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It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Grand Canyon state! There are so many wonderful things to see and do here, and I hope you will take the opportunity to experience many of them. One of my favorite things about Arizona is it’s diversity — not only is it a melting pot of people and cultures, but its broad array of climates and landscapes is truly stunning to behold. With a little exploration, you’ll discover the ponderosa pine forests and cooler temperatures of places like PinetopLakeside and Flagstaff; the incomparable sandstone formations of Sedona (pg. 46) and the Painted Desert; the impressive lakes and mighty rivers that traverse our land; the spectacular expanse of the Sonoran Desert; and the valleys, peaks and mesas that make up our slice of the southwest. All that beauty comes to mind, before even mentioning our most famous landmark, the Grand Canyon (pg. 56) As you can imagine, recommending just a handful of sights and experiences in a state that is brimming with wonders is a difficult task, but I’ll do my best... RIGHTFULLY FAMOUS: The Grand Canyon (pg. 56) is an obvious selection for any Arizona visitor that will not disappoint. Horseshoe Bend (pg. 50) is an iconic image, one of the most photographed on earth in fact, that is indescribably spectacular in person. Visitors may want to venture to Four Corners Monument in Teec Nos Pos to set foot in Arizona and 3 other states (Utah, Colorado and New Mexico) at once — the only place in the US where that’s possible. RENOWNED BEAUTY: Some places are simply known for their enduring beauty. Among Arizona’s unmistakable beauties are the Painted Desert, Sedona (pg. 46), nicknamed ‘the most beautiful place on earth’, the entire Sonoran Desert, and the incomparable Antelope Canyon (pg. 50) streaming with beams of light and white sand rivers. Both beautiful and representative of Arizona as its state plant, the saguaro cactus. It can only be found here, so be sure to take a moment to admire its majestic silhouette. HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Arizona is rich with Native American and Western history and culture. Long ago indigenous people began leaving their mark on the land in unique ways that we can glimpse today in the form of structures, art and artifacts. Today, there are 22 American Indian communities throughout Arizona, each sovereign and unique. The Heard Museum, the Pueblo Grande Museum, and the Smoki Museum, along with tribal cultural centers, offer extensive collections of art and artifacts. National monuments such as Tuzigoot, and Montezuma Castle, make their impression directly in the landscape. The Petrified Forest and Meteor Crater hint at the phenomena of Arizona’s prehistoric past. ARTISTIC FLAIR Arizona’s unique artistic flair is on display at Tlaquepaque, Scottsdale Arts District, and Desert Caballeros Western Museum to name just a few. Of international acclaim and significance is the Musical Instrument Museum (pg. 63), the only global instrument museum in the world. ARIZONA PERSONALITY To get a feel for the personality of Arizona, visitors can experience a few of our 38 million acres of public land, and meet the people that gather in our most interesting towns. Destinations like Prescott (pg. 46/64), Jerome, Cottonwood (pg. 46), Bisbee (pg. 77), Wickenburg, Fountain Hills (pg. 36), Carefree (pg. 62), Williams (pg. 66), Tombstone, Tortilla Flat and of course any stop along Old Route 66 have distinct stories to tell. I invite you to read through our magazine for more ideas that will delight and inspire you, leave you breathless, and most certainly whet your appetite for your next visit to our incredible state. Enjoy the adventure ;) Serena Webbe, Editor




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very state you visit has its share of noteworthy sights and experiences. Without sounding like too much of a braggart, I must say that I think Arizona has an overabundance of incredible places to see and things to do that catapult AZ to the top of every bucket list. Between the iconic tourist spots and the hidden gems sprinkled throughout our state, I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed. Here’s a sampling of just a fraction of the amazing and memorable experiences you can have while in Arizona:



Cruising one of Arizona’s beautiful lakes on a sightseeing tour is a smooth way to while away the hours. Try a 90-minute excursion aboard the Desert Belle for a fully narrated cruise on Saguaro Lake where you’ll learn about the exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls and dramatic desert vistas that surround you. Two bathrooms, a shipboard snack bar, and an air conditioned cabin add to your comfort. On Canyon Lake, the Dolly Steamboat cruises the secluded inner waterways to give passengers a unique look at Arizona wildlife and the surrounding scenery. Twilight dinner cruises allow for a sunset dinner with special ambiance.


If you’re looking for something truly distinctive, consider checking out a few shopping destinations off the beaten path. For instance, 10

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona provides an eclectic collection of artistic shops to endlessly browse. In Scottsdale, check out the unique resale shopping boutique, High Society, which boasts brand name bargains and other upscale second-hand finds. Complete with designer clothing and unique accessories, you’re sure to find a treasure to bring home. Sami Fine Jewelry in Fountain Hills features an American Gem Collection of US mined gemstone designs — specifically amethyst, peridot and garnet from Arizona. If Native American and southwestern pieces are the style you desire, Gilbert Ortega Gallery is sure to please. With authentic turquoise and silver jewelry as well as an impressive array of Native American art, decor and furniture, you’re sure to find something special there to remind you of your trip to the desert.

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Stellar Adventures on the outskirts of the Valley allows not only ATV, UTV and Hummer tours through the desert, they also have tons of choices to completely personalize your ride. For instance, you can ride with a guide or drive yourself, you can customize or add on to your adventure with hiking, biking, shooting, stargazing, night vision and more! Another plus, FREE photos of your thrill ride are included with daytime adventures. In Sedona, Pink Jeep Tours has ready-made action and excitement waiting for you. Their exhilarating Broken Arrow Tour and their dramatic Diamond Gulch Adventure will bring you to the edge on exciting trails through gorgeous red rock country. If you’d rather relax and stick to the paved path, you can have an experienced guide show you all of Arizona’s most beautiful nooks and crannies on a customized personal tour with Arizona Scenic Tours.


Arizona’s museums offer a lovely outing for travelers. The internationally recognized Heard Museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian work and showcases the beauty of both traditional and contemporary art. Wickenburg’s Desert Caballeros Western Museum, focuses on world class art and historical exhibitions that tell the story of the explorers, miners, cowboys and others who lived and worked in the American West. For music lovers, the Musical Instrument Museum (article on pg. 63) is a supreme opportunity that will absolutely provide a memorable museum experience. Rated among the top 20 museums of

any genre, MIM is the only museum in the world that specializes in global musical instruments! Another unique museum experience is a visit to the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting where hundreds of firefighting artifacts have been restored and are on display, including wheeled apparatus, equipment, helmets, and firetrucks. There is an engine that survived 9/11 as well as the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes which recognizes American firefighters who have died in the line of duty or been decorated for acts of valor.


If the rush of a zip line stirs the pulse and checks off a bucket list item, there are several great options here in Arizona. The Predator Zip line at Out of Africa Wildlife Park brings the added dimension of dangling over wild animal habitats on your zip line trip. Also packed with heart-racing thrills is the Skyline Zip line at Grand Canyon West which boasts ‘quad zip lines,’ allowing multiple people to zip along together as a group.


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MIM MUSIC THEATER CONCERTS: With outstanding acoustics and an up-closeand-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For a complete schedule of concerts and events and tickets call 480.478.6000 or visit KAWEHI Saturday, September 7, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. $33.50–$43.50 Kawehi is a new breed of musician, a onewoman-band from Lawrence, Kansas, who uses technology to carry the weight of a full band on her own.

LUCIBELA Saturday, September 21, 2019 7:30 p.m. | $38.50–$48.50 The charm of Cape Verdean music is this alluring alchemy of joy and wistfulness. Lucibela knows this all too well. —NPR


Across the Sea


Gerald Clayton Quartet Kurt Elling

Bettye LaVette

New York Voices


ACROSS THE SEA FEATURING JEFF PETERSON, GREG SARDINHA, AND TSUN-HUI HUNG Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:30 p.m. | $38.50–$48.50 Although the cultural ties between China and Hawaii stretch back over 200 years, there has been little contact between Hawaiian and Chinese music. This is the first project where the steel guitar, Hawaiian slack-key guitar, and ukulele meet the Chinese erhu.

GERALD CLAYTON QUARTET Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. $28.50–$38.50 A remarkable player, he seems to understand what our ear wants—blooming harmony, melodic improvisations, firm landings—and how to deliver it. —New York Times BETTYE LAVETTE Tuesday, October 8, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. $43.50–$48.50 Three-time Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette is no mere singer . . . LaVette is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 1960s and is still creating vital recordings today. KURT ELLING Friday, October 18, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. $43.50–$53.50 Kurt Elling . . . has pushed forward the art of jazz singing more than any other male performer of his generation. —BBC Arts

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If antique tea rooms appeal, Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room is a special treat. This little bit of Great Britain boasts melt-in-your-mouth macaroons, delightful biscuits and sandwiches, and an amazing selection of teas, plus a cardboard cutout of the Queen for a photo opp. The Spicery in Our 1895 Home in Glendale is a charming restaurant set in multiple rooms of — you guessed it — an 1895 home. Tables are elegantly set in each room for you to enjoy high tea, including scones with lemon curd and Chantilly cream, finger sandwiches, and bitesized desserts (reservations are required).


For a relaxing outdoorsy experience, especially as temperatures rise, a trip to high country might be in order. Head up to the Ponderosa Pine forests of North Central Arizona for fishing, hiking, and camping in the cool temps. If you find yourself in the White Mountains, Hon-Dah Resort and Casino offers gaming, concerts, and an RV park as an alternative to their resort accommodations. The added elevation and surrounding pines are a welcome change of pace.


Adventure Encounters is an adventure touring company that (among other things like repelling and hiking) will help you create a special waterway trek. Whether you want to tackle the Salt River or the Verde River with a guide, or just have a pro equip you with the proper gear before shoving you off, Adventure Encounters will help you plan a solid voyage. If the adrenaline rush of roaring rapids is what really floats your boat, consider the Hulapai River Runners, Native American guides who will bring you whitewater rafting on the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.


Wildlife Parks, Aquariums and Zoos in Arizona showcase the natural wonder of native and exotic wildlife. Animal-lovers will appreciate the mission and mind-set of Out of Africa Wildlife Park. Those with an affinity for bears (and so much more) will enjoy Northern Arizona’s popular gem Bearizona. OdySea in the Desert offers the world class OdySea Aquarium along with four other major attractions at the same complex, including the butterfly conservatory, Butterfly Wonderland. The Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals, including many threatened and endangered species and has been forwarding its mission of conservation for the last 50 years. Just west of the Metro Phoenix area is the Wildlife World Zoo where visitors can explore their large collection of exotic animals, aquarium, safari park, petting zoo and rides.


A classic choice for relaxation is a day of pampering.

We’ve got some great suggestions when it comes to planning a luxurious spa day. Spa Lamar in Scottsdale offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and a full service hair salon as well as a yoga studio and sauna & steam room. If you’d like to relax among the red rocks, the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa offers first class massage, esthetic services, and wellness & intuitive discoveries. AZ


event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ crew. A must-see during its limited time in Scottsdale.

Sept 1 & 2 Labor Day Weekend Splash Bash at OdySea

(SCOTTSDALE) Family event over Labor Day Weekend. Held in OdySea in the Desert Courtyard from 11am-4pm. Fun includes: endless foam parties, giant water slides for kids of all ages, classic fire truck, water squirter battle zone and more! Bring sunscreen and water shoes. Tickets are just $5 for unlimited play all day and $10 for a 3-day pass. Visit: SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER Escape the Island (PEORIA) No really, you have to escape from an island! Your team of 6-8 survivors will be stranded on an island with only the mysterious clues left behind in an abandoned log book. Your team needs to solve puzzles to locate the inflatable boats and other tools needed to plan your daring escape from Otter Island before time runs out! $55/person. 623-688-0885. SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit (SCOTTSDALE) This fascinating exhibit features real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor, 120 of which have never been seen before in Arizona, with reconstructions of the interior and personal stories of passengers/ 14

MON / TUES / WED Whimsical Wings (SCOTTSDALE) Mon/Wed/ Tue: the Education Specialist at Butterfly Wonderland releases Tropical Butterflies. Enjoy Q & A, then watch new butterflies take their first flight. FREE with admission to Butterfly Wonderland. 480.291.8218. WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a wine tasting and live music cruising on the Desert Belle! Call 480-984-2425 and mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 39). Through September 15 The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon (PHOENIX) Musical Instrument Museum displays more than 80 of the world’s rarest guitars and amplifiers. 480.478.6000. September 1 Labor Day Extravaganza! (CAVE CREEK) 5pm11:30pm at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral. Presented by Sanderson Ford & Sanderson Lincoln! FREE fireworks show after sunset! Outside bar and BBQ, shaved Ice, Mobile Game Truck, Face Painting, & More! Live music inside and out! Free open seating or call 480-4881906 to Reserve: 2 seats for $15 4 seats for $30 and 10 seats for $60. September 7 & 8 Amethyst Mine Tour (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Take a helicopter tour into the Four Peaks Mine to see

where Sami Fine Jewelry gets their unique Arizona Amethyst. You’ll explore the mine and unearth your own gemstones. Call 480-7128617 to reserve. September 8 Grandparent’s Day at OdySea in the Desert (SCOTTSDALE) Grandparents receive $10.00 off Aquarium admission and $3.00 off tickets to Butterfly Wonderland. 480.291.8218 September 13 Mesa Arts Center 2019 Kick-Off (MESA) FREE festival offers an evening of celebration and entertainment, with live music, art studio demos, five new exhibitions, hands-on activities, delicious foods and more! The FREE, family-friendly festival is a celebration of the incredible, fascinating world in which we live. www. September 14 FREE Movie in the Desert (SCOTTSDALE) This FREE family event with music, games, and tons of prizes begins at 5pm at OdySea in the Desert. The movie “Moana” will begin at dusk. There are plenty of options to grab a bite in the courtyard. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the weather. 480.291.8218. September 14 8th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest (CHANDLER) Creative tacos from local restaurants, fresh fruit fresca, Mexican cervesa, tequila tasting, margaritas, elote, churros, Mexican candies & palettas! Plus: live entertainment, low-rider car show, taco eating and salsa

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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES competitions, Chihuahua races, ballet folklorico dancing, niños play zone. $2 tacos. September 19 Fish & Sips Happy Hour (SCOTTSDALE) Dive into Happy Hour “Under the Sea” at OdySea Aquarium! Guests age 21+ can enjoy craft brews, wine, cocktails and food as they journey through one of the largest aquariums in the country!! 2 floors of fun with over-sized yard games and live music. 5-8pm. 480.291.8218 September 20 - 29 Arizona Fall Restaurant Week (PHOENIX/TUCSON) Offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities to try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week. So prepare your taste buds and dig in. 602-307-9134 September 28 FREE Family Fun Action & Adventure Festival (SCOTTSDALE) Meet your favorite Action Heroes, ride on the Zipline attraction, enjoy Bounce Houses/ Slides, Face Painting, Live Entertainment, Familyfriendly Performances, Prize Giveaways/Raffles and more at OdySea in the Desert. 12pm-4pm in the courtyard. 480.291.8218. October 4 - 27 135th Annual Arizona State Fair (PHOENIX) Now with more than a million guests! Indulge all your senses at Arizona’s original playground. Find yourself in the middle of the midway

enjoying everything from crazy air food, rides and games, to an exciting event in the Grandstand and to end the night, a live concert at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum! $10. 602-252-6771. October 5 Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest (PHOENIX) Lace up your lederhosen and hit the Bavarian dance floor featuring live polka music! Then, test your skills in the wurst Oktoberfest competitions including stein hold, brat eat, pretzel eating and beer maid costume contest. 4pm-10pm. $10 online 21+ event. https:// October 10 45th Season Kickoff Gold Palette ArtWalk (SCOTTSDALE) This special event will kick off the Scottsdale ArtWalk’s 45th season with live musical performances, “meet the artist” demos, and a historical look at ArtWalk over the past 4 1/2 decades. FREE. 6:30-9:30pm. October 11 - 13 47th Annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest (TEMPE) German fare at five bratwurst service tents, carnival treats such as corn dogs, turkey legs, funnel cakes and nachos. Island noodles, German desserts and ice cream. Live music, and entertainment for kids & adults young at heart. FREE. Tempe Town Lake. www. October 12 - 13 10th Annual Arizona Taco Festival (SCOTTSDALE) Legendary Tequila Expo — featuring more than

100 types of Tequila! Beauty Pageant; Lucha Libre wrestling arena; hot chili pepper contest; Day of the Dead wedding; celeb chef cooking demos, a hot sauce expo, local bands, DJs, and new surprises to mark the 10 year anniversary. Tacos ($3 each) prepared by 60+ competing pro taco makers, restaurants, chefs, and food trucks. 11am7pm at Westworld. https:// October 16 - 17 2019 Taste of Cave Creek (CAVE CREEK) Sample cuisine from more than 25 restaurants in an outdoor, open-air setting, two stages with live music, wine and craft beer garden, tequila tastings and much more. Held at Stagecoach Village 5pm-9pm. $10 plus $3-$5 food tickets. Kids 12 and under are FREE. 480-488-6636. October 18 - 19 Phoenix FearCon XIII (TEMPE) Two days of horror fun and frolic! Screening 3-4 feature films and a bunch of shorts. Workshops - panel discussions - celebrity meet & greets - and vendors & entertainment. $30. 602-3999500. October 18 - 27 5th Annual Town of Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden (CAREFREE) See article pg. 20. October 27 Dia De Los Muertos (PHOENIX) Annual event which celebrates those who have passed on with music, dance, theater performances and more. Food and children’s art activities at Steele Indian School Park. 2pm- 8pm FREE. 480-834-5731. 15




isitors to Arizona should remember to

look up every now and again. The payoff is our bright blue Arizona skyline dotted with bold bursts of color. Hot air balloons, in carefully designed patterns (more on that in a moment) drift peacefully above the desert, creating a mesmerizing display that slowly changes in a calming array of subtle movements.

The picturesque scene above is a nice bonus for land-locked viewers of our captivating skies, but have you ever considered taking flight yourself? Guests are regularly awed by the unique vantage point that hot air ballooning offers. Amanda and Stephanie Long, sisters and co-owners of Hot Air Expeditions (a provider 16

of balloon flights from both Phoenix/Scottsdale and Tucson), tell us that their guests are often surprised by the incredible views that balloon rides offer. Since the Sonoran Desert encompasses more than 100,000 square miles of wild desert, a drive through the area simply doesn’t do it justice. Instead, opt for the 360-degree unobstructed panoramic views you’ll experience from the sturdy wicker basket of a hot air balloon. It’s also an excellent time to use the panorama feature on your iPhone to capture the memory in a unique way that will commemorate your adventure forever. The peacefulness you’ll feel while floating at 2,000-5,000 feet above the ground is unparalleled. Morning adventurers often catch the sun rising over the desert as they watch their balloon inflate (a breathtaking vision in-and-of itself) and linger close enough to the ground to sometimes spy wildlife who are out for their morning jaunts. Hot Air Expeditions balloon flights end their spectacular journey with a landing skillfully finessed by their FAA certified pilots, and the chase crew that follows to the most suitable landing site. There in the desert, Hot Air Expeditions’ guests actually enjoy a lovely champagne brunch or on seasonal evening flights (November through March only), an appetizer reception, set elegantly among the saguaro. Tables, linens, champagne flutes and decadent bites from Vincent’s on

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Camelback are brought out for the celebration. Arizona enjoys the most flyable days per year for hot air balloons in the country. Our Arizona skies provide consistently calm and stable weather conditions, 300+ days of sunshine per year, and our desert boasts an abundance of launching/ landing locations for hot air balloons. So if you haven’t been on a hot air balloon ride, we highly recommend adding this to your adventure itinerary. We know you won’t be disappointed with the jaw-dropping scenery, the meditative sensory experience and the fantastic photos you’ll end up with.

Amanda and Stephanie assured me that even those with trepidations about heights or who are prone to motion sickness thoroughly enjoy ballooning. With no sense of perspective (in contrast to what you’d find at the top of a tall building or roller coaster) and with barely any feeling of motion, balloon rides simply give the sensation of floating peacefully. Hot air ballooning is one of the oldest forms of flight, and it is also one of the safest. When selecting a hot air balloon company to take you up, up and away, you will want to make sure that the company you choose employs FAA-certified hot air balloon pilots, has appropriate insurance, a good safety record, and that their equipment is regularly inspected by an FAA-approved facility. Hot Air Expeditions fits the bill on all of these, but regardless of what company you select, or where you choose to take flight, be sure to do your research. Hot Air Expeditions is a family owned business led by women, that has been ballooning for over 28 years and they have consistently earned Fodor Travel’s top honor of “Best Balloon Flight in Phoenix” for the past 24 years. Earlier, we alluded to the fact that the colorful designs you see on hot air balloons are actually carefully and thoughtfully imagined. Amanda creates individual designs for each of the balloon envelopes (the colorful balloon part) in Hot Air Expeditions’ fleet. Along with the iconic saguaro that adorns each of their balloons, Amanda creates subtle but purposeful variations of the panel colors so that the chase crew can distinguish balloons from miles away on the ground. Each balloon is as unique as the experience is destined to be for those who wisely add it to their Arizona Bucket List. AZ 17

event calendar Northern Arizona SATURDAYS, SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER The Float of Frights (COTTONWOOD) Little known to visitors, there is a section of the Verde River that is haunted! If you’re ready for a frightening evening float, come along for the ride... if you dare. Find out what happened to the kayakers lost before you on this spooky stretch of river. You may see zombies, giant spiders, alligators, or something even worse! $45/person. 623-688-0885. Through September 22 Red Rocks Music Festival (SEDONA) Eight music concerts in Phoenix and Sedona performed by internationally acclaimed musicians and members from the Phoenix Symphony. 602-402-4551. September 11 - 14 87th Annual Navajo County Fair Rodeo and Little Buckaroo Rodeo (HOLBROOK) Rodeo, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, 4-H competition, carnival, demo derby and more. 800-5242459. September 13 - 15 14th Annual Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival (FLAGSTAFF) Traditional and contemporary bluegrass music, acoustic, old-time, Celtic, gypsy jazz and more, workshops, barn dance, kids activities, and on-site camping.

hands-on exhibits, and even archaeological excavations! In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, an 18 monthlong Lunar Legacy Lecture Series is also offered.

arts and craft vendors, food vendors and the beauty of fall leaves. A family favorite with music, beer, brats and quirky contests. Held at Wheeler Park 11am-8pm. $7 / Kids 12 and under FREE. 928-606-7600.

September 26 - 29 Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival (JEROME) Founded by filmmakers for filmmakers/ film lovers and artistic spirits alike comes the Jerome 89A Film & Music Festival in one of the most beautiful regions of AZ.

October 10 - 13 Big Sting — It’s a Country Thing (PRESCOTT) Escape to the Country in the Rocks for an exclusive music campout weekend with 3000 of your closest friends. Concerts, food, beer, camping, horseshoe tournaments, corn hole and more! Watson Lake Park.

September 28 - 29 11th Annual Sedona Winefest (SEDONA) Enjoy fabulous Arizona wines, tasty food, music, and vendors galore while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic red rocks. 11am-5pm, $40-$50. 928862-0210.

October 4 - 6 12th Annual Prescott Area Artists’ Studio September 13 - 15 Tour (PRESCOTT) Masters Annual Prescott Highland Games and Faire (PRESCOTT) demonstrate their skill in a wide range of artistic All things Celtic: bagpipe techniques including wheelbands, herding dogs, Celtic music & food, clan gatherings, thrown and hand-built ceramics, woodworking, Highland dance competition painting, jewelry making, and, of course, kilts! Family mixed media, glass & more. and pet-friendly. 9am-5pm, FREE, self-guided tour. 10am$10-$20. 4pm. 928-772-7566. September 20 - 29 October 5 2019 Flagstaff Festival 11th Annual Flagstaff of Science (FLAGSTAFF) A Oktoberfest (FLAGSTAFF) FREE 10-day fall event with Flagstaff’s take on this field trips, guided hikes, famous celebration. Discover star parties, open houses, 18

October 11 - 12 16th Annual Jerome Ghost Walk (JEROME) This Ghostly October please come and meet some of Jerome’s more “permanent” residents. They will be out and about starting at 6:30pm with a new performance starting every ½ hour. There will be six shows nightly at Spook Hall. $15-$20. 928-634-1066. October 5 Grand Opening: Giovale Open Deck Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Be among the first to see this amazing project come to fruition at Lowell Observatory. FREE!

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Tucson and Southern Arizona event calendar SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER Queen Mine Tour (BISBEE) Explore one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century, and experience the life of a miner. Don a hard hat, miner’s headlamp and yellow slicker, then head underground and back in time. 520-432-2071. SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 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 SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) Only one of its kind: a Ghost Host leads you on a walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and alleys after dark. Family friendly tour at 5:30pm! Adults $15. www. September 26 - 29 45th Annual Tucson Greek Festival (TUCSON)

Celebrates Greek food, drink, and music and offers dance lessons, children’s activities, tours of the church, and vendor displays. 520-8880505 September 28 Oktoberfest 2019 (TUCSON) Arizona-brewed, German-style craft beers, delicious German-inspired cuisine food truck, Haus of Brats, additional food options with other food trucks, jumping castle, live music, stein raise contests & prizes, free face painting and balloon twisting. Noonmidnight. 520-207-8077. October 10 - 12 4th Annual Film Fest Tucson (TUCSON) A handpicked collection of films including Arizona premieres of new independent films from around the country, special guests including directors, producers, onscreen talent, and others, along with one-of-a-kind presentations of films from Arizona’s history. $10. October 12 17th Annual A Taste of Bisbee (BISBEE) This event features food from our fantastic Bisbee restaurants,

wine and beer from Arizona producers, and music from our local Out of the Blue. 5pm-8pm. www. October 19 29th Annual Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb (BISBEE) Run, walk, explore Bisbee, AZ on this 4.5-mile course up 9 sets of stairs (1000+ total steps) and down winding roads, at a mile-high altitude; the world’s longest and highest stair-master. Or, try the Bisbee 1000 Ironman Ice Competition (with Regular and Firefighter divisions). Cash Prizes! Relax and refresh with the Bisbee 1000 Craft Beer Festival. 520-2660401. October 26 Star Party at Homolovi State Park (WINSLOW) A night under the stars at Visitor Center Museum and Observatory. Free with admission, Star Parties offer a family friendly atmosphere that allows all participants to view celestial objects (planets, nebulas, stars) through a variety of telescopes. Dress warmly and be prepared to experience a sense of wonder!



hat does it take to cast a spell on an entire village? turn a town garden into a magical land where each pumpkin, scarecrow and mouse has an entire life story (usually mischievous) that plays out in a fanciful vignette? Ray Villafane and his immensely talented team of sculptors should know. After 4 years of successfully transforming Carefree Desert Gardens into the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, Ray continues to step up his game, making each presentation more magically mesmerizing than the last.

This family favorite event, slated for Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 27th, has garnered such attention and world-wide acclaim that last year’s record breaking attendance estimated at more than 100,000 visitors is sure to be surpassed. Villafane Studios once again transforms the 4 acre garden into a whimsical, one-of-a-kind walk-through, often immersive exhibit of hand carved pumpkins, scarecrows and other intricately sculpted and posed characters that embody the kind of life-like expression that begs questions and elicits wonder. While wandering the grounds, expect all manner of gourds to smile for, sneer at, and seemingly spring to life in front of you as you walk the garden pathways. Luckily for the Town of Carefree, and any visitors who find themselves in the area during the 10 day event, Ray fell in love with the gardens in 2015 and decided to bring his creative vision to life with this annual event. Villafane Studios carvers delight visitors with demonstrations on family carving nights. Expect a giant pumpkin of gargantuan proportions to be displayed, since the Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers Association is one of the event partners. On weekends, additional Halloween activities for both young and old abound: live music, a harvest market, beer garden, autumnal treats, culinary delights and more! Friday-Sunday admission is $15; Monday-Thursday entry is $10; and kids 2 and under get in free. Parking is available throughout the downtown area at no cost.

PHOTO CREDITS: Monika Cheang Photography (right page, top center). Cover photos: Desert Hearts PhotographyTiffany Copeland (cover, top) and Monika Cheang Photography (cover, bottom). All other photos courtesy of Ray Villafane Studios.


Nights are beautiful in Carefree, artistic lighting enhances the scenes and 3-dimensional pickled pumpkin faces float preserved in giant saguaro cactus shaped tanks along the walkways. On any given day or evening you may see Ray working on a pumpkin masterpiece or running back and forth to his Gallery just a block from the Gardens — creating irresistible enchantment for kids (of all ages) to discover. AZ

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f you’re looking for water in the desert, we’re here to point you in the right direction. And luckily, to the surprise of many visitors, Arizona has its fair share of lakes, rivers, and creeks to explore. Here are a few of Arizona’s most amazing bodies of water.

Arizona’s Lakes: Arizona has around 120 lakes, all but 2 of which are man-made for flood control and irrigation purposes. The two natural water bodies are Mormon Lake and Stoneman Lake which sometimes dry up depending on rainfall. Here’s a rundown of some of Arizona’s most popular recreational lakes: • Lake Powell (the 2nd largest man-made lake in the country) is known for its red rock cliffs, stunning canyon walls, and clear blue waters.

Slide Rock (the 80 ft. stretch of Oak Creek that forms a natural sandstone water slide).


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• Canyon Lake, is a relatively small, picturesque lake with hidden coves, scenic rock walls and desert flora, where you can cruise on the Dolly Steamboat (page to see the sun set over the Superstition Mountains. • Saguaro Lake is aptly named, with saguaro cacti lining its 22 miles of shoreline. You can view the majestic saguaros and the ample wildlife while cruising on the sightseeing tour boat, the Desert Belle (page . • Tempe Town Lake is a well-designed urban oasis in the center of the Historic Mill Avenue district of Tempe which is just outside of Phoenix. Within walking distance of the shops and nightlife is the lake’s Beach Park recreation area. Visitors enjoy boating and paddling on small watercraft and jogging or biking around the lake as well as the festivals and activities that take place there. The annual 4th of July Celebration at Tempe Town Lake often includes a fireworks display over the lake. • Lake Havasu is the most visited Arizona lake. At 45 miles long, with lovely clear waters, and a uniquely themed central city, it attracts 2.5 million visitors a year. The lake is home to London Bridge (flown in from England and reassembled stone by stone), which connects the mainland to an island where coves, beaches and docks adorn the shoreline. • The City of Prescott is home to several lakes (including Watson Lake pictured below and top left) whose shores are lined with boulders that seem to balance in Zen formation, giving it an extra sense of serenity. • The White Mountains region is host to several lakes whose pine forested banks and cool climate make for excellent fishing and camping. •

Patagonia Lake State Park is an excellent destination in southern Arizona for family fun including swimming, boating, camping, and white sand beaches.

The bank of Watson Lake in Prescott, AZ.


Arizona’s Rivers: While in Arizona, you’ll want to see the Colorado River, perhaps multiple ways. You may view it from the amazing overlook at Horseshoe Bend (see article on pg. 16), but for an up-close-and-personal introduction, consider spending some time at River Island State Park where you can camp, boat, fish and swim along the shoreline from a sandy beach. If you’re searching for more adventurous time on the river, you can try a half day float trip from Glen Canyon Dam all the way to the Grand Canyon. A popular pastime for those who prefer a day of slow and easy floating in an inner tube will enjoy the Salt River where many college students on break opt to while away the time. If kayaking or paddle boarding are more your style, you will want to get on board with Adventure Encounters (see pg. 38) for help with gear, instruction or customized excursions to traverse the ebbs and flows of the Verde River, the Salt River or Lake Pleasant.

Arizona’s Hot Springs & Waterfalls: Though at first glance visitors might mistake Arizona for a barren, dusty wasteland (envisioning tumbleweeds rolling across a dusty path — not an unusual sight to be sure), Arizona actually boasts several waterfalls, some of which seem like secret oases. Some waterfalls to seek out are Fossil Creek Waterfall in Camp Verde, Wolf Creek Falls in Prescott, Tonto Natural Bridge Falls in Payson, Grand Falls (which are taller than Niagra and also known as Chocolate Falls for their silt-induced, chocolatey color), and Havasu Falls (pictured above) at the Grand Canyon. Furthermore, you might even be interested in the opportunity to take a dip in a naturally heated swimming hole. Arizona has several hot springs created by geothermally heated water rising to the surface. One easy to find hot spring is at Roper Lake State Park, and there are also springs in Safford, Tonopah and for more arduous adventurers there’s the Ringbolt Hot Springs. If the goal is to seek out water for a water adventure, there are an abundance to choose from. Remember, in all your explorations of Arizona waterways, be sure to bring your own water supply! In Arizona, hydration is always key. AZ 24

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Around Arizona event calendar September 1 - 2 94th Annual White Mountain Apache Tribal Fair and Rodeo (WHITERIVER) “Native Arizona’s longest-running Indian rodeo” takes over the town of Whiteriver with an all-Indian rodeo, tribal performances, carnival, music and more. (928) 338-2492 September 7 31st Annual Fiesta Septiembre (WICKENBURG) Activities include: entertainment throughout the day by Mariachi Bands, Folklorico dancers, Latin Band, food, drink, arts/crafts booth, historical pioneer families photo exhibit, kidz zona, margarita, salsa & guacamole contests. 928684-5479. September 8 Annual Payson Food Truck Festival (WINDOW ROCK) A variety of different food trucks will fill the area of Green Valley Park. Enjoy this festival atmosphere

with 4 live bands, life-size Jenga games, corn hole boards, beer & wine garden. September 21 - 22 The Sumi’nungwa Hopi Festival (POLACCA) Showcases Native American arts & crafts, Hopi social dances & food vendors during the two-day festival. 8am-7pm. 928-737-0174. September 27 - 28 21st Annual “Standin’ On The Corner” Park Festival (WINSLOW) Featuring live bands, vendors, food, and fun. $5. 928-289-3434. September 28 23rd Annual Public Condor Release (MARBLE CANYON) The public is invited to join the recovery effort by witnessing firsthand a spectacular release into the wild of several captive-bred young condors on National Public Lands Day. Up to four California Condors will be released by

The Peregrine Fund atop the spectacular ledges of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona. FREE. 11am. www. October 12 - 13 31st Annual Fall Festival (PATAGONIA) A Celebration of Music & Art that features more than 120 artists, nonprofits and food vendors over a fun-filled weekend. With music and entertainment scheduled throughout the festival, a children’s activity tent, great art, a beer and wine garden and great food, there is something for everyone. 520-345-4172. October 31 - November 3 17th Annual Page Lake Powell Balloon Regatta (PAGE) Watch balloons lift off and float over the Lake Powell area, a balloon glow and street fair. http:// lakepowellballoonregatta. com/





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, Titanic the Artifact Exhibition, Pangea Land of the Dinosaurs and Surprise Your Eyes immersive art installation. 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. 26

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

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

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

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 28

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

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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. 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!

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LOLO’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES 366 N Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 1220 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 3133 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ Since 2002 Lolo’s has been bringing soulfood flavor to the southwest. With 4 locations in Arizona, including in Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, Arizonan’s now call this unique savory and sweet combo our own and offer it up as a recommended destination for visitors. The founder’s family recipes bring the comfort every weary traveler needs. VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 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 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm.

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

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

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



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his desert oasis brings you the best of the Southwest. Here the rich ever-changing colors of the desert and mountain vistas surround you. Blessed by nature, this gateway to the Sonoran Desert also features history, art festivals, culture and great golf opportunities. You literally can’t miss the West’s tallest fountain — the town centerpiece, which spouts throughout the day in 15 minute increments. Nearby independent shops and galleries make shopping out of the ordinary, whether you are seeking clothing, art, or fine jewelry, including the Arizona Amethyst, a specialty of Sami Fine Jewelry.

Just an easy 30 minute drive from the Phoenix and Scottsdale area is the West’s tallest fountain... a unique Arizona spectacle you definitely must see for yourself.

Stroll around Fountain Park, get a bird’s eye view from the Overlook Trail or enjoy the Botanical Garden nature trail. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50plus miles of trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park and the Fountain Hills Preserve. If golf is your game, take your pick of five PGA golf courses — all within minutes of one another. An extensive public art collection, history museum and two internationally recognized art festivals make Fountain Hills a Gem of the Valley If you’re interested in Native American heritage, Fort McDowell Adventures offers a range of cultural heritage tours, horseback riding, cowboy cook-outs and more. AZ


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DINE GUIDE Looking for the flavors of Arizona? CHECK OUT THESE LOCAL FAVES! CRUST 10 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler 8300 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale 480-917-4903 | 480-948-3099 Both Crust Restaurant locations offer an authentic east coast Italian experience with classic Italian dishes created from scratch and from personal recipes handed down from friends and family. Everyone’s favorites, like chicken marsala, tortellini, and of course plenty of pizza varieties are on the menu. The Chandler location boasts a nostalgic craft cocktail lounge below called The Ostrich. BLK LIVE 7301 E. Butherus Dr, Scottsdale 480-494-5069 | This unique poolside concert venue serves up nationally-known musical artists and excellent American fare four nights a week right next to Scottsdale’s Quarter district. For food, spirits, music and happy hour specials, try this fun and high energy location for your next evening out. HAROLD’S CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 Harold’s features the finest hand carved steaks and daily delivered 42

fresh seafood. All the BBQ meats are smoked on the premises using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. The varied menu features everything from Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona. CONFLUENCE 36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ Confluence strives to create unique dishes using high quality foods at their seasonal peak and work directly with local farmers to bring their patrons farm to table freshness. Overcoming the challenge of serving up healthy options without sacrificing flavor, they carry on the tradition of a variety of veggie dishes from locally sourced produce. OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY 6910 E. Main St., Scottsdale 480-945-4567 This favorite is the epitome of Southwestern flair and flavor. The misted flagstone patio is shaded by 100 year-old pecan trees, giving it a timeless charm and distinctive atmosphere. Perfectly located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this tasty stop for lunch or dinner will wow you with specialties like shrimp diablo, carne de fuego, and over 120 premium tequilas!

VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale 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 lets you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm. LOLO’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES 366 N Gilbert Road, Gilbert 1220 S Central Ave, Phoenix 3133 N Scottsdale Road Phoenix Sky Harbor Since 2002 Lolo’s has been bringing soul-food flavor to the southwest. With 4 locations in Arizona, including in Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, Arizonan’s now call this unique savory and sweet combo our own and offer it up as a recommended destination for visitors. The founder’s family recipes bring the comfort every weary traveler needs. AZ

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RESTAURANT OVERVIEW — 3 Kings Kasbar — The casual, Mediterranean vibe of this amazing little Tapas bar & lounge in Old Town Cottonwood is as fun and ecclectic as its unique name. The amazing patio space in front has bar seating, plenty of outdoor sofas, and two firepits to cozy up your evening. The interior is surprisingly spacious as well, offering stylish sofas and deep seating that give the space exotic flair and encourage instant relaxation. Once you sit, the mood is set, and you’ll want to enjoy the fresh and seasonal bites they offer with one of their specialty craft cocktails. The chef has put his signature twist on flatbreads, bruschetta, and empanadas for a fun and flavorful light dish that easily graduates to a full meal. The pastry dough for the empanadas is hand made and stuffed full with interesting global selections from African lamb, to chicken adobo, to spanikopita, to eggplant. 3 Kings’ empanadas are baked in a pizza oven for a light and flaky quality, and drizzled with a corresponding special sauce that perfectly compliments. I was simply enamored with the cocktail I ordered: fuego de pasion. If the ingredients alone don’t make you long to try one, you might need to check your pulse. Made with passion fruit puree, fig infused gin and homemade honey habanero syrup, it was delectably sweet, tart and spicy all at once! We landed at 3 Kings Kasbar as part of a combo kayaking adventure on the Verde River called Creek to Cocktails with the fantastic tour company, Adventure Encounter ( The included visit to 3 Kings was a perfect way to end our adventure, relax and refuel after conquering the river. Pleasantly distracted by the yummy cocktail, I neglected to try the house made Baklava (one of my all-time faves) so I’ll be sure to stop by this treasure again! | (928) 639-4433 Weds-Fri 4pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm Happy Hour & Brunch Specials | Cottonwood, AZ


the performing arts 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: Miss Saigon September 24 - 29, 2019 Anastasia October 29 - November 3, 2019 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: Xanadu September 6 - 29, 2019 Sweeney Todd October 11 - November 9, 2019 ARIZONA OPERA 1636 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 266-7464 (Phoenix) • (520) 293-4336 (Tucson) Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs throughout the state of Arizona each season. Arizona Opera is among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city. PRESENTING: Shining Brow Sept 27, 28 & 29, 2019 (Phoenix) October 5 & 6, 2019 (Tucson) Maria de Buenos Aires September 28 - 30 (Herberger) 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: The Royale Sept 7 - Sept 28, 2019 (Tucson) October 3 - October 20, 2019 (Phoenix) Silent Sky October 22 - Nov 9, 2019 (Tucson)


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: Ballet Under the Stars (FREE Evening Performances) Fountain Park, Fountain Hills – Sept 11 Tempe Center for the Arts – September 12 Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater – Sept 13 Steele Indian School Park – September 14 HALE CENTER THEATRE 50 West Page Avenue, Gilbert, AZ 85233 (480) 497-1181 • This favorite family theatre company brings community theatre to the next level. The intimate theatre in the round style and high production values garner many positive accolades. PRESENTING: John Loves Mary Sept 24 - Nov 19, 2019 Hello Dolly! October 10 - November 23, 2019 HERBERGER THEATER CENTER 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 252-8497 • The Herberger Theater Center is a premier performance venue with multiple stages. Center Stage seats 800; Stage West accommodates 320 and there is also a Performance Outreach Theater (Kax Stage) which seats 120 in a versatile ‘black box’ space. PRESENTING: Charlotte’s Webbe by ChildsPlay September 2 - October 14, 2019 CS Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert by Fellowship for Perofming Arts October 24 - 25, 2019 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: Kinky Boots Through October 13, 2019 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time October 9 - Nov 10, 2019

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This play by Simon Stephens is based on the acclaimed mystery novel by Mark Haddon and won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. The main character is a teenager named Christopher, who is gifted at mathematics and has evident challenges relating to people and understanding emotional cues. Although autism or Asberger’s Syndrome are never mentioned, audiences understand that Christopher experiences the world in a unique way. The theatrical unfolding is in part a mystery of who killed the neighbor’s dog, and the complicated motivations surrounding the inciting incident, but it is also a mystery of mindset. The audience immerses into the very different realm of Christopher’s inner thoughts, taking on the perspective of a person who encounters sensory stimuli in a much different way than many viewers would.

Much attention has been brought to the innovative staging and visual effects of previously staged productions, so this version may follow suit. The play is performed on Phoenix Theatre’s Hormel Stage, an intimate venue with excellent visibility from all seats. There is an ArtBar and Bistro at the theatre that opens at noon for matinees and at 5pm for evening shows, adding an easy option for grabbing a bite or cocktail before the performance. AZ

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

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history & archaeology; arts & culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual & metaphysical, imagine doing all this amid a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is both wild & wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday-and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 866-878-2489 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all 46

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

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Sedona 1. PINK JEEP TOURS – Pink Jeep’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 55 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. 833-314-7465. 2. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK – Watch exotic animals roam in spacious habitats plus exciting shows like Tiger Splash & Predator Feed. Use Promo code AZKEY19 for special savings. 928-567-2840. 3. SOUND BITES GRILL – Known for daily live music with headliners like Esteban, this musical haven also boasts incredible views of Sedona’s red rocks, fantastic fresh seafood options and hand-cut steaks. All this and incredible happy hour deals make this rockin’ place one of Sedona’s favorites. 928-282-2713. 4. TLAQUEPAQUE – Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village is home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, all enclosed in a compound of Spanishstyle buildings. Known as 48

“The Art and Soul of Sedona,” this is a not-to-be-missed Sedona experience! 928-282-4838.

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5. THE HIKE HOUSE – An integral part of most trips to Sedona often includes a hike on the extensive red rock trail system. Newcomers may find it hard to navigate, but this hiker’s equipment and information center has everything you need for a safe and successful journey. See pg. 55. (928) 282-5820.

8. EXPOSURES INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF FINE ART – Enjoy a diversity of art including amazing bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic paintings, fine art jewelry, and an array of glass art. Exposures International Gallery has an impressive 20,000 square feet of art display that includes every style from classical to contemporary. For more info call 800-526-7668.

6. SEDONA AIR TOURS – The most-trusted and well known helicopter and airplane tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jet-powered helicopter to view the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona, or fly to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Skywalk in an airplane. 888.866.7433. 7. RED ROCK MAGIC TROLLEY – This fun and easy way to see Sedona is great for visitors of all ages. Relaxing, fun and full of information, you’ll get an overview the sights and history of this magical town. A light-hearted

9. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK – Slide Rock provides a natural water slide that invites everyone to be a kid again. Shaded by cottonwoods and sycamores along the canyon walls, hikers can explore the trails. 928-282-3034 10. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS – One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks, the Chapel rises two-hundred feet above ground surface between two red rock formations that accentuate its 90-foot tall cross. Must-see. AZ

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rizona is the Grand Canyon State, so the answer is ‘yes you should see it’ to that inevitable question (more on AZ’s most famous canyon on page 58) but chances are, you’ve come across the otherworldly images of Antelope Canyon, and pondered the Pink Adventure Tours same thing: is it really as beautiful DUKOUT Adventure Brokers

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Antelope Canyon is visually stunning and Arizona Scenic Tours ever-changing depending upon the light and shadows of the day. Rightfully, it is the most photographed slot


canyon in the world. Remote, rugged, real, and not for everyone, Antelope Canyon is hidden in the heart and soul of the Navajo Nation between the Grand Canyon and Canyon de Chelly National Monument in northeastern Arizona (3 miles east of Page on Highway 98). A trek to this real-life postcard requires a mile+ hike and climbs up and down steep ladders. You’ll also travel through narrow passageways as you go in and out of lower Antelope Canyon. Including travel to Page, AZ, tours to Antelope Canyon typically take a full day. All your efforts will definitely pay off when you see with your own eyes this astounding natural work of art. Sand dunes from an ancient sea of rushing waters solidified into what are variously called skinny caves, wind caves, slot canyons and corkscrew canyons. Pristine looking streams of sand follow a downward path, creating the familiar halo effect that is so often depicted in photos. The narrow beams of light at certain

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times of day swirl downward from 140-feet overhead offering unique and magical photo opportunities. Navajo guides are your gateway to this world wonder. The other Arizona image imprinted on our collective consciousness is Horseshoe Bend. The grand vantage point, swooping curve, and brilliant colors of this spot where the Colorado River takes a famous turn make it a sight to see for bucket-listers. The hike to the overlook is about a mile. As the sun sets, and the light hits its surface, a variety of minerals in the canyon walls cause the rock formations to glow. This photo-worthy location is definitely one to write home about. Since the two iconic sights are only about 10 miles away from each other, most people set aside a day to see both of them. Several tour companies have packages that do the planning for you, making your trip convenient and worry-free. Navajo guides bring all visitors into Antelope Canyon, but having the entire trip thoroughly planned for you by a professional — complete with lunch, transportation and all the necessary forethought — goes a long way toward making your day relaxing and truly awe-inspiring. Pink Adventure Tours, a wellknown and well-respected Arizona tour operator recently added an Antelope Canyon/Horseshoe Bend excursion to their regular array of jeep tours throughout Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Pink Adventures uses a comfortable passenger van for these trips which depart from Sedona, so if you’re staying a night or two in ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ then this is definitely one to check out. You’ll likely be tempted to tack on a few extra days so you can also do a rugged Pink Jeep Tour through Sedona’s red rocks. If you’re based in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and are just taking a single day for Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, consider booking a tour with DUKOUT Adventure Brokers. Their Slots and Bends Tour picks you up at your

Scottsdale or Phoenix hotel at 5:45am to arrive at Antelope Canyon around 10:30am. DUKOUT’s adventure includes lunch, entrance fees to the canyon, and a stop at Horseshoe Bend. You get to relax while the driving is done for you, dropping you back at your hotel by 8 or 9pm. And still, there is more to see. Arizona has so much to offer in the way of dramatic landscapes and unique destinations that you may want to take a customized approach. Arizona Scenic Tours creates multi-day tours with personalized itineraries that can include pit stops to Prescott, Jerome, Flagstaff, Payson, Tombstone, and even locations just over Arizona’s borders like Four Corners and Hoover Dam. Whatever your chosen adventure, Arizona provides an abundance of rugged beauty, stunning sunsets, and jaw-dropping sights, all of which you won’t find anywhere else. AZ





1. Turkey Creek Trail is a moderate 6 mile hike that is both petfriendly and equipped with restrooms. Climb among the Pinyon Pines on your way toward House Mountain, a dormant shield volcano with a rocky summit formation that looks like a house from below. 2. Chimney Rock Loop in West Sedona is a moderate 2 mile trek that brings you down an easygoing path past the famous ‘Three Fingers’ formation. This pet-friendly hike offers a nice view of Chimney Rock for those who venture to the top of Little Sugarloaf. 3. Baldwin Trail is an easy hike along a pet-friendly trail equipped with restrooms. The 5 mile jaunt will take you high above the treetops for amazing views of Cathedral Rock and Red Rock Butte. Mornings and afternoons afford the most shade along this path. A Red Rock Pass is required when on National Forest land. You must display the pass on your windshield or you may receive a citation. Passes can be purchased at the Sedona Visitor Center for a minimal cost.

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4. Huckaby Trail is a breathtaking 5.6 mile hike of moderate difficulty to some colorful high-ridge vistas. Bring water shoes and dip a toe in Oak Creek on sunny days. 5. Woods Canyon Trail takes hikers on a 10.4 mile trail that is moderately difficult and pet-friendly. This colorful path is adorned with lush vegetation and huge gray boulders. In winter and spring you may get the cool reward of a freshwater creek from snowmelt running through a red sandstone beach partway through the hike. Happy Trails! AZ

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, overcivilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”—John Muir

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

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




n my last visit to Sedona, I discovered an incredible resource for hikers that I simply must share. The Hike House on State Route O 179 is the perfect pit stop before your next adventure down the trail. Everything you need or could imagine for your journey is at your fingertips in one location, including experienced and friendly guides to get you on your way safely. We met with the owners, Greg and Gracie Stevenson, who showed us around the shop, and gave us a demonstration of their Trail Information database that just scratched the surface of its capabilities.

Their Sedona Trail Finder is a unique, interactive system that will find you the perfect hike. Like the perfect sunset or the perfect anything, this seems elusive, but let me tell you the system easily narrowed down nearly 200 trails to a few exciting possibilities based on personal selections of area, distance, time, elevation, and difficulty. This service is free! Why not take advantage of this brilliant blend of technology and customer service to ensure your hike is perfect for you and your companions? The Hike House Guide Book distills the Trail Finder information into a concise selection of 30 trails, each with 4 pages of information and maps, including an elevation map and in-depth directions. The truly fantastic aspect of the book is the QR code for each hike that links to a 2-minute video with imagery of the trail for a sneak peek at what lies ahead. Every manner of gear, sunscreen, shoes, hats, water bottles and walking sticks are available there as well, but the real must-buy is a homemade cookie (Gracie’s secret recipe) to fuel your journey! 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.

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



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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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Glendale / West Valley 1. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 85 exhibits and the all new 15-acre Safari Park. See ad page 75 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 2. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, east of the Loop 101. 623-385-7502. 3. WIGWAM RESORT Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples vintage charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, a superb spa & distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 4. ANTIQUE ROW – More than 70 antique shops line the streets of Historic downtown Glendale, giving this large city a hometown vibe. Free nearby parking make the 10 square blocks walkable and an ideal 60

day of shopping and dining. 5. SPORTS ARENAS – Arizona’s West Valley is home to the Arizona Cardinals Stadium as well as the Gila River Arena where The Arizona Coyotes hockey team plays. Both venues also host large scale events for off-season fun. Cardinals: (623) 433-7101, Coyotes: (623) 772-3800. 6. CERRETA CANDY COMPANY – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for the ‘choco-holic’ in all of us for over 40 years. The entire Cerreta family has been perfecting the art of candy-making over multiple generations. Enjoy a guided tour during the week and a non-guided video tour at other times. 623-930-9000. 7. BOOTS AND BIKES The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. For info. call 623-932-3811.

8. 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. 9. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! 10. 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. AZ

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Cave Creek & Carefree 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. For more info call 480-488-1906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS – The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique English / Victorian atmosphere. 480-488-4812. 4. HISTORIC SPANISH VILLAGE – Located in the heart of Downtown Carefree along whimsical Ho Hum road, this is one of the first buildings constructed in Carefree and 62

remains a cultural and art hub. 5. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB – Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek, 480-488-0398. 6. THE RARE EARTH GALLERY – As the name implies, this Cave Creek gallery showcases rare art and treasure from the earth. You are likely to see giant geodes, crystals and fossils that become epic art pieces for those who appreciate one of a kind beauty. For info call 480-575-4360.

prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480-488-2764. 9. BARTLETT LAKE Located just 20 miles east of Carefree, visitors can drive to Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. 480-595-3300. 10. FRONTIER TOWN Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in AZ, full of folklore passed down over the years. AZ

7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to come a bit closer. Arts and culture aficionados will appreciate. 480-595-8757. 8. CAVE CREEK MUSEUM Started in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the

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ne of Phoenix’s top attractions is the Musical Instrument Museum, known to many simply as MIM. As the only global instrument museum in the world, its collection of over 7,000 musical instruments from over 200 countries consistently wins the praises of its many visitors. Exhibits cover any imaginable genre of music with an emphasis on the cultural roots and artistry from which it sprang, in addition to the musical legends and iconic instruments that have captured the human consciousness at any given time. The intention to touch on as many musical forms as have touched human beings is evident in MIM’s 2019 Fall Concert Series sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln. Running now through January, MIM presents 30 concerts which span multiple genres across the globe. The MIM Music Theater concert venue is adjacent to the museum, so visitors may want to plan for a day/night outing that is sure to soothe the musiclover’s soul. Fall 2019 Concert Series highlights include the Gerald Clayton Quartet, led by Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton, Ugandan singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kinobe, jazz and funk powerhouse saxophonist Candy Dulfer, and San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet who reimagines the string quartet experience with a blend of classical and contemporary music. Some artists will be performing at the MIM Music Theater for the first time, but concertgoers can also look forward to the return of several favorites, including Irish-bluegrass quartet JigJam; Grammy nominee and R&B legend Bettye LaVette; rock singer-songwriter and American Idol winner David Cook, with even more in store for the upcoming winter months (visit for the full series schedule). The MIM Music Theater presents over 290 concerts per year and has had over 150 Grammy-winning artists perform on its stage. Within the span of only nine years, the theater has been recognized as one of the top music venues of its size, anywhere in the world. Audiences and musicians have praised its unparalleled intimate atmosphere and acoustically superb sound quality. MIM’s astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world offers guests a welcoming and fun experience full of incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances. The MIM Music Theater introduces guests to emerging talents from around the world. It has been called “the best 300-seat venue in the country” by Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin. Each performance is an extension of the museum’s exhibits, showcasing the instruments, the people who play them, and the musical language we all share. AZ





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. 928777-1888. 8. THE SMOKI MUSEUM This treasure documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety of basketry, pottery, weaving 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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“If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that is best. Get your kicks on Route 66.” ~Lyrics by Bobby Troup


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

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

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orthern Arizona offers a substantial climate change (the good kind) from lower elevations in the Valley. The noticeable difference averages about 25 degrees, and is a welcome change at any time of year.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumber men, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone., 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 68

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Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM – 12 miles wide. One mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928638-7888. 3. LOWELL OBSERVATORY Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to sketch Mars or the telescope that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff offers guided tours, telescope viewings and more. 928-7743358. See Ad Page 89 for Savings. 4. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and 70 70

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

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

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

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

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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Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, Americans landed on the moon. The decade leading to that historic accomplishment, spurred by President Kennedy’s vision of Americans conquering the final frontier, included research, training and simulations near Flagstaff, Arizona.


n honor of the 50th anniversary of our lunar landing of Apollo 11, the city of Flagstaff is being recognized for its role in helping astronauts prepare for Moon Missions. Throughout 2019, the general public will be treated to presentations by special guests, activities, and music in celebration of the auspicious anniversary. Much of the tremendous preparation that took place from 1963 until the time that humanity first set foot on the moon happened right here in Arizona. The US Geological Survey opened a Branch of Astrogeology in Flagstaff to create maps of the moon and provide a place for astronauts to train in moon landing simulations. How did the Ponderosa Pine forests of Northern Arizona replicate the surface of the moon, you might ask. Well, the volcanic composition of the cinder fields near Flagstaff made it a perfect location for lunar training. Geologists used explosives to simulate the moon’s surface at Cinder Lake. The very authentic looking moon craters that scientists created were modeled after actual moon craters they saw using telescopes such as Lowell Observatory’s historic 24-inch Clark Refracting Telescope, as well as telescopes at Northern Arizona University and the US Naval Observatory’s Flagstaff Station. The recently refurbished Clark Telescope is still in use today, and can be seen as part of Lowell Observatory’s daily guided tours. Scientists from NASA and US Geological Survey used the life-sized moon model they had made to teach astronauts about what they might encounter on the moon. Famed astronauts from various Apollo missions practiced soil sampling techniques and used moon rover vehicles with Arizona as their backdrop, while they imagined walking on the moon.


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Pictured: Paul Calle (1928-2010), The Great Moment, c. 1963, oil on masonite, Collection of the Orlando Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John J. McMullen. Copyright The Paul Calle Estate. Exhibited at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West through October 20, 2019

Explore some of what made Northern Arizona such an amazing place to study and prepare for a moon landing: w The Lowell Observatory: See artifacts and learn about the moon maps created for the Apollo Program inside Lowell Observatory’s Rotunda Museum (pictured at left). Visit Lowell Observatory’s Putnam Collection Center to see exhibits of important contributions to the Apollo Program. w Meteor Crater: Put yourself in an astronaut’s shoes. Like the astronauts who imagined themselves on the moon in preparation for their moon walk, you can experience the other-worldly feeling of walking on the moon by strolling along the rim of this giant crater. Inside the Visitor Discovery Center you can see exhibits from the Apollo astronaut training program. w Sunset Crater Volcano: Visit this beautiful national monument and learn more about cinder cones and the geologic phenomena that occurred there. Other ways you can appreciate the Arizona’s Lunar History: w Stellar Adventures: Take one of Arizona’s most unique nighttime expeditions, a Stargazing Tour, where you can view the greatest wonders of our night skies over the Sonoran Desert. You’ll depart in a M1009 Blazer and head into the stillness of the desert. Far away from the city lights you’ll get an amazing view of the stars, and you’ll have the opportunity to view the heavens through a telescope. In addition, you’ll have access to night-vision equipment to see the wildlife that come out to play in the moonlight. w Scottsdale’s Museum of the West: This museum currently exhibits Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon which encompasses Calle’s body of work, and showcases his art for NASA. With exclusive pre-launch access to the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission, Calle created the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp that many will recognize. w Get out and explore after dark: Arizona has more certified Dark Sky locations than any other state — 14 communities and parks including: Flagstaff, Fountain Hills, Sedona, Camp Verde, the Village of Oak Creek, Sunset Crater and Oracle State Park, among others. AZ



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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.


breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of BISBEE – located 90 miles southeast of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a State Historic Park, and time when the Wild West was blossoming. the Santa Cruz River – a Famous for the historic Copper Queen favorite spot for many Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this birdwatchers. southwestern gem lets you relish in art 520-398-2704 galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to TUCSON – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, the wonderfully restored Victorian Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. neighborhoods set on the hillsides will The city also has an extensive arts community, transport you to Europe. Learn more at world-class accommodations and spas, and a 520-432-3554 growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary TOMBSTONE – founded in 1877, the Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home infamous gunfight at the OK Corral. Step to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you back in time and enjoy its notorious entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888-457-3929 TUBAC – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owned restaurants and comfortable bed and


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Southern Arizona 1. DRIVE TO MT. LEMMON Take the famed scenic drive up to the highest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The elevation and subsequent drop in temps give rise to potential snowfall in winter and a great escape from Arizona heat in the summer months. Hike, camp, ski, or visit Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter observatory for amazing stargazing through some of the largest public telescopes in the southwest. 2. KARTCHNER CAVERNS Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour of the State Park. You’ll find museum exhibits, a gift shop, and the Discovery Center. There are campgrounds, trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 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 76 76

4. TUMACÁCORI NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 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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he town of Bisbee is known as a progressive and free-spirited town. The art and culture in the area is what make Bisbee such an amazing place to be. There are murals on different corners, colorful houses, beautiful historic architecture and a collective of local artists and musicians within the town. In order to further promote this innovative and creative spirit of Bisbee, the town has a registered Arts and Culture district. This classification not only enhances the appreciation for the arts in the area, but it also accepts the art, culture, history and heritage as vital to the town’s character.

Bisbee Visitor Center 478 Dart Rd., Bisbee, AZ 85603 520.432.3554 |

The editors of SUNSET Magazine have selected Bisbee as the Best Small Town of 2016 in their annual feature of the best hometowns in the West in February and USA Today has designated Bisbee as the Best Historic Small Town in America as determined by their readers. USA Today created this nationwide search because “The USA has a rich and exciting history, and visiting the places which most affected it is so much more fun than reading about it. These 10 winners in the category Best Historic Small Town have big histories and small populations – fewer than 25,000 people – making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation’s past.” The nomination was carefully made by an Expert USA Today panel and the public voted for this honor.

BISBEE’S TOP ACCOLADES: Best Places To Go in 2018 – Frommer’s


e chose Bisbee because it’s one of the most interesting small towns in the American West. It has a rich mining history that epitomizes the Old West, and in some ways it can feel like time stopped there, yet that comes with a creative community that’s vibrant and modern. Its location in the Mule Mountains means its temperatures are usually comfortable year-round, and the ecosystems in the surrounding canyons are surprisingly diverse. We think Bisbee is unique enough to deserve recognition from a worldwide audience. – Pauline Frommer, President of FrommerMedia

Located 90 miles Southeast of Tucson, Bisbee is essentially a ‘franchisefree’ community that welcomes tourists to experience a genuine (some say quirky) lifestyle with terrific food & drink, great art and artists, lots of festivals, and unique family owned places to stay. While you won’t find major chains and outlets lining the narrow streets of Bisbee, as you emerge from the tunnel that leads you into town you will surely be impressed by the quaint historic cottages clustered on the hillside and the bustling Main Street shops and galleries that welcome you when you enter this old mining town turned artist’s-haven. The town invites people to come and ‘Be Bisbee’ (the town’s slogan) and take the time to expereince why they Best Historic Small Town are on so many publications’ ‘best small town’ lists – take time to discover in America – USA Today Bisbee. AZ Best small town to live in For more information please visit the West – Sunset Magazine



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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 (also called the bolo tie) is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona.

13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 79




AZ Visitors Ask The Expert Johnny, a 38 year resident of Arizona, is past president of the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, and a member of the National Concierge Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A.


uestion: “Where can we sample some of Arizona’s Fall festivals and firsts? nswer: Some folks say there are only two seasons: Fall and Waiting-for-Fall…scarlet leaves, caramel apples, sweater weather, homecoming and the end of summer crowds!


While roaming the roads of the piney forests of the San Francisco Mountains that surround Flagstaff along the western side of the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the continental United States, you might join the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music for the 14th annual Pickin’ in the Pines bluegrass and acoustic music festival September 13-15 for three days of music jamming, community dancing and concerts at Fort Tuthill Park. For ticket and lineup information go to and for a window into the joyous celebration honoring the ancestors of our Hispanic pioneers, join in on the annual Day of the Dead festival honoring the memory of Mexican and Latin American ancestors and their dearly departed October 26 and 27. Since 2005 Dia de los Muertos showcased in Flagstaff has demonstrated this culture’s belief that their whimsical celebration conveys the transformation of grief into acceptance. You are invited into the marigold-decorated courtyard of the Northern Arizona Museum lined with musicians, artists and family-crafted altars. Calaveras (sugary candy skulls) and pan de muerto (bread) sweeten the tongue and mark death as a better place in which to dwell.


The world’s first taco festival is now 10 years old in Scottsdale! That’s right, the first ever salute to this corn (or flour) goodie nest is more handsomely showcased as the true delicacy it is than ever! You can get your crunch fix as 30-plus teams arrive to vie for top honors and a year’s worth of bragging rights in beef, chicken, pork, seafood and exotic categories at the Arizona Taco Festival in Scottsdale at Westworld of Scottsdale, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. October 12 and 13. In addition, enjoy a beer burro and a Corona while watching some Lucha Libra (masked) wrestling, or sampling some of the100 premium and boutique varieties of Tequila at the Tequila Expo while branching out into the emerging popularity of Mezcals and Bancaneras. And if you’re going for likes on instagrams, the Chihuahua Beauty Contests held both days are a must. Just maybe you will want to enter the 5-alarm hot chili pepper eating contest and watch the Margarita Bartender Challenge while enjoying the musical fireworks of an assortment of local bands. Kids’ rides, salsa and guacamole throwdowns and prizes make for a 5-star funathon. A $10 general admission ticket (+tax) will get you in. There’s probably no better place to celebrate one nation under tacos! For a one-of-a-kind fall festival celebrating the magic of the season just north of Phoenix, Halloween invades the town of Carefree in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings 80

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from master sculptor Ray Villafane and the Villafane Studios team creating the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden from October 18-27. The famous four-acre Carefree Desert Garden in downtown Carefree — home to the third largest sun dial in the world — will also showcase another colossal pumpkin carving. Both kids and adults are invited to enjoy magical activities plus culinary delights and autumnal refreshments including a beer garden and live music on the weekends. www. The “Ales on Rails” celebration on the Verde Canyon Railroad gives our visitors a chance to time travel during peak season in 19th century luxury when trains were the scenic ticket to faraway places for the privileged, while enjoying the scenery along the tree-lined Verde River at the foot of some colorful cliffs outside Clarksdale from September 17 to October 31. This Oktoberfest-style tasting of Arizona brews during the railroad’s Fall Colors Tour is a four-hour excursion with one of only 10 remaining FP7 locomotives in North America pulling renovated observation and club cars. Beers may be purchased featuring the railroad’s own private-label beers from Oak Creek Brewing Company. An optional lunch of grilled sausages, hot pretzels and gourmet cheeses can be purchased.


A sight unseen on your last visit to Tucson but worth an afternoon for those who long ago realized that travel is more education than vacation is the newly-opened neon museum “Ignite—Sign Art Museum.” You can cancel a trip to New York’s Time Square or the Las Vegas Strip if you are drawn to the magic of dancing neon signs (like the ones we recall Superman, Batman and Captain Marvel flew over to save a city and sometimes the world.) Graphic artist, sign-maker and historic preservationist, Jude Cook and his wife Monica reveal another dimension of light beyond watts and footcandles in their fascinating collection and unique set displays of more than 250 vintage signs and clocks. Their love of neon art in advertising led them to restore dozens of the city’s vintage signs beckoning the public to bars, drive-in movies, eateries, markets, gas stations, barber shops and motels from the 1940s until the present. Extend your stay for a neon walking or driving tour or classes in neon bending or sign lettering. And enjoy some unique souvenir shopping in their gift shop open with the museum Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, Tucson Meets Itself is like a free passport to the world and a colorful Tucson tradition held downtown around four city blocks of parks and plazas. This 45-year festival is a time when things shift their normal order — people find comfort zones eating foods from a myriad of cultures, dancing in the streets, talking to strangers, interacting with the jigsaw puzzle of people — their crafts, native dress, foods and music that fill the local neighborhoods October 11-13. You’re invited to dive into delicious adventures sampling foods from Sonora, China, Peru, Greece, Western Europe and regional America representing 60 different cultures. Learn to speak Yaqui; to dance the tango; play Toka; bring your own drum; watch the Navajo Hoop Dance and the 7 Pipers society play their bagpipes. Hopefully some of these curated suggestions will put some Fall-la-la into your Arizona adventure. Fall-el-lujah! AZ


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