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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | April 2018 | ArizonaKEY.com
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EXPLORE THE WORLD’S Music and Culture at MIM 16 18 32 45 56 59 71 76 82 86 96
Governor Doug Ducey’s Letter Editor’s Page: Colors of Spring Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village Children’s Theatre Sedona’s Top 5 Hikes Amethyst Mine Tours Arizona Scenic Tours Saddle Up: McDonald’s Ranch Balloons & Tunes Your Guide To Arizona Stargazing Concierge Corner
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Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ Williams, Flagstaff & Northern AZ Tucson & Southern AZ Performing Arts Events Arizona KEYMagazine
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COLORS SPRING AZ
hat brings you to Arizona in the gorgeous month of April? If you enjoy lush gardens and greenery you may be under the impression that Arizona’s desert landscape has little to offer. On the contrary, the spring is a wonderful time to see the desert bloom. Arizona has some of the best hiking trails in the country, and at this time of year you may even have the added bonus of wandering into wildflower country. If you’ve timed your visit after a damp enough winter you may just get to see the desert exploding in bursts of yellow, pink,
and purple flora and fauna. Stay up to date on current wildflower patch sightings in Arizona with Desert Wildflower Reports from www.desertusa.com/wildflo/az.html or visit the Desert Botanical Garden’s Wildflower Tracking Site, a collaborative effort by more than two dozen parks and gardens across central and southern Arizona, at www.dbg.org/wildflowertracking-site. Or, monitor the RangerCam on the Arizona State Parks website at www. azstateparks.com. Knowing just when to hit the trails will give you the best chance at seeing all of the vivid colors Arizona’s landscapes display.
In addition to the gorgeous array of wildflowers, you will want to check out the butterflies in full force this spring. Arizona has a multitude of viewing opportunities for these majestic winged beauties. Butterflies are an important pollinator to the Sonoran Desert, so chances are you will see multiple varieties if you simply step outdoors for a hike. However, if you are looking for an immersive butterfly experience, you will want to check out one of the popular walk-in butterfly exhibits around Arizona. Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, a 10,000 square-foot butterfly conservatory where you wander among 3,000 butterflies and view every stage of their metamorphosis, is a great place to start your search. Phoenixâ€™s Desert Botanical Garden also has a Butterfly Pavillion where you can get an up-close view of hundreds of varieties of butterflies (painted ladies, zebra longwings, giant swallowtails and more) while strolling their grounds. When in Southern Arizona, visit the Tucson Botanical Gardens to be surrounded by rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids in bloom at their exhibit entitled Butterfly Magic. It seems safe to say that spring has offically sprung in Arizona. I sincerely hope that during your time here you are able to appreciate Arizona in all of its vibrant colors!
~ Serena Webbe, editor with Photography by Jenn Isaacs
event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ
MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480.478.6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit MIM.org.
CONCERTS: The Sun Dog Twins featuring Will Clipman and Leon Littlebird Wednesday, April 11 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $28.50 Songs of social conscience, romantic love, and historical Americana Daymé Arocena Thursday, April 19 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $33.50-$38.50 “When she sang, she had a beaming, irrepressible smile, the expression of a virtuoso who knew she was pushing each song toward gleefully unexpected places.” —New York Times
MIM Music Theater 300-seat concert venue 20
Brubeck Brothers Quartet Thursday, April 26 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38.50-$48.50 One of America’s most accomplished musical families brilliantly showcases the spontaneous spirit of jazz.
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.
treasures span 9,000 years of Chinese musical history. On exhibit through May 6th.
ALL MONTH Dinosaurs in the Desert (PHOENIX) 23 prehistoric creatures stand along the Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. The self-guided tour includes animatronic dinosaur structures which move and make various sounds including the infamous roar of the tyrannosaurus rex. An unforgettable expedition into the land of the lost you won’t want to miss. Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway Papago Park Phoenix, AZ, 602-286-3800 www. phoenixzoo.org. ALL MONTH Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum (PHOENIX) This exhibition explores the harmony between music, people, heaven, and earth through more than 60 extremely rare instruments and artworks on display for the first time in the US. These extraordinary
ALL MONTH Pompeii: The Exhibition (PHOENIX) The Arizona Science Center presents over 200 precious artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. Wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, and more! 602-716-2000. 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.
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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ 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. THROUGH APRIL 15 Of God and Mortal Men (PHOENIX) The Heard Museum presents the finest group of T.C. Cannon’s paintings known to exist in either private or public collections. It’s been 20 years since these works were last on public exhibit. 602-252-8840. APRIL 5 - 15 Phoenix Film Festival (PHOENIX) Screenings of more than 175 feature films and shorts. Q&A sessions with producers, director and talent. World-class entertainment; an impressive
silent auction and more. At the Harkins Scottsdale/101. 602-955-6444. APRIL 6 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. APRIL 7 Wickenburg Literary Festival (WICKENBURG) 3rd Annual Literary Festival in beautiful Historic Downtown Wickenburg. Celebrate the Voices of the Southwest with programming from regional authors, poets, performers and musicians. wickenburgaz.org. APRIL 11 - 15 Arizona Bike Week (SCOTTSDALE) Arizona Bike Week is the biggest motorcycle event in the Southwest. Hundreds of world class vendors, stunt shows, live music, demos, exhibitions, contests, flat track racing, auctions, and bike shows. Each night ends in a concert featuring some of the biggest names in the rock world. WestWorld of Scottsdale. 480-644-8191.
APRIL 12 Desert Night Cinema (PHOENIX) Roll-out your picnic blanket and enjoy silver screen hits under the desert night sky. Before the movie starts, watch live entertainment and participate in fun movie related activities. Desert Botanical Garden. Members $14, General Public $16, Child Members $10, Child General Admission $12. APRIL 14 Chandler Craft Spirits Festival (CHANDLER) Try over 150 savory and sweet cocktails from local and boutique distilleries. Aerial Bartenders will delight, while guests enjoy cocktails, music, tasty food and a few fun games. 602-577-6888 APRIL 14 - 15 Scottsdale Culinary Festival (SCOTTSDALE) 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden and much more. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, noon-6pm. Tickets $10-$150, Children 12 and under FREE. APRIL 19 - 22 Nirvana Food & Wine Festival (PARADISE VALLEY) Food & beverage extravaganza featuring star chefs including Chef Beau MacMillan. Enjoy informative,
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES intimate conversation with celebrities from the world of food and wine, accompanied by tantalizing tastings, sumptuous meals and activities. At Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, 855-245-2051.
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MCDONALD’S CAR SHOW
APRIL 28 American Canned Craft Beer Festival (PHOENIX) More than 250 canned craft beers from over 100 local and national breweries across 40 states, including beers not previously available in the state of Arizona. Live music, food, a beer science garden, seminars, beer Olympic games and a rare beer garden. Margaret T. Hance Park, 3pm-7pm, $35-$45.
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.
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)
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Explore THE WORLD’S
MUSIC & CULTURE AT MIM
xplore a world of music, connect with your own heritage, and see incredible instruments from every corner of the globe at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). Rated Phoenix’s #1 attraction by TripAdvisor, MIM displays more than 6,800 musical instruments and objects collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories.
Hear, see, and feel the creative spirit of peoples and cultures from all around the world through seamless interactive technology and an astounding variety of musical instruments in MIM’s five Geographic Galleries. MIM takes you on a journey around the globe, where you travel deep into the heart of human creativity.
In the Artist Gallery, guests can get a close-up look at instruments and memorabilia from influential artists, such as Elvis Presley®, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Ravi Shankar, Maroon 5, and more. A popular space among visitors of all ages is the Experience Gallery where you can have fun making some music of your own on instruments similar to those on display throughout the museum, such as a theremin, Burmese harp, and Indonesian gong. MIM’s new STEM Gallery explores the important connections between music and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through original video recordings, interactive technology, and varied instruments, guests can learn about themes of sound creation, technological innovation, the human ear, hearing safety, and much more in a dedicated space.
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The acoustically superb MIM Music Theater offers an intimate, 300-seat setting to enjoy live performances by well-known musicians and emerging artists from around the world. Each performance is an extension of the museum’s galleries showcasing the instruments, the people who play them, and the musical language we all share.
are available during museum hours. Stop by the Museum Store to shop an array of creative, global, and music-inspired gifts, including jewelry, apparel, musical instruments, books, and CDs. Plan your visit at MIM.org. AZ
MIM’s award-winning Café Allegro offers delicious global cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients within 150 miles of MIM. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day, and snacks and beverages ArizonaKEY.com
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slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel rooms. Enjoy FREE live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment & Dance at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live music, dancing and fun every Friday & Saturday night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT. APRIL 1 Easter Bunny Express (CLARKDALE) The hoppiest celebration at Verde Canyon Railroad -- the Easter Bunny Express. Once-a-year opportunity to hob-knob with the wascally wabbit begins at the depot prior to the train’s 1pm departure. Proof that the Easter Bunny really does exist! 800-582-7245. APRIL 5 - MAY 5 Whiskey Row Marathon, (PRESCOTT) Among the toughest races in the country, featuring rugged terrain, high altitude, and on occasion, severe weather. Challenging and fun. Offers a number of routes for runners of all skill/fitness levels, including marathon, half marathon, 10k and two-mile fun run.www. whiskeyrowmarathon.com.
APRIL 14 Sedona Food Truck Festival (SEDONA) Held at Posse Grounds Park from noon–6pm, this event features great food, live music and a beer garden. Admission is FREE! Grub, Brews and Tunes! Call 800-288-7336 for details. APRIL 15 Phoenix Symphony (PRESCOTT) Tito Munoz opens the program with Nina Youngs Agnosco Veteris, full of striking contrasts of mood. Tickets $29 to $42 are available through the Yavapai Symphony Association 928-776-4255. www. yavapaisymphony.org APRIL 18 Sedona Wolf Week (SEDONA) Wolf Week is a diverse program of speakers, performers, school presentations, arts, entertainment, concert, fundraisers, a wolf coexistence panel and social interactions. For a complete schedule and to register: Admission: varies, 9am-9pm www.sedonawolfweek.org,
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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. ALL MONTH Meteor Crater (WINSLOW) Come and relive the intensity of the impact at Meteor Crater, located 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Enjoy guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and Sandwich shop. 800-289-5898. ALL MONTH National Art Month (WILLIAMS) Celebrate art all month in Williams, Arizona. A small town nestled in the pine country of AZ, Williams offers countless things to see and do. Route 66 history buffs can explore six blocks of historic buildings and shops. Stroll on Route 66 and be sure to visit experiencewilliams.com.. 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 ArizonaKEY.com
& 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. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Two Stepping Lessons (FLAGSTAFF) Lumberyard Brewing Co. hosts FREE two stepping lessons every Frid & Sat from 9pm-10pm. Free dance goes until 2am when the bar closes. 21 and over. 928-779-2739. 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. APRIL 7 Steam to the Grand Canyon (WILLIAMS) It’s Time To Get Fired Up! Steam is back at Grand Canyon Railway. Fueled by waste vegetable oil (WVO), driven by an iron will, powered by ingenuity. See the Grand Canyon aboard a historic locomotive. Grand Canyon Railway, 800-843-8724.
artwork at galleries in historic downtown. 6pm9pm, FREE, 928-779-2300. APRIL 14 Discovery 2nd Saturday at Museum of Northern Arizona (FLAGSTAFF) Join MNA for kids’ programs, hands-on activities, and creative crafts. Programs are included with admission and are scheduled from 2pm-4 pm. Radical Reptiles. Museum of Northern Arizona, 928-774-5213. APRIL 21 Flagstaff Earth Day 2017 (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live bands, local food, vendors and exhibitors. Bushmaster Park, free, 11am – 2pm. 928-213-2144. ALL MONTH Junior Astronomer (FLAGSTAFF) Akin to the National Park’s “Junior Ranger” program nationwide, the Lowell Observatory “Junior Astronomer” program is an activity-based program geared towards youth ages 5 and up. For just $3, interested visitors complete a series of activities, explore the observatory, and earn an official stellar patch upon completion! 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. oldbisbeeghosttour.com. 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. queenminetour.com. 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 Biosphere2.org. ALL MONTH Butterfly Gardens a Tropical Wonderland (TUCSON) Every day through May, Tucson Botanical Gardens presents a live tropical butterfly exhibit. View colorful butterflies fluttering and marvel at nature’s flying flowers at the new Cox Communications Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion. Also on view is the Dart
Frog Terrarium, and be sure to check out the Chrysalis Exhibit, a fascinating look into metamorphosis. tucsonbotanical.org. APRIL 14 2nd Saturdays Family Nights (TUCSON) On the second Saturday of every month, go downtown for free family-friendly fun. Families can stroll the downtown district and enjoy free live entertainment. For modest fees, get around on the streetcar, a TuGo bike, or the Good Shepherd Ranch’s horse-drawn carriage and shop and dine at local venues. Visit 2ndSaturdaysDowntown. com for more info. APRIL 7 & 8 Tucson Sculpture Festival Show & Sale (TUCSON) The inaugural 2018 Sculpture Show & Sale is a celebration of juried sculpture, offering sculpture artists an opportunity to showcase
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES and sell their artwork to the public hosted at Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, one of Tucson’s beautiful outdoor Southern Arizona settings. 40 sculptors, music, fantastic food and artist demonstrations. www. sculpturetucson.org/events. APRIL 18 - 29 Arizona International Film Festival (TUCSON) Staying true to its mission of showcasing independent film, the AZ International Film Festival has exhibited over 2,500 films representing 90 countries to over 148,000 patrons in southern Arizona. filmfestivalarizona.com. APRIL 19 - 29 Pima County Fair (TUCSON) The annual Pima County Fair runs for 10 days in the month of April, plus a host of other events yearround, including NHRA Drag Strip Racing, Horse Shows, Gun Shows and more. www. pimacountyfair.com.
APRIL 7 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) Over 30 participating shops and galleries, special sales, promotions, drawings, live entertainment, refreshments and artist’s receptions until 8pm, 520-432-3554. APRIL 8 Taste of Tubac (TUBAC) Fine foods from local area restaurants, wine tastings, silent auction, live music and dancing, all within the delightful setting of the
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, $60, 5-8pm, 520-336-7638. APRIL 13 - 15 University of Arizona Spring Fling (TUCSON) Check out the largest student-run carnival in the nation and experience th 35+ rides, games, & 20 food booths! UA Campus East Mall, springfling. arizona.edu APRIL 6 - 8 Rose Tree Festival (TOMBSTONE) Celebrate the 133rd blooming of “the Shady Lady,” the World’s Largest Rose Tree. Activities include an old-fashioned lunch box auction, Rose Tree Parade, music and more, Allen Street. 520-457-3326.
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APRIL 27 - MAY 6 Agave Heritage Festival (TUCSON) This festival for ages 21-and-over explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of the agave plant on the southern Arizona-Mexico border region, with varied talks, tours, tastings, dinners and exhibits at several venues. Venues include Hotel Congress, The Carriage House, Mission Garden, Maynards Market
& Kitchen, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, U of A Desert Laboratory Tumamoc Hill, Haury Auditorium at University of Arizona, Hydra. 520-622-8848.
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inter, Spring, Summer or Fall… no matter what time of year you visit the Valley of the Sun, there will be much to see and do. The Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty begins with rugged mountains, Saguaro cactus towering over adventure trails, and pink and orange sunsets you thought you only read about in Western novels.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 30
Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World Famous Fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and concerts make Fountain Hills/Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 AZ
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Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
was created as an artisanâ€™s village and was named after a colorful Mexican city outside of Guadalajara. The village was passionately constructed by hand over a number of years using Spanish Colonial architectural elements artfully integrated with the sycamore grove that predated its 1971 construction. The sycamores are so intricately woven into the atmosphere that they meander effortlessly through courtyards, patios and sometimes the structures themselves. The organic flow of the property and the rich details give the distinct impression that you are strolling through a centuries old villa. Known widely for its distinctively lovely atmosphere for shopping & dining, its undeniable beauty in an undeniably beautiful locale, Sedona, makes it a perfect choice for a uniquely Arizona destination wedding.
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RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • rustyspursaloon.com 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.
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HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 highsocietyresale.com Find exceptional women’s clothing and accessories from the finest homes in the Valley! Vast collection of jewelry including one-of-a-kind pieces of sterling silver and set stones from India, Indonesia and Nepal. SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 Avenue of the Fountains #100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • samifinejewelry.com Voted One of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores, Sami Fine Jewelry is a great place to buy your jewelry! Home to many unique one of kind jewelry designs, Sami’s is know for their style. If your looking for something that will set you apart, you are sure to find it at Sami’s! Arizona KEYMagazine
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PRESENTING: Low Down Dirty Blues March 10 - 31, 2018 (Tucson) April 5 - 22, 2018 (Phoenix) The Diary of Anne Frank April 21 - May 12, 2018 (Tucson) BALLET ARIZONA at The Orpheum Theatre 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 602.381.1096 • balletaz.org Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. PRESENTING: Today’s Masters March 22 - 25, 2018 CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • childsplayaz.org Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. PRESENTING: The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats Through March 11, 2018. Maddi’s Fridge March 31 - April 8, 2018 Flora & Ulysses April 22 - May 20, 2018 PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • phoenixtheatre.com 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: The Boob Show Through March 18, 2018 Million Dollar Quartet March 7 - April 15, 2018 Godspell April 18 - May 13, 2018
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f you are visiting Arizona with children and looking for a rich theatrical experience, plan a visit to Childsplay in Tempe, Az. This year, Childsplay’s 41st season, has been dubbed its ‘Storybook Season.’ It is not the first time this troupe of professional adult actors has brought beloved children’s literature to life on stage, however this 2017-2018 season, each of their 7 productions is a stage adaptation from a children’s book. Popular selections from the season have included Tomás and the Library Lady, Go Dog Go!, A Christmas Carol and The Snowy Day. Still to come are Maddi’s Fridge which runs through April 8th, and Flora & Ulysses (April 22 through May 20, 2018). Childsplay productions are professional level theatrical performances that children and their families will truly adore. After many performances, the actors take time to answer audience questions, and education on several levels is integrated into each production. The mission of Childsplay is “to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, the hallmarks of childhood which are keys to the future.” AZ
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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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SCOTTSDALEâ€™S MUSEUM OF THE WEST
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Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks
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Ceramics (L-R): Nampeyo (Hopi/Tewa, c. 1860-1942), Unchained Melody Jar Jar, c. 1905-1907, and Polychrome Storage Jar with Appliqué, c. 1905; Les Namingha (Hopi/Zuni, b. 1967), Jar, c. 1997. Gifts of The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection. Photo: Bill Dambrova.
Sedona, Prescott & N. Central AZ
aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history & archaeology; arts & culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual & metaphysical, imagine doing all this amid a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is both wild & wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday--and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 866-878-2489 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all 54
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 in West Sedona 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 in West Sedona is a strenuous hike for the experienced climber with awesome terrain changes and views that takes 5-6 hours and is a 5 mile roundtrip. Happy Trails! AZ
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n your secret life do you dream of being an adventureseeking gemologist in search of the finest of earth’s treasures? If Indiana Jones-style escapades top your list then we have found an incredible opportunity for you. Sami Fine Jewelry hosts an exclusive tour of the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine just a few times a year, and you’ll want to book your seat now for this spring’s tour into the rugged desert terrain of the Matazal Mountains. Your day will begin at Sami Fine Jewelry, in Fountain Hills where one of Sami’s knowledgeable team members will show you why Arizona Amethyst rivals some of the most beautiful amethyst in the world. Transportation will be provided for you from that point on. And when we say transportation, that includes a helicopter ride into the mountains where the mine is located. On your ride to the helicopter take off point, Sami’s “Amethyst Guru” will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Arizona Amethyst mine, including interesting history and facts about the Amethyst. Once aboard the helicopter, prepare for an exciting tour of the beautiful Arizona desert. Soaring over the Matazal mountain range, you will fly above the Tonto national forest and then land on the Four Peaks Mountains. The mine is not open to the public, but you will have exclusive access on this incredible experience. Not only will you get to see the rugged living and work conditions of the miners, but you will get to touch and take home real Arizona Amethyst rough. Every tour participant also leaves with a $100 gift card to Sami Fine Jewelry! Reservations are required as seats are very limited and you must RSVP with a deposit. The price of the tour is $495 per person and is approximately 4 - 5 hours long. All tour guests must arrive at Sami Fine Jewelry 30 minutes prior to their scheduled flight time. At this time, you will check in, sign your insurance wavier, and pay for the remaining balance of the tour price. Like every once-in-a-lifetime adventure, this tour requires physical activity. While it’s not a terribly long hike in the mine, you will need to hike uphill in a rocky area. This spring’s tours are scheduled for April 13th & 14th and May 12th & 13th -- don’t miss out! For reservations or for more information, please contact Sami Fine Jewelry at 480-837-8168 or visit www.samifinejewelry.com. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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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,
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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
ENJOYING THE SOUTH RIM Individual interests, available time, weather, and health considerations can influence your visit to the South Rim. Before heading out, visit www.nps. gov/grca/ to help plan your trip. Once you arrive in the park, talk with the rangers for up-to-theminute information.
Many miles of roads along the rim feature numerous pullouts to enjoy the views. Hermit Road to Hermit Rest is open to private vehicles only from December through February. The free shuttle bus system provides a relaxing way to explore the developed areas of the rim.
Elevations along the rim vary from 6650 feet (2030 m) at Hermits Rest to more than 7400 feet (2260 m) at Desert View near the East Entrance. Summer temperatures are pleasant along the rim, but increase rapidly as you descend into the canyon. Low humidity makes for big temperature differences between day and night. The low humidity and high elevation also means that it is important to drink water frequently.
The Rim Trail winds along the rim for more than 13 miles (21 km), much of it paved and suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. The Greenway, a broad, paved pathway for hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchairs, leads two miles (3 km) from Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village. A separate segment heads east from Hermits Rest along the rim. The Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails descend steeply into the canyon.
Afternoon thundershowers are common in July, August, and early September. Windy conditions prevail in April and May. Snow may fall as early as November. Winter snowstorms continue into March. Rangers present programsâ€”walks, talks, and evening presentationsâ€”throughout the year. All activities are free. ArizonaKEY.com
VISITOR CENTERS: The Grand Canyon Visitor Center near Mather Point is the largest of several visitor centers and makes a perfect first stop. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. AZ
ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? The Grannd Canyon invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it.
The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 GrandCanyonCVB.org AZ Plan Your Trip to the Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon Yavapai Geology Museum On Yavapai Point. Displays explain the geology and formation of the canyon. Memorable views unfold from the picture windows and nearby overlooks. Verkamp’s Visitor Center East of El Tovar Hotel. Housed in the former Verkamp’s Curios, displays tell the story of the South Rim community. Tusayan Museum 3 miles west of the East Entrance. Exhibits provide a glimpse of the rich Native American cultures, both past and present. A short trail circles an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan village. Desert View Visitor Center Near the East Entrance. Explore how this magnificent landscape has inspired artists, writers, musicians, and conservationists. 2
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Canyon Plaza Resort grandcanyonplaza.com (800) 995-2521 Grand Hotel grandcanyongrandhotel.com (888) 634-7263 Holiday Inn Express grandcanyon.hiexpress.com (888) 473-2269 Red Feather Lodge redfeatherlodge.com (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, www. grandcanyonlodges.com, (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 www.ArizonaScenicTours.com 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, theyâ€™ll get it done for you!! To book a tour, please visit www.ArizonaScenicTours.com for more information, or call today at 480-459-7144. With Arizona Scenic Tours, you are in control of your tour! AZ ArizonaKEY.com
Downtown Phoenix & Glendale
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Glendale / West Valley 1. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of unrivaled gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! DDCAZ.com/west-valley 2. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 85 exhibits and the all new 15-acre Safari Park. See ad page 75 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 3. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, just East of the Loop 101 on Glendale Avenue. 623-385-7502.
4. WIGWAM RESORT Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, superb spa, distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 5. BLAST OFF WITH SOME FAMILY FUN – Children, and grown-ups, alike, can enjoy simulated space missions, interact with real NASA astronauts and learn all about the wonders of the cosmos at the Challenger Space Center. 480-488-1906. 6. STROLL IN THE GARDENS 1,000 cactus, trees and shrubs await you desert style, where you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour at Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the library to check out a listening wand, so you may learn the names of the foliage. 623-930-3596. 7. FOR THE “CHOCOHOLIC” IN ALL OF US – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour at 10 a.m. and
1 p.m. Monday thru Friday and a non-guided video tour anytime. 623-930-9000. 8. BOOTS AND BIKES The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. 623-932-3811. 9. PACK A ROMANTIC PICNIC LUNCH The crown jewel of Glendale’s park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with it’s historic ranch buildings and wonderful flora. 623-930-4200. 10. LAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun”, the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Turn off your mobile phone and unleash some family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ
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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
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.
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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
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Cave Creek & Carefree 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-4881906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek, except to say that it’s one of
the most unique shopping experiences you will have in AZ. 480-488-9047. 4. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique and authentic Victorian atmosphere. 480-488-4812. 5. HISTORIC SPANISH VILLAGE – Located in the heart of Downtown Carefree along whimsical Ho Hum road, this is one of the first buildings constructed in Carefree and remains a cultural and art hub. 6. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB – Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek, 480-488-0398. 7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to
come a bit closer. The steel kinetic wind sculpture turning in the breeze captures the attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757. 8. CAVE CREEK MUSEUM Started in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/ Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480-488-2764. 9. BARTLETT LAKE Located just 20 miles east of Carefree, visitors can drive to Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. 480-595-3300. 10. FRONTIER TOWN Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in Arizona, full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ
2018 Event Schedule Carefree Farmer’s Market — Sundial Every Friday, 9 am - 1 pm 1st Friday Art Walks First Fridays through April, 4 pm Carefree Desert Garden Seminars Mar. 10 and April 14, 9:30 am - 12 pm 23rd Annual Thunderbird Artists Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival March 16 - 18, 10 am - 5 pm Experience more than 155 fine artisans, live musicand fine wine. Sights & Sounds in the Carefree Desert Gardens March 23 - April 30, 10 am - 3 pm Enjoy a variety of weekly art demonstrations and music. Carefree Restaurant Week May 4 - 13 Dine local “Carefree Style” with specials all week. CarefreeRestaurants.com Enjoy the Carefree Desert Gardens open 365 days a year. Free admission and only minutes north of the 101.
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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
Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Prescott is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest, 450 miles of trails, and four lakes. Find out why Prescott is known for true west, real adventure in a cool setting.
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 awardwinning 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: HotAirExpeditions.com. AZ
OUTDOOR RECREATION GRAND CANYON RAILWAY
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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. experiencewilliams.com, 928-635-4061 Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200 restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-956-6123 or flagstaffarizona.org AZ 84
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Your STARGAZING TOOL KIT By Alex Carel
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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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 ArizonaKEY.com
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Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoeshaped bridge extending guests 70 feet past the canyon edge and providing an unparalleled view of this natural wonder. Tours also include other points of interest and unique canyon views. 928-769-2636. 3. LOWELL OBSERVATORY Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to sketch Mars or the telescope that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff offers guided tours, telescope viewings and more. 928-7743358. See Ad Page 89 for Savings. 4. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate 88 88
guided tour experience and leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink Jeep Tour guide will give you a fun, informative, and focused tour that will ensure that you see the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon. 833-314-7465 5. GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM – 12 miles wide. One mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928-638-7888. 6. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy one
of the new Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tours - a must do adventure! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 833-3147465 (Pink Jeep) 8. METEOR CRATER Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visitor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. 800-289-5898. 9. GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 – Whether it is through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we love to be connected to our love of the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 10. STEP BACK IN TIME The Petrified Forest has plant and animal fossils going back over 200 million years. Some petrified logs found in the park measure over 190 feet! 928-524-6228. AZ
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ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes.
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. discoverbisbee.com, 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
Tucson and Southern Arizona
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Southern Arizona 1. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily well-preserved downtown draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture, it’s welcoming, creative spirit and its cool climate. 520-432-3554 discoverbisbee.com 2. Kartchner Caverns Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour of the State Park. You’ll find museum exhibits, a gift shop, and the Discovery Center. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 azstateparks.com/kartchner/ 3. Biosphere 2 - U of A Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Tours take you inside the world’s largest living research center dedicated to exploring future life on our planet. Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, savannah, milliongallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org 92 92
4. Tumacácori National Historical Park The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 www.nps.gov/tuma/ 5. TUCSON ADVENTURES What better way to view the gorgeous landscape of Southern Arizona than from a Hot Air Balloon! Bring your camera for incredible photos. After your magic carpet ride enjoy a champagne toast! FAA Certified Pilots & Hot Air Balloons. 1-800-742-2556 tucsonadventures.com 6. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion: zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains adjacent to Saguaro National Park (West). Enjoy 21 scenic acres and live animal presentations. 520883-2701 desertmuseum.org 7. Mission San Xavier del Bac - A National Historic Landmark, this “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with
marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson. 520-294-2624 www.sanxaviermission.org 8. Pima Air & Space Museum Tour one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced. 520-574-0462 pimaair.org 9. Colossal Cave Explore this ancient crystal cave on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 colossalcave.com 10. O.K. Corral Tombstone Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Reenacted daily at 2pm 520-457-3456 okcorral.com AZ
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be inspired Bisbee’s creative spirit is legendary. Here you’ll find a forward-looking town with a remarkably well-preserved past. Bisbee is a town full of extraordinary historic architecture, as well as home to a vital, living, breathing art and music scene, all in a setting of rugged natural beauty. Bisbee’s galleries, shops and performance venues open a window into the town’s rich culture of creativity - in surroundings that may just get your creativity flowing, too.
Come be inspired in Bisbee.
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ARIZONA FUN FACTS 1.
Two of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Arizona — Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.
The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the only one located in the U.S.
Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other)
Arizona has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.
Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Arizona is home to the world’s largest rose bush. Planted in Tombstone in 1885, the giant rose bush has a 12-foot circumference trunk and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.
Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.
Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits — more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell — both located in Arizona.
10. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). 11. The bola tie is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona. ArizonaKEY.com
13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 95
AZ Visitors Ask The Expert
BY JOHNNY FENTON, M.A. CONCIERGE, OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL RESORT
Q. Where can we take some unusual or behind-the-scenes tours in Arizona? A. Now we can get tattoos that talk to us! If you’d like to hear your child’s voice, a dog barking or your favorite tune on a tat, Soundwave can grant your wish. Get the app. But if you’d like to go off app for an intriguing life experience where you will encounter fewer crowds, here are some suggestions for unique tours in this neck of the Southwest:
he Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff has extensive culture, natural science and fine arts holdings. Photography and artifacts that take you to the front of the line as an armchair expert on the geological explanation of the formation of the Grand Canyon and Glen Canyon. The museum has pottery, basketry, paintings, miniatures and jewelry of the area Natives (Hopi, Apache and Navajo). But if you’ve ever wondered why a museum would keep such a wonderful collection when only a small portion is displayed, come on a “collections tour” for the opportunity to see something beyond the average tourist offering. Besides viewing collections, you will find out about their life behind the scenes — who uses them, borrows them, how projects are displayed and even how to care for your own family heirlooms. Most storage areas are ADA accessible. Closed shoes and long pants are recommended. Tours are arranged Monday through Friday by calling 928774-5213 https://musnaz.org.
ou don’t have to splurge on a ticket to Sicily to tour, shop and eat at an olive grove and mill. Instead learn the qualities, standards, recipes and benefits of olive oil as you sample and opt to shop at the Queen Creek Olive Mill during a 45-minute “Olive Oil 101” Tour ($7), just outside of Phoenix in Central Arizona. Their grove of thousands of olive trees is a leafy reminder of the olive branch’s storied history as a symbol of peace and abundance making chefs smile, diners rave and women testify to the seed’s wonderous cosmetic properties. Daily tours are scheduled every hour on the half hour from 9:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. and children under 12 are free. There’s no need to make a reservation for small groups of less than eight. www.queencreekolivemill.com. 96
Other “backstage” tours give you VIP access and hands-on experiences at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern outpost Taliesin West and the archaeological site and Pueblo Grande Museum by reserving through the Greater Phoenix Visitor and Convention Center website at www. visitphoenix.com.
nique encounters await you in Southern Arizona, the “international astronomy capital” and microuniverse of Southwestern art and artisans. If astronomy holds a fascination for you, the University of Arizona’s Mirror Lab is a nexus of space engineers and scientists constructing mirrors for the largest telescopes in the world. (The U of A is ranked #1 among space astronomy programs in the U.S.) Currently, the University of Arizona’s Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab has the contract to construct the giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for the Giant Magellan telescope in Chile. Make your reservations to witness the process of casting, polishing and shipping these honeycomb structures made of borosilicate glass, molded and spun, cast into the shape of a paraboloid. The 90-minute tours that provide a unique opportunity to see unparalleled technology and revolutionary processes in making the future generations of telescopes are Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Have a Q and A session with those who are building the scopes that are used in researching deep outer space and producing cutting-edge scientific research. You may book tours online at www.mirrorlab.arizona.edu or call 520-626- 8792 for the same day after 11:00 a.m. Up for some cultural infusion? Then visit the oldest European settlement in Arizona –Tubac. A visit to the Hal Empie Gallery in this artist colony built on Spanish land grant territory, is a step back in time captured on canvases by Empie, an artist born in Arizona over 100 years ago, distinguished as the oldest continuous resident Arizona artist in his lifetime. Learn about his three careers as a pharmacist, cartoonist and professional artist in a unique tour of his collection given by his daughter Ann Empie Groves, herself an artist and an artist’s rep for 42 years. His striking paintings (acquired from estate sales and collectors) come to life in his daughter’s tours as she discusses the Impressionist’s brush strokes, knife work Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident and use of texture and subject matter including of Arizona, is past President of the Apache cowboys, wagon trains and life along the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, Mexican Border. For Ann’s tour, call (520) 398member of the National Concierge 2811 for a reservation. Closed on Mondays. www. Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A. halempiestudio-gallery.com. AZ
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