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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and Paul Calle’s Art of Exploration
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o be human is to love. Whether it’s a spouse, family, friends, pets, or the great outdoors that is the object of our affections, we can all relate to the feeling of adoration. During the month of February it always seems to be on our collective consciousness that we should show those we love how we feel in full measure. So if you’re visiting Arizona with cupid hot on your trail, and you’re looking for ways to demonstrate your affections, we’ve got some incredible ideas. From grandly romantic gestures to good fun that’s tailor-made for family bonding, Arizona has plenty to offer during this season of love. After all, the best gift we can give is time with those we care about. Here are some worthwhile experiences to consider while you’re here...
If you’re planning a dramatic proposal, make sure you know your sweetheart’s desires. Few can resist the tranquil beauty of a hot air balloon ride. A gourmet brunch after morning flights or appetizers and champagne after evening ascensions is included in the price with Hot Air Expeditions (and we’ve got a coupon to boot, see pg. 47). Outdoor enthusiasts will love taking a rugged ride through the Sonoran Desert (pg. 49) or taking the path less traveled on a mountain bike (pg. 62). An animal lover will be wild about you if you bring them to one of the many special wildlife adventures that Arizona boasts. You can even swim with dolphins at Dolphinaris (pg. 50) or feed a tiger at Out of Africa Wildlife Park! (pg. 61). If you’re romancing a music lover, you should consider a trip to the world renowned Musical 16
Instrument Museum. For those who love to be pampered, check out Spa Lamar (pg. 99) which offers island-inspired ambience in the middle of the Arizona desert. It’s a perfect oasis getaway for couples, complete with extra amenities like a pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. A gentle lake cruise on the Desert Belle (coupon on pg. 47) or the Dolly Steamboat (pg. 50) will bring fond memories for years to come, and is perfect for people of all ages. Those artistic types will love Arizona’s world class museums (pg. 74), live theatre productions (pg. 53), independent films (pg. 26) a fun trip to the Arizona Renaissance Festival (pg. 32), a unique shopping trip to a one-of-a-kind artist village (pg. 57) or perhaps a romantic stroll through Carefree Desert Gardens (pg. 78). With scenery that makes your heart leap, Sedona is a perfect destination for anyone seeking a peaceful and exotic desert retreat. As the light changes, so do the incredible views of the famously colorful rock formations. Pink Jeep Tours can bring you down thrilling trails to amazing vistas (story on pg. 22). Who knows, you may even find the perfect quiet spot to drop to one knee... Romance is certainly personal, so if you and your beloved need more ideas, just flip through our pages to find the perfect fit. There’s truly something for everyone in Arizona: customized sightseeing, wine country, performing arts, museums, festivals, dark-sky stargazing and so much more! If you don’t fall in love in Arizona, then surely you will fall in love with Arizona. AZ ~ Serena Webbe, Editor
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his year the Grand Canyon National Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. In honor of the Centennial milestone, the Grand Canyon Conservancy and the Grand Canyon National Park will host a variety of events throughout the year at the canyon and in cities around Arizona.
people left behind dwellings and other artifacts that signify their presence, and modern tribes still consider the Grand Canyon their homeland today. The important work that has taken place over the past century of preserving this natural wonder for generations to come is worthy of celebration.
The actual date of the Grand Canyon becoming a National Park was February 26, 1919 â€” just three years after the inception of the National Park Service itself. On the anniversary date in 2019, there will be a Centennial Celebration at the canyon. Many other special events are scheduled throughout 2019 to commemorate this historic achievement.
In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a work program for the poor during the Great Depression. The important work these companies of men completed included trail construction, erosion control, tree planting, park development and fire fighting measures; all while they too lived and worked in the canyon. The 9 years that the CCC operated were considered among the most productive and successful of the social programs during that time period.
For thousands of years, people have called the canyon their home. The ancestral Puebloan
Throughout the centennial year, visitors can look forward to such special events as Exhibits (through September); Symphony performances (January and March); Storytelling (April); and FREE admission days (January 15th, April 20th, and September 28th). AZ
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The Sweet Remains Saturday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers like Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, and John Mayer. Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan Friday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
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Modern masters of the banjo and fiddle, Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan bring a charming duet of strings to the MIM Music Theater. Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan
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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES ALL MONTH The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon (PHOENIX) Musical Instrument Museum displays more than 80 of the world’s rarest guitars and amplifiers. 480.478.6000. ALL MONTH BODIES REVEALED Traveling Exhibition (SCOTTSDALE) Fascinating and Real. 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 and how it works. 480-291-8000. 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. 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. All Month Bugs Big Bugs! at the Phoenix Zoo (PHOENIX) 21 Giant Animatronic Bugs Pricing: $4 Member, $5 General (admission to the Zoo required) Hours: Opens at 9am (8:30 am for Members) Last Entry at 4:30pm. Beautifully detailed, the bugs are made from a combination of steel, fiberglass and skin material made from a special urethane compound that protects them against sun, rain and snow, making them perfect to display in their natural environment. Like the dinosaurs, realistic movements of the bugs are powered by a pneumatic system that enables smoother and finer movements. 602.286.3800. WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a wine tasting and live music
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Phoenix Theatre presents: Jersey Boys (PHOENIX) Multiple performance times. Audiences will hear their favorite tunes from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in this Jukebox Musical that reveals the rough beginnings of the well-loved band23from Jersey. JANUARY - MARCH 10 See AT THE story onPHOENIX pg. 53.THEATRE COMPANY Visit PhoenixTheatre.com or call 602.254.2151 today!
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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ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Sat & Sun & President’s Day 10am-6pm
(GOLD CANYON) Have the BEST Day Out in History at the Arizona Renaissance Festival! Featuring a 13-stage theatre, a 30-acre circus, an arts & crafts faire, a Jousting Tournament and feasting, all rolled into one non-stop, day-long, family adventure! Weekends & President’s Day, 10am - 6pm, Rain or Shine, 520-463-2600. arizona.RenFestInfo.com. (Story on pg. 32)
February 1 - 3 Gilbert Art of Chocolate A’Fair (GILBERT) Held at Gilbert Civic Center. It’s all about romance: Artisan chocolates and confections, gift market, live entertainment and food truck alley. 10am – 5pm. www.carefreeazfestivals.com/gilbert-events.html February 1 - 3 Lights of the World Festival (PHOENIX) Named one of the Top 5 ‘Over-the-Top’ Light Shows transforms AZ State Fairgrounds into a holiday light festival with free carnival rides, acrobat shows and more. 602.252.6771. 20
February 2 Motoring Through Time & Heritage Festival (PHOENIX) Held at Heritage & Science Park. It is a FREE family event featuring classic cars, food trucks and vendors. 10am – 4pm. 602-262-5070 or http:// heritagesquarePHX.org February 2 & 16 Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts (MESA) Held 1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am-4pm. This FREE festival for the public features unique artist creations, music, food, and fun for the whole family. www.dtmesafest.com. February 9 Carefree Desert Garden Seminar Series (CAREFREE) Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9:30am. Guest Speaker, Dr. Marty Wojciechowski, Associate Professor at Arizona State University specializing in legume evolution, presents Legumes: More Than Just Beans. With more than 19,500 species worldwide, legumes are more diverse than other flowering plant families. Dr. Wojciechowski will discuss the unique aspects of legume biology, their diversity in the Southwest, and their importance in agriculture, horticulture and ecology. $5 requested donation. February 16 - 17 Street Eats Food Truck Festival (SCOTTSDALE) Held at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Tickets: $12 online, $15 at the gate;
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VIP $65; kids 12 and under are FREE; parking is included in ticket prices. Over 60 food trucks will sell all types of food, with EVERY menu including a $2 sample. Once inside the festival, you can use cash or credit cards at all bars and food trucks (most accept credit cards). The event will include live bands, lawn games, eating contests, local vendor marketplace, kid’s zone, cooking classes, and more. 11am.
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ince 1960, Pink Jeep Tours has been offering unique, memorable, half-day and fullday tours in exciting destinations like Sedona, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas — perfect for families, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone else who might enjoy an entertaining and exciting escape from Arizona’s metro areas. Explore the world-famous red rocks of Sedona from the open-air, customized
passenger area of one of their iconic pink Jeep Wranglers. Rumble over the terrain and visit some of Sedona’s most popular attractions, including Chapel Butte, Chimney Rock, the Sedona vortexes, the Honanki Heritage Site and many others. Pink Jeep Tours has over 14 Sedona tours; each with different sights and stops, but all with the same sense of energy and adventure that only Sedona can bring. Can’t choose? The Broken Arrow tour is their signature adventure, with a path that is totally exclusive to Pink Jeep Tours! You’ll hop out for a closer look at the breathtaking red rock formations and get to see the expansive view from some amazing vistas. It will give you photo opps like none other. Top it off with some memorable thrills as the skilled guides coax the specially built jeeps up, over, and eventually back down some rough and rugged terrain. Arizona KEYMagazine
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If you have more time and want something even “grander” we recommend a Pink Jeep Tours trip at the Grand Canyon. Named by USA Today as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see, once-in-a-lifetime destination and Pink Jeep Tours makes it even more memorable. 2019 is the Centennial Year of the Grand Canyon National Park (see our article on pg. 75) so if you’ve never witnessed this paramount destination, Pink Jeep Tour’s knowledgeable guides will show you the way with ease, and you won’t miss the birthday of this famous landmark.
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Feb. 23-March 3, 2018 Films will run all day beginning Sat., Feb. 23 at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. Highway 89A, the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road and Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A.
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ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular offroad tour into Sedonaâ€™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! 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). MONDAYS Monday at the Museum (SEDONA) 11am every Monday in January, the Sedona Museum provides old-time craft and skills demos from quilting, wood-carving, chair caning, bread baking, egg painting, jelly-making, broom-making and lots more. Usually FREE unless supplies are involved. Call for details of the next demo, 928-282-7038 or follow us on Facebook.com/ SedonaMuseum.
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his year, the Sedona International Film Festival celebrates its 25th year of bringing local residents and independent film lovers from all over the world together with its annual 9-day film festival. A complete lineup of 160 films will be selected from over 1400 entries.
The tremendous quality of the films we’re seeing is reflective of our growing reputation and we’re actively scouting for great films to bring in. With everything we’ve got planned, it will be a week filled with great entertainment, great films and great memories. said Executive Director Pat Schweiss.
The Silver Anniversary brings a new level of excitement and celebration. In honor of the 25th Anniversary, this year’s festival will have special events, workshops and celebrity guests from the film industry, including the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Jane Alexander, who has been an integral part of planning and outreach for the festival. In the lead up to the festival, there will be screenings of the top 25 Audience Choice Award winners. 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award-Winner, Jane Alexander SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Box Office: (928) 282-1177 www.sedonafilmfestival.org 26
Films will run all day beginning Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. Highway 89A, the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road and Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A. Photos Courtesy of Sedona International Film Festival
A quarter of a century ago, The Sedona International Film Festival began as a 3-day exhibition of independent films that has grown into the world-renowned event that it is considered to be today. A crown jewel of Sedonaâ€™s cultural life and the largest single event in the community, it has brought thought-provoking ideas and challenging cinematic art to its ever-growing audience. The arthouse theater venue, The Mary D. Fisher Theatre, owned (and operated) by the festival, now offers daily programs throughout the year including at least two new independent films each week.
Feature Film: Rose
Gold Priority Passes are $550; 20-ticket packages are $255; 10-ticket packages are $130. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $100. Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 9am on February 4th. Ten and twenty-ticket pass holders can select films beginning at 9am on February 11th. Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 18th. Sedona International Film Festival memberships also are available beginning at $75 for a basic membership. Family memberships for up to four family members living in the same household are $150. Additional membership packages include Cinematographer ($300), Screenwriter ($620), Producer ($1,400), Director ($2,500), Auteur ($5,000), Marquee ($10,000), Executive Producer ($15,000), Indie Angel ($25,000) and Film Star ($50,000). Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels. Full information is available at www.sedonafilmfestival.org. AZ
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Events Around Arizona: February 9 - 10 34th Annual Winterfest (LAKE HAVASU CITY) Visitors and residents alike will be out by the thousands for the 34th Annual Winterfest. Over 200 vendors in 400 booths from across the United States invite everyone to shop, browse, relax, and enjoy Lake Havasu City’s unique culture. Winterfest offers more than booths – there are entertainment and activities for youngsters. Plan now to join the crowd for two spectacular days of arts, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home décor, tasty street-food, beer garden, and eclectic entertainment! FREE. 9am5pm. 928-855-4115. February 13 - 17 30th Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show (LAKE HAVASU CITY) The shimmer and sparkle of this winter holiday fireworks show taking place above scenic SARA Park glows brighter than ever this year! Watch as the clear desert sky morphs into a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors in honor of the 30th anniversary of Winter Blast. 7:3010pm, $5 per person (kids under 12 FREE) $5/ car. 928-453-3444.
FEB 8-10 2019 Now in its 71st year, Gold Rush Days celebrates Wickenburg’s origins as a historic ranching and gold mining center. Today, this heritage event draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. Join us! PARADE SENIOR PRO RODEO CLASSIC CAR SHOW GOLD PANNING ARTS AND CRAFTS FOOD VENDORS WESTERN ACTS
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Western Themed Events for the Entire Family! Feb 4 – 10 | FREE (except Arizona Native Experience) Western Week Events ArtWalk, Western movies, Native American food tasting ScottsdaleWesternWeek.com Feb 8 | 10am – 1pm (mail arrives at noon ) | FREE Hashknife Pony Express Arrival Special envelopes to send letters to friends Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West | HashknifePonyExpress.com Feb 9 | FREE Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival • 9:00am – 12pm | Parade Parade route from Drinkwater Blvd. along Scottsdale Rd., finishing at Brown Ave. & Indian School Rd. Old Town Scottsdale | ScottsdaleParade.com • 12pm – 4pm | Festival Lots of horses, kids area, food, dancing, bands Multi-cultural stages with entertainment Old Town Scottsdale | ScottsdaleParade.com Feb 9 • 9am – 6pm | Feb 10 • 10am – 4pm | FREE Arizona Indian Festival 22 Tribes - Inter-tribal culture, arts, crafts, foods Old Town - Scottsdale Civic Center | ArizonaIndianTourism.org Mar 7-10 | 7pm Mon-Sat • 2pm Sun | Tickets $5-$45 Rodeo Scottsdale Cowboys and cowgirls show their skill at riding broncos, tie-down roping, wrestling steers and more Photos by Riley Wilson.
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event calendar ALL MONTH Queen Mine Tour (BISBEE) Explore one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century, and experience the life of a miner. 520-432-2071. queenminetour.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, million-gallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org. ALL MONTH Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) Only one of its kind: a Ghost Host leads you on a walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and alleys after dark. Family friendly tour at 5:30pm! Adults $15. www. oldbisbeeghosttour.com.
February 9 28th Annual Chocolate Tasting (BISBEE) 6pm-9pm. $15 ticketholders select six pieces of premium chocolate goodness per ticket and wine and beer are available for a small donation. There is a terrific silent auction featuring items from local Bisbee shops, galleries, restaurants and hotels — you won’t want to miss it! Visit www. bisbeechocolatetasting.com. February 16 - 24 94th Annual La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros - The Tucson Rodeo & Parade (TUCSON) Top contestants in the sport of rodeo, are vying for a share of more than $350,000 in prize money at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. This PRCA rodeo is America’s largest, outdoor, midwinter rodeo; standard events as well as special acts, clowns, little buckaroos in Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo & more. $14-$28. 1pm. 520-741-2233 or www. tucsonrodeo.com
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onging for childhood days of make believe? Mythic heroes slaying dragons, sea maidens appearing from the sea, steel clad warriors jousting atop mighty steeds and knights in shining armor saving damsels in distress — this can all be found at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. There is definitely something for the children and the child in all of us to be found at the Faire.
Arizona’s annual festival is one of the largest in the nation, held on weekends in February and March in its fanciful European style village constructed on a 30-acre site just below the foothills of the Superstition Mountains, east of Phoenix and northwest of Tucson. This is where you’ll find theater, circus, an arts and crafts fair, acrobatics, a jousting tournament, people-powered rides, and a feasting – all rolled into a nonstop, daylong family adventure! Merchants hawk their wares, selling everything from clothing to custom ceramics. Observe in awe at the demonstrations displaying skills of blacksmithing, jewelry making, glassblowing, leather work and pottery throwing. Over 200 artisans are housed in the market lanes filled with whimsical storybook shops. There are fourteen open-air stages where you can listen to raucous music and roaring comedy. Catch the swordplay and wordplay of festival favorites Don Juan and Miguel. It’s hard to miss the wild antics of The Tortuga Twins (three unrelated men in tights), and
more than amusing to decipher Zilch the Tory Steller(the misspelling, like his missspeaking is intentional). On or off the stage you are bound to rub shoulders with delightful characters. Don’t miss The Living Fountain! Or the Sea Fairies! A variety of food and drynk is available to satisfy your appetite; bread bowls, stews, steak-on-a-stake, roasted chicken and so much more. In the midst of this enormous feast you’ll find the King of festival foods — the huge roasted turkey leg. Tempt your diet plan with desserts from the Cottage Bakery, the Cappuccino Inn, or the Chocolate Shoppe. Pubs serve beers, wine and soft drynks to quench your thirst. And kids love this place! Dozens of activities bring out their smiles. Guests young and old will revel in the magic and mystery upon seeing the varied attractions at the Faire; Living Mermaids — witness the wonder of these lovely, elusive and charming sea fairies of the deep. A Festival favorite with children is Mother (and Father) Goose brought to life, with costumed ducks and geese, Maggie, Mimi and Matilda. Kids will cheer for their favorite knight at the 5,000 seat jousting arena or try their hand at archery. Children delight in the return of a falcon, the King of sports, at the Falconer’s Heath. Kids also love riding the people-powered Da Vinci’s Steam ship, the Swan Swing, Christopher Columbus’ “Voyage to the New World”, the Slider Joust, as well as the Piccolo Pony, a rocking horse bigger than an elephant. In
addition to the peoplepowered rides, the Festival offers interactive games like the dragon climbing tower, the castle AZ Renaissance Festival siege, Jacobs’ Feb. 9 - March 31, 2019 Ladder, a maze Saturdays and Sundays and an archery & Presidents Day range. Kids will 10am – 6pm Rain or Shine surely be asking 12601 East Highway 60 for a hat, wand, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118 garland, wooden (520) 463-2600 sword, shield, or www.RenFestinfo.com to have their face painted, or to make a sand dragon, or perhaps to purchase a pet gorgi or drabbit along with other unique and interesting items available for purchase at the Festival. Those bolder of heart may feed the dragon or play King of the log. HUZZAH! We deal with the 21st century every day. Now the Renaissance is back, offering an opportunity to relax and escape to the amusements of a much simpler time. You can meet all these colorful characters on weekends: Saturdays, Sundays, and Presidents’ Day Monday (February 18th). The fun and festivities abound at the Faire — February 9 through March 31. For more information contact the Festival at 520-4632600 or www.renfestinfo.com. AZ
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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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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. 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!
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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix
OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Gilbert Ortega. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4
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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: An American in Paris January 25 - March 1, 2019 ARIZONA OPERA Phoenix: 602.266.7464 Tucson: 520.293.4336 • azopera.org The Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona. PRESENTING: La Traviata February 2 - February 3, 2019 (Tucson) Silent Night March 1 - March 3, 2019 (Phoenix) March 9 - March 10, 2019 (Tucson) 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: Hello Dolly January 8 - January 13, 2019 Disney’s Aladdin January 31 - February 17, 2019 ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (520) 622 - 2823 in Tucson (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix arizonatheatre.org Arizona’s fully professional ‘state theatre’ has a 52
proud 50-year history performing in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art; and in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center. PRESENTING: The Music Man January 5 - January 27, 2019 (Phoenix) Two Trains Running January 19 - February 9, 2019 (Tucson) February 14 - March 3, 2019 (Phoenix) 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 Firebird & La Sylphide February 14 - February 17, 2019 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: And In This Corner... Cassius Clay January 27 - March 3, 2019 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: Jersey Boys January 23 - March 10, 2019
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aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history & archaeology; arts & culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual & metaphysical, imagine doing all this amid a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is both wild & wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday-and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 866-878-2489 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all 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
1. Turkey Creek Trail is a moderate 6 mile hike that is both petfriendly and equipped with restrooms. Climb among the Pinyon Pines on your way toward House Mountain, a dormant shield volcano with a rocky summit formation that looks like a house from below. 2. Chimney Rock Loop in West Sedona is a moderate 2 mile trek that brings you down an easygoing path past the famous ‘Three Fingers’ formation. This pet-friendly hike offers a nice view of Chimney Rock for those who venture to the top of Little Sugarloaf. 3. Baldwin Trail is an easy hike along a pet-friendly trail equipped with restrooms. The 5 mile jaunt will take you high above the treetops for amazing views of Cathedral Rock and Red Rock Butte. Mornings and afternoons afford the most shade along this path. 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. Huckaby Trail is a breathtaking 5.6 mile hike of moderate difficulty to some colorful high-ridge vistas. Bring water shoes and dip a toe in Oak Creek on sunny days. 5. Woods Canyon Trail takes hikers on a 10.4 mile trail that is moderately difficult and pet-friendly. This colorful path is adorned with lush vegetation and huge gray boulders. In winter and spring you may get the cool reward of a freshwater creek from snowmelt running through a red sandstone beach partway through the 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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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
he interesting name suits this fascinating shopping plaza quite well. Tlaquepaque was created as an artisan’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 trees 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 Tlaquepaque Art widely for its & Shopping Village distinctively 336 State Route 179, lovely Sedona, AZ 86336 atmosphere (928) 282-4838 for shopping www.tlaq.com & dining, its undeniable beauty within the town many call ‘The Most Beautiful Place on Earth,’ (Sedona, AZ) makes it a perfect choice for a day of strolling, shopping and gallery gazing. AZ 63
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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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TOUR AMETHYST MINE
ARIZONA’S FOUR PEAKS
Next Tour Dates:
March 23rd & 24th April 27th & 28th
n your secret life do you dream of being an adventure-seeking 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 tour guests 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 $100 deposit. Tours start at $495 per person and last approximately 4-5 hours. Tour guests arrive at Sami Fine Jewelry 30 minutes prior to their scheduled flight time to check in, sign an insurance wavier, and pay the remaining tour price. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure definitely requires physical activity. While it’s not a terribly long hike in the mine, it involves an uphill climb in a rocky area. This spring’s tours are scheduled for March 23rd & 24th and April 27th & 28th, so 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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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 72
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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On Exhibit: February through October 20, 2019
s the official artist of NASA, Paul Calle was present during the preparation of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. His sketches of pre-launch activites and his iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp are among the pieces on exhibit at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West (SMoW). Calle’s vivid depictions of mankind amidst a frontier landscape create a fascinating dichotomy in his body of work between the two expanses he often examined: space and Western frontiers.
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, Paul Calle’s son, artist Chris Calle, renowned art collector Tim Peterson, have collaborated with SMoW to bring this retrospective exhibition exclusively to the museum. Paul Calle’s work includes paintings, illlustrations, graphic designs, as well as portraits of many famous people including President John F. Kennedy, Robert Frost and Helen Keller / Anne Sullivan, among others. AZ
ABOVE: Paul Calle (1928-2010), The Great Moment, c. 1969, oil on masonite, Collection of the Orlando Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John J. McMullen. Copyright The Paul Calle Estate. RIGHT INSET: Paul Calle (1928-2010), Something for the Pot II, oil on canvas, Courtesy The Peterson Family Collection. 74
PAUL CALLE’S LIFE OF EXPLORATION:
From the Mountains To the Moon
“I have always likened the image of mountain man John Colter, his moccasin-clad foot first stepping on the newly fallen snow of the Yellowstone valley, to the moon boot of Neil Armstrong, stepping in the dust of the moon’s surface at the Sea of Tranquility...two worlds apart, yet each at the edge of a new frontier...” ~ Paul Calle WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 scottsdalemuseumwest.org
MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES
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
Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar Series Saturday, January 12, 9:30 a.m.
LIVING WITH URBAN WILDLIFE Guest Speaker: Darren Julian
Urban Wildlife Specialist from Arizona Game and Fish Department
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Arizona is home to a variety of wildlife species. Understand the issues as their natural habitats and native food sources shrink. Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.
LEGUMES: MORE THAN JUST BEANS Guest Speaker: Dr. Marty Wojciechowski
Associate Professor at Arizona State University Specializing in Legume Research
With more than 19,500 species worldwide, legumes are more diverse that other flower plant families. Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m.
PREPARING TREES FOR SUMMER Guest Speaker: Sarah Maitland
Certified Arborist and Plant Health Care Manager for Integrity Tree Service
Learn how to prepare your landscape to withstand harsh weather conditions and prevent storm damage. Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.
RESPONSIBLE GARDENING IN SEVERE DROUGHT Guest Speaker: Rick Cober
ISA Certified Arborist and owner of Tree Theory Landscape Asset Management
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With proper water management, desert gardens can remain healthy even in harsh, dry conditions.
Free Monthly Seminars in the Carefree Town Council Chambers 33 Easy St., Carefree, AZ | Carefree.org
DESERT GARDENING Carefree Desert Gardens Educates the Community
ardening in the desert is undoubtedly both an art and a science. Arizona’s climate is highly varied based on elevation, which may come as a surprise to visitors and transplants. From snow-covered peaks to the hot, dry Sonoran Desert, Arizona gardening afficianados must understand the unique care that desert flora require. Carefree Desert Gardens (CDG), in the unique town of Carefree, offers not only a lovely botanical display, but a monthly seminar series for anyone interested in learning more about the delicate balance of plant life, weather and other factors in Arizona gardening. This year’s annual horticulture series will include topics such as Living With Urban Wildlife (Jan.); Legumes: More Than Just Beans (Feb.); Preparing Your Trees for Summer... (March); and Responsible Gardening in Severe Drought (April). See www.carefree.org. Visitors enter Carefree Desert Gardens near the iconic sundial sculpture — a 72-foot long working sundial that stands 35 feet above the circular plaza on which it casts its monumental shadow. As one of the largest sundials in the U.S., this landmark alone is a sufficient reason to visit Carefree, but it also welcomes guests into the adjacent four acre gardens. The public is free to wander through on a self-guided tour and take in the colorful, lush and sometimes prickly plants that adorn the walking path.
Pamela Slate, Chair of the CDG Horticulture Seminar Committee, composed mostly of Master Gardeners, commented that not all plants are labeled, but some of the more unusual ones are. Visitors will see exceptional plant specimens intermixed with plants seen as they stand in nature, lending to the natural, easy feel of the gardens. Arizona has a plethora of protected native plants â€” from the well known Saguaro Cactus and Santa Rita Prickly-pear, to the nearly forty other legally safeguarded varieties. All seem to have memorable names, like the Teddybear Cholla, MacDougalâ€™s Nipple Cactus, and the Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus to name a few. Some of these threatened or endangered cacti and flowering desert plants can be seen at Carefree Desert Gardens. There is no doubt that Carefree Desert Gardens is an enchanting and inviting place to visit, and with the popular gardening series occurring during the first four months of 2019, it also becomes a great place to learn from expert horticulturists. The seminars are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month January through April. Participants meet at the Town Council Chambers at 33 Easy Street in Carefree at 9:30 a.m. A small donation of $5 is requested in order to sustain the programs for future visitors. AZ
Carefree Desert Gardens Easy Street in downtown, Carefree, AZ The Gardens are open 365 days a year. 480-488-3686 | www.carefree.org
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 nostalgia 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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f you’re looking for a great way to push yourself to new limits while taking in the wonderful sights of Arizona’s landscape, look no further than this ‘fun bunch’ – The Wild Bunch Desert Guides! What started as an attempt to get some fresh air and try something new and challenging quickly turned into so much more for me and my teen daughter. It was an exciting way to explore our surroundings and challenge our bodies in an enjoyable way, all in one. And now, we’re hooked on the feeling! Our starting point was Brown’s Ranch Trailhead in Scottsdale, and our day began with a bright and early stretch-out and some deep breaths of cool air. Our group of trail guides from Wild Bunch, including owner Laurel, were the PERFECT amount of energy and spunk to revv us up and get us over our newbie nerves!
Wild Bunch Desert Guides 14545 N Frank Lloyd Wright Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (602) 663-0842 or visit wildbunchdesertguides.com
And I must admit, nerves did come into play when we were handed our professional grade Marin mountain bikes and gear! The bikes were shiny and new, and we immediately felt unworthy based on our slim-to-none skill level. But that soon changed as our guides took time to educate us about the bikes, including all of the gears and functions, and even had us do a test loop around the parking lot before we got the ‘thumbs up’ to hit the trails. One of the guides named Tommy shared with us that he’s taken out bikers of every age between 5 and 92! By this time, my daughter and I felt a boost of confidence that could only have come from these high-energy and highly-encouraging guides who were about to lead us on a desert adventure – and we had no idea just how invigorating it would truly be! We started out with a gentle cadence of pedaling on dirt paths and we soon realized it was a trail system that is shared equally with hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. We loved the variety of sights, and sharing the desert with other trailgoers made for some fun ‘dodging!’ With the great coaching of the guides ahead of us and behind us, we were taught the rules of the trails and felt like courteous pros on these fancy bikes as we navigated our way. By now, our confidence was tried and true, which was good, because next came the inclines, downgrades, and zippity-do-da bends around the ‘fluffy’ cacti at a much faster pace! At each and every turn, we were coached exactly how to use our bodies and our gear — we were never left to wonder how to navigate an intimidating curve! We found our way up to Cathedral Rock, which was a beautiful destination full of great views and interesting history. We saw firsthand why Native Americans used this spot as a lookout point, and noticed the divots in the floor of the rock that they once used to grind grains. It was a great place to take a break, eat some healthy snacks that the Wild Bunch brought along (like the amazing energy bar from Skratch Labs), and just take some much needed deep breaths. I personally took time to reflect on the amount of effort it took for me to keep up with my daughter (this Mom needed a few breaks, but I did it!) But even more impressive was watching my daughter in full-force: coasting down hills and pumping right back up again in one fell ArizonaKEY.com
swoop! There was certainly power behind her, and the guides’ whoops of encouragement and instruction made us both feel like we could take on just about anything! In the moment, I had completely forgotten that this was our very first time! On the way back down the trail we had the joy of coming across a set of local horseback riders. Our guides asked us to pull over and hop off of our bikes. We learned that it is common courtesy to respectfully allow the horses to pass by while mountain bikers stand alongside the trail, dismounted from their bikes, so that sounds and sudden movements don’t spook the horses. We loved petting the horses and talking with their riders… plus, it gave my legs a little break just in time to prepare for the final stretch back to the trailhead.
To Laurel, Tommy, Mike, and Jay – The Wild Bunch: Thank you for a wonderful experience! We now have the mountain biking bug and have already invested in some gear to take to the trails in our own community. To the reader: whatever your skill or inclination, take a chance and go wild while you’re in Arizona. The desert is calling. AZ 83
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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
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.
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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SCOTTSDALE PARADA DEL SOL PARADE
FEB. 4 - 10, 2019 ScottsdaleParade.com (602) 432-7941 For the Rodeo visit: ParadaDelSol.net
he 66th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Trail’s End Festival on February 9th 2019 promises to be a full day of wild west adventures in Old Town Scottsdale with activities for the whole family. According to President Springborn, “For 66 years the Scottsdale Parada del Sol Committee of volunteers have coordinated this FREE Parade of horse-drawn carriages, bands, wagons and stagecoaches. You will see horse riders from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, Holbrook’s Hashknife Pony Express, and Scottsdale Charros which are popular with everyone,” said Springborn. The theme for 2019 is ‘Arizona Heroes’ so be sure to bring all the kids to meet these celebrities. After the Parade, the Old Town streets transform into the Trail’s End western street festival featuring western bands, street dancing, and a Cowboy Kids zone filled with petting animals, bouncy houses, cowboy drama and horse rides. The famous 1959 “Howdy Dudettes,” ambassadors from the Embassy Suites Hilton, will be official western ambassadors during the festivities. The three street stages will have rockabilly, string, and rock bands. The Arizona Wine Garden will feature award-winning wines from Arizona. Aztec and Folklorico dancers on the Hispanic stage and street entertainers offer photographers a vast array of vivid color and western style. “The Scottsdale Western Weekevents in Old Town Scottsdale include many different activities during the week and through to Sunday (ScottsdaleWesternWeek. com). On February 8th at noon, the Hashknife Pony Express will ride into Scottsdale with the U.S. Mail and deliver it to postal officials at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. (Event is 10-1pm). The Parade starts Saturday morning at 9am but come early to save your place along the route with the Festival starting immediately after the Parade and ending at 4pm. Plan on going early to enjoy breakfast along the route, get souvenirs and stay later for dinner and dancing,” says Springborn. “The Parade draws thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the flashy dancing Mexican Cabalgando horses, Arabian horses and their riders, roughhousing mountain men, Wild Women of the West and many marching bands.” The colorful and fascinating cultural Arizona Indian Festival will be in the Civic Center Mall and opens at 9am on Saturday . This event features inter-tribal culture represented in homes, arts, crafts, and foods by 22 Arizona Tribal groups. This Festival is sponsored by the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association. If you and your friends are planning to attend this western series of events from February 4-10, 2019, go to www.ScottsdaleParade. com for more detailed info from each event, or call (602) 432-7941 AZ PHOTOS BY: RILEY WILSON AND KARIS WILSON.
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 (also called the bolo 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. On our bucket list for this trip out West, we want to experience its horse culture. Any suggestions?
nswer: You’re here during prime time to saddle up for a dizzying number of directional arrows in Arizona where you’re at a crossroads of choices for those interested in “horsin’ around” in the Southwest. Starting in 1939 with the filming of John Ford’s movie Stagecoach in Monument Valley and Arizona filmed at Old Tucson Studios, more than 20 significant Westerns have been filmed in our state with Hollywood’s finest mounted on horseback taming the Western frontiers and romancing the senoritas. Whether it’s riding, rodeoing or racing, it’s on tap for you in February. NORTHERN ARIZONA “When you’re on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have” according to Sir Winston Churchill. If so, you can have no better introduction to horseback riding than with Navajo guide Justin Tso astride one of his Palominos, Paints or Bays on a two, three or four-hour lop through 84,000 acres of colorful sheer cliff walls of Canyon de Chelly. It was formed millions of years ago by land uplifts and stream cutting in Arizona’s Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation at the sacred epicenter of this Native people’s creation story surrounding Spider Woman, who reigns atop Spider Rock in the Canyon. You will see ruins of cliff dwellings and possible sightings of the wild horses that roam this Canyon and Canyon del Muerto where a prehistoric Indian burial ground was discovered in 1882. Contact Justin’s horse Rentals in Chinle for two, three, or four-hour rides starting at $72. Reservations are required. (928) 675-5575. 96
CENTRAL ARIZONA North America’s horse history began with the introduction of this fourlegged form of transportation and farm labor by the Spaniards in their colonization of the Americas in the late 1600s as they entered our Southwestern border in pursuit of the “Seven Cities of Gold.” If you’re up for witnessing the majesty and pageantry surrounding the “breed of kings,” attend the 64th Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show this month, February 14-24. You’ll witness the speed, strength, endurance, and grace of over 2,000 of the world’s oldest purebred horses as their top owners, breeders, and trainers compete for the coveted Westworld Cup. The Arabian horse, sometimes referred to as “the Drinkers of the Wind,” bred by the Bedouins in the Middle East, make this show a must see (www.scottsdaleshow.com). If you prefer to play the ponies, then Turf Paradise is in full swing for the racing season. Among many of the month-long events is the Budweiser Classic and the awarding of the Phoenix Gold Cup by the Budweiser Girls on the 9th, and Fiesta Sunday on the 24th (www.turfparadise.com). And for collectors of equestrian and cowboy art, The Legacy Gallery in Sedona in North Central Arizona offers the finest in representational and impressionistic art representing over 100 nationally acclaimed Cowboy artists including Martin Grelle, Jim Norton, John Coleman, Tom Browning and other Cowboy Artists of America (www.legacygallery.com). On the first Friday of the month, the Sedona Gallery Association holds galleries open after hours when you can often meet the artists and enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA Rodeo is the way to go in Tucson at the 94th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, February 1624, where Western Heritage meets extreme sport when cowboys and cowgirls come to town to compete in bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Also enjoy daily events for kids and junior rodeo competitors, touring the Rodeo Museum, and a two-hour long parade, the longest non-mechanized parade in the U.S. City slickers and ranch hands alike don Western wear including novel variations of the State’s official tie—the bola tie! www.tucsonrodeo.com (520) 741-2233 And for horseback trail riding, five mountain ranges surrounding Tucson make it some of the most scenic terrain accessible for this authentic Southwestern prowl with know3ledgeable guides who share the history of the Sonoran Desert as well as its wildlife critters and botanical wonders. Whether you’re a skilled equestrian or an urban cowboy, Houston Stables is known for its expert outfitters and guides who make all feel at home in the saddle on Tucson’s eastside in the serene Tanque Verde Valley rimmed by age-old Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident mesquite trees. Rides start at $80. of Arizona, is past President of the www.tucsonhorsebackriding.com. AZ
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