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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | December 2017 |

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PRESCOTT: Arizona’s Christmas City

63rd Annual Christmas Courthouse Lighting COVER PHOTO by Christopher Marchetti

features 16 27 33 36 60 70 78 79

Editor’s Page Wild Wonderland at Bearizona Desert Diamond West Valley Casino The Talking Stick Tasting Trail Sedona’s Top Hikes The Grand Canyon Concierge Corner: The Big Game Bischoff’s Shades of the West

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editor’spage WINTER in ARIZONA

There is undoubtedly something majestic about a snow covered landscape in any state. But it seems nearly impossible to surpass the divine stillness that falls upon the Grand Canyon under a blanket of fresh snow. An Arizona winter delivers all you’ve dreamt of and more. It promises a welcome escape from bitterly cold climes _ dips in a hot tub or heated pool in December are certainly not uncommon here! And yet, after enjoying a sunny winter’s morning in Southern or Central Arizona, you can easily take a day trip to get your fill of fun in the crisp pine country of Northern Arizona, in search of the sometimes elusive groundcover. The White Mountains along the Arizona/New Mexico border are the state’s second highest range. Pinetop-Lakeside and Springerville-Eagar along the northern edge of the range provide the most popular access points. Take a trip to the White Mountains and experience a Northern Arizona winter. Ski, tube or sled down snow-covered hills and then get warm by a fire. Located 220 miles east of Phoenix and 250 miles north of Tucson, this recreational winter wonderland is not to be missed. If you are southbound, Mount Lemmon is in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson. It is 9,157 feet above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. The drive up the beautiful Catalina Highway displays for travelers changing flora and fauna as the elevation rises. From saguaro cactus at the bottom, to the pine and aspen groves at the top, you’ll see a broad variety on this lovely drive. During this time of year, you can leave the warm Tucson climate, go skiing or sledding for the day, and be back in the desert before dark! Welcome to winter in Arizona. Hopefully you will find Arizona’s varied climates as fascinating and enjoyable as the varied landscapes our state offers for you to explore. No matter where you’re visiting from, we’re glad to have you for this Holiday Season and we extend our best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

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rescott is Arizona’s Christmas City. It may seem hard to think about Christmas with so much sunshine, cactus, and blue sky, but every Arizonan deserves to enjoy a festive celebration for the holidays and Prescott has it.

Governor Rose Mofford declared Prescott as Arizona’s Christmas City in 1989 as a way to recognize the community’s dedication to the Christmas spirit which is perhaps best shown by the annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony. This year marks the 63rd Annual Christmas Courthouse Lighting to be celebrated on Saturday December 2, at 6:00pm. The celebration will begin with children’s choirs from around the Prescott area and followed by a reading of the Christmas Story. Make plans to visit for the entire weekend because earlier in the day, at 1:00pm is the 35th annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade in downtown Prescott. This year’s theme of A Cowboy Christmas will bring all of the cozy and festive feels to downtown with all of the glowing lights on the Courthouse Plaza. Prescott Resort hosts one of the largest gingerbread villages in the world, the Acker Musical Showcase brings musical talent from near and far, and over 100 local shops and businesses host musical groups of all genres to perform for hours throughout downtown in the month of December. Plan a visit this Christmas season and see why, by Governor’s decree, Prescott is Arizona’s Christmas City. For more information and further event details, please visit: or call the official visitor information number at 800-266-7534. AZ 18

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his year’s theme of A Cowboy Christmas will bring all of the cozy and festive feels to downtown with all of the glowing lights on the Courthouse Plaza. PHOTOS: Upper Left photo by Nancy Maurer; Lower Right photo by Dave Veatch

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MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480-478-6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit

CONCERT: Marty Ashby’s 8th Annual Holiday Jazz Celebration Featuring Gloria Reuben Friday, December 1, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $43.50–$53.50 Description: Join guitarist and five-time Grammy Award–winning producer Marty Ashby for his annual holiday concert celebration. CONCERT: Sharon Isbin and the Pacifica Quartet Thursday, December 7, 2017 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $58.50–$78.50 Description: “Pacifica’s playing was sunny, charming, expressing the free-flowing interior conversation that the music reveals.” — New York Classical Review CONCERT: Jim Brickman Saturday, December 30, 2017 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 31, 2017 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $48.50–$68.50 Description: “Jim Brickman’s fans know him as the man who plays lyrical, soothing melodies on the piano, including his wellknown compositions sung by Olivia Newton John, Michael Bolton and other famous musicians.” —Chicago Tribune


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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy great live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. ALL MONTH Desert Diamond Casino (GLENDALE) A good time is never far away. Which is why Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s shuttle, the Jackpot Express, picks up and drops off at several locations throughout the West Valley area. Located right in the heart of Glendale’s entertainment district. Where jackpots hit close to home. Visit or 866.DDC.WINS. ALL MONTH Glendale Glitters 2017 (GLENDALE) The stunning display of 1.5 million lights illuminates 16 blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest free holiday light display in Arizona. Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th & Glendale Avenues, every night 5 pm – 10 pm, free, 623-930-2299. (Special events Friday and Saturday through the 16th). 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. (Closed on Christmas) 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 six centuries, this exhibition explores the history

and stylistic traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in the creation of ceramics for generations. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Call 480-686-9539. (Closed on Christmas) THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at Harold’s Corral, 8-11pm, For information call 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. SATURDAYS Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s Car Show (SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s”, this showcase of anywhere from 250 – 500 cars, and up to 150 motorcycles and choppers, is sure to satisfy collectors, dreamers, and aficionados, alike, The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 4-8pm, 480-362-2700. THROUGH JAN 7 Illumination (PHOENIX) Arizona’s largest holiday drive-thru light show that is fully synchronized to your favorite music. Enjoy the Holiday Boulevard; a park, eat, and play destination filled with memory-making experiences, tickets or call 602-567-3618. THROUGH JAN 14 ZooLights (PHOENIX) Join the Phoenix Zoo is the Valley’s brightest holiday tradition. ZooLights shines with millions of lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, lakeside musicin-motion shows and much more, 5:30-10:30pm nightly, For more information, visit, or call 602-286-3800.



December 1-23 Enjoy 23 Days of Holiday Magic! Christmas in Carefree is a community celebration designed to create memories for the entire family throughout the month of December. Plan to stroll the elegantly decorated 4 acre Carefree Desert Gardens day or night and visit Santa every weekend before Christmas. Special events include a morning parade (Dec 9), fireworks extravaganza, real snow, arts and crafts, unique entertainment, a Carefree Christmas Market and plenty of photo opportunities for children, families and veterans of all ages! FREE Admission.

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event calendar DEC 1 Old Town Holiday Festival (PEORIA) Take a stroll through Old Town Peoria and enjoy all the holiday activities featuring live entertainment, a visit from Santa, 20 tons of snow, crafters market, kid zone and a choral contest. South of Peoria and Grand avenues, 5-10pm, 623-773-7000. DEC 1 - 2 29th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering (WICKENBURG) Cowboy reception on Dec 1 at Desert Caballeros Western Museum with some of the featured cowboys, limited tickets. Main performance on Dec 2 at 7pm at the Wickenburg Community Center. Tickets 928-684-5479, DEC 1 – 2 Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights (GLENDALE) Bring your dancin’ shoes to Murphy Park, and dance to holiday music and oldies. The park will be packed with music, lights, kids’ crafts and entertainment. Murphy Park, free, 6 – 10pm, 623-930-2299.

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street performers, food, wine and beer gardens, kids station and more. Mill Avenue District, free admission, 10-5:30pm, 602-331-9016. DEC 1 – JAN 7 Holiday Lights (SCOTTSDALE) Take a train ride through many festive holiday lights and displays turning the Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. Santa will be at the park Dec 1-2 and then nightly Dec 8-23. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 6:30pm – 9pm, Call 480-312-2312. (No Holiday Lights on Dec 4, 24, 25 & 31) DEC 2 Stroll in the Glow (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Over 60,000 twinkling lights and ornaments adorn the trees and median of Avenue of the Fountains. Shops stay open late and serve holiday treats and beverages, holiday music on the sidewalks, Santa arrives by fire truck to take requests from hopeful children. Avenue of the Fountains, 5pm-7pm (Santa arrives at 6pm), FREE, 480-837-1654.

DEC 2 APS Electric Light Parade (PHOENIX) Spectacular display of lighted floats, marching bands, and performance groups. Central Ave. from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th St., 7th St. south to Indian School, 7pm, 602-262-6437. DEC 2 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights (CHANDLER) Since 1957 Chandler has been the only city in the southwestern United States to have a tumbleweed Christmas tree! Enjoy live entertainment, food, crafts, games & Santa. A.J. Chandler Park, FREE, 4:30pm – 9pm, parade at 7pm, 480-782-2735. DEC 8 22nd Annual Parade of Lights (WICKENBURG) Watch the illuminated entries and have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus after the parade in front of the historic Little Red Schoolhouse. Parade starts at 6:30pm on Yavapai Street, Call 928-684-0977, visit

DEC 1 - 2 16th Annual Surprise Party (SURPRISE) Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, balloon glow (weather permitting), skydivers, live music, Santa’s workshop and fireworks on Friday from 5-9pm. Saturday features a car show, live music, arts and crafts festival, petting zoo and more from 11-5pm. Surprise Recreation Campus, free admission with canned food or toy donation, 623-222-2000. DEC 1 - 3 Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts (TEMPE) As many as 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience. Live entertainment, 22

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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES DEC 8 - 9 Stagecoach Christmas Village (CAVE CREEK) Celebrate the Holiday season, featuring a wide variety of jury selected fine Arts and Crafts. Enjoy open air shopping, dining, wine tasting and musical entertainment in the high Sonoran desert. Stagecoach Village, 10-5pm, FREE, 623-734-6526. DEC 8 – 9 Winter Wonderland Weekend (GLENDALE) Features a children’s snow field, so don’t forget to bring the mittens! Sip hot cocoa while basking in delightful winter fun, right here, in Arizona! Historic Downtown Glendale, 6pm – 10pm, FREE, 623-930-2299. DEC 8 - 10 Phoenix Festival of the Arts (PHOENIX) Three days of live arts and entertainment, plus over 125 arts and cultural exhibitors, a hands-on community mural, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, a Family Zone play area and more! Margaret T. Hance Park, FREE, 602-254-3100. DEC 9 Christmas in the Park (LITCHFIELD PARK) Enjoy craft vendors and food booths. The hometown parade starts at 10am and includes marching bands, youth groups and floats. Festival includes real snow, kids’ activities, visits with Santa, and live local stage acts throughout

the day. Litchfield Park Town Center, 9–4pm, FREE, 623-935-9040. DEC 9 Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade (TEMPE) Features as many as 50 festively lighted boats of all sizes, selfies with Santa, live music, food, and a top notch fireworks show. Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake, 4pm, FREE, 480-355-6060. DEC 15 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. DEC 15 – 16 Spirit of Giving Weekend (GLENDALE) Celebrates and showcases the numerous community organizations and non-profits which continue to make a positive impact in the lives of Valley residents. Plus enjoy 1.5 million holiday lights! Historic Downtown Glendale, 6pm – 10pm, FREE, 623-930-2299. DEC 31 New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort (SCOTTSDALE) Get ready to bid farewell to 2017 at Talking Stick Resort! The resort is ringing in the New Year with live entertainment, dinner, hotel accommodations and more! Reservations call 866-877-9897.


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MONDAYS Monday Football Madness (CAMP VERDE) Are you ready for some football? Watch the game on a 12 foot HDTV screen, enjoy a stadium style buffet, featuring home-teamthemed items along with tailgate favorites. Win Castle Cash and prizes. Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, $15, 800-381-SLOT. ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular off-road tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Tour. For history buffs, explore the mystery and capture the history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For a stunning jeep ride and seeforever vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Call 833-314-7465 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)

ALL MONTH World’s Largest Gingerbread Village (PRESCOTT) Enjoy a fantastical village of more than 100 delicious structures in the lobby of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, FREE for viewing 24/7, 888-878-2489. 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, 1:00-2:30pm, $15, to reserve a seat call 928-203-5353. TUESDAY - SATURDAY Live Entertainment at Timbers Lounge (PINETOP) Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center features 800 of the newest slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel rooms. Enjoy FREE live entertainment Tuesday Saturday at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment & Dance at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live music, dancing and fun every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9:00pm, 800-381-SLOT. NOV 24 - DEC 2 Tlaquepaque Tree Trail (SEDONA) Get into the holiday spirit while helping to raise funds for Toys for Tots. Featuring over 20 ornately decorated Christmas trees throughout Tlaquepaque designed by the creative folks in the shops and galleries. If you fall in love with the perfect tree for your home or



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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES business, purchase a $25 raffle ticket and the tree might be yours! The drawing will be held Dec 2. Tlaquepaque, 10-6pm, 928-282-4838, DEC 1 Sedona Tree Lighting and Santa Visit (SEDONA) Enjoy a traditional treelighting, refreshments, local entertainment and Santa visits with children. Tlaquepaque North, 5-7pm, 928-282-4838, DEC 1 Sedona Gallery Association 1st Friday Tour (SEDONA) Enjoy an evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations from 5pm8pm. Ride the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to the Gallery Row & Uptown locations, 800-288-7336. DEC 2 Parade & Courthouse Christmas Lighting (PRESCOTT) Ring in the holiday season in Arizona’s Christmas City with the 35th Annual parade at 1pm, which is followed by the 63rd Annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony at 6pm. Prescott Courthouse Plaza, free, 888878-2489. (See Story Page 18)

DEC 2 First Saturday Art Walk (JEROME) Visit 30+ unique art studios and galleries featuring jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings, sculpture and more, 5-8 pm, 928-649-2277. DEC 2 Breakfast with Santa (SEDONA) After a pancake breakfast, children can enjoy making winter crafts, as well as sitting on Santa’s lap. Don’t forget to bring your camera if you would like a picture of your child with Santa Claus. The Hub at Posse Grounds Park, 8-10am, FREE, 928-282-7098. DEC 8 Acker Musical Showcase (PRESCOTT) Enjoy a stroll in the Downtown Entertainment District and listen to musical acts, carolers and revelers in the spirit of song, 5:30-8:30pm, FREE, 888-878-2489. DEC 9 Festival of Lights (SEDONA) A cherished tradition which involves the lighting of 6,000 luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways at 5pm. Entertainment abounds with carolers, Santa and musicians. Specially designated

Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased, 928-282-4838, DEC 16 Holiday Sweet Stroll (SEDONA) Discover unique gifts, enjoy sparkling lights, strolling carolers, sweet treats, special give-a-ways, discount offers and more. Tlaquepaque, 3-7pm, 928-282-4838, DEC 22 Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk (PRESCOTT) Mingle with creative people while enjoying art, food and live music. Various locations, 5pm, 888-878-2489. DEC 31 Whiskey Row New Years Eve’s Boot Drop (PRESCOTT) Head on down to historic Whiskey Row to enjoy entertainment, amazing fireworks and fantastic local vendors. The illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered from the 40-foot high Palace Building’s flagpole at 10pm and again at midnight, 888-878-2489. DEC 31 New Years Eve Party (CAMP VERDE) Ring in the New Year at Cliff Castle Casino! Call 800381-SLOT for reservations and event details.

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event calendar Williams, Flagstaff & Northern Az ALL MONTH Bearizona Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Drive into the Arizona wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of your own private vehicle. Walk through Fort Bearizona’s winding paths to enjoy the antics of more animals on exhibit. Visit the newly opened jaguar exhibit and restaurant, Canyonlands which are attractions in themselves, 928-635-2289. ALL MONTH Meteor Crater (WINSLOW) Come and relive the intensity of the impact at Meteor Crater, located off Interstate 40 at Exit 233, 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Enjoy guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and Subway Sandwich shop. Save $5 off Two Adult Admissions with Ad on Pg. 71! 800-289-5898. THROUGH JAN 6 Polar Express Train Rides (WILLIAMS) Experience the magic of the Polar Express, the classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, as the train departs Williams Depot to the “North Pole” with a visit from Santa. Grand Canyon Railway, for reservations 800-THE TRAIN. DEC 1 First Friday ArtWalk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music and entertainment, unique dining, meet local artists and shop for local artwork at


enjoying caroling and making new memories with family and friends, as we light up downtown with luminarias! 5-8pm, FREE. Presented by Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance (928) 526-2146.

galleries in historic downtown. 6-9 pm, FREE, 928-779-2300. DEC 1 – DEC 30 Wild Wonderland at Bearizona (WILLIAMS) Enjoy the magic of Bearizona at night! Visitors will enter the park after normal operating hours and stroll among the beautifully lit pine trees that are synchronized to traditional Christmas music. Runs Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights from Dec 1 - Dec 17, then nightly from Dec 18 – 30. Bearizona, 928-635-2289. (See Story Page 27) DEC 2 Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores, music & caroling, the annual tree lighting at 5:30pm, and free pictures with Santa from 6-8pm! Heritage Square, 928-275-2655. DEC 9 & 16 Breakfast with Santa (FLAGSTAFF) Come enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast, get your picture with Santa, and make holiday memories downtown! 9-11am at the historic Weatherford Hotel. 60 tickets available for each Saturday, $15 all inclusive! To purchase and reserve tickets, call 928-7791919 ext. 430. DEC 12 Luminaria Stroll (FLAGSTAFF) A holiday tradition in Historic Downtown Flagstaff! Stroll along glowing streets while

DEC 13 Geminid Metoer Shower (FLAGSTAFF) Family-friendly activities designed to teach visitors about the cause of meteor showers at 6pm. Learn about the source of the Geminid Meteor Shower and get viewing tips during a lecture at 7pm. Lowell Observatory, 928-7743358. Save $2 off Admission with Ad on Page 71! DEC 19 Jingle Bell Shop (FLAGSTAFF) Come wrap up your holiday shopping during locals’ night in historic Flagstaff. and enjoy live music in the local shops from 4-7pm. Presented by Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance at Historic Downtown Flagstaff. (928) 526-2146 DEC 31 NYE Great Pinecone Drop (FLAGSTAFF) Ring in the New Year in classic Flagstaff tradition as the giant, LED-Lighted Pinecone is lowered from the top of the Historic Weatherford Hotel. 10pm for families & again at Midnight, 928-779-1919.


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Get in the spirit of the Christmas season and enjoy the magic of Bearizona at night during Wild Wonderland.


his family friendly event allows visitors to enter the park after normal operating hours and takes place in the Fort Bearizona walk through portion of the park only, the drive through portion of the park is closed. Guests will enjoy the lights and sounds of the season while strolling through the beautifully lit ponderosa pine trees that are synchronized to traditional Christmas music. This festive light show occurs every half hour. Mrs. Claus makes a special visit nightly, for Storytime at 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in the Gift Shop. After Storytime, kids of all ages can take a photo with Mrs. Claus. Several of the park’s critters will stay up late to enjoy the cooler nights and will even get the chance to open their Christmas presents early! Bearizona’s program animals are eager to participate in the season’s festivities as well, and will be out for all to meet from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Gift Shop. Guests can purchase delicious Christmas goodies, and warm themselves up with seasonal beverages at the snack bar, and guests can stay warm by the outdoor fire pit and purchase s’mores to roast and toast to their delight. The event will run Friday/Saturday/Sunday evenings (December 1 - December 17), then every evening (December 18 - December 30). Wild Wonderland is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission to this event is a separate charge from regular park admission and is $14 for anyone 4 years of age and older. You can BEARIZONA WILDLIFE PARK purchase tickets for this event at http://www. 1500 E. Route 66, Williams, AZ 86046 Guests should plan to dress Highway 64 & Interstate 40 extra warm as many of the activities occur 928-635-2289 • outdoors. AZ


event calendar DEC 1 Luminaria Nights (TUBAC) Luminaria Nights –is Tubac’s annual celebration of the Holiday Season! The streets are lined with luminaries and the stores are open until 9 PM. Join us at sunset for great homemade food, music and Santa Claus! 5pm-8pm, 520-398-2704. DEC 1-2, 8-9, 16-17 Holiday Nights (TUCSON) Celebrate the holidays surrounded by a million twinkling lights and glowing luminarias at Tohono Chul. Stroll around the lighted gardens and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa. Beer, wine and additional snacks will be available for purchase. $16 Adults, $3 for 12 and under. Fri & Sat, 5:30pm-8:30pm, 520-742-6455. DEC 2 Color Vibe 5k Run (TUCSON) Get ready for the most colorful, fun-filled day of your life! You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle. You’ll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Tucson Convention Center. 9am start. $65 Adult regiistration, Kids up to 12 free with paid adult. 520-622-4900. DEC 2 4th Annual Tombstone Tour of Homes and More (TOMBSTONE) 19 different historic properties to explore on this one-of-a-kind tour. See inside some of the historic homes, churches and buildings in Tombstone. Allow 4 to 6


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hours. Begin at the Tombstone Visitor Center. Ages 13 and up only, and no food, beverage (unless offered by the home owner); photos outside only. Restrooms available in town. $10/person. 9am-4pm (520) 255-3700. DEC 3 La Fiesta de Tumacácori (TUBAC) Presenting traditional creations of cultures native to the Santa Cruz Valley, featuring fifty food and craft booths, continuous live entertainment on stage, and children’s activities each day. A multicultural Mass, preceded by a traditional procession, is held on Sun, 10am. FREE Fiesta 8am-5pm at Tumacácori National Historical Park. 520-377-5060. DEC 9 Bisbee After 5 ARTWALK (BISBEE) Monthly artwalk on the 2nd Saturday of each month in Old Bisbee. Over 30 galleries, shops and restaurants stay open for artists’ receptions, live entertainment, free raffle & more. 5-8pm. 520-432-2900. DEC 9 Tucson Marathon, Marathon Relay & Half-Marathon (TUCSON) Mild Tucson winter weather adds to the popularity of this Boston Marathonqualifying foot race on what has been called “one of the prettiest courses in the country,” from the town of Oracle to the town of Catalina, since 1995. DEC 9 Christmas Light Parade (TOMBSTONE) The sound of caroling in the streets. The glow of a thousand twinkling lights. The “H0-HoHo” of Santa and his sleigh. What better way to spend a

Saturday evening? Parade starts at 6th Street and ends at 3rd Street, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. 520-457-9317 DEC 9 - 10 A Southwest Nutcracker (TUCSON) Tucson Regional Ballet with Tucson Symphony Orchestra present an original full-length version of The Nutcracker ballet, set in 1880s Tucson, and featuring Mama Piñata, Prickly Pear Fairy, dancing chile peppers, and other colorful characters. Sat at 2pm & 7:30pm, Sun. at 2pm. $25 and up. 520-866-1222 DEC 9 - 26 Winterhaven Festival of Lights (TUCSON) Light is a common theme among many of the major religions of the the world. Walk through every evening. 6:00pm-10:00pm, Recurring daily. FREE to attend (Please bring a donation of food or money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona) Drive-through night Dec. 26th only. DEC 11 - 14 21st Annual Christmas at San Xavier Concert (TUCSON) A concert of sacred and secular Christmas songs, performed by Sons of Orpheus with Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus/ Tucson Girls Chorus at Mission San Xavier del Bac to benefit restoration and preservation of the 300-year-old National Historic Landmark, which has been called “Sistine Chapel of North America.” 520-407-6130 DEC 29 3rd Annual NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl (TUCSON) Tucson is a college sports town with passion for its local teams but on New Year’s Eve weekend fans welcome the Arizona Bowl, a post-season collegiate football bowl game certified by the NCAA and held at Arizona Stadium, University of Arizona. facebook. com/novaAZBOWL/

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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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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 32 32

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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esert Diamond West Valley Casino, located at Northern Avenue and Loop 101 in Glendale, Arizona, is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Desert Diamond is just minutes away from the Westgate Entertainment District offering a place to keep the excitement going after a game or concert. The modern facility features 1,089 gaming machines including classic favorites and the latest releases. The wins come fast and furious, with over $4 million in jackpots won in September of 2017 alone! Guests looking to get the most from their play should sign up for the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Rewards Card. Joining is fast, easy, and free! New members also receive a special new member bonus of up to $1,000 in Free Play. In addition, active duty, retired and veteran members of the U.S. military are eligible for the Tribute Card, with extra perks including $10 Free Play twice a month. Since all the action can work up an appetite, the casino Food Court serves up a little something for everybody, from breakfast specials to burgers and sandwiches to salads. Plus, guests can take advantage of weekly specials on local craft beers and specialty cocktails at the property’s RUSH Bar. From cash drawings to food truck festivals, there’s always something exciting going on at Desert Diamond West Valley Casino.

Desert Diamond West Valley Casino 9431 W. Northern Ave Glendale, AZ 85305 Call: (623) 877-7777 or toll-free at 1-866-DDC-WINS

And this is just the beginning. In late 2017, construction will start on the next phase of the casino geared to offer more fun with a larger facility featuring slots, table games, live bingo, and multiple restaurants. Desert Diamond West Valley Casino is an enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation. It operates three casinos in Southern Arizona near Tucson, Sahuarita, and Why.



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Whether you are looking to kick up your heels at an Old Western Saloon, visit a World Famous Cafe or enjoy true southwestern cuisine, the Valley of the Sun has something for everyone to enjoy. Sip on wine while you take in a gorgeous sunset or dance the night away with friends.

HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 • 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.

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

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 290 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480.991.5988 • Get the best steak house experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Scottsdale. Their signature 500° sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. The steak house has magnificent sunset views and a beautiful outside patio and terrace. Call today for an unforgettable dining experience!

VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • 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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here is no doubt that the Talking Stick Destination is home to a multitude of entertainment options like Talking Stick Resort, Topgolf and the Pavilions at Talking Stick shopping center, but you may not be aware of all the culinary delights that await you within the Destination as well. The Talking Stick Tasting Trail was developed to help you navigate your way around the destination and to highlight menu options at each location that feature local and southwestern flair. Delighting your taste buds has never been so easy, or so tasty! If you’re seeking fun and creative food, Topgolf and Octane Raceway are sure to please. Twenty-four cinnamon sugar dusted donut holes and a choice to inject them with a flavor of your choosing; awesome! For those seeking Native American inspired dishes, Wildhorse Grill at Talking Stick Golf Club is sure to delight. Pima beef stew is a hearty meal that can easily be shared, and its served with fry bread and their torta, which features grilled carne asada and jicama slaw is superb! Thirsty? The Bistro at the Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River has a Prickly Pear margarita that is divine and Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort has a Prickly Pear martini that will surely tickle your taste buds. Talking Stick is an entertainment district located on the Talking Stick Destination Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale Conveniently located off the and is conveniently located off the 101 freeway and Talking 101 freeway and Talking Stick Way Stick Way. Learn more about the Tasting Trail and the Destination at AZ 36

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shopping In need of some retail therapy? Then get ready to navigate the most incredible array of upscale boutiques, specialty gift shops, outdoor promenades, outlet centers, luxury jewelers and so much more! Find the latest designer fashions, unique pieces of the southwest to take home, authentic Native American art & jewelry and everything in between. We promise you will shop ‘til you drop! Remember to keep an eye out for the perfect tote to carry home all your special finds! BISCHOFF’S SHADES OF THE WEST 7247 Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-3289 • Founded in 1971, Shades of the West continues to be the most unique shopping destination in Old Town Scottsdale. Featuring a wide variety of custom leather goods & jewelry, Minnetonka Moccasins, Southwestern foods, pottery from Mexico and much more. Bischoff’s Gallery features Southwest home décor, books and museum quality art. 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.


HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 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. SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 Avenue of the Fountains #100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • Voted One of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores, Sami Fine Jewelry is a great place to buy your jewelry! Home to many unique one of kind jewelry designs, Sami’s is know for their style. If your looking for something that will set you apart, you are sure to find it at Sami’s! Arizona KEYMagazine

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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix

OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Gilbert Ortega. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4

CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Intimate and unique shopping and dining Map B4 experience including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and Betteridge Jewelers. Scottsdale Rd EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 BOULDERS Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air and restaurants, a full-service luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Scottsdale Map C4 Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 KIERLAND COMMONS A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale shop- WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT ping, dining and entertainment in an urban setting. Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale delivers an interactive shopping, dining and Map J3 entertainment experience. Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale

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attractions When it comes to memorable experiences, Arizona has you covered from scenic lake cruises, one-ofa-kind museums, amazing aquariums and zoos, world-class golf courses, soaring balloon flights and everything in between.



THE HALL OF FLAME is America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain.

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Ceramics (L-R): Nampeyo (Hopi/Tewa, c. 1860-1942), Unchained Melody Jar Jar, c. 19051907, and Polychrome Storage Jar with Appliqué, c. 1905; Les Namingha (Hopi/Zuni, b. 1967), Jar, c. 1997. Gifts of The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection. Photo: Bill Dambrova.


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

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




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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’. 480-488-1906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP – There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek,

except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences. 480-488-9047.

attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757.

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.

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.

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


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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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! 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 53 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 “CHOC-OHOLIC” 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. 623930-4200. 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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• GO GLENDALE • You’ll Love Every Moment! With so much to see and do, you’ll love every moment of your visit. Marvel at the state’s largest FREE holiday light display with 1.6 million lights! Sparkling nightly! Nov. 24 thru Jan. 6.

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

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history & archaeology; arts & culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual & metaphysical, imagine doing all this amid 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 is both wild & wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday--and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 866-878-2489 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all 58

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

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Sedona 1. PINK JEEP TOURS – Pink Jeep’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 55 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. 833-314-7465. 2. CLIFF CASTLE CASINO HOTEL – The entertainment destination on the way to Sedona is Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. Enjoy fun for the whole family including Bowling, Kid’s Quest, fabulous dining, newly renovated accommodations and of course great slot and table gaming. Voted Arizona’s #1 Casino 18 years in a row! 800-381-SLOT. 3. TLAQUEPAQUE – Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village is home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, all enclosed in a compound of Spanishstyle buildings. Known as “The Art and Soul of Sedona,” this is a not-to-be-missed Sedona experience! 928-282-4838. 4. OAKCREEK COUNTRY CLUB – Oakcreek Country Club boasts a Robert Trent 64

Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. This 18-hole championship golf course is nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks with views beyond compare. 888-284-1660. 5. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK – Watch exotic animals roam in spacious habitats plus exciting shows like Tiger Splash & Predator Feed. Use Promo code AZKEY17 for special savings. 928-567-2840. 6. SEDONA ROUGE HOTEL & SPA – Unwind in spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and hotel suites. Feast upon modern cuisine and delicious comfort foods at REDS Restaurant. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at the luxurious Sedona Spa. Call 866-312-4111 today! 7. SEDONA AIR TOURS – The most-trusted and well known helicopter and airplane tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jet-powered helicopter to view the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona, or fly to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Skywalk in an airplane.

888.866.7433. Mention KEY2017 for Special Savings. 8. 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. Call 800-526-7668. 9. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK – Slide Rock provides a natural water slide that invites everyone to be a kid again. Shaded by cottonwoods and sycamores along the canyon walls, hikers can explore the trails. 928-282-3034 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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The answer to one of the most asked questions by Sedona visitors is iron! The incredible array of colors displayed by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks is a direct result of iron oxide in water seeping into sandstone rock formations. Water carrying dissolved iron oxide drains through the porous sandstone and literally paints quartz grains – you guessed it – red! 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

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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 wellbeing. 928-778-9434.


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. 928-7780133. 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 Mile-High Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-toTrails 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

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ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? Northern Arizona invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Grand Canyon – The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 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., 928-635-4061 68

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. 800-9566123 or AZ

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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” 
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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. to help plan your trip. Once you arrive in the park, talk with the rangers for upto-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. Rangers present programs—walks, 70

talks, and evening presentations—throughout the year. All activities are free. 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. 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.

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.

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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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Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. METEOR CRATER – Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visitor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. 800-289-5898. See Ad Page 71 for Savings. 3. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, 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. 4. LOWELL OBSERVATORY – Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to 74

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 71 for Savings. 5. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate 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 6. 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. 7. 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. 8. 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) 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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Tucson and Southern AZ


ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Bisbee – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe., 520-432-3554 Tucson – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and Tombstone – founded in 1877, the “Town golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenGem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play actment of the bitter fight between the Earps Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk Tucson will keep you entertained. where heroes and villains of the old west lived, 800-638-8350 AZ worked and fought. 888-457-3929 Tubac – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704


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AZ Visitors Ask The Expert Q. December brings in queries from the crowd seekers who want to know “Where’s a great place to watch the bowl games without a ticket?” A. If you want to take a pass on parking at Chase Field and running the gauntlet of lines at the gate, the food concessions and the bathrooms for the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl in Phoenix on December 24th,, why not catch this Big 12 vs the Pac 12 on ESPN at Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers in Old Town Scottsdale in Central Arizona: www.coldbeers. com | (480) 941-2747. Somebody in the crowd will be pleased they can multitask and finish up some last-minute holiday shopping in the heart of this marketplace as a bonus! 31 screens and a 3-story parking garage behind the restaurant give patrons a lot to “ho ho ho” about, not to mention 25 choices of cheeseburgers with several salads, multiple hot dog and milkshake riffs, steak fries and a great kids’ menu — all made from scratch! The crowds are known to have an electrifying energy during big sporting event nights and puppies are welcomed on the patio! Normally reservations are not required, but calling ahead to inquire about special events protocol is advised. And if you’re around for New Year’s Eve, the metro tradition is Block Parties! Check out Mill Avenue and Tempe Town Lake in Tempe and Old Town in Scottsdale for the confetti and

champagne crowd. (Be sure and wear your tracking device.) Like cheerleaders and hot wings, college bowl trivia games on your smart phones can spice up any pub party. Among the many recommended apps to establish your reputation as a bona fide geek of the college pigskin are College Football Bowl for iPhones and College Football Trivia for androids. The Nova Home Loan Arizona Bowl in Tucson featuring Western state college teams in the Mountain West Conference (MWC) vs Southern state colleges in the Conference USA (CUSA) played at the Arizona Stadium, will be televised live, December 30 on the CBS Sports Network — The VIP treatment for bowl watching in this Southern Arizona college town — home to the University of Arizona Wildcats — is the 19,000-square-foot play station / eatery: Culinary Dropout! Local restaurateur Sammy Fox puts a casual collegiate spin on gourmet dining, adding a field of dreams sports arena for ping pong, corn hole, and shuffleboard jocks! Twenty-eight TVs will keep you up on the game if you don’t get pulled into the live game action, or sidetracked watching the chefs sautéing searing, simmering or baking breads and pretzel balls for fondue dunking in Continued on Page 81


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Unique Treasures of the Southwest


ounded in 1971, Shades of the West is a sprawling shop in the style of the early Western trading posts. It is filled with Mexican glassware, live cactus that’s ready to plant or send as gifts, handmade baskets, gorgeous clothing and jewelry, cowboy hats and Old Gringo boots, pottery, Southwestern iron and bronze hardware for doors and cabinets, gourmet spices, music and those are just the highlights. Browse the colorful selection of belts, wallets, handbags and more. They also carry the widest selection of Minnetonka Moccasins in Arizona, from children’s to women and men’s. For the sports fans, football season is upon us. Shades of the West specializes in a huge selection of official NFL, MLB, and College apparel as well as Cactus League Spring Training shirts and sweatshirts. Expanding the offerings from Shades of the West 19 years ago to the art gallery portion of the collection, Bischoff’s Gallery specializes in works meticulously created and hand-crafted by Native American, Western, and Southwestern artists. Bischoff’s offers an unmatched selection of beautiful and intricate jewelry including silver and turquoise earrings, necklaces & pendants, bracelets, bolo ties, pins, rings and so much more. Many of the jewelry artists are award-winning craftsmen as well as some artists fresh on the scene. At Bischoff’s Gallery discover Navajo rugs, spectacular landscapes of the West by painter G. Russell Case, hand-carved Hopi kachina dolls, baskets, beadwork, folk art, sculptures and more. Find authentic artifacts like war shirts, BISCHOFF’S SHADES OF THE WEST beaded belts, medicine caps, bonnets, pipes and headdresses. If 7247 Main Street your treasure hunt if focused on just about any other item found Scottsdale, AZ 85251 in the West of yesterday and today, then make your way across 480-945-3289 the street to Shades of the West. Growing up, Anselm Bischoff watched his grandfather trade with Native Americans in the Canyon de Chelly area years ago and BISCHOFF’S GALLERY this ignited his passion for the West. He keeps this tradition alive 3925 North Brown Avenue today with Shades of the West and Bischoff’s Gallery. AZ Scottsdale, AZ 85251






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 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 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, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit 80 80

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 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 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. 520-883-2701 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 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 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 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 AZ

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Anyone in the know will tell you - Bisbee is a small town with a big difference: you’re welcome to be yourself here. When you’re in Bisbee, you are Bisbee. Come check us out, and you’ll find a place with a thriving creative culture and a real appreciation for freedom. So be yourself, in all your glory. Stretch out. Be unencumbered.

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Then, if you’re on the prowl for a great bar to watch either the Cactus Bowl or the Nova Home Loan Arizona Bowl, former Phoenix Sun basketball star and Grand Canyon University basketball coach Don Majerles restaurant/ bar, Majerles,, is the ticket. The Fried Jalapeno Burger and the Lumberjack Chicken Sandwich (or for that matter, any burger there served on a Texas Sweet Roll) with fresh cut fries is a hit. New Year’s Eve is celebrated best at the Weatherford Hotel (928) 779-1919 for the popular Pine Cone Drop from its balcony at 10 p.m. and 12 midnight! The historic Weatherford, built in 1900, has been home to a theatre, restaurant, billiard hall, general store and radio station over the years. All three of its restaurants: Charly’s Pub, the Gopher Hole and the Zane Grey will be open for reservations. And I leave you with a traditional New Year’s Eve Irish toast: “May your hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want,” and a reminder that New Year’s Day is everyone’s birthday. AZ 81

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Arizona KEY Travel Guide December 2017 digital edition  

The December issue of Arizona KEY Travel Magazine features Prescott, Arizona's Christmas City, don't miss the annual courthouse lighting and...

Arizona KEY Travel Guide December 2017 digital edition  

The December issue of Arizona KEY Travel Magazine features Prescott, Arizona's Christmas City, don't miss the annual courthouse lighting and...