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THE PEOPLE’S OPEN 83rd Edition 16 33 56 62 71 80 84 88 95 96

Editor’s Page Renowned Chefs at Cliff Castle Top 5 Sedona Hikes Why Are Sedona’s Rocks Red? Hall of Flame Museum Immersing in Western Spirit Your Stargazing Tool Kit The Search for Snow in Arizona Discover Bisbee Concierge Corner

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New Year always brings reflection on missed-opportunities, thoughts of new goals, and aspirations toward new adventures. Why not use your time in Arizona to achieve some of your loftiest dreams of memorable moments. Here are just a few of the exciting things you can do in our amazing state that might have made it on your 2018 bucket list.

1. See the Grand Canyon It’s a bit of a ‘no-brainer’ when you’re in the Grand Canyon State, to see the natural wonder that spans 277

miles and is more than a mile deep. But consider this: there are multiple ways to see the majestic grandeur of the canyon. From hiking, to mule rides, to rafting on the Colorado River, to hitting the railway on a scenic train ride -- the choices seem endless. Excellent modes of transport to consider are: Arizona Scenic Tours ( where you can be fully immersed in your role of passenger and sightseer; Pink Jeep Tours ( where you can rumble through to stopping points in the canyon that other visitors can’t get to while trekking in an open air vehicle with an adventurous guide; Walking on a glass bridge over the canyon ( that takes you 70 feet beyond the rim to view the amazing 4,000 foot depths below; and getting the ultimate bird’s eye view on an aerial tour of the world’s most spectacular gorge from Sedona Air Tours (

2. Go on a Rugged Adventure Who doesn’t want to add a little adventure to 2018? Arizona has a

myriad of opportunities for outdoor escapades. With 35 Arizona State Parks to choose from, hikers are sure to find a challenging trail system to explore ( Less than an hour from Phoenix, you can have an off-roading adventure in the Sonoran Desert (complete with outdoor shooting if you desire) with Stellar Adventures ( If a water excursion is what you’re after, consider a guided or unguided kayak tour on one of Arizona’s many lakes and rivers with South By Southwest (, or head down to beautiful Bartlett Lake Marina ( just an hour from Phoenix to rent a pontoon, ski boat or party yacht. Still another option to enjoy the great outdoors is a relaxing scenic lake cruise on The Desert Belle (www.desertbelle. com) or The Dolly Steamboat (

3. Go Back in Time People want to turn back the clock for a multitude of reasons, but if you’ve got an affinity for all things

historical, then Arizona is a great place to explore. Arizona is known for its wild west appeal and we’ve got ghost towns and ancient relics galore. A few examples to check out: a drive down the famous and nostalgic Old Route 66; Harold’s Corral ( a survivor from the heyday of cowboy hangouts; go on the Prescott Heritage Trail & History Hunt ( a historic walking tour and scavenger hunt through the City of Prescott. There is also MacDonald’s Ranch (www.macdonaldsranch. com) where you can take a step back in time to ride a horse or a stagecoach; Tortilla Flat (www. an authentic remnant of a stagecoach stop (continued on page 32) 16

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CONCERT: Victor Wooten Trio Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $33.50–$53.50 Description: What Wooten did with bass has almost no parallel in modern music.

CONCERT: Melanie Friends and Family — An Evening of Songs and Stories Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38.50–$43.50 Description: The voice of an era returns for a night of family, friends, and fun. Victor Wooten Trio


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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 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. 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, 480-686-9539. WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a wine tasting and live music cruise with Desert Belle on Saguaro Lake! Call 480-984-2425 for reservations, mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 49). THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at Harold’s Corral, 8-11pm, 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. ONGOING Of Spirit and Flame: John Coleman Bronzes (SCOTTSDALE) This selection of more than 20 bronze sculptures by award-winning sculptor and painter John Coleman celebrates one of the nation’s most important artists of the American West. Exhibition at Western Spirit:

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539 for further details. ONGOING Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum (PHOENIX) Take a journey through 9,000 years of Chinese musical history with a spectacular collection of ancient musical and archaeological treasures on display for the first time in the US. Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix. Daily 9am-5pm, Admission $20. 480-478-6000 THROUGH JAN 2 Lights of the World (PHOENIX) A unique international lantern arts festival with 11 overarching exhibits and 75 stunning displays. 30+ carnival rides & games, daily performance showcasing acrobatics, dance, and music concerts. 5PM-10PM Daily. Adults $18, 65+ $16, Child $15 (3-13), Children under 3 are FREE. Acrobat Tickets (Separate) $8, Parking $10. Carnival games are extra Arizona State Fairgrounds, 1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix. 602.252.6771. THROUGH JAN 6 Glendale Glitters (GLENDALE) Experience the magic of traditional old town holiday atmosphere with about 1.5 million holiday lights throughout a 16-block area that includes the Old Towne and Catlin Court



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(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. Districts. The glittering magic of Glendale’s holiday light display remains lit nightly through January 6, 2018, from 5pm – 11pm each evening. Historic Downtown Glendale is located at 58th and Glendale Aves. For more info. on additional holiday events, call the Special Event Hotline at 623-930-2299. FREE. THROUGH JAN 7 Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus (CHANDLER) Enjoy an age-old Italian tradition in an intimate tent setting featuring a one-ring circus with amazing acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowns and plenty of audience participation. Chandler Center for the Arts, For tickets and info. call 480-782-2680. THROUGH JAN 14 Phoenix ZooLights (PHOENIX) ZooLights shines with millions of lights, a three-story lighted tree, 20

hundreds of glimmering light displays, & lakeside Music-inMotion shows! Festive Food and Drinks available and Nightly Snowfall at 7:30pm. Phoenix Zoo, 602-286-3800. JAN 1 New Year’s Brunch (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy a special New Year’s Day brunch in The Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort from 10am-2pm. Pricing: $70 for adults, $22.95 for kids (5-12 years). 480-850-7777. JAN 5 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces and hop on a FREE shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route, 6pm-10pm, 602-256-7539 for more info.

JAN 6 Night of the Three Kings (PHOENIX) Celebrate Noche de Reyes Magos! This Latino holiday commemorates the day when the three wise men followed the star to Bethlehem and arrived bearing their treasured gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the Baby Jesus. Enjoy a night of live mariachi music, specialty Mexican food, games, activities and a chance to meet the Three Kings! The Three Kings arrive at 6pm on camels. Activities included with ZooLights admission. Phoenix Zoo, 5:30pm-8:30pm, 602.286.3800. JAN 12 – 14 15th Annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon (PHOENIX) Known for live music and excitement, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon is a relatively flat course that runs through three of the Southwest’s most scenic cities – Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, for more info. visit www.runrocknroll. com. JAN 12 – MAR 25 Arizona Fine Art EXPO (SCOTTSDALE) Produced by the Thunderbird Artists, experience the creative process as it happens. Home to 115 artists’ studios, Patrons and visitors are given the unique one-to-one opportunity to experience the creative process as it happens. Admission: $8-$10, Call for more info: (480) 837-7163. JAN 13 – 14 26th Annual Litchfield Park Native American Fine Arts Festival (LITCHFIELD PARK) Learn how Native American heritage is celebrated through the arts. There will be active teaching, demonstrating and presentations throughout the festival. Artist booths line Old Litchfield Road south of Wigwam Blvd. during this vibrant street festival. www.

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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES JAN 13 – 21 47th Annual BarrettJackson Classic Car Auction (SCOTTSDALE) The largest, most prestigious antique / classic car auction in the world. Featuring classic and one-ofa-kind vehicles to exotics and muscle cars. Register to bid on over 1,500 cars, most offered at no reserve. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 480-421-6694. JAN 14 Comedy Show (SCOTTSDALE) Comedian Tracy Morgan is coming to The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort. While you enjoy the show, get your favorite beer, cocktail or specialty drink from the room’s full bar. Call 480-850-7777. JAN 14 – MAR 26 28th Annual Celebration of Fine Art (SCOTTSDALE) Visit 100 Artists’ Studios in less than one day! See work in all mediums, including sculpture, paintings, jewelry, glass blowing, photography, furniture and more. Open Daily 10am - 6pm, located on the SW corner of Hayden Rd and Loop 101 Scottsdale, $10, 480-443-7695. info@ JAN 18 – 21 Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction (SCOTTSDALE) The primary destination for automobile enthusiasts to buy and/or sell the very best in European Sports, American Muscle, Hot Rods, and Customs. Signature “Auction in the Round” format offers 5 days of excitement and over 800+ classic cars. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 9am start, 602-252-2697. JAN 19 – 20 Gooding & Company Collector Car Auction (SCOTTSDALE) Enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the high-quality assortment of vehicles up for auction and connect with Gooding & Company’s top-notch staff and fellow collectors.

Located adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square and charming Old Town Scottsdale, Call for info: 310-899-1960. JAN 20 – 22 Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival (CAREFREE) Thunderbird Artists spectacular show of over 155 juried fine artisans from throughout the US and abroad. Combined with an elaborate collection of domestic and imported wine tasting and entertainment. Easy & Ho Hum Streets, 10am – 5pm, $3 entry fee, FREE parking, For more info. call 480-837-5637.





JAN 20 – 22 Cave Creek Indian Market (CAVE CREEK) Celebrates the colorful history and rich heritage of the Southwest with a diverse gathering of Native American, Spanish and Southwestern fine artists and craftsmen. Cave Creek Indian Marketplace, 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ. 10am-5pm, FREE, Call for more info: 623-734-6526. JAN 26 – 28 7th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic (GOODYEAR) Premier Hot Air Balloon Race & Festival. Fri 4p-8pm, Sat 7am-8pm, Sun 7am-10am. Full Price Admission $15. Liftoff times approximate dependent upon weather. Live entertainment and fireworks. Goodyear Ballpark. JAN 27 – 28 Grand Wine Festival: Tasting & Marketplace (PHOENIX) The Festival celebrates the best in Arizona’s four wine growing regions. More than 30 wineries will be pouring over 150 wines. Wine tasting and sales by the glass, bottle, and case. Other programming includes music, a small selection of vendors, and an auction on Saturday. Located in the Lath Pavillion at Heritage Square, festival hours are 11am – 7pm Saturday, and 11am 5pm Sunday. This is a rain or shine event.

JAN 29 – FEB 4 Phoenix Open (SCOTTSDALE) The Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community is coming back to TPC Scottsdale for the 83nd edition of The People’s Open. For more info and tickets visit wmphoenixopen. com. (See Cover Story Next Page)



he Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community is coming back to TPC Scottsdale January 29 - February 4 for the 83rd edition of The People’s Open.

stars such as 2017 PGA TOUR Player of the Year Justin Thomas, two-time Major winner Bubba Watson, two-time runner up Rickie Fowler and a host of some of the world’s top players.

Last year’s tournament shattered attendance records on Wednesday (77,906), Friday (169,004) and Saturday (204,906), pushing the weeklong attendance mark to 655,434 enthusiastic fans. A sea of golf buffs had a lot to be excited about, as Hideki Matsuyama held off Webb Simpson in a grueling and hard-fought four-hole playoff. It was Matsuyama’s second straight title at the WM Phoenix Open, and the second time he did it in sudden-death playoff fashion.

Tournament play begins Thursday, Feb. 1, but there’s no shortage of entertainment earlier in the week.The Kadima.Ventures Pro-Am kicks off the festivities, followed by the R.S. Hoyt Jr. Family Foundation Dream Day and San Tan Ford Special Olympics

Matsuyama is expected to return to defend his title once again and complete the three-peat, but he will be tested by what is traditionally one of the strongest fields on TOUR. Beloved former Sun Devil and three-time WM Phoenix Open winner Phil Mickelson will look to make his 30th consecutive start at TPC Scottsdale, along with an outstanding group of PGA TOUR 22

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Waste Management Phoenix Open January 29 - February 4, 2018 Open on Tuesday.The ever-popular Annexus Pro-Am begins on Wednesday, showcasing a star-studded lineup of local entertainers, celebrities, rock stars and professional athletes teamed up with their favorite PGA TOUR pros. After Wednesday’s Pro-Am, the Phoenix Suns Charities Shot at Glory pits the Pro-Am competitors and other celebrities in a closest-to-the-pin contest for a chance at $1 million for a charity of their choice. Think the fun is over when the last putt drops? Think again. When the sun goes down over TPC Scottsdale, things heat up across the street at the Coors Light Birds Nest, a four-night music extravaganza Wednesday through Saturday that attracts some of the biggest names in music spanning all musical genres. See for yourself why the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open is a can’t-miss event. For more information or tickets visit AZ


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BALLOON FESTIVALS JAN 19-21 Check out the Havasu Balloon Festival JAN 26-28 Arizona Balloon Classic in Goodyear 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 see-forever vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Call 833-314-7465 to book a tour! See back cover for more info. 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 Live Music at REDS (SEDONA) Acclaimed for its lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live evening entertainment daily, 6pm-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, 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 through Saturday at Timbers Lounge, for info. call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). WEDNESDAYS Wineaux Wednesday (SEDONA) Sedona’s Best Wine Tasting featuring a dozen wines from our wine cellar to taste. Enjoy the different wine expert each week that will help answer any questions about todays selections, Happy Hour Tapas menu available throughout the restaurant on Wineaux Wednesdays only! Live entertainment starts at 6pm featuring a local artist. Admission: $12 per person *must be 21 years of age 5pm-7pm at Sound Bites Grill. 928-282-2713. 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.


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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES JAN 1 First Day Hike (SEDONA) First Day Hikes is a national effort to kick off the year on a healthy note. Start the new year with a nature hike led by a volunteer naturalist. Group leaders will touch on subjects ranging from geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life, as well as the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. You will also see some awesome panoramic views of Sedona’s red rock formations from trail overlooks. Admission: Included with park admission- $7 per adult (14+) and $4 per youth (7-13). 10am-12pm. Call for info: 928-282-6907. JAN 4 Yoga with Cats (SEDONA) monthly yoga with cats at the Humane Society of Sedona! Classes will be a moderate pace, fun for everyone and all skill levels. $15 per person and you MUST register in advance. There will be cats, snuggles, exercise, music and lots of fun – sign up at www. 4pm-5pm, 928-282-4679. JAN 5 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries (SEDONA) 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 alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene. All guests are welcome to attend FREE of charge. Sedona has a thriving arts scene, replete with galleries that nurture the careers of both established and emerging artists. FREE. 5pm-8pm. visit: www.sedonagalleryassociation. com for more information. JAN 5 – 6 Naomi C. Rose (SEDONA) Sedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a

Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master will be unveiling her latest mosaic murals. An impassioned artist for more than 40 years, Gala has learned from world-renowned artists and sculptors, mastering many art mediums and most recently, mosaics. In her latest mosaic collection, Gala has captured the essence of her travels and experiences in glass, gems, beads, stone, shells, and any other object that inspires imagination and beauty. Friday 5pm-8pm and Saturday 12pm-5pm. At the Andrea Smith Gallery. JAN 6 Saturday Night Fever (PRESCOTT) “Saturday Night Fever – Ultimate Tribute to The Bee Gees” is a sensational production featuring massive dance hits such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “You Should Be Dancing” and “Nights on Broadway” along with iconic Bee Gees ballads such as “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Words,” “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?” and “To Love Somebody.” Saturday Night Fever captures the very essence of the Australian superstars and delivers a night that will live in your memory forever. Presented by: TAD Management, 7pm, Tickets $22/$25. Prescott Elks Theatre. 928-777-1370. JAN 11 Comedy at the Castle (CAMP VERDE) Comedic acts appear monthly at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel on the First Thursday each month – Starts at 7pm. Headliner Steve Gillespie and Sandra risser bring the laughs. JAN 19 – 21 8th Annual Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair 8th Annual Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair (LAKE HAVASU) Lake Havasu State Park. Hot air balloon ‘Mass Ascension’, balloon night glow, sky divers, arts and crafts, antique and

classic cars, carnival rides, dog shows, kids’ events, kite displays, balloon rides (tethered and untethered), live musical entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, and more. $15 for 3-day pass, kids 14 and under free. 6am – 9pm nightly. Call 928-486-7979. JAN 20 – 21 Sedona VegFest (SEDONA) A two-day celebration of the joys of plant-based eating. Participants will sample delicious food, watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and learn from some of the top plant-based nutrition, lifestyle and healthcare experts in the nation. Sedona Performing Arts Center, tickets and info: 928-821-6754 or NEW IN


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(FLAGSTAFF) Lowell Observatory has created a new exhibit allowing visitors to experience cutting edge asteroid research and science. Asteroids are more than disasters waiting to happen: they could be the key to sustainable life on Earth, unlock the origins of our solar system, and provide a future for space exploration. See the science in action! Call 928-774-3358.

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. 800-289-5898. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Meet an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Come up to Mars Hill and meet a Lowell astronomer Friday & Saturday evenings from 7:30-10pm*. Take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies & other celestial objects to be displayed on a large television screen outdoors with the new MallinCam, Call for information: 928-774-3358. *Subject to astronomer availability. THROUGH JAN 6 Polar Express (WILLIAMS) Polar Express - Grand Canyon Railway. During a one-hour evening train journey, guests enjoy treats and a reading of the classic Christmas story on the way to the North Pole, Santa boards the train at the North Pole and presents young passengers with bells representing the spirit of Christmas, sing carols on the return. $18-37, 3:30pm, 5:30pm & 7:30pm. 800-843-8724 or THROUGH JAN 7 Holiday Tours (FLAGSTAFF) Presented by Riordan Mansion State Historic Park at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. The Mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours include glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present. Thursdays - Mondays. Tours on the hour. First tour


is at 11am, last tour at 4pm. Reservations are recommended. 928-779-4395. THROUGH JAN 21 Out of the Vault: Treasures Old and New (FLAGSTAFF) Presented by Museum of Northern Arizona: MNA Fall Exhibit, Out of the Vault: Treasures Old and New is on Display through January 21, 2018. Exhibit presents a variety of works of art, Native American craft work, and natural history specimens that are new to the Museum’s collections. Collecting art, ethnographic objects, and scientific specimens from dragon flies to dinosaur skeletons is an essential aspect of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s mission. 3101 North Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. www. JAN 5 First Friday ArtWalk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music & entertainment, unique dining, meet local artists & shop for local artwork at galleries in historic downtown. 6-9 pm, FREE, 928-779-2300. JAN 6 Winter Carnival on Ice (FLAGSTAFF) Flagstaff Figure Skating Club, Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association, and Jay Lively Activity Center will be hosting a carnival on ice on Saturday January 6, 2018 from 1pm-2 pm, with open public skate from 2pm-4:30pm. This event is FREE to the public (skate rental not included). Ice skating activities including carnival games, hockey drills, and public skating. FREE hot chocolate and cookies will be provided by Jay Lively Ice Rink, Jay Lively Ice Rink, 1650 N Turquoise Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.

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event calendar 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, million-gallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit THROUGH JAN 31 A Modern Gem & Jewelry Collection (TUCSON) Come see the sparkle at the new exhibit of gemstones and jewelry on display at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium! The special exhibit, A Modern Gem and Jewelry Collection, brings together a dazzling trove of gems - diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and more - alongside exhibits about the science, history, and artistry of gems and gem cutting. Somewhere In The Rainbow, an organization dedicated to expanding public knowledge and appreciation of gemstones, has curated this exhibit in collaboration with the UA Mineral Museum, the American Gem Trade Association, and the Gemmological Institute of Great Britain (known as Gem-A). Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Planetarium Exhibits and Mineral Museum: Adults (16 years+) $14; Children (4 to 15 years old) $10; Children under 4 years old: FREE; College Students w/ID and Senior/ Military $10. 520-621-4516.


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Old Bisbee. Over 30 galleries, shops and restaurants stay open for artists’ receptions, live entertainment, free raffle & more. 5-8pm. 520-432-2900.

JAN 11 - 21 World-Class Jazz in Tucson (TUCSON) The HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival has become a destination for jazz fans from across the country. Featured acts include SHEILA E., SPYRO GYRA, ARTURO SANDOVAL and THE HOT SARDINES. The relatively warm weather and world-class acts bring new winter visitors to town. A full 50% of ticket buyers have come from out of town (50+ miles) for all three festivals, fulfilling Mayor Jonathan Rothschild’s vision of a “destination” festival.

JAN 20 - 21 Casa Grande 18th Annual Historic Downtown Street Fair & Car Show (CASA GRANDE) Approximately 200 exhibitors selling art, pottery, jewelry, clothing, sculptures, great food, entertainment and more. The Classic Car Show will feature unique, vintage and custom-built cars on Saturday only from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be a (Free) Show & Shine Car Show on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm on 2nd St. between Sacaton and Florence St. Live entertainment will perform on both days. The Street Fair is held on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. For more information contact the Main Street office at 520-836-8744.

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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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(continued from page 16) with its well-travelled saloon; the town of Bisbee ( an old mining town turned artist’s haven (see article on page 95). Still more: visit Wickenburg (www. touch the ‘Jail Tree’ where old-time outlaws were chained; Experience Williams, Az, ( a town touted as the ‘gateway to the Grand Canyon’; or step through the swingin’ doors of the Rusty Spur Saloon ( for live music and a cold brew at Scottsdale’s oldest cowboy saloon.

4. Take A Walk on The Wild Side If wildlife habitats fascinate you, we have many in Arizona worth

checking out. In addition to our world class Phoenix Zoo (www. which is one of the largest non-profit zoos in the US, there is also Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (www. in Litchfield Park, Az, complete with rides and a petting zoo. A little farther North in Williams, Az you will find Bearizona ( where you can drive through animal habitats, or stroll around the grounds and take in their birds of prey show. If you’ve been dreaming of an African Safari, Out of Africa Wildlife Park ( in Camp Verde, Az offers VIP tours in an all terrain safari vehicle. An experienced guide will bring you through the animal park and you can even feed raw meat to a tiger. If an animal encounter is on your bucket list, you can certainly satisfy your wild desire here in Arizona.

5. Hit It Big Winning a ton of money is on everyone’s bucket list, isn’t it? If you want to try your luck at one of Arizona’s

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6. Take Flight If you’ve always wanted to fly, there are many ways to take to the sunny skies of Arizona. Whether you’re ramping up to take the plunge from 10,000 feet (, or testing your courage at an indoor skydiving center ( If ziplining has the thrill-factor you’re looking for, check out Predator Zipline ( and soar over the animals at Out of Africa Wildlife Park. For a once-in-a-lifetime ride in an authentic warbird, you can book a flight for yourself or the aviation buff in your life at Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (www. And the experience that should be -- and probably is -- on everyone’s bucket list, is taking a hot air balloon ride while watching an Arizona sunset. Two great ballooning companies to consider for those breathtaking views are Hot Air Expeditions ( and Aerogelic Ballooning (www.

7. Have An Aquatic Encounter Deep sea diving may be a stretch in the desert, but that doesn’t mean an underwater adventure is out of the

question in Arizona. For a full-immersion scuba simulation, visit OdySea Aquarium (www.odyseaaquarium. com) and swim with a myriad of marine life on their SeaTREK Helmet Diving experience. To swim with and ride on dolphins, Dolphinaris ( is a must-do. Yes, we have water in Arizona, so come explore it! What are you waiting for? As all years do, 2018 will pass by in an instant! Start making those memories. ~ Serena Webbe, Editor 32

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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!

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ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-3434 • This venue seats 3,023 patrons in elegant continental seating. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. PRESENTING: HAMILTON January 30 - February 25, 2018 CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • Professional theatre for children. The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! $12-$30 PRESENTING: The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats January 21 - March 11, 2018 BALLET ARIZONA at The Orpheum Theatre 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 602.381.1096 • MOMIX’s dancers take audiences on a dynamic journey where their bodies become towering cacti and brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life through the illusionistic style of Opus Cactus, originally created as a 20-minute act in 1999 for the Ballet Arizona. PRESENTING: MOMIX’s Opus Cactus January 12 - 13, 2018 PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • A celebration of theatre at its best and theatre people at their not-so-best. This show promises kooky characters and big laughs in a rare comedy that’s as smart as it is funny! PRESENTING: It’s Only A Play January 24 - February 11, 2018

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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

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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 60

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 AZKEY18 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 KEY2018 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 this commonly asked question is... IRON


he 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!

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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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“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


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

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



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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 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






Canyon Plaza Resort (800) 995-2521 Grand Hotel (888) 634-7263 Holiday Inn Express (888) 473-2269 Red Feather Lodge (866) 561-2425 President Theodore Roosevelt said the Grand Canyon is the one sight every American should see. Whether you drive to it, fly over it, ride a mule into it, hike it, take a train to it or float it - just be sure to SEE IT. You’ve made it this far. Find out why the Grand Canyon is a wonder of the world that everyone should experience.

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








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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 70

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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RESCUE 4 EXHIBIT at Hall of Flame Museum


he Hall of Flame Fire Museum is hosting an exhibit of special interest -- Rescue 4, a survivor of the disaster at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The New York City Fire Department owned 5 rescue trucks on 9/11. A company served each of the city’s five boroughs. Rescue 4 served the Borough of Queens. It had a normal crew of 6 firefighters. Rescue company firefighters were the elite of FDNY firefighters with many years of experience on the job and trained in every phase of firefighting, including SCUBA and boat rescue tactics, sophisticated electric and hydraulic tools used to rescue the victims of auto accidents, building and bridge collapses, ditch cave ins and rescues from multi story buildings, basements roof rescues. When the North and South towers of the World Trade Center were hit by airliners all five rescue companies, together with dozens of other fire companies, responded. Rescue 4 had eight firefighters aboard. It arrived at the South Tower. All eight firemen entered the tower and began evacuating victims. When the building collapsed all eight men were killed. Most of the firemen in Rescues 1, 2, 3, and 5 were also killed. Rescue 4 suffered the least damage in the collapse of the towers. Rescue 1 and 2 were destroyed. Rescue 3 and 5 were badly damaged but were eventually restored to duty. Rescue 4 was New York’s only rescue rig for several weeks. It was in front line service until 2011, when it, together with Rescue 5, were retired to a junk yard. At this point a group of firefighters from the Chicago area established a foundation and purchased both rigs. They restored both in the Chicago area and sent them on tour to many towns and cities in the United Hall of Flame Museum States to educate the public about the 9/11 tragedy. 6101 East Van Buren Street Rescue 4 arrived at the Hall of Flame in January of 2017. Phoenix, AZ 85008 It is a 1996 HME/Saulsbury heavy rescue truck. It serves to 602-275-3473 compliment the Hall of Flame’s exhibit on 9/11, which recognizes all 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. 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 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 “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. 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’. 480-488-1906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP – There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek,

except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences. 480-488-9047. 4. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique and authentic Victorian atmosphere. 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 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. 928-778-0133. 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

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iscover the West’s history, art and rich cultural heritage at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. This highly rated TripAdvisor attraction features Hopi pottery masterworks and rare posters starring silver screen cowboys and Indians – plus so much more!


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The museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2015, and was recently named the nation’s “Best Western Museum” by the readers of True West magazine. Ongoing and rotating exhibitions of Western art feature paintings and sculptures by historic and contemporary artists such as Thomas Moran, Alfred Jacob Miller, Joe Beeler, John Coleman, Lindsay Scott, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. On January 9, the museum will open two new exhibitions that will be on display through August 31, 2018: “The Pelberg Collection of Native American Art,” as well as “Western Edge,” which will feature contemporary artists who live and work in the American West. On January 16, 2018, the museum will open “The Art of Joe Beeler: A Western Original.” This major retrospective exhibition pays tribute to Joe Beeler, a founding member of the Cowboy Artists of America, which is recognized as one of the most influential artists’ groups in the nation’s history. A chronicler of the American West, his art depicts his own personal stories about the people, places, powwows and roundups in which he was a participant. Ongoing exhibitions also include “The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection” — a oneof-a-kind exhibition of 1,400 saddles, spurs and other quintessentially Western artifacts of the Old West. They are presented in eight themes: working cowboys; Wild West shows; Western gear made in prisons; rodeos and fairs; Western movies and parades; outlaws and lawmen; Western saloons; and illustrations. Informative and entertaining programs are offered to museum guests on select dates, and

are almost always included in the price of admission. January’s programs include a multimedia presentation by Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian Charlie LeSueur, who will discuss the Westerns of John Ford (Jan. 6); a musical performance by Arizona’s Official State Balladeer Dolan Ellis (Jan. 10); and an examination of how Hopi women’s mastery of pottery and basketry is utilized in ceremonies and traditions (Jan. 19). Other programs uncover the secrets to great movie poster design through a discussion presented in conjunction with Arizona State University’s Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture (Jan. 17); and explore the real story of an American Indian princess through a screening of the Smithsonian Channel film “Pocahontas: Beyond the Myth” (Jan. 14). The museum is located just steps away from Old Town Scottsdale in an award-winning, 43,000-square-foot contemporary building that has been certified LEED® Gold for its environmentally conscious design, construction and operation. Docent tours of the galleries are provided daily (except Mondays when the museum is closed). For information regarding current exhibitions, tours and events, visit or call (480) 686-9539. AZ. SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST 3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale AZ 85251 480-686-9539 | 81


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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., 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 AZ 82

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ith dark sky coalitions, mountain elevations, and ordinances against light pollution in many northern regions, Arizona is a treasure trove of stargazing opportunities. Long held as ideal stomping grounds for astronomers and hobbyists alike, various parts of the Grand Canyon state offer a celestial perspective unlike anywhere else in the country. The Oak Creek and Grand Canyon villages, Sedona, and Flagstaff are often included in conversations of amateur and professional stargazers alike. When the International Dark-Sky Association was founded (an organization committed to preventing light pollution and educating the public on night sky conservation), they named Flagstaff as the world’s first IDA-approved dark sky community. All this to say, Arizona is full-to-the-brim with sky-watching destinations that will leave you stunned and inspired. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most incredible stargazing destinations for your astronomical consideration, and some of the start-up equipment you’ll need to take in the full grandeur of these awe-inspiring dark skies. Without further ado, here are the top stargazing locations in Arizona:

1) Flagstaff - For more than 125 years, Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff has been dedicated to the study of astronomy. Known for its discovery of Pluto, evidence of the expanding universe, measurements of the properties and motion of stars, and thoughtful consideration of the cosmos, Lowell Observatory is one of the nation’s most notable astronomical locations. Couple this with Flagstaff’s elevation, dark sky community status, and general appreciation for the night sky, and it’s easy to see how Flagstaff made the very top of our list. 2) Sedona - Doubling as a great tourist daytime destination and verified dark sky community, nearby Sedona’s clear, dry nights (over 300 nights per year) make it an ideal stop for stargazing. Host to one of the most renown star gazing tours, featuring a personalized tour of the night sky by astronomy professionals, Sedona’s red rocks offer a fantastic foundation for sky-watching.

3) Grand Canyon - Another powerhouse stargazing stop, the Grand Canyon offers the onetwo punch of being a daytime wonder of the world and epic nighttime dreamscape. The 12th national park to earn the “dark sky” distinction, the Grand Canyon hosts yearly eight-day “star parties” in which high-powered telescopes are set up and free astronomy programs are offered. 84

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4) Southern Arizona (near Tucson) - The northern regions are not the only stargazing oases; the southern regions of Arizona include a number of stargazing standouts: H In 1984, the Vatican moved its astronomical operations to Mount Graham International Observatory. The facility is run by Jesuit priests in the mountains northeast of Tucson. H Arizona Sky Village is a remote town in the southern part of the state fully-committed to dark nights, going so far as to black out windows and attach observatory domes to homes. H Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson is home to the world’s most diverse collection of telescopes intended for “nighttime optical and infrared astronomy” alongside the study of the sun. H Mount Lemmon SkyCenter is home to the largest dedicated public telescope in the country With programs running year-round on a nightly basis, SkyCenter is one of Tucson’s best stargazing destinations. Now that you know the where, let’s talk about the how. Journeyman astronomers will rattle off a laundry list of equipment you need to fully experience the night sky, but we’ve boiled it down to just the necessaries for your first few excursions. For sight, night sky navigation, logistics, and comfort, we recommend the following basic kit: H A telescope (naturally) Alternative to a telescope : Friendly to more budget-conscious star explorers, binoculars have a number of applications and functions well if a telescope falls a bit out of range. H Stellarscope H Folding Camp Table to keep your tools safe, dry, and accessible H Observation chair for comfort H A Redlight flashlight to help keep your eyes adjusted to the dark H Power supply for electronics such as your phone for stargazing apps, etc. With an appreciation for our constellations and a desire for adventure, you’ll find yourself at home with our beautiful Southwestern skies. AZ





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. 928-774-3358. 4. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate 86 86

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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now in Arizona is not as rare as visitors might imagine. Each year, the Grand Canyon State is graced with over 300 inches of fresh powder. Granted, most of it falls in the higher elevations, with Flagstaff coming in as the biggest recipient of the precious precipitant -with an annual average of 103.6 inches and 33 snowfall days. Clearly the Flagstaff area is a safe bet when searching for snow, whether you’re going on a skiing or snowboarding trek at one of the area ski resorts, or if you’re heading North for a day of snowplay and pulling off the road with the locals at one of the many sledding areas that become popular after the first flakes fall. Arizona Snowbowl is located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks at 9500 feet above sea level and boasts breathtaking views and slopes that are augmented with man-made snow. Another option for skiiers and snowboarders is Sunrise Park Resort in the White Mountains, where sledding and tubing are also an option. If you are more into simply taking in the beauty of fresh snowfall on Arizona’s desert landscape -- which is always an interesting dichotomy to behold -- then take a trip to the Grand Canyon after a snowfall. The air is crisp and the views are stunningly serene. 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 traverses four completely different ecological strata. From saguaro cactus at the bottom, to the pine and aspen groves at the top, the drive is breathtaking. 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! Other places in Arizona that see snowfall are Williams (73.8 inches on average); Grand Canyon Village (49.6 inches on average); and Prescott and Payson which each receive a modest dusting each year that averages around 33 inches combined. Happy Snow-Hunting Adventurers!


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

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Bisbee – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe., 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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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 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 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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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.

Come be inspired in Bisbee.

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he town of Bisbee is known as a progressive and free-spirited town. The art and culture in the area is what make Bisbee such an amazing place to be. There are murals on different corners, colorful houses, beautiful historic architecture and a collective of local artists and musicians within the town. In order to further promote this innovative and creative spirit of Bisbee, the town has a registered Arts and Culture district. This classification not only enhances the appreciation for the arts in the area, but it also accepts the art, culture, history and heritage as vital to the town’s character.

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The editors of SUNSET Magazine have selected Bisbee as the Best Small Town of 2016 in their annual feature of the best hometowns in the West in February and USA Today has designated Bisbee as the Best Historic Small Town in America as determined by their readers. USA Today created this nationwide search because “The USA has a rich and exciting history, and visiting the places which most affected it is so much more fun than reading about it. These 10 winners in the category Best Historic Small Town have big histories and small populations – fewer than 25,000 people – making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation’s past.” The nomination was carefully made by an Expert USA Today panel and the public voted for this honor.

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e chose Bisbee because it’s one of the most interesting small towns in the American West. It has a rich mining history that epitomizes the Old West, and in some ways it can feel like time stopped there, yet that comes with a creative community that’s vibrant and modern. Its location in the Mule Mountains means its temperatures are usually comfortable year-round, and the ecosystems in the surrounding canyons are surprisingly diverse. We think Bisbee is unique enough to deserve recognition from a worldwide audience. – Pauline Frommer, President of FrommerMedia

Located 90 miles Southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is essentially a ‘franchisefree’ community that welcomes tourists to experience a genuine (some say quirky) lifestyle with terrific food & drink, great art and artists, lots of festivals, and unique family owned places to stay. While you won’t find major chains and outlets lining the narrow streets of Bisbee, as you emerge from the tunnel that leads you into town you will surely be impressed by the quaint historic cottages clustered on the hillside and the bustling Main Street shops and galleries that welcome you when you enter this old mining town turned artist’s-haven. The town invites people to come and ‘Be Bisbee’ (the town’s slogan) and take the time to expereince why they Best Historic Small Town are on so many publications’ ‘best small town’ lists – take time to discover in America – USA Today Bisbee. AZ Best small town to live in For more information please visit the West – Sunset Magazine





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Q. Where can we grab a quick local bite on our way out of town (and other time saving tips?)


Right from the ball drop on New Year’s Day in Time Square we are aware that time flies. The take-away from a 2017 National Academy of Sciences study is that we are in a mind-bending hurry. It counsels our stressed society to buy more take-out, hire a maid and travel savvy. We’ve been cautioned to use time as a tool — not a couch! A recent response is the airport game-changer being test-marketed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: 3-D scanners using computer tomography (CT) to “unpack” bags digitally, speeding lines — perhaps a great time saver.


he choices are few on the outskirts of the Grand Canyon’s South Rim in Northern Arizona. But if you are on your way back to Phoenix, Tucson or Las Vegas via a charter flight at the Tusayan Airport just seven miles from the National Park entrance, Plaza Bonita is a small jewel of a Mexican breakfast stop in this border state where all the waiters call you “amigo.” The service is fast and efficient and you can order ala carte or enjoy a modest buffet offering authentic dishes and sauces with the coffee included. The décor is festive and light suffused with the color pallet of Mexico’s magentas, limes, lemons and oranges. Even if you’re not flying out of Sedona, don’t miss the chance to dine at the Mesa Grill in the Sedona Airport for breakfast or lunch (carnivors must try the beef brisket hash) And don’t miss the lookout point just before you enter the Airport grounds. The lodge-like restaurant has magnificent views, Southwestern grill choices including steak and seafood (the blue corn crab cakes are a favorite) with live entertainment on Sunday mornings.


any time-pressed travelers have arrived at airports whose hotel restaurants have either not opened or have closed in conflict with passengers’ flight times. Others come from hotels that don’t have restaurants or bars. So how can you pack in a little local flavor and get your guests to the terminal on time in Central Arizona? One great local noshery, Snooze, is so popular it has six locations enroute to Sky Harbor. This a.m. joint with its energetic atmosphere and personable servers invite you to make up a pancake and dance to the restaurant’s infectious music (6:30 a.m. to 2:30


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p.m.) For lip-lickin’ regional fare, enjoy their locally sourced Mama Lola’s tortillas, Sidekick coffee and Cotton Country jam.


amed the best-place to eat at the airport is Matt’s Big Breakfast (open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.) known citywide for its American Comfort Classic menu including monstrous waffles, thickcut bacon and luncheon fare of chili bowls and tuna salad. (Did you catch their gig on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives?)


wo minutes off Interstate-10 northwest of Tucson in Southern Arizona takes you to Nana’s Kitchen where you can enjoy an alarm clock breakfast or a sip of Sangria with lunch in a tradition carried on by the restaurant’s namesake who worked in her mother’s restaurant in Aqua Prieta, Mexico.


bit of culinary history and taste of Tucson is in store for travelers booked into flights from Tucson International Airport with the new Sir Veza restaurant offering the distinctive taste of regional Sonoran Mexican cuisine by the Flores family whose downtown eatery is the oldest continuously operating Mexican restaurant in the U.S.


recent visit to the terminal found Noble Hops’ patio barstools filled by passengers loaded down with luggage enjoying a Barrio Blonde brew and their signature house mac ‘n cheese on its wrap-around full-service bar with TV’s and a choice of indoor dining outside the security area so any airport visitor can enjoy the creative menu along with the locals as well as world travelers.


hen there’s no time to send your dress, suit, shirt or blouse to a drycleaner after a dining oops, carry a stain remover stick when travelling, which works well when applied in a timely manner for the most common mishaps of spilled coffee and wine—or ask you concierge. (I keep one at my desk!) Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident of Arizona, is past President of the And remember, as the saying goes “The bad news is Southern Arizona Concierge Network, that time flies. The good news is, you’re the pilot.” member of the National Concierge AZ Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A.



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