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Ways to STAY COOL & Explore AZ
9/11 Rescue Engine on Display in Phoenix
ARIZONA’S Lunar History
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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | Monthly Guide to Arizona | ArizonaKEY.com
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Photo-Worthy Sights to See
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Governor Doug Ducey’s Letter Hidden Gems in Arizona AZ’s Most Photo-Worthy Sights Patriotism and Purpose Cool Fun: Lakes, Rivers & More Stay Cool at Slide Rock Park Arizona Dine Guide On Stage: Spamilton Spotlight on Arizona Sedona Hiking Trails Arizona’s Lunar History Arizona Fun Facts Concierge Corner
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Williams, Flagstaff and Northern AZ
Tucson and Southern AZ
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letter from the GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA
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very state you visit has its share of noteworthy sights and experiences. Without sounding like too much of a braggart, I must say that I think Arizona has an overabundance of incredible places to see and things to do that catapult AZ to the top of every bucket list. Between the iconic tourist spots and the hidden gems sprinkled throughout our state, I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed. Here’s a sampling of just a fraction of the amazing and memorable experiences you can have while in Arizona: UP, UP AND AWAY
Get away from it all with a sunrise flight above the Sonoran Desert. The unobstructed views are breathtaking, the flora and fauna below are stunning, and the feeling of flight is a one-of-akind experience. In the summer months, early morning flights are a great opportunity to take to the skies before the heat of the day settles. As the sun rises you’ll see the balloon inflate before your eyes, and climb aboard for the adventure of a lifetime! At Hot Air Expeditions (pictured above), you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast in the desert and a ceremonial celebration upon landing — what an amazing way to make memories!
TEA FOR TWO
If antique tea rooms appeal, Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room is a special treat. This little bit of Great Britain boasts melt-in-your-mouth macaroons, delightful biscuits and sandwiches, and an amazing selection of teas, plus a cardboard cutout of the Queen for a photo opp. The Spicery in Our 1895 Home in Glendale is a charming restaurant set in multiple rooms of — you guessed it — an 1895 home. Tables are elegantly set in each room for you to enjoy high tea, including scones with lemon curd and Chantilly cream, finger sandwiches, and bitesized desserts (reservations are required).
TAKE A SCENIC BOAT TOUR
Cruising one of Arizona’s beautiful lakes on a sightseeing tour is a smooth way to while away the hours. Try a 90-minute excursion aboard the Desert Belle for a fully narrated cruise on Saguaro Lake where you’ll learn about the exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls and dramatic desert vistas that surround you. Two bathrooms, a shipboard snackbar, and an air conditioned cabin add to your comfort. On Canyon Lake, the Dolly Steamboat cruises the secluded inner waterways to give passengers a unique look at Arizona wildlife and the surrounding scenery. Twilight dinner cruises allow for a sunset dinner with special ambiance.
GO ON AN OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE Stellar Adventures on the outskirts of the Valley allows not only ATV, UTV and Hummer tours through the desert, they also have tons of choices to completely personalize your ride. For instance, you can ride with a guide or drive yourself, you can customize or add on to your adventure with hiking, biking, shooting, stargazing, night vision and more! Another plus, FREE photos of your thrill ride are included with daytime adventures. In Sedona, Pink Jeep Tours has ready-made action and excitement waiting for you. Their exhilarating Broken Arrow Tour and their dramatic Diamond Gulch Adventure will bring you to the edge on exciting trails through gorgeous red rock country. If you’d rather relax and stick to the paved path, you can have an experienced guide show you all of Arizona’s most beautiful nooks and crannies on a customized personal tour with Arizona Scenic Tours. ArizonaKEY.com
SEARCH FOR A SOUVENIR
If you’re looking for something truly distinctive, consider checking out a few shopping destinations off the beaten path. For instance, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona provides an ecclectic collection of artistic shops to endlessly browse. In Scottsdale, check out the unique resale shopping boutique, High Society, which boasts brand name bargains and other upscale secondhand finds. Complete with designer clothing and unique accessories, you’re sure to find a treasure to bring home. Sami Fine Jewelry in Fountain Hills features an American Gem Collection of US mined gemstone designs — specifically amethyst, peridot and garnet from Arizona. If Native American and southwestern pieces are the style you desire, Gilbert Ortega Gallery is sure to please. With authentic turquoise and silver jewelry as well as an impressive array of Native American art, decor and furniture, you’re sure to find something special there to remind you of your trip to the desert.
event calendar Scottsdale & Phoenix
MIM MUSIC THEATER CONCERTS: With outstanding acoustics and an up-closeand-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For a complete schedule of concerts and events and tickets call 480.478.6000 or visit MIM.org. JANE MONHEIT Friday, July 12, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (Stephen Holden, New York Times), Jane Monheit has had plenty of milestone moments in establishing herself as one of today’s best and most important vocalistmusicians.
STANLEY CLARKE Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 6pm & 8pm Tickets: $38.50–$48.50. The four-time Grammy Award winner is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated acoustic and electric bass players in the world.
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PARIS CHANSONS Saturday, July 13, 2019 and Sunday, July 14, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. “Paris Chansons is an accomplished ensemble providing a wonderful evening of musical entertainment that celebrates France and French culture.” — ArtsBeatLA
LEE RITENOUR Friday, August 9, 2019 | 7pm & 9pm “Lee Ritenour is a consummate and complete guitarist if ever there was one, his varied discography supporting a seemingly insatiable appetite for anything to do with the six-stringed instrument and all its variations.” — All About Jazz NEW YORK VOICES Thursday, August 15, 2019 7pm & 9pm “The big band arrangements, raw energy and excitement of New York Voices Live propels this elite group to another level.” — All About Jazz RADNEY FOSTER AMERICANA AND FOLK Friday, August 16, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. “Foster remains a top-notch tunesmith and stunning lyricist . . . echoes early, electricera Bob Dylan.” — Billboard
MOSEY THROUGH A MUSEUM
Arizona’s museums offer a lovely outing for travelers. The internationally recognized Heard Museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian work and showcases the beauty of both traditional and contemporary art. Wickenburg’s Desert Caballeros Western Museum, focuses on world class art and historical exhibitions that tell the story of the explorers, miners, cowboys and others who lived and worked in the American West. For music lovers, the Musical Instrument Museum is a supreme opportunity that will absolutely provide a memorable museum experience. Rated among the top 20 museums of any genre, MIM is the only museum in the world that specializes in global musical instruments! See our feature story on page 20 for details on things to see at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting.
ZIP ZIP HOORAY!
If the rush of a zipline stirs the pulse and checks off a bucketlist item, there are several great options here in Arizona. The Predator Zipline at Out of Africa Wildlife Park brings the added dimension of dangling over wild animal habitats on your zipline trip. Also packed with heart-racing thrills is the Skyline Zipline at Grand Canyon West which boasts ‘quad ziplines,’ allowing multiple people to zip along together as a group.
GO WITH THE FLOW
South By Southwest is a river touring company that will help you create a special waterway trek. Whether
you want to tackle the Salt River or the Verde River with a guide, or just have a pro equip you with the proper gear before shoving you off, South by Southwest will help you plan a solid voyage. If the adrenaline rush of roaring rapids is what really floats your boat, consider the Hulapai River Runners, Native American guides who will bring you whitewater rafting on the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
For a relaxing outdoorsy experience, especially as temperatures rise, a trip to high country might be in order. Head up to the Ponderosa Pine forests of North Central Arizona for fishing, hiking, and camping in the cool temps. If you find yourself in the White Mountains, Hon-Dah Resort and Casino offers gaming, concerts, and an RV park as an alternative to their resort accomodations. The added elevation and surrounding pines are a welcome change of pace.
TAKE TO THE SPA
A classic choice for relaxation is a day of pampering. We’ve got some great suggestions when it comes to planning a luxurious spa day. Spa Lamar in Scottsdale offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and a full service hair salon as well as a yoga studio and sauna & steam room. If you’d like to relax among the red rocks, the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa offers first class massage, esthetic services, and wellness & intuitive discoveries.
Performing arts buffs will enjoy the many theatrical options Arizona offers. For those who love to laugh, try a night out at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy. See our Performing Arts listings on page 44 for selections such as Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria with professional dinner showings of audiencefavorite musicals like The Addams Family and Sister Act. Phoenix Theatre is the largest producing regional theatre in the area and offers over 400 performances on mutiple stages each year, including the currently running Spamilton: An American Parody. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ On Stage through August 11th
Spamilton: An American Parody This popular musical comedy pokes fun at the Broadway sensation that has garnered rave reviews and exorbitant ticket prices and made an undeniable impression on theatre and pop culture. (Read the full article on page 45.)
ERICAN PARODY JULY & AUGUST 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.
JULY & AUGUST Maps in Our Lives (SEDONA) A display of Sedona and Arizona maps is on exhibit at the Sedona Heritage Museum. Almost all hand-drawn maps that include Sedona as part of their geography, are on display, with a focus on a variety of themes. Historical items associated with early auto travel are also featured. 928-282-7038. 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 39).
THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at JULY & AUGUST Harold’s Corral, 8pm-11pm, Titanic: The Artifact Visit PhoenixTheatre.com or 480-488-1906. Exhibit (SCOTTSDALE) Take call 602.254.2151 today! a journey back in time to Through July 21 experience the legend of Point of View at 5/6/19 11:32 AM the Titanic at OdySea in the Wonderspaces Arizona Desert. The galleries in this (SCOTTSDALE) An immersive fascinating exhibition feature art experience about 80 real artifacts recovered minutes long. 13 artists from from the ocean floor, 120 around the world present of which have never been experiential installations seen before in Arizona, along including a virtual reality with reconstructions of the dinner party and a piece interior and personal stories that encourages digital of the passengers and crew. painting through body It’s a must-see during its movement. Weekday Tickets limited time at OdySea in $19 / Nights & Weekends the Desert in Scottsdale. $24. Timed entry every 15 titanicaz.com minutes. 10am-10pm at Fashion Square Mall.
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July 4 Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration (SCOTTSDALE) Be red, white and COOL this 4th of July! It’s a familyfriendly patriotic wonderland, expanded to the 300,000 sq. ft., fully air-conditioned Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center. When we say cool, we really mean it! scottsdale4th.com July 4 Fourth at the Fountain (FOUNTAIN HILLS) The FREE festivities will kick off at 6pm with music, kids bounce houses, and a rock climbing wall. DJ Steve Grosz will keep the whole family moving and grooving with great tunes and prizes throughout the night. experiencefountainhills.org July 4 4th of July Celebration (SURPRISE) The city of Surprise hosts the 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Mark Coronado Park, from 6-9pm. Event is FREE and will feature live music, food trucks, yard games, contests and more! Gates open at 5:30pm with a fireworks display at 8:40pm. www.surpriseaz.gov July 13 & 14 Experience France at MIM (PHOENIX) Celebrate French culture at the Musical Instrument Museum. Enjoy live performances, shop for French merchandise, and indulge in a French-inspired menu at the café. MIM is a world class global instrument museum that consistently ranks as one of Arizona’s best. mim.org
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES July 16, August 14 Full Moon Hike (SEDONA) Led by a naturalist, this moonlit hike gives participants the opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon. Learn about Sedona and the surrounding areas. Verde Valley history, archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information are also possible topics offered by a knowledgeable guide. At Red Rock State Park. $12 | $9 for kids 7-13. 928-282-6907. July 11, 18 & 25 FREE Summer Band Concert Series (GLENDALE) Performances each Thursday at 8pm, in the E. Lowell Rogers Amphitheatre, located at 59th Ave. and Glenn Drive. These FREE concerts are the perfect night out for the entire family! Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase. 623-930-2299.
August 5 - 10 18th Annual World Hip Hop Dance Championship and World Battles (PHOENIX) It’s the world’s largest dance championship with more than 4000 dancers set to compete in Junior, Varsity, Adult and MegaCrew Divisions in front of an international panel of elite judges. Among those expected to compete are Defending World Champions S-Rank and TLCxWC (The Lab) representing Team USA. At Grand Canyon University. hiphopinternational.com August 10 & 11 Musical Icon: Elvis at MIM (PHOENIX) Start off Elvis Week with a closer look at the legacy of the “King of Rock and Roll.” Visit the Musical Instrument Museum and listen to special talks about Elvis Presley’s music and watch an iconic Elvis movie before visiting the
Elvis Presley exhibit in MIM’s Artist Gallery. MIM is a world class global instrument museum that consistently ranks as one of Arizona’s best. mim.org
JULY & AUGUST OdySea Aquarium (SCOTTSDALE) For a limited time, see ‘Mighty Mike’ one of the biggest alligators in the country. He is longer than most cars and can swallow an entire turkey in a single gulp! At OdySea Aquarium. www.odyseaaquarium.com
MOST PHOTO-WORTHY SIGHTS TO SEE
rizona is the Grand Canyon State, so the answer is ‘yes you should see it’ to that inevitable question (more on AZ’s most famous canyon on page 56) but chances are, you’ve come across the other-worldy images of Antelope Canyon, and pondered the Pink Adventure Tours same thing: is it pinkadventuretours.com really as beautiful DUKOUT Adventure Brokers dukout.com
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Antelope Canyon is visually stunning and Arizona Scenic Tours ever-changing arizonascenictours.com depending upon the light and shadows of the day. Rightfully, it is the most photographed slot
canyon in the world. Remote, rugged, real, and not for everyone, Antelope Canyon is hidden in the heart and soul of the Navajo Nation between the Grand Canyon and Canyon de Chelly National Monument in northeastern Arizona (3 miles east of Page on Highway 98). A trek to this real-life postcard requires a mile+ hike and climbs up and down steep ladders. You’ll also travel through narrow passageways as you go in and out of lower Antelope Canyon. Including travel to Page, AZ, tours to Antelope Canyon typically take a full day. All your efforts will definitely pay off when you see with your own eyes this astounding natural work of art. Sand dunes from an ancient sea of rushing waters solidified into what are variously called skinny caves, wind caves, slot canyons and corkscrew canyons. Pristine looking streams of sand follow a downward path, creatng the familiar halo effect that is so often depicted in photos. The narrow beams of light at certain
times of day swirl downward from 140-feet overhead offering unique and magical photo opportunities. Navajo guides are your gateway to this world wonder. The other Arizona image imprinted on our collective consciousness is Horseshoe Bend. The grand vantage point, swooping curve, and brilliant colors of this spot where the Colorado River takes a famous turn make it a sight to see for bucket-listers. The hike to the overlook is about a mile. As the sun sets, and the light hits its surface, a variety of minerals in the canyon walls cause the rock formations to glow. This photo-worthy location is definitely one to write home about. Since the two iconic sights are only about 10 miles away from eachother, most people set aside a day to see both of them. Several tour companies have packages that do the planning for you, making your trip convenient and worry-free. Navajo guides bring all visitors into Antelope Canyon, but having the entire trip thoroughly planned for you by a professional — complete with lunch, transportation and all the necessary forethought — goes a long way toward making your day relaxing and truly awe-inspiring. Pink Adventure Tours, a wellknown and well-respected Arizona tour operator recently added an Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend excursion to their regular array of jeep tours throughout Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Pink Adventures uses a comfortable passenger van for these trips which depart from Sedona, so if you’re staying a night or two in ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ then this is definitely one to check out. You’ll likely be tempted to tack on a few extra days so you can also do a rugged Pink Jeep Tour through Sedona’s red rocks. If you’re based in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and are just taking a single day for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, consider booking a tour with DUKOUT Adventure Brokers. Their Slots and Bends Tour picks you up at your
Scottsdale or Phoenix hotel at 5:45am to arrive at Antelope Canyon around 10:30am. DUKOUT’s adventure includes lunch, entrance fees to the canyon, and a stop at Horseshoe Bend. You get to relax while the driving is done for you, dropping you back at your hotel by 8 or 9pm. And still, there is more to see. Arizona has so much to offer in the way of dramatic landscapes and unique destinations that you may want to take a customized approach. Arizona Scenic Tours creates multi-day tours with personalized itineraries that can include pit stops to Prescott, Jerome, Flagstaff, Payson, Tombstone, and even locations just over Arizona’s borders like Four Corners and Hoover Dam. Whatever your chosen adventure, Arizona provides an abundance of rugged beauty, stunning sunsets, and jaw-dropping sights, all of which you won’t find anywhere else. AZ
event calendar Northern Arizona R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post, by Flagstaff Cultural Partners. At the Museum of Northern Arizona. FREE. 928-779-2300.
July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24 at Bearizona Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS)
These special, 21+ evening events begin at Bearizona’s Canyonlands Restaurant with drinks and a VIP Jaguar Training Show. Guests will also enjoy a Wild Ride Bus tour at sunset, hors d’oeuvres, meet ‘n greet with animal ambassadors, and a private flashlight tour of Fort Bearizona. $60 per person. Limited availability. For more information, visit Bearizona.com July 1 - 11 132nd Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo (PRESCOTT) Arizona’s largest rodeo parade, kiddie parade, arts & crafts show, food, rodeo dances, and rodeo performances takes place at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. 928-445-3103 or worldsoldestrodeo.com July 4 A Flag Fourth: Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra Independence Day Concert (FLAGSTAFF) A FREE annual Independence Day symphony concert for an afternoon of music for the whole community. At the Pepsi Amphitheater. flagstaffsymphony.org/ independence-dayconcert/ 18
July 12 - 14 Medieval Mayhem in the White Mountains (PINETOPLAKESIDE) 12th Annual Medieval celebration. Escape reality!! Walk back in time to days of old and experience knights, queens, kings, nobles, pirates and oh so much more!! This historical recreation event offers live demos from skilled artisans, music, dance and fully armored knights fighting with real weapons battling it out to the last man (or woman!) standing! Adults $10 | Kids $5 | Under 4 FREE. azmayhem.com July 20 13th Annual Summer Navajo Rug Auction (FLAGSTAFF) Features 300 vintage and contemporary Navajo weavings in a variety of styles, many local weavers attend to present their works, specialists and experts will talk with consignors about their items, auctioneers from
August 8 - 10 32nd Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering (PRESCOTT) Brings the best in authentic cowboy poetry and music to the stage once again with the finest group of reciters and singers. You can catch many of the performances during FREE day sessions where attendees can meet cowboy poets and singers or choose from 3 night performances. At the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. $20. 928-713-6323. August 23 - 24 Mushroom Weekend (FLAGSTAFF) Find out the very important ways of identifying safe and unsafe mushrooms in Northern Arizona. Partake in a delicious sampling of mushroom appetizers and participate on a guided foray in Flagstaff. At the Arboretum at Flagstaff. 928-774-1442. August 31 Historic Yellow House Garden Sale & Home Tour (WILLIAMS) Featuring vendors of art, crafts, home-made cookies, bird feeders, jewelry, vintage finds, garden décor, candles, homemade bread and canned good, photography art, handmade gifts, and John’s famous cinnamon rolls! Live music and historic home tours. FREE. 602-818-6559.
Tucson and Southern Arizona 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. Don a hard hat, miner’s headlamp and yellow slicker, then head underground and back in time. 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, milliongallon 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.
July 4 Let Freedom Sing Concert (TUCSON) Celebrate America’s birthday with a concert of patriotic songs by Arts Express Choir and Orchestra, staged at Centennial Hall, University of Arizona. Show your American spirit and wear Red, White and Blue! 520-319-0400. At Fox Tucson Theatre. July 19 - 28 11th Annual Loft Kids Fest (TUCSON) Each morning, children and their parents can experience some of the best familyfriendly films of all-time, along with a fabulous animated short before every feature! Fun games, hands-on activities, live performances, great giveaways, tons-o-freepopcorn and crazy surprises. FREE. loftcinema.com/event/ loft-kids-fest/ August 10 The Return of the Mermaids: Monsoon Celebration and Mermaid Festival (TUCSON) During Tucson’s summer monsoon rainy season, folks
dress up like mermaids and mermen and gather downtown to sing and dance. FREE. facebook.com/ TucsonMermaid August 11 - 17 Hummingbirds of Arizona Tour (TUCSON) Most field trip destinations will be of particular interest to hummingbird aficionados, but songbirds, raptors, butterflies, and other wildlife that make this region so special won’t be neglected. The tour will include short presentations to give you an in-depth understanding of hummingbird natural history and identification. $1545 per person includes lodging and ground transportation for this week long excursion with Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory. sabo.org. August 29 - September 1 JOGS Fall Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show (TUCSON) One of the U.S. best selling events year after year – and one of the top markets in the country. This exciting gem and jewelry show event draws buyers and exhibitors from all over the world, products like fine and finish jewelry, silver, gold, gemstones, findings, beads, minerals, watches, fashion jewelry, gem decor, jewelry gift items will be presented on the show. At the Tucson Expo Center. 213-629-3030.
9/11 Rescue Engine
on Display at Museum of Firefighting
and PURPOSE As July rolls around each year, and the birth of the United States is celebrated, Americans tend to reflect on our collective experience as a nation. One of the moments in history that we’ve shared with each other and the entire world, was the traumatic events of September 11th. On that infamous day, the fire truck known as ‘Rescue 4’ of Queens brought eight of the New York Fire Department’s bravest men to their last call. The journey of this fire engine is quite a story — one that has been told across the country, and now resides here in Arizona, at the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting.
This rig is a 1996 HME/Saulsbury heavy rescue truck. Designed to bring specially trained Rescue Companies into the most challenging rescue situations, Rescue 4 was outfitted for disaster. Rescue 4’s crew was highly experienced, and prepared for situations that could require multi-story building rescues, bridge and tunnel collapses as well as potential use of hydraulic and SCUBA equipment. FDNY dispatched all 5 rescue companies (one from each of the five boroughs of the city) as well as 121 engine companies, 62 ladder companies and 27 fire officers on September 11, 2001. That morning, Rescue 4’s normal crew of 6 men was joined by two other firefighters who had hopped aboard to help. As one of the darkest days in American history commenced, all of the city’s rescue workers heard the call of duty and raced toward the smoking dusty mess that would become ground zero. The crew rushed into the South Tower and began climbing the stairs with their breathing apparatus, directing civilians to safety as they
Each of the five FDNY Rescue Crews designed their own logo and displayed it proudly on their rig.
Hall of Flame Museum 6101 E Van Buren St. Phoenix AZ 85008 (602) 275-3473 hallofflame.org
ascended. At 9:59am, nearly an hour after the plane struck, the building crumbled, killing all eight firefighters who had ridden in on Rescue 4. The rig itself was also damaged in the collapse, and 3 of the 5 Rescue Firetrucks were completely destroyed. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives there, including 412 emergency personnel, 343 of whom were firefighters. The story of Rescue 4 does not end there. The rig was repaired and kept in service for another 10 years after that fateful day. In 2011 the rig was scrapped, until it too was rescued. A charitable organization founded by retired firefighters pooled their money and bought the fire truck from a junkyard and lovingly restored the rig. After several years making the rounds on educational mission to schools and communities across the country, Rescue 4 has made its way to Phoenix, Arizona. In 2018, the fire truck was donated to the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting by a retired FDNY firefighter. Now, as one of the most important pieces to reside in the largest fire museum in the US, Rescue 4 continues to tell the story of one of the bravest occupations (or more accurately ways of life) in existence. See Rescue 4, and the other 130+ wheeled pieces on display in the 35,000 square feet of exhibit space. In addition, the museum boasts a fire safety learning center, and a hands-on climber for the kids, as well as exhibitions on wildland firefighting, firefighter communications, and the National Hall of Heroes which is a database of firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Learn more about Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting at www. hallofflame.org. AZ 21
A R I Z O N A’ S B E S T LAKES, WATERWAYS & WET ADVENTURES
f you’re looking for water in the desert, we’re here to point you in the right direction. Perhaps you’ve already figured out that along with a healthy admiration for A/C, sunblock, and hats, the act of being in and around water is an excellent way to stay cool. Luckily, and to the surprise of many visitors, Arizona has its fair share of lakes, rivers and water adventures to help you stay comfortably drenched. During July and August — Arizona’s monsoon season — you may even get caught in a torrential downpour. (Note of caution: the landscape is covered with washes and low roadways that can flood quickly in summer storms, so be sure to heed signs and warnings when you’re out exploring!) Here are a few of the coolest lakes, waterways and wet adventures that Arizona offers:
You’ll keep cooler just by not drying off! Arizona has several waterparks to choose from: Golfland Sunsplash in Mesa, Hurricane Harbor in Glendale, Big Surf in Tempe, Oasis Waterpark in Phoenix, Mountain Valley Splash in Prescott Valley, and Breakers Water Park in
Marana are the big ones. But there are also splashpads and pools with fun waterslides sprinkled at community parks throughout the state. There’s also mother nature’s waterpark in Sedona — also known as Slide Rock (see page 25 for our article on that beauty).
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Arizona has around 120 lakes, all but 2 of which are man-made for flood control and irrigation purposes. The two natural water bodies are Mormon Lake and Stoneman Lake which sometimes dry up depending on rainfall. Here’s a rundown of some of Arizona’s most popular recreational lakes: • Lake Powell (the 2nd largest man-made lake in the country) is known for its red rock cliffs, stunning canyon walls, and clear blue waters. • Canyon Lake, is a relatively small, picturesque lake with hidden coves, scenic rock walls and desert flora, where you can cruise on the Dolly Steamboat to see the sun set over the Superstition Mountains. • Saguaro Lake is aptly named, with saguaro cacti lining its 22 miles of shoreline. You can view the majestic saguaros and the ample wildlife while cruising on the sightseeing tour boat, the Desert Belle. • Tempe Town Lake is a well-designed urban oasis in the center of the Historic Mill Avenue district of Tempe which is just outside of Phoenix. Within walking distance of the shops and nightlife is the lake’s Beach Park recreation area. Visitors enjoy boating and paddling on small watercraft and jogging or biking around the lake as well as the festivals and activities that take place there. The annual 4th of July Celebration at Tempe Town Lake often includes a fireworks display over the lake. • Lake Havasu is the most visited Arizona lake. At 45 miles long, with lovely clear waters, and a uniquely themed central city, it attracts 2.5 million visitors a year. The lake is home to London Bridge (flown in from England and reassembled stone by stone), which connects the mainland to an island where coves, beaches and docks adorn the shoreline. • The City of Prescott is home to several lakes (including Watson Lake pictured above and to the left) whose shores are lined with boulders that seem to balance in Zen formation, giving it an extra sense of serenity. • The White Mountains region is host to several lakes whose pine forested banks and cool climate make for excellent fishing and camping. • Patagonia Lake State Park is an excellent destination in southern Arizona for family fun including swimming, boating, camping, and white sand beaches. ArizonaKEY.com
While in Arizona, you’ll want to see the Colorado River, perhaps multiple ways. You may view it from the amazing overlook at Horseshoe Bend (see article on pg. 16), but for an up-close-and-personal introduction, consider spending some time at River Island State Park where you can camp, boat, fish and swim along the shoreline from a sandy beach. If you’re searching for more adventurous time on the river, you can try a half day float trip from Glen Canyon Dam all the way to the Grand Canyon. A popular pastime for those who prefer a day of slow and easy floating in an inner tube will enjoy the Salt River where many college students on summer break opt to while away the time. If kayaking or paddle boarding are more your style, you will want to get on board with South by Southwest Adventures who will help you with gear, instruction or customized excursions to traverse the calms and rapids of the Verde River.
Arizona’s Hot Springs & Waterfalls:
Though at first glance visitors might mistake Arizona for a barren, dusty wasteland (picture tumbleweeds rolling across your path), Arizona actually boasts several waterfalls, some of which seem like secret oases. Once you find the hidden gems, be sure to jump in if swimming is allowed. A splash in an Arizona waterfall is a well-deserved reward after the hike required to find it. Some waterfalls to seek out are Fossil Creek Waterfall in Camp Verde, Wolf Creek Falls in Prescott, Tonto Natural Bridge Falls in Payson, Grand Falls (which are taller than Niagra and also known as Chocolate Falls for their siltinduced, chocolatey color), and Havasu Falls (pictured above) at the Grand Canyon. Furthermore, you might even be interested in the opportunity to take a dip in a naturally heated swimming hole. Arizona has several hot springs created by geothermally heated water rising to the surface. One easy to find hot spring is at Roper Lake State Park, and there are also springs in Safford, Tonopah and for more arduous adventurers there’s the Ringbolt Hot Springs. Keep in mind that Arizona’s surrounding air may be too hot to enjoy superheated water right now. If the goal is to seek out water for a refreshing dip or water adventure, there is an abundance. Remember, in all your explorations of Arizona waterways, be sure to bring your own water supply! In Arizona, hydration is key. AZ 24
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ne of local Arizonan’s favorite ways to stay cool is a trip to Slide Rock State Park, located six miles north of Sedona in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. The gorgeous scenery in and around the park earned a listing in Life Magazine as one of America’s ten most beautiful swimming holes. The main attraction is a long stretch of slippery creek bottom where thrill seekers can slide down slick natural water slides. There are long slides, short slides and one that ends with a deep plunge off a rock into an inviting pool of water below.
The rocks are a bit slippery, so water shoes are recommended. You’ll also want your bathing suit, towels, sun screen and a camera. If you enjoy nature and bird watching, a pair of binoculars will come in handy. Some spend their time cascading down the natural water slides, while others simply wade in the creek or enjoy the sun along the water’s edge. Fun-filled for both kids and adults, a visit to Sedona during the summer is not complete without spending a day at Slide Rock State Park. AZ SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK 6871 N. Highway 89A azstateparks.com/slide-rock. (928) 282-3034
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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. 26
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 28
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
Around Arizona event calendar July 27 2019 HarvestFest at Sonoita Vineyards (ELGIN) This is a grand all-weekend festival, with hundreds of guests participating in the activities including grape stomping competitions, horse-drawn vineyard tours, along with tastings and pairings showing off the areaâ€™s signature wines. $30. sonoitavineyards.com/ events/ July 27, August 24 Star Party at Homolovi State Park (WINSLOW) A night under the stars at Visitor Center Museum and Observatory. Free with admission, Star Parties offer a family friendly atmosphere that allows all participants to view celestial objects (planets, nebulas, stars) through a variety of telescopes. Dress warmly and be prepared to experience a sense of wonder! azstateparks.com
August 3 Annual Payson Food Truck Festival (PAYSON) A variety of different food trucks will fill the area of Green Valley Park. Enjoy this festival atmosphere with 4 live bands, life-size Jenga games, corn hole boards, beer & wine garden. paysonrimcountry.com August 8 - 9 24th Annual Native American Heritage Days (GRAND CANYON â€“ NORTH RIM) Demonstrations of Native American arts and crafts such as silversmithing, pottery, basket weaving, painting, carving, flute making and preparation of traditional foods, members and non-tribal members will offer special programs, activities, and demonstrations on a variety of subjects, ranging from ethno-botany to Native American flute playing and dance. FREE. 928-638-7739 or www.nps.gov/grca
August 11 - 17 Wedding Expo (YUMA) Shop dozens of local vendors face-to-face, see their products and services firsthand. Receive special expo only deals and discounts, plus raffles and door prizes all day. There is something for everyone. Jewelers, fashion trends, glamor, hair and makeup, designer styles, unique gifts, caterers, florists, photographers, videographers, DJs, decorators, event planners, venues and more. At the Yuma Civic Center. 928-373-5046. August 17 8th Annual Prickly Pear Festival (SUPERIOR) The festival celebrates all the edible wonders of the Sonoran Desert while showcasing the many products and health benefits of the Prickly Pear cactus. Along with festival activities, most of the local restaurants and retail merchants will have special sales and prickly pear items for sale. At Superior Town Hall. FREE. superiorarizonachamber.org
dining & entertainment
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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. 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!
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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.
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. 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 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm.
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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
Fountain Hills, AZ
his desert oasis brings you the best of the Southwest. Here the rich ever-changing colors of the desert and mountain vistas surround you. Blessed by nature, this gateway to the Sonoran Desert also features history, art festivals, culture and great golf opportunities. You literally can’t miss the West’s tallest fountain — the town centerpiece, which spouts throughout the day in 15 minute increments. Nearby independent shops and galleries make shopping out of the ordinary, whether you are seeking clothing, art, or fine jewelry, including the Arizona Amethyst, a specialty of Sami Fine Jewelry.
Just an easy 30 minute drive from the Phoenix and Scottsdale area is the West’s tallest fountain... a unique Arizona spectacle you definitely must see for yourself.
Stroll around Fountain Park, get a bird’s eye view from the Overlook Trail or enjoy the Botanical Garden nature trail. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50plus miles of trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park and the Fountain Hills Preserve. If golf is your game, take your pick of five PGA golf courses — all within minutes of one another. An extensive public art collection, history museum and two internationally recognized art festivals make Fountain Hills a Gem of the Valley If you’re interested in Native American heritage, Fort McDowell Adventures offers a range of cultural heritage tours, horseback riding, cowboy cook-outs and more. AZ
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DINE GUIDE Looking for the flavors of Arizona? CHECK OUT THESE LOCAL FAVES! CRUST 10 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler 8300 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale 480-917-4903 | 480-948-3099 crustrestaurants.com Both Crust Restaurant locations offer an authentic east coast Italian experience with classic Italian dishes created from scratch and from personal recipes handed down from friends and family. Everyone’s favorites, like chicken marsala, tortellini, and of course plenty of pizza varieties are on the menu. The Chandler location boasts a nostalgic craft cocktail lounge below called The Ostrich. BLK LIVE 7301 E. Butherus Dr, Scottsdale 480-494-5069 | blkliveaz.com This unique poolside concert venue serves up nationally-known musical artists and excellent American fare four nights a week right next to Scottsdale’s Quarter district. For food, spirits, music and happy hour specials, try this fun and high energy location for your next evening out. HAROLD’S CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 haroldscorral.com Harold’s features the finest hand carved steaks and daily delivered 42
fresh seafood. All the BBQ meats are smoked on the premises using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. The varied menu features everything from Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona. CONFLUENCE 36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ restaurantconfluence.com Confluence strives to create unique dishes using high quality foods at their seasonal peak and work directly with local farmers to bring their patrons farm to table freshness. Overcoming the challenge of serving up healthy options without sacrificing flavor, they carry on the tradition of a variety of veggie dishes from locally sourced produce. OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY 6910 E. Main St., Scottsdale 480-945-4567 oldtowntortillafactory.com This favorite is the epitome of Southwestern flair and flavor. The misted flagstone patio is shaded by 100 year-old pecan trees, giving it a timeless charm and distinctive atmosphere. Perfectly located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this tasty stop for lunch or dinner will wow you with specialties like shrimp diablo, carne de fuego, and over 120 premium tequilas!
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 Venetianstyle 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 lets you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm. RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St. Scottsdale 480-425-7787 rustyspursaloon.com Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon serves up great live country and western music daily. Inside a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank with dollar bills, license plates and Americana lining the walls, you’ll get the flavor of Arizona. Lunch served daily from 11 - 4pm. AZ
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RESTAURANT OVERVIEW — BLK LIVE — Atmosphere is everything, and this unique venue adds just the right amoung of edge to your evening. The poolside concert venue has standing room, first come seating, and VIP cabanas where guests can enjoy the high end tribute bands and national acts from every genre of music that keep this stage busy multiple nights a week. The indoor/outdoor dining adds an amazing vibe to your typical night out. But how’s the food? The chef at BLK Live has created a menu centered around top quality American beef. The name itself (BLK) is taken from the black Wagyu cattle thought to be the highest quality US certified beef available. You’ll find their BLK burger, kobe meatballs, filet and ribeye among the menu offerings. BLK Live is open Thursdays through Sundays, and from 5-7pm, and 10pm-closing on show nights, you can try the hearty Happy Hour fare: kobe sliders, calamari, street corn, pork belly and more. With four successful locations in California, BLK understands how to please the crowds with fantastic live music and excellent food, and the patio and poolside concept of the Arizona location gives the whole experience a unique spin. In addition to the 200 shows that come through each year, BLK also providea a wonderful location for corporate and private events, including weddings and even smaller parties. With a capacity of 1288 in total, they can accommodate nearly any size bash you have planned. BLK Live has been rousing patrons in the Scottsdale Quarter area of Arizona since 2015 and has become embedded in the surrounding community. In 2018, BLK Live donated $250,000 worth of concert tickets to the organization Vet Tix which allows active duty military, veterans and military families to enjoy free tickets to a variety of events. Check out this fun and exciting restaurant / music hall to get the full flavor of a night out on the town in Scottsdale. www.blkliveaz.com | 36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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: The Addams Family (at the Herberger) Through July 6, 2019 Sister Act (at the Herberger) July 26 - August 24, 2019 ARIZONA OPERA 1636 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 266-7464 (Phoenix) • azopera.org (520) 293-4336 (Tucson) Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each season. Arizona Opera is among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city. PRESENTING: Opera & Gelato Film Festival Series The Little Prince – July 28, 2019 Fidelio – August 25, 2019 HALE CENTER THEATRE 50 West Page Avenue, Gilbert, AZ 85233 (480) 497-1181 • haletheatrearizona.com This favorite family theatre company brings community theatre to the next level. The intimate theatre in the round style and high production values garner many positive accolades. PRESENTING: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang July 5 - August 17, 2019 Bright Star August 23 - October 5, 2019
HERBERGER THEATER CENTER 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 252-8497 • herbergertheater.org The Herberger Theater Center is a premier performance venue with multiple stages. Center Stage seats 800; Stage West accommodates 320 and there is also a Performance Outreach Theater (Kax Stage) which seats 120 in a versatile ‘black box’ space. PRESENTING: Matilda by Valley Youth Theatre August 9 - August 25, 2019 MESA ARTS CENTER One E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201 (480) 644-6500 • mesaartscenter.com The Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the City of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning, international award winning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona’s largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons, and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes. The facility is an architectural showpiece and a destination for visitors to the Phoenix area. PRESENTING: Ice Fantasy: Where Cirque Meets Ice July 26 - July 28, 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: Spamilton June 12 - August 11, 2019
O N S TAG E I N A Z Spamilton: An American Parody
Spamilton: An American Parody by Gerard Alessandrini
erard Alessandrini is the comic mastermind behind the long-running hits Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood. His latest creation, Spamilton: An American Parody, is a loving send-up of the popular musical Hamilton and specifically of Hamilton’s creater and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s catapult to fame as a theatre icon, and the overwhelming, ‘overnight’ success of both.
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SPAMILTON (602) 254-2151
Performing in Phoenix, Arizona 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85004 Through August 11, 2019
AN AMERICAN PARODY
The lighthearted parody uses a versatile cast of seven performers to sing, dance and rap about many familiar broadway hits, as well as pop culture in general. In his patent style, Gerard Alessandrini’s spoof is layered with wit and references that will delight and entertain all levels of audience members, from completely broadway-immersed thespians to occasional theatre-goers. Even first-timers will thoroughly appreciate the hilarious and energetic numbers on their own merit.
Miranda himself tweeting “I laughed my brains out” about Spamilton. The Phoenix Theatre Company is presenting the Southwest Regional premiere of the North American tour of Spamilton: An American Parody through August 11th. The Phoenix Theatre Company, founded in 1920, is the first arts organization in Arizona, and the largest professional theatre company in the state.
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WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO? ARIZONA COPPER ART MUSEUM – This unique museum strives to ‘tell the story of copper through art’ taking guests on a visual journey by way of nearly 6,000 pieces of art and artifacts that the museum holds. Copper is an integral part of Arizona’s history and has had a major economic impact on the region. The town of Clarkdale hosts the Arizona Copper Art Museum and the exhibits hold everything from church bells to military artifacts to ornate vessels. The world’s oldest metal in all of its incarnations are on display in the former high school of the charming town of Clarkdale. 849 Main St., Clarkdale, AZ | 928-6491858. MUSEUM OF THE HORSE SOLDIER Those who love horses and history will delight in the Museum of the Horse Soldier. Co-Founder and Director Rae Whitley has amassed thousands of fascinating objects and artifacts from the life of the US mounted military service, both 46
horses and men, have been meticulously collected and displayed. Why? Rae wanted this museum to preserve the history and honor the service of US mounted warriors. At this museum, the horse is more than a trusty sidekick and thier contributions are showcased for guests to learn about the life and times of equine soldiers throughout our history. Open Wednesdays through Sundays with guided tours primarily from 11am2pm, the museum offers engaging exhibitions that allow an in depth look at the men and horses that made up the cavalry. 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road, Tucson, AZ 520-722-2706. BIG SURF WATERPARK – This family friendly water park opened in 1969 and has been delighting generations of families for decades with their heart-pumping water features for daredevils, their kid friendly smaller slides for little sliders under 48 inches, and especially their Waikiki Beach Wave Pool. As the largest Wave Pool in the state (and 3rd largest in the US), Big Surf offers guests the opportunity to experience surfing in the desert! Surfing
and Boogie Board sessions are scheduled throughout the day giving patrons the opportunity to learn to surf from seasoned surfers (at a per session rate) or even purchase a Surfing Membership to enjoy Surf Sessions throughout the entire surf season. Both boogie boards and surfboards are available to rent so head on out to Tempe and ride the wave this summer! 1500 N. McClintock Dr./Hayden Rd. Tempe, AZ, 85281 | 480-994-2297. iFLY PHOENIX – The goal of this popular Phoenix attraction is to“bring the dream of flight to everyone.” A fully enclosed vertical wind tunnel makes this dream into a reality for people of all ages and abilities. Described as similar to skydiving, tunnel flying gets as close to human flight as possible and for many becomes a competitive sport. You can try it yourself to check it off the bucket list, but iFly hopes you’ll become a continual learner, and with deals for return visits and groups over 6, this unique experience is both memorable and affordable! 9206 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 | 480-712-4359. AZ
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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 48
within close proximity to the parks, attractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ
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Sedona 1. PINK JEEP TOURS – Pink Jeep’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 55 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. 833-314-7465. 2. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK – Watch exotic animals roam in spacious habitats plus exciting shows like Tiger Splash & Predator Feed. Use Promo code AZKEY19 for special savings. 928-567-2840. 3. SOUND BITES GRILL – Known for daily live music with headliners like Esteban, this musical haven also boasts incredible views of Sedona’s red rocks, fantastic fresh seafood options and hand-cut steaks. All this and incredible happy hour deals make this rockin’ place one of Sedona’s favorites. 928-282-2713. 4. TLAQUEPAQUE – Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village is home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, all enclosed in a compound of Spanishstyle buildings. Known as 50
“The Art and Soul of Sedona,” this is a not-to-be-missed Sedona experience! 928-282-4838.
and of course great slot and table gaming. Voted Arizona’s #1 Casino 18 years in a row! 800-381-SLOT.
5. SEDONA ROUGE HOTEL & SPA – Unwind in spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and hotel suites. Feast upon modern cuisine and delicious comfort foods at REDS Restaurant. Relax and rejuvenate your mind & body at the luxurious Sedona Spa. Call 866-312-4111.
8. EXPOSURES INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF FINE ART – Enjoy a diversity of art including amazing bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic paintings, fine art jewelry, and an array of glass art. Exposures International Gallery has an impressive 20,000 square feet of art display that includes every style from classical to contemporary. For more info call 800-526-7668.
6. SEDONA AIR TOURS – The most-trusted and well known helicopter and airplane tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jet-powered helicopter to view the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona, or fly to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Skywalk in an airplane. 888.866.7433. 7. CLIFF CASTLE CASINO – On the way to Sedona, you’ll find this convenient entertainment destination: Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. Enjoy fun for the whole family including Bowling, Kid’s Quest, fabulous dining, newly renovated accommodations
9. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK – Slide Rock provides a natural water slide that invites everyone to be a kid again. Shaded by cottonwoods and sycamores along the canyon walls, hikers can explore the trails. 928-282-3034 10. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS – One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks, the Chapel rises two-hundred feet above ground surface between two red rock formations that accentuate its 90-foot tall cross. Must-see. AZ
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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
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, overcivilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”—John Muir
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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
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES 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, 928567-2840 (See Page 51 for coupon) ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular off-road tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Tour. 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 Adventure! Checking out Sedona, Camp Verde, Jerome, Flagstaff, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Williams or Flagstaff? Start at Holiday Inn Express — Sedona!
Grand Canyon The
“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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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 75 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. 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 60
day of shopping and dining. www.goglendaleaz.com. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. BOOTS AND BIKES The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert 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. For info. call 623-932-3811.
8. 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 district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! DDCAZ.com/west-valley. 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’. For more info call 480-488-1906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. 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. 4. 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 62
remains a cultural and art hub. www.visitcarefree.com 5. 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. 6. THE RARE EARTH GALLERY – As the name implies, this Cave Creek gallery showcases rare art and treasure from the earth. You are likely to see giant geodes, crystals and fossils that become epic art pieces for those who appreciate one of a kind beauty. For info call 480-575-4360.
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 AZ, full of folklore passed down over the years. AZ
7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to come a bit closer. Arts and culture aficionados will appreciate. 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
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RESTAURANT OVERVIEW When visiting an area for the first time, it’s fun to get a feel for the local flavors by trying out a restaurant that residents recommend. Here’s one to check out... Confluence, formerly known as Café Bink is a delightful indoor / outdoor restaurant in the charming town of Carefree, Arizona. The husband and wife owners, Brandon and Victoria Gauthier, have a new concept for the Modern American restaurant. The Chef’s tasting menu changes every few weeks ensuring that there is always something exciting for foodies to delight in. Their regular menu offers several distinctively delectable tastes, including: bison tartare with prickly pear, onion, shishito pepper and lavosh; a bite of smoked octopus with grapefruit, fennel and radish; and iberico pluma (a melt-in-your-mouth pork) with eggplant, scallion and miso. The sophisticated appetizers and relaxing atmosphere make this a good choice for lunch with friends or a romantic dinner. They boast a charming patio which is warmed on cool nights by the hanging lights and the roaring fire. The mountain views from the patio are lovely and the cozy bistro interior creates an intimate dining atmosphere. Chef Brandon, in his “spare time”, enjoys fly fishing and this is where the name was dreamed up. Along with his wife, who will be running the front of the house, they felt the word Confluence has meaning. Two rivers coming together: they both trained for many years under Chef Binkley, and have now merged into one and are making their dream happen: owning their own restaurant. The Gauthiers strive to create unique dishes using high quality foods at their seasonal peak and work directly with local farmers to bring their patrons farm to table freshness. Overcoming the challenge of serving up healthy options without sacrificing flavor, they carry on the tradition of a wide offering of vegetable dishes from locally sourced produce. www.restaurantconfluence.com | 36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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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
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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 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 66
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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 68
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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 70 70
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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LUNAR HISTORY Almost fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, Americans landed on the moon. The decade leading to that historic accomplishment, spurred by President Kennedy’s vision of Americans conquering the final frontier, included research, training and simulations near Flagstaff, Arizona. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ
s a lead-up to national celebrations of the upcoming 50th anniversary of our lunar landing of Apollo 11, the city of Flagstaff is being recognized for its role in helping astronauts prepare for Moon Missions. Beginning with a Lunar Legacy Launch Event at the Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff on July 20, 2018, the general public will be treated to presentations by special guests, activities, and music in celebration of the auspicious anniversary. Much of the tremendous preparation that took place from 1963 until the time that humanity first set foot on the moon happened right here in Arizona. The US Geological Survey opened a Branch of Astrogeology in Flagstaff to create maps of the moon and provide a place for astronauts to train in moon landing simulations. How did the Ponderosa Pineforests of Northern Arizona replicate the surface of the moon, you might ask. Well, the volcanic composition of the cinder fields near Flagstaff made it a perfect location for lunar training. Geologists used explosives to simulate the moon’s surface at Cinder Lake. The very authentic looking moon craters that scientists created were modeled after actual moon craters they saw using telescopes such as Lowell Observatory’s historic 24-inch Clark Refracting Telescope, as well as telescopes at Northern Arizona University and the US Naval Observatory’s Flagstaff Station. The recently refurbished Clark Telescope is still in use today, and can be seen as part of Lowell Observatory’s daily guided tours. Scientists from NASA and US Geological Survey used the life-sized moon model they had made to teach astronauts about what they might encounter on the moon. Famed astronauts from various Apollo missions practiced soil sampling techniques and used moon rover vehicles with Arizona as their backdrop, while they imagined walking on the moon. 72
Pictured: Paul Calle (1928-2010), The Great Moment, c. 1963, oil on masonite, Collection of the Orlando Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John J. McMullen. Copyright The Paul Calle Estate. Exhibited at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West through October 20, 2019
Explore some of what made Northern Arizona such an amazing place to study and prepare for a moon landing: w The Lowell Observatory: See artifacts and learn about the moon maps created for the Apollo Program inside Lowell Observatory’s Rotunda Museum (pictured at left). Visit Lowell Observatory’s Putnam Collection Center to see exhibits of important contributions to the Apollo Program. w Meteor Crater: Put yourself in an astronaut’s shoes. Like the astronauts who imagined themselves on the moon in preparation for their moonwalk, you can experience the other-worldly feeling of walking on the moon by walking along the rim of this giant crater. Inside the Visitor Discovery Center you can see exhibits from the Apollo astronaut training program. w Sunset Crater Volcano: Visit this beautiful national monument and learn more about cinder cones and the geologic phenomena that occured there. Other ways you can appreciate the Arizona’s Lunar History: w Stellar Adventures: Take one of Arizona’s most unique nighttime expeditions, a Stargazing Tour where you can view the greatest wonders of our night skies over the Sonoran Desert. You’ll depart in a M1009 Blazer and head into the stillness of the desert. Far away from the city lights you’ll get an amazing view of the stars, and you’ll have the opportunity to view the heavens through a telescope. In addition, you’ll have access to night-vision equipment to see the wildlife that come out to play in the moonlight. w Scottsdale’s Museum of the West: This museum currently exhibits Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon which encompasses Calle’s body of work, and showcases his art for NASA. With exclusive pre-launch access to the astonauts of the Apollo 11 mission, Calle created the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp that many will recognize. w Get out and explore after dark: Arizona has more certified Dark Sky locations than any other state — 14 communities and parks including: Flagstaff, Fountain Hills, Sedona, Camp Verde, the Village of Oak Creek, Sunset Crater and Oracle State Park, among others. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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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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breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of BISBEE – located 90 miles southeast of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a State Historic Park, and time when the Wild West was blossoming. the Santa Cruz River – a Famous for the historic Copper Queen favorite spot for many Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this birdwatchers. southwestern gem lets you relish in art 520-398-2704 galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to TUCSON – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, the wonderfully restored Victorian Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. neighborhoods set on the hillsides will The city also has an extensive arts community, transport you to Europe. Learn more at world-class accommodations and spas, and a www.discoverbisbee.com. 520-432-3554 growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary TOMBSTONE – founded in 1877, the Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home infamous gunfight at the OK Corral. Step to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you back in time and enjoy its notorious entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ 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 TUBAC – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owned restaurants and comfortable bed and
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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 76 76
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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he town of Bisbee is known as a progressive and free-spirited town. The art and culture in the area is what make Bisbee such an amazing place to be. There are murals on different corners, colorful houses, beautiful historic architecture and a collective of local artists and musicians within the town. In order to further promote this innovative and creative spirit of Bisbee, the town has a registered Arts and Culture district. This classification not only enhances the appreciation for the arts in the area, but it also accepts the art, culture, history and heritage as vital to the town’s character.
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The editors of SUNSET Magazine have selected Bisbee as the Best Small Town of 2016 in their annual feature of the best hometowns in the West in February and USA Today has designated Bisbee as the Best Historic Small Town in America as determined by their readers. USA Today created this nationwide search because “The USA has a rich and exciting history, and visiting the places which most affected it is so much more fun than reading about it. These 10 winners in the category Best Historic Small Town have big histories and small populations – fewer than 25,000 people – making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation’s past.” The nomination was carefully made by an Expert USA Today panel and the public voted for this honor.
BISBEE’S TOP ACCOLADES: Best Places To Go in 2018 – Frommer’s
e chose Bisbee because it’s one of the most interesting small towns in the American West. It has a rich mining history that epitomizes the Old West, and in some ways it can feel like time stopped there, yet that comes with a creative community that’s vibrant and modern. Its location in the Mule Mountains means its temperatures are usually comfortable year-round, and the ecosystems in the surrounding canyons are surprisingly diverse. We think Bisbee is unique enough to deserve recognition from a worldwide audience. – Pauline Frommer, President of FrommerMedia
Located 90 miles Southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is essentially a ‘franchisefree’ community that welcomes tourists to experience a genuine (some say quirky) lifestyle with terrific food & drink, great art and artists, lots of festivals, and unique family owned places to stay. While you won’t find major chains and outlets lining the narrow streets of Bisbee, as you emerge from the tunnel that leads you into town you will surely be impressed by the quaint historic cottages clustered on the hillside and the bustling Main Street shops and galleries that welcome you when you enter this old mining town turned artist’s-haven. The town invites people to come and ‘Be Bisbee’ (the town’s slogan) and take the time to expereince why they Best Historic Small Town are on so many publications’ ‘best small town’ lists – take time to discover in America – USA Today Bisbee. AZ Best small town to live in For more information please visit www.discoverbisbee.com. the West – Sunset Magazine
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. 79
BY JOHNNY FENTON, M.A. CONCIERGE, OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL RESORT
AZ Visitors Ask The Expert Johnny, a 38 year resident of Arizona, is past president of the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, and a member of the National Concierge Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A.
uestion: What are your top picks for a memorable summer vacation in Arizona this
year? (Some skip the Google search and opt for the curated opinions at the Concierge Desk.) nswer: Many of our visitors are first-timers to “the Valentine State,” (We became the 48th state on February 14, 1912), while a significant number are ‘boomerang’ guests, returning to add experiences the calendar didn’t permit on the first time around. So we often flip the script to suggest both the classic and the currently trending adventures in Southwestern sightseeing pleasures that abound throughout the state.
Since the dawn of the automobile age, touring U.S. national parks has been the quintessential family summer vacation. And there is no more “classic” park experience than a thrilling visit to the south rim of the Grand Canyon — especially this year as the Grand Canyon, (millions of years in formation), celebrates its 100th year as a national park. It is also the 150th anniversary of the John Wesley Powell Expedition, the first to navigate the entire 1,450 miles of the Colorado River which carved the Canyon. Last year some 6.3 million visitors to the park took a traditional self-guided walking tour along its rim; or rafted on the Colorado River; or rode on a ranger-led mule string down to the Canyon floor and the Phantom Ranch, the only lodging below the rim. Along the way visitors may encounter some members of one or more of the dozen Native American tribes calling the Canyon their home for thousands of years. Many travelers choose to dine at the historic El Tovar at the Canyon’s edge, taking in its magnificent artwork and century-old hospitality reminiscent of the ‘Golden Age of the Railroads’ when it was built. The savvy traveler knows to enjoy the IMAX presentation (exclusive to the Park) encapsulating and simulating the total Canyon experience for a unique adrenaline rush. And now there is a new thrill for returning ‘Canyonphiles’ or those who just want to skip the tour bus crowd, if you head for the Grand Canyon National Park Airport’s terminal. Healthy adults over 18 who are adrenaline junkies with no previous experience and a few minutes of training can tandem jump from a plane at Paragon Skydive over the widest, deepest and most colorful part of the Grand Canyon free falling from 15,000 ft. at up to 136 miles per hour with a surprisingly smooth transition as the parachute opens creating a peaceful canopy flight among the clouds and descending to earth. Tandem instructors are USPA qualified and have completed thousands of jumps in varied conditions. Their priority is to provide a safe, memorable and fun experience for the customer. Prices range from $300 to $480. www.paragon-skydive.com A tech trick to heighten your experience when taking in the great outdoors (whether on hikes, horseback, bikes, boats or tours) are the following apps which can enhance the moment: Merlin Bird I.D., an app curated by Cornell University, and I Naturalist, an app identifying area plants and animals curated by National Geographic. 80
Worry not! Water wonderlands abound for adults even in the desert — even in the midst of the urban jumble known as greater Phoenix (the fifth largest city in the U.S.) Splash around at one of the many area pool parties for a manageable summer slice of urban oasis. “OH,” the retro-chic pool at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, has a fun vibe and folks in fashion swim wear milling about near their rented cabanas or daybeds. Sessions Saturdays and Recovery Sundays showcase DJs from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Cabanas reserve daily for 8 guests at $150$360 per day, and daybeds reserve for 4 guests at $80-$130 per day with taxes not included. www.hotelvalleyho.com Phoenix is home to another of the most popular pool parties that takes place at the rooftop Lustre Bar at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Relax on the lower deck’s complimentary lounge chairs or visit the bar and enjoy a craft cocktail, a spirit-proof drink and a selection of creative snacks. Weekdays from 4-6 p.m. enjoy a poolside happy hour with food and drink specials. And book a cabana or poolside couch and listen to the DJs and bands. Check their online calendar at www.lustrerooftopbar.com A world of discovery awaits families whose children want to experience the West of the 1890’s when Arizona was still a territory and the stagecoaches and railroads were lacing their way through the mountains and valleys carrying cowboys and miners in pursuit of gold and silver. Goldfield Ghost Town is the Valley’s only authentic ghost town, residing outside Apache Junction about 40 minutes east of Phoenix. Here the family can board a narrow gauge train or jeep for tours, pan for gold, zipline, visit an Old West Shooting Gallery, take a hard rock mining tour, sit for some vintage photos and prowl through a general store, blacksmith shop and sooth a parched summer throat at the local ice cream parlor daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.goldfieldghosttown.com
Not “Surf’s Up!”— but “Sands up!” is a phrase that fits a recent summer sport craze. It’s sandboarding! So if you need a board, stop in at Slip Face Sandboard Shop in Lake Havasu www.slipfacesandboards. com on your way to the gateway of the Imperial Sand Dunes, 20 minutes outside of Yuma. This national recreation area is one of the nation’s largest mass of eye-catching inland sand dunes extending 40 miles along the western border of Arizona and the eastern edge of California’s Imperial Valley under the direction of the Bureau of Land Management. This is also a popular ATV and hiking recreational area. Not to be missed by first-timers to Yuma however, is its number one attraction — the infamous Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. www.visityuma.com AZ
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