ARIZONAâ€™S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES
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MA G AZ I NE June 2019
TAKE A RIDE to the Pines HON-DAH BIKE RALLY
at Slide Rock STAT E PA R K
Before he won the hearts of Americans
he captured the soul of the West.
See the incredible work of Barry Goldwater — and so many other legendary artists — at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection Through March, 2020 Visit us and See the West from a whole New Perspective.
3830 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ | 480.686.9539 SCOTTSDALEMUSEUMWEST.ORG
Artwork Credits: Barry M. Goldwater, Navajo Pony, 1938, and The Navajo, 1938. Both images courtesy of the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation. Museum building photo by Bill Timmerman, courtesy Studio Ma, Architect.
Experience Music Like Never Before
Don’t miss these Signature Events at MIM Experience Polynesia May 11 & 12 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Spend your weekend at MIM and get a taste of Polynesian music and culture. From Tahitian tunes to Hawaiian hula, discover music and dance of the Pacific Islands.
Musical Icons: Johnny Cash and June Carter June 22 & 23 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. In honor of June Carter’s 90th birthday, come and listen to Curator Talks, enjoy film screenings, and discover more about these two American musical icons.
Experience France July 13 & 14 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Celebrate Bastille Day and French culture at MIM. Enjoy live musical performances, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store, and indulge in a Frenchinspired menu at our café. Vive la France!
Experience Cultural Programs are sponsored by
MIM.org | Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ @MIMphx
Native American Art and Home Decor
Old Town Scottsdale Main St. & Scottsdale Rd.
3925 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85251
480-990-1808 email@example.com The Original Gilbert Ortega Gallery, not affiliated with other Ortega locations. Donâ€™t scrap your Native American jewelry & silver, come see us first.
CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | Monthly Guide to Arizona | ArizonaKEY.com
on the cover Jaguar Habitat and more at BEARIZONA page 20
Play in the Pines
at HON-DAH RESORT & CASINO page 26
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Governor Doug Ducey’s Letter Grand Canyon Centennial Keep Cool at Slide Rock Park Unique Ways to Spend the Day Jaguars, Bears and More Cool Ride to Hon-Dah Resort On Stage: Things I Know to Be True Custom Arizona Wine Tours Camping Out in the Wild Sami’s Down to Earth Jewels History and Mystery in Carefree Kayaking on Watson Lake Arizona’s Lunar History Concierge Corner
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Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ Tucson & Southern AZ Performing Arts Events Arizona KEYMagazine
Arizona’s got sun. We’ve got the fun. Whether you’re visiting or you live here part-time, Cliff Castle Casino Hotel is the perfect hub for your Arizona adventure. Sedona, Wine Country and Historical sites are within easy reach from our ideal location. And if you want to play games, we’ve got plenty of them! • 6-story, 122-room hotel and 80-room Lodge • Newest, most popular slot machines; Blackjack and Poker • One of the largest non-smoking slot areas in Arizona • Family fun amenities • 4 restaurants offering casual to upscale dining
800.381.7568 | I-17, Exit 289 • Just south of Sedona
Must be 21 or older to play. Please play responsibly. © Cliff Castle Casino Hotel
letter from the GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA
Aquarium in Arizona!
OdySeaAquarium.com | 480.291.8000 | 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Discover the compelling human stories told through authentic artifacts and recreations of the shipâ€™s interior.
Opens in May Located next to OdySea AquariumÂŽ
ButterflyWonderland.com | 480.800.3000 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
TitanicAZ.com | 480.291.5082 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
CONTENTS Sedona, Prescott and North Central AZ
Williams, Flagstaff and Northern AZ
Tucson and Southern AZ
90 Phoenix, Scottsdale and Central AZ
of Arizonaâ€™s Natural Wonder
his year the Grand Canyon National Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. In honor of the Centennial milestone, the Grand Canyon Conservancy and the Grand Canyon National Park will host a variety of events throughout the year at the canyon and in cities around Arizona.
people left behind dwellings and other artifacts that signify their presence, and modern tribes still consider the Grand Canyon their homeland today. The important work that has taken place over the past century of preserving this natural wonder for generations to come is worthy of celebration.
The actual date of the Grand Canyon becoming a National Park was February 26, 1919 â€” just three years after the inception of the National Park Service itself. On the anniversary date in 2019, there will be a Centennial Celebration at the canyon. Many other special events are scheduled throughout 2019 to commemorate this historic achievement.
In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a work program for the poor during the Great Depression. The important work these companies of men completed included trail construction, erosion control, tree planting, park development and fire fighting measures; all while they too lived and worked in the canyon. The 9 years that the CCC operated were considered among the most productive and successful of the social programs during that time period.
For thousands of years, people have called the canyon their home. The ancestral Puebloan
Throughout the centennial year, visitors can look forward to such special events as Exhibits (through September); Symphony performances (January and March); Storytelling (April); and FREE admission days (January 15th, April 20th, and September 28th). AZ
The labor of love performed by the CCC is visible in this section of Grand Canyon Park wall. ArizonaKEY.com
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Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ Sedona Glendale Cave Creek & Carefree Prescott Northern Arizona Southern Arizona
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Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ Fountain Hills, AZ Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ Grand Canyon Williams, AZ Northern AZ Tucson & Southern AZ Bisbee, AZ
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keep cool at slide rock
s the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to consider a trek to Slide Rock State Park, located six miles north of Sedona in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. The gorgeous scenery in and around the park earned a listing in Life Magazine as one of America’s ten most beautiful swimming holes. The main attraction is a long stretch of slippery creek bottom where thrill seekers can slide down slick natural water slides. There are long slides, short slides and one that ends with a deep plunge off a rock into an inviting pool of water below.
The rocks are a bit slippery, so water shoes are recommended. You’ll also want your bathing suit, towels, sun screen and a camera. If you enjoy nature and bird watching, a pair of binoculars will come in handy. Some spend their time cascading down the natural water slides, while others simply wade in the creek or enjoy the sun along the water’s edge. Fun-filled for both kids and adults, a visit to Sedona during the summer is not complete without spending a day at Slide Rock State Park. AZ SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK 6871 N. Highway 89A azstateparks.com/slide-rock. (928) 282-3034
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hether you’re celebrating with family or adventuring with friends, why not take advantage of the lovely Arizona weather and all the amazing things there are to do here. If you’re short on ideas, here are a few of our best! 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 oneof-a-kind experience. At Hot Air Expeditions, 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 delightful macaroons and 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). Arizona KEYMagazine
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. 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 second-hand 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 ArizonaKEY.com
American art, decor and furniture, that will remind you of your trip to the desert. 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. Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West allows for exploration of the history, art, and rich cultural heritage of the west, including Hopi pottery masterworks, an incredible array of cowboy life artifacts, and two stories of incredible exhibits. 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!
T o S pend 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 youâ€™d rather relax and stick to the paved path, you can have an experienced guide show you all of Arizonaâ€™s most beautiful nooks and crannies on a customized personal tour with Arizona Scenic Tours. 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. DUE NORTH For a relaxing outdoorsy experience, 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. 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.
& 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. ENCORE! 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 52 for selections such as Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria with professional dinner showings of audience-favorite musicals like Guys and Dolls and The Addams Family. Phoenix Theatre is the largest producing regional theatre in the area and offers over 400 performances on mutiple stages each year such as upcoming productions of Once and Spamilton. AZ
TAKE TO THE SPA A classic choice is to treat mom to 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
event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ
MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-andpersonal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480.478.6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit MIM.org.
May 2019 Concerts: Patricia Barber Wednesday, May 15, 2019| 7:00 p.m. Description: “Few performers in or out of jazz are as consistently brilliant as Patricia Barber. . . . Brainy. Beautiful.” —JazzTimes Davina and the Vagabonds Thursday, May 30, 2019| 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $35.50–$45.50 Description: With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, Davina and the Vagabonds, is converting audiences one show at a time. June 2019 Concerts
Davina and the Vagabonds JD Souther
JD Souther Friday, June 7, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $48.50–$63.50 Description: John David “JD” Souther was one of the principal architects of the Southern California country-rock sound and is one of the most respected songwriters in American music. Anoushka Shankar: Land of Gold Saturday, June 15, 2019 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $33.50–$58.50 Description: Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is a singular figure in the Indian classical and progressive world music scenes.
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES MAY & JUNE 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. MAY & JUNE Point of View at Wonderspaces Arizona (SCOTTSDALE) An immersive art experience that is roughly 80 minutes long. Thirteen artists from around the world present visitors with experiential installations including a virtual reality dinner party and a piece that encourages digital painting through body movement. Weekday Tickets $19 / Nights & Weekends $24. Timed entry every 15 minutes. Sun-Thur 10am10pm and Fri & Sat 10am10:30pm at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. TUESDAY - SUNDAY Special Exhibits with Western Spirit (SCOTTSDALE) A diverse collection of special exhibitions with varied themes on Western Art. From
“Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater” to “Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon” to “Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art” and more. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a wine tasting and live music cruising on the Desert Belle! Call 480-984-2425 and mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 47). THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at Harold’s Corral, 8pm-11pm, 480-488-1906. May 4 Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Derby Dayclub (PHOENIX) At Turf Paradise Race Track. The biggest Kentucky Derby party in Arizona has live racing and betting. Place your bes on-site for the Kentucky Derby which will
be broadcast live. Tickets $30-$60. www.thepoloparty. com/derby-dayclub. May 4 Beat the Feet at OdySea (SCOTTSDALE) Free live cultural music and dance presentation in the courtyard at OdySea in the Desert. 1pm-5pm. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the day. Visit: odyseainthedesert.com Through May 5 Monster Fish at OdySea (SCOTTSDALE) This special exhibition proves that monsters are real! National Geographic explorer, Zeb Hogan, is famous for his research of bizarre and extraordinary species of giant freshwater fish. This fascinating exhibition based on the TV program incorporates life-sized sculptures, video installations and illustrations that reveal the biology and behaviors of these mysterious creatures. See this exhibition (included with aquarium admission) before it leaves. Visit odyseaaquarium.com Image © Tim Zeltner/i2iart.com
On View March 29 through May 12, 2019 at 21 N. Frontier St. | Wickenburg, AZ westernmuseum.org ArizonaKEY.com
SEE BEARS & MORE
Just a quick jaunt to north central Arizona and you’ll find not only respite from the warmer temperatures of the lower elevations, you’ll also see an incredible variety of wildlife in their element at Bearizona Wildlife Park. Located in Williams, Arizona, which is nick-named the Gateway to the Grand Canyon for it’s convenient proximity to the must-see landmark, this walk-around / drive-around / up-close-andpersonal animal habitat is home to a surprising number of animals... in addition to their namesake — bears! Strict bear-lovers will not be disappointed of course, with the ability to see both large bears lolling about the drive-through area, and younger cubs frolicking in the smaller enclosures visible in the 20 acre walk-thru area, Fort Bearizona.
daily. Bus riders have the added benefit of open air windows (awesome for photo opps.) and an experienced tour guide to bring them into the animal habitats.
After an amazing spin through the drive around portion of the park, visitors will want to stretch their legs among smaller animal varieties. Not only can guests walk about the exhibits at their leisure, they can also take part in several ‘Keeper
Along the drive down the gravel path, visitors will steer their way through 160 acres of Ponderosa Pine Forest to view the animals along the 3 mile route which include: Black Bears, White and Brown Bison, Alaskan Tundra and Arctic Wolves, Rocky Mountain Goats, Reindeer, Big Horn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk, Mule Deer and American Burros. Vehicles must be fully enclosed and have operational windows, but motorcyclists and convertible owners can easily hop on the ‘Wild Ride Bus Tour’ that departs multiple times 20
BEARIZONA 1500 E Route 66 Williams, AZ 928-635-2289 bearizona.com
Also included in your visit to Bearizona in the spring and summer are several dramatic free flight bird shows which will bring you face to face with hawks, owl, falcons and other raptors. To plan your visit and learn more, visit www.bearizona.com. AZ
Chatsâ€™ throughout the day where keepers bring certain animals out for a closer look and additional information. Although in most cases guests do not actually touch the animals that are brought out by the keepers, you can be sure to get a very personal view in the meet-n-greets with otters, raccoons, baby animals and more.
BRINGING THE WILD BACK TO THE WEST
event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ face painted or get crafty. Several PRIZE Drawings throughout the Festival. Visit: odyseainthedesert.com
May 12th Special! OdySea Aquarium says “We Love You Mom!” on Mother’s Day with a special $10 savings for all Moms for one day admission tickets available onsite at the Aquarium Ticket Windows. Celebrate Mom by making wonderful family memories at OdySea Aquarium! May 5 May 11 Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Movies in the Desert at Festival (PHOENIX) Baile OdySea (SCOTTSDALE) Free Folklorico, lucha libre, plus family event with music, food vendors and exhibitors games and prizes beginning and music stage. $5 GA at 5pm. Cox presents “The before 5pm; $10 GA after Little Mermaid” showing at 5pm; kids 10 and under 6:30pm. Bring lawn chairs FREE with paid admission. and enjoy the day. Visit: ARIZONA Begins at noon. Visit odyseainthedesert.com RENAISSANCE cincophx.com. FESTIVAL May 11 May 5 - 11 Mom-A-Palooza at Carefree Spring OdySea (SCOTTSDALE) SatWeek & Sun Restaurant Odysea in the Desert and (CAREFREE) Savor the flavors Family Fun Arizona host this 10am-6pm of the Town of Carefree with FREE event for Mom and pre-fixe pricing at Carefree’s the whole family featuring fine restaurants. $18 for a a Fashion Show, Live 2-course lunch, 3-course Entertainment, Massages, dinners for $35 or 4-course Manicures, Makeup and dinners for $45 per person. all things MOM! Enjoy (excluding alcohol). Visit music and shopping while carefreerestaurants.com the kids bounce in the bounce houses, get their 22
May 11 - 12 Experience Polynesia at MIM (PHOENIX) The Musical Instrument Museum highlights Polynesian music and culture from Tahitian tunes to Hawaiian hula. 9am-5pm activities are included with museum admission. Visit: mim.org. Through May 12 Electric Desert - A Light and Sound Experience by Klip Collective (PHOENIX) A special evening only exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens wows viewers with an immersive nighttime experience through the garden. www.dbg.org/ electric-desert. May 12 Mother’s Day at Butterfly Wonderland (SCOTTSDALE) Celebrate Mom among 3,000 butterflies! Moms receive $3 off admission and can enter a raffle to win Vera Bradley “Butterfly Flutter” luggage. Music by Scottsdale Strings Quartet from 11am3pm in the Conservatory. (480) 800-3000. Visit: butterflywonderland.com. May 17 - 26 Arizona Spring Restaurant Week (PHOENIX) Pre-fixe pricing on three course meals at the finest restaurants throughout the state. $33 or
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES $44 per person (excluding tax and gratuities) at participating restaurants. Visit arizonarestaurantweek. com May 18 Suds and Slides (MESA) This 21 and older only event features ice cold beer, spirits, water slides, summer bites, and grown up games. $15 online and $20 day of. Visit sudsandslides.com May 25 - 27 Mighty Mike Monster Take Over at OdySea (SCOTTSDALE) Included with paid Aquarium admission: See the largest alligator in North America (outside of Florida), Mighty Mike!! At 14 feet long and 800 pounds this big guy will be a resident of OdySea Aquarium for the next 12 months, but the celebration to welcome Mike to the desert begins Memorial Day Weekend!! Guests can enjoy live interpretive talks about Mighty Mike at his exhibit throughout the day and special feedings as well. This massive reptile is a true ambassador for his species – which was endangered for decades. Mighty Mike is a sight to see! Don’t miss a chance to visit this awesome animal. Visit: odyseainthedesert.com May 25 - 27 Memorial Day Weekend at Butterfly Wonderland (SCOTTSDALE) Visit a peaceful and relaxing setting ArizonaKEY.com
amongst the butterflies in remembrance of Memorial Day. Guests will enjoy complimentary face painting, children’s craft activity, live Caterpillar character, a caricature artist, special appearance by Butterfly Fairy Leslie Campa and much more! 9am-6pm. (480) 800-3000. Visit: butterflywonderland.com. May 31 Butterfly Brush Strokes at Night (SCOTTSDALE) Plan a creative night out with friends or date at Butterfly Wonderland with unique Painting class featuring artist Carla Keaton. Guests will learn to paint a beautiful butterfly. All paint supplies provided. Limited to 25 people. $25/general public; free for members. Light refreshments served. 6pm-8:30pm. Preregistration required: (480) 800-3000, ext. 210. Visit: butterflywonderland.com. June 5 - 29 Tomalchoff Farms U-Pick 2019 (GLENDALE) Pick your veggies right off the vine and bring them home starting at $1.75 a pound. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7am-11am. 602-999-3276. June 8 44th Annual Mighty Mud Mania (SCOTTSDALE) Keep cool in the mud with obstacle courses for all ages and abilities. Water slides, open mud pits, inflatable activities, food vendors and
of course washing stations. 7am-12noon at Chaparral Park. 480-312-0205. June 12 - 15 104th Annual Southwestern Amateur Tournament (SCOTTSDALE) This leading event for topranked amateur golfers is one of the longest-running men’s tournaments of its kind in the Southwestern US. There is no charge for spectators. Rounds underway at 7:30am and 9:40am with an awards ceremony after the final round. At Desert Mountian Club. Visit swga.net
May 25 - 27 Memorial Day Splash Bash at OdySea
(SCOTTSDALE) Family event over Memorial Day Weekend. Held in OdySea in the Desert Courtyard from 11am-4pm. Fun includes: endless foam parties, giant water slides, classic fire truck, water squirter battle zone and more! Bring sunscreen and water shoes. Tickets are just $5 for unlimited play all day and $10 for a 3-day pass. Visit: odyseainthedesert.com 23
Northern & Central Arizona at Clarkdale Town Park. Scrumptious food and art from around Arizona available in a cool historic environment. Visit: www. verdevalleywinefestival.com May 17 - 19 11th Annual Overland Expo West (FLAGSTAFF) See the world’s premier event for adventure travel enthusiasts. Hundreds of 4x4 and ADV motorcycling classes, special programs, roundtable discussions, 300+ vendors, authors and filmakers. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit overlandexpo.com.
10th Annual White Mountain Bike Ralley at Hon-Dah Resort & Casino Saturday and Sunday, June 21 & 22
(PINETOP-LAKESIDE) Enjoy a bike show, Poker Run with $3,000 in prize money, dinner, beer gardens, giveaways and more. $20 per rider / $10 per passenger. 928-369-0299. (Story on pg. 26) MAY 16th Annual Miniature Masterpiece Show and Sale (PRESCOTT) Art Sale by Draw benefit features spectacular drawings, paintings and sculptures by some of the biggest names in Western Art, but on a smaller and more affordable scale. At the Phippen Museum. The entire month of May the show can be viewed and intent-to-purchase forms are available. Admission to the museum is FREE during the final sale weekend and the sale by draw is on Monday, May 27th at 11am. 928-7787385. May 1 - 5 53rd Annual Verde Valley Fair (COTTONWOOD) Old time fair, carnival, livestock 24
show & sale. Featuring fine art, crafts, horticulture and floriculture. $4-$10 tickets at the Fairgrounds. 928-6343290 or Visit www.vvfair.com May 5 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Tlaquepaque (SEDONA) Visit the unique shops and restaurants of Tlaquepaque Art and Shopping Village during their annual colorful fiesta saluting Mexican heritage. Mariachi musicians, Folklorico dancers and traditional Mexican food. 11am-5pm. 928-282-4838. May 11 4th Annual Verde Valley Wine Festival (CLARKDALE) Northern Arizona’s premier wine festival features wines produced solely form Arizona wine grapes. 12pm-4pm
May 18 - 19 Arizona Family Campout (COTTONWOOD) Arizona State Parks hosts programs for families with limited camping experience. Learn how to set up a tent, cook outside and explore the great outdoors at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. $90 for a family of 4. Visit azstateparks.com May 18 - 19 54th Annual Jerome Home and Historic Building Tour (JEROME) Get to know this quirky historic mining town known as the ‘mile high town’ for it’s unique architecture that clings to the cliffs. See some never before shown gems, major renovations and other surprises on this year’s tour. 9am-3pm, $25 for adults and $10 for children. 928634-2900.
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES May 25 - 26 29th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture (FLAGSTAFF) The A:shiwi people will share Zuni language, lifeways and traditional dances and flute played, see weavers, inlay jewelers, fetish carvers and painters, exotic stone, shell and antler will be carved into Zuni animal fetishes of the six directions, learn about the shaping, forming and painting of traditional Zuni pottery. At the Museum of Northern Arizona. Weekend Passes $18 Adults. Visit musnaz.org
candle making as well as fiber arts. Great selection of vendors, beer, wine and food. 9am-4pm. Visit flagwool.com
June 1 Party in the Pines (PRESCOTT) Stay cool at the 9th annual charity beerfest. This 21 and older only event near famed Whiskey Row (where the party continues) features beer, live music, food trucks and more. 5pm10pm at Mile High Middle School football field. Online price for 8 drink tickets and a commemorative glass is $30 / $40 at the door. Visit partyinthepinesprescott.com
June 7 - 8 7th Annual Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival (FLAGSTAFF) Headliners Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Larkin Joe, Samantha Fish and Tab Benoit perform. Beer, wine, arts and crafts, food vendors and kids’ area. $35-$150, kids 12 and under are FREE. At Continental Driving Range. 928-606-7600.
June 1 - 2 28th Annual Flag Wool and Fiber Festival (FLAGSTAFF) FREE family fun with something different for everyone at the Pioneer Museum. This unique family fair highlights alpacas, sheep and yak and the incredible creations that come from their fibers. Meet the animals, witness the shearing process, learn about other heritage crafts like blacksmithing and ArizonaKEY.com
June 1 - 2 9th Annual Flagstaff Hullabaloo (FLAGSTAFF) Escape the heat and participate in this unique local celebration of all things Flagstaffian. This community festival features live music, local food vendors, kids’ activities, giant puppets, a bike parade and more. At Wheeler Park. $8-$10. 928853-4292.
June 7 - 15 10th Annual Prescott Film Festival (PRESCOTT) Special screenings and events screened at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. 928-458-7209. June 15 - 16 29th Annual Pine/ Strawberry Festival (PINE) Celebrate all things strawberry at this FREE family fest. Enjoy cool mountian air, flats of fresh strawberries, arts and crafts, food vendors and plenty of
strawberry treats. 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday. 928-476-3655. June 22 - 23 38th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival (PRESCOTT) Bring a blanket or chair and relax under the sturdy elm trees at the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza where bluegrass bands perform all day and into the evenings. Saturday 11am-7pm, bands, followed by concert and dance 7pm-9pm. Sunday bands will perform 11am-3pm. 928-445-2000. June 27 - 29 6th Annual Flagstaff Pro Rodeo (FLAGSTAFF) A PRCA sanctioned rodeo with bull riding, barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc, team roping and more. Mutton busting before the performance for kids under 8 years old / or under 50 pounds. Gates open at 5pm and performances at 7pm. Visit flagstaffrodeo.com June 28 - 30 White Mountains Hot Air Balloon Festival (PINETOPLAKESIDE) This FREE family festival begins each morning just after sunrise with a balloon mass ascension (weather permitting) followed by the festival opening at 2pm. Features FREE tethered balloon rides, a hot air balloon glow, food vendors and family fun zone. At 6pm on Friday, the renowned acapella band The Alley Cats will perform. 2pm9pm at Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex. 928-368-8696 ext. 240. 25
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Hon-Dah Resort & Casino 777 Hwy 260 Pinetop, AZ 85935 800-929-8744 Hon-Dah.com For over a decade, Hon-Dah Resort and Casino has been hosting a bike rally that brings motorcycle enthusiasts from all over to Pinetop-Lakeside to experience Arizona’s White Mountains in a fun and energetic weekend rally. This year’s 10th Annual White Mountain Bike Rally is slated for June 21st & 22nd and is sure to be a fantastic party. The poker run and prize money are a nice draw, and the $20 per rider fee ($10 for passengers) includes dinner, beer garden, T-shirts and pins, and a raffle ticket for the drawing. In addition, there is Live Music with a showstopping headliner planned on Saturday night. Previous year’s acts have included: Eric Burton, Edgar Winter, Guess Who, America and Kansas.
“Hon-Dah,” in the Apache language, means “welcome to my home.” Guests from every corner of the globe are welcome at Hon-Dah Resort Casino & Conference center in the heart of Arizona’s White Mountains. Hon-Dah Resort Casino & Conference center is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. If you didn’t bring your bike, don’t worry, there’s plenty to do up in ‘high country’ as the locals sometimes refer to the higher elevations that boast the coolest Arizona summer temps. Outdoor recreation is as diverse as the land in the White Mountains, ranging from hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, and rafting, to hunting (in season) and
abundant fishing year ‘round. For whatever amount of time you choose to spend indoors, Hon-Dah Resort’s 128 oversized rooms provide a lodge-style atmosphere that allows you to unwind and relax in comfort. Each room offers a wet bar, refrigerator, satellite TV and phone. Banish stress with a visit to the hot tub, sauna, or heated all-season pool. For evening play time, Hon-Dah Casino features over 800 slot machines, live Poker and Blackjack. In the Spirits Bar and the Timbers Lounge, nationally known entertainers provide plenty of action six nights a week including the ‘Monday Funday’ Comedy Club. If your catch was small, simply stop in Hon-Dah’s Indian Pine Restaurant which features daily buffets, 7 days a week. Meeting rooms are also available, and are suitable for a wide variety of conferences and events. The 9,000 square foot conference center can accommodate many diverse meeting needs. Across the highway from the casino and hotel, is the Hon-Dah RV Park. With over 500 spaces, the RV Park is a perfect option for ‘snowbirds’ looking for the ideal summer setup nestled among the Ponderosa Pines. The RV Park offers full service facilities including: 24-hour security, full power, satellite TV connections, phone hook-ups, laundry room, and showers. The nearby HonDah Convenience Store stocks gas, beer, soft drinks, groceries, and reservation permits for fishing, camping, and hunting. ArizonaKEY.com
And, check out Hon-Dah Ski and Outdoor Sports – providing all types of fishing, hunting, and outdoor supplies. During the winter, this is the best place for all of your skiing equipment, rentals, sales, and tune-ups. For more information and reservations, call (928) 369-0299 or (800) 929-8744 or go online to www.hon-dah.com. AZ
event calendar Events Around Arizona June 22 - 29 29th Annual Grand Canyon Star Party (GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM) The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the last havens of dark skies in the country. Currently working toward dark sky status with the International Dark-Sky Association, the South Rim and North Rim will be hosting slide programs and FREE telescope viewing starting at 8pm. Be sure to catch the wondrous beauty of Arizona’s night skies and enjoy the significantly cooler evening temps at the Grand Canyon rims. 928-638-7967.
June 22 Dashboard Cookie Competition (LAKE HAVASU CITY) This quirky annual competition takes place in the parking lot of the London Bridge Resort Convention Center. Spectators are welcome to watch as teams of Journey of Hope Riders (who cycle across the US raising awareness for people with disabilities) have 15 minutes to design a cookie that will be baked — not in an oven — but on the dashboard of a car! The ‘baking’ begins at 7am but judging commences at 11:30 after cookies have reached ideal temperatures. 928-230-8246.
Through May 12, 2019 (WICKENBURG) Since 2006, this annual exhibition has showcased the brightests contemporary female artists working in the Western genre. Take this rare opportunity to hear from ‘the other half of the west’ in this remarkable art show and sale wich has become a major national event for women in Western art. 928-684-2272 www.westernmuseum.org
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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 mustsee wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, million-gallon ocean and much more, 520-8386200 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. May 5 Cinco de Mayo Festivities (TUCSON) Hotel Congress hosts a Cinco de Mayo party
with live music, dancing, agave spirits and Mezcal Happy Hour. Admission is $5. 7pm-2am. Or, bring the whole family to a FREE family friendly Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tohono Chul Park from 10am-2pm. Enjoy mariachi performances, art displays, local farmers market and kids’ games. 520-622-8848. Through May 5 11th Annual Agave Heritage Festival (TUCSON) This is a city-wide, ten-day event celebrating the unique importance of the Agave plant and borderlands culture. Seminars, trade shows and world-class culinary events taking place. www.agaveheritagefestival. com. May 18 - 19 Willcox Wine country Spring Festival (WILLCOX) Rated as one of the top 10 wine festivals in North America, this weekend long celebration features local Arizona wines. 18 wineries, 70 art and craft vendors, 5 bands and multiple food venues. At historic Railroad Park just steps from the
Willcox Wine Trail. 11am-5pm. FREE admission, $25 tastings. 520-384-2272. May 25 - 27 39th Annual Wyatt Earp Days (TOMBSTONE) See the ‘Old Wild West’ come to life during this weekend long celebration of Tombstone’s toughest lawman. Featuring continues street entertainment as well as activities for kids. On Allen Street and at Tombstone Livery Stable. 520266-5266 June 15 4th Annual Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival (TUCSON) Celebrate Dad by visiting the best 23 miles of Mexican Food in America. Tickets are $75 and include libation and menu samplings from over 30 wineries, breweries and local Mexican restaurants. Starts at 6pm at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort. 520-797-3959. June 28 - 29 3rd Annual Tombstone Freedom Days (TOMBSTONE) Celebration of the American Experience on Historic Allen Street. Celebrity Guest speakers and more. Visit tombstonechamber.com
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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. 30
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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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 32
Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World Famous Fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and concerts make Fountain Hills/Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 AZ
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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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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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JUNE 10, 2019 5:30 - 8:30PM $5 Admission Includes 1 FREE Chinese Auction ticket per attendee at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale The FETCH Foundation will gladly accept any physical donations of animal necessities or gift cards during the event. About NCA-AZ: The Arizona Chapter of the NCA includes Professional Concierge & Affiliate Members throughout AZ. The goal is to bring concierge services to the forefront of the tourism industry. The NCA is recognized by top media sources as today's leading experts on concierge service.
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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix
OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Gilbert Ortega. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4
CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Intimate and unique shopping and dining Map B4 experience including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and Betteridge Jewelers. Scottsdale Rd EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 BOULDERS Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air and restaurants, a full-service luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Scottsdale Map C4 Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 KIERLAND COMMONS WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique shopping, dining and entertainment in an water features, Westgate Entertainment District urban setting. Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / delivers an interactive shopping, dining and Scottsdale Map J3 entertainment experience. Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale ArizonaKEY.com
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performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. PRESENTING: All Balanchine May 2 - May 5, 2019 An Evening at the Garden May 14 - June 1, 2019 CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • childsplayaz.org Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. PRESENTING: Schoolhouse Rock Live Weekends through May 26, 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: Big River — May 1 - May 11, 2019 The Man with the Pointed Toes May 6 - June 18, 2019 Newsies May 16 - June 29, 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: Once May 22 - June 16, 2019 Spamilton June 12 - August 11, 2019
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hile in Arizona this month, you have a rare opportunity to see the American Premiere production of the family drama by renowned Australian playwright, Andrew Bovell. Things I Know to Be True was originally mounted in Adelaide, Australia in 2016 before touring the U.K. to critical acclaim. Arizona Theatre Company, in collaboration with the Milwukee Repertory Theatre, will be bringing the production to Tucson through May 11th, and then to Phoenix through June 2nd. The original Australian setting has been adjusted in this version to reflect a typical American family. Audience reactions to the intensely emotional depiction of everyday life and family have been palpable. Moved to both laughter and tears, audiences have found the play to be powerfully engaging. The intimate look into the lives of this relatable family can be hauntingly familiar, as we recognize our own imperfect families, struggles, choices and tragedies displayed before us.
by Andrew Bovell ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (520) 622 - 2823 in Tucson (602) 256 - 6995 in Phoenix arizonatheatre.org Performing in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art; and in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center. April 20 - May 11, 2019 (Tucson) May 16 - June 2, 2019 (Phoenix)
Particularly innovative is the use of physical movement to illustrate and demarcate the notes of tension within the storyline. Director Mark Clements (Milwaukee Repertory Theatreâ€™s Artistic Director) and Movement Director Julia Rhoads (Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions) collaborate on this highly physical production. Audiences throughout the UK and Australia have found this play to be quite touching in its highly focused examination of the secrets and lies we tell ourselves and those closest to us. As one of the first American audiences you can see for yourself if the contemporary issues these characters face accurately reflect the generational turmoil and familial bonds you know to be true. AZ 49
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WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO? 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. 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 | 928-649-1858. SEDONA DELIVERS Sue Schurgin, the owner of this custom wine touring company, says her “passion for Arizona’s unique wines and her desire to deliver an experience that is the most special and memorable part of someone’s trip” is what drives her to create custom wine, beer and whiskey tours for visitors who want to explore Arizona’s Verde Valley wine country. From Jerome to Cottonwood, Cornville to Sedona, Sue is able to share an incredible amount about the uniquely Arizonan grape varieties that can be found along the way. While some have tasted blends, many who embark on a tour are exposed to something new such as the 100% malvasia bianca, tannat, picpoul blanc, viognier, mourvèdre, grenache, seyval blanc and graciano grown in AZ. Beyond wine, Sue often pairs with interesting adventures like glassblowing, the Douglas Mansion, helicopter tours and more. 928-963-1866. AZ
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by Serena Webbe
If you’d like to know just what Sedona delivers, let me share with you from my conversation with Sedona Delivers, LLC’s sole owner and tour guide, Sue Schurgin. Sedona Delivers is a custom wine touring company that over the last five years has grown from Sue’s passion for delivering an incredible experience that will become “the most memorable part of someone’s trip to Arizona.” Sue’s lifelong love of wines began in her twenties when she backpacked across Europe, exploring and enjoying the wines she found along the way. She began to learn more, taking classes from a Master Sommelier in Tucson. Years later, in Tucson, close to the major vineyards of Sonoita and Elgin, Sue developed her love of Arizona wines. She was blown away however, when she discovered what North Central Arizona has to offer. Now, it is that passion for exposing people to Arizona’s unique wine varietals that keeps her going. Many may be tasting 100% seyval blanc, arneis or grenache for the first time. Sue fully personalizes each excursion after a conversation with the participants. Finding out what types of wine people are drawn to helps her understand how to guide them, and often expand their horizons. In addition to beer, wine and whiskey tours, Sedona Delivers also provides unique customizations such as glassblowing, helicopter tours, segway excursions and more combo tours to create a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Where you’ll go (Jerome, Cottonwood, Cornville, Sedona, and throughout the Verde Valley) and what you will taste depends on what you and your party (of up to 6) desire. Regardless of the destination, Sedona Delivers promises an enjoyable journey.
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ot Air Expeditions and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), two of Arizona’s most popular attractions, have collaborated to offer a spectacular fun-filled package, appropriately named Balloons & Tunes!
Your half-day excursion begins at sunrise with the hot air ballooning experience of a lifetime from Hot Air Expeditions, where you are treated to soaring over the stunning Sonoran Desert for your 60-90 minute flight. While in flight, your FAA-certified pilot navigates the winds to provide you with one-of-a-kind breathtaking views of Arizona from a variety of altitudes. You will float from within feet of the ground, viewing local wildlife and plant life that are out for the day, as well as up to 5,000 feet in the air for a stunning overview of the valley. Upon landing, a lovely table complete with linens and china awaits you in the heart of the desert for your scrumptiously prepared champagne breakfast catered by the award-winning Vincent’s on Camelback Restaurant. The presentation of commemorative flight certificates caps off the morning ballooning experience, providing guests with a piece of the adventure that just ensued. After your ballooning experience, guests are shuttled from the desert to the #1 TripAdvisor Attraction in Phoenix, the Musical Instrument Museum, where the second part of your adventurous day begins. With vouchers for admission and lunch in tow, guests embark on a musical journey using wireless technology for a self-guided tour that is entertaining, interactive, and engaging. MIM showcases over 6,800 instruments and objects from 200 countries and territories, and with the audio and video segments, you will hear, see, and feel the creative spirit of the musicians as they play their instruments. Within the museum, there are exhibits that pay tribute to musicians who have touched the lives of many, and feature an expansive collection of instruments from famous performers such as Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, and more in the Artist Gallery. The Experience Gallery is another can’t miss stop at MIM where you can play unique instruments from around the world. Wrap the day up with lunch in MIM’s award-winning Café Allegro, which serves a menu of great-tasting global and local foods prepared daily, using fresh ingredients, followed by return transfers. Balloons & Tunes Packages start at $235 per person and can be booked with Hot Air Expeditions by calling (800) 831-7610 or visit: HotAirExpeditions.com. AZ 52
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ENJOY THE SCENERY
rizona Scenic Tours provides day trips and multiple day tours to many of the best sites in Arizona and the Southwest. The tours include pick-up and drop-off at many locations in the Phoenix area. Whether visiting a Phoenix area hotel or resort or staying with friends, you can be picked up at your choice of locations. The tour vehicle ensures your comfort and relaxation with cold soft drinks and bottled water available to you. The tour itineraries are flexible and can be planned based on your specific touring desires. Whatever interests you most is where they can focus the day: scenic drives, historic spots, outdoor activities, galleries, shops & dining, or a combination of everything. Guests of all ages are always captivated by the views along the way, but just in case, there is a DVD system in the small group tour vehicles, so children can bring along their favorite DVDs. Arizona Scenic Tours offers day trips to many locations throughout the state: Sedona, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Prescott, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Jerome and Tombstone are just a few. The majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon. The unique views of Sedona, Lake Powell and Monument Valley. The rough and tough history of To Book Your Tour call Prescott, Tombstone, 480-459-7144 or visit and Jerome. Arizona www.ArizonaScenicTours.com Scenic Tours offers single day tours to any Arizona destinations that interest you. Have a bit more time and want to see more? You can even design a multiple day excursion based on your sightseeing desires and Arizona Scenic Tours will make all of the arrangements for you! Stay in a Bed & Breakfast in Bisbee... a historic hotel in Flagstaff... or a resort in Sedona... whatever level of accommodations you desire, theyâ€™ll get it done for you!! To book a tour, please visit www.ArizonaScenicTours.com for more information, or call today at 480-459-7144. With Arizona Scenic Tours, you are in control of your tour! AZ ArizonaKEY.com
Sedona, Prescott & N. Central AZ
aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history & archaeology; arts & culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual & metaphysical, imagine doing all this amid a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is both wild & wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday-and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 866-878-2489 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all 54
within close proximity to the parks, attractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ
MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES
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 56
“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 HOTEL – 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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LOCATED 30 MINUTES SOUTH OF SEDONA, IN THE VERDE VALLEY JUST OFF I-17
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
The answer to this commonly asked question is... IRON
he incredible array of colors displayed by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks is a direct result of iron oxide in water seeping into sandstone rock formations. Water carrying dissolved iron oxide drains through the porous sandstone and literally paints quartz grains – you guessed it – red!
Experience the Magic of Sedona
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 57 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!
In the Wild
by Kirstin Conlin
Photos by Josh Gray
ust 90 minutes north of Phoenix, in the foothills of the beautiful Verde Valley Mountains, is a 104-acre wildlife sanctuary that both the animals and their human visitors thoroughly enjoy. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is home to nearly 40 exotic big cats and hundreds of other mammals, birds, and reptiles which represent the incredible biological diversity of the jungles, forests, and plains of the world. The preserve was designed to give animals the freedom to roam and interact as they would in their native habitats. Humans can experience many different encounters with the animals and thereby develop an appreciation for ‘the wild’ and its wondrous inhabitants, many of whom are currently teetering on extinction.
One of the amazingly unique experiences that Out of Africa offers to human guests is their annual Family Campout on the expansive park grounds. Imagine pitching a tent a few feet from the mountain lion enclosure, or hearing the cackling of hyenas just beyond your campsite. Last May, my family and I got to experience this amazing overnight adventure, and I’m happy to share the highlights of our surprising, sometimes funny, and always entertaining memories. Although we’d never been to Out of Africa before, we are animal enthusiasts, so the thought of camping out with the animals excited us. Although, with two children, I 62
was also just a bit nervous – what exactly did ‘with the animals’ mean? Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly staff members who immediately calmed my nerves and prepared us for our adventure. I quickly learned that Out of Africa was very different from places we’d visited before. The animals all have very large spaces in which to live and play, and the animal-centric attitudes of the keepers was evident. I was surprised by the feeling of being immersed into the lives of animals that we wouldn’t normally get close enough to see, let alone get to know on a personal level! After setting up camp, we made our way to the “Tiger Splash Show.” Seeing the large fenced area with a pool in the middle and several staff members milling around inside, gave us pause. We knew something unusual was about to happen. Dean Harrison, the wildlife park’s founder acted as our emcee. While several other staff members stretched out as if they were preparing for a marathon, Arizona KEYMagazine
continued from the pg.dynamics 73 Dean began to explain of what we were about to witness (with great humor and personality.) I must admit, my concentration wavered when I saw several ferocious looking tigers waiting to enter the ‘play pen’ WITH the people!
Trepidation crept in as I began to wonder what my kids might be about to witness. Dean continued to narrate what we were seeing as the gate opened and Jeff, a self-proclaimed ‘adrenaline-junkie’ ran full speed with a tiger in tow. Have you ever seen a cat sneak up on its prey and then instantaneously pounce on it with its entire body weight? We were in awe as we saw this familiar scene play out, but with a full-grown man facing a 450-pound tiger. The gasps turned to giggles as it became clear that Jeff would survive the encounter, would not be eaten, and was actually playing with his feline friend. Both tigers and people ended up in the swimming pool, certainly warranting the name “Tiger Splash!”
In 2018, to celebrate their 30th anniversary, Out of Africa provided this immersive ‘Family Campout Experience.’ I can honestly say it was unlike anything I have experienced before. It was quite evident that the founders and the entire staff have a genuine love and respect for the animals they care for. The atmosphere is one of adventure, education, peaceful interaction, and community. After more than three decades of preserving and protecting wildlife from around the world, their legacy as one of Arizona’s premier wildlife sanctuaries continues. On May 18, 2019, Out of Africa again opens its gates to welcome some humans for an overnight experience of a lifetime. For more information call 928-567-2840 or visit www.outofafricapark.com AZ
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After an evening snake encounter, we got a glimpse of how Out of Africa was started by Dean and his wife Prayeri. One of the special perks of the campout is the personal time we got with the founders — in the evening during the ice cream social, and in the morning over breakfast.
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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LODGING IN THE PARK An authorized concessioner provides a variety of lodging options within the park. Reservations should be made well in advance as facilities tend to be full for much of the year. Prices vary from approximately $70.00 to more than $400.00. Located at the bottom of Grand Canyon, Phantom Ranch offers overnight lodging in dormitories or individual cabins. Advanced reservations are required. Contact Xanterra Parks and Resorts, www. grandcanyonlodges.com, (888) 297-2757.
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f you’re anything like me, some high end shops can have the appearance of an unattainable luxury – and my fear of ignorance about ‘grades and quality’ start to steer me in the other direction. But WOW – what a gem I found when I wandered into this beautiful Fountain Hills jewelry store. Sami Fine Jewelry is a 3,000 square foot jewelry store that in every sense of the word displays elegance and quality, but with a truly downto-earth staff among exceptional collections of colorful settings. This was in no way one of those ‘look but don’t touch’ stuffy environments that would normally scare me off. And the Owner, Stephenie Bjorkman, isn’t your typical jewelry ‘mogul’ either – I learned about her love of horses, her Ford pickup truck and treks to the mines for her gemstones. Along with the other customers, I mingled with her two adorable French Bulldogs fashionably decked out in their gemstone leather collars. All the while I was absorbing the eye candy in the cases and becoming more and more informed – and I felt immediately at ease. The store and its original Owner (Stephenie’s Mother, Sami) have an incredibly long history here in the Valley as the biggest supplier of Arizona Amethyst that comes straight from the local mine at Four Peaks. Their long-term relationship with the mine itself has made it possible for customers to go by helicopter and experience actual mine tours. But beyond just the bright purple glow, the store specializes in custom-made (yet affordable!) jewelry of ALL shapes, sizes and colors – including a very large collection of all three very distinct Arizona gemstones: Amethyst, Peridot, and Garnet. 68
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May 2019 and September 2019 Who Knew? Arizona is the largest leading producer of Peridot (and Turquoise) in America; Arizona’s largest producer of Peridot is from nearby Globe, AZ. Do ants prefer Garnets? No, actually ‘Anthill Garnets’ are found around the margins of ant hills – the ants encounter the garnets as they create their underground passages, and then haul the stones to the surface and discard them (such foolish creatures!) One of the most fascinating collections is the store’s pride and joy: a finished American Gem Collection™, which is made up entirely of custom pieces using only gemstones mined in America. Amazingly, it took over 3 years to acquire the gems and create the collection. Why did it take so long you might ask? Because less than 1% of all gemstones in the world are mined in America – so this gallery is made up of incredibly rare stones, which is perfect for anyone with an appreciation for the truly unique. The more I learned about the beginnings of the business, I discovered that the roots and passion run very deep. Sami Jack, whose earliest years of experience involved selling Indian jewelry on the Florida beaches, eventually settled in Arizona, opened this shop, and had her daughter Stephenie. Then in 1997 when her 17 year old daughter was busy selling cowboy boots, Sami was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her daughter was brought in to help. They’ve been working together ever since. And when asked what got her Mom ArizonaKEY.com
so passionate about jewelry-making, she said “If you ever cut Sami, she would bleed purple.” She adores the Amethyst in particular, through and through! It was clear to me that Stephenie’s love for the jewelry business is grounded in her love of building relationships. Not only does she create fun events for charity and bridging the community (Sami’s recently held an event that almost beat the world record of the most couples renewing their vows at over 800!) she also shows individual commitment to each customer. When choosing the precious stones for custom pieces, she often visits the mines herself and works directly with the miners to find her gemstones – cutting out the middleman and keeping connection with the ‘source’. You can’t get more ‘real’ than that! Visit the store and be sure to follow Sami Fine Jewelry’s Facebook Page for their weekly ‘Win it Wednesdays!’ Facebook. com/SamiFineJewelry. 69
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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 70
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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theHISTORY & MYSTERY of the Carefree CEMETERY Dear Reader, You might be wondering why on earth an editor would choose to cover any town’s cemetery, let alone an out-of-the-way little village with an easy-going name like Carefree, Arizona. However, one glance at the incredible photographs that came from this assignment and I think you’ll support my decision. The first mysterious detail is that it’s named the Cave Creek Cemetary although it’s located in the Town of Carefree. But these things happen as neighboring towns collaborate so we won’t be derailed by blurred borders and shared plots. A cemetery is a fascinating place that often tells the real story of a community. It harbors memories and history, wrapped in a delicate and emotional package that in this case just happens to be beautiful as well. This is the time of year that we memorialize those who have passed and at the same time, it is a season of blossoming. Here you will see the bittersweet dichotomy of lush overgrowth on timeworn headstones and the intimate tales they tell. It’s not often that you have an offbeat assignment such as this, much less a photographer who literally gasps with delight upon learning of the assignment. It seems odd to recommend a visit to a cemetery, but I believe the rich images from our staff photographer, Jennifer Agema, and her write-up that follows will tempt you to slow down, take a stroll and take a closer look at the hidden beauty of this restful corner of Carefree. ~Serena Webbe, editor
In the midst of our everyday life, there are places in plain view that may go unnoticed as we pass them by each day. That is, until you’re pointed in that direction and all of a sudden introduced to a special spot – in this case one of charm and reflection that is tucked away (though right along the major road) in a quaint area of Carefree, Arizona. It is a place of rest and honor – the Cave Creek Cemetery.
The Cave Creek Cemetery is an eclectic â€œpioneer cemeteryâ€? which is defined as a cemetery that is the burial place for pioneers spanning from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Its history dates back to the original vision of longtime area resident, Elmer Gillespie, who was the first person to be buried on site in 1956. Prior to his death, Mr. Gillespie worked to secure the land from the U.S. National Forest Service and establish a place where the residents of the Cave Creek School District (Cave Creek, Carefree, and Scottsdale) could be buried and ensure that the natural Sonoran desertscape would be maintained. So much of the charm of this cemetery is the unique and creative headstones and plots adorned with personal relics that have been left by friends and family of those who have passed. Currently, less than half of the cemetery is occupied and trails continue to be cultivated by a local Eagle Scout to open up access to the natural surrounding areas. One will quickly notice that many veterans are buried here and are honored by the American Legion, and the local Scouts. The Town of Carefree also hosts an annual tribute during their Memorial Day program.
Carefree undoubtedly holds their local Veterans in high regard. The town’s heart of pride for our service men and women is notably shown in the town’s ongoing programs. For example, through multi-generational events involving young people and military men and women, the participants of the Veterans Heritage Project collaborate throughout the school year to create a book of experiential interviews that instill value and express gratitude. This year marks the first Carefree Memorial Day program in the cemetery honoring local residents who have served our country and gone before us. The entire community is involved in this early morning, reflection-centered event. Participants include the Veterans Heritage Project, the Boy Scouts who post colors, and the Tribute Riders RC who place American flags on the 33 current veterans’ places of rest. Keynote Speaker, Captain Frank Lambert is a Vietnam War veteran who will share his experiences with those who gather on Memorial Day 2019. ArizonaKEY.com
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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 76
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
CAREFREE MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM: 2nd Annual Memorial Day Program – Monday, May 27th 8am – 9am, at The Cave Creek Cemetery: 36541 North Pima Rd, Carefree, AZ 85262 | www.carefree.org
Described as a man who “cared more about his men than his orders,” Captain Lambert’s story of service is filled with bravery and sacrifice: dodging bullets, grenades and even a python, and ultimately being saved by Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Spayberry, his brother in battle. Whether it’s a visit to the Cemetery for the special 2019 Memorial Day program, or any other day, it’s definitely worth the ‘pause’ to pay tribute. To simply take a quiet walk in this natural resting place is a lovely opportunity to experience gratitude, and honor those who lived before us. ~Story & Photography by Jennifer Agema
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 78
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Prescott 1. WHISKEY ROW Whiskey Row is a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and peoplewatch. 2. SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM Prescott is home of the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion built in 1864. The Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals. 928-445-3122. 3. HASSAYAMPA INN A must for savvy travelers searching for a relaxing respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Yesteryear’s charm combines with today’s modern amenities to make the Hassayampa Inn a haven for sophisticated guests seeking a sense of pampered well-being. 928-778-9434.
4. PRESCOTT STATION Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located in the heart of Prescott just a short walk from the historic downtown Courthouse Square. 928-778-0133. 5. CITY OF PRESCOTT LAKES – With kayak, canoe and bicycle rental at all three lakes via Prescott Outdoors, you’ll have no problem planning your outdoor escape to enjoy all the natural bounty that Northern Arizona has to offer. 928-925-1410. 6. HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY A non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Open year round, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. 877-778-6008. 7. ANTELOPE HILLS GOLF COURSE – Features 36 holes of championship golf in the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona. At
an elevation of 5,000 ft., the two courses sport bent grass greens and bluegrass.928-777-1888. 8. THE SMOKI MUSEUM This treasure documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230. 9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT Don’t miss the MileHigh Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System, and the Greenways Trails System. 10. ANTIQUE ROW Browse and shop in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where specialty boutiques and interesting galleries offer shoppers a delightful diversion. This historic city has long been known as one of the West’s best places to shop for antiques. AZ
Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Prescott is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest, 450 miles of trails, and four lakes. Find out why Prescott is known for true west, real adventure in a cool setting.
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had visited the beautiful area of Watson Lake in Prescott a few times before, but always admired it from the top, while navigating the rock formations on the outskirts of the lake. This time, we wanted to see it from the bottom-up! We found out that you could rent
kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) lakeside by the hour. We found our ‘smooth rides’ at Prescott Outdoors (www. prescottoutdoors.com) who provided us with tandem kayaks and all the safety gear needed. With rain clouds looming in the distance, we took our chances – and we began our relaxing exploration. With each swish of the paddle it brought us closer to the unique granite boulders, some of which are right in the middle of the lake. It was neat to look around and see so many people visiting the area and absorbing its beauty both high and low, land and ‘sea,’ from every level. Fun Fact: Watson Lake is one of two reservoirs at the Granite Dells, in Prescott, Arizona, that was formed in the early 1900s when the Chino Valley Irrigation District built a dam on Granite Creek.
The City of Prescott bought the reservoir and surrounding land in 1997 to preserve it as recreational land. Local rock climbers use the granite cliffs above and adjacent to the lake for top-roping and lead climbing. The lake is also the home of TriCity Prep Rowing Crew, a local high school team and the only rowing team in Northern Arizona. My family decided to disembark and go to a higher spot with our camera to see if they could capture me on the lake as a tiny speck.
I was able to wave to them as I heard them shouting, and although they were dwarfed by the looming boulders, I could see them signaling to me from the shoreline. What a great change in perspective! As I made my way across the lake and around the formations, the dark clouds started to roll in. With a flash of light and a crack of thunder, I sudenly felt the motivation to increase my speed and row like a bona fide athlete! It was a fun challenge to try and beat the rain to shore and make it to the car in time. AZ
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orthern Arizona offers a substantial climate change (the good kind) from lower elevations in the Valley. The noticeable difference averages about 25 degrees, and is a welcome change at any time of year.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumber men, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. experiencewilliams.com, 928-635-4061 Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200 restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-956-6123 or flagstaffarizona.org AZ 84
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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 86 86
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.
7. GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 – Whether it is through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we love to be connected to our love of
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
The Giovale Open Deck Observatory
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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. 88
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 92 92
4. TUMACÁCORI NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 www.nps.gov/tuma/ 5. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily wellpreserved downtown draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture, it’s welcoming, creative spirit and its cool climate. 520-432-3554 discoverbisbee.com 6. MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC – A National Historic Landmark, this “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson. 520-294-2624 www.sanxaviermission.org 7. PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Tour one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 300 aircraft and
spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced ever produced. 520-574-0462 pimaair.org 8. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion of: zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains. Enjoy 21 scenic acres and animal presentations. 520-8832701, desertmuseum.org 9. COLOSSAL CAVE Explore this ancient crystal cave on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 colossalcave.com 10. TOMBSTONE’S O.K. CORRAL – Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday’s legendary fight with the Clantons and McLaurys is reenacted daily 520-457-3456. AZ
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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. 95
AZ Visitors Ask The Expert
BY JOHNNY FENTON, M.A. CONCIERGE, OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL RESORT
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.
Question: Beyond the major tourist attractions, what do you recommend we try — off the beaten path?
nswer: Certainly, a flock of guests at the Concierge Desks migrate to us yearly like the Sandhill Cranes to Willcox in January but consider the others: returning for (a) their children’s activities at the three State Universities or (b) their second homes away from harsh winters or (c) their favorite teams in Spring Training or (d) their parent’s retirement nest hospitality and family reunions. Still, with over 2 million apps available for their smartphones (according to statista.com) many travelers scurry to their concierges with “analysis paralysis!” Golfers sit down scratching their heads over the choices of more than 300 golf courses in the state, and are hopeful I can give them an insider’s opinion on which Italian restaurant serves the best Osso Bucco in town. Honestly there’s everything from an “A” app for air traffic control to “Z” apps for zombies and Zen meditations (one, a guest recommended worthy of downloading recently, was a Zen of Snow Lite which shows a panoramic view of a snowy landscape with lighted Christmas trees and music!) So let me help you find some clarity on ways to stay off the well-worn path and forge a new trail... NORTHERN ARIZONA
More than 5 million people come to the rims of the Grand Canyon — the most celebrated natural attraction in the U.S. — to gaze 6,000 ft. down into the famous abyss carved by the Colorado River. Most of the visitors walk a short half-mile foot path framed by narrative plaques. A few thousand take white water rafts or mule rides into the Canyon. But you could be one of the early birds to try the latest viewing experience reaching some of the least crowded viewpoints by hummer! This new touring concept, a 4-wheeling tour offered at the South Rim by Buck Wild, provides some of the most colorful and knowledgeable guides bringing their expertise: on the history of the region, the forces of nature that shaped the canyon, and the ancient people who inhabited the land. You’ll venture to less congested overlooks such as Yavapai Point, Duck-on-a-Point and Moran Point. Unlike the large passenger busses, Buck Wild is a more personal experience on hummers that carry a maximum of 13 passengers. Some of the most famous, widely recognizable and mystical images of the Grand Canyon are viewed with opportunities for capturing on your cameras. This is well-suited to adventure seekers and families with a taste for the unusual. Prices start at $107 for this 2-hour introduction into the storied canyon which embarks just outside the Grand Canyon Village. (buckwildhummertours.com) Remote, rugged, real, a photographer’s Valhalla, and not for everyone is Antelope Canyon (pictured above with sand flowing in vertical streams) — the most photographed slot canyon in the world — 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.) Sand dunes from an ancient sea of rushing waters solidified over millennia into what are variously called skinny caves, wind caves, slot and corkscrew canyons. The narrow beams of light at certain times of day swirl downward from 140-feet overhead offering great photo ops. Navajo guides are your gateway to this world wonder. For the most reliable option, you can book tours from Page at about $75 or guides at the Gate are available for a fee plus entrance fees to The Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park. (928) 698-3384. Gates open around 9 a.m. and the last tour is given at about 3 p.m. (www.pagechamber.com) (928) 645-2741. 96
So, a trick to finding the true pulse of a place is to seek out humble haunts beloved by the natives like eateries and barber shops. While in Page, you can learn of the true hot tickets worth zeroing in on when wishing to go deep into a region’s charm. Since 1964 Barber Works has been the home town barber shop operating with the philosophy that therapy is expensive, so why not just get a haircut where the barbers are good listeners? Mike Windsor, Sally Holmes and Connie Howard are Barber Works barbers with more than 100 years collective experience. The prices are reasonable and the hair care is reputed to be excellent. If you’re in their chairs asking where to go for a good local dining experience, depending on the question, they mention Strombolli’s for a memorable buildyour-own calzone, or describe the entertaining Native American dinner theatre decorated with panoramic scenes of Grand Canyon white water rafting at Into the Grand, where a delicious buffet dinner of Navajo favorites (including Fry Bread and Navajo tacos) is served followed by a 45-minute tribal showcase of live acoustical music, singing, and dancing. Reservations suggested. 928-660-8593.
Ghost Towns of the Southwest is a great book that will launch you into a new neck of the woods with a feature chapter on the old silver mining town of Jerome in north central Arizona (less than a two-hour ride from Phoenix.) Portions of this hamlet move of their own accord. Underground blasting in the1920s loosened many foundations. Some buildings have relocated themselves by 200 or more feet! After mines closed in the 1950s, an eclectic group of artists and historians re-colonized this gateway village to the Grand Canyon, opening bars, restaurants and antique shops. To be intrigued, take a ghost tour of the historic homes and a converted school and hospital. (www.toursofjerome.com) Echoes from the past await you right in the midst of modern metro Phoenix as well (after you’ve puttered on some of its more than 200 golf courses.) Simply plan a visit to The Brass Armadillo, a gigantic antique mall just past Scottsdale where you could spend 3 or 4 hours hunting for the world’s ugliest lamp table, a snuff box, maybe a celebrityautographed baseball to add to your collection. (www.brassarmadillo.com) Speaking of collections, why not see how many recipes for salsa you can try while you are strategically positioned in a culinary sweet spot for Sonoran Mexican cuisine. La Santisima Gourmet Taco Shop in Phoenix has generally great Mexican food and upwards of 20 different salsas for you to sample — from a strawberry salsa to one that has a puree of peanuts! www.lasantisimagourmet.com
Restaurants like Saguaro Corners (est. 1956) make a city come alive in the way no monument or museum can. This out-of-the-way restaurant, that some regulars at our resort in Tucson who are determined diners return to every year, is about a 45-minute drive east of town (off Old Spanish Trail) through some high desert where tumbleweed blows across the road in the summer. This humble haunt is visited daily/nightly by the hooved and winged creatures and critters that roam the desert feasting on the vegetation and steak bones that are the litter and landscape of the property. The most popular visitors that lumber about are the families of javelina (resembling a wild boar) that lumber and snort about, visible from the restaurant’s porches, patios and bay windows. This unpretentious watering hole serves tavern eats including house-made potato chips with jalapeno ranch dip appetizers and the entrée trinity for carnivores: steak/ ribs / meatloaf, plus their popular John Wayne Burger. The creative kiddie menu includes a heaping bowl of buttered noodles. Oh, and quinoa salad and a salmon choice satisfy the vegetarian and pescatarian in the crowd. Diners are treated to local live entertainment Wednesdays through Sundays with an acoustic guitar brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. (520) 886-2020 (www.saguarocorners.net) Locals and others in-the-know head down to the barrios of Tucson to discover the sweet side of South of the Border and a whole new language of confections at the venerable La Estrella Bakery in two neighborhoods just outside of town. The baking tortillas and loaves of bolillos (fresh daily), spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne and cocoa powder perfume the air at 5266 S. 12th Avenue and 100 S. Avenida Del Convento as you wander into the bakeries to order conchos, empanadas, custard-filled churros and the brown sugar cookie coyotas that compete for your affectionate nibble with some Mexican coffee, hot cocoa or horchata (www.laestrellabakeryinaaz.com) Shopkeepers and devotees here guarantee conversations with locals including natives and snowbirds. If you travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape you, then the less traveled roads promise rich rewards. Welcome the adventure. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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