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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | August 2018 | ArizonaKEY.com
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Governor Doug Ducey’s Letter Editor’s Page: August in Arizona Famously Cool Midgely Bridge Cool Ways to Beat the Heat On Stage: AZ Performing Arts Zipline Adventures Sedona’s Top 5 Hikes Why Are Sedona’s Rocks Red? Restaurant Review 30 Years of Rescuing AZ Wildlife Land and Lake Excursions Arizona’s Lunar History Concierge Corner: AZ Flavor
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f this is your first visit to Arizona, you may be wondering how the locals keep cool in the harsh desert conditions that we call home. Rest assured, the lower humidity seems to temper the blazing rays of the sun, and you too will soon become accustomed to August in Arizona. A few words of sage advice: stay on top of your hydration, always carry water, and slather sunblock generously. Take it easy when partaking in outdoor activities. Simple hikes can be more treacherous in triple digit temperatures. Read on to learn more about treasured outdoor spots to explore when it heats
up. On the following page you’ll read about Midgely Bridge which boasts a cool creek at the end of a pleasant hike. And pictured here is Sedona’s amazing natural rock slide, which is sure to please with its gorgeous scenery and beckoning pools. On page 32, you’ll find an article filled with tips to stay cool and comfy while exploring Arizona. Whether you choose to gain altitude and venture north or peruse the many indoor attractions Arizona offers, we hope you have a magnificent time here. AZ
SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK 6871 N. Highway 89A azstateparks.com/slide-rock. (928) 282-3034
Honeymoon Hike to this
Famously COOL Bridge Photos and Story by Jennifer Agema
xploring Sedona has always been a freeing experience, but the gift of slipping into the perfect parking spot and finally getting to venture down the trails from the well-known Midgely Bridge was quite a treat! We were in Sedona recently for a short (and sweet) honeymoon, and decided to see where the meandering trails took us. Our main goal on this warm day? To get to the bottom where we could see a sliver
of running water and people enjoying the refreshing swimming holes down below. So off we went! The hike itself was relaxing in parts, and semi-challenging in others. Most of the trail went right along the creek, so the sights and sounds were relaxing indeed. Taking time to pause and sit, watch water flow, and soak in the smells of the moist flora and fauna was exactly what we needed.
MIDGELY BRIDGE Red Rock District (928) 203-2900 in Oak Creek
There were a few times that we had to stop and pull up images of leaves on the phone in order to know whether we had just brushed up against something that would come back to bite us later. (We made it out unscathed!)
Along the way we passed many travelers, some with kids (often the furry ones!) but the spirit of everyone we met was the same... we were all on a relaxed adventure. Once we made it to the swimming holes, it was time to sit and look at where we had come from. It seemed like far more of an accomplishment when looking back up at the beautiful bridge from down below! We soaked our feet in the cold water, reveled at this wonderful natural creation, and sat in the sun for a while before we made our way back. We definitely will go back — next time with our swimsuits — to enjoy the natural slides and rock formations, the wind and water-made seating areas, and all the special places to enjoy friends and family. Next time, it’s for the entire day! AZ
event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ
MIM MUSIC THEATER
With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valleyâ€™s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480.478.6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit MIM.org.
Erin Bode Thursday, August 2 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $28.50 - $33.50 This fresh and delicate-voiced singer effortlessly combines folk, jazz, and pop.
Eliane Elias Thursday, August 16 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $43.50 Renowned pianist and singer brings fiery renditions of Brazilian tunes in addition to her glorious take on the music of Man of La Mancha. Mariachi Flor de Toloache Wednesday, August 22 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $33.50 - $38.50 This band of musical sisters pushes the boundaries of mariachi, bringing electrifying music to new audiences. Mariache Flor de Toloache
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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy 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 Desert Diamond Casino (GLENDALE) A good time is never far away. Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s shuttle, the Jackpot Express, picks up & drops off at several locations throughout the West Valley. Located right in the heart of Glendale’s entertainment district. Where jackpots hit close to home. Visit ddcaz. com or 866-DDC-WINS. ALL MONTH HOME: Native People in the Southwest (PHOENIX) Experience the Heard’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry and personal recollections on an unforgettable journey
through the Southwest and the vibrant arts and cultures of Native people. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. ALL MONTH Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith (PHOENIX) This exhibit explores the paintings and metalworks of San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal). Born at San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1898, Awa Tsireh began his painting career in 1917 and by the early 1920s his work was exhibited nationally. His whimsical silver brooches and large copper and silver trays were decorated with intricate stampwork. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. ALL MONTH Refik Anadol: Infinity Room (SCOTTSDALE) This immersive installation invites visitors to step into a mirrored room that uses light, sound and technology to create a three-dimensional kinetic and architectonic space in a changing virtual landscape.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, www. smoca.org, 480-874-4666. TUESDAY - SUNDAY Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection (SCOTTSDALE) Features more than 65 ceramics from one of the finest private collections of Hopi pottery, on exhibit for the first time. Spanning 6 centuries, this exhibit explores the history and traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in ceramics for generations. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a wine tasting and live music cruise on the Desert Belle! One of Arizona’s best kept secrets, this 145 passenger, two level boat has a partially air-conditioned section with two bathrooms and a snack bar. Call 480-984-2425 Mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 49)
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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at Harold’s Corral, 8pm-11pm, 480-488-1906. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm–9pm, 800-782-1117. August 1 - 12 In the Company of Women (PHOENIX) Inspired by the #MeToo movement and growing awareness of gender inequality in many contexts, this exhibit features approximately 50 works in the museum’s collection created by women. Phoenix Art Museum, www. phxart.org, 602-492-3830.
August 3 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit & culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route, 6-10pm, 602-256-7539. August 4 Prowl & Play: Magical Midsummer Dream at the Zoo (PHOENIX) 5:30 8:30pm Grab your magic wands and join us at the Phoenix Zoo for a mythical night of wizards, fairies and fantastic beasts! Fantasythemed Waterslides and Water Features, Character Meet & Greets (Harry Potter, Tinkerbell, Mermaids and more!) www.phoenixzoo.org
August 4 - 5 Experience the Caribbean (PHOENIX) Hear the sounds and feel the rhythm of the Caribbean - characters, costumes, and vibrant musical traditions. Celebrate these cultures through live performances, culture talks, and hands-on activities. 9am- 5pm, Musical Instrument Museum, www.mim.org, 480-478-6000 August 5 - 11 World Hip Hop Dance Championship (PHOENIX) Over four thousand of the world’s best dancers will come together for an event true to the real values of hip hop culture and to compete for the world title. Arizona Grand Resort and Grand Canyon University Arena, hiphopinternational.com, 323-850-3777. August 11, 30 Arizona Cardinals PreSeason Games (GLENDALE) University of Phoenix Stadium, 7pm.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MCDONALD’S CAR SHOW
The Pavilions at Talking Stick Every Saturday, Rain or Shine 4pm – 8pm (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, 4pm-8pm, 480-362-2700.
August 19 Opera and Gelato Film Festival (PHOENIX) Escape the heat, enjoy FROST Gelato, and a glass of wine as you enjoy great operas on the big screen. August’s selection is Puccini’s La Bohème. Arizona Opera Center Wittcoff Black Box Theater. Pre-screening activities start at 1pm, www. azopera.org, 520-293-4336.
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 (See Page 61 for coupon) ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular offroad tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Tour. History buffs can explore the mystery and capture some history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For See-Forever Vistas, climb aboard the amazing Scenic Rim Tour! Experience thrilling drops on the Diamond Gulch Tour. Call 833-3147465 to book an amazing adventure!
ALL MONTH Live Music at REDs (SEDONA) Acclaimed for its lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live evening entertainment daily, 6-9pm, 928-282-5321. 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 outside the box creative thinking. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1pm-2:30pm, $15, call to reserve, 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). WEDNESDAYS Wineaux Wednesday Sedona’s Best Sunsets & Wine Tasting features a dozen wines from our wine cellar to taste. A different wine expert each week will answer questions about the day’s wine selections, Happy Hour Tapas menu and live entertainment starts at 6pm. soundbitesgrill.com 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.
TIGER SPLASH AT OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK. SEE PAGE 61 FOR SPECIAL OFFER.
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Resort and Casino Come Play in the White Mountains “Hon-Dah,” in the
Apache language, means “welcome to my home.” Guests from every corner of the globe are welcome at Hon-Dah Resort Casino & Conference center in the heart of Arizona’s White Mountains. Hon-Dah Resort Casino & Conference center is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Outdoor recreation is as diverse as the land in the White Mountains, ranging from hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, and rafting in summer; to downhill and cross country skiing in winter; to hunting in season and abundant fishing year ‘round. For whatever amount of time you choose to spend indoors, Hon-Dah Resort’s 128 oversized rooms provide a lodge-style atmosphere that allows you to unwind and relax in comfort. Each room offers a wet bar, refrigerator, satellite TV and phone. Banish stress with a visit to the hot tub, sauna, or heated all-season pool. For evening play time, Hon-Dah Casino features over 800 slot machines, live Poker and Blackjack. In the Spirits Bar and the Timbers Lounge, nationally known entertainers provide plenty of action six nights a week including the ‘Monday Funday’ Comedy Club. If your catch was small, simply stop in Hon-Dah’s Indian Pine Restaurant which features daily buffets, 7 days a week. Meeting rooms are also available, and are suitable for a wide variety of conferences and events. The 9,000 square foot conference center can accommodate many diverse meeting needs. Across the highway from the casino and hotel, is the Hon-Dah RV Park. With over 500 spaces, the RV Park is a perfect option for ‘snowbirds’ looking for the ideal summer setup nestled among the Ponderosa Pines. The RV Park offers full service facilities including: 24-hour security, full power, satellite TV connections, phone hook-ups, laundry room, and showers. The nearby Hon-Dah Convenience Store stocks gas, beer, soft drinks, groceries, and reservation permits for fishing, camping, and hunting. And, check out Hon-Dah Ski and Outdoor Sports – providing all types of fishing, hunting, and outdoor supplies. During the winter, this is the best place for all of your skiing equipment, rentals, sales, and tune-ups. For more information and reservations, call (928) 369-0299 or (800) 929-8744 or go online to www.hon-dah.com. AZ 24
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event calendar August 1 - 5 Savannah Sipping Society (PRESCOTT) In this delightful comedy, four unique Southern women, needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate — and an impromptu happy hour — and decide it’s time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost. Prescott Center for the Arts: Summer Series. www.pca-az.net. August 3 Sedona ArtWalk (SEDONA) Each month, members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events.These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and begin the weekend with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene. Every 1st Friday from 5-8pm. August 3 - 5 Prescott Gem and Mineral Show (PRESCOTT VALLEY) 15th Annual Gem and Mineral Show and Sale. Over 60 vendors will be offering a variety of Gem & Mineral related products. Vendors will feature fine mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, beads, fossils, lapidary equipment, tools, findings and much more. Prescott Valley Event Center Fri. & Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-4. prescottgemmineral.org 26
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August 4 Woof Down Lunch Dog Event (PRESCOTT) Bring your dog to this fun event, on Courthouse Plaza, Prescott. Features vendors; live music; dog obedience, agility, and K-9 Unit demonstrations; raffles; dog contests; kid activities; adoptable dog introductions. The event is FREE, but a $20 ticket includes a handcrafted pet bowl, pet food samples, and BBQ lunch. For tickets and info visit www. UnitedAnimalFriends.org or call 928-778-2924. Proceeds benefit United Animal Friends programs. August 4 First Saturday Jerome Artwalk (JEROME) Featuring 20+ unique art studios and galleries with jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings, sculpture and more. Wine tasting rooms, live music at cafés and bars, and the offbeat ambiance are sure to elevate your art experience! FREE parking and shuttle from the Old Jerome HS Studios. August 4 - 5 Navajo Festival (SEDONA) Buy traditional & contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, musical performances, heritage programs, and the pageantry of hoop and social dances. Admission: Daily Admission: $12 adult; $8 youth (10-17),
student (with ID) & American Indian (with tribal affiliation) FREE for MNA members & Children under 10. 9am-5pm. August 16 - 18 Payson Pro Rodeos and Parade (PAYSON) The World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo features a Women’s Pro Rodeo, the 135th performance of the men’s events, and a parade along Payson’s historic Main Street on Saturday at 9am. Payson Event Center, www.paysonprorodeo.com. August 19 Prescott Farmers Market Farm to Table Dinner (PRESCOTT) 2nd annual Farm to Table Dinner fundraiser at the Holiday Courtyard in downtown Prescott. Celebrate local food at its finest! Dinner and drinks in beautiful downtown Prescott, featuring seasonally-available local produce and meats. Begins with passed appetizers and specialty cocktails, wine and beer from 4-5pm. Enjoy several courses, including dessert. www. prescottfarmersmarket.org August 25 Summer Starlight (SEDONA) The Verde Canyon Railroad’s Starlight excursion departs in cooler temps of late afternoon and travels through twilight. Passengers venture into unspoiled terrain, where high desert meets the river. First Class: $89.95 all ages. Child/ Senior/Coach also available. 5:30-9:30pm.
Williams, Flagstaff & Northern Az event calendar ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Drive into the Arizona wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Walk through Bearizona’s winding paths to enjoy the antics of more animals on exhibit. Newly opened jaguar exhibit and restaurant, Canyonlands. 928-635-2289. SATURDAYS Swing Dancing at Galaxy Diner (FLAGSTAFF) The Galaxy Diner is a historic American diner that holds FREE swing dancing lessons every Saturday 7pm-9pm. Lessons are for all levels and you do not need a partner to participate. All ages are welcome. 928-774-2466. August 4 Steam Saturdays (WILLIAMS) The Grand Canyon Railway celebrates the history of rail travel with several steam-powered excursions to Grand Canyon National Park each year. An operational steam locomotive can be a rare sight in the 21st Century, but you can take an unforgettable ride on one of our lovingly restored cars and hear folklore and tales from a crew while enjoying the spectacular surroundings. Be entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life. 800-843-8724 or www.thetrain.org
August 4, 15 Raptors on the Rails - Wildlife Splendor on Verde Canyon Railroad (CLARKDALE) Come see and learn about raptors and other native Verde Valley wildlife at the depot and on the train. Liberty Wildlife shares the beauty of a rescued bald eagle, our nation’s noble bird, with visitors throughout the year. Visit libertywildlife. org to learn more. 11am12:45pm. August 11 Williams Artwalk (WILLIAMS) Come enjoy the Second Saturday Art Walk as you stroll the streets of historic Williams! With FREE food & wine samplings,
live demos and music, The Gallery is a great place to start your Williams Art Walk and is located at 145 W. Route 66. Stop by and pickup a map of Art Walk venues and sponsors, or give them a call at 928635-3006 or visit www. thegalleryinwilliams.com. August 18 Bearizona After Dark (WILLIAMS) A ticket includes happy hour with a jaguar training show, a sunset tour, animal meet and greet, hors d’oeuvres, and a private flashlight tour. A limitedspace opportunity for those 21+. www.bearizona.com, 928-635-2289.
ALL SUMMER Astronomy Camp for Kids (FLAGSTAFF) Lowell Observatory is proud to offer Lowell Observatory Camps for Kids (LOCKs). These hands-on day camps offer kids the opportunity to learn through activities such as science investigations, games, story time, music, engineering, art, and more. Currently offered: LOCKs Preschool, LOCKs Elementary School, and LOCKs: Middle School.
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Biosphere 2 Greenhouse ALL MONTH Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) This tour is the only one of its kind. Your Ghost Host will lead you on this walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and old alleys after dark on an adventure to discover and learn about the ghosts that haunt this 135 year old town. NEW family friendly tour starts at 5:30pm! Adults $15, Children (under 12) $13, and Dogs Free! Discount for booking online. www. oldbisbeeghosttour.com. ALL MONTH Queen Mine Tour (BISBEE) Explore one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century. Don hats & lanterns, ride the mine train deep underground, search for remaining veins of copper, gold and turquoise, and experience the life of a miner. Reservations are suggested. www. queenminetour.com. 520-432-2071. 28
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 must-see wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, milliongallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org. August 4, 11, 18, 25 Cool Summer Nights: Creatures of the Night (TUCSON) Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stays open after sundown on Saturday evenings all summer long as the nocturnal creatures of The Living Desert come to life. Museum Docents and Jr. Docents interpret celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, animal eye shine, live animals, insects, night sounds, bats, rattlesnakes and more! 5-10pm, 520-883-2702.
August 8 - 12 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival and Nature Expo (TUCSON) FREE Nature Expo, cost for workshops, programs and field trips varies. Celebrate the special birds and wildlife of southeastern Arizona at this nature festival presented by Tucson Audubon and Zeiss. Beat the heat at the FREE Nature Expo on Friday, Aug. 10 thru Sunday, Aug. 12. Family-friendly activities, live birds and other animals, nature talks, casual bird walks, and vendor fair will keep you busy! At the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Tucson. 520-629-0510. August 10 World Margarita Championship (ORO VALLEY) Tucson Originals and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance co-present this annual margarita-making competition at Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort. Taste
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES original margarita recipes as well as cuisine of the southwest from an array of Tucson Originals restaurants and purveyors. Vote for your favorite margarita! A distinguished panel of judges determines the winner of the “World Margarita Championship.” Guests can cast a vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” Must be 21 or over. Info atsaaca.org. August 11 Meteor Mania (TOHONO O’ODHAM) 50 miles south of Tucson at the intersection of Rt 86 & 386. Get away from the bright city lights and join us under the dark skies of Kitt Peak National Observatory during the peak of a major meteor shower! Watch a mesmerizing light show created by hundreds of tiny sand grain-sized space rocks entering the Earth’s atmosphere at thousands of miles per hour. Space is limited. $55/Adults, $52/ Children. Children 8 years or above are encouraged to attend. Reservations required. Meteor viewing 10pm - 3am.
August 25 Magdelena Bash Harvest Festival (ELGIN) In celebration of this year’s harvest, Kief-Joshua Vineyards will host the 9th annual Magdelena Bash & Harvest Festival from 11am5 pm. Several new AZ wine
releases. Live music: The Usual Suspects, 11am-2pm; Cat Daddy & the 12 Barz Blues Band, 2-5pm. Henna tattoo artists, caramels & chocolates, pistachio farmers, goat milk soaps, photography, food trucks and more! Tasting fees: $10 for souvenir glass and 5 (1oz) pours OR $7 if you BYO wine glass. For more info: 520455-5582. Absolutely no alcohol can be brought onto the property. August 26 Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short (TUCSON) Appearing at the Tucson Arena at 7:30pm.
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August 18 Sensory Safari by Flashlight (TUCSON) The International Wildlife Museum will be bringing many animals out that you’ll be able to experience up close like never before. Bring your flashlights, take safari selfies, encounter live reptiles and insects,
watch fun movies and participate in a spotlight scavenger hunt. Archery is available for ages 9 and up. Lights go out at 6pm, but come earlier to see the museum with the lights on. The museum will be open 9am-8pm. All included with regular museum admission; museum members are FREE. 520-629-0100.
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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 30
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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beat the heat
irst time visitors to Arizona may feel a surprising wave of oppressively hot air as they step outside the airport in July... even in the dead of night. If this came as a shock to you, we have some helpful tips to keep you cool while still enjoying all Arizona has to offer summer guests. Perhaps you’ve already figured out that air conditioning is your best friend. Sunblock, hats and cool, refreshing water should be constant companions as well. Wherever you go and whatever you do, be sure to have plenty of drinking water on hand — hydration is critical to appreciating Arizona in the summer. Here are 15 of our coolest suggestions:
Be Nearly Nocturnal:
Time your outings so that you are home napping in the AC during the hottest hours of the day. Early mornings and evenings after the sun has softened are the best times to be outside.
You’ll keep cooler just by not drying off! Arizona has several waterparks to choose from: Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa, Wet N’ Wild in Glendale, Big Surf in Tempe, Oasis Waterpark in Phoenix, Mountain
Valley Splash in Prescott Valley, and Breakers Water Park in Marana are the big ones. But there are also splashpads and pools with fun waterslides sprinkled around the state. Then there’s also mother nature’s waterpark in Sedona — also known as Slide Rock (see page 17 for our article on that beauty). Along the same lines, you can opt for a day at Wildllife World Zoo and stay soaked on the log flume ride, or swim with dolphins at Dolphinaris, one of the many unique opportunities at OdySea in the Desert.
Indulge in an Icy Treat:
Triple digit temps negate calories, so find a nearby ice cream parlor or smoothie shop for some cool deliciousness. If you’re staying at a hotel or resort, ask your concierge for a suggestion nearby.
Have a Day at the Museum:
One awesome thing about museums is that they are generally climate controlled to preserve their exhibits. Like a good doctor’s office, it’s usually a few degrees cooler than you’d keep your own AC set to. The added bonus of course is a fun and educational experience that definitely keeps you cool and comfy. Some Arizona museums that are not-to-be-missed are the Musical Instrument Museum which is a one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to displays of instruments from all over the world. The Heard Museum is renowned and internationally recognized for its high quality exhibitions of Native American art and culture. While taking in old town Scottsdale, you can easily pop into Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West which exhibits pieces based on their cultural, historical or artistic significance in the development of the American West up through present day, contemporary western art. For a unique twist, visit the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting to see memorabilia and equipment that documents the life and work of Firefighters.
Head to Higher Ground:
Traveling north is always a good idea once the temperature starts to rise in the Valley. There are ample things to see and do in areas just a few hours drive from Phoenix. Prescott, Williams, Sedona, and Flagstaff all have much to offer. Bearizona in Williams, for instance, is a nice stop conveniently located along the common route to the Grand Canyon. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is another fun place to see animals enjoying the cooler climate, and its Camp Verde locale is a convenient hub for northern day trips.
Have Fun Inside:
Going to an Indoor Attraction is a great way to stay cool. There are many to choose from, but a few favorites are the Arizona Science Center, Octane Raceway, and iFly (an indoor free fall experience). Two other really fun ideas are OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland (an indoor rainforest butterfly conservatory) which are located in the same OdySea in the Desert complex. Topgolf is a fun, climate controlled alternative to 18 holes in the blazing sun. Another idea that might not have come to mind when planning a trip to Arizona is spending time at an ice skating rink. Ice by nature has to be cold, so why not follow suit. Try Az Ice in Peoria, Gilbert or Arcadia.
If you’ve always wanted to try cave exploration, soaring temperatures might give you that final nudge. The insulation from heat that caves provide is a welcome relief and a fascinating adventure at the same time. Some worthwhile jaunts are the Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson which averages 70 degrees year-round, and the Lava River Cave in Flagstaff which is not exhaustively marked, but is completely free! *A useful tip if you are trying the Lava River Cave — wear a head lamp. Having hands free will help in the completely dark and sometimes rocky and confining lava tube. Go with a group for safety since it’s unstaffed, and once you’re in the heart of the cave turn your headlamps off for a taste of utter darkness.
Go to a Mall:
This oft used technique never gets old. Check out some of Arizona’s very pleasant and well appointed shopping malls. Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe is completely indoors and climate controlled. Other pleasant mall experiences include Scottsdale Fashion Square, Arrowhead Mall and Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. 33
See Some Scenery in Style:
Taking a tour from a comfortably air conditioned vehicle is undoubtedly a smart way to go. Enjoy a relaxing custom tour of your choice with Arizona Scenic Tours or for a breezy, open air alternative, hop aboard the Red Rock Magic Trolley to see the sights of Sedona at your leisure. A popular way to visit the Grand Canyon in style is to take the guided tour by Pink Jeep, in one of their comfy vans.
Watch The Big Game:
You’ve got lots of options to feed your sports needs. Some decidedly cool options are a Diamondbacks baseball game in their climate controlled, retractible-roofed stadium, or a basketball game at Talking Stick Resort Arena. When the mercury rises, check out a home game of the Phoenix Mercury Women’s Basketball team.
Catch a Movie:
A classic ‘beat-the-heat’ technique is to go to a movie theater. The chilly fountain drinks and the time in low light add to the cool-feeling ambience. It’s a perfect time to catch the latest release you’ve been wanting to see!
Hunt for a Waterfall:
Though at first glance visitors might mistake Arizona for a barren, dusty wasteland, Arizona actually boasts several waterfalls, some of which seem like secret oases. Once you find the hidden gems, be sure to jump in if swimming is allowed. A splash in an Arizona waterfall is a well-deserved reward after the hike required to find it. Some ones to seek out are Fossil Creek Waterfall in Camp Verde, Wolf Creek Falls in Prescott, Tonto Natural Bridge Falls in Payson, Grand Falls (which are taller than Niagra and also known as Chocolate Falls for their silt-induced, chocolatey color), and Havasu Falls at the Grand Canyon. AZ
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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.
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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”—John Muir 1. Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek is an easy hike around this famous formation that takes 1-2 hours and is a 4 mile roundtrip. 2. Cathedral Rock in West Sedona is an easy hike that follows Oak Creek to a stunning view that takes 30-40 minutes and is a 1.5 mile roundtrip. 3. Boynton Canyon is an easy hike with heavenly and open canyon spaces that takes 3-4 hours and is a 6.5 mile roundtrip. A Red Rock Pass is required when on National Forest land. You must display the pass on your windshield or you may receive a citation. Passes can be purchased at the Sedona Visitor Center for a minimal cost.
4. Devil’s Bridge in West Sedona is a moderate hike that leads to a geographical wonder that takes 1-2 hours and is a 2 mile roundtrip. 5. Bear Mountain is a strenuous hike for the experienced climber with awesome terrain changes and views. Prepare for about 5-6 hours for this 5 mile roundtrip hike. Happy Trails! AZ
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The Red Rocks vary in origin, color and age. Some were originally sea sediment while others came from blowing sand. You’ll see bright orange, red and tan rocks. The brightest orange rocks are more than 250 million years old. White and grey rocks are limestone that formed at the bottom of the sea or sandstone that had its red color washed out by water. You may also stumble across basalt extruded by volcanoes in the past. Sedona and its famous Red Rocks have been in the making for hundreds of millions of years. There are many ways to enjoy the scenery, just be sure to get out and experience Sedona’s world renowned Red Rocks! And remember, take only memories, leave only footprints. AZ Arizona KEYMagazine
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his Sedona steakhouse is not to be missed. It’s visible from Sedona’s Highway 89, with its bold, crisp, logo-printed awning beckoning weary travelers in search of a juicy steak. Once inside, you’ll find the atmosphere pleasant enough. However, some areas have a more upscale décor than others. The owner, Dieter Lehmann, told us of his plans to renovate the main dining area and include a large circular bar of marble with lighting mounted beneath for a contemporary glow.
e dined in a private dining room which was quite elegant. There are actually several private dining areas suitable for various-sized gatherings, including a small outdoor patio (separate from their main patio area in front), as well as a 12-seat dining table inside their wine room. If you enjoy being surrounded by the delectable offerings of wine they stock, then this may be the place for your next event. The main patio area offers a wonderful space to enjoy Sedona’s beautiful weather. Our starter was the Chef’s daily empanada. This crispy delight appears on their Happy Hour menu for just $7. The main course was a tender filet with garlic whipped potatoes, in a red wine reduction. The flavor and tenderness of the wood-fired filet was excellent. We were also given a sampling of shrimp which was lovely, and can be added to your main course if you’re craving a classic surf and turf meal. 64
The abundant wine choices at Steakhouse 89 include area locals: Flying Leap, Provisioner, Javalina Leap, and Arizona Stronghold, as well as plenty of California selections and more. The list of specialty cocktails includes an Arizona Mule, a Prickly Pear Pom Cosmo, and a Sweet Home Arizona – all worth checking out for their local flair. The happy hour cocktail and wine list includes several of the local wines as well as a Prickly Pineapple Tini. To finish off the meal, I had just the right appetite left for a classic dessert. It was sweet satisfaction to crack through the glistening torched-sugar top to the silky crème brulee beneath. This steakhouse leans more to the upscale eatery side than to the downhome ribs side, but we all know that a wood-fired steak in every setting is well worth a visit. For more information and reservations, check out www.steakhouse89.com or call 928-204-2000. AZ Arizona KEYMagazine
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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. Before heading out, visit www.nps. gov/grca/ to help plan your trip. Once you arrive in the park, talk with the rangers for up-to-theminute information.
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 relaxing way to explore the developed areas of the rim.
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.
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 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.
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. Rangers present programsâ€”walks, talks, and evening presentationsâ€”throughout the year. All activities are free. ArizonaKEY.com
VISITOR CENTERS: The Grand Canyon Visitor Center near Mather Point is the largest of several visitor centers and makes a perfect first stop. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. AZ
ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? The Grannd Canyon 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.
The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 GrandCanyonCVB.org AZ Plan Your Trip to the Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon Yavapai Geology Museum On Yavapai Point. Displays explain the geology and formation of the canyon. Memorable views unfold from the picture windows and nearby overlooks. 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. Desert View Visitor Center Near the East Entrance. Explore how this magnificent landscape has inspired artists, writers, musicians, and conservationists. 2
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ust an hour and a half north of Phoenix, located in the foothills of the beautiful, sagegreen Verde Valley Mountains, is a 104-acre wildlife sanctuary that both the animals and their human visitors thoroughly enjoy. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is home to nearly 40 exotic big cats and hundreds of other mammals, birds and reptiles which represent the incredible biological diversity of the jungles, forests, and plains of the world. The preserve was designed to give animals the freedom to roam and interact similarly to behaviors in their native habitats. Humans can experience many different interactions with the animals and thereby develop an appreciation for ‘the wild’ and its wondrous inhabitants, many of whom are currently teetering on extinction. One of the amazingly unique experiences that Out of Africa offers to human guests is their annual Family Campout on the expansive park grounds. Imagine pitching a tent a few feet from the mountain lion enclosure, or hearing the cackling of hyenas just beyond your campsite. This past May, my family and I got to experience this amazing overnight adventure, and I’m happy to share the highlights of our surprising, sometimes funny, and always entertaining memories. Although we’d never been to Out of Africa before, we are animal enthusiasts, so the thought of camping out with the animals excited us. Although, with two children, I was also just a bit nervous – 72 ArizonaKEY.com
what exactly did ‘with the animals’ mean? Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff members who immediately calmed my nerves and set the pace for the rest of our adventure. I quickly learned that Out of Africa was very different from typical zoos we’d visited before. The animals all have very large spaces in which to live and play, and the animal-centric attitudes of all the keepers we talked with was evident. I was happily surprised by the feeling of being immersed into the lives of animals that we wouldn’t normally get close enough to see, let alone get to know on a personal level! After setting up camp, we made our way to the “Tiger Splash Show.” Seeing the large fenced area with a pool Arizona KEYMagazine 72
in the middle and several staff members milling around inside it, gave us pause. We knew something different was about to happen. Dean Harrison, the wildlife park’s founder acted as our emcee. While several other staff members stretched out as if they were preparing for a marathon, Dean began to explain the dynamics of what we were about to witness (with great humor and personality). I must admit, my concentration wavered when I saw several ferocious looking tigers waiting to enter the ‘play pen’ WITH the people! Trepidation crept in as I began to wonder what my kids might be about to witness. Dean continued to narrate what we were seeing as the gate opened and Jeff, a self-proclaimed ‘adrenaline-junkie’ ran full speed with a tiger in tow. Have you ever seen a cat sneak up on its prey and then instantaneously pounce on it with its entire body weight? We were in awe as we saw this familiar scene play out, but with a fullgrown man facing a 450-pound tiger. The gasps turned to giggles as it became clear that Jeff would survive the encounter, would not be eaten, and was actually playing with his feline friend. ArizonaKEY.com ArizonaKEY.com
The next thing we knew, several other tigers were released into the play area, while staff members proceeded to romp around with the tigers! They brought out giant cat toys, balloons and other colorful playthings. Both tigers and people ended up in the swimming pool. The whole show was an incredibly entertaining event that certainly warrants the name “Tiger Splash!” After an evening snake encounter (all I can say is eek), we got a glimpse of how Out of Africa was started by Dean Harrison and his wife Prayeri. One of the special ‘perks’ of the campout is the personal time we got with the founders — in the evening during the ice cream social, and in the morning over breakfast. Dean and Prayeri gave a presentation about Out of Africa’s beginnings and took time to chat and answer questions from guests. Their passion for their beloved animals is undeniable, and their enthusiasm to share their profound perspective and experiences with others is indisputable. continued on pg. 75 73 73
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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. HOT AIR EXPEDITIONS – 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. 3. 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. 4. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which 74
8. SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST – This must-see attraction features regularly changing exhibits of Western art, Old West artifacts and historic Native American objects on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions, 480-686-9539.
tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. 5. 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. 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. 7. STELLAR ADVENTURES – Get ready to explore the unique Sonoran Desert with ATV & UTV adventures, Hummers, 4x4 Jeeps, Shooting, plus Stargazing with Night Vision! Land & Lake 1/2 Day Excursion now available. Your adventure begins where the pavement ends! 602-402-0584.
9. SCENIC BOAT CRUISES – Enjoy a 90 minute cruise on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle Cruises - 480-9842425. Explore Canyon Lake with Dolly Steamboat on a 90 minute cruise, Call to book: 480-827-9144. 10. THE PHOENIX ZOO – Home to more than 1,400 animals including more than 30 different endangered or threatened species from around the world. 602-286-3800. AZ
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In the past few months, Out of Africa has welcomed several new animals into the park, including an orphaned mountain lion cub and three newborn African lion cubs. The African lions are currently listed as endangered, with their population in the wild numbered at less than 20,000. The lion cubs were born at Out of Africa as part of the pride created a few years ago when lions Ted, Kayla and Lady came to the park. Kayla and Lady were raised by humans, so they never learned to care for their young. Staff stepped in to help nurture the three cubs (Kitanga – a female, and Jabari and Ajabu, two males), by bottle feeding the cubs every few hours ‘round the clock. May 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the birth of Out of Africa Wildlife Park. For the last 5 years, to celebrate their anniversary, they have been providing this immersive ‘Family Campout Experience.’ I can honestly say it was
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unlike anything I have experienced before. It was quite evident that the founders and the entire staff of Out of Africa Wildlife Park have a genuine love and respect for the animals they care for. The atmosphere is one of adventure, education, peaceful interaction, and community. This boils down to thirty years of preserving and protecting wildlife from around the world, and a continued legacy as one of Arizona’s premier wildlife sanctuaries. Worth Noting: Out of Africa offers unique animal encounters daily including a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour; Sloth Encounters; Racing Raptor Zipline over the animal habitats; Predator Feeds; Authentic Unimog Adventure Tours and more. And, during your birthday month, your admission to the park is FREE! For more information call 928-567-2840 or visit www.outofafricapark.com AZ
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tellar Adventures and Desert Belle Cruises have collaborated and now offer a half-day excursion that will offer you an up-close-and-personal look at the Sonoran Desert, followed by an unforgettable cruise on the waters of Saguaro Lake. Your excursion begins with Stellar Adventures taking you into Arizona’s breathtaking Sonoran Desert in their signature H1 Hummer for a one hour, high-energy off-road excursion that will leave you breathless! During your desert tour, your guide will point out unique flora and fauna, including bobcats and birds of prey. To book this excursion, The Four Peaks mountain range and Superstition Mountains please call hold some of the highest peaks in Arizona, and will serve as the 602-402-0584 majestic backdrop of your desert tour. Your guide will regale stellaradventures.com you with the history of the area and some of the legends of the desertbelle.com Sonoran Desert that add to the mystique of the setting, including tales of the ancient cultures that inhabited this region. After your desert excursion, you’ll step aboard the Desert Belle, a two-level boat that seats more than 140 passengers, for an unforgettable cruise on the waters of Saguaro Lake. During this 1.5-hour ride, be sure to keep your eyes open for the wild horses and bighorn sheep that roam the craggy mountains surrounding the lake, and stop to admire the panoramic views of the cliffs that come right up to the water’s edge. In addition to its two stories which allow for guests’ space and comfort, the Desert Belle also boasts an air-conditioned interior and an onboard concession stand that stocks soft drinks, beer, and wine. So, are you ready for a truly unique Arizona Land and Lake adventure? Then call today to book your excursion and get ready for an experience of a lifetime! AZ
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Glendale / West Valley 1. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of unrivaled gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! DDCAZ.com/west-valley 2. 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 75 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 3. 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.
4. WIGWAM RESORT Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, superb spa, distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 5. BLAST OFF WITH SOME FAMILY FUN – Children, and grown-ups, alike, can enjoy simulated space missions, interact with real NASA astronauts and learn all about the wonders of the cosmos at the Challenger Space Center. 480-488-1906. 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 “CHOCOHOLIC” 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 non-guided 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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Cave Creek & Carefree 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’. 480-4881906. 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 you will have in AZ. 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. 480-488-4812. 5. HISTORIC SPANISH VILLAGE – Located in the heart of Downtown Carefree along whimsical Ho Hum road, this is one of the first buildings constructed in Carefree and remains a cultural and art hub. 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, 480-488-0398. 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. 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 Creek/ Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480-488-2764. 9. BARTLETT LAKE Located just 20 miles east of Carefree, visitors can drive to Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. 480-595-3300. 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, full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ
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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 peoplewatch. 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 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. 82
4. PRESCOTT STATION Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located in the heart of Prescott just a short walk from the historic downtown Courthouse Square. 928-778-0133. 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. 928-925-1410. 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. 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 of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230. 9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT Don’t miss the MileHigh 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. 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
Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Prescott is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest, 450 miles of trails, and four lakes. Find out why Prescott is known for true west, real adventure in a cool setting.
orthern Arizona offers a substantial climate change (the good kind) from lower elevations in the Valley. The noticeable difference averages about 25 degrees, and is a welcome change at any time of year.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumber men, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. experiencewilliams.com, 928-635-4061 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 AZ 84
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lmost fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, Americans landed on the moon. The decade leading to that historic accomplishment, spurred by President Kennedy’s vision of Americans conquering the final frontier, included research, training and simulations near Flagstaff, Arizona. As a lead-up to national celebrations of the upcoming 50th anniversary of our lunar landing of Apollo 11, the city of Flagstaff is being recognized for its role in helping astronauts prepare for Moon Missions. Beginning with a Lunar Legacy Launch Event at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff on July 20, 2018, the general public will be treated to presentations by special guests, activities, and music in celebration of the auspicious anniversary. Much of the tremendous preparation that took place from 1963 until the time that humanity first set foot on the moon happened right here in Arizona. The US Geological Survey opened a Branch of Astrogeology in Flagstaff to create maps of the moon and provide a place for astronauts to train in moon landing simulations. How did the Ponderosa Pineforests of Northern Arizona replicate the surface of the moon, you might ask. Well, the volcanic composition of the cinder fields near Flagstaff made it a perfect location for lunar training. Geologists used explosives to simulate the moon’s surface at Cinder Lake. The very authentic looking moon craters that scientists created were modeled after actual moon craters they saw using telescopes such as Lowell Observatory’s historic 24-inch Clark Refracting Telescope, as well as telescopes at Northern
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Arizona University and the US Naval Observatory’s Flagstaff Station. The recently refurbished Clark Telescope is still in use today, and can be seen as part of Lowell Observatory’s daily guided tours. Scientists from NASA and US Geological Survey used the life-sized moon model they had made to teach astronauts about what they might encounter on the moon. Famed astronauts from various Apollo missions practiced soil sampling techniques and used moon rover vehicles with Arizona as their backdrop, while they imagined walking on the moon. Explore some of what made Northern Arizona such an amazing place to study and prepare for a moon landing: w The Lowell Observatory: See artifacts and learn about the moon maps created for the Apollo Program inside Lowell Observatory’s Rotunda Museum (pictured at left). Visit Lowell Observatory’s Putnam Collection Center to see exhibits of important contributions to the Apollo Program. w Meteor Crater: Put yourself in an astronaut’s shoes. Like the astronauts who imagined themselves on the moon in preparation for their moonwalk, you can experience the other-worldly feeling of walking on the moon by walking along the rim of this giant crater. Inside the Visitor Discovery Center you can see exhibits from the Apollo astronaut training program. w Sunset Crater Volcano: Visit this beautiful national monument and learn more about cinder cones and the geologic phenomena that occured there. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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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. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoeshaped 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. 3. 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. 928-7743358. See Ad Page 89 for Savings. 4. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate 88 88
guided tour experience and leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink Jeep Tour guide will give you a fun, informative, and focused tour that will ensure that you see the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon. 833-314-7465 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. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 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) 833-3147465 (Pink Jeep) 8. 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. 9. 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. 10. 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. 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.
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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. discoverbisbee.com, 520-432-3554 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. 888-457-3929
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
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 90
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Southern Arizona 1. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily well-preserved downtown draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture, it’s welcoming, creative spirit and its cool climate. 520-432-3554 discoverbisbee.com 2. Kartchner Caverns Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour of the State Park. You’ll find museum exhibits, a gift shop, and the Discovery Center. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 azstateparks.com/kartchner/ 3. Biosphere 2 - U of A 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, savannah, milliongallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org 92 92
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/ 5. 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 6. 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. 520883-2701 desertmuseum.org 7. 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 8. Pima Air & Space Museum 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 9. Colossal Cave Explore this ancient crystal cave on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 colossalcave.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. Reenacted daily at 2pm 520-457-3456 okcorral.com AZ
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be inspired Bisbee’s creative spirit is legendary. Here you’ll find a forward-looking town with a remarkably well-preserved past. Bisbee is a town full of extraordinary historic architecture, as well as home to a vital, living, breathing art and music scene, all in a setting of rugged natural beauty. Bisbee’s galleries, shops and performance venues open a window into the town’s rich culture of creativity - in surroundings that may just get your creativity flowing, too.
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ARIZONA FUN FACTS 1.
Two of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Arizona — Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.
The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the only one located in the U.S.
Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other)
Arizona has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.
Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Arizona is home to the world’s largest rose bush. Planted in Tombstone in 1885, the giant rose bush has a 12-foot circumference trunk and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.
Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.
Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits — more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell — both located in Arizona.
10. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). 11. The bola tie is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona. ArizonaKEY.com
13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 95
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AZ Visitors Ask The Expert Q. We’ve come out West to check it off our bucket list, but on a budget. Can you suggest some ways to see Arizona that are easy on the pocketbook?
nswer: Elon Musk estimates it will cost SpaceX tourists $175 million to take a round-trip to the moon in 2020. So if you’re setting your sights on outer space travel, this column isn’t for you. However if your goals include seeing the spectacular sunsets, inspirational canyons and the landscapes lionized by the great 19th century writers of the purple sage Louis L’Amour and Zane Gray (and your thrift skills include separating two-ply toilet paper to save money), then the following suggestions could fill the bill on a budget: NORTHERN ARIZONA Located in the piney forests of Northern Arizona at 7,000 ft., founded on lumber mills and ranches in 1816, Flagstaff is a retreat from the heat and a penny-pincher’s paradise! This small town home to Northern Arizona University crests on the edge of the Coconino national Forest. And every Wednesday “Meet Me Downtown” brings families into town for a weekly social walk/run that begins and ends in Heritage Square where you can take advantage of the events’ discounts at restaurants. Wednesdays are also Flagstaff Poetry Slam Night at Firecreek Coffee Company. You can even join in the judging! The show starts at 8 p.m. And the 69th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture presents a bargain at $12 and $18 on August 4 and 5 for consuming the local cultural scene complete with demonstrations, hoop and social dancers, authentic food, traditional and contemporary art on sale from more than 80 artists, heritage and musical programs and performances.
CENTRAL ARIZONA The monthly free Art and Cultural Trolley Tour offered on August 11th is a must-do on any Metro Phoenix itinerary. Your tour starts at downtown’s historic Old Adobe Mission where you will enjoy a private docent tour of one of only three remaining adobe structures in the city, built by hand by the first Mexican settlers in Scottsdale in the first decade of the 1900’s. After boarding the trolley, your expert guide from Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours will take you on a fascinating journey through one of the largest and most significant art markets in the U.S. as you make your way to the Scottsdale Waterfront and SouthBridge. You’ll pay a visit to the iconic Hotel Valley Ho, which was a favorite of Hollywood A-listers since its opening in 1956. And you’ll hear about the city’s history, and get the inside scoop on downtown’s outstanding restaurants, boutiques and galleries. This tour is popular and reservations are required. Contact Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA Did you know on August 25, 1916 Woodrow Wilson signed the “Organic Act” creating the National Parks System? While most of the National Parks charge fees, National Monuments seldom do and Echo Canyon Loop in the Chiricahua National Monument is free and a mustsee about two hours southeast of Tucson. Half a mile from the trailhead, you’ll reach the grotto, an amazing rock formation, including a big boulder suspended between two rock spires. You’ll continue to walk through oak and pine trees mixed with cacti and agaves, so you’ll see plants from all four ecosystems of the earth. The 3.3 -mile loop is long enough to feel like you’ve experienced the high desert grasslands without taking all day. Ending your jaunt along Gates Pass in the Tucson Mountains where many of the John Ford and Howard Hawks backdrop shots of John Wayne Westerns were filmed, will sear a vision in your brain of sunsets worth all the money you don’t have. Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident of Arizona, is past President of the Herein lies the largest Saguaro forest in the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, world. Look carefully and you may see those member of the National Concierge ghost riders in the sky… AZ Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A. ArizonaKEY.com
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The August issue of Arizona KEY Travel Magazine features a lodge style getaway in Northern Arizona, the best places to hike in Sedona, and a...