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M A G AZ I NE May 2016

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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | May 2016 | ArizonaKEY.com

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27 14 Petrified Forest 20 Calendar of Events 27 Arizona Outdoor Fun 57 MacDonald’s Ranch 70 The Grand Canyon 81 Desert Belle Cruises

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departments 16 Publisher Page 80 Concierge Corner

30 Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ

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74 Northern AZ

56 Fountain Hills

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etrified Forest National Park is known for its fossils, especially of fallen trees that lived in the Late Triassic period of the Mesozoic era, about 225 million years ago. During this period, the region that is now the park was near the equator on the southwestern edge of the supercontinent Pangaea, and its climate was humid and sub-tropical. What later became northeastern Arizona was a low plain flanked by mountains to the south and southeast and a sea to the west. Streams flowing across the plain from the highlands deposited inorganic sediment and organic matter, including trees as well as other plants and animals that had entered or fallen into the water. Although most organic matter decays rapidly or is eaten by other organisms, some is buried so quickly that it remains intact and may become fossilized. During the Late Triassic, downed trees accumulating in river channels in what became the park were buried periodically by sediment containing volcanic ash. Groundwater dissolved silica from the ash and carried it into the logs, where it formed quartz crystals that gradually replaced the organic matter. Traces of iron oxide and other substances combined with the silica to create varied colors in the petrified wood. In Petrified Forest National Park, most of the logs in the park retained their original external form during petrification but lost their internal structure. However, a small fraction of the logs and most of the park’s petrified animal bones have cells and other spaces that are mineral-filled but still retain much of their original organic structure. The park’s headquarters is about 26 miles east of Holbrook along Interstate 40 (I-40), which parallels the BNSF Railway’s Southern Transcon, the Puerco River, and historic U.S. Route 66, all crossing the park roughly east–west. The park is open every day except Christmas on a schedule that varies slightly with the seasons. www.nps.gov/pefo/ AZ

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publisher’spage CANYON DE CHELLY

Nature has provided Arizona with some of the most stunning vistas in the world. Visiting outdoor adventurers should add Canyon De Chelly (pronounced “shay”) to their must-see list. Canyon de Chelly National Monument was authorized in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover in large measure to preserve the important archeological resources that span more than 4,000 years of human occupation. The monument encompasses approximately 84,000 acres of lands located entirely on the Navajo Nation with roughly 40 families residing within the park boundaries.

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Millions of years of land uplifts and stream cutting created the colorful sheer cliff walls of Canyon de Chelly. Natural water sources and rich soil provided a variety of resources, including plants and animals that have sustained families for thousands of years. The Ancient Puebloans found the canyons an ideal place to plant crops and raise families. The first settlers built pit houses that were then replaced with more sophisticated homes as more families migrated to the area. More homes were built in alcoves to take advantage of the sunlight and natural protection. People thrived until the mid1300’s when the Puebloans left the canyons for better farmlands. Descendants of the Puebloans, the Hopi migrated into the canyons to plant fields of corn and orchards of peaches. Although the Hopi left this area to permanently settle on the mesa tops to the west, the Hopi still hold on to many of their traditions that are evident from their homes and kivas. Related to the Athabaskan people of Northern Canada and Alaska, the Navajo settled the Southwest between the four sacred mountains. The Navajo, or Dine’ as they call themselves, continue to raise families and plant crops just as the “Ancient Ones” had. The farms, livestock and hogans of the Dine’ are visible from the canyon rims. The Visitor Center is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Route 191 in Chinle, AZ. From Flagstaff, AZ, take I-40 East then Hwy 191 North. From Gallup, NM, take Hwy 264 West then Hwy 191 North. From Kayenta, AZ, take Route 59 Southeast then Hwy 191 South. More information can be found online at www.nps.gov/cach/. Welcome to Arizona... enjoy our incredible landscapes!

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earizona is a wildlife park nestled in the pristine Ponderosa Pine forest of Northern Arizona. Bearizona is comprised of three main sections; the drive through, the walk through and the birds of prey show. The park recommends allotting at least two hours for your Bearizona adventure.

Bearizona invites guests to drive into the Arizona Wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of their own private vehicle. The drive through portion of the park is three miles long and takes travelers on a self-guided adventure where they will witness wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment. Enjoy the wide variety of animals ranging from rugged mountain goats and majestic bison, to stealthy wolves and comical black bears. After the drive through portion, visitors make their way to Fort Bearizona, a walk through area where they 18

enjoy the antics of more animals on exhibit. In this area, guests will also find the Bearizona Barnyard, a petting zoo which houses goats, pigs, chickens, and more, as well as a brand new gift shop which contains Arizona’s largest model train display. Adults and children alike will be amazed by this historically accurate re-creation of the Santa Fe Railroad. Watch the train head from Williams all the way to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The Fort also hosts a concession area with beautiful views. Guests don’t want to miss the amazing High Country Arizona KEYMagazine


Bearizona is located at Highway 64 and Interstate 40 in beautiful Williams, Ariz. Raptors’ free-flight show where they learn about birds of prey and see them fly directly overhead! Show runs March-December at 11a, 1p & 3p daily. Make sure to hop on the free Wild Ride bus tour that goes through the park daily at 10p, 12p, 2p & 3:30p. During this VIP tour, guests take part in a memorable journey through the drive through portion of the park, without the obstruction of windows. This tour will provide opportunities for amazing wildlife photography and additional information about Bearizona’s animals and habitats from knowledgeable & fun tour guides. AZ ArizonaKEY.com

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 event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix + Central AZ

MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-andpersonal 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

Special Exhibition: Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker Open through June 5, 2016 Tickets: $10 for exhibition, $7 when purchased with general museum admission On view only at MIM, this one-of-a-kind exhibition introduces the story of how early violin makers from the northern Italian city of Cremona shaped music from the sixteenth century onward. See and hear timeless masterpieces that were handcrafted by master luthiers, including Andrea Amati, the founding father of the violin; the rogue genius Guarneri del Gesù; and the master himself—Antonio Stradivari. The exhibition also includes several modern-day masterworks that demonstrate the continuing influence of Cremona’s early masters. Event: Experience Polynesia Saturday, May 14 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets: Activities and performances included with paid museum admission

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Kick off the summer at MIM with our annual celebration of Pacific Island music and culture! Enjoy musical performances, dancing demonstrations, a Polynesianinspired menu at Café Allegro, and even try your hand at a ukulele. Feb 3 First Fridays (PHOENIX) Concert: Bettye LaVette Self-guided art tour of Monday, May 9 | 7 p.m. central Phoenix galleries, Tickets: $48.50 - $53.50 art spaces, studios, free rides, There are few vocalistsshuttle today that have6-10pm, transgressed 602-256-7539. various musical genres with the same flare and grace of Bettye LaVette, whose repertoire has included blues, country and rock.

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CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE •Hiking •Biking •Camping •Lakes •and more!

Arizona Find a state park near you by visiting: azstateparks.com #AZStateParks State Parks THROUGH MAY 31 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, 888-516-0811. THURSDAYS Westgate Bike Night (GLENDALE) Hundreds of bikes line Coyotes Boulevard for the biggest bike night in the Valley! Enjoy rockin’ live music and screamin’ deals & discounts from bars & restaurants. WaterDance Plaza at Westgate, 5-9pm, 623-385-7502. ArizonaKEY.com

THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 800-782-1117. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment (FORT MCDOWELL) Come to Lucky 7 Saloon for FREE and FABULOUS live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Fort McDowell Casino, (800) THE.FORT. SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Desert Belle Music Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a 90 minute Music cruise on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle, 5pm, for reservations 480-984-2425. Mention KEY for special savings! SUNDAY NIGHTS FREE Concerts (SCOTTSDALE) Every Sunday from 7:30pm – 9:00pm beginning May 1st through July 3rd.

Bring a blanket or chair to hear a variety of favorite local bands. Food will also be available for purchase. Train & Carousel rides are $2. Children under three ride free with a paying adult. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 480-312-2312 for additional information. THROUGH MAY 31 A Salute to Cowboy Artists of America and a Patron, the Late Eddie Basha: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West (SCOTTSDALE) The exhibition features several pieces rarely seen by the public, on loan from collectors, the artists themselves, and institutions. This includes artworks on loan from The Eddie Basha Collection, one of the largest private collections of contemporary western American and American Indian art in the world. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539 for additional information. 21


 event calendar MAY 6 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with residents & 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. MAY 6 - 8 Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market (SCOTTSDALE) Ranging from all things chippy, rusty, vintage and handmade, you are sure to find that perfect vintage dress, a one-ofa-kind piece of furniture, handmade jewelry, or other amazing treasures for your home or garden from over 170 hand-picked vendors! WestWorld of Scottsdale, 9-4pm, $8 GA, Kids 12 & under are free, 480-338-0331. MAY 7 Mother’s Day Celebration (GLENDALE) Visit Historic Downtown and Catlin Court and celebrate Moms with a day of deals, meals and more. Start your celebration at the Glendale Visitor Center and pick up an event map and grab bag for the first 250 moms. Many of the downtown shops and restaurants will feature discounts, giveaways & special Mother’s Day gift ideas, from 10 - 4 pm, 623-930-4500 for more information.

MAY 7 – 8 Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival (PHOENIX) This two day family festival features live entertainment including platinum artists & local band legends, lucha libre, ballet folklorico, cultural food, kids zone and much more. Takes place at 200 West Washington Street, gates open 2pm May 7th and 12pm May 8th. Tickets $5 before 5pm, $15 after 5pm, Kids 12 & Under free, 602-279-4669.

peachy arts and crafts booths, peach pies, peach cinnamon rolls, peach cookies, peach cobbler and more. Schnepf Farms, 7:30 am – 4pm, free admission, 480-987-3100.

MAY 8 Mother’s Day Special Dining at Harold’s (CAVE CREEK) Treat mom on Mother’s Day at Harold’s Corral! They will be serving a special breakfast buffet, Mother’s Day brunch and a special dinner. Plus, all moms will receive a carnation and a glass of champagne! For reservations, please call 480-488-1906.

MAY 15 Aaron Lewis (SCOTTSDALE) The former front man of the rock band Staind has ventured into the world of country music! Audiences can witness the singer’s transformation when he returns to the resort and performs songs from his debut country album, Town Line, live. The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 8pm, tickets 480-850-7734.

MAY 8 Second Friday Night Out (MESA) With a new theme every month, visitors can enjoy an art walk, dining, shopping, activities and entertainment. Takes place on Main Street between Center and Country Club, 6pm – 10pm, free, 480-890-2613.

MAY 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.

MAY 7 Lunar Bingo (FORT MCDOWELL) Come out for Great Music, Giveaways, Dance Contests, and Cash Prizes! Fort McDowell Casino, starts at Midnight, (800) THE.FORT.

MAY 9 Ball Wash Open (CAREFREE) Join Harold’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Boulders Golf Resort. Proceeds go to help fund Camp Soaring Eagle & Camelot. Dinner and awards follow the event along with raffles and a silent & live auction. For more information, please call Harold’s Corral at 480-488-1906.

MAY 7 Cars and Coffee (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy a cup of coffee and tour beautiful exotic vehicles from the Ferrari Club the first Saturday of every month. The SHOPS gainey village (SE Corner of Scottsdale Rd & Doubletree Ranch Rd), 8am – 10am.

MAY 14-15 & 21-22 Schnepf Farms’ Peach Festival (QUEEN CREEK) Features hay rides to the orchards, live music, train rides, carousel rides and more, peachy pancake breakfast, peachy sampling pavilion with food ranging from sweets to salsa’s, water activities,

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MAY 20 - 29 Arizona Spring Restaurant Week (PHOENIX) Take advantage of restaurant week pricing on a three course pre-fixe meal for either $33 or $44 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) at participating restaurants, www.arizonarestaurantweek.com. MAY 29 Lisa Lampanelli (SCOTTSDALE) Nicknamed the ‘Queen of Mean,’ the stand-up comic is known for her colorful commentary and racy material. Audiences will experience Lampanelli’s wild banter firsthand when she commands the Salt River Grand Ballroom stage at Talking Stick Resort, 8pm, please call 480850-7734 for tickets.

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Sedona, Prescott + N Central AZ ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) The best way to see the famous red-rock formations! Two to three hour Jeep tours include rugged off-road adventures to scenic red-rock canyons and ancient cliff-dwellings. Explore Sedona with the only company that has more than 55 years of experience guiding visitors through this majestic landscape. Call 844-711-7465 to book a tour. 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 (See Page 61 for coupon) MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches attendees how to understand and 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. MONDAY - 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 Monday - 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

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& Saturday night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT. APR 29 – MAY 1 Sedona Open Studios Art Tour (SEDONA) This 13th Annual free, selfguided tour, is an opportunity to visit artists in their own work environments and gain a deeper understanding of the creative process. There will be over 50 studios participating, working in a variety of mediums from 10-5pm each day. Visit sedonaartistscoalition.org for a map and list of participating artists, 503-789-4437. MAY 6 Sedona Gallery Association 1st Friday Tour (SEDONA) Sedona’s finest art galleries invite you to enjoy an evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations from 5pm-8pm, 800-288-7336. MAY 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, 928649-2277. MAY 7 Cinco de Mayo Celebration (SEDONA) Enjoy the festivities while cheering and whistling to the music of mariachi musicians, clapping to the steps of Folklorico dancers and savoring traditional Mexican food. Stop in and be a judge at the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. Tlaquepaque, 11 – 5pm, 928-282-4838. MAY 7 - 8 30th Annual Prescott Fine Arts & Wine Festival (PRESCOTT) In addition to spectacular collectors’ artwork, the festival presents an Arizona wine garden and marketplace featuring ten of Arizona’s finest Vineyards & Wineries. Courthouse Plaza, Sat 9-5pm, Sun 9-4pm, 928-776-4009.

MAY 8 Esteban – Mother’s Day! (PRESCOTT) Come celebrate Mother’s Day with Esteban and daughter, Teresa Joy! An afternoon filled with music and love! Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center, 3pm, tickets 928-777-1370. MAY 13 The Troubadour Experience (PINETOP) Tribute to the music of George Straight at Hon-Dah Resort Casino. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm, for tickets and room packages call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). Must be 21 or older to attend. MAY 21 Prescott Historic Home Tour (PRESCOTT) This year’s tour will focus on West Prescott Historic District. This includes Park Ave, Glenwood Ave, Glendale Ave, Country Club Dr and Vista Dr. Tickets are $15 day of event and available at Lincoln School, 201 Park Ave. Tour 10-4pm, 800-266-7534. MAY 21 - 22 51st Annual Jerome Home Tour (JEROME) The longest running home tour in Arizona boasts never before seen Historic and Significant homes in this Guided tour through the mile high town’s back streets, 9 - 3 pm, $20 Adults/$10 Children, 928-634-2900. MAY 27 Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk (PRESCOTT) Mingle with creative people while enjoying art, food and live music. Various locations, 5pm, 800-266-7534. MAY 28 - 30 42nd Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale (PRESCOTT) More than 100 of the nation’s best American Western artists converge on Prescott Courthouse Plaza to display and sell their paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more, 928778-1385.

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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 and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy the wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs, 928-635-2289. ALL MONTH Meteor Crater (FLAGSTAFF) 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. Join the players club for special offers. Twin Arrows Casino Resort, just east of Flagstaff, 855-946-8946. MAY 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. MAY 6 Eta Aquarid 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 Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower and get viewing tips during a lecture at 7 pm. Lowell Observatory, 928-233-3280. MAY 7 Flagstaff Train Day (FLAGSTAFF) Join the celebration with a day of train-related activities for the family including live music, railroad displays, booths, Kids Depot and raffles. Flagstaff Visitor Center, 10 am-2 pm, free, 928-213-2951. MAY 8 Riordan Second Sunday Special Tour (FLAGSTAFF) Historic Milton Walking Tour – Enjoy a 90 minute guided walk from Riordan Mansion to explore the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company property and the town site of Milton. Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, $12, space is limited, reservations are required 928-779-4395. MAY 9 Mercury Transit (FLAGSTAFF) On May 9 the planet Mercury will move

directly between the Earth and the Sun. This is an extremely rare event that occurs only once every few years. Solar telescopes, sunspotters and solar glasses will be available for guests. Lowell Observatory will open at 8 am in order to view the transit, 8am-11am, 928-233-3280. MAY 13 - 15 Gateway To The Grand Canyon Arts And Crafts Fair (WILLIAMS) Williams Kiwanis Club is sponsoring this Art and Craft Fair with all proceeds to benefit local student scholarships and activities sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Williams, 928-635-1418 for more information. MAY 21 Soar into Spring Kite Festival (FLAGSTAFF) The day includes kite flying, arts and crafts, carnival games, bounce houses, an obstacle course, yummy carnival food, face painting, the Flagstaff Library Activities and Kiddie Kaboose Train. Foxglenn Park, 11-3pm, 928-213-2300. MAY 28 - 29 Zuni Festival (FLAGSTAFF) Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures, and delight in musical and dance performances. Museum of Northern Arizona, 10-5pm, 928-774-5213.

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Tucson + Southern AZ ALL MONTH Cave Tours (BENSON) See the only living show cave in Arizona at Kartchner Caverns State Park! Average temperature is 72° Fahrenheit (22° Celsius) & 99% humidity year-round. The Rotunda/Throne Tour features 45,000-year-old-guano, delicate calcite formations and giant stalagmites plus the largest column formation in AZ. To reserve cave tour tickets or campsites please call 520-586-2283 or visit AZStateParks.com. MAY 3 - 8 Agave Heritage Week (TUCSON) Featuring choices of more than 30 tequilas, mezcals, sotols, and bacanoras tastings for guests over age 21. Hotel Congress, special events all week, 520-622-8848 for additional information. MAY 4 – 7 Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival - Spring Fling (SIERRA VISTA) Self-guided and guided tours, exhibits, and presentations about Southern Arizona birds and butterflies at annual conference in Sierra Vista, near some of the country’s best birding areas, 520-5150500 for additional information.

MAY 7 Mero Mero Taquero, Taco Festival (TUCSON) Enjoy samplings from 25 taco vendors and tequila sampling, listen to live music and visit other great vendors with merchandise and games. Casino Del Sol Resort, 3pm-7pm, $34 GA, VIP $79, 21 and over event, 855-765-7829.

drawings, live entertainment and refreshments and artist’s receptions until 8pm, 520-432-3554. MAY 21 Annual Mariachi Festival (PATAGONIA) Southern Arizona Mariachi bands on stage. Authentic Mexican food, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle corn & shaved ice! Visitors may bring their own picnic basket! Patagonia Lake State Park offers fishing, birding, boat tours, and nature walks, 9-4pm, 520-287-6965.

MAY 7 - 8 101st Sonoita Horse Races (SONOITA) Live Quarter Horse and thoroughbred races, with wagering from Turf Paradise and the Kentucky Derby. Sonoita Fairgrounds, gates 10am, post 1pm, $20 adults, children 12 & under free, 520-455-5553.

MAY 21 - 22 Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival (WILLCOX) Arizona Wine Growers Association presents wine tastings, yummy treats, artisan vendors, & entertainment. Downtown Willcox’s historical Railroad Park, $20-$25 tasting fee, 520-824-6972.

MAY 8 Mother’s Day Breakfast at Reid Park Zoo (TUCSON) Start the morning with a scrumptious breakfast and a mimosa for mom on the deck overlooking the beautiful Mill Pond. Stroll through the Zoo and participate in activities, 8-9:30am, limited seating 520-791-3204.

MAY 28 - 30 Wyatt Earp Days (TOMBSTONE) Celebrate the life and times of the Old West’s most famous lawman in “the town too tough to die,” with costumed entertainers, gunfights, chili cook-off, hangings, street entertainment, look alike contests, 1880’s fashion show, free, 888-457-3929.

MAY 14 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) Over 30 participating shops and galleries, special sales, promotions,

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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES Phoenix/Scottsdale/Central AZ 1. PINK ADVENTURE TOURS – Climb aboard the iconic Pink Jeep Wrangler for an off-road Cactus Canyon Adventure Tour. Traverse along rocky, dry creek beds framed by majestic Saguaro, Ocotillo and Jumping Cholla cactus. Learn about the diverse desert eco-system and Arizona’s Yavapai Nation history and culture. 844-711-7465. 2. 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 3. HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES – Embark on an unforgettable journey as you soar over the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a Hot Air Balloon! Daily balloon flights available with Hot Air Expeditions 480-502-6999 or Rainbow Ryders 623-215-0346. 4. 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 30

the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. 5. 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. Shoe Lovers must visit Ritzy Rags and Shoes located at SHOPs Gainey Village - 480-596-0533. 6. 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.

8. 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. 9. MACDONALD’S RANCH – 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! 480-5850239. 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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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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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.

GREY WOLF 7239 E. First Avenue Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-423-0004 • greywolfgalleryaz.com Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, the Grey Wolf Gallery has flourished for over 40 years on a solidly built reputation for having the finest genuine hand crafted Native American designer jewelry and rare, museum quality tribal treasures. An aesthetic and cultural experience you will never forget! 3 0 6 360 6 30

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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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LONDON GOLD Scottsdale: 480-367-1717 Chandler: 480-705-4191 Arrowhead: 623-979-4445 LondonGold.com For more than three decades, London Gold has been the premier diamond expert in Phoenix. Voted “Best Of Phoenix” London Gold prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and having one of the largest selections of fine jewelry around.

NEW SERENITY SPA - FACIAL AND MASSAGE IN SCOTTSDALE 15609 N Hayden Rd #138 Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-998-6991 • newserenityspa.com Home of the Serenity Massage and Serenity Facial. The popular Serenity Massage incorporates warm towels, sugar scrub, scalp massage and medium pressure. They are the only providers of the Serenity Facial, one of the best facials in Scottsdale. They also offer HydraFacial treatments - skin rejuvenation without the lasers and couples massage. 5 star reviews on Yelp, TripAdvisor & Spafinder. Named #1 Spa in Scottsdale - USA TODAY. SPA LAMAR 5115 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-945-7066 • spalamar.com The Island inspired ambience of Spa Lamar is an unexpected oasis in the Sonoran Desert. The knowledgeable 40

360 SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 E. Ave of the Fountains Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 www.samifinejewelry.com Voted one of America’s Top 5 “Cool Jewelry Stores”, Sami’s is the destination for Arizona gemstones such as The Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst, Arizona “Anthill” Garnet, and Arizona Peridot. Find Hearts on Fire Diamonds, to exotic gemstones. 3 0 6 360 6 30

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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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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES Fountain Hills/Fort McDowell 1. WORLD FAMOUS FOUNTAIN – At its full height of 560 feet, the fountain in the center of Fountain Hills, spectacular for day or night viewing, is higher than the Washington Monument and three times as high as Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone Park. 2. FORT MCDOWELL CASINO – At the casino, new slot machines and generous promotions fuel the fun. Whether it’s a tournament or a live cash poker game, many win-it-all opportunities await. Plus, the Fort’s five restaurants offer an amazing variety of dining options. 1-800-THE-FORT. 3. SAMI FINE JEWELRY – The ultimate destination for Arizona gems (Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst, Arizona Peridot, and Arizona “Anthill” Garnet) and fine jewelry. Voted one of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry stores! 877-376-6323 4. WEKOPA RESORT – Located immediately adjacent to Fort McDowell Casino, is the lushly landscaped Wekopa Resort. Luxurious linens, panoramic mountain views, a 56

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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 wellgroomed 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 Jerome – After the mines closed in 1953 and “King Copper” left town, the population went from a peak of 15,000 in the 1920s to a low of 50 people. The Jerome Historical Society guarded the buildings against vandalism and the elements, the Douglas Mansion became a

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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Sedona 1. PINK JEEP TOURS – Pink Jeep’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 50 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. 844-7117465 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

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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 and refresh the body and soul. 928-2824838 9. SPIRITUAL AWAKENING – Sedona’s reputation as a spiritual mecca and global power spot has drawn some of our planet’s most amazing healers, artists and spiritual guides. Experience the body, mind and soul. 928-300-7796 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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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,

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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.

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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. 928-233-3211 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) 844-711-7465 (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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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Southern Arizona 1. 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 below) 2. 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 3. 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/ 4. 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). En78

joy 21 scenic acres and live animal presentations. 520-883-2701 • desertmuseum.org 5. 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. Take I-19 to exit 92 and follow signs. 520-294-2624 • www. sanxaviermission.org 6. 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 7. COLOSSAL CAVE MOUNTAIN PARK 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

and more. The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park includes a Visitor Center, museum, an archaeological exhibit, historic buildings, a picnic area, and a trailhead for the Anza Trail. 520-398-2704 • www.tubacaz.com 9. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO TUCSON It’s time to get the party started! The casino floor is packed with the hottest slot machines and table games! Hungry? They’ve got your cravings covered. Ready to dance up a storm? Monsoon Nightclub is here. And when it’s all over, chill out in their hotel. 1-866-DDCWINS • ddcaz.com 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. Gunfight reenacted daily at 2 p.m. 520-457-3456 • okcorral.com AZ

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Q. Can you give us some ideas for an all-guy getaway / bachelor “party” weekend? A. Summertime escapes from the office and June weddings just ahead, the concierge gets email requests for bro-cations of all types. Today’s male traveler asks for more than a shady palm tree and a swim-up bar. While the element of surprise is often a part of a bachelor weekend, more important seems to be a desire to step out of the visitors’ comfort zone. That doesn’t mean guys need to lean into log rolling, a 60-foot tree climb or axe throwing. But why not let the Sonoran desert be your campground for a weekend in Southern Arizona? There’s horseback riding, spelunking, chowing down in an old sawmill-turned-into-a-café in the Coronado National Forest and stargazing through the 32-inch telescope at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter here in the international astronomy capital. Then bunk at the TanqueVerde Ranch east of Tucson out where you can pen an eight-cattle herd in the shadow of the Rincon Mountains by the Saguaro National Park in your own 600-acre Wild West domain riddled with single-track mountain bike trails. www.tanqueverderanch.com If you’re seeking a serious physical challenge, rock climbing in the southern-most ski region in the U.S. on Mt. Lemmon’s iconic granite architecture can be arranged with professional climbers from Rocks and Ropes where you can take a lesson in the basics at their gym, then scale some scenic volcanic crags in the Catalina’s at the achievable 5.6 and 5.7 levels outfitted in R and R harnesses and shoes rocksandropes.com Speaking of adrenalin-fueled escapes, those who have a need for speed can taste auto racing in a safe and exciting “school” environment where movie stars (including Tom Cruise, Paul Newman and James Garner) and NASCAR and Formula 1 professionals have trained at Firebird International Raceway in Central Arizona with the Bob Bondurant School of Performance Driving in operation for 48 years. Packages start at $1,400 per person, complete with safety equipment and training, in the only purpose-built facility of its kind in the world in Chandler. www.bondurant.com Or for a matchless off-road romp, check out Desert Wolf Tours where professional guides serve as naturalists as you whip around behind the wheel in some amazing TomCar ATVs deep in the exotic Sonoran desert for three hours on the prowl for javelinas, desert mule deer, wild burros, coyotes, rattlesnakes, scorpions and birds of prey. www.desertwolftours.com Or if a firearms adventure is on your list Desert Wolf Tactical offers an incredible outdoor experience with NRA-certified instructors training you in shooting five different types of sniper rifles at extremely reactive targets including explosives in their Boom! Adventure package for $199 per person.

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Okay, so most of your macho-chest thumping chums are white-collar professionals, but want a once-in-a-lifetime plunge into another world. In Northern Arizona how about some time travel beneath the Southern Rim of the Grand Canyon on a 12-hour smooth water rafting day trip along the Colorado River that carved one of the Seven Wonders of the World some six million years ago. Guaranteed to seal relationships for a lifetime, this day dawns with a helicopter ride to Page; a boxed breakfast and a narrated motor coach ground tour; a 45-minute 4-wheel drive to a quarter-mile hike with a Navajo guide who accompanies you on a climb down into the famed Antelope slot canyon and lunch on a 15-mile smooth water rafting trip passing through Glen Canyon and around Horseshoe Bend at $439 per person. If you are on a tighter timeline, a 3-hour, 4-mile mule ride along the rim can be arranged. The Canyon Vistas Mule Ride along the East Rim Trail is $133 per person. Booking these tours well in advance can assure your accommodation. grandcanyonlodges.com There are six lodges in the park and several in the nearby town of Tusayan—most sporting cocktail lounges—many of which have live music (but close at 11 p.m.) If you are avid fly fishermen Grand Canyon river guides are available at Arizona Raft Adventures www.azraft.com, and you can bring along fly fishing or a spin fishing rods as long as they’re in a collapsible hard case. Here trout is the most desirable catch, but bass and the famous humpback chub are noteworthy. You can purchase the required license on line or call the Arizona Game and Fish Department (602) 942-3000. Happy trails guys! AZ

Johnny Fenton—a 37-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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