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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | October 2018 | ArizonaKEY.com
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Governor Doug Ducey’s Letter Editor’s Page OdySea in the Desert Enchanted Pumpkin Gardens AZ Halloween Event Guide On Stage: AZ Performing Arts Sedona’s Top 5 Hikes Why Are Sedona’s Rocks Red? Finding Fall Colors in Arizona The Howly Growly Owly Festival Guide to Arizona’s Campgrounds Concierge Corner
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We also feature an exciting way to hit the trails of Sedona with Pink Jeep Adventure Tours on page 65 and the incredible pumpkin carvings of a world renowned sculpting team that turns Carefree Desert Gardens into a whimsical, enchanted land (on page 26). 16
here’s much to do in Arizona at any time of year. However, those who find themselves in the Grand Canyon State in October will feel the pull of the amiable climate calling them to spend most of their free time out of doors. We always try to bring you a variety of ideas for things to do throughout the state, and this month proves even more prolific than usual. There are Fall Festivities, highlighted in our Event Calendar which begins on page 18; and our Halloween Guide (starting on page 32 and downloadable), as well as our Guide to the Campgrounds of Arizona (page 84).
HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL, ARIZONA’S ROADSIDE SCENERY On the way to Prescott, Arizona Photo by Jennifer Agema
Finally, don’t miss our article on fall leaves and where to find them (on page 72). Our top 5 breathtaking hikes are listed on page 56. Whatever you choose, the landscape of Arizona invites you to explore. Step outside and breathe it in. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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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 MIM.org.
John Scofield’s Combo 66 Featuring Gerald Clayton, Vicente Archer, and Bill Stewart Saturday, October 20 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $33.50 - $43.50 Scofield’s new band showcases an intricate interpretation of jazz’s limitless direction. Kathy Mattea Wednesday, October 31 | 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $48.50 Description: Kathy Mattea is one of the outstanding American voices since the late 1980s; her wit, charm, and brilliant songwriting are electrifying.
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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with 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 HOME: Native People in the Southwest (PHOENIX) Experience the Heard’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry and personal recollections on an unforgettable journey through the Southwest and the vibrant arts and cultures of Native people. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. ALL MONTH Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith (PHOENIX) This exhibit explores the paintings and metalworks of San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal). Born at ArizonaKEY.com
San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1898, Awa Tsireh began his painting career in 1917 and by the early 1920s his work was exhibited nationally. His whimsical silver brooches and large copper and silver trays were decorated with intricate stampwork. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. ALL MONTH Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales at Desert Botanical Garden (PHOENIX) This thematic, compelling exhibition explores pollinators and natural elements from the Sonoran Desert, playfully arranged in dynamic and fantasy-rich compositions. Known widely for his vivid avian subjects, Gonzales is a classically trained painter with a fresh, contemporary perspective. Desert Botanical Garden, 480-941-1225, dbg.org TUESDAY - SUNDAY Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection (SCOTTSDALE) Features 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.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a wine tasting and live music cruising on the Desert Belle! Call 480-984-2425 and mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 47) THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at Harold’s Corral, 8pm-11pm, 480-488-1906. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm–9pm, 800-782-1117. THURSDAYS - SUNDAYS Pumpkin & Chili Party (QUEEN CREEK) Tons of fun included with your admission: hayrides, roller coaster, carousel, petting zoo, bon fire, corn maze, fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights to name a few. Even more available for purchase: food, train rides, pony rides, craft making, zombie outbreak and pumpkins to bring home. Schnepf Farms, $20; children 2 and under are FREE. 480-987-3100. www. schnepffarms.com 19
event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ October 16 - 31 New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West (SCOTTSDALE) This major traveling exhibition debuting at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West will offer a fresh view of the evolution of art in New Mexico, from the era of the late Romantics to the advent of early Modernism. The exhibition will include more than 100 early 20th century artworks by 72 artists. These artists lived and worked in northern New Mexico during the 1920s and 1930s, when Santa Fe and Taos were among the most important national and international arts colonies. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. October 5 - 6 Enchanted Trail - Sendero Encantado Fall Festival (PHOENIX) Enchanted Trail is an annual, bilingual and educational family festival held every October at the Rio Salado Audubon Center in South Phoenix. The “nature by night” fall festival
teaches children and adults about nature, science, and Arizona’s nocturnal wildlife through a scavenger hunt and several other fun activities. 5:30pm-8pm, FREE admission. Rio Salado Audubon Center, 602-4686470, riosalado.audubon.org October 5 - 28 Arizona State Fair (PHOENIX) Statewide tradition packed with fun: concerts, adrenalinepumping rides, deliciously sinful foods, exhibits, livestock shows, and more! Arizona State Fairgrounds & Coliseum, 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com October 12 -14 Original Phoenix Greek Festival (PHOENIX) For the 58th year, you can share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, jewelry, art, grocery items and activities for children. Friday 5pm-10pm; Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-8pm. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox
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, 4pm8pm, 480-362-2700.
Cathedral, 602-525-0345, phoenixgreekfestival.org October 12 - 14 Tempe Oktoberfest (TEMPE) You’ll get a traditional European style celebration with this outdoor Bavarian themed festival. Local & International Food, 30+ Varieties of Beer, Music, Dancing, Rides, Contests, Sports & More! FREE. Tempe Town Lake, 602-6253493, fourpeaksoktoberfest. com October 13 Front Porch Festival (GLENDALE) A beautiful fall day in a charming historic setting with lots of activities and fabulous shopping! Special activities planned for the day, including demos, make & take crafts, delicious treats and more for the 24th annual festival. 10am-4pm, Downtown Glendale & Caitlin Court, 623930-4500, visitglendale.com October 13 -14 Arizona Taco Festival (SCOTTSDALE) 2 days of Love & Tacos where the finest taco artists compete to create the best tacos in Arizona… and have an absolute blast while doing it! GA ticket provides access to taco-topia. Inside you’ll find about 50 restaurants dishing out $2 tacos, margaritas, beer, water, and soda. Buy tokens to use for tacos, drinks, and other items. 11am-7pm both days, Salt River Fields, 480-270-5000, aztacofestival.com
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES October 19 - 28 (See Story on Page 26). Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden (CAREFREE) Incredible, whimsical pumpkin carvings on display from master carver Ray Villafane. Woven throughout the Carefree Desert Gardens. View daily from 10am-9pm, 101 Easy Street, 480-488-3686, www.CarefreePumpkinGarden.com. October 26 - 27 Howl-O-Ween (PHOENIX) Enjoy activities categorized by scariness, ‘Merry’ activities: glowing insects, monster mash dance party, character meetn-greets, etc. ‘Scary’ activities for 8 years+ looking for a good fright. Additional fees for some activities. Phoenix Zoo, 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org October 26 - 31 Young Frankenstein, The Musical (MESA) 7:30pm. Tickets $18, Student/Seniors $12. Frederick Frankenstein inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. He finds himself filling grandpa’s mad scientist shoes as he brings a monster to life. When it escapes hilarity ensues. Mesa Community College Performing Arts Ctr., 480-461-7172, mesacc.edu October 27 - 28 7th Annual Salt River Fields Ballooon Spooktacular (SCOTTSDALE) Over 20 Hot Air Balloons on display and 4,000 pounds of candy for trick-or-treaters. Live music, FREE Kids Zone, tethered balloon rides, FREE Haunted Trail, fireworks and more. Adults $15; children $10 (2 and under FREE). Salt River Fields, 480-270-5000, srfballoonfestivals.com
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October 27 - 28 Dia de Los Muertos Festival (MESA) Marketplace, community altar, artists demos, delicious food and fun family activities. Mesa Arts Center. FREE. mesaartscenter.com October 31 Halloween in the Hills (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Bring everyone, even 4-legged friends. Enjoy trick-ortreating, carnival games, bounce houses, costume contests, food and more! Avenue of the Fountains, 4pm–8pm, call Sami Fine Jewelry 480-837-8168 for more information. www.halloweeninthehills.com ArizonaKEY.com
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hat makes OdySea in the Desert a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination are the 5 world-class anchor attractions: OdySea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland, BODIES REVEALED, Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs, and Dolphinaris. In addition, this oasis of excitement includes 20 MORE dining, shopping and entertainment venues. OdySea Aquarium allows visitors to get up-close-and-personal with sharks, otters, penguins, rays, and sea turtles to name a few. What’s more, the aquarium boasts the world’s only rotating aquarium experience (OdySea Voyager), the country’s only indoor underwater walking experience (SeaTREK), an escalator that tunnels through a huge aquatic exhibit, and the only bathroom where instead of checking your style in the mirror you’ll be nose to nose with a shark! Butterfly Wonderland features the largest butterfly conservatory in the country with over 3,000 fluttering butterflies. Guests are immersed in a rainforest and surrounded by butterflies and other rainforest creatures. This live exhibit provides a sensory experience that educates, entertains and 22
connects people of all ages to nature. Visitors can interact with dolphins on dry land or in the water at Dolphinaris, and journey back to pre-historic time among 80 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and experience a variety of hands-on activities like fossil digs at Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs. For a limited time, visitors of all ages can explore the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways at BODIES REVEALED, where over 200 actual human bodies and specimens are uniquely and respectfully displayed. Other interactive experiences found at OdySea in the Desert include: Polar Play Ice Bar, Laser + Mirror Maze, Bumper Boats, The OdySea Express Train and Vitality Aqua Massage & Oxygen Bar. Finish off your entertainment odyssey with good eats, a sweet treat, or a shoppng excursion. In the bustling courtyard, you’ll often find FREE entertainment and familyfriendly activities. For more information and a schedule of events, call (480) 951-2100 or visit www.odyseainthedesert.com. AZ Arizona KEYMagazine
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event calendar 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 61 for coupon) ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular off-road tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Tour. History buffs can explore the mystery and capture history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For See-Forever Vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Experience thrilling drops on the Diamond Gulch Tour. Call 833-314-7465 to book an amazing dventure! 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. MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches attendees how to 24
Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ our wine cellar to taste. A different wine expert each week will answer questions about the day’s wine selections, Happy Hour Tapas menu and live entertainment starts at 6pm. soundbitesgrill.com
understand and tap Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced prayer, meditation, mind/body healing and outside the box creative thinking. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1pm-2:30pm, $15, call to reserve, 928203-5353. ALL MONTH Ales on Rails (CLARKDALE) Fall is the perfect time to savor the autumn colors of the Verde Valley and the rich craft beers served at Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular event. Frothy delights start flowing each day at 11am on the depot patio with Oktoberfest-style brews produced by AZ breweries. The party continues on board (regular ticket required) Verde Canyon Railroad, 800-582-7245, verdecanyonrr.com 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 features a dozen wines from
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. October 5 - 7 Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour (PRESCOTT) Self-guided tour hours are 10am-4pm each day. Studios are throughout the Prescott Quad-City area. prescottstudiotour.com October 6 - 7 Folk Music Festival (PRESCOTT) Music of more than 200 musicians from throughout the Southwest, with 90-plus performances at four venues on the Museum campus; Jam with the artists at this longestrunning folk music event in the state. 10am-4pm both days, Sharlot Hall Museum, 928-445-3122, sharlot.org October 10 - 14 The Big Sting - It’s a Country Thing Country Music Festival (PRESCOTT)
Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ Country music at its best at beautiful Watson Lake Park, 928-235-6599, thebigsting. com October 12 - 13 Fort Verde Days (CAMP VERDE) For sixty-one years, Fort Verde Days has served as the communityâ€™s annual homecoming while also celebrating the military post around which the town of Camp Verde grew. A carnival, parade, scarecrow search, pine wood derby and more highlight the two-day event. Fort Verde State Historic Park, 928-301-0922, campverdepromotions.or October 13 - 14 Sedona Arts Festival (SEDONA) 125 artists from across the US will be showcasing their exquisite work against Sedonaâ€™s stunning red rock backdrop. Enjoy a wide variety of artistic creations across
multiple media. 9am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday, Sedona Red Rock High School, 928-204-9456, sedonaartsfestival.org October 13 - 20 14th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival (SEDONA) A week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful FREE events. Be inspired and experience master artists painting in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Come celebrate creativity in the gorgeous environment of Sedona and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece! Sedona Arts Center, 928-282-3809, sedonapleinairfestival.org October 27 The Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch (PRESCOTT) Costume
Contests by age group; a Scream Contest; Family Costume Contest & Pumpkin Carving Contest. $5 Entry Fee for an afternoon of fun in a safe environment including: Candy; Pumpkin Carving Station; Carnival Games; Crafts;Food Vendors; and Build Your Own Rocket. 11am-2pm, Mile High Middle School, 928-499-9646, prescottevents.net October 30 Mural Marigold Project for Dia de Los Muertos (SEDONA) Through November 3, this exciting events celebrates the timeless Mexican tradition that honors friends and family who have passed on. Everyone is encouraged to paint his or her tributes and remembrances on a 26-foot long community mural. Paints and brushes are provided. 11am-5pm. FREE Admission. At Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. (928) 282-4838 or tlaq.com
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or the last three Octobers the Town of Carefree has literally been enchanted. Gargantuan gourds by the dozens spring to life at the hands of Ray Villafane and his immensely talented team. Luckily for you and all those who find themselves in Arizona this October, the pumpkins will once again smile for, sneer at, and utterly delight all who see them at the ever more popular Enchanted Pumpkin Garden of 2018. The popularity of the original Enchanted Pumpkin Garden has exploded and Ray and his team have gained international acclaim. He’s carved for a president, is a Food Network Champion, and has been praised as “The Michelangelo of pumpkin carving” by none other than Martha Stewart. Villafane Studios’ one-of-a-kind exhibit will be open to the public and woven through the four acre Carefree Desert Gardens, October 19-28, 2018, from 10am – 9pm (101 Easy Street, Carefree, Az). Over 60,000 visitors are expected to stroll this artistic exhibit during its 10 days in existence. The nights are even more beautiful in Carefree and on any given day or evening you may see Ray Villafane
working on a pumpkin masterpiece or running back and forth to his Gallery just a block from the Gardens. Five talented sculptors make up Villafane’s team in Carefree, and on family carving nights they are available to work with guests and show them the tricks of carving a great pumpkin. The event offers up-close and personal experiences for the entire family. There will be a colossal pumpkin, weighing in at well over 400 pounds that will be transformed and ready for family photo opp fun. Mischievous and whimsical carved characters frolic throughout the garden — creating irresistable enchantment for kids (of all ages) to discover. And then there are the 3D pickled pumpkin carvings... Just one of the many unique surprises you won’t find anywhere else, are the 3D pumpkin faces preserved and displayed in tanks that resemble a saguaro. One-of-a-kind handcrafted scarecrows that pose playfully about the grounds make a comeback this year as well. ArizonaKEY.com
As if all that wonder and magic are not enough, the Town of Carefree has added a Haunted House this year. In addition, look for the pie eating contest, Adopt-A-Pumpkin patch, witch hat sales & silent auction, corn maze, face painting, a ‘spooktacular’ costume contest, pumpkin arts & crafts, a beer garden and Trunk or Treat for even more fun. Enchanted Pumpkin Garden Carefree Desert Gardens October 19-28, 10am – 9pm CarefreePumpkinGarden.com 480-488-3686
Incredibly, admission for this event is FREE. Every day is different since new pumpkins are carved daily in the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, so visitors tend to return two or three times each season. One thing is certain, an event like this is not to be missed. Visit CarefreePumpkinGarden.com for daily schedules. 480.488.3686 AZ
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 Howly-OwlyGrowly Festival all month long. (more info on pg. 80) Call 928-635-2289 or visit bearizona.com FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Meet an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Meet a Lowell astronomer Friday & Saturday evenings 7:3010pm* 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 Pumpkin Patch Train (WILLIAMS) Kids and parents alike are invited to don their favorite Halloween costumes and come on a fairy-tale ride through the countryside to a secret pumpkin patch, accessible only by train. Grand Canyon Railway, 800843-8724, thetrain.com October 5 - 7 Route 66 JDM Classic Japanese Car Show (WILLIAMS) ALL classic Japanese cars (1987 and older), are welcome and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Route 66 Downtown, 928-6354061, route66jdm.com October 6 Steam Saturdays: Train to the Grand Canyon (WILLIAMS) The Grand Canyon Railway celebrates the history of rail travel with
several steam-powered excursions. GC Railway’s vintage steam locomotives are in service for these special rides. 928-635-4010 or www.thetrain.com October 6 Flagstaff Oktoberfest (FLAGSTAFF) Kick off the season with bratwurst, pretzels and Beer! Guests enjoy polka music, stein holding competition and more. Throw on your lederhosen! 928-6067600. 11am-8pm, Wheeler Park, 928-606-7600, flagstaffoktoberfest.com October 20 -21 Celebraciones De La Gente (FLAGSTAFF) Fine art and unique crafts, Mariachi music, Folklorico and Aztec dancing, colorful altars, insightful heritage programs, and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids.
PUMPKIN CARVING? (Article on pg. 26 shows how humans carve pumpkins)
See these cuties at BEARIZONA all month long!
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Tucson & Southern Arizona ALL MONTH Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) Only one of its kind: Your Ghost Host leads you on a walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and alleys after dark to learn about the ghosts that haunt this 135 year old town. NEW family friendly tour starts at 5:30pm! Adults $15, Children (under 12) $13, and Dogs Free! Discount online. www. oldbisbeeghosttour.com. 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 remaining veins of copper, gold and turquoise, and experience the life of a miner. Reservations suggested. queenminetour. com. 520-432-2071. ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) Experience Biosphere 2 for yourself! Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, milliongallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org. ALL MONTH Butterfly Magic (TUCSON) The Magic returns to the Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion! ArizonaKEY.com
A fully immersive experience that surrounds you with rare butterflies, tropical plants and orchids in bloom. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 520-3269686, tucsonbotanical.org WEEKENDS ALL MONTH Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley Oktoberfest (SONOITA) German beer, Oktoberfest food, live music and dancing, children’s games, and beautiful views in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson’s favorite escape from the heat. Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley, 520-576-1321 WEEKENDS ALL MONTH Annie’s Fall Pumpkin Celebration (WILCOX) Enjoy old-fashioned family fun picking your own pumpkins, fall veggies and apples from the orchard. Enjoy all things pumpkin: pancakes, bread, and pies, and Arizona’s largest corn maze! Apple Annie’s Pumpkins & Produce, 520384-2084, appleannies.com October 6 - 7 17th Annual Tucson Reptile & Amphibian Show & Sale (TUCSON) Arizona’s largest & oldest Reptile Show. 50,000 sq. ft. to see. Thousands of animals plus jewelry, art and reptile supplies. Petting Zoo with alligators, giant lizards & snakes. Adults: $10; Kids $5 FREE for 5 and under. Cash Only at the door. Tucson Expo Center, 520-405-7020, tucsonreptileshow.com
October 13 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) This monthly artwalk occurs on the 2nd Saturday of the month in Old Bisbee. Over 30 galleries, shops, and restaurants stay open late, until 8pm. Artists’ receptions, live entertainment, free raffle and more! bisbeeafter5.com October 11 - 13 Film Fest Tucson (TUCSON) A unique and home-grown Tucson film festival for those passionate about movies. Tucson Scottish Rite Cathedral, AC Marriott, & Fox Theatre, filmfesttucson.com October 20 Bisbee 1000: The Great Stair Climb & Craft Beer Festival (BISBEE) The most unique physical fitness challenge in the US! The 4.5mile course features nine staircases (over 1000 total steps) connected by winding roads. Online registration only, at Bisbee1000.org. 7am-noon. (520) 266-0401 October 20 & 27 GLOW! A Nighttime Art Experience (ORACLE) Venture into another world under the moon and stars for a night of illumination and imagination. GLOW!ing artwork and multi-media installations, theatrical performances and music on 5 acres of lighted trails. Triangle L Ranch, 520-6236732, trianglelranch.com 31
HALLOWEEN EVENT GUIDE IT’S DOWNLOADABLE! HALLOWEEN-Y THINGS TO DO IN ARIZONA There’s no shortage of Halloween Happenings in Arizona. We’ve compiled a list of over 50 Halloween themed events going on throughout the state. That’s in addition to our detailed Statewide Event Calendar on pages 18 through 31. Our list has the spookiest, scariest and pumpkinest things we can find. Here are just a few to get you started... Howl-o-ween at the Phoenix Zoo (PHOENIX) OCTOBER 26th – 27th Stroll through the Arizona Trail for fun tricks and candy treats at the Phoenix Zoo! Enjoy character meet & greets, camel rides, magic shows, carnival games, scary activities and merry activities plus much more! Scare-themed activities are geared towards children 8+ who like a good scare! Additional fees for some activities. Admission - $12.95/person ($9.95 members) children 2 & under are FREE. From 6-10:30pm. Contact 480-513-7586 for more information or www.phoenixzoo.org/event-items/howl-o-ween 3rd Annual Phoenix Wicked Half Marathon / 4 Mile & Spooky Kid’s Sprint (PHOENIX) OCTOBER 28th Get those running shoes on, and maybe a costume? That’s right, a costume! Get on your spookiest sprinting gear and come on out for a wicked good time! Kids will receive a trick-or-treat bag and be able to trick-or-treat along the course! Register ahead for discounted prices. Starts at 7am. Contact 480-912-7878 for more information or www.raceroster.com
Trick or treat at the Museum (PHOENIX) OCTOBER 31st There’s nothing like trick-or-treating on three levels of the most fun children’s museum in the valley! Phoenix Children’s Museum is hosting a celebration unlike any other, with a monster mash on the dance floor, crafts, and contests! From 9am-4pm. Call 480-912-7878 for more information or www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
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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 some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions, 480-686-9539.
tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. 5. TALKING STICK RESORT – a luxurious Four-Diamond Scottsdale Resort where fun is limited only by your imagination. Enjoy Vegas-style entertainment, panoramic views at Orange Sky Restaurant, 36-holes of championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and fabulous live entertainment. 480-850-7777. 6. SHOP TIL YOU DROP – Discover the finest in Native American Art and Jewelry at Gilbert Ortega Gallery - 480990-1808. Looking for unique southwest gift items? Visit Bischoff’s Shades of the West 480-945-3289. 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.
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inter, Spring, Summer or Fall… no matter what time of year you visit the Valley of the Sun, there will be much to see and do. The Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty begins with rugged mountains, Saguaro cactus towering over adventure trails, and pink and orange sunsets you thought you only read about in Western novels.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 36
Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World Famous Fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and concerts make Fountain Hills/Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 AZ
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Whether you are looking to kick up your heels at an Old Western Saloon, visit a World Famous Cafe or enjoy true southwestern cuisine, the Valley of the Sun has something for everyone to enjoy. Sip on wine while you take in a gorgeous sunset or dance the night away with friends.
HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 • haroldscorral.com Harold’s features the finest Choice hand carved steaks and daily delivered fresh seafood. All the BBQ meats are smoked on premise using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. The wide variety menu features everything from Salads, Steaks, Seafood, Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona.
RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • rustyspursaloon.com Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon serves up great live country and western music daily. It’s located in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank and the walls are decorated with dollar bills, license plates and all kinds of American memorabilia. Lunch served daily from 11 - 4pm.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 290 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480.991.5988 • ruthschris.com Get the best steak house experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Scottsdale. Their signature 500° sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. The steak house has magnificent sunset views and a beautiful outside patio and terrace. Call today for an unforgettable dining experience!
VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • venetotrattoria.com Casual and moderately priced, Veneto Trattoria offers light, Northern Italian cuisine with a Venetian accent. Located in Hilton Village, the restaurant is known for its hand-fashioned pastas and gnocchi, and luscious risottos. Menu highlights include Venetian-style squid, calves’ liver and dried salt cod, called baccala. An extensive wine list offers a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Enjoy dining on the patio or inside where the atmosphere let’s you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm.
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shopping In need of some retail therapy? Then get ready to navigate the most incredible array of upscale boutiques, specialty gift shops, outdoor promenades, outlet centers, luxury jewelers and so much more! Find the latest designer fashions, unique pieces of the southwest to take home, authentic Native American art & jewelry and everything in between. We promise you will shop ‘til you drop! Remember to keep an eye out for the perfect tote to carry home all your special finds! ELITE JEWELRY & LOAN 805 N Scottsdale Road Tempe, AZ 85281 480-699-6639 elitejewelryandloan.com This is not your typical pawn shop. Elite Jewelry and Loan is ready to meet all its customers’ jewelry and lending needs by both buying and selling unique and valuable jewelry and collectibles. The impressive array of gorgeous merchandise is a shopper’s dream. HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 highsocietyresale.com Find exceptional women’s clothing and accessories from the finest homes in the Valley! Vast collection of jewelry including one-of-a-kind pieces of sterling silver and set stones from India, Indonesia and Nepal. 40
GILBERT ORTEGA GALLERY 3925 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-990-1808 Gilbert Ortega is a nationally recognized dealer of Native American Art and Jewelry that has been operating for over 50 years. Located in Old Town Scottsdale at Main Street & Scottsdale Road.
SPHINX DATE CO. PALM & PANTRY 3039 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-941-2261 • sphinxdateranch.com Unique local gift baskets include Arizona grown Medjool dates, dried fruits and gourmet nuts, Arizona wine & beer baskets and other extraordinary gifts.
SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 Avenue of the Fountains #100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • samifinejewelry.com Voted One of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores, Sami Fine Jewelry is a great place to buy your jewelry! Home to many unique one of kind jewelry designs, Sami’s is know for their style. If your looking for something that will set you apart, you are sure to find it at Sami’s!
THE TOWN DUMP 6820 E Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek, AZ 480-488-9047 • towndump.net It’s difficult to describe the shopping experience at the Town Dump. It’s a wild and crazy store, the self-proclaimed ‘Home of Mafunction Junction’ that has been serving the area for over 30 years. Whatever you’re looking for, and even what you would never think to go in search of, you’ll find at The Town Dump.
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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix
OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Gilbert Ortega. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4
CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Intimate and unique shopping and dining Map B4 experience including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and Betteridge Jewelers. Scottsdale Rd EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 BOULDERS Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air and restaurants, a full-service luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Scottsdale Map C4 Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 KIERLAND COMMONS WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique shopping, dining and entertainment in an water features, Westgate Entertainment District urban setting. Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / delivers an interactive shopping, dining and Scottsdale Map J3 entertainment experience. Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale ArizonaKEY.com
attractions When it comes to memorable experiences, Arizona has some of the most memorable ones: scenic lake cruises, one-of-a-kind museums, amazing aquariums and zoos, world-class golf courses, soaring balloon flights and everything in between.
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the performing arts ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria AZ 85382 (623) 776-8400 • azbroadway.org Arizona Broadway Theatre’s performance space includes table seating for 470 patrons, and every seat has an unobstructed view of the stage. The menu for the included dinner changes for each show, themed toward the production itself. PRESENTING: Altar Boyz Through September 16, 2018 Titanic October 12 - November 10, 2018 ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-3434 • asugammage.com ASU Gammage is a world-class arts presenting organization, bringing the best of the performing arts to Arizona. This venue seats 3,023 patrons in elegant continental seating. PRESENTING: Waitress October 2 - October 7, 2018 ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (520) 622 - 2823 in Tucson (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix arizonatheatre.org Arizona’s fully professional ‘state theatre’ has a proud 50-year history performing in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art; and in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center. PRESENTING: Native Gardens September 8 - September 29, 2018 (Tucson) October 4 - October 21, 2018 (Phoenix)
BALLET ARIZONA 602.381.1096 • balletaz.org Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet. PRESENTING: Ballet Under the Stars (FREE Performances at Outdoor Venues) September 12 (Tempe Sports Complex, Tempe) September 13 (Fountain Park, Fountain Hills) September 14 (Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater) September 15 (Steele Indian School Park, Phx) New Moves September 27 - 30, 2018 (Orpheum Theatre) The Sleeping Beauty October 25 - 28, 2018 (Phoenix Symphony Hall) CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • childsplayaz.org Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. PRESENTING: Charlotte’s Web September 2 - October 14, 2018 PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • phoenixtheatre.com The largest producing regional theatre company in the Valley, Phoenix Theatre offers over 400 performances on multiple stages and thriving education and outreach programs to more than 100,000 audience members a year. PRESENTING: West Side Story September 5 - October 14, 2018
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ust as the weather cools down, Ballet Arizona brings FREE performances to communities across the Valley each autumn. It is a rare gift for families to have the opportunity to introduce their children to professional ballet. ‘Ballet Under the Stars’ is made even more accessible to entire families by virtue of its unique outdoor setting. Audiences are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy the exciting evening performances at parks in Tempe, Fountain Hills, Goodyear and Phoenix. Each of the outdoor productions requires a stage, lighting, costumes and of course dancers. The expenses incurred by bringing a live ballet production to the parks costs nearly $50,000 for each of the ArizonaKEY.com
four performances. Donations to continue this special tradition can be made at the Ballet’s website: www.balletaz.org. When you attend one of these special performances you are apt to see aspiring dancers and children freely dancing in the grass. The Class Act program furthers this connection by allowing professional ballet dancers to help student dance classes create choreographed dances that are then performed during the intermissions of ‘Ballet Under the Stars.’ If you find yourself in the Phoenix area during one of these productions, treat yourself to an evening of moonlight, music, warm Arizona breezes and ballet under the stars. AZ 53
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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 54
within close proximity to the parks, attractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ
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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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his Sedona steakhouse is not to be missed. It’s visible from Sedona’s Highway 89, with its bold, crisp, logo-printed awning beckoning weary travelers in search of a juicy steak. Once inside, you’ll find the atmosphere pleasant enough. However, some areas have a more upscale décor than others. The owner, Dieter Lehmann, told us of his plans to renovate the main dining area and include a large circular bar of marble with lighting mounted beneath for a contemporary glow.
e dined in a private dining room which was quite elegant. There are actually several private dining areas suitable for various-sized gatherings, including a small outdoor patio (separate from their main patio area in front), as well as a 12-seat dining table inside their wine room. If you enjoy being surrounded by the delectable offerings of wine they stock, then this may be the place for your next event. The main patio area offers a wonderful space to enjoy Sedona’s beautiful weather. Our starter was the Chef’s daily empanada. This crispy delight appears on their Happy Hour menu for just $7. The main course was a tender filet with garlic whipped potatoes, in a red wine reduction. The flavor and tenderness of the wood-fired filet was excellent. We were also given a sampling of shrimp which was lovely, and can be added to your main course if you’re craving a classic surf and turf meal. 62
The abundant wine choices at Steakhouse 89 include area locals: Flying Leap, Provisioner, Javalina Leap, and Arizona Stronghold, as well as plenty of California selections and more. The list of specialty cocktails includes an Arizona Mule, a Prickly Pear Pom Cosmo, and a Sweet Home Arizona – all worth checking out for their local flair. The happy hour cocktail and wine list includes several of the local wines as well as a Prickly Pineapple Tini. To finish off the meal, I had just the right appetite left for a classic dessert. It was sweet satisfaction to crack through the glistening torched-sugar top to the silky crème brulee beneath. This steakhouse leans more to the upscale eatery side than to the downhome ribs side, but we all know that a wood-fired steak in every setting is well worth a visit. For more information and reservations, check out www.steakhouse89.com or call 928-204-2000. AZ Arizona KEYMagazine
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he incredible array of colors displayed by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks is a direct result of iron oxide in water seeping into sandstone rock formations. Water carrying dissolved iron oxide drains through the porous sandstone and literally paints quartz grains – you guessed it – red!
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The Red Rocks vary in origin, color and age. Some were originally sea sediment while others came from blowing sand. You’ll see bright orange, red and tan rocks. The brightest orange rocks are more than 250 million years old. White and grey rocks are limestone that formed at the bottom of the sea or sandstone that had its red color washed out by water. You may also stumble across basalt extruded by volcanoes in the past. Sedona and its famous Red Rocks have been in the making for hundreds of millions of years. There are many ways to enjoy the scenery, just be sure to get out and experience Sedona’s world renowned Red Rocks! And remember, take only memories, leave only footprints. AZ Arizona KEYMagazine
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With an expert tour guide at the wheel, you’ll be chauffeured to all the best lookouts at this natural wonder including Navajo Point, the Trail of Time and the Desert View Watchtower. With five different tour options, including two sunset tours, you’ll be sure to find an itinerary that fits your schedule. At either destination, you’ll end your trip blown away by the Pink Jeep Tours difference. Not only do they have awe-inspiring itineraries and comfortable, state-of-the-art vehicles — they also have the best guides in the business. To book your Pink Jeep Tour or for more information, call 1.800.873.3662 or visit www.pinkjeeptours.com. AZ
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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” — President Theodore Roosevelt
ENJOYING THE SOUTH RIM Individual interests, available time, weather, and health considerations can influence your visit to the South Rim. Before heading out, visit www.nps. gov/grca/ to help plan your trip. Once you arrive in the park, talk with the rangers for up-to-theminute information.
Many miles of roads along the rim feature numerous pullouts to enjoy the views. Hermit Road to Hermit Rest is open to private vehicles only from December through February. The free shuttle bus system provides a relaxing way to explore the developed areas of the rim.
Elevations along the rim vary from 6650 feet (2030 m) at Hermits Rest to more than 7400 feet (2260 m) at Desert View near the East Entrance. Summer temperatures are pleasant along the rim, but increase rapidly as you descend into the canyon. Low humidity makes for big temperature differences between day and night. The low humidity and high elevation also means that it is important to drink water frequently.
The Rim Trail winds along the rim for more than 13 miles (21 km), much of it paved and suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. The Greenway, a broad, paved pathway for hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchairs, leads two miles (3 km) from Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village. A separate segment heads east from Hermits Rest along the rim. The Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails descend steeply into the canyon.
Afternoon thundershowers are common in July, August, and early September. Windy conditions prevail in April and May. Snow may fall as early as November. Winter snowstorms continue into March. Rangers present programsâ€”walks, talks, and evening presentationsâ€”throughout the year. All activities are free. ArizonaKEY.com
VISITOR CENTERS: The Grand Canyon Visitor Center near Mather Point is the largest of several visitor centers and makes a perfect first stop. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. AZ
ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? The Grannd Canyon invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it.
The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 GrandCanyonCVB.org AZ Plan Your Trip to the Grand Canyon
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Grand Canyon Yavapai Geology Museum On Yavapai Point. Displays explain the geology and formation of the canyon. Memorable views unfold from the picture windows and nearby overlooks. Verkamp’s Visitor Center East of El Tovar Hotel. Housed in the former Verkamp’s Curios, displays tell the story of the South Rim community. Tusayan Museum 3 miles west of the East Entrance. Exhibits provide a glimpse of the rich Native American cultures, both past and present. A short trail circles an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan village. Desert View Visitor Center Near the East Entrance. Explore how this magnificent landscape has inspired artists, writers, musicians, and conservationists. 2
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Fall Colors IN ARIZONA
ow that summer has yielded to fall, the Grand Canyon State begins a 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 natureâ€™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.
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is spectacular. The journey crosses the Colorado River and traverses the red rocks of Marble Canyon and the Vermilion Cliffs. As you climb the Kaibab Plateau, stunning Aspen groves reward your trek. (www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab) 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. fs.usda.gov/coconino) continued on pg. 75
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continued from page 73 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 natureâ€™s painting of deep red and scarlet leaves. (www.fs.usda.gov/ coconino) 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. (www.mcparks.com) 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 October progresses, be sure to visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park to witness first hand the grove of burgundy Chinese pistachios, Sycamores and Varnish trees. (AZStateParks.com) 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. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of unrivaled gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! DDCAZ.com/west-valley 2. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 85 exhibits and the all new 15-acre Safari Park. See ad page 75 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 3. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, just East of the Loop 101 on Glendale Avenue. 623-385-7502.
4. WIGWAM RESORT Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, superb spa, distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 5. BLAST OFF WITH SOME FAMILY FUN – Children, and grown-ups, alike, can enjoy simulated space missions, interact with real NASA astronauts and learn all about the wonders of the cosmos at the Challenger Space Center. 480-488-1906. 6. STROLL IN THE GARDENS 1,000 cactus, trees and shrubs await you desert style, where you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour at Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the library to check out a listening wand, so you may learn the names of the foliage. 623-930-3596. 7. FOR THE “CHOCOHOLIC” IN ALL OF US – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour at 10 a.m. and
1 p.m. Monday thru Friday and a non-guided video tour anytime. 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. PACK A ROMANTIC PICNIC LUNCH The crown jewel of Glendale’s park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with it’s historic ranch buildings and wonderful flora. 623-930-4200. 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 unleash some 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 AZ. 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 and authentic 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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BE ARI ZO N A’ S HOWLY GROWLY OWLY FESTIVAL
Weekends in October Hoot & Howl Your Way through Bearizona during the Howly Growly Owly Festival
Bearizona is hosting the popular Howly Growly Owly Festival again this October. Visitors are encouraged to dress up and kids in costume can go to the gift shop to get a “beary” special treat! Park hours throughout the month of October are 8am– 4pm. FESTIVITIES INCLUDE: Howl-O-Ween Express: Hop on the windowless bus that takes visitors through the drive-thru animal exhibits. This is about as close as you are going to get to our animals, so you don’t want to miss out. Patrons can howl with the wolves in the Alaskan Tundra & Arctic Wolf enclosure and watch the bison interact with a special Howl-O-Ween enrichment treat. Bus rides depart from the Fort Bearizona parking lot at 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3:30pm every day in October. Growly Bear Cave: Located within the Fort Bearizona walk-thru area, guests can check out our array of jack-o-lanterns that adorn the inside of the Kindergarten Bear Cave. Raptor Show: Guests should plan to catch an Owly Raptor Show at 11am., 1pm or 3pm. Scareizona at Bearizona Haunted House: Those who dare can walk through Bearizona’s super scary Haunted House (PG-13 Rating) 10am-4pm on weekends. Photo Ops: Several areas of the park are decorated in different themes so visitors can take photos with their families.
BEARIZONA I-40 Exit 165 1500 E. Route 66, Williams AZ 86046 (928) 635-2289 or visit our website www.bearizona.com
Fall is a great time to visit Bearizona Wildlife Park; the animals are active in the cooler weather and are all sporting lustrous fur coats in preparation for winter. Bearizona’s mission is to promote conservation through memorable and educational encounters with North American wildlife in a natural environment. AZ
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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. 82
4. PRESCOTT STATION Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located in the heart of Prescott just a short walk from the historic downtown Courthouse Square. 928-778-0133. 5. CITY OF PRESCOTT LAKES – With kayak, canoe and bicycle rental at all three lakes via Prescott Outdoors, you’ll have no problem planning your outdoor escape to enjoy all the natural bounty that Northern Arizona has to offer. 928-925-1410. 6. HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY A non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Open year round, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. 877-778-6008. 7. ANTELOPE HILLS GOLF COURSE – Features 36 holes of championship golf in the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona. At
an elevation of 5,000 ft., the two courses sport bent grass greens and bluegrass.928-777-1888. 8. THE SMOKI MUSEUM This treasure documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230. 9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT Don’t miss the MileHigh Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System, and the Greenways Trails System. 10. ANTIQUE ROW Browse and shop in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where specialty boutiques and interesting galleries offer shoppers a delightful diversion. This historic city has long been known as one of the West’s best places to shop for antiques. AZ
Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Prescott is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest, 450 miles of trails, and four lakes. Find out why Prescott is known for true west, real adventure in a cool setting.
KEY Guide to Best Campgrounds
by Kirstin Conlon
rizona’s reputation for boundless desert terrain doesn’t exactly cultivate thoughts of most typical camping trips! After all, the collective camping ideal involves relaxing in the shade of sprawling pine trees in a mountainous setting, with squirrels scampering about, ample hiking trails, plenty of wildlife, and a peaceful lake or stream to fish amd swim nearby. Surprisingly, wandering this great state reveals that Arizona actually has ALL of that! Whether you have a sentiment for the saguaros in southern Arizona or a passion for ponderosa pines in the northern parts, Arizonans (and Arizona visitors from near and far) enjoy some of the most picturesque campgrounds in the country. The best part is… you can access them year-round! To ensure that your next Arizona campout is an amazing adventure, we’ve taken the time to list our favorites! The list is quite long, mind you, so we’ve divided it into segments that we share over several issues. If you’re just visiting for a short time and/or need the information at lightning speed, we’ve made it easy. Simply scan the code to download our full guide to 38 of our top AZ camping picks from around the state. Starter List on page 85. ACCESS YOUR FB MESSENGER SCANNER:
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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
Christopher Creek (MONGOLLON RIM) “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Arizona anymore.” Just below the red rocks of Mongollon Rim lies a campground along the banks of the cool, crisp, Christopher Creek that begs the question whether you’ve left the state! Perhaps it’s because it drops down into a “valley” among the pines, junipers, and oaks, this wonderful area seems like the skies are bluer and the trees are greener. Activities lik stocked trout fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and wading or swimming in one of the facility’s three swimming holes will have you occupied your entire visit. Open May 7th – Sept. 27th. No reservations required $20/night. 928-468-7135 or www. recreation.gov/camping/christopher-creek Squaw Lake Campground (YUMA) Escape the desert heat and spend the day in the comfortable, cool waters of the Colorado River. Offering direct access to the river, Squaw Lake is known for its water recreation activities including: boating, fishing, jet skiing, swimming, and hiking. RV and tent sites available. Open year round. No reservations required at $15/night. 928-317-3200 or www.blm.gov/visit/squaw-lake
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orthern Arizona offers a substantial climate change (the good kind) from lower elevations in the Valley. The noticeable difference averages about 25 degrees, and is a welcome change at any time of year.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumber men, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. experiencewilliams.com, 928-635-4061 Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200 restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-956-6123 or flagstaffarizona.org AZ 86
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Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. GRAND CANYON 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. 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. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate 88 88
guided tour experience and leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink Jeep 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 5. 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. 928-638-7888. 6. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy one
of the new Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tours - a must do adventure! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 833-3147465 (Pink Jeep) 8. 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. 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 the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 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! 928-524-6228. AZ
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ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes.
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BISBEE – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe. discoverbisbee.com, 520-432-3554 TOMBSTONE – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888-457-3929
breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704 TUCSON – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ
TUBAC – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and 90
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES
Southern Arizona 1. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily well-preserved downtown draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture, it’s welcoming, creative spirit and its cool climate. 520-432-3554 discoverbisbee.com 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 also campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 azstateparks.com/kartchner/ 3. Biosphere 2 - U of A Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Tours take you inside the world’s largest living research center dedicated to exploring future life on our planet. Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, savannah, milliongallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org 92 92
4. Tumacácori National Historical Park The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 www.nps.gov/tuma/ 5. TUCSON ADVENTURES What better way to view the gorgeous landscape of Southern Arizona than from a Hot Air Balloon! Bring your camera for incredible photos. After your magic carpet ride enjoy a champagne toast! FAA Certified Pilots & Hot Air Balloons. 1-800-742-2556 tucsonadventures.com 6. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion: zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains adjacent to Saguaro National Park (West). Enjoy 21 scenic acres and live animal presentations. 520883-2701 desertmuseum.org 7. Mission San Xavier del Bac - A National Historic Landmark, this “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with
marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson. 520-294-2624 www.sanxaviermission.org 8. 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 craft ever produced. 520-574-0462 pimaair.org 9. Colossal Cave Explore this ancient crystal cave on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 colossalcave.com 10. O.K. Corral Tombstone Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Reenacted daily at 2pm 520-457-3456 okcorral.com AZ
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ARIZONA FUN FACTS 1.
Two of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Arizona — Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.
The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the only one located in the U.S.
Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other)
Arizona has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.
Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Arizona is home to the world’s largest rose bush. Planted in Tombstone in 1885, the giant rose bush has a 12-foot circumference trunk and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.
Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.
Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits — more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell — both located in Arizona.
10. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). 11. The bola tie is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona. ArizonaKEY.com
13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 95
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AZ Visitors Ask The Expert Q. We want to spend some of our visit rediscovering the spirit of the Old West for ourselves. What do you suggest?
The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection (ongoing exhibition). PHOTO BY LOREN ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY At Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West
nswer: Just as the old cowboy saying is true that “Boothill is full of fellows who pulled their triggers without aiming” so are many of the traditions of the pioneer days dying out. But there are some glimmerings of history here in the mountains, on the mesa and across the deserts of Arizona… of a time when Native Americans roamed free and the cowboys of the Old West were drawn past the Mississippi River by the chance to begin anew with hope and the aspiration to be a part of the migration that journalists were reporting was an historic moment for Americans. NORTHERN ARIZONA The past is the present in Northern Arizona Indian country where the Hopi continue to carry water to their pueblo villages perched on mesas, and Navajo families farm ancient fields in Canyon de Chelly where they weave their trademark rugs and craft their silver jewelry to sell at the Hubbell Trading Post. You will carry images of these picturesque sites in northeastern Arizona with you in some form throughout your lives. Perhaps it will be images of Spider Rock, the Canyon’s iconic sandstone spire that rises 700 feet from the Canyon floor. It is the birthplace of the Navajo Nation where lore has it that Spider Woman wove the world’s web. The Anasazi or ancient people’s culture trace back to 2500 B.C. The terrain around the rock includes sediments deposited 200 million years ago in the Jurassic period. Tours by Navajo guides are an entertaining tale of geology and history often encountering the wild horses that live in the labyrinth of the Canyon walls. Reservations are made at the Park Service Visitors Center on the Navajo reservation. The Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, a mile west of Ganado was purchased in 1878 by young 24-yearold Juan Lorenzo Hubbell who became one of the most famous Indian traders in history 96
and a state legislator. The post remains a place where Navajo, Hopi and Zuni still trade. This is an excellent place to shop for Navajo rugs and Hopi, Navajo and Zuni jewelry, kachinas, and basketry. Hubbell’s home is open with a display of his extraordinary personal collection of paintings and Native handicrafts. www.nps.gov
CENTRAL ARIZONA An artful lasso has been placed around the American West by way of U.S. history books, novels, artwork, photojournalism, musicians, bronze sculpture, and film in the newest museum in Scottsdale, Western Spirit - Scottsdale Museum of the West. This small marvel in Central Arizona is among the “crown jewels” of our state’s many historical archives. The museum tour can start with a short cinematically beautiful introductory film tracing both indigenous and European as well as American pioneer histories. Free docent-led tours are personalized, informative and fun while offering activities for kids within a number of exhibits. I found the Old West memorabilia including badges, chaps and saddles intriguing. And the Sculpture Garden is a worthwhile way to spend time on an October afternoon. Allow at least two hours for a visit or plan to return. www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org
SOUTHERN ARIZONA Take in the ropes and the reigns, the joys and the pains of modern cowboys in a rodeo commemorating a real-life ranching wrangler who became the singing cowboy star of Hollywood Western movies in the 1950s. The 67th Annual Rex Allen Days weekend (October 5-7) in Southern Arizona packs in a wagon load of Southwestern-style ranching tradition complete with a parade, fair, tractor pulls, gun show and concerts with Mariachi groups and Country bands. www.rexallendays.org Helldorado Days in Tombstone is the place to rediscover the lawless, freewheeling lives of hombres chasing the silver streak of the mining industry, October 19-21. Witness a reenactment of the West’s most famous gunfight at the OK Corral; damsels rescued from street hangings; dance hall entertainment, and tour the authentic Good Enough Mine (claim staked in 1878) to learn the hard lot of a miner’s life. www.tombstonechamber.com Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident Another cowboyism straight off the range comes to mind now: “If that don’t get your fire started, your wood’s wet!” AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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