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November 2018

Discover the Untold Story of


The Women of the West

Depictions in Western Art HIDDEN IN THE HILLS

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Timbers Lounge 10 am Convention Center 10 am Indian Pine Restaurant, Breakfast Buffet until 10 am Thanksgiving Menu 11am

To All of America’s Veterans & Members of the U.S. Armed Forces: This Veteran’s Day WE SALUTE YOU AND THANK YOU for Your Service to America!

Veteran’s Day Sunday Nov. 11, 2018

Free Lunch Buffet for a Veteran plus 1

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Friday November 2, 2018 Tickets $10.00, Room Package $79.00

Tickets on Sale in Gift Shop Doors open at 7pm, Show at 8pm Must be 21 or Older with ID

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New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West This traveling exhibition’s debut features more than 100 early 20th century artworks by 70 artists that lived and worked in Santa Fe & Taos, NM — important art colonies then and now.

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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | November 2018 |

on the cover.............................................. pg. 24

The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon at MIM




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Governor Doug Ducey’s Letter Editor’s Page Finding Fall Colors in Arizona On Stage: AZ Performing Arts Scottsdale Museum of the West Sedona’s Top 5 Hikes Why Are Sedona’s Rocks Red? Pink Jeep Adventure Tours The Rusty Spur Saloon The Gateway to the Grand Canyon Honoring AZ Heroes Concierge Corner

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here is plenty to be thankful for wherever we find ourselves this November. We have holidays to help our remembrance. And since you’re here, we’ll offer a few suggestions on how to spend your time in Arizona in a state of gratefulness. The brave men and women who have served in our military will be honored throughout our state with Veterans Day parades and fanfare. Join in the festivities while you’re here. We have a full list of events this month and many are centered on lauding our military members. Our article on page 84, “Honoring Our Bravest” picks up on the theme of sacrifice and describes the commemorations around Arizona that pay homage to our firefighters. A Tribute and Learning Center in Prescott, and a Memorial State Park in Yarnell honor the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew who lost their lives while battling a wildfire in Yarnell, AZ. The article also describes the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting which maintains thousands of pieces of memorabilia dedicated to remembering the first responder profession. The sacrifice of others should always lead us to thankfulness. November is the classic season to reflect on everything we are grateful for. On “The First Thanksgiving,” the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Tribe came together to celebrate and express their gratitude for having survived the difficult conditions they were living in. I have to wonder if we technophiles would’ve lasted long enough to join the festivities! What was truly remarkable about the first Thanksgiving was not only the Pilgrims’ ability

to survive in a harsh new world, but also the Native American tribes’ willingness to help. It is this tradition of sharing, neighborliness, and community building that is hopefully what remains through all our cultural revisions of Thanksgiving. Arizona is home to 21 federally recognized Native American tribes. In the Grand Canyon State, tribal lands make up 19.8 million acres, or about 27.1 percent of Arizona’s gorgeous landscape. Many Native American cultures describe their community as consisting of more members than solely humans. Animals, plants, and the land itself under this philosophy become more than a resource, they are a member of the community to be cared for. This relationship to nature is expressed in many of the ceremonies, songs, dances, works of art, and stories that honor and offer gratitude to animals, plants and the land we walk upon. So what about Thanksgiving in Arizona? Of course we have much to be thankful for in the Grand Canyon State: the breathtaking, rugged desert beauty that surrounds us; the unbeatable sunsets; and the glorious November weather, to name just a few! If you’re joining us this month, you will want to not only take in your stunning surroundings, but also take a page from the tribes who have nurtured the land even farther back than the first Pilgrims’ feast, and celebrate with a newfound gratefulness for the land and all it provides. We are thrilled to be sharing our wonderful state with you for however long you stay. We are thankful you came and we hope you enjoy experiencing the unique beauty of Arizona while you’re here. Happy November! AZ ~ Serena Webbe, Editor


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With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480.478.6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit

Karla Bonoff Sunday, November 18 | 7:00 p.m. Monday, November 19 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $38.50–$45.50 One of the finest singer-songwriters of our generation, her music can break your heart or make it soar to the highest heights.

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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy live country & western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that was once a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time and some great music, 480-425-7787. ALL MONTH Desert Diamond Casino (GLENDALE) A good time is never far away. Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s shuttle, the Jackpot Express, picks up & drops off at several locations throughout the West Valley. Located right in the heart of Glendale’s entertainment district. Where jackpots hit close to home. Visit ddcaz. com or 866-DDC-WINS. ALL MONTH BODIES REVEALED Traveling Exhibition (SCOTTSDALE) Fascinating and Real. Come celebrate the wonder of the human form! BODIES REVEALED is a must-see during its limited time at OdySea in the Desert.

Over 200 actual human bodies are meticulously and respectfully displayed, offering an unprecedented look into your amazing body. 480-291-8000. ALL MONTH Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales at Desert Botanical Garden (PHOENIX) This compelling exhibition explores pollinators and Sonoran Desert elements, playfully arranged in dynamic compositions. Known widely for his vivid avian subjects, Gonzales is a classically trained painter with a fresh, contemporary perspective. Desert Botanical Garden, 480-941-1225, TUESDAY - SUNDAY Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection (SCOTTSDALE) More than 65 ceramics from one of the finest private collections of Hopi pottery, on exhibit for the first time. Spanning 6 centuries, this exhibition

explores the history and stylistic traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in the creation of ceramics for generations. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. (See ad on page 6 and mention KEYNov18 for a 20% discount.) WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a wine tasting and live music cruising on the Desert Belle! Call 480-984-2425 and mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 47) THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at Harold’s Corral, 8pm-11pm, 480-488-1906. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm–9pm, 800-782-1117.

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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ November 2 6th Annual Cooks and Corks (SCOTTSDALE) Cooks & Corks features Arizona’s top local chefs in a culinary spectacle of live cooking, showmanship and artful presentation at the Four Seasons Resort at Troon North. Plus: a superb collection of wines, spirits & craft beer. $125-175. www. November 2 & 3 Gilbert Off the Street Arts Festival (GILBERT) The festival will be held in the popular Heritage District in Downtown Gilbert and will be filled with live music, street performers, kids activities, food trucks, artisan and craft vendors. This year TasteAbout Gilbert will proudly present 50+ Gilbert area restaurants, craft breweries and Arizona wineries onto the Ash Street portion of the festival. Fri 4pm-9pm; Sat 9am-7pm. EVERY SATURDAY Rock ‘N’ Roll McDonald’s Car Show (SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music, this showcase of anywhere from 250–500 cars, and up to 150 motorcycles and choppers, is sure to satisfy collectors, dreamers, and aficionados, alike. The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 4pm-8pm, 480-362-2700.


November 2 - 4 25th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival (CAREFREE) Thunderbird Artists proudly presents this juried fine art festival featuring over 150 of the nation’s most accomplished artists. Enjoy paintings in all mediums, batiks, life-sized bronzes, pottery, glass, mixed media, and much more. Entertainment, wine tasting, microbrews, surrounding specialty shops & restaurants in the quaint Town of Carefree. Great for any art and wine lover! 10am–5pm, $3 Admission, and FREE Parking. 480-837-5637. November 2 - 4 Grand Prix of Scottsdale Weekend (SCOTTSDALE) The 4th Annual Grand Prix of Scottsdale roars through the streets of downtown Scottsdale’s Waterfront. This stylish event celebrates Americana, Arizona-made Vintage Mini Racers, heritage brands and the luxe euphoria of Roaring 1920s-era

racing and craftsmanship. FREE Admission. www. November 3 - 4 15th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Celebration (PHOENIX) Celebrate the Mexican tradition of Dìa de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, with a two-day festival filled with music, dance and storytelling. Children will love the crafts and face painting, but the whole family will enjoy the entertainment and browsing the Mercado filled with art, jewelry and other wares. Each day ends with La Procesión, a procession through the Garden, concluding with a traditional burning of troubles. At the Desert Botanical Garden, 10am-6pm. 480.941.1225. November 3 - 4 32nd Annual Red Mountain Eagle Pow Wow (SCOTTSDALE) Hots Drums: Northern Cree- Saddle Lake, Alberta Canada & Southern Style- Red Mesa, Arizona. Special Contests: Spotlight Dance, Hand Drum Contest, Team Dancing and Owl Dance. At Salt River Baseball Fields. FREE Admission. 602-882-5553. November 4 14th Annual Arizona Fall Festival (PHOENIX) Celebrate all things local to Arizona, at Margaret T. Hance Park. More than 100 vendors, live music, food samples from local restaurants, an AZ beverage garden, kids activities, raffle & more. FREE. 10am-4pm. 602-956-0909.

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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES November 10 18th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow (GLENDALE) Native American Heritage Festival at Arizona State University’s West campus. Celebrate Native American heritage and honor the contributions of all US veterans. Featuring Native arts & crafts, dancing, music, kid’s activities, art demos and food trucks. FREE event. 11am–10pm. 602-543-5300 or asuevents. November 12 City of Surprise 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade (SURPRISE) At Surprise Recreation Campus. The parade will feature more than 75 community entries honoring men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country. FREE. 9:30am. 623-222-2000

or specialevents. November 12 21st Annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade (PHOENIX) One of the premier Veterans Day events in the nation, with tens of thousands of spectators. The parade typically boasts more than 100 entries, featuring patriotic floats, high school marching bands, JROTC marching units, color guards, Veterans Service Organizations, animals, novelty units and much, much more. 480-772-2934. November 14 - 30 Illumination Festival of Lights (PHOENIX) Illumination is the country’s largest animated holiday drive-thru light show. This 1-mile driving attraction features millions of lights

synchronized to holiday music. $29 per vehicle. 6-10pm weekdays and 6-11pm weekends/holidays. 602-567-3618 or www. November 10 - 11 2nd Annual Mac & Cheese Fest (SCOTTSDALE) Two Tasty Days to enjoy Mac & Cheese creations from more than 30 restaurants and chefs bringing their cheesiest “A” game to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Also featuring a dedicated Beer Tent for local brews, a Game Deck for friendly competition, live music and a Demo Tent with cooking presentations. GA tickets are $15, VIP tickets are $75. Children 3 and under are FREE. 480-666-5545.





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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ November 16 - 17 2018 Gilbert Days Rodeo & Parade (GILBERT) Welcome Home Ranch. Rodeo, Little Dude rodeo, Gilbert Days Barrel race and roping & rodeo dance. November 16-18 & 23-25 22nd Annual Hidden in the Hills Artists Studio Tour (PHOENIX) A signature event of the non-profit Sonoran Arts League, the 2018 HITH featured 174 artists in 44 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree, and North Scottsdale. The FREE, self-guided studio tour offers seasoned collectors and art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe artists at work in their studios during the six-day tour. 480-575-6624. (See article on pg. 79) November 17 Phoenix Pizza Festival (PHOENIX) The first festival in AZ dedicated to pizza brings together great pizza makers and local businesses for a day of cheesy awesomeness at Margaret T. Hance Park. Live bands, breweries, wine, dessert vendors, and a kid’s craft zone. 11am-5pm, $10. 480-442-9176 or www. November 17 17th Annual Lighting of the Tallest Tree in the Nation (PHOENIX) A total of 80 strands of LED lights stretching 8,000 feet and more than 5,000 ornaments and bows will decorate the tree, along with a three-foot-tall copper star at the top. FREE concert, then 22

Santa will countdown & flip the switch to light the tree. FREE. 5-9pm. 623-465-9500 or November 18 Downtown Donut Festival (PHOENIX) Local donut makers will come together and serve $1 donuts, samples, donut holes, and all manner of donut creations. Mimosa bars, live music and wine tasting add to the donut enjoyment. Games and a craft zone for kids rounds out the fun. $8. 11am-5pm at Margaret T. Hance Park, 480.442.9176, November 23 Fantasy of Lights Opening Night Parade (TEMPE) Every year following Thanksgiving, Santa Claus arrives in Downtown Tempe along with festive floats, a celeb parade Grand Marshal and local marching bands along Mill Avenue District. FREE. 480-894-8158. November 24 25th Annual Glendale Glitters Spectacular (GLENDALE) The stunning display of 1.6 million LED lights will illuminate sixteen blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale, making it the largest FREE holiday light display in Arizona. The glittering magic remains lit Friday and Saturday nights, from 5– 11pm through December 16. 623-9302299.

month-long celebration starts on 11/24 with a tree lighting ceremony from 7pm-9pm. More than 1 million colors on the specially designed tree; hot cocoa and holiday goodies, and a sing-along featuring renowned orchestra MusicaNova comprised of over 50 musicians/ instruments. scottsdazzle. com. November 30 Holiday Pops (PHOENIX) It’s the most wonderful time of year as the beloved tradition, Holiday Pops, returns to Symphony Hall. Join The Phoenix Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and experience seasonal favorites and a popular Holiday Sing-Along!

November 30 Surprise Party (SURPRISE) A Surprise Party at Surprise Recreation Campus! Musical performances by “The Chadwicks,” balloon glow, skydivers, tree lighting ceremony, live music, Santa’s workshop, roaming entertainment and fireworks. FREE admission with canned food or toy donation Fri 5-9pm. 623-2222000 or specialevents.

November 24 Scottsdazzle Holiday Event (GLENDALE) The

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Discover the Untold Story of the


I Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard Phoenix, AZ 85050 480.478.6000

n 1932, the world heard the electric guitar broadcast over the radio for the very first time. This new sound changed music forever. Opening on November 9, The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon exhibition shares the untold story of the electric guitar from earliest imagination to musical revolution — exclusively at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). Based on the private collection of guitar historian Lynn Wheelwright, this exhibition features more than eighty of the world’s rarest electric guitars and amplifiers, including some of the first ever heard during the 1930s and 1940s and those played by the most famous electric guitarists known today. The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon shows how the electric guitar shaped musical genres beyond rock and roll, such as Hawaiian music, western swing, dance orchestra, and jazz. One remarkable instrument included in the exhibition is Alvino Rey’s 1932 Electro A-25, likely the first electric guitar ever played on a national radio broadcast. Considered the “Father of the Electric Guitar,” Rey was not only a talented performer but also a direct contributor to the research and development of amplified instruments for brands such as Rickenbacker, Gibson, and Fender. Another highlight is the 1940 Gibson ES-250 played by Charlie Christian, the acknowledged pioneer of electric jazz guitar, while a member of Benny


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on stage, this Les Paul was a staple of live performances in the late 1970s. Throughout the exhibition, guests can view original video production featuring demonstrations of vintage instruments and interviews with Grammy Award–winning jazz guitarist George Benson, guitar historians and collectors, friends and family of the pioneers of the electric guitar, and more. During opening weekend of The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon (November 9–11), go behind the scenes with special guests who will mark the occasion with engaging talks and demonstrations, revealing why the electric guitar made history nearly ninety years ago and still captures our attention today. Goodman’s sextet. An early adopter of the electric guitar, Christian was already performing captivating solos and thrilling audiences with the new sound by 1937, earning his status as the first modern electric guitar hero. In addition to early versions of the electric guitar, guests can also see instruments played by some of the most influential electric guitarists, including Pete Townshend of the Who and Ron Wood and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. One of those guitars is Townshend’s 1976 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. Featuring modified electronics and marked with a large number “5” for quick identification

On Friday, November 9, and Saturday, November 10, the MIM Music Theater will present evening concerts featuring renowned guitarist John Jorgenson as he leads a tribute to Charlie Christian with special guest Jason Marsalis along with Cindy Cashdollar and the Hot Club of Cowtown. These concerts will highlight some of the vintage sounds that made groundbreaking electric guitarists famous; concert tickets sold separately. For more information, visit AZ 25

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Latin Nights In The River Room Chapio Rubio Y Sus Plebes de Apoyo

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All Around Arizona November 9 - 11 33rd Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic (LAKE HAVASU CITY) The annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic is a pageant of aerial hi-jinx that has few equals. Hobbyists from all over the country gather together for three days to showcase their scale model planes and delight the crowd of spectators. Nowhere in the Southwest can you see over 100 radiocontrolled planes of all sizes and shapes on floats. Bring the family and come out to enjoy the balmy weather, lake and mountain views, and maybe even develop a new hobby. FREE to spectators. 928-855-1197. November 10 10th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival (SAHUARITA) Approximately 25,000 visitors come for the Pecan Festival every year. This is a family-focused, community oriented one-day event. It begins with the popular Pecan Classic and Family Nut Run/Walk. A variety of pecan activities will be showcased, including a pecan pie contest and pecan nut cracking competition. Harvest demonstrations, kids area, food court, marketplace and much more! Admission and shuttles to festival grounds are FREE, on-site parking is $5. 9 AM-5 PM. 520-329-5790 November 16 - 18 28th Annual Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival (YUMA) This Hot Air Balloon Festival, presented by the Caballeros de Yuma, is one of Yuma’s premier fall events. The festival attracts some of the most colorful and unique balloons from the West and Southwest. Staged over three days in November, with mass ascensions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, the festival uses the Colorado River and the Sonoran Desert as its backdrop. The highlight is the Desert Balloon Glow that takes place on Saturday night at Yuma’s Desert Sun Baseball Stadium where tethered balloons fill the baseball field and with their burners firing at full blast, the balloons glow brightly in the dark desert sky, The entire pageant is set to music. FREE. 928-343-1715

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MONDAYS Monday Football Madness (CAMP VERDE) Are you ready for some football? Watch the game on a 12 foot HDTV screen, enjoy a stadium style buffet, featuring home-teamthemed items along with tailgate favorites. Win Castle Cash and prizes. Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, $15, 800-381-SLOT.

ALL MONTH Out of Africa Wildlife Park (CAMP VERDE) Experience a completely different view of wildlife where exotic animals from around the world roam in spacious habitats. And with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Open daily, 928-567-2840 (See Page 63 for coupon) ALL MONTH Live Music at REDs (SEDONA) Acclaimed for its lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live evening entertainment daily, 6-9pm, 928-282-5321.

ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular offroad tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Tour. History buffs can explore the mystery and capture history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For See-Forever Vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Experience thrilling drops on the Diamond Gulch Tour. Call 833-314-7465 to book an amazing dventure! MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches attendees how to understand

and tap Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced prayer, meditation, mind/ body healing and out of the box creative thinking. At Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1pm-2:30pm, $15, call to reserve: 928-203-5353. TUESDAY - SATURDAY Live Entertainment at Timbers Lounge (PINETOP) Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center features 800 of the newest slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel rooms. Enjoy FREE live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). WEDNESDAYS Wineaux Wednesday (SEDONA) Sedona’s Best Sunsets & Wine Tasting with a dozen wines to taste. Different wine experts each week answer questions about the wine selections, Happy Hour Tapas menu and live entertainment starts at 6pm.


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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment & Dance at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live music, dancing and fun every Friday & Saturday night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT. November 1 - 3 Day of the Dead and Marigold Mural Project for Dia de Los Muertos (SEDONA) One of Tlaquepaque Art & Shopping Village’s most exciting events, this celebration of the Mexican tradition to honor those who have passed on is a must-do. From 11am-5pm, participants can paint on a 26-ft. community mural. Paints & brushes provided. Then, on 11/3 at 4pm, Day of the Dead festivities begin. Tributes for loved ones may be left as an offering, candles are available for purchase. Costumes, dancers, musicians, sugar skulls and painted faces will adorn the decorated streets! 928-282-4838. November 9 - 11 39th Annual Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship (WICKENBURG) Three days of bluegrass bands plus 13 contests for awards and cash, arts & crafts, KIDSZone, and food. At Bowman Rodeo Grounds. Fri 1-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am –5:30pm. 928-684-5479 or 800-942-5242 or November 22 7th Annual Light Up the Mountain Celebration (JEROME) Christmas begins at the top of the mountain in historic Jerome, AZ. Luminaries will light the streets at 5pm, Mingus Union HS Choir and Jazz Band will perform and Santa stops by for photos and to flip the switch at 6pm, lighting the park with a fabulous display of holiday cheer. November 23 - 24 An Irish Christmas (PRESCOTT) Riverdance principal dancer Caterina Coyne, World champion dancer Tyler Schwartz and Connor Reider (Celtic Fyre, The Chieftains) star in An Irish Christmas! Dancing, singing and Irish music celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. $20-$75. 928-777-1370. November 29 2nd Annual Grand Marshal Gala (PRESCOTT) At the Plaza View Ballroom at 6pm. Don’t miss the Chamber’s newest signature event honoring the Grand Marshal of the 36th Annual Christmas Parade! Reservations are required at

KICK UP YOUR HEELS. More great events are just around the corner. Join us out Wickenburg way!


19th Annual High Desert Golf Classic


Red Sparks German-American Day Festival


24th Annual Fly-In & Classic Car Show


39th Annual Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival



23rd Annual Christmas Parade of Lights


71st Annual Gold Rush Days & Rodeo


4th Annual Literacy Festival


4th Annual Vintage Marketplace


17th Annual Out 30th Annual Cowboy Wickenburg Way Christmas Poetry Street Dance & Gathering Food Truck Festival

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ome November, the Grand Canyon State has begun its long period of perfect weather. Cooler temperatures and shorter daylight hours send a signal to the trees, and they respond with an explosion of autumn colors. If you enjoy nature, hiking, and leaf peeping, then October will reward you with a spectacular display of nature’s grandeur. So grab a light jacket, hiking shoes, and a camera, and embark on a trip to experience the changing colors of the leaves.


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The Kachina Trail, located in the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff, meanders across the middle of the mountains while passing through Conifer groves and Aspens. Old growth forests at higher elevations contain Limber pines and Douglas firs. Lower elevations greet you with rising Ponderosa pines. (www. continued on pg. 75

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Sedona Northern Lights is the 3D holiday spectacle you don’t want to miss! The captivating light show is projected on a natural canvas and set against the back drop of Sedona’s starry sky. Experience it from Uptown Sedona and Gallery Row. For more information, visit


event calendar Williams, Flagstaff & Northern Az ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Drive into the Arizona wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Enjoy the antics of more animals and the fun of Bearizona’s popular holiday festival: HowlyOwly-Growly all month long. Call 928-635-2289 or visit FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Meet an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Meet a Lowell astronomer Friday & Saturday evenings 7:3010pm* and take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies & other celestial objects displayed on a large TV screen with the new MallinCam, 928774-3358. *Subject to astronomer availability.

WEEKENDS ALL MONTH The Polar Express (WILLIAMS) Every winter the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express train comes to life on a journey from the nighttime wilderness of Williams, AZ, to the enchanted beauty of “the North Pole”— where Santa Claus and his reindeer are waiting with a keepsake present for every good boy and girl. Weekends and select evenings 5:30 and 7:30pm starting November 9th. Grand Canyon Railway, 800-843-8724, November 23 Show Low Shines (SHOW LOW) An extravaganza of holiday lights and decorations that lights up the City from the day after Thanksgiving through January. Light displays at Show Low City Park, downtown and a dancing light display synchronized

to holiday music at Show Low City Hall. 928-532-4140 or recreation. November 30 Wild Wonderland (WILLIAMS) The fun begins on November 30th at Bearizona’s winter family favorite: Wild Wonderland! After normal hours visitors enjoy Fort Bearizona walk through portion of the park (the drive through portion is closed). There’s a festive light show every half hour, Mrs. Claus hosts Storytime at 6pm & 7pm with photo opps. Bearizona’s program animals come to the Gift Shop 5:30pm–7:30pm, and guests stay warm by the outdoor fire pit with s’mores for sale. Admission is separate from General Park Admission. Don’t forget to dress extra cozy for all the outdoor fun! Call 928-6352289 or visit

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ALL MONTH Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) Only one of its kind: Your Ghost Host leads you on a walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and alleys after dark. Learn about ghosts that haunt this 135 year old town. Family friendly tour at 5:30pm! Adults $15, Kids (under 12) $13, and dogs FREE! www.

November 2 - 4 32nd Annual Tucson Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games (TUCSON) Held at Rillito Raceway Park. Kilted bagpipe bands, Scottish, Irish, Cornish, Welsh music, dancing, food, athletic competitions, clan tents, vendors, military recreations. 520-909-7299 or www.

ALL MONTH Queen Mine Tour (BISBEE) Explore one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century. Don hats & mining lanterns, and ride the mine train deep underground, search for veins of copper, gold and turquoise, and experience the life of a miner. Reservations 520-432-2071.

November 2 - 4 11th Annual Tucson Comic Con (TUCSON) A show for professional guests from the comic book industry as well as local creators. This all-ages event is a good old-fashioned comic book convention. Fri. 1:30-6 pm; Sat. 9 am – 5 pm; Sun. 9 am – 3 pm. 1-800-745-3000 or www.

November 8 - 30 Lights of the World Festival (TUCSON) 45+ displays and more than six million lights. FREE carnival rides. An unforgettable exploration of global cultures and cuisine. Acrobatics, sea lion show. $16-18. Tu-Su 5-10pm. At the Kino Sports Complex. www. November 30 31st Annual Luminaria nights (TUCSON) 2,500+ candlelit luminarias and 20+ Korean lanterns adorn the Tucson Botanical Gardens creating something magical. Nightly performances, musicians and dancers, food and drinks in flavors of the season from Cafe Botanica as well as Tucson’s favorite Food Trucks! 5:30-8:30pm, $9-$18. 520-326-9686.

ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) Experience Biosphere 2 for yourself! Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, milliongallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit



ALL MONTH Butterfly Magic (TUCSON) Magic returns to Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion! A fully immersive experience surrounding you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids in bloom. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 520-3269686,





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. 3. HOT AIR EXPEDITIONS Embark on an unforgettable journey as you soar over the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a Hot Air Balloon! Daily balloon flights available with Hot Air Expeditions 480-502-6999. 34

4. THE PHOENIX ZOO Home to more than 1,400 animals including more than 30 different endangered or threatened species from around the world. 602-286-3800. 5. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. 6. SHOP TIL YOU DROP While in Arizona, be sure to pick up a few treasures from the southwest. Discover the finest in Native American Art and Jewelry plus a myriad of beautiful art and decor pieces at Gilbert Ortega Gallery. 480-990-1808. 7. STELLAR ADVENTURES Get ready to explore the unique Sonoran Desert with ATV & UTV adventures, Hummers, 4x4 Jeeps, Shooting, plus Stargazing with Night Vision! Land & Lake 1/2 Day Excursion now available. Your adventure begins where the pavement ends! 602-402-0584.

8. SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST This must-see attraction features regularly changing exhibits of Western art, Old West artifacts and historic Native American objects on loan from the world’s foremost collectors and institutions, 480-686-9539. 9. CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN A top hiking destination known for it’s dramatic views of the Valley make this a popular spot. Be sure to head out early because both hikes to the top (Cholla and Echo Canyon trails) are challenging. Visitors should prepare well with plenty of water and novices may consider a guided hike. 602-495-5458. 10. SCENIC BOAT CRUISES Enjoy a 90 minute cruise on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle Cruises (480-984-2425) or explore Canyon Lake with Dolly Steamboat on a 90 minute cruise (480-827-9144). AZ

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inter, Spring, Summer or Fall… no matter what time of year you visit the Valley of the Sun, there will be much to see and do. The Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty begins with rugged mountains, Saguaro cactus towering over adventure trails, and pink and orange sunsets you thought you only read about in Western novels.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 36

Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World Famous Fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and concerts make Fountain Hills/Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 AZ

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HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 • Harold’s features the finest Choice hand carved steaks and daily delivered fresh seafood. All the BBQ meats are smoked on premise using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. The wide variety menu features everything from Salads, Steaks, Seafood, Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona.

RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon serves up great live country and western music daily. It’s located in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank and the walls are decorated with dollar bills, license plates and all kinds of American memorabilia. Lunch served daily from 11 - 4pm.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 290 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480.991.5988 • Get the best steak house experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Scottsdale. Their signature 500° sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. The steak house has magnificent sunset views and a beautiful outside patio and terrace. Call today for an unforgettable dining experience!

VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • Casual and moderately priced, Veneto Trattoria offers light, Northern Italian cuisine with a Venetian accent. Located in Hilton Village, the restaurant is known for its hand-fashioned pastas and gnocchi, and luscious risottos. Menu highlights include Venetian-style squid, calves’ liver and dried salt cod, called baccala. An extensive wine list offers a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Enjoy dining on the patio or inside where the atmosphere let’s you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm.

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shopping In need of some retail therapy? Then get ready to navigate the most incredible array of upscale boutiques, specialty gift shops, outdoor promenades, outlet centers, luxury jewelers and so much more! Find the latest designer fashions, unique pieces of the southwest to take home, authentic Native American art & jewelry and everything in between. We promise you will shop ‘til you drop! Remember to keep an eye out for the perfect tote to carry home all your special finds! ELITE JEWELRY & LOAN 805 N Scottsdale Road Tempe, AZ 85281 480-699-6639 This is not your typical pawn shop. Elite Jewelry and Loan is ready to meet all its customers’ jewelry and lending needs by both buying and selling unique and valuable jewelry and collectibles. The impressive array of gorgeous merchandise is a shopper’s dream. HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 Find exceptional women’s clothing and accessories from the finest homes in the Valley! Vast collection of jewelry including one-of-a-kind pieces of sterling silver and set stones from India, Indonesia and Nepal. 40

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GILBERT ORTEGA GALLERY 3925 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-990-1808 Gilbert Ortega is a nationally recognized dealer of Native American Art and Jewelry that has been operating for over 50 years. Located in Old Town Scottsdale at Main Street & Scottsdale Road.

SPHINX DATE CO. PALM & PANTRY 3039 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-941-2261 • Unique local gift baskets include Arizona grown Medjool dates, dried fruits and gourmet nuts, Arizona wine & beer baskets and other extraordinary gifts.

SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 Avenue of the Fountains #100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • Voted One of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores, Sami Fine Jewelry is a great place to buy your jewelry! Home to many unique one of kind jewelry designs, Sami’s is know for their style. If your looking for something that will set you apart, you are sure to find it at Sami’s!

THE TOWN DUMP 6820 E Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek, AZ 480-488-9047 • It’s difficult to describe the shopping experience at the Town Dump. It’s a wild and crazy store, the self-proclaimed ‘Home of Mafunction Junction’ that has been serving the area for over 30 years. Whatever you’re looking for, and even what you would never think to go in search of, you’ll find at The Town Dump.


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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix

OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Gilbert Ortega. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4

CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Intimate and unique shopping and dining Map B4 experience including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and Betteridge Jewelers. Scottsdale Rd EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 BOULDERS Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air and restaurants, a full-service luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Scottsdale Map C4 Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 KIERLAND COMMONS WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique shopping, dining and entertainment in an water features, Westgate Entertainment District urban setting. Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / delivers an interactive shopping, dining and Scottsdale Map J3 entertainment experience. Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale



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the performing arts ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria AZ 85382 (623) 776-8400 • Arizona Broadway Theatre’s performance space includes table seating for 470 patrons, and every seat has an unobstructed view of the stage. The menu for the included dinner changes for each show, themed toward the production itself. PRESENTING: Titanic the Musical Through November 10, 2018 Miracle on 34th Street November 23 - December 29, 2018 ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (520) 622 - 2823 in Tucson (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix Arizona’s fully professional ‘state theatre’ has a proud 50-year history performing in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art; and in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center. PRESENTING: Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End Through November 10, 2018 (Tucson) November 15 - December 2, 2018 (Phoenix) ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-3434 • ASU Gammage is a world-class arts presenting organization, bringing the best of the performing arts to Arizona. This venue seats 3,023 patrons in elegant continental seating. PRESENTING: On Your Feet! November 6 - 11, 2018 Dear Evan Hansen November 27 - December 2, 2018


BALLET ARIZONA 602.381.1096 • Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. PRESENTING: The Nutcracker December 13 - 24, 2018 CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. PRESENTING: The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus Through November 18, 2018 Ella Enchanted: The Musical December 15 - 30, 2018 PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • The largest producing regional theatre company in the Valley, Phoenix Theatre offers over 400 performances on multiple stages and thriving education and outreach programs to more than 100,000 audience members a year. PRESENTING: Fun Home Through December 2, 2018 Elf: The Musical November 14 - December 30, 2018

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he hilarious holiday favorite Elf debuted for theatergoers in 2003 and quickly became a pop-culture Christmas classic. The antics of the film-version’s star, Will Ferrel, are silly and sweet enough to be enjoyable to the whole family and make it into network TV’s seasonal replays around the holidays. In 2010, this amiability translated to the stage in the musical adaptation by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. This holiday season, patrons of Arizona’s Phoenix Theatre can catch the antics of Elf: The Musical during the months of November and December (see dates left). If, however seemingly impossible, you’ve missed all the showings of the movie over the last 15 years, now is your chance to see it on stage. Here’s the rundown: raised by Christmas elves, Buddy always felt a little…different. When Santa reveals to him that he’s actually a human being, Buddy goes on an adventure to the magical realm of

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New York City to find his father and learn what it means to be a human. Rosalie O’Conner Photography Get your © sparkle-jolly-twinkle-jingle on with this jolly musical. Seeing it might even get you onto the good list! Also based on a beloved holiday film, the musical stage production of Miracle on 34th Street tells the tale of a last-minute Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa fill-in named Kris Kringle, who may or may not be THE Santa Claus. Filled with humor, spectacle, and treasured songs such as My Wish, Expect Things to Happen, and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, this festive, heart-warming musical is a must-see for the entire family. Arizona Broadway Theatre presents this classic in November and December (see dates left) with a full dinner for a fantastic night out and lasting memories. AZ 53


The Women

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On Exhibit: November 20, 2018 through April 14, 2019


est known for his portrayals of the American West as a man’s world, Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) depicted a surprising number of women throughout his artistic career. While many of his images of women conform to the pervasive stereotypes and artistic trends of turnof-the-century America, his representations were more nuanced and action-oriented than those of numerous contemporaries. Building off of the pioneering research of Ginger K. Renner, the exhibition will include 60 works in oil, watercolor, pen and ink, and bronze that span Russell’s career from 1890 to 1926, plus several additional works by notable artists. Exhibition Presenting Sponsors are the Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation, J.P. Morgan and Scottsdale Art Auction. AZ TOP LARGE: Charles M. Russell, Lady Buckeroo, c. 1920–1925, watercolor, pen and ink on paper; Montana Historical Society, Mackay Collection, Helena, Montana.


TOP INSET: Charles M. Russell, Keeoma, 1898, oil on canvas; Montana Historical Society, Mackay Collection, Helena, Montana.

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aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history & archaeology; arts & culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual & metaphysical, imagine doing all this amid a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is both wild & wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday-and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 866-878-2489 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all 56

within close proximity to the parks, attractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”—John Muir 1. Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek is an easy hike around this famous formation that takes 1-2 hours and is a 4 mile roundtrip. 2. Cathedral Rock in West Sedona is an easy hike that follows Oak Creek to a stunning view that takes 30-40 minutes and is a 1.5 mile roundtrip. 3. Boynton Canyon is an easy hike with heavenly and open canyon spaces that takes 3-4 hours and is a 6.5 mile roundtrip. A Red Rock Pass is required when on National Forest land. You must display the pass on your windshield or you may receive a citation. Passes can be purchased at the Sedona Visitor Center for a minimal cost.


4. Devil’s Bridge in West Sedona is a moderate hike that leads to a geographical wonder that takes 1-2 hours and is a 2 mile roundtrip. 5. Bear Mountain is a strenuous hike for the experienced climber with awesome terrain changes and views. Prepare for about 5-6 hours for this 5 mile roundtrip hike. Happy Trails! AZ

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Art and Soul of Sedona,” this is a not-to-be-missed Sedona experience! 928-282-4838. 5. VERDE VALLEY WINE COUNTRY – Perhaps surprising to some is the lush wine country in the Verde Valley that is home to several Arizona wineries, well worth a taste or two. 6. SEDONA ROUGE HOTEL & SPA – Unwind in spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and hotel suites. Feast upon modern cuisine and delicious comfort foods at REDS Restaurant. Rejuvenate your mind and body at the luxurious Spa. 866-312-4111. 7. MONTEZUMA CASTLE One of our nation’s first National Monuments, Montezuma Castle and the nearby natural spring Montezuma Well are a must-see for travelers to the Sedona area. Though not necessarily the abode of its Aztec emperor namesake, visitors can learn about the Native Americans who most likely built the structure and left the surrounding

artifacts. History buffs will be transported back to a fascinating era. Operated by the National Park Service. (928) 567-3322 x221. 8. RED ROCK MAGIC TROLLEY – “Experience the Magic of Sedona” with a whimsical tour from Red Rock Magic Trolley. Touring Sedona by trolley is an easy and fun way to see a whole lot of Sedona. You’ll get a great introduction to the beauty, culture, and sights of this breathtaking and magical town. 928.821.6706. 9. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK – Slide Rock provides a natural water slide that invites everyone to be a kid again. Shaded by cottonwoods and sycamores along the canyon walls, hikers can explore the trails. 928-282-3034 10. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS – One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks, the Chapel rises two-hundred feet above ground surface between two red rock formations that accentuate its 90-foot tall cross. Definite Must-see. AZ

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he incredible array of colors displayed by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks is a direct result of iron oxide in water seeping into sandstone rock formations. Water carrying dissolved iron oxide drains through the porous sandstone and literally paints quartz grains – you guessed it – red!

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The Red Rocks vary in origin, color and age. Some were originally sea sediment while others came from blowing sand. You’ll see bright orange, red and tan rocks. The brightest orange rocks are more than 250 million years old. White and grey rocks are limestone that formed at the bottom of the sea or sandstone that had its red color washed out by water. You may also stumble across basalt extruded by volcanoes in the past. Sedona and its famous Red Rocks have been in the making for hundreds of millions of years. There are many ways to enjoy the scenery, just be sure to get out and experience Sedona’s world renowned Red Rocks! And remember, take only memories, leave only footprints. AZ Arizona KEYMagazine


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xplore the world-famous red rocks of Sedona from the open-air, customized passenger area of one of their iconic pink Jeep Wranglers. Rumble over the terrain and visit some of Sedona’s most popular attractions, including Chapel Butte, Chimney Rock, the Sedona vortexes, the Honanki Heritage Site and many others. With over 14 Sedona tours; each with different sights and stops, but all with the same sense of energy and adventure that only Sedona can bring. Can’t choose? The Broken Arrow tour is their signature adventure, with a path that is totally exclusive to Pink Jeep Tours!

If you have more time and want something even “grander” then take a Pink Jeep Tours trip at the Grand Canyon. Named by USA Today as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see, once-in-

a-lifetime destination and Pink Jeep Tours makes it even more memorable.

With an expert tour guide at the wheel, you’ll be chauffeured to all the best lookouts at this natural wonder including Navajo Point, the Trail of Time and the Desert View Watchtower. With five different tour options, including two sunset tours, you’ll be sure to find an itinerary that fits your schedule. At either destination, you’ll end your trip blown away by the Pink Jeep Tours difference. Not only do they have awe-inspiring itineraries and comfortable, state-of-the-art vehicles — they also have the best guides in the business. To book your Pink Jeep Tour or for more information, call 1.800.873.3662 or visit AZ

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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” 
— President Theodore Roosevelt


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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 programs—walks, talks, and evening presentations—throughout the year. All activities are free.

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ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? The Grannd Canyon invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it.

The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 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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Rusty Spur Saloon You can tell by the Barstools... IT’S NOT JUST A BAR, IT’S A DESTINATION! Rusty Spur Saloon 7245 E. Main Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 Lunch Served 11AM - 4PM Daily



urrounded by the glitz and glamour of Old Town Scottsdale’s tourist destinations, the Rusty Spur brings some sorely needed honky-tonk authenticity to the “West’s Most Western Town.” Smaller than a horse stable and usually packed to the rafters with neighborhood regulars and outof-towners who want to throw back a brew in a real Western saloon, the Rusty Spur Saloon is a favorite of the local-boydone-good, country star Dierks Bentley, who has been known to drop in when visiting his old stomping grounds.

The Rusty Spur has both kinds of music – country and western. Well, actually it’s got a bit of blues and rockabilly in the mix as well. And Arizona KEYMagazine

if you want to drop in to enjoy an ice cold beer and some hot country dancing, this is the place. It’s known not only for its excellent live acts, but for its boisterous, lively crowds, especially on weekend nights. The Rusty Spur offers a guaranteed good ol’ time. In addition to the music, the Rusty Spur offers a real Old West feel. It’s located in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank and the walls are aptly decorated with dollar bills, license plates and all kinds of American memorabilia. Walk through these swingin’ doors and you’re guaranteed a good time with great music. On Rusty Spur’s website you can check out some tunes by the performers that play there, as well as the lunch menu, entertainment schedule, pictures and videos: AZ

A ‘Must Try’ when you stop by — Rusty’s Prickly Pear Margarita!




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Every autumn, Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona, puts on a vibrant red display of Oaks and Maples. You can drive the scenic length of Route 89A, or walk along the West Fork of Oak Creek. Incredible red rock scenery, towering cliffs, and the babbling creek add to nature’s painting of deep red and scarlet leaves. ( Rising to an elevation of about 8,400 feet, the Hualapai Mountains are topped with Ponderosa pines and aspens. To navigate this forest labyrinth, hike the Potato Patch Loop as it weaves and circles Aspen Peak. In addition to a wonder color palette, the trail provides a nice adventure complete with twists, turns, and giant boulders. ( Of course, Arizona has an incredible collection of state parks that explode in color throughout the year. From the stunning vistas of the Basin and Range province of Southern to Central Arizona, to the rugged beauty of the Transition Zone of Central to Northern Arizona, and to the Mogollon Rim cliffs and forests of the Colorado Plateau in Northern Arizona, the Arizona State Park system provides a kaleidoscope of fall colors. As autumn progresses, be sure to visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park to witness firsthand, the grove of burgundy Chinese pistachios, Sycamores and Varnish trees. ( Welcome to autumn in Arizona. May your visit be full of vibrant colors, stunning scenery, and life-long memories. AZ

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Glendale / West Valley 1. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 85 exhibits and the all new 15-acre Safari Park. See ad page 77 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 2. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, east of the Loop 101. 623-385-7502. 3. WIGWAM RESORT Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples vintage charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, a superb spa & distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 4. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment 76

district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! 5. ANTIQUE ROW – More than 70 antique shops line the streets of Historic downtown Glendale, giving this large city a hometown vibe. Free nearby parking make the 10 square blocks walkable and an ideal day of shopping and dining. www. 6. SPORTS ARENAS – Arizona’s West Valley is home to the Arizona Cardinals Stadium as well as the Gila River Arena where The Arizona Coyotes hockey team plays. Both venues also host large scale events for off-season fun. Cardinals: (623) 433-7101, Coyotes: (623) 772-3800. 7. CERRETA CANDY COMPANY – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for the ‘choco-holic’ in all of us for over 40 years. The entire Cerreta family has been perfecting the art of candy-making over multiple

generations. Enjoy a guided tour during the week and a non-guided video tour at other times. 623-930-9000. 8. BOOTS AND BIKES The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. 623-932-3811. 9. TOPGOLF This sports entertainment complex is a lively way for pros and golfing newbies to wile away the hours. The high-tech climate-controlled hitting bays, with a constant supply of food and music make this a hit with all visitors. (623) 218-2243. 10. LAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun,” the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Turn off your mobile phone and turn up the family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ

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Cave Creek & Carefree 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-4881906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek,

except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences you will have in Arizona. 480-488-9047. 4. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique English / Victorian atmosphere. 480-488-4812. 5. HISTORIC SPANISH VILLAGE – Located in the heart of Downtown Carefree along whimsical Ho Hum road, this is one of the first buildings constructed in Carefree and remains a cultural and art hub. 6. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB – Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek, 480-488-0398. 7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to come a bit closer. The


steel kinetic wind sculpture turning in the breeze captures the attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757. 8. CAVE CREEK MUSEUM Started in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/ Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480-488-2764. 9. BARTLETT LAKE Located just 20 miles east of Carefree, visitors can drive to Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. 480-595-3300. 10. FRONTIER TOWN Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in Arizona, full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ

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HIDDEN IN THE HILLS Nov 16-18 & Nov 23-25 480.575.6624

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rizona’s largest and longest-running artist studio tour and sale, Hidden in the Hills (HITH), will take place during the last two weekends of November, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 16, 17 & 18 and November 23, 24 & 25, 2018. A signature event of the non-profit Sonoran Arts League, Hidden in the Hills features 174 artists in 44 studio locations throughout the scenic Desert Foothills communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale. Now in its 22nd year, the free, self-guided studio tour offers seasoned collectors and art enthusiasts a rare chance to observe artists at work in their private studios, which are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the six-day tour. Each studio has one or more guest artists who also display and sell their work. Many guest artists are also set up to demonstrate.

“There were many strong entries this year, but Michael’s painting took our breath away,” said HITH marketing chair Carole Perry, a glass artist whose studio has been on the tour for all 22 years. “His use of color is both calming and powerful. Whether he’s painting a jagged desert hill, a sunset, or an abstract expressionist piece, his work stirs emotions with fresh, bold shapes and rich color.” Known for including both nationally-recognized and emerging artists, Hidden in the Hills attracts thousands of patrons who appreciate fine art and seek a variety of mediums, styles and price ranges. With the event taking place the weekends before and after Thanksgiving, the art tour also attracts holiday shoppers who want to find an original, unique gift. AZ For information, call (480) 575-6624, or visit


Williams Visitor Center 200 W. Railroad Ave. Williams, AZ 86046

“If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on Route 66.” ~lyrics by Bobby Troup


he noastalgia and fun of Old Route 66... soda fountains, classic cars, cowboy culture and neon lights; lives on in the historic town of Williams, Arizona.

Well worth a visit on your way to the south rim, you’ll find this tourist fave a convenient pitstop before or after a mustdo excursion to Grand Canyon National Park — hence the city’s apt slogan ‘Gateway to the Grand Canyon’. One of the magical ways to see the Grand Canyon in fact, is to hop aboard a train at the Williams depot. The Grand Canyon Railway offers a relaxing and scenic trip down memory lane as you imagine yourself to be a traveler from the past riding the rails in times gone by. Williams is a diehard town. It was the last town on Historic Route 66 to finally be bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1984. This maverick cowboy town has survived to the delight of its many annual visitors who come to Williams to enjoy street gunfights, classic car shows, rodeos, The Polar Express train ride, and more. It seems safe to say that William “Old Bill” Williams, the town’s founder and legendary mountain man, — whose statue watches over the city from Monument park — would be pleased by the progress and simultaneous timelessness of his namesake town. AZ 80

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Prescott 1. WHISKEY ROW Whiskey Row is a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and peoplewatch. 2. SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM Prescott is home of the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion built in 1864. The Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals. 928-445-3122. 3. HASSAYAMPA INN A must for savvy travelers searching for a relaxing respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Yesteryear’s charm combines with today’s modern amenities to make the Hassayampa Inn a haven for sophisticated guests seeking a sense of pampered well-being. 928-778-9434.


4. PRESCOTT STATION Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located in the heart of Prescott just a short walk from the historic downtown Courthouse Square. 928-778-0133. 5. CITY OF PRESCOTT LAKES – With kayak, canoe and bicycle rental at all three lakes via Prescott Outdoors, you’ll have no problem planning your outdoor escape to enjoy all the natural bounty that Northern Arizona has to offer. 928-925-1410. 6. HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY A non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Open year round, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. 877-778-6008. 7. ANTELOPE HILLS GOLF COURSE – Features 36 holes of championship golf in the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona. At

an elevation of 5,000 ft., the two courses sport bent grass greens and bluegrass.928-777-1888. 8. THE SMOKI MUSEUM This treasure documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230. 9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT Don’t miss the MileHigh Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System, and the Greenways Trails System. 10. ANTIQUE ROW Browse and shop in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where specialty boutiques and interesting galleries offer shoppers a delightful diversion. This historic city has long been known as one of the West’s best places to shop for antiques. AZ

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KEY Guide to Best Campgrounds

by Kirstin Conlon


rizona’s reputation for boundless desert terrain doesn’t exactly cultivate thoughts of most typical camping trips! After all, the collective camping ideal involves relaxing in the shade of sprawling pine trees in a mountainous setting, with squirrels scampering about, ample hiking trails, plenty of wildlife, and a peaceful lake or stream to fish amd swim nearby. Surprisingly, wandering this great state reveals that Arizona actually has ALL of that! Whether you have a sentiment for the saguaros in southern Arizona or a passion for ponderosa pines in the northern parts, Arizonans (and Arizona visitors from near and far) enjoy some of the most picturesque campgrounds in the country. The best part is… you can access them year-round! To ensure that your next Arizona campout is an amazing adventure, we’ve taken the time to list our favorites! The list is quite long, mind you, so we’ve divided it into segments that we share over several issues. If you’re just visiting for a short time and/or need the information at lightning speed, we’ve made it easy. Simply scan the code to download our full guide to 38 of our top AZ camping picks from around the state. Starter List on page 85. ACCESS YOUR FB MESSENGER SCANNER:








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. Free admission for kids 17 and under!


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ovember is a time to reflect on things we are thankful for. Without a doubt, there are many brave souls whose selfless acts have earned our collective gratitude and respect. Here in Arizona, home of Prescott’s Granite Mountain Hotshot Crewmembers who died while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in June of 2013, we have special places to remember our brave firefighters. Nineteen members of the young and fearless Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew tragically lost their lives in an effort to save the small ranching town of Yarnell, about 30 miles southwest of Prescott. The 2017 feature film, Only the Brave starring Josh Brolin, recounts both the elevation of the crew to Hotshot status (the elite training and certification necessary to fight wildfires) and the family lives of the men who ultimately gave their lives defending a rural Arizona town. In honor of the fallen firefighters, the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew has opened a Learning and Tribute Center at the Prescott Gateway Mall in Prescott, AZ, where visitors can learn about wildland fires, firefighting, and see artifacts and memorabilia from the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew and firefighting crews around the country. Another inspiring way Arizona recognizes its heroes is also open for visitor reflection. The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park in Yarnell offers visitors the opportunity to hike the Hotshot Trail through the Weaver Mountains. Along the arduous 7-mile round-trip hike, visitors will ascend 200+ stone carved stairs, and view 19 granite


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plaques (one for each firefighter) that are set into boulders. Memorial benches also line the trail that leads toward the Observation Deck where well-wishers often leave mementos in honor of the firefighters. From the Observation Deck, the path the Hotshots took to their last stand against the treacherous blaze is visible. From there, the final 3/4 mile trek is called the Journey Trail and leads to the final memorial site, a circle of wire gabions that surround the memorial flagpole and the 19 crosses in the center of the enclosure. Those interested in honoring our Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting nation’s firefighters should also visit 6101 E Van Buren St., Phoenix AZ 85008 the Hall of Flame Museum of (602) 275-3473 Firefighting in Phoenix. With nearly an acre of fire history exhibits, including over 130 wheeled apparatus and thousands of smaller artifacts. Among the six exhibit galleries is a 2,500 square foot area dedicated to the history of wildland firefighting in the United States. A replica of a lookout cabin and various information about about smoke jumpers, helitack crews, hotshots and other specially trained firefighters. The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting is also home to the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, a 3,000 square foot gallery that names thousands of American firefighters who have died in the line of duty, and maintains a registry database of more than 9,000 US firefighters who have been recognized for bravery. If your visit to Arizona has you yearning for a meaningful experience this November, we humbly suggest paying a visit to one of these dedicated destinations. Learn, explore, hike and honor the bravest in Arizona. AZ

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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park 2 mi. S of Yarnell, AZ on Hwy 89 S

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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., 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 AZ 86

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Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM – 12 miles wide. One mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928638-7888. 3. LOWELL OBSERVATORY Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to sketch Mars or the telescope that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff offers guided tours, telescope viewings and more. 928-7743358. See Ad Page 89 for Savings. 4. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and 88 88

state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 5. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy a Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tour for a perfect way to experience the canyon! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 833-3147465 (Pink Jeep)

the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 8. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate guided tour experience and leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink Tour guide will give you a fun, informative, and focused tour that will ensure that you see the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon. 833-314-7465

6. METEOR CRATER Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visitor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. 800-289-5898.

9. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoeshaped bridge extending guests 70 feet past the canyon edge and providing an unparalleled view of this natural wonder. Tours also include other points of interest and unique canyon views. 928-769-2636.

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

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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.


BISBEE – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe., 520-432-3554 TOMBSTONE – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888-457-3929

breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704 TUCSON – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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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Two of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Arizona — Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.


The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the only one located in the U.S.


Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other)


Arizona has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.


Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).


Arizona is home to the world’s largest rose bush. Planted in Tombstone in 1885, the giant rose bush has a 12-foot circumference trunk and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.


Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.


Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits — more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).


There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell — both located in Arizona.

10. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). 11. The bola tie is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona.

13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 95



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nswer: Some 38% of Arizona’s visitors plan to experience several other regions of our diverse state while visiting friends and family during the holidays. While looking for a change of scenery remember “The beaten path is popular, but the traffic is terrible!” Lessons often come dressed up as detours. So turn off the interstate, out of auto log jams, away from the ribbons of concrete, and into the heart of things. Know that you are traveling in a fascinating state with one of America’s largest native populations on 21 Reservations—and a region that once was part of Spain and Mexico. NORTHERN ARIZONA Before tackling that pack mule ride down the Grand Canyon stop or stay overnight beneath the smoldering-red rocks of Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon for the unmatched views of this rock art at sunrise or sunset because of the depth perspective the shadows create during late Fall. Cresting at 7,700 feet, Sedona is a popular Autumn getaway for Tucsonians and Phoenicians and a destination for photographers and art collectors alike. Posh resorts and spas are nestled among the amazing rock formations. Mere mortals can hike Cathedral, Bell or Rainbow Rock or drive through this scenic wonderland adored by Hollywood film makers. Stroll the streets of these charming villages, famous for majestic views, healing energy and a treasure trove of art galleries and unique havens like Tlaquepaque. Don’t leave without an inspirational visit to the Chapel of the Holy Cross—a crossroad for international travelers. Any photo snapped among these timeless spires, rushing streams and pine tree stands will be suitable for framing. Sedona lies about two and a half hours north of Phoenix. 96

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CENTRAL ARIZONA Arizona’s Stonehenge, the Casa Grande National Monument is a short meander off Interstate-10 by taking the Coolidge exit south of Phoenix to discover the mystique of an ancient Sonoran Desert people establishing a farming community some 650 years ago. Here one finds an archeological key to life’s essentials for survival, adaptability, hard work and human ingenuity. Central Arizona’s most famous cultural landmark, Casa Grande, is the tallest and most massive Hohokam building known, made of puddled adobe and standing 35 feet high. The ancient Hohokam diverted water from the Salt River, building 250 miles of canals in this harsh valley where the average annual rainfall is a meager 8 inches and temperatures can soar to 120 degrees. Openings in the wall of this ruin built around 1175 A.D. to 1475 A.D. are still being studied by archeologists and may have been used to view the solstices, the equinoxes and the moon phases. Follow the signs to the park entrance off Arizona Route 87/287. Picnic facilities and marked hiking trails are posted. (520) 723-3172 |

SOUTHERN ARIZONA While in Tucson enjoying our State’s Southern hospitality, why not take a 45-minute side trip for a quainter version of the same warm welcome, slowed down a bit in the mercados and on the golf courses of the oldest European settlement west of the Mississippi—Tubac. About 15 minutes north of the Arizona/Mexico border, lies Arizona’s first Spanish presidio— Tubac, built in 1752. Its colonial history is preserved at Tubac Presidio State Park, complete with museum, restored buildings and remains of the original fort before it was relocated to Tucson. Today it’s Arizona’s answer to the artists’ colony in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival (from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. November 2-4) and the Fall Art Walk with receptions, demonstrations, and special events (November 23 -24) are scheduled just in time for holiday shopping. Featuring a wealth of art, ceramics, photography, fashion, antiques, crafts and jewelry from over 100 eclectic shops and galleries, shoppers are sure to find a treasure. Enjoy lunch at the Tubac Country Club, built on the first Spanish land Grant in the Southwest. Bing Crosby was Chairman of the Board and Kevin Costner starred in the movie Tin Cup, filmed here. Tumacacori National Park, where mission-builder Eusebio Francisco Kino erected a simple mud chapel in this Santa Cru valley in 1691 is open daily just south of the village of Tubac. Enjoy a side trip…a last-minute suggestion…Plan B when Plan A doesn’t work out…And let life take you by surprise! AZ

Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident of Arizona, is past President of the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, member of the National Concierge Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A. 97


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