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PRESCOTT: Arizona’s Official Christmas City
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Governor Doug Ducey’s Letter Editor’s Page Finding Arizona’s Hidden Gems On Stage: AZ Performing Arts Scottsdale Museum of the West Sedona’s Top 5 Hikes Why Are Sedona’s Rocks Red? Pink Jeep Adventure Tours Come See Some Real Monsters The Gateway to the Grand Canyon Bearizona’s Wild Wonderland Concierge Corner
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his month’s issue is chock full of seasonal celebrating ideas. If you find yourself in the state of Arizona, then you’re in luck — we are expert merrymakers. On page 18, we begin our eleven pages of event listings from around this beautiful state of ours. Don’t miss our list on page 79, covering seasonal happenings in outlying areas such as Lake Havasu City, Wickenburg, and Sierra Vista (all worth a visit while you’re here). We’ve designated holiday-themed fun by putting the event date in yellow. I hope this makes it easier for you to get past the hustle & bustle and find more of the merriment & joy! Is it unusual for a state which is 42% desert to go all-out for winter holidays? Not to us. We have time-honored traditions that you likely won’t find anywhere else in the country. Since 1957, in Chandler, Arizonans have been creating and decorating a 25-foot tall tumblewood tree. That’s right, in September we start collecting the dead bush-balls as they roll across our dusty roadways and amass them into a giant tree by affixing them
to a huge wire cone frame. Then, after about 25 gallons of paint and 20 gallons of flame retardant — voila! — we’ve got ourselves one of the most unique Christmas Tree iterations in the US: our famed tumblewood tree. See our event listing on page 20 for more info on viewing this unique Christmas creation in person. You might wonder if our generally mild winters make us less jolly for the holidays. A resounding NO of course! Arizona even has it’s very own (officially designated by order of the governor) Christmas City! It’s the Central Arizona city of Prescott (pronounced press-kit) which is nestled in the Bradshaw Mountains. Briefly the capital of Arizona, Prescott has a rich history that includes famous residents like Virgil Earp. Though not a huge collecter of snow, Prescott generally sees a light dusting or two each season. Regardless, nothing dampens its spirit — the courthouse square, surrounded by mature elm trees, is decadently decked out each holiday season and is definitely something to see! (Article on page 24.) Arizona KEYMagazine
Another notable boast for Arizona: we often have the tallest tree in the country. The outlets at Anthem erect an anual giant that has soared up to 115 feet high. But, if we’re a bit short on traditional foliage to wrap with lights, we Arizonans just start lighting other things! Tumbleweeds, cacti, boats... whatever we’ve got handy! Both Tempe (page 21) and Lake Havasu City (page 79) have holiday boat parades with large numbers of well-lit watercraft gliding across Arizona’s lakes.
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Jim Brickman Saturday, December 29 at 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30 at 3:00 & 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 31 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $48.50–$68.50 Jim Brickman has transformed the popularity of solo piano playing and has become the most charted Adult Contemporary artist in history.
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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES 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 Zoolights (PHOENIX) One of the Valley’s most anticipated holiday traditions at the Phoenix Zoo. 5:30-10:30pm nightly guests can see millions of lights and a 200 ft. polar slide, live reindeer, Stingray Bay and 4D Theater with Zoolights ticket starting at $9.95 for value dates. http://www.phoenixzoo.org/ ALL MONTH Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales at Desert Botanical Garden (PHOENIX) This compelling exhibition explores pollinators and Sonoran Desert elements, playfully arranged in dynamic
compositions. Known widely for his vivid avian subjects, Gonzales is a classically trained painter with a fresh, contemporary perspective. Desert Botanical Garden, 480-941-1225, dbg.org ALL MONTH BODIES REVEALED Traveling Exhibition (SCOTTSDALE) Fascinating and Real. Come celebrate the wonder of the human form! BODIES REVEALED is a must-see during its limited time at OdySea in the Desert. Over 200 actual human bodies are meticulously and respectfully displayed, offering an unprecedented look into your amazing body. 480-291-8000. ALL MONTH Illumination Festival of Lights (PHOENIX) Illumination is the country’s largest animated holiday drive-thru light show. This 1-mile driving attraction features millions of lights synchronized to holiday music. $29 per vehicle. 6-10pm weekdays and 6-11pm weekends/holidays. 602-567-3618 or www. worldofillumination.com
TUESDAY - SUNDAY Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection (SCOTTSDALE) 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. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. (See ad on page 9 and mention KEYNov18 for a 20% discount.) 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 47) 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.
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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm–9pm, 800-782-1117. Fridays and Saturdays through December 16 25th Annual Glendale Glitters Spectacular (GLENDALE) The stunning display of 1.6 million LED lights will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest FREE holiday light display in Arizona. From 5–11pm each Friday and Saturdayevening. 623-930-2299. December 1 31st Annual Festival of Lights (GLOBE) This year’s festival at Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum features 2800 glowing luminaries atop ancient ruin walls lighting the way for visitors to EVERY SATURDAY Rock ‘N’ Roll McDonald’s Car Show (SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music, 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.
celebrate the magic of the season. Performances by the famed Yellow Bird Dance Group as well as other cultural entertainment. 5-9pm. FREE Admission. Parking is limited but a fREE shuttle service is available from designated shuttle parking at the Historic Train Depot (230 S. Broad St., Globe). 928-425-0320. December 1 60th Annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade of Lights (CHANDLER) The community is invited to celebrate the holidays in Chandler with the return of the City’s annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights. Behold the iconic Tumbleweed Tree, visit with the jolly man himself, and enjoy musical performances. This FREE holiday spectacular event kicks off at 4:30pm when thousands fill historic downtown to partake in festive crafts, amusement rides, live entertainment and a glowing pageantry of
lights followed by the lighting ceremony. 4:30-9 p.m. 480-782-2735, www. chandleraz.gov/ tumbleweedtree December 1 Scottsdazzle Feliz Navidad Fiesta (SCOTTSDALE) This new event for 2018 is FREE and will feature poinsettias for sale, unique piñatas, tamale tasting / sales as well as live entertainment (mariachis, Las Posadas, ballet folklorico and an hourly piñata bash), kids activities and more. 12pm 5pm, www.scottsdazzle.com/ December 1 32nd Annual APS Electric Light Parade: Magic of the Holidays 2018 (PHOENIX) The APS Electric Light Parade has long been an event where brings people together to spread the joy of the holidays for 100,000+ spectators. The parade begins on Central Ave. & Montebello and ends at 7th St. and Indian School. All entries have electric lights, from floats, to marching bands, performance groups, car groups and families. FREE. 7pm. 602-262-6437 or www. phoenix.gov/parks/elp December 1 & 15 Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts (MESA) Held first and third Saturdays from 2-8pm, this FREE event features unique artistic creations, music, food and fun for the whole family. Featuring the work of established and emerging artists: woodworking, metal crafts, food, jewelry, photography, handmade soaps, and more. www.dtmesafest.com.
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES December 1 -2 Holiday Pops (PHOENIX) It’s the most wonderful time of year as the beloved tradition, Holiday Pops, returns to Symphony Hall. Join The Phoenix Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and experience seasonal favorites and a popular Holiday Sing-Along! phoenixsymphony.org. December 7 Cirque Holiday Spectacular (PHOENIX) Back by popular demand, Troupe Vertigo returns to The Phoenix Symphony with an all-new holiday show. This year, the LA cirque troupe brings their gravity-defying acts to the Valley with a special dose of holiday cheer. Hear holiday favorites like “White Christmas”
and “Deck the Halls” and beloved movements from masterpieces like Swan Lake while hula hoops, strong men, contortionists, aerialists and jugglers perform on stage… and 40 feet above it! 2pm & 7:30pm on both days. phoenixsymphony.org/
Beach Park by way of boat along with other festive floats. Make Downtown Tempe your Home for the Holidays this season! www.downtowntempe.com/
December 1 Surprise Party (SURPRISE) A Surprise Party at Surprise Recreation Campus! Musical performances by “The Chadwicks,” balloon glow, skydivers, tree lighting ceremony, live music, Santa’s workshop, roaming entertainment and fireworks. FREE admission with canned food or toy donation Fri 5-9pm. 623222-2000 or surpriseaz. gov/specialevents.
December 8 20th Annual Tempe Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade (TEMPE) Everyone loves a parade, right? A parade that floats…even better! Take part in holiday cheer by gathering on the shores of Tempe Town Lake to watch a procession of festively decorated boats of all shapes and sizes. Every year on the Saturday following the Tempe Festival of the Arts weekend, Santa Claus arrives in Tempe
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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ December 6 - 23 A Christmas Carol at Tempe Center for the Arts (TEMPE) Music by Broadway’s Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Co-presented with resident artist Scottsdale Musical Theater Company. This spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, is filled with lively song and dance, stunning sets and costumes, it will leave you and yours wrapped in the joy of the season. www. tempecenterforthearts.com December 8 Scottsdazzle Sugar Plum Avenue (GLENDALE) 5th Avenue is transformed into Sugar Plum Avenue — a fairytale village with sugar plum fairies, princesses, a Snow King and Snow Queen, aerial performances, carriage rides, candy land bounce houses, Nutcracker performances each hour and a brand new tea party in the street. 3pm-7pm. scottsdazzle.com.
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December 9 Salt River Brass: Holiday Pops! (MESA) In the Mesa Arts Center’s beautiful Ikeda Theater, led by Music Director Patrick Sheridan. Concerts start at 3pm. 480-644-6500 December 16 Guided Tree Walks of the Arboretum (SUPERIOR) An arboretum is a living collection of trees — learn about the trees of Boyce Thompson Arboretum on this month’s narrated walk. A relaxed, slow-paced afternoon tour featuring staffer Jeff Payne, plus tips from this skilled pro on tree care and horticulture. Walk begins at 1:30pm. Event included with regular admission. 602-827-3000 December 26 30th Annual Cheez-It Bowl (PHOENIX) Chase Field. Featuring Pac-12 team vs. Big 12 conference team, football. $10-50. Gates open at 6:30pm. 480-350-0911 or fiestabowl.org December 29 48th Annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl Parade (PHOENIX) Floats, bands, specialty & equestrian units; bleacher seating $25. 10am. www.fiestabowl.org
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December 8 - 9 42nd Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market (PHOENIX) Enjoy a weekend full of American Indian art, music, dance, storytelling, and food! Gates open at 9am. Event goes until 4pm both days. Tickets: $10 and include Museum admission. Children 12 and under are FREE with paying adult. Hoop dancing, storytelling, artist demos, and more. Visit pueblogrande.org/indian-market
December 31 New Year’s Eve Celebration and Gala (PHOENIX) End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony for one of the most popular New Year’s Eve Celebrations in AZ. Enjoy Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway / contemporary faves all with a complimentary glass of Champagne! Begins at 7pm. phoenixsymphony.org
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Prescott’s hometown feel shines brightly as Arizona visitors and residents gather ‘round for a month of cozy and comforting celebrations in Arizona’s official Christmas City. In 1989, Governor Rose Mofford declared Prescott to be Arizona’s Christmas City as a way to recognize the community’s dedication to the Christmas spirit. Prescott’s annual festivities have become a down-home tradition for Arizonans and those passing through. This year marks the 64th Annual Christmas Courthouse Lighting to be celebrated on Saturday December 1st, 24
from 5:00p m to 7:00 pm. The celebration will begin with children’s choirs from around the Prescott area to be followed by a reading of the Christmas Story. Earlier in the day on December 1st, at 1:00 pm, the 36th annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade marches down the main streets of Prescott and winds around the courthouse plaza for several fun-filled hours. Adding to the cheer: one of the largest gingerbread villages in the world is hosted at Prescott Resort; the Acker Musical Showcase brings musical talent from near Arizona KEYMagazine
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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 63 for coupon) ALL MONTH Live Music at REDs (SEDONA) Acclaimed for its lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live evening entertainment daily, 6-9pm, 928-282-5321.
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! 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 out of the box creative thinking. At 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) Sedona’s Best Sunsets & Wine Tasting with a dozen wines to taste. Different wine experts each week answer questions about the wine selections, Happy Hour Tapas menu and live entertainment starts at 6pm. soundbitesgrill.com
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Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ a variety of homemade OR gourmet chocolates! Hot cocoa will be offered at multiple stops along the way. Enjoy the Old Town Light Show accompanied by holiday music, beginning at 5:30 pm. Make it an overnight trip and stay the night at one of Old Town Cottonwood’s lovely boutique hotels. $20 tickets will be available at 3pm. 928-6493038.
December 1 64th Annual Courthouse Ligthing and Ceremony (PRESCOTT) In Arizona’s official Christmas City, this FREE event will once again light up the courthouse plaze with fun and festivities. 1pm parade, 6pm lighting, Frontier Christmas Open House at Sharlot Hall Museum, Christmas Indian Art Market at Smoki Museum, Jingle Bell 5K run. This must-see event is one of Prescott’s most beloved and time-honored traditions! 928-445-2000 or 800-266-7534 or www.visitprescott.com or www.prescottdowntown.com WEEKENDS through December 23 Canyon Christmas Train (CLARKDALE) Climb aboard for a Magical Journey to the North Pole on the Verde Canyon Railroad. This 1-hour round-trip Christmas adventure is an abbreviated version of the train’s standard 4-hour excursion, making it a perfect Christmas trip for even the tiniest tot. Departing every Saturday and Sunday, at 5:30pm and 7:00pm. Prior to boarding, families will be able to tour a miniature village featuring 10 tiny houses on a town square with a flight path for children, wearing provided wings. This unique “flight” is inspired by Verde Canyon Railroad’s relationship with Liberty Wildlife of Arizona. An educational bald eagle that visits Verde Canyon Railroad regularly will be at the depot to greet the children. First Class, all ages: $45. 800-293-7245. December 1 25th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Walk (COTTONWOOD) The merriment begins with the 63rd Annual Cottonwood Christmas Parade, set to begin at 11am. After the parade, get a bite to eat or do a little Christmas shopping at the wide variety of unique shops, restaurants, tasting rooms and more! Collect 28
December 7 Sedona’s Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s Visit (SEDONA) Enjoy traditional tree-lighting, refreshments, local holiday entertainment and Santa visits with children. This free event takes place at Tlaquepaque North and is presented by Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. FREE Admission. visit www.tlaq.com or contact email@example.com December 7 - 8 10th Annual Candlelight Tours (CAMP VERDE) At Fort Verde State Historic Park. Enjoy the celebration of a Victorian Christmas with these traditional candlelight tours. Reenactors dressed in period clothing provide guided tours with hot chocolate and light refreshments. FREE on Saturday evening. 5-8:30pm. 928-567-3275 or /azstateparks.com
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES December 9 Prescott Pops: Jingle All the Way (PRESCOTT) What is the holiday season without a musical extravaganza performed by the Prescott Pops Symphony and Chorus? Revel in the melodies and magic, fun and fantasy, the splendid and sublime in Christmas music. Join the Pops musicians, chorus and special guest soloists as they bring you holiday joy and pleasure! Adults: $25, Youth (18 & Under): $5 (928) 776-2000. www.PrescottPOPS.com
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December 13 - 16 Sedona Northern Lights (SEDONA) Celebrate the season in Sedona, and witness the country’s largest 3D holiday light show in The Most Beautiful Place on Earth. For 4 days only, don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance to see this innovative and spectacular light event. Viewing areas throughout Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row. Times: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm and 9pm (shows at the top of each hour) The Show will be projected on the natural canvas of Camelhead Rock (next to Snoopy Rock). Tune to KAZM 780AM on a radio for music to accompany the light show! Music will be heard at identified viewing areas. (928) 2827722. www.sedonanorthernlights.com
December 22 Holiday Sweet Stroll (SEDONA) Tlaquepaque Art and Shopping Village hosts this FREE annual event. The arts village is cheerfully bedecked in decorative lights and window dressings reminiscent of A Christmas Carol. Santa will be greeting the little ones and carolers dressed in finery from Dickens’ era sing traditional songs acappella as they meander through the courtyards. Sedona Northern Lights the 3D holiday spectacle The Grinch willisbe lurking. Retailers will you don’t have wanttheir to shops miss!open Theand captivating light filled with unique show is projected on a natural canvas and set gifts, sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and against the back drop of Sedona’s starry sky. discounted offers. FREE Trolley Service from Experience it from Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row. Up Town Municipal Parking Lot. www.tlaq. For more information, visit SedonaNorthernLights.com. com or928-282-4838.
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Four Peaks Mining Co. Store
ocated in the middle of the OdySea in the Desert Entertainment Complex, The Four Peaks Mining Co. Store is a wonderful treasure! Among the many loose gems and carved minerals, the shop offers beautiful jewelry and artisan creations from the local Arizona mines as well as from around the world. The store is filled with colorful eye candy including local Amethyst from the nearby Four Peaks Mine. What a joy to meander around the cases holding collections that feature a variety of birthstone options like stacking rings and bracelets along with a variety of educational materials, a kid-centered souvenir section, and so much more.
the Siberian red-flash amethyst gemstones that are no longer mined, making it a very sought after quality of gem!
My visit to The Four Peaks Mine Co. Store was full of helpful tidbits as I was shown that my very own birthstone (garnet) comes in shades of tangerine orange to bright green and golds…not just the first shade to come to mind, your grandmother’s deep red! The shop is home to one of the largest special 80-carat amethyst stones (not for sale), and showcases the unique beauty of the Four Peaks Mine gemstone which is known to have a ‘red’ flash instead of ‘blue’ flash — reminiscent of 30
Along with the assortment of gem and mineral reference books and wall art, you’ll find the creations of local Lapidary Artists (an artist or artisan who forms stone, minerals, or gemstones into decorative pieces). Wandering throughout the shop stirs up wonder about how anyone can look at a raw stone and know exactly how to cut into it to elevate a gorgeous natural object into a valuable work of art. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a walk through the interactive in-store Four Peaks Mini Mine Experience (#fourpeaksminimine) with black lights, a mining hat, and a checklist for a hands-on exploration to find gems and minerals yourself! The shop also offers the chance to crack open your very own geode for a special keepsake. Visit the store’s website at www.fourpeaksminingco.com for a list of upcoming events. You can also learn more about the Four Peaks Mine helicopter tours that take place twice a year for a real up-close treat! A visit to Four Peaks Mining Co. Store is quite a spectacular experience with many unique opportunities to purchase that one-of-a-kind gift you’ve been looking for. FUN FACTS: The Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Mine is believed to have been the only precious stone mine in the United States that required a helicopter to transport supplies in and take mined materials out. Located in the most rugged parts of the Mazatzal Mountains, 46 miles from Phoenix, the mine is at the 6,800 foot elevation and between the third and fourth peaks. There is no running water or electricity and hand tools were used for the slow and tedious extraction of the amethyst. AZ
Four Peaks Mining Co. Store 9500 E Via De Ventura, Suite D-110 Scottsdale, AZ 85256 480-434-6074 | Sun-Sat 10am-5pm www.fourpeaksminingco.com
event calendar Williams, Flagstaff & Northern Az 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. Enjoy the antics of more animals and the fun of Bearizona’s popular holiday festival: Howly-Owly-Growly all month long. Call 928-635-2289 or visit bearizona.com
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Meet an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Meet a Lowell astronomer Friday & Saturday evenings 7:30-10pm* and take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies & other celestial objects displayed on a large TV screen with the new MallinCam, 928-7743358. *Subject to astronomer availability.
ALL MONTH Queen Mine Tour (BISBEE) Explore one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century. Don hats & mining lanterns, and ride the mine train deep underground, search for veins of copper, gold and turquoise, and experience the life of a miner. Reservations 520432-2071. queenminetour.com
WEEKENDS ALL MONTH The Polar Express (WILLIAMS) Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express train comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, AZ, to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”— where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. Weekends and select evenings 5:30 and 7:30pm starting November 9th. Grand Canyon Railway, 800843-8724, thetrain.com
Reservations: 520-432-2071 www.queenminetour.com 478 Dart Rd., just off Highway 80. Reservations suggested.
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through December 30 Wild Wonderland (WILLIAMS) The fun begins on November 30th at Bearizona’s winter family favorite: Wild Wonderland! After normal hours visitors enjoy Fort Bearizona walk through portion of the park (the drive through portion is closed). There’s a festive light show every half hour, Mrs. Claus hosts Storytime at 6pm & 7pm with photo opps. Bearizona’s program animals come to the Gift Shop 5:30pm–7:30pm, and guests stay warm by the outdoor fire pit with s’mores for sale. Admission is separate from General Park Admission. Don’t forget to dress extra cozy for all the outdoor fun! Call 928635-2289 or visit bearizona.com. See pg. 84.
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Tucson & Southern Arizona ALL MONTH Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) Only one of its kind: Your Ghost Host leads you on a walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and alleys after dark. Learn about ghosts that haunt this 135 year old town. Family friendly tour at 5:30pm! Adults $15, Kids (under 12) $13, and dogs FREE! www. oldbisbeeghosttour.com. ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) Experience Biosphere 2 for yourself! 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, milliongallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org. ALL MONTH Butterfly Magic (TUCSON) Magic returns to Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion! A fully immersive experience surrounding you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids in bloom. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 520-3269686, tucsonbotanical.org December 2 The Presidio District Experience: A Progressive Food Heritage and History Tour (TUCSON) Spearheaded by the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, the Presidio District is resuming ArizonaKEY.com
its food tour to celebrate Tucson’s UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation. On Dec. 2, beginning at the Presidio Museum, participants learn about Tucson’s origins and the food fusions that occurred when the Spanish and Tohono O’Odham were first learning from each other. In addition to tastings of Old and New World foods, participants enjoy Three Wells Distillery’s Silver and Copper spirits made from prickly pear fruits. The cost of the tour is $75/person and $65/ person for Presidio Museum members. Pre-registration is required at www. TucsonPresidio.com. December 7 47th Annual Fourth Avenue Fall Street Fair (TUCSON) 400+ arts & craft booths, food, entertainers & musicians from around the US, 2 stages & street performers, art area for kids, it’s a cross between a fine art show & a carnival. FREE. 10am - 6pm. 520-624-5004 or www.fourthavenue.org December 7 - 9 Ballet Tucson’s The Nutcracker (TUCSON) Kick start the festive season with Ballet Tucson’s beloved, award-winning holiday classic. Experience Clara’s magical journey with giant soldiers, swirling snowflakes, and dancing sweets with the whole
family. Multiple performance times, at Tucson Music Hall $30 – $58. 800.745.3000. November 8 - 30 Lights of the World Festival (TUCSON) 45+ displays and more than six million lights. FREE carnival rides. An unforgettable exploration of global cultures and cuisine. Acrobatics, sea lion show. $16-18. Tu-Su 5-10pm. At the Kino Sports Complex. www. lightsoftheworldus.com Through December 9 31st Annual Luminaria nights (TUCSON) 2,500+ candlelit luminarias and 20+ Korean lanterns adorn the Tucson Botanical Gardens creating something magical. Nightly performances, musicians and dancers, food and drinks in flavors of the season from Cafe Botanica as well as Tucson’s favorite Food Trucks! 5:30-8:30pm, $9-$18. 520-326-9686. December 31 Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Jazz Getaway (TUCSON) At JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. New York theme featuring world-renowned trumpet player Rick Braun along with top-caliber jazz musician headliners for a two-day event featuring seven hours of live contemporary jazz. $214. Doors open at 6:45pm. rickbraunnewyearseve.com 520-219-3381. 33
MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES
Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ 1. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM – 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. ODYSEA IN THE DESERT This one-of-a-kind entertainment destination has it all. Featuring 5 worldclass attractions including: OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, Dolphinaris, Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs, and for a limited time BODIES REVEALED. More than 20 dining, shopping and amusement establishments surround the bustling outdoor courtyard which often hosts FREE entertainment year round. odyseainthedesert.com 3. 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. 34
4. 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. 5. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. 6. SHOP TIL YOU DROP While in Arizona, be sure to pick up a few treasures from the southwest. Discover the finest in Native American Art and Jewelry plus a myriad of beautiful art and decor pieces at Gilbert Ortega Gallery. 480-990-1808. 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.
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 the world’s foremost collectors and institutions, 480-686-9539. 9. CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN A top hiking destination known for it’s dramatic views of the Valley make this a popular spot. Be sure to head out early because both hikes to the top (Cholla and Echo Canyon trails) are challenging. Visitors should prepare well with plenty of water and novices may consider a guided hike. 602-495-5458. 10. SCENIC BOAT CRUISES Enjoy a 90 minute cruise on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle Cruises (480-984-2425) or explore Canyon Lake with Dolly Steamboat on a 90 minute cruise (480-827-9144). AZ
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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 36
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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Whether you are looking to kick up your heels at an Old Western Saloon, visit a World Famous Cafe or enjoy true southwestern cuisine, the Valley of the Sun has something for everyone to enjoy. Sip on wine while you take in a gorgeous sunset or dance the night away with friends.
HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 • haroldscorral.com Harold’s features the finest Choice hand carved steaks and daily delivered fresh seafood. All the BBQ meats are smoked on premise using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. The wide variety menu features everything from Salads, Steaks, Seafood, Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona.
RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • 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.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 290 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480.991.5988 • ruthschris.com Get the best steak house experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Scottsdale. Their signature 500° sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. The steak house has magnificent sunset views and a beautiful outside patio and terrace. Call today for an unforgettable dining experience!
VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • venetotrattoria.com Casual and moderately priced, Veneto Trattoria offers light, Northern Italian cuisine with a Venetian accent. Located in Hilton Village, the restaurant is known for its hand-fashioned pastas and gnocchi, and luscious risottos. Menu highlights include Venetian-style squid, calves’ liver and dried salt cod, called baccala. An extensive wine list offers a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Enjoy dining on the patio or inside where the atmosphere let’s you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm.
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shopping In need of some retail therapy? Then get ready to navigate the most incredible array of upscale boutiques, specialty gift shops, outdoor promenades, outlet centers, luxury jewelers and so much more! Find the latest designer fashions, unique pieces of the southwest to take home, authentic Native American art & jewelry and everything in between. We promise you will shop ‘til you drop! Remember to keep an eye out for the perfect tote to carry home all your special finds! ELITE JEWELRY & LOAN 805 N Scottsdale Road Tempe, AZ 85281 480-699-6639 elitejewelryandloan.com 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. 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. 40
GILBERT ORTEGA GALLERY 3925 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-990-1808 Gilbert Ortega is a nationally recognized dealer of Native American Art and Jewelry that has been operating for over 50 years. Located in Old Town Scottsdale at Main Street & Scottsdale Road.
SPHINX DATE CO. PALM & PANTRY 3039 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-941-2261 • sphinxdateranch.com Unique local gift baskets include Arizona grown Medjool dates, dried fruits and gourmet nuts, Arizona wine & beer baskets and other extraordinary gifts.
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!
THE TOWN DUMP 6820 E Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek, AZ 480-488-9047 • towndump.net It’s difficult to describe the shopping experience at the Town Dump. It’s a wild and crazy store, the self-proclaimed ‘Home of Mafunction Junction’ that has been serving the area for over 30 years. Whatever you’re looking for, and even what you would never think to go in search of, you’ll find at The Town Dump.
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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix
OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Gilbert Ortega. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4
CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Intimate and unique shopping and dining Map B4 experience including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and Betteridge Jewelers. Scottsdale Rd EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 BOULDERS Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air and restaurants, a full-service luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Scottsdale Map C4 Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 KIERLAND COMMONS WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique shopping, dining and entertainment in an water features, Westgate Entertainment District urban setting. Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / delivers an interactive shopping, dining and Scottsdale Map J3 entertainment experience. Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale ArizonaKEY.com
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the performing arts ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria AZ 85382 (623) 776-8400 • azbroadway.org Arizona Broadway Theatre’s performance space includes table seating for 470 patrons, and every seat has an unobstructed view of the stage. The menu for the included dinner changes for each show, themed toward the production itself. PRESENTING: Titanic the Musical Through November 10, 2018 Miracle on 34th Street November 23 - December 29, 2018 ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (520) 622 - 2823 in Tucson (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix arizonatheatre.org 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: Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End Through November 10, 2018 (Tucson) November 15 - December 2, 2018 (Phoenix) ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-3434 • asugammage.com 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: On Your Feet! November 6 - 11, 2018 Dear Evan Hansen November 27 - December 2, 2018
BALLET ARIZONA 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: The Nutcracker December 13 - 24, 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 Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus Through November 18, 2018 Ella Enchanted: The Musical December 15 - 30, 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: Fun Home Through December 2, 2018 Elf: The Musical November 14 - December 30, 2018
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he hilarious holiday favorite Elf debuted for theatergoers in 2003 and quickly became a pop-culture Christmas classic. The antics of the film-version’s star, Will Ferrel, are silly and sweet enough to be enjoyable to the whole family and make it into network TV’s seasonal replays around the holidays. In 2010, this amiability translated to the stage in the musical adaptation by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. This holiday season, patrons of Arizona’s Phoenix Theatre can catch the antics of Elf: The Musical during the months of November and December (see dates left). If, however seemingly impossible, you’ve missed all the showings of the movie over the last 15 years, now is your chance to see it on stage. Here’s the rundown: raised by Christmas elves, Buddy always felt a little…different. When Santa reveals to him that he’s actually a human being, Buddy goes on an adventure to the magical realm of ArizonaKEY.com
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New York City to find his father and learn what it means to be a human. Rosalie O’Conner Photography Get your © sparkle-jolly-twinkle-jingle on with this jolly musical. Seeing it might even get you onto the good list! Also based on a beloved holiday film, the musical stage production of Miracle on 34th Street tells the tale of a last-minute Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa fill-in named Kris Kringle, who may or may not be THE Santa Claus. Filled with humor, spectacle, and treasured songs such as My Wish, Expect Things to Happen, and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, this festive, heart-warming musical is a must-see for the entire family. Arizona Broadway Theatre presents this classic in November and December (see dates left) with a full dinner for a fantastic night out and lasting memories. AZ 53
Life and Art
WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 scottsdalemuseumwest.org
On Exhibit: November 20, 2018 through April 14, 2019
est known for his portrayals of the American West as a man’s world, Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) depicted a surprising number of women throughout his artistic career. While many of his images of women conform to the pervasive stereotypes and artistic trends of turnof-the-century America, his representations were more nuanced and action-oriented than those of numerous contemporaries. Building off of the pioneering research of Ginger K. Renner, the exhibition will include 60 works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, and bronze that span Russell’s career from 1890 to 1926, plus several additional works by notable artists. Exhibition Presenting Sponsors are the Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation, J.P. Morgan and Scottsdale Art Auction. AZ TOP LARGE: Charles M. Russell, Lady Buckeroo, c. 1920–1925, watercolor, pen and ink on paper; Montana Historical Society, Mackay Collection, Helena, Montana.
TOP INSET: Charles M. Russell, Keeoma, 1898, oil on canvas; Montana Historical Society, Mackay Collection, Helena, Montana.
ABOVE: Charles M. Russell, The Waterhole, 1906, oil on panel; Petrie Collection, Denver, Colorado.
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 56
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
“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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artifacts. History buffs will be transported back to a fascinating era. Operated by the National Park Service. (928) 567-3322 x221. 8. RED ROCK MAGIC TROLLEY – “Experience the Magic of Sedona” with a whimsical tour from Red Rock Magic Trolley. Touring Sedona by trolley is an easy and fun way to see a whole lot of Sedona. You’ll get a great introduction to the beauty, culture, and sights of this breathtaking and magical town. 928.821.6706. 9. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK – Slide Rock provides a natural water slide that invites everyone to be a kid again. Shaded by cottonwoods and sycamores along the canyon walls, hikers can explore the trails. 928-282-3034 10. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS – One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks, the Chapel rises two-hundred feet above ground surface between two red rock formations that accentuate its 90-foot tall cross. Definite Must-see. AZ
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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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With an expert tour guide at the wheel, you’ll be chauffeured to all the best lookouts at this natural wonder including Navajo Point, the Trail of Time and the Desert View Watchtower. With five different tour options, including two sunset tours, you’ll be sure to find an itinerary that fits your schedule. At either destination, you’ll end your trip blown away by the Pink Jeep Tours difference. Not only do they have awe-inspiring itineraries and comfortable, state-of-the-art vehicles — they also have the best guides in the business. To book your Pink Jeep Tour or for more information, call 1.800.873.3662 or visit www.pinkjeeptours.com. AZ
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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” — 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
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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 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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WHERE to FIND Snow in ARIZONA
here is undoubtedly something majestic about a snow covered landscape in any state. But it seems nearly impossible to surpass the divine stillness that falls upon the Grand Canyon under a blanket of fresh snow. An Arizona winter delivers all you’ve dreamt of and more. It promises a welcome escape from bitterly cold climes (dips in a hot tub or heated pool in December are certainly not uncommon here!) And yet, after enjoying a sunny winter’s morning in Southern or Central Arizona, you can easily take a day trip to get your fill of fun in the crisp pine country of Northern Arizona, in search of the sometimes elusive groundcover. The White Mountains along the Arizona / New Mexico border are the state’s second highest range. Pinetop-Lakeside and Springerville-Eagar along the northern edge of the range provide the most popular access points. Take a trip to the White Mountains and experience a Northern Arizona winter. Ski, tube or sled down snow-covered hills and then get warm by a fire. Located 220 miles east of Phoenix and 250 miles north of Tucson, this recreational winter wonderland is not to be missed. If you are southbound, Mount Lemmon is in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson. It is 9,157 feet above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. The drive up the beautiful Catalina Highway displays for travelers changing flora and fauna as the elevation rises. From saguaro cactus at the bottom, to the pine and aspen groves at the top, you’ll see a broad variety of foliage on this lovely drive. During this time of year, you can leave the warm Tucson climate, go skiing or sledding for the day, and be back in the desert before dark! Welcome to winter in Arizona. Hopefully you will find Arizona’s varied climates as fascinating and enjoyable as the varied landscapes our state offers for you to explore.
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Glendale / West Valley 1. 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 77 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 2. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, east of the Loop 101. 623-385-7502. 3. WIGWAM RESORT Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples vintage charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, a superb spa & distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 4. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment 76
district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! DDCAZ.com/west-valley. 5. ANTIQUE ROW – More than 70 antique shops line the streets of Historic downtown Glendale, giving this large city a hometown vibe. Free nearby parking make the 10 square blocks walkable and an ideal day of shopping and dining. www. goglendaleaz.com. 6. SPORTS ARENAS – Arizona’s West Valley is home to the Arizona Cardinals Stadium as well as the Gila River Arena where The Arizona Coyotes hockey team plays. Both venues also host large scale events for off-season fun. Cardinals: (623) 433-7101, Coyotes: (623) 772-3800. 7. CERRETA CANDY COMPANY – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for the ‘choco-holic’ in all of us for over 40 years. The entire Cerreta family has been perfecting the art of candy-making over multiple
generations. Enjoy a guided tour during the week and a non-guided video tour at other times. 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. TOPGOLF This sports entertainment complex is a lively way for pros and golfing newbies to wile away the hours. The high-tech climate-controlled hitting bays, with a constant supply of food and music make this a hit with all visitors. (623) 218-2243. 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 turn up the family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ
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Cave Creek & Carefree 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-4881906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek,
except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences you will have in Arizona. 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 English / 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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Williams Visitor Center 200 W. Railroad Ave. Williams, AZ 86046 experiencewilliams.com
“If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on Route 66.” ~lyrics by Bobby Troup
he noastalgia and fun of Old Route 66... soda fountains, classic cars, cowboy culture and neon lights; lives on in the historic town of Williams, Arizona.
Well worth a visit on your way to the south rim, you’ll find this tourist fave a convenient pitstop before or after a mustdo excursion to Grand Canyon National Park — hence the city’s apt slogan ‘Gateway to the Grand Canyon’. One of the magical ways to see the Grand Canyon in fact, is to hop aboard a train at the Williams depot. The Grand Canyon Railway offers a relaxing and scenic trip down memory lane as you imagine yourself to be a traveler from the past riding the rails in times gone by. Williams is a diehard town. It was the last town on Historic Route 66 to finally be bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1984. This maverick cowboy town has survived to the delight of its many annual visitors who come to Williams to enjoy street gunfights, classic car shows, rodeos, The Polar Express train ride, and more. It seems safe to say that William “Old Bill” Williams, the town’s founder and legendary mountain man, — whose statue watches over the city from Monument park — would be pleased by the progress and simultaneous timelessness of his namesake town. AZ 80
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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.
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
KEY Guide to Best Campgrounds
by Kirstin Conlon
rizona’s reputation for boundless desert terrain doesn’t exactly cultivate thoughts of most typical camping trips! After all, the collective camping ideal involves relaxing in the shade of sprawling pine trees in a mountainous setting, with squirrels scampering about, ample hiking trails, plenty of wildlife, and a peaceful lake or stream to fish amd swim nearby. Surprisingly, wandering this great state reveals that Arizona actually has ALL of that! Whether you have a sentiment for the saguaros in southern Arizona or a passion for ponderosa pines in the northern parts, Arizonans (and Arizona visitors from near and far) enjoy some of the most picturesque campgrounds in the country. The best part is… you can access them year-round! To ensure that your next Arizona campout is an amazing adventure, we’ve taken the time to list our favorites! The list is quite long, mind you, so we’ve divided it into segments that we share over several issues. If you’re just visiting for a short time and/or need the information at lightning speed, we’ve made it easy. Simply scan the code to download our full guide to 38 of our top AZ camping picks from around the state. Starter List on page 85. ACCESS YOUR FB MESSENGER SCANNER:
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Get in the spirit of the Christmas season and enjoy the magic of Bearizona at night during Wild Wonderland.
his family friendly event allows visitors to enter the park after normal operating hours and takes place in the Fort Bearizona walk through portion of the park only, the drive through portion of the park is closed. Guests will enjoy the lights and sounds of the season while strolling through the beautifully lit ponderosa pine trees with 2,000+ lights that are synchronized to traditional Christmas music. The festive light presentation occurs every half hour and gets lots of oohs and ahhs from young and old alike. Mrs. Claus makes a special visit each night for Storytime at 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in the Gift Shop. After Storytime, kids of all ages can take a photo with Mrs. Claus. Several of the park’s critters will stay up late to enjoy the cooler nights and will even get the chance to open their Christmas presents early! BEARIZONA WILDLIFE PARK Bearizona’s program animals are eager 1500 E. Route 66, to participate in the season’s festivities as Williams, AZ 86046 well, and will be out for all to meet from Highway 64 & Interstate 40 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Gift Shop. 928-635-2289 Guests can purchase delicious Christmas www.bearizona.com goodies, and warm themselves up with seasonal beverages at the snack bar. Guests often opt to stay warm by the outdoor fire pit and purchase s’mores to roast and toast to their delight.
The event will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings (December 1 December 30). Wild Wonderland is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission to this event is a separate charge from regular park admission and is $20 for anyone 4 years of age and older. You can purchase tickets for Wild Wonderland at www.bearizona.com. Guests should plan to dress extra cozy to participate in all the outdoor fun. 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. 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 86
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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 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. 928638-7888. 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. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and 88 88
state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 5. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy a Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tour for a perfect way to experience the canyon! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 833-3147465 (Pink Jeep)
the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 8. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate guided tour experience and leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink Tour guide will give you a fun, informative, and focused tour that will ensure that you see the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon. 833-314-7465
6. 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. 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.
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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! For info call 928-524-6228. AZ Magazine ArizonaKEY KEYMagazine Arizona
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ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes.
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BISBEE – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe. discoverbisbee.com, 520-432-3554 TOMBSTONE – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888-457-3929
breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704 TUCSON – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ
TUBAC – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and 90
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Southern Arizona 1. DRIVE TO MT. LEMMON Take the famed scenic drive up to the highest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The elevation and subsequent drop in temps give rise to potential snowfall in winter and a great escape from Arizona heat in the summer months. Hike, camp, ski, or visit Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter observatory for amazing stargazing through some of the largest public telescopes in the southwest. 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 campgrounds, 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, million-gallon 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. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily wellpreserved 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 6. 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 7. 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 ever produced. 520-574-0462 pimaair.org 8. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion of: zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains. Enjoy 21 scenic acres and animal presentations. 520-8832701, desertmuseum.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. TOMBSTONE’S O.K. CORRAL – Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday’s legendary fight with the Clantons and McLaurys is reenacted daily 520-457-3456. AZ
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ARIZONA FUN FACTS 1.
Two of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Arizona — Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.
The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the only one located in the U.S.
Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other)
Arizona has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.
Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Arizona is home to the world’s largest rose bush. Planted in Tombstone in 1885, the giant rose bush has a 12-foot circumference trunk and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.
Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.
Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits — more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell — both located in Arizona.
10. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). 11. The bola tie is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona. ArizonaKEY.com
13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 95
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AZ Visitors Ask The Expert Q. Any suggestions to make for a less stressful holiday with family and [or] friends while visiting here?
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nswer: Recent unrelated studies by WalletHub and Carnegie-Mellon University reveal two important seasonal-related findings: Arizona ranks 5th in the nation in happiness; and happy, relaxed people are more resistant to illness (think holiday colds.) Therefore, why wouldn’t the land of world-class sunsets, margaritas, roadrunners and the Grand Canyon be Ground Zero for grins. As to the personality factor, it’s never too late to learn to give a whistle when you have to chew on life’s gristle as Monty Python reminds us. My best suggestion is already a trend—Many are foregoing the hit-or-miss shopping/ wrapping/ shipping of presents treadmill for giving the gift of shared experiences.
Here’s a tip: For fast-acting relief, try slowing down. If you’ve ever wondered why birds sing, or you wanted to “touch” a sunrise, then reserve a ride on a hot air balloon with Northern Light Balloon Expeditions, the longest operating balloon company in Sedona and in the State—and watch the earth leave you as you float among the clouds over the red rock spires for a fresh perspective. Then descend to a champagne tailgate breakfast. No wonder this event is on so many bucket lists! Rise early, dress warm and be flexible as the flights are weather-dependent. Rides are seasonally priced generally $150 to $250. (www. northernlightsballoon.com). Or for a heady combination of adventure, exhilaration and deep relaxation, take a horseback ride with guides from the Historic Hitchin’ Post Stables in Flagstaff, rimmed by the ski-friendly snow-capped San Francisco Peaks. A lope through Walnut Canyon gives you citings of the cliff and cave-dwellings and occasional elk and bobcat (www.historichitchinpoststables.com). 96
A ticket to England not in the budget? And some in the group nostalgic for holiday regattas with decorated crafts parading on the water? What to do in landlocked Arizona? Suggest a trip to one of the State’s stranger attractions: The London Bridge (completed in 1830) was relocated, shipped and assembled over Lake Havasu on Arizona’s western border in 1971 with storied times locked in its granite blocks. The Parade of Lights on December 1st launches Lake Havasu City’s holiday while the town decorations remain a shimmering reflection in the lake for the entire month. Shugrue’s Restaurant is an upscale dining spot with a premier Bridgeview of the lake lights featuring live entertainment and a sports bar (www.shugrueslakehavasu.com).
Give the gift of relaxation in Phoenix and Scottsdale (reservations required) — a time-out for one day — to your loved ones at a tranquil haven like the Spa in the legendary Biltmore hotel in Phoenix where film stars and Presidents have gathered since 1929. Re-energize for the rest of the season by booking one of their Legendary Treatments like “Jewel of the Desert” full-body Swedish massages incorporating seven oils and hot stone therapy or their Peppermint Reflexology curative for travel-weary feet. Many customized couples’ treatments are available as well. And why dive back into the seasonal traffic jam when there are five boutiques with gift ideas for all ages (www.arizonabiltmore.com). The exotic Moroccanstyle Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale is “cloud nine” for visitors and Valley residents who aspire to unwind, de-stress or invigorate and re-energize with the purchase of a Day Pass to the Joya Spa ($75). This provides access to the curtained and candle-lit Whisper Lounge, steam room, jacuzzi, terrace pool, gym and Hammam retreat. Yoga classes are available for a fee and their signature massage includes Tai stretching. Three boutiques here offering unique gifts for the holidays include: Joya Spa, Dulcinea and The Crave (www.omnihotels. com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia).
Chill out and remember not to treat every situation as a life or death matter — or you’ll die a lot of times! Take a drive down to the beautiful campus of the University of Arizona In Tucson — not exactly Tuscany — but go for a mind-clearing stroll or a jog through the Olive Walk where 100-year-old-plus trees line a path inside the University of Arizona Main Gate. Poets have long loved trees…the tree of life…the tree of knowledge…the family tree. A campus arboretum publication states that a century after planting, the olive trees provide a legacy of education and research opportunities combined with artistic expression and beauty. Or for a more cosmic experience here, why not try star gazing in the “international astronomy capital” through some celestron telescopes at Starizona where free curated Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident viewings are popular most Fridays and Saturdays of Arizona, is past President of the from dusk to 10 p.m. These are holiday lights Southern Arizona Concierge Network, that last year ‘round (www.starizona.com). AZ member of the National Concierge ArizonaKEY.com
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