings. A lighted pathway of luminarias will guide you to the Neely Center where the Three Kings will be and all activities will take place. Phoenix Zoo, 5:30pm-8:30pm, 602.286.3800. JAN 6 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces and on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route, 6-10pm, 602-256-7539 for more information. JAN 7 Lunar Bingo (FORT MCDOWELL) Come out for Great Music, Giveaways, Dance Contests, and Cash Prizes! Fort McDowell Casino, starts at Midnight, 1-800-THE-FORT. 22

JAN 7 Glendale Glitter & Glow Block Party (GLENDALE) Glow, baby, glow! Take in the stunning 1.5 million lights along with more than 20 hot air balloons glowing brightly amidst the trees throughout 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. Enjoy live music and delicious foods. Murphy Park, free, 4-10 pm, 623-930-2299. JAN 7 The Grand Wine Festival (PHOENIX) 30+ wineries will be pouring over 150 wines. The festival offers wine tasting and sales by the glass, bottle, and case. Enjoy music, wine seminars, a small selection of vendors, and an auction. Heritage Square, 11-7pm, $20, 520-261-4421. JAN 7 Dave Mason Concert (SCOTTSDALE) Known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Dave Mason will highlight his 1970 album Alone Together, that featured fan favorite “Only You Know and I Know.” The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 8pm, tickets 480-850-7734. JAN 13 – 15 Sculpture & Wine Festival (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Thunderbird Artists, award-winning producer of juried fine art and wine festivals in Arizona, will be showcasing sculptors from across the globe. Avenue of the Fountains, 10am – 5pm, $3 entry fee, 480-837-5637. JAN 13 – MAR 26 Arizona Fine Art EXPO (SCOTTSDALE) Produced by the Thunderbird Artists, experience the creative process as it happens. Home to 100 artists’ studios, a cafe, artists’ marketplace and a sculpture garden! Open Daily, 10am – 6pm, Jomax & Scottsdale Rd by MacDonald’s Ranch, Expo Season Pass $10, $8 for Military & Seniors, 12 and under Free, 480-837-5637.

JAN 14 – 15 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, 480-270-5000. JAN 14 – 15 25th Annual Native American Fine Arts Festival (LITCHFIELD PARK) Native American artists including traditional and contemporary Native American jewelry, pottery, basketry, weaving, katsinas, painting, and beadwork. Enjoy Native American art, entertainment & learning opportunities. Litchfield Park Town Center, 10-5 pm, tickets, 623-935-9040. JAN 14 - 15 Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon (PHOENIX) Known for live music and excitement, the Rock ‘n’ Marathon Arizona is a relatively flat course that runs through three of the Southwest’s most scenic cities – Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, 800-311-1255. JAN 14 – 22 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction (SCOTTSDALE) The largest, most prestigious antique/classic car auction in the world. Featuring classic and oneof-a-kind vehicles to exotics and muscle cars. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 480-421-6694. JAN 14 – MAR 26 27th Annual Celebration of Fine Art (SCOTTSDALE) Visit 100 Artists’ Studios in Less Than One Day! See work in all mediums, including sculpture, paintings, jewelry, glass blowing, photography, furniture and more. Open Daily 10 am - 6 pm, located on the SW corner of Hayden Rd and Loop 101 Scottsdale, $10, 480-443-7695.

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 event calendar JAN 15 Styx Concert (SCOTTSDALE) “Come Sail Away” with Styx when they perform in The Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 8pm, tickets 480-850-7734. JAN 18 – 22 Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction (SCOTTSDALE) The primary destination for automobile enthusiasts to buy and/or sell the very best in European Sports, American Muscle, Hot Rods, and Customs. Featuring signature “Auction in the Round” format, and will offer 5 days of Auction excitement and over 800+ classic cars. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 9am, 602-252-2697. JAN 19 – 22 Silver Car Auction (FORT MCDOWELL) Silver has skillfully established a solid reputation for auctioning affordable collector cars in this January-in-Arizona extravaganza. This year at Fort McDowell is Silver’s 20th year for the Arizona flagship auction. 600 Cars Expected. Gates open at 8am all days. Fort McDowell Casino, We-Ko Pa Resort & Conference Center, tickets $20, 800-255-4485.

JAN 20 Talking Stick Food Truck Roundup (SCOTTSDALE) Gourmet food trucks from around the state will serve up some of your favorite eats. Courtyard Marriott, 5201 N Pima Road, 11-2pm, 888-979-5010 for additional information. JAN 20 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 for more details. JAN 20 – 21 Gooding & Company Collector Car Auction (SCOTTSDALE) Enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the high-quality assortment of vehicles up for auction and connect with Gooding & Company’s top-notch staff and fellow collectors. Located adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square and charming Old Town Scottsdale, 310-899-1960.

JAN 20 – 22 Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival (CAREFREE) Thunderbird Artists spectacular show of over 165 nationally acclaimed and award winning artists plus wine tasting and entertainment. Easy & Ho Hum Streets, 10 am – 5pm, $3 entry fee, wine tasting ticket with souvenir glass $10, 480-837-5637. JAN 20 – 22 Cave Creek Indian Market (CAVE CREEK) Celebrates the colorful history and rich heritage of the Southwest with a diverse gathering of Native American, Spanish and Southwestern fine artists and craftsmen plus entertainment. Stagecoach Village, 10-5pm, free admission and parking, 623-734-6526. JAN 30 – FEB 5 Phoenix Open (SCOTTSDALE) The Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community is coming back to TPC Scottsdale for the 82nd edition of The People’s Open. For more info and tickets visit wmphoenixopen.com. (See Cover Story Page 18)



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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) ALL MONTH Live Music at REDs (SEDONA) Acclaimed for its lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live entertainment daily, 6-9pm, 928-282-5321. MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches how to understand and tap Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced prayer, meditation, mind/body healing and outside the box 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 and fun every Friday & Saturday night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT. THROUGH JAN 2 World’s Largest Gingerbread Village (PRESCOTT) Enjoy a fantastical village of more than 100 delicious


structures in the lobby of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, free for viewing 24/7, 800-266-7534. JAN 5 National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (PRESCOTT) Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire). Sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France. (Satellite broadcast). Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 6pm, tickets 928-776-4255. JAN 6 Sedona Gallery Association 1st Friday Tour (SEDONA) An evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations from 5pm-8pm. Ride the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to the Gallery Row & Uptown locations, 800-288-7336 for further details. JAN 7 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.

JAN 14 - 15 Sedona VegFest (SEDONA) A twoday celebration of the joys of plantbased eating. Participants will sample delicious food, watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and learn from some of the top plant-based nutrition, lifestyle and healthcare experts in the nation. Sedona Performing Arts Center, tickets and info 928-821-6754 or healthyworldsedona.com. JAN 20 Diamond Rocks (PRESCOTT) Barrie Cunningham brings the magic of Neil Diamond to the stage with his incredible look and precise vocals. Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 7pm, tickets 928-777-1370. JAN 21 Met Opera: Roméo et Juliette (PRESCOTT) A special encore performance of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. The electrifying team of Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunites for a new production of Gounod’s opera based on the Shakespeare play. (Satellite broadcast). Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 10:55am, tickets 928-776-4255.

JAN 13 Journey Unlimited Show (PINETOP) Tribute to the music of Journey at Hon-Dah Resort Casino, doors 7pm, show at 8pm, tickets and more info call 800-929-8744. Must be 21 or older.

JAN 22 The Phoenix Symphony (PRESCOTT) Music Director Tito Munoz leads a distinctly American program dedicated to the late composer, conductor, educator, and humanitarian Leonard Bernstein. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 3pm, tickets 928-776-4255.

JAN 14 The Garth Guy (PRESCOTT) A third-generation country musician/ singer/songwriter, Dean Simmons presents a respectful and incredibly accurate tribute to country music icon Garth Brooks. Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 7pm, tickets 928-777-1370.

JAN 27 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.


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Williams, Flagstaff + N AZ ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Experience wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy the wide variety of 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 73! 800-289-5898. ALL MONTH Twin Arrows Casino Resort (FLAGSTAFF) Tucked within a

picturesque view of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, enjoy gourmet dining, excellent gaming, luxury guest rooms and more. Enjoy live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Twin Arrows Casino Resort, just east of Flagstaff, 855-946-8946. JAN 3 Quadrantid Meteor Shower (FLAGSTAFF) Family-friendly activities designed to teach visitors about the cause of meteor showers at 6 pm. Learn about the source of the Quadrantid Meteor Shower and get viewing tips during a lecture at 7 pm. Lowell Observatory, 928-774-3358. JAN 6 First Friday ArtWalk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music and entertainment, unique dining, meet local artists and shop for local artwork at galleries in historic downtown. 6-9 pm, free, 928-779-2300.

JAN 14 Martin Sexton in Concert (FLAGSTAFF) Known for blending many genres including soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B. Coconino Center for the Arts, 6pm, tickets 928-779-2300. JAN 16 School is Out and Kids are FREE (FLAGSTAFF) School is out and kids 17 and under are free until 5pm. Family-friendly, astronomy-themed programs and activities from 10–5pm. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Lowell Observatory, 928-774-3358. JAN 21 Flagstaff BrewHaHa (FLAGSTAFF) BrewHaHa will feature over 50 local, regional, and western breweries and over 100 different craft beers. There will be live music featuring Flagstaff’s Giant Steps Jazz. High Country Conference Center, 2pm – 6pm, $40 advance, $45 day of, 928-853-4292.

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. JAN 11 - 15 Wings Over Willcox (WILLCOX) Come out and hike in the Sky Islands, spotting wildlife, or just enjoying the outdoors in Cochise County. See all the winged winter migrants that visit the area, and to see the other wildlife and other natural wonders, 520-384-2272. JAN 12 - 22 Tucson Jazz Festival (TUCSON) The 2017 lineup features George


Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tower of Power, John Pizzarelli, Storm Large, Kamasi Washington and more. Artists will perform at downtown Tucson hotspots like The Rialto Theatre and The Fox Tucson Theatre. For lineup and tickets visit tucsonjazzfestival.org.

JAN 20 – 21 Dillinger Days (TUCSON) The Historic Hotel Congress commemorates the capture, in Jan 1934, of “America’s Most Wanted” gangster John Dillinger, with a whiskey tasting, historical reenactments, & live music, 800-722-8848.

JAN 14 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) 30+ shops and galleries, special sales, promotions, drawings, live entertainment and refreshments and artist’s receptions until 8pm, 520-432-3554.

JAN 27 23rd Annual Collector Car Show (TUBAC) More than 400 collector cars, vintage cars among those to be featured. Tubac Golf Resort, 10-3pm, 520-885-6630.

JAN 14 Tubac Home Tour (TUBAC) Tubac Center of the Arts presents the annual Home Tour of Tubac area homes featuring unique and historic buildings as well as contemporary and custom designs, $30-35, 10-4pm, 520-398-2371.

JAN 28 Tombstone at Twilight (TOMBSTONE) Enjoy shopping, dining, entertainment and a free evening gunfight by Blood at Dusk Gunfighters. Walk along the wood boardwalk with the old gas lamp lighting your way, Allen St., 888-457-3929.

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ot Air Expeditions and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), two of Arizona’s most popular attractions, have collaborated to offer a spectacular fun-filled package, appropriately named Balloons & Tunes! Your half-day excursion begins at sunrise with the hot air ballooning experience of a lifetime from Hot Air Expeditions, where you are treated to soaring over the stunning Sonoran Desert for your 60-90 minute flight. While in flight, your FAA-certified pilot navigates the winds to provide you with one-of-a-kind breathtaking views of Arizona from a variety of altitudes. You will float from within feet of the ground, viewing local wildlife and plant life that are out for the day, as well as up to 5,000 feet in the air for a stunning overview of the valley. Upon landing, a lovely table complete with linens and china awaits you in the heart of the desert for your scrumptiously prepared champagne breakfast catered by the award-winning Vincent’s on Camelback Restaurant. The presentation of commemorative flight certificates caps off the morning ballooning experience, providing guests with a piece of the adventure that just ensued. After your ballooning experience, guests are shuttled from the desert to the #1 TripAdvisor Attraction in Phoenix, the Musical Instrument Museum, where the second part of your adventurous day begins. With vouchers for admission and lunch in tow, guests embark on a musical journey using wireless technology for a self-guided tour that is entertaining, interactive, and engaging. MIM showcases over 6,500 instruments and objects from 200 countries and territories, and with the audio and video segments, you will hear, see, and feel the creative spirit of the musicians as they play their instruments. Within the museum, there are exhibits that pay tribute to musicians who have touched the lives of many, and feature an expansive collection of instruments from famous performers such as Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, and more in the Artist Gallery. The Experience Gallery is another can’t miss stop at MIM where you can play unique instruments from around the world. Wrap the day up with lunch in MIM’s award-winning Café Allegro, which serves a menu of great-tasting global and local foods prepared daily, using fresh ingredients, followed by return transfers. Balloons & Tunes Packages start at $235 per person and can be booked with Hot Air Expeditions at (800) 831-7610 or HotAirExpeditions.com. AZ




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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


concerts make Fountain Hills/ Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 AZ

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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

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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.

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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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THE HALL OF FLAME is 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.

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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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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

8. CAVE CREEK MUSEUM – Started in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave

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JANUARY 20 - 22 Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival FEBRUARY 10 - 12 Carefree Artisan Gifts and Chocolate Festival 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. UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM - Home of the NFC Champions Arizona Cardinals, and is also adjacent to Westgate City Center. Call for special events or take a tour of this massive stadium. 623433-7100. 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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You’ll Love Every Minute Glendale & Arizona’s West Valley It is more than a perfect blend of the old and the new, the wild and the tame, the luxurious and the rustic. With so much to see and do, you’ll love every minute of your visit. Call us for your personalized itinerary at 623.930.4500.

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aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.

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-


tractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ

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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 17 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. 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. 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.

8. THE ART & SOUL OF SEDONA – Tasteful galleries and unique shops live in harmony at Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh), nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek. Wander, shop, eat, drink & refresh the body and soul. 928-282-4838. 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

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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. 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 restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-956-6123 or flagstaffarizona.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 lumbermen,


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 AZ

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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 73 for Savings. 3. 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. 4. 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 itinerar74

ies, 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. 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! 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. 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. AZ

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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


State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704 Tucson – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ

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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/ (pictured right) 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


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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Q. How can we learn some of the interesting history and myths of the Southwest in a short visit to Arizona? A. Some say the universe is made up of stories, not atoms. Stories are how we learn. They are the currency of human contact—what defines a region. Often our guests become full or part time residents and along the way, ask us to be lifestyle coaches imparting a sense of place as a partial determinant in their decision to relocate here. Others have only a short visit in which they wish to get the “thumbprint” of the area. These are entertaining shortcuts we suggest. A recent visitor’s excitement over the purchase of a Navajo Storyteller doll in the Hubbell Trading Post at the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona is a good place to start this column. The retired teacher, an avid collector of these dolls, recounted her joy in visiting the oldest continuously operating trading post in the U.S. to find this large-eyed, wide–mouthed effigy wearing the tribe’s distinctive squash-blossomed necklace and appearing to “teach her culture through a story.” The modern pottery dolls originated in the pueblos of New Mexico with their open mouths and surrounded by figures of children who must learn life’s lessons from this mother figure. Sometimes the dolls are animals with their babies. The more children, the higher the price with some figures valued over $1,000. The spiritual stories of the Hopi people are told by their Kachina (katsina) Dolls nowhere more enchantingly displayed than in the Goldwater Collection of over 400 dolls in the Phoenix Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art in Central Arizona. Carved from the root of the Cottonwood trees, the first Kachinas were found by traders in 1857. The dolls, given to children as teaching tools are unique to the pueblo tribes of Arizona and New Mexico and reveal lessons about the spirits that live on the mesas. Inquire at the desk about docent-lead tours. Open Daily www.heardmuseum.org Another great resource are the field guides that wrangle the jeep tours. And Donovan Hanley with Detours of Arizona, a native of the Bit’hochee who grew up on the Navajo reservation will give an unparalleled tour of the legendary Four Corners landmarks. www.detoursaz.com The Arizona Historical Society is a treasure trove of Arizona’s ancient and modern history statewide with locations in four Arizona cities; Flagstaff, Tempe, Yuma and Tucson. arizonahistoricalsociety.org These museums are located in historic homes and adjacent to the University of Arizona campus and offer free guided tours for the price of admission. A favorite for those who love haunted history is the evening Ghost Trolley Tour in Yuma which starts at the 19th century Victorian Sanguinetti House in this Western Arizona town. Hear hair-raising stories of murder and mayhem from Yuma’s Gold Rush era and early Southern Pacific


Railroad robberies. The $30 fee is an exception to the other free tours but well worth the time capsule experience narrated by ghost hunter Dennis Quesenberry. Included in the 2-hour prowl is a reenactment at the dusty Pioneer Cemetery. Additionally, AZ Speaks, an outreach arm of Arizona Humanities, sponsors speakers from a diverse range of expertise, from a variety of professional backgrounds including civic engagement, film and media, history and cultural studies and more. Speakers are selected carefully based on their expertise and ability to match content with insight that inspires discussion with audiences of all ages and background. www.azhumanities.org/programs/azspeaks. Unexpected treasure awaits you if you drop in for a retro shave and haircut because you’ll meet up with some local “points of view” –no charge-- at V’s Barbershop in Tucson’s historic Joesler Village (Arizona’s first shopping center.) Here you’ll be offered a complimentary beer and lots of colorful Southern Arizona stories circulated by owner Jim Valenzuela in this upscale shop featuring antique barber chairs and uniformed barbers providing hot lather shaves, insightful blather, facials shoulder massages and shoe shines. But if you want to know where the Spaniards had a lookout for the Apache in the 1700’s or if Billy the Kid really hid out here, then the iconic tours of Tucson, Tombstone and Bisbee can be a Master Class in everything that shapes our culture in the Sonoran Desert. Your hot ticket for this is George Morrison, Wild Card Tours’ owner and spellbinding tour guide to this unique corner of the planet for 25 years. AZ

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