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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | June 2018 |

on the cover.............................................. pg. 24


by Land, Sky and Water at Grand Canyon West




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Governor Doug Ducey’s Letter Slide Rock State Park Editor’s Page: AZ ‘Dadventures’ Top Ways to Beat the Heat On Stage: AZ Performing Arts Sedona’s Top 5 Hikes Arizona Scenic Tours A Perfect Place to Play Saddle Up: McDonald’s Ranch Zipline Adventure Balloons & Tunes Your Guide To Arizona Stargazing Concierge Corner: AZ Flavor

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Sedona Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ Glendale Cave Creek & Carefree Prescott Northern Arizona Southern Arizona

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Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ Grand Canyon Northern AZ Tucson & Southern AZ

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Scottsdale Sedona Grand Canyon Village Metropolitan Phoenix Downtown Phoenix Glendale & West Valley Tucson & Southern Arizona State of Arizona

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s the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to consider a trek to Slide Rock State Park, located six miles north of Sedona in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. The gorgeous scenery in and around the park earned a listing in Life Magazine as one of America’s ten most beautiful swimming holes. The main attraction is a long stretch of slippery creek bottom where thrill seekers can slide down slick natural water slides. There are long slides, short slides and one that ends with a deep plunge off a rock into an inviting pool of water below.

The rocks are a bit slippery, so water shoes are recommended. You’ll also want your bathing suit, towels, sun screen and a camera. If you enjoy nature and bird watching, a pair of binoculars will come in handy. Some spend their time cascading down the natural water slides, while others simply wade in the creek or enjoy the sun along the water’s edge. Fun-filled for both kids and adults, a visit to Sedona during the summer is not complete without spending a day at Slide Rock State Park. AZ SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK 6871 N. Highway 89A (928) 282-3034




DADventures in arizona


hen June rolls around, it’s time to show Dad he’s appreciated, and more importantly, that he’s still able to cut loose and have fun. Here are some of our top picks for fun adventures to have with Dad.


Make those memories with a rugged Grand Canyon trek. Visit the ever popular Grand Canyon National Park at South Rim (see page 64 for more on making the journey). Alternately, check out the dizzying array of options at Grand Canyon West (see page 24 for details).


Go on an off-road adventure. Stellar Adventures on the outskirts of the Valley allows not only ATV, UTV and Hummer tours through the desert, they also have tons of choices to completely personalize your ride. For instance, you can ride with a guide or drive yourself, you can customize or add on to your adventure with hiking, biking, shooting, stargazing, night vision and more! Another plus, FREE photos of your thrill ride are included with daytime adventures. In Sedona, Pink Jeep Tours has ready-made action and excitement waiting for you. Their exhilarating Broken Arrow Tour and their dramatic Diamond Gulch Adventure will bring you to the edge on exciting trails through gorgeous red rock country.


South By Southwest is a river touring company that will help you customize your waterway trek with Dad. Whether you want an experienced guide to run the Salt River or Verde River with you, or just equip you with the proper gear before shoving you off, South by Southwest will help you plan a solid voyage. If the adrenaline rush of roaring rapids is what really floats your boat, consider the Hulapai River Runners, Native


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American guides who will bring you whitewater rafting on the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. (See page 24 for more).


For a relaxing outdoorsy experience, try the many recreational options at Bartlett Lake Marina. Just an hour outside of Phoenix, it has Pontoons, Jet Skis, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Party Yachts available for rent.


If staying cool is top for Pops, a trip to northern country might be in order. Head up to Hon-Dah Resort and Casino for the 9th Annual White Mountain Bike Rally on June 22nd and 23rd. The beer garden, bike contest and poker run might be right up Dad’s alley. The added elevation and surrounding pines are a welcome change of pace.


If the rush of a zipline stirs the pulse and checks off a bucketlist item, there are several great options here in Arizona. The Predator Zipline at Out of Africa Wildlife Park brings the added dimension of dangling over wild animal habitats on your zipline trip. Also packed with heart-racing thrills is the Skyline Zipline at Grand Canyon West (see story on page 79) which boasts ‘quad ziplines,’ allowing multiple people to zip along together as a group. That’s some quality time — racing at speeds up to 50 mph — with Dad!


If all else fails, why not relax and enjoy a round of golf at one of Arizona’s gorgeous golf courses. There is no shortage of lovely courses, but a short trip north to the Oak Creek Country Club will give you a temperate climate and gorgeous scenery to boot. This 18-hole championship, course is well manicured and fun for all skill levels. As we talk about Father’s Day, it’s fitting to mention that this course was designed by the father & son team, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr.



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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

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Ivan Lins Tuesday, June 12 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $43.50 - $53.50 Lins is a master of Brazilian jazz and pop who has written some of the most-recorded music in history.

Ivan Lins Tom Paxton and the Don Juans Saturday, June 23 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $58.50 Tom Paxton, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, teams up with the Grammywinning singer-songwriter duo the Don Juans (Don Henry and Jon Vezner). Arizona KEYMagazine

ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. ALL MONTH Desert Diamond Casino (GLENDALE) A good time is never far away. Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s shuttle, the Jackpot Express, picks up & drops off at several locations throughout the West Valley. Located right in the heart of Glendale’s entertainment district. Where jackpots hit close to home. Visit ddcaz. com or 866-DDC-WINS. ALL MONTH HOME: Native People in the Southwest (PHOENIX) Experience the Heard’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry and personal recollections on an unforgettable journey

through the Southwest and the vibrant arts and cultures of Native people. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. ALL MONTH Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith (PHOENIX) This exhibit explores the paintings and metalworks of San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal). Born at San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1898, Awa Tsireh began his painting career in 1917 and by the early 1920s his work was exhibited nationally. His whimsical silver brooches and large copper and silver trays were decorated with intricate stampwork. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. TUESDAY - SUNDAY Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection (SCOTTSDALE) Features more than 65 ceramics from one of the finest private collections of Hopi pottery, on exhibit for the first time. Spanning 6 centuries,

this 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 cruising on the Desert Belle! Call 480-984-2425 and 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, 8pm-11pm, 480-488-1906. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm–9pm, 800-782-1117.




event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ June 1 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit & culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route, 6-10pm, 602-256-7539. June 1 - 2 Eroica - An Evening at The Garden (PHOENIX) Experience the beauty of the Arizona desert, Ib Andersen’s Ballet Arizona, and Beethoven’s Third Symphony in a production that speaks directly to the soul. Friday and Saturday at 8pm at the Desert Botanical Gardens., 602-381-1096. June 8 City Lights Movie Nights (PHOENIX) Join more than 1,200 guests to watch a feature film on the big screen outdoors at this family friendly event that includes giveaways, specialthemed contests, and prizes., 602-772-3900. June 9 Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo: Superheroes Unite! (PHOENIX) Hey kids, check this out: fantastic water slides and features, character meet & greets with


your favorite superheroes, DJ dance party, Boom! Bam! Pow! agility training, superpowered photo-op, animal discoveries, and more!, 602-286-3800. June 16 Valley of the Sun Juneteenth Celebration (PHOENIX) A Phoenix tradition since 1957, this one day diverse celebration of African-American culture and celebration of freedom and liberty is a FREE event

featuring fun for the entire family at Eastlake Park Community Center. 602-688-9906. June 16 Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival (SCOTTSDALE) At Westworld of Scottsdale. Three events, one day - the world’s most lucrative arm wrestling contest, the hottest running race on earth, and the Arizona Ales and Cocktails Festival. scottsdalefahrenheitfestival. com, 480-312-6815.


The Pavilions at Talking Stick

Every Saturday, 4pm – 8pm

(SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s” this showcase of anywhere from 250 – 500 cars, and up to 150 motorcycles and choppers, is sure to satisfy collectors, dreamers, and aficionados, alike. The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 4pm-8pm, 480-362-2700.

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Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ ALL MONTH Out of Africa Wildlife Park (CAMP VERDE) Experience a completely different view of wildlife where exotic animals from around the world roam in spacious habitats. And with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Open daily, 928-567-2840 (See Page 61 for coupon) ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular offroad tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Tour. History buffs can explore the mystery and capture history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For See-Forever Vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Experience thrilling drops on the Diamond Gulch Tour. Call 833-314-7465 to book an amazing dventure!

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ALL MONTH Live Music at REDs (SEDONA) Acclaimed for its lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live evening entertainment daily, 6-9pm, 928-282-5321. MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches attendees how to understand and tap Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced prayer, meditation, mind/ body healing and outside the box creative thinking. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1pm-2:30pm, $15, call to reserve, 928-203-5353. TUESDAY - SATURDAY Live Entertainment at Timbers Lounge (PINETOP) Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center features 800 of the newest

slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel rooms. Enjoy FREE live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). WEDNESDAYS Wineaux Wednesday Sedona’s Best Sunsets & Wine Tasting features a dozen wines from our wine cellar to taste. A different wine expert each week will answer questions about the day’s wine selections, Happy Hour Tapas menu and live entertainment starts at 6pm. 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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at Grand Canyon West


ou already know that the Grand Canyon is a ‘must-see’ landmark, but have you chosen the way you want to experience the grandest of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? At Grand Canyon West, visitors can choose from multiple perspectives: sky, land and water. Packages can include a ‘walk on the sky’; a helicopter tour; whitewater rafting down the Colorado River; an overnight stay in a cozy cabin just steps from the rim; horseback riding; hiking; and a ride on the recently opened zipline which soars 500 feet over a spectacular side canyon. Grand Canyon West is an adventure and sightseeing destination point operated by the Hulapai Native American Tribe on the one million acres of Hulapai Nation Tribal land, located just two hours from Las Vegas and about 4.5 hours from Phoenix. Separate from the national park, Grand Canyon West is a self-sufficient tourist area with multiple opportunities for the entire family to experience the Canyon in new and exciting ways.

SKY — Take flight for a bird’s eye view of the canyon from one of several aerial tours by helicopter or fixed-wing airplane. Flights range from a 12-minute jaunt to a two-and-a-half-hour tour that includes a pontoon boat ride once you reach the bottom of the Canyon. In addition, adrenaline junkies can reach speeds of 50 mph as they ‘ride the sky’ on the new quad ziplines that span 1100 and 2100 feet over the course of the zipline ride. 24

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LAND — Undoubtedly a main attraction, the Skywalk at Eagle Point is a 10-foot

wide horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that extends 70 feet beyond the Canyon’s rim. Its glass floor allows unparallelled views of the Canyon floor 4,000 feet below. Other land excursions include 30, 60 and 90-minute horseback rides along the edge of the West Rim, or simply watching the sun rise and set over the Canyon from the porch of an idyllic private cabin at Hulapai Ranch.

WATER — Ride the rapids of the Colorado River with an experienced Hulapai River Runner guide on a one or two-day rafting trip. Campsite meals, hikes, wildlife viewing and even a helicopter ride back to the rim are included in your expedition. If adventuring among jaw-dropping scenery is your thing, Grand Canyon West will surely fulfill all of your thrill-seeking, and stunningly beautiful ‘photo-op’ desires. To find out more, visit AZ


event calendar June 1 - 3 ILLUMINATE Film Festival (SEDONA) The world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema, dedicated to elevating human consciousness and inspiring lasting transformation through cinema., 877-766-8163. June 2 Party in the Pines (PRESCOTT) The 8th Annual Party in the Pines charity beerfest is in the heart of beautiful downtown Prescott where Whiskey Row keeps the party going all night. Beer, music, and a selection of games to enjoy. 5-10 pm. June 2 Starlight Train Ride along the Verde River (CLARKDALE) This Saturday Night Starlight Ride offers a very unique perspective of the Verde Canyon…under the moon and stars! On select Saturday evenings, the Verde Canyon Railroad departs the depot at 5:30pm. The train reaches the turnaround point of Perkinsville amid a beautiful sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife., 800-582-7245.


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June 3 Prescott Antique Show & Vintage Market (PRESCOTT) Antiques on the Square has a new venue and a new name: Prescott Antique Show & Vintage Market at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. $3 entry fee (children under 12 free). 9am-4pm., 928-443-1862. June 13 Milky Way Photography Class (SEDONA) Night Photography Classes with local Sedona photographer, Bob Shuman at Red Rock Ranger District and Visitor Center Learn how to take stunning landscape photos of the Milky Way over Sedona’s Red Rocks! For more info contact Arizona Natural History Association 928-203-2922. June 23 - 24 Bluegrass Festival (PRESCOTT) ​The Prescott Chamber of Commerce coordinates this FREE festival and strives to bring audiences a variety of bluegrass shows: traditional and contemporary; national, regional, and local groups; family and non-family bands – while maintaining the highest standards for the music. Satruday 9:45am 6pm with an evening concert from 7pm-9pm. and Sunday 10:45am - 3pm with a raffle

prize drawing from 3pm - 3:30 pm. In Downtown Prescott on Goodwin Street., 928-445-2000. June 23 50’s & 60’s Graffiti Gold Show with Tom Tayback & the Daddy O’s (SEDONA) Live Staged Production with stories from Jukebox Days and musical tributes to Rock And Roll Legends. “Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s” are a true throwback, fondly recalling the good old days of Juke Boxes, 45 Records, Soda Shops and Sock Hops in the gym. Get nostalgic and leave your cares at home! At Sound Bites Grill. June 28 - July 4 Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo (PRESCOTT) Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. presents the 131st annual World’s Oldest Rodeo® at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Since 1888, this traditional event has occurred annually over the 4th of July weekend with eight breath-taking performances. The World’s Oldest Rodeo® is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) which consists of both roughstock, or judged events (bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding) and timed events (steer wrestling, tiedown and team roping, and barrel racing) during each performance.

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Williams, Flagstaff & Northern Az event calendar ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Drive into the Arizona wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Walk through Bearizona’s winding paths to enjoy the antics of more animals on exhibit. Newly opened jaguar exhibit and restaurant, Canyonlands. 928-635-2289. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Meet an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Meet a Lowell astronomer Friday & Saturday evenings from 7:30-10pm* and take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies & other celestial objects to be displayed on a large television screen with the new MallinCam, Call for info: 928-774-3358. *Subject to astronomer availability. SATURDAYS Swing Dancing at Galaxy Diner (FLAGSTAFF) The Galaxy Diner is a historic American diner that holds FREE swing dancing lessons every Saturday 7pm-9pm. Lessons are for all levels and you do not need a partner to participate. All ages are welcome. 928-774-2466. June 1 First Friday ArtWalk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music and entertainment,

unique dining, meet local artists & shop for local artwork at galleries in historic downtown. 6pm9pm, FREE, 928-779-2300. June 2 - 3 Flagstaff Hullabaloo “Flagstaff’s Favorite Festival” (FLAGSTAFF) Hullabaloo has been voted Best Flagstaff Festival SIX TIMES and has raised over $80,000 for local non-profits since 2010! Hullabaloo is a community festival featuring giant puppets, a bike parade, costume contests, circus performers, 2 performance stages, a huge kids area, local vendors, microbrews, and so much more! June 2 - 3 White Mountain Bike Rally (PINETOP) The 9th Annual White Mountain Bike Rally at Hon-Dah Resort and Casino Conference Center. Also features 800 of the newest slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel rooms. Enjoy FREE live entertainment Tues - Sat at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). June 9 Blues and Brews Festival (FLAGSTAFF) Peak Events is proud to present the 6th Annual Flagstaff Blues and Brews! This year’s festival will feature Grammy and Blues Award winning bands, with headliners Robert

Randolph and the Family Band. In addition to 7 bands, there will be 8 featured microbreweries, 6 wineries as well as arts and craft vendors, a variety of food vendors, and kids activities. 11am - 5pm, flagstaffblues. com, 928-606-5601. June 9 - 16 Grand Canyon Star Party (GRAND CANYON, SOUTH RIM) Explore Grand Canyon by day and the universe by night! Astronomers, telescope viewing, and slideshows., 928-638-7641. June 15 - 17 Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo (WILLIAMS) A “working cowboy’s rodeo” based on daily activities done on working cattle and horse ranches. ALL MONTH Junior Astronomer (FLAGSTAFF) Akin to the National Park’s “Junior Ranger” program, this is an activity-based program geared towards youth ages 5 and up. For just $3, visitors can complete a series of activities, explore the observatory, and earn an official stellar patch upon completion! At Lowell Observatory, 928-774-3358.


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Biosphere 2 Greenhouse ALL MONTH Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) This tour is the only one of its kind. Your Ghost Host will lead you on this walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and old alleys after dark on an adventure to discover and learn about the ghosts that haunt this 135 year old town. NEW family friendly tour starts at 5:30pm! Adults $15, Children (under 12) $13, and Dogs Free! Discount for booking online. www. ALL MONTH Queen Mine Tour (BISBEE) Explore one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century. Don hats & mining lanterns, ride the mine train deep underground, search for remaining veins of copper, gold and turquoise, and experience the life of a miner. Reservations


are suggested. www. 520-432-2071. ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) Come experience Biosphere 2 for yourself and find out why Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, milliongallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit June 2 Music in the Mountains Concert: Desert Melodies (TUCSON) Enjoy an evening filled with familiar “oldies” and jukebox favorites from the 60’s and 70’s! Local musicians, Desert Melodies, will perform their unique, harmonious style for concert goers at Catalina State Park,, 6:30 pm., 520-628-5798.

June 14 Ted DeGrazia’s Birthday Celebration (TUCSON) Stroll through the 10-acre gallery grounds on this special day to see the art and architecture of Arizona’s acclaimed artist as we celebrate his birthday with FREE cake and ice cream! 10am - 4pm., 520-299-9191. June 16 The Tucson 23: Mexican Food Festival (TUCSON) A Mexican food festival celebrating Tucson’s best 23 miles of Mexican food in America. Tucson is home to the most authentic Mexican food north of the border. The highest concentration of these restaurants is found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, downtown and lower midtown. This third annual event on Father’s Day Weekend in 2018 continues to establish the event as a Tucson favorite signature

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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES event celebrating some of the best Mexican food in the region. Features food demos and education, live music and more. General Admission Tickets are $60 (ages 18+) GA Ticket includes libation and menu samplings from over 25 wineries, breweries and local Mexican restaurants. If not sold out, tickets will be $75 day-ofevent. Youth Tickets (ages 5 - 17) will be available to purchase day-of-event at Admissions for $20 with a parent/guardian who has

a GA ticket. Children 5 and under are FREE. Info at June 17 SonoraFest (SIERRA VISTA) This two-day mega-region festival showcases art, culture, music, and food of Sonora, and emphasizes the positive and interdependent relationship between Southeast Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. FREE. 10am - 6pm., 520-458-3315.

Additional Events Around Arizona: June 8 - 9 Greer Days (GREER) The village of Greer will kick off a summer full of fishing, hiking, and relaxation with this annual celebration At an elevation of 8,300 feet in Arizona’s White Mountains, Greer offers plenty of cool weather and beautiful scenery. June 16 White Mountains Balloon Festival (PINETOPLAKESIDE) Up to 1,000 fans and spectators are expected to enjoy this outdoor community event that includes: a morning hot air balloon launch (weather permitting), an evening hot air balloon “Glow,” and laser light show. 2pm - 9pm. At Mountain Meadows Recreation Complex., 928-368-8696.



June 9 Great Western Tube Float (PARKER) Float along the beautiful Colorado River. Launch at Buckskin Mountain State Park. Finish line is at La Paz County Park. 9am - 4pm. parkeraz., 928-669-2174.



Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ


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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irst time visitors to Arizona may feel a surprising wave of oppressively hot air as they step outside the airport in June... even in the dead of night. If this came as a shock to you, we have some helpful tips to keep you cool while still enjoying all Arizona has to offer summer guests. Perhaps you’ve already figured out that air conditioning is your best friend. Sunblock, hats and cool, refreshing water should be constant companions as well. Wherever you go and whatever you do, be sure to have plenty of drinking water on hand — hydration is critical to appreciating Arizona in the summer. Here are 15 of our coolest suggestions:

Be Nearly Nocturnal:

Time your outings so that you are home napping in the AC during the hottest hours of the day. Early mornings and evenings after the sun has softened are the best times to be outside.

Stay Drenched:

You’ll keep cooler just by not drying off! Arizona has several waterparks to choose from: Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa, Wet N’ Wild in Glendale, Big Surf in Tempe, Oasis Waterpark in Phoenix, Mountain


Valley Splash in Prescott Valley, and Breakers Water Park in Marana are the big ones. But there are also splashpads and pools with fun waterslides sprinkled around the state. Then there’s also mother nature’s waterpark in Sedona — also known as Slide Rock (see page 17 for our article on that beauty). Along the same lines, you can opt for a day at Wildllife World Zoo and stay soaked on the log flume ride, or swim with dolphins at Dolphinaris, one of the many unique opportunities at OdySea in the Desert.

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Indulge in an Icy Treat:

Triple digit temps negate calories, so find a nearby ice cream parlor or smoothie shop for some cool deliciousness. If you’re staying at a hotel or resort, ask your concierge for a suggestion nearby.

Have a Day at the Museum:

One awesome thing about museums is that they are generally climate controlled to preserve their exhibits. Like a good doctor’s office, it’s usually a few degrees cooler than you’d keep your own AC set to. The added bonus of course is a fun and educational experience that definitely keeps you cool and comfy. Some Arizona museums that are not-to-be-missed are the Musical Instrument Museum which is a one-of-a-kind museum dedicated to displays of instruments from all over the world. The Heard Museum is renowned and internationally recognized for its high quality exhibitions of Native American art and culture. While taking in old town Scottsdale, you can easily pop into Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West which exhibits pieces based on their cultural, historical or artistic significance in the development of the American West up through present day, contemporary western art. For a unique twist, visit the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting to see memorabilia and equipment that documents the life and work of Firefighters.

Head to Higher Ground:

Traveling north is always a good idea once the temperature starts to rise in the Valley. There are ample things to see and do in areas just a few hours drive from Phoenix. Prescott, Williams, Sedona, and Flagstaff all have much to offer. Bearizona in Williams, for instance, is a nice stop conveniently located along the common route to the Grand Canyon. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is another fun place to see animals enjoying cooler climate, and its Camp Verde locale is a convenient hub for northern day trips.

Have Fun Inside:

Going to an Indoor Attraction is a great way to stay cool. There are many to choose from, but a few favorites are the Arizona Science Center, Octane Raceway, and iFly (an indoor free fall experience). Two really fun ideas are OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland (an indoor rainforest butterfly conservatory) which are located in the same OdySea in the Desert complex. Topgolf is a fun, climate controlled alternative to 18 holes in the blazing sun. Another idea that might not have come to mind when planning a trip to Arizona is spending time at an ice skating rink. Ice by nature has to be cold, so why not follow suit.

Go Underground:

If you’ve always wanted to try cave exploration, soaring temperatures might give you that final nudge. The insulation from the heat that caves provide is a welcome relief and a fascinating adventure at the same time. Some worthwhile jaunts are the Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson which averages 70 degrees year-round, and the Lava River Cave in Flagstaff which is not exhaustively marked, but is completely free! *A useful tip if you are trying the Lava River Cave — wear a head lamp. Having hands free will help in the completely dark and sometimes rocky and confining lava tube. Go with a group for safety since it’s unstaffed, and once you’re in the heart of the cave turn your headlamps off for a taste of utter darkness.

Go to a Mall:

This oft used technique never gets old. Check out some of Arizona’s very pleasant and well appointed shopping malls. Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe is completely indoor and climate controlled. Other pleasant mall experiences include Scottsdale Fashion Square, Arrowhead Mall and Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale. 33

See Some Scenery in Style:

Taking a tour from a comfortably air conditioned vehicle is undoubtedly a smart way to go. Hop aboard the Red Rock Magic Trolley to see the sights of Sedona at your leisure, or enjoy a relaxing custom tour of your choice with Arizona Scenic Tours. A popular move to visit the Grand Canyon in style is to take the guided tour by Pink Jeep, in one of their comfy vans.

Watch The Big Game:

You’ve got lots of options to feed your sports needs. Some decidedly cool options are a Diamondbacks baseball game in their climate controlled, retractible-roofed stadium, or a basketball game at Talking Stick Resort Arena. When the mercury rises, check out a home game of the Phoenix Mercury (Women’s Basketball team).

Catch a Movie:

A classic ‘beat-the-heat’ technique is to go to a movie theater. The chilly fountain drinks and the time in low light add to the cool-feeling ambience. It’s a perfect time to catch the latest release you’ve been wanting to see!

Hunt for a Waterfall:

Though at first glance visitors might mistake Arizona for a barren, dusty wasteland, Arizona actually boasts several waterfalls, some of which seem like secret oases. Once you find the hidden gems, be sure to jump in if swimming is allowed. A splash in an Arizona waterfall is a well-deserved reward after the hike required to find it. Some ones to seek out are Fossil Creek Waterfall in Camp Verde, Wolf Creek Falls in Prescott, Tonto Natural Bridge Falls in Payson, Grand Falls (which are taller than Niagra and also known as Chocolate Falls for their silt-induced, chocolatey color), and Havasu Falls at the Grand Canyon. AZ



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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! ELITE JEWELRY & LOAN 805 N Scottsdale Road Tempe, AZ 85281 480-699-6639 Located in Scottsdale, this is not your typical pawn shop. Elite Jewelry and Loan is ready to meet all its customers’ jewelry and lending needs by both buying and selling unique and valuable jewelry and collectibles. The impressive array of gorgeous merchandise is a shopper’s dream.


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BALLET ARIZONA at The Orpheum Theatre 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 602.381.1096 • Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet.

PRESENTING: The Bridges of Madison County Through May 13 2018 Mary Poppins June 1 - June 30, 2018

PRESENTING: All Balanchine May 3 - May 6, 2018 (at Symphony Hall) An Evening at the Garden May 15 - June 2, 2018 (at Desert Botanical Garden)

ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-3434 • ASU Gammage is a world-class arts presenting organization, bringing the best of the performing arts to Arizona. This venue seats 3,023 patrons in elegant continental seating. PRESENTING: Les Misérables May 15 - May 20, 2018 The Humans May 29 - June 3, 2018 School of Rock June 19 - June 24, 2018

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (520) 622 - 2823 in Tucson (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix Arizona’s fully professional ‘state theatre’ has a proud 50-year history performing in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art; and in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center. PRESENTING: The Diary of Anne Frank Through May 12, 2018 (Tucson) May 17 - June 3, 2018 (Phoenix) 44

CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. PRESENTING: Flora & Ulysses Through May 20, 2018

PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • The largest producing regional theatre company in the Valley, Phoenix Theatre offers over 400 performances on multiple stages and thriving education and outreach programs to more than 100,000 audience members a year. PRESENTING: Godspell Through May 13, 2018 Little Shop of Horrors May 16 - June 10, 2018

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The Diary of Anne Frank

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Anna Lentz in Arizona Theatre Company’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Photo by Goat Factory Media Entertainment.

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rtistic Director Emeritus David Ira Goldstein makes his return to Arizona Theatre Company to direct the final show of the 2017/2018 season, The Diary of Anne Frank (see dates and times at left). The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, is a co-production with the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, N.Y. In this powerful new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history a bright and talented young girl with the aspirations of any teenager. This impassioned drama about the lives of eight people in hiding from the Nazis in a concealed Amsterdam attic captures the claustrophobic reality of their daily existence. Anne’s story of love, hope, courage and triumph of the human spirit has captivated audiences with its profound message for more than 70 years. AZ Anna Lentz, Steve Hendrickson and Naama Potok in Arizona Theatre Company’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Photo by Goat Factory Media Entertainment.


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

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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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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”—John Muir 1. Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek is an easy hike around this famous formation that takes 1-2 hours and is a 4 mile roundtrip. 2. Cathedral Rock in West Sedona is an easy hike that follows Oak Creek to a stunning view that takes 30-40 minutes and is a 1.5 mile roundtrip. 3. Boynton Canyon is an easy hike with heavenly and open canyon spaces that takes 3-4 hours and is a 6.5 mile roundtrip. A Red Rock Pass is required when on National Forest land. You must display the pass on your windshield or you may receive a citation. Passes can be purchased at the Sedona Visitor Center for a minimal cost.


4. Devil’s Bridge in West Sedona is a moderate hike that leads to a geographical wonder that takes 1-2 hours and is a 2 mile roundtrip. 5. Bear Mountain is a strenuous hike for the experienced climber with awesome terrain changes and views. Prepare for about 5-6 hours for this 5 mile roundtrip hike. Happy Trails! AZ

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Sedona’s Rocks


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.” 
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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.

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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



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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, www., (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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rizona Scenic Tours provides day trips and multiple day tours to many of the best sites in Arizona and the Southwest. The tours include pick-up and drop-off at many locations in the Phoenix area. Whether visiting a Phoenix area hotel or resort or staying with friends, you can be picked up at your choice of locations. The tour vehicle ensures your comfort and relaxation with cold soft drinks and bottled water available to you. The tour itineraries are flexible and can be planned based on your specific touring desires. Whatever interests you most is where they can focus the day: scenic drives, historic spots, outdoor activities, galleries, shops & dining, or a combination of everything. Guests of all ages are always captivated by the views along the way, but just in case, there is a DVD system in the small group tour vehicles, so children can bring along their favorite DVDs. Arizona Scenic Tours offers day trips to many locations throughout the state: Sedona, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Prescott, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Jerome and Tombstone are just a few. The majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon. The unique views of Sedona, Lake Powell and Monument Valley. The rough and tough history of To Book Your Tour call Prescott, Tombstone, 480-459-7144 or visit and Jerome. Arizona Scenic Tours offers single day tours to any Arizona destinations that interest you. Have a bit more time and want to see more? You can even design a multiple day excursion based on your sightseeing desires and Arizona Scenic Tours will make all of the arrangements for you! Stay in a Bed & Breakfast in Bisbee... a historic hotel in Flagstaff... or a resort in Sedona... whatever level of accommodations you desire, they’ll get it done for you!! To book a tour, please visit for more information, or call today at 480-459-7144. With Arizona Scenic Tours, you are in control of your tour! AZ




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xperience the perfect place to play. Located just off Interstate 17 an hour north of Phoenix in the Verde Valley, you’ll find Cliff Castle Casino, voted the Number One casino in Arizona for 18 years in a row. Cliff Castle is a family friendly destination with something for everyone. The kids will have a blast in Orbits Arcade and in the Kids Quest supervised childcare center. Spend some quality family time at Shake Rattle and Bowl, the 20 lane bowling center located just off the casino floor. Cliff Castle Casino has over 650 slot machines and now features Arizona’s largest non-smoking slot area. Live Vegas style blackjack and a poker room are also offered. The Dragonfly night club features live music every Friday and Saturday night as well as pay per view UFC fights and boxing matches. Enjoy multiple dining options, from Johnny Rockets to Mountain Springs Buffet where kids 3-10 years old eat for half price. If it’s a steak or seafood you’re looking for, the award winning Storytellers Steak House, Cliff Castle Casino Hotel featuring renowned chef I-17, Exit 289, Just S of Sedona Andrea DiLuca, offers an 800-381-7568 amazing dining experience with the freshest, most delicious dishes in the region. Spend the night at the Lodge at Cliff Castle Casino. Choose from one of the hotel packages featuring family fun, wine or golf. Cliff Castle Casino is located in the heart of Verde Valley wine country and just minutes away from some of the area’s most popular tourist destinations including Out of Africa Wildlife Park, the Verde Canyon Railroad and the majestic red rocks of Sedona. Explore by day and play at night. Experience for yourself why Cliff Castle Casino has been voted the number one casino in the state of Arizona for 18 years in a row! All casinos have slot machines and table games. What they don’t have is the level of commitment to guest satisfaction, friendly team members and a warm and welcoming environment that you’ll find at Cliff Castle Casino. And coming soon, Cliff Castle will open a brand new six story luxury Hotel. Visit for information on hotel packages, dining options and promotions. Cliff Castle Casino is the perfect place to play. AZ





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 “CHOCOHOLIC” IN ALL OF US – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour at 10 a.m. and

1 p.m. Monday thru Friday and a non-guided video tour anytime. 623-930-9000. 8. BOOTS AND BIKES The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. 623-932-3811. 9. PACK A ROMANTIC PICNIC LUNCH The crown jewel of Glendale’s park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with it’s historic ranch buildings and wonderful flora. 623-930-4200. 10. LAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun”, the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Turn off your mobile phone and unleash some family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ

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Saddle Up! MacDonald’s RANCH

Family Stable & Western Adventure


ince the late 1950’s, MacDonald’s Ranch has been an operating horse and cattle ranch. The Richardson Family has been working the land and running one of Scottsdale’s oldest and most experienced horseback riding stables for decades, allowing the public to experience ranch life in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. With an excellent staff of real cowgirls and cowboys; beautiful, desert born and gently trained horses; and a sprawling ranch filled with old west style games and a menagerie of small animals to pet; MacDonald’s Ranch creates the perfect place to step back in time. There are no set times for the horeseback rides and stagecoach rides that are readily available at MacDonald’s Ranch. It’s well worth the time though, to talk with one of their friendly ranching staff and plan your family’s trip to the ranch. Little ones who aren’t yet old (or brave) enough for a ride on one of their horses can enjoy a pony ride for FREE.

We all know there are few things in life that are still free, but this day of family fun certainly can be. (Please remember to tip your pony guide of course!) At MacDonald’s Ranch you will harken back to simpler times when family games, petting zoos and pony rides for young’uns were free of charge. The petting zoo has a wide variety of animals from chickens to miniature donkeys and ponies, to goats, sheep, peacocks and more! 76

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The classic games can keep your crew occupied for hours with such pastimes as roping steer dummies, horshoes, and the endless tossing of rings and bean bags. Why not come lasso some down-home fun? Keep in mind for your visit that you will want to call ahead to make sure the daily hours haven’t been changed due to weather conditions or private events. However, on a regular basis for the month of April, the ranch is open from 8am to sunset -- with the last ride (pony or horse) leaving one hour prior to sunset, as long as you’ve made that reservation. This would be an incredible place to host a special event or birthday party and throughout the year the ranch plans public events like cookouts and hayrides as well. With all of the activities and the ability to gather around the campfire for s’mores, MacDonald’s Ranch would be a unique and memorable choice for your next important gathering.

MacDonald’s Ranch 26540 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480.585.0239

On your ride you can expect to enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert from the safety of a trusty steed, under the guidance of an experienced wrangler. The trail riding style is nose-to-tail, taking into consideration each rider’s ability for the safest yet most exciting ride. Looking for a slightly different mood? -- Then you might want to check out the moonlit rides. On specific dates throughout the year when the moon is nearly full, you can take a moonlit ride through the glowing desert, hear the coyotes howl and see the brilliant star-filled sky overhead. Now that’s the cowboy life. AZ





Cave Creek & Carefree 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-4881906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek, except to say that it’s one of

the most unique shopping experiences you will have in AZ. 480-488-9047. 4. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique and authentic Victorian atmosphere. 480-488-4812. 5. HISTORIC SPANISH VILLAGE – Located in the heart of Downtown Carefree along whimsical Ho Hum road, this is one of the first buildings constructed in Carefree and remains a cultural and art hub. 6. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB – Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek, 480-488-0398. 7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to


come a bit closer. The steel kinetic wind sculpture turning in the breeze captures the attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757. 8. CAVE CREEK MUSEUM Started in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/ Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480-488-2764. 9. BARTLETT LAKE Located just 20 miles east of Carefree, visitors can drive to Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. 480-595-3300. 10. FRONTIER TOWN Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in Arizona, full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ

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ADVENTURERS Take to the Sky 500 Feet High at Grand Canyon West Brand new in 2018 at Grand Canyon West is a thrilling new adventure. Visitors to the highly popular Grand Canyon Skywalk now have the opportunity to soar above a nearby side canyon on more than 2,000 feet of zipline cables. The Zipline at Grand Canyon West features ‘quad ziplines’ which allow groups to zipline together at speeds approaching 50 mph! The Zipline at Grand Canyon West was built in partnership with Skyline Ziplines, the global leader in zipline development, having installed over 100,000 feet of zipline cable worldwide. The zipline accommodates guests from 90-275 lbs. More information at AZ

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Prescott 1. WHISKEY ROW Whiskey Row is a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and peoplewatch. 2. SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM Prescott is home of the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion built in 1864. The Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals. 928-445-3122. 3. HASSAYAMPA INN A must for savvy travelers searching for a relaxing respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Yesteryear’s charm combines with today’s modern amenities to make the Hassayampa Inn a haven for sophisticated guests seeking a sense of pampered well-being. 928-778-9434. 80

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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ot Air Expeditions and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), two of Arizona’s most popular attractions, have collaborated to offer a spectacular fun-filled package, appropriately named Balloons & Tunes!

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


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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 84

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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. 86

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of the stars makes me dream. ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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. 928-7743358. See Ad Page 89 for Savings. 4. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate 88 88

guided tour experience and leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink Jeep Tour guide will give you a fun, informative, and focused tour that will ensure that you see the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon. 833-314-7465 5. GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM – 12 miles wide. One mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928-638-7888. 6. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy one

of the new Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tours - a must do adventure! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 833-3147465 (Pink Jeep) 8. METEOR CRATER Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visitor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. 800-289-5898. 9. GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 – Whether it is through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we love to be connected to our love of the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 10. STEP BACK IN TIME The Petrified Forest has plant and animal fossils going back over 200 million years. Some petrified logs found in the park measure over 190 feet! 928-524-6228. AZ

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


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 TOMBSTONE – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888-457-3929

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

TUBAC – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and 90

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Southern Arizona 1. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily well-preserved downtown draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture, it’s welcoming, creative spirit and its cool climate. 520-432-3554 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, savannah, milliongallon 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. 520883-2701 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.

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Two of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Arizona — Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.


The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the only one located in the U.S.


Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other)


Arizona has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.


Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).


Arizona is home to the world’s largest rose bush. Planted in Tombstone in 1885, the giant rose bush has a 12-foot circumference trunk and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.


Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.


Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits — more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).


There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell — both located in Arizona.

10. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). 11. The bola tie is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona.

13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 95



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Q. When eating out, where can we find the dishes that give this place its unique flavor?


nswer: Navigating the minefield of dining while away from home is one of our most popular quests for guests at the Concierge Desk after they’ve survived the rigors of travel: interstate traffic, the cattle-call of airport security, suitcase herding and the hotel check-in check list. NORTHERN ARIZONA

Ranchers and riders abound in the pine-rimmed high desert grasslands beneath the Bradshaw Mountains near Prescott where a good steak thrown on fresh-cut mesquite timber stifles tummy growls, and along with an amethyst sunset goes a long way to polishing off a grand day in our corner of the Southwest. The Palace Restaurant and Saloon (circa 1877) is ground zero for ground buffalo burgers, cowboy coleslaw and Palace Chips, Southwestern corn chowder and the crowd pleasers: Mesquite Barbeque Ribs and Rough Rider’s Rib Eye. The restaurant, once a favorite of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, also features a dinner theater and period costumes. ( And if you’d like a little rodeo with your steak, two signature rodeos — The Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo in Williams June 15-17, and “The Oldest Rodeo in the World” in Prescott June 2830 during Frontier Days, can enable you to rub shoulders with working cowboys competing in bronc riding, calf roping, horse racing and cow milking ( and


Mexican braceros (manual laborers) helped to make King Cotton or “White Gold” a major crop in central and southern Arizona from the 1920s to the 1950s, and with their families made cotton Arizona’s number one crop in 1962. In addition to contributing to our 96

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economy, Mexico’s culture took root in this expanse of the desert Southwest. And in the Phoenix metro area, The Barrio Queen has taken its place in the Valley’s league of memorable Mexican cuisine (www. You can increase your vocabulary of authentic Mexican fare and enjoy elevated renditions of classic Mexican street dishes including tacos, enchiladas, tostados and carne asada. A house favorite is Cochinita Pibil, slow-roasted pork with achiote rojo and sour orange. This hip local spot has two locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale ( Two quintessential Phoenix area restaurants to put on your culture tour are located in one of the ten largest cities in the state — Peoria. A hole-in-thewall favorite is Caminero Mexican Restaurant offering authentic Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This small, family-owned eatery exudes home-spun charm, fostering a relaxed atmosphere in an informal establishment that offers counter service. The décor is cheery with scattered Mexican accents, consisting most notable of a mural depicting a village scene. Burritos, chimichangas, quesadillas, tortas and homemade chips and salsa seem to be the go-to choices. For a more creative spin in another “shoebox” eatery, try the avocado enchiladas with crema sauce and for a wonderful change from the standard rice and beans side dish, order the papas con chili at Abuelos. Unless you want to get hooked on Tres Leches Cake — a dense moist sponge “three milk” cake topped with a cloud of whipped cream — you’d best not order this made-from-scratch confection here!


Tucson is known for a prized taste treat that is actually a purely home-grown creation. According to lore, Indian fry bread was born of necessity in the mid-19th century, when 9,000 Navajos were confined by the U.S. Army at Fort Sumner in New Mexico. But making the most of meager rations of wheat flour and lard, they invented a chewy deep-fried bread that quickly became a staple of Southwestern cooking. Sweetened with honey or eaten plain, the delectable puffs are an important symbol of tribal unity today. Ubiquitous at pow wows, fairs and roadside stands across Arizona, they’re even served by Native American vendors at one of Tucson’s other great attractions, the stunning 18th-century San Zavier del Bac Mission in the Santa Cruz Valley. For a contemporary twist on a classic, try a Navajo taco: a Frisbee-sized circle of Indian fry bread topped with ground meat, Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident beans, chopped onion and lettuce, tomato, green of Arizona, is past President of the chilies and shredded cheese. A culinary fusion Southern Arizona Concierge Network, member of the National Concierge of modern Arizona’s rich ethnic heritage (www. Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A. AZ





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The June issue of Arizona KEY Travel Magazine features a Grand Canyon Resort Adventure, where you can brave the waters of the Colorado River...