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Astronomy...................................................................................33 Attractions.............................................................................34-35 Birdwatching ...............................................................................33 Casinos .........................................................................................36 Central Arizona......................................................................14-18 Colorado River Region ..............................................................4-6 Events, Featured.........................................................................24 November Events............................................................28-29 Holiday Lights .................................................................29-30 December Events...................................................................31 January Events.......................................................................32 Ongoing Events ..........................................................................30 Flagstaff...........................................................................................9 Four Corners Region ....................................................................39

Globe-Miami.............................................................................16-17 Grand Canyon ...........................................................................12-13 Guest and Dude Ranches............................................................40 Lodging ..........................................................................................26 Mexico ............................................................................................41 Native American Culture.......................................................37-38 Northland .................................................................................7-13 Public Lands ..................................................................................42 Rim Country...................................................................................17 RV Resorts & Campgrounds ..................................................43-47 Santa Fe, NM .................................................................................39 Scottsdale ......................................................................................14 Southern Az..............................................................................19-23 Statewide Map ........................................................................24-25 Tombstone.....................................................................................22 Tucson.......................................................................................19-20 White Mountains .....................................................................10-11

Letter from the Publisher Not a day goes by as we put out AZ Tourist News that we don’t learn, as we earn the business of those who support Tourism in Arizona. Today we highlight and feature the town of Prescott, “Arizona’s Christmas City.” Read on... and you will learn all about Prescott’s exciting events and shopping opportunities. We hope to inspire those who don’t know much about Prescott to make a visit a part of their holiday tradition. We also know that the information you are about to read in AZ Tourist News and perhaps have read in past issues is information that you cannot otherwise find on the fly unless you know of its existence and where to go for it. We take great pride putting each new issue together in a manner that is user friendly and sometimes even awe inspiring. We do have the WOW factor going on and we look to you to put out the good word as you share your AZ Tourist

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September 1997 Founded as Tucson Tourist News in Tucson by Anthony Venuti, Publisher, with a circulation of 50,000 readers. June 1998 evolved to AZ Tourist News with circulation reaching 125,000 readers. Expanded distributed throughout all of Az at over 1,000 locations including hotels, visitor centers, visitor destinations, etc. April 1999 - Az Tourist News ON-LINE was established. Currently receiving over 500,000 verifiable hits monthly. Over 700 pages of information on Arizona destination travel. May 2001 Az Tourist Visitor Center opens in Tanger Outlet Mall. Between Phoenix and Tucson on I-10 providing valuable and timely visitor information as needed 7 days a week. April 2002- AOT awards contract to Az Tourist News to publish the Az Event Guide Quarterly. Published now 4 times a year, 10,000 glossy guides are made available to visitor centers, chambers, and cvb’s throughout the state. April 2003 - Arizona Office of Tourism pulls support of the Az Event Guide Quarterly, Az Tourist News goes it alone. For more information or to advertise call 1-800-462-8705


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If you’re looking to capture the holiday spirit, the Prescott area is for you! There is so much to see and do in Arizona’s official Christmas City, you’ll want to spend more than a day in this delightful Old West community just 90 minutes north of Phoenix. The glimmer of lights and Santa sightings begin in November when Prescott’s historic Courthouse Plaza gets dressed up for the holidays. Ribbons, bows and reindeer are everywhere to herald in the season. There are heartwarming events you won’t want to miss and plenty of unique shops to take the worry out of buying gifts for your friends and family. The Prescott area abounds in light events and displays whose warm and cheerful glow fill the air with the feeling of Christmas. From the November 29th Holiday Electric Light Parade in downtown Prescott through December 30th, the final day of the marvelous month-long Valley of Lights in Prescott Valley, visitors can revel in the tradition of lighting up the dark winter months. The weekend of Dec 6-7 is especially full of action. Sharlot Hall Museum offers their Frontier Christmas Open House and the Yavapai College Performance Hall offers various concerts including Handel’s “Messiah.” Christmas Around the Kiva takes place at the Smoki Museum with Native American guest artists, live music and refreshments. The Christmas Parade gets underway at 1pm at the Courthouse Plaza with Santa making a visit and the Courthouse Lighting ceremony takes place that evening. Another holiday favorite is the Acker Musical Showcase on December 12th. Festive luminaria lights surround Courthouse Plaza and local merchants open their doors and host over 100 of the area’s entertainers for this downtown open house. Even if you miss these special weekends, the magnificent lights and decorations are yours to enjoy throughout the holiday period. A special season-long delight is the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village at Prescott

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Resort. From Nov 22 - Dec 28 the lobby of the resort is adorned with over 100 gingerbread houses, gingerbread men residents and an LGB train that runs through the village. While waiting for dusk to fall and the holiday lights to come into their own, you will have time to cross items off your shopping list. Prescott boasts some of the best galleries, boutiques and antique shops around so whether your list is short or long, finding the right gift is easy here. On Whiskey Row, Sun West Gallery features an exotic mix of handmade furniture, nomadic hand knotted carpets, original art and beautiful home accessories, the work of Southwest artisans along with wares from Guatemala, Mexico, Morocco and the Middle East. Looking for unique home accessories and gifts? Prescott’s interior designers are ready to help. Kim McClain’s Bella Home Furnishings features beautiful Italian, English, French Country and alpine decor, including home furnishings, accessories, antiques, gifts and jewelry. Melanie Roselle’s Eclectic Interiors offers exquisite groupings of antique furniture, beds, bedding, glassware, decorative items, lamps, rugs, fine art and custom picture framing. Set back from the street in a shaded, cozy setting is Gabriel’s Plum with a wonderful collection of highquality collectibles. If it’s local art you’re after, visit the Arts Prescott Gallery or Van Gogh’s Ear. Enter a world of sparkling glass, welded steel, handpainted shoes, vibrant textiles, ornate jewelry, gorgeous pottery, playful paintings, elegant photographs and much more, demonstrating the quality of Prescott’s local talent. The McCormick Arts District, an assemblage of brightly painted funky cot-

tages, is now home to the Shoestring Gallery, the Mad Linguist, the Muse, Parada and the Purple Dragon galleries. Interspersed among antique shops around the square you’ll find the Herman Adams Gallery, and A’Loft Gallery of Fine Arts is located in Bashford Court. Around town, you can choose from several other galleries with an active exhibit schedule, including the Prescott Fine Arts Gallery and the Yavapai College Art Gallery. Over 400 local artists belong to the Mountain Artist’s Guild with an ongoing program of exhibits in their gallery on North Alarcon. After a tour around the Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott’s premier tribute to territorial living history, duck into the Museum Store for reasonably priced gifts, books, oldtime children’s games and toys. Lavender’s Blue, Priscilla’s on the Plaza, Seasons and the Llama House are fun boutiques to explore for those wanting great looking, unique clothing, and jewelry. Prescott Gateway Mall provides shoppers with a state-ofthe-art center including luxurious furnishings, a host of customer amenities, and a superb mix of retailers and restaurants. As Northern Arizona’s newest regional shopping center, Prescott Gateway offers 80 retailers in a traditional indoor mall setting and an exciting new outdoor village. When you need a break from shopping, are looking for some great food or fancy a chance to grab fistfuls of cash in a money machine, head to Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos. Bucky’s is connected to Prescott Resort and offers 300 win-big slots and live action poker. Just across the street is Yavapai Casino with over 175 slots, live Bingo and LIVE Blackjack! There is an extensive new menu at Yavapai Cantina and Sports Bar with drink specials every night. Plan to visit on Tuesday or Wednesday throughout November for a chance to collect some of the $25,000 being given away at Money

STATEWIDE AZ PAGE 3 Machine Mania! Call for Free Valleywide bus pick-ups. When making your plans to come enjoy Prescott’s holiday events and shopping opportunities, consider reservations at one of this story’s sponsor hotels Forest Villas or SpringHill Suites. As you enter Forest Villas Hotel with its spacious European lobby and grand winding staircase, you’ll know you are in for a special stay. Every consideration is given to guests’ comfort and convenience - with phones even in bathrooms, all cable TV and most movie channels available, beer, wine and champagne on order, and ample covered parking in the building’s garage. There is an outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by a landscaped patio area with spectacular mountain views. Forest Villas offers discounts for groups, AAA and AARP members. SpringHill Suites by Marriott offers the perfect convergence of prime location, all-suite comfort, and affordable rates. Located just two blocks from historic downtown, this choice hotel offers stateof-the-art amenities. SpringHill Suites’ strict standards of excellence were recognized in April 2003 by Marriott International with nine awards. They were one of only two hotels nationwide to receive the Purple Passion Award for maintaining higher than 95% on guest service scores. You can have confidence that your stay will be a pleasurable one. For great shopping, good times and gracious hospitality, the Prescott Area is the place to discover and savor the Holiday Season. Visit the Prescott Area Coalition for Tourism web site at For Prescott information call 1-800-266-7534 and ask them to send you the free and informative Prescott Area Arts & Heritage Calendar. For more information about Prescott events please see page 7. Prescott Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-266-7534 Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos, 1-800-SLOTS-44 Forest Villas Hotel, 1-800-223-3449 Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1-888-466-8440

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In the mid-1800s, university students would take one week each spring to recuperate from the trials of academia. That tradition continues today, as college kids rush to rivers, lakes and beaches across the country to escape the world and celebrate life. In January 2004, this tradition will take its next step forward, with the addition of Winter Break... Spring Break 30 years later. On the banks of the Colorado River, Laughlin, Nevada will host the annual event, attracting seniors and retirees from across the country for a week of celebrating life at its best. The menu of activities is designed to marry the memories of high school and university life with the activities seniors across the country enjoy now, keeping participants feeling young and carefree. The week begins with the Red Hatters, in their purple dresses and signature headpieces, leading a parade to open festivities


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down Laughlin’s main thoroughfare. Some of the week’s events include a wine tasting, health and education seminars, and cooking demonstrations from the resort destination’s top chefs. Tours of the surrounding area will be available along with bingo and slot tournaments, singles receptions and a two-day talent show with winner performing in Branson. Laughlin’s Polar Bear club is looking forward to its next class of inductees who will trudge into the frigid Colorado River, and festival goers will attempt to create the world’s longest chorus line (400 plus), organized by the Las Vegas-based Silver Sensations. Week long event passes are available for $39. Packages with hotel accommodations begin at $89. Motorcoach packages from both Phoenix and Las Vegas are also available. For more information on Winter Break 2004 call 480-926-5547 or log on to

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Recreation, Festivals and Warm Hospitality The town of Parker, located on the east bank of the Colorado River, is a major destination point both for "snowbirds" who enjoy the mild winter climate and tourists coming to participate in the year round water-based recreational activities. Thanks to the 16-mile strip of the Colorado River between Parker Dam and Headgate Rock Dam, Parker offers the best year round water skiing on the




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Upcoming Laughlin Events NOV 14-16 Int'l Coin, Currency & Stamp Expo River Palms Hotel Casino - Investment grade & collector merchandise, also hobby supplies, memorabilia; free appraisals, door prizes. Fr 11-6, Sa 10-6, Su 10-5, $2 (all 3 days) Srs $1. 818-9976496 NOV 20-23 Team Roping Finals Laughlin Events Park - Watch as over 3000 cowboy and cowgirl team ropers try for their best performance, two side by side arenas, free. 800-2275245 JAN 10-19 3rd Cloud's Jamboree Various Laughlin Hotel/Casinos - A rock, gem, jewelry, bead and mineral show, exhibits, 100's of dealers, food, free RV camping, shuttles to shows.; 866-558-7719 JAN 13-16 Winter Break 2004 Celebrates life for the 50+ age group, will educate, stimulate & offer non-stop entertainment/activities. Dancing, bingo & slot tournaments, seminars, entertainment, more. Adm $39 w/optional tours, golf outings.; 480-926-5547 JAN 15-18 Score Laughlin Desert Challenge Laughlin Events Park - Desert race cars/exotic race trucks, 11-mile off-road loop Sa/Su. Th/Fr: Pit Crew Competition, "Laughlin Leap" jump contest. Tickets: 800-227-5245

Colorado River... along with boating, tubing, swimming and fishing. You don’t have to love the water to appreciate Parker, however. You’ll find one of Arizona’s best golf courses, walking trails to enjoy, and a selection of waterfront restaurants and resorts. Of note is the BlueWater Resort and Casino with marina, slots, bingo and outdoor amphitheater for entertainment. On Nov 28-Dec 1 the 57th Annual SCSC Thanksgiving Regatta at BlueWater Resort brings exciting powerboat racing to the Parker Strip. That same weekend on Nov 29 the Sunrise Rotary Lighted Boat Parade lifts the heart as beautifully lighted boats decorated on the theme of "Peace on Earth" sail from the River Lodge Resort down river to BlueWater. Plan ahead for December when the PIRA Rodeo comes to town on Dec 6-7, while the weekend of Dec 13-14 brings the Parker's Holiday on Main Street and the Soroptimist Holiday Home Tour. The Saturday Main Street event includes the southwestern treat of a Mexican Posada with live animals and singers. For more information about Parker visit parker/tourism/ or call 928-669-2174.

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Go for the Glow Balloon Fest in Yuma


“Three days, fifty balloons and thousands of smiles...” is an accurate quick sketch of the Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival, November 21-23, 2003 in Yuma. The festival is scheduled for the weekend before Thanksgiving every year. That’s when Yuma weather is ideal for hot air balloons... cool, still mornings with brilliant sunshine. The first festival in 1991 brought in twenty balloons. The crowd’s favorites are usually the balloons with fanciful shapes. Enormous cartoon pigs, soda cans, moving vans and saguaros ride the gentle breezes over Yuma County, and the array of colors and shapes are breathtaking. The public is invited directly into the launch area to see the action up close. Weather permitting, there’s a launch at sunrise every day - Friday from Quechan Paradise Casino, Saturday and Sunday from Cibola High School. A spectacular Saturday evening event delights the crowd at Desert Sun Stadium. At the Wells Fargo Desert Glow, the balloons tether to the ground and use their gas jets to shoot roaring towers of flame inside the balloon envelopes... to “glow.” Live music and area students’ tissue balloon launches start the evening and fireworks follow the Glow. While no public balloon rides are

available, the Festival is a fantastic spectator event. It’s an invitational, and balloonists have traveled from as far as England to fly. A handful are corporate balloons, promotional vehicles for their companies. The rest are privately ownedsome full-time professional companies, some sport flyers. The Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival is organized by Caballeros de Yuma, Inc. a nonprofit organization of business leaders who donate profits from the event to various community groups. Advertising sponsorship is an important part of promoting this event, and The Oak Tree Inn has generously supported this effort. Found at I-8 and US 95, Exit 2, at 1731 Sunridge Drive, The Oak Tree Inn is conveniently located near casinos, state parks and the historic Territorial Prison. It offers a wide variety of amenities including 100% non-smoking rooms, heated outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center and laundry. Penny’s Diner is located on property and open 24 hours. Admission is free for the Festival but attendees are encouraged to bring one or more items of nonperishable food to benefit Crossroads Mission, a local charity. For a detailed schedule of events, call the Caballeros Events Hotline at 928-539-2002 or visit www.

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There’s a lot more to do in Yuma than just visit the local sand dunes, stop by the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park or fill up your car on the way to San Diego. A golf course in Yuma has been a secret and hidden jewel of the game for a long time. Desert Hills Golf Course, built in 1973 by David W. Kent, is one of those courses that keep you coming back time after time. Since it is a municipal facility, you wouldn’t expect for it to have played a role in PGA Tour history, but it did. Back in February 1990 the Ben Hogan Tour, later to become the Nike Tour, had its launching point in Yuma and the inaugural event was held at Desert Hills Golf Course. With 300plus volunteers at hand, this event was going to be successful, and it was. The PGA Tour was impressed and the event stayed for four more years in Yuma. Names like John Daly, Paul Goydos, Steve Lowery and Chris DiMarco, just to name a few, were the new up and coming PGA professionals trying to earn a spot on the PGA Tour. Playing on the Hogan

Tour in Yuma gave them an opportunity to do just that, and now they are household names. With golfers now coming from all over, it’s not surprising that Desert Hills Golf Course has received many honors and has been voted “ The Best Municipal Golf Course in Arizona” and “The Best Place to Play Golf” in Yuma by the Yuma Daily Sun the last five years in a row. The course is dotted with local desert fauna, palm trees, yuccas, three lakes, a creek and distant views of the Laguna and Picacho Mountains. Most golfers agree that the front-9 is a little bit more challenging, the last four holes on the back-9 are a stretch that would put the fear into any golfer trying to win a major golf tournament or just take a few dollars off their buddies. This Par 72 6,800-yard course is a great place to have some fun, challenge your game to some risk reward golf without spending a lot of money in the process. For tee times call 928-344-4653 or for more information visit


Top 100 Event in North America Lake Havasu City’s Boat Parade of Lights L The scenic lakefront destiFU OR IVAL nation of Lake Havasu City is L CO FEST alive with holiday cheer during the

Christmas season. The famous London Bridge, brought to the city in 1971 and dubbed the world’s “largest antique,” provides the grounds for Lake Havasu’s annual lighting festivities. For the second year in succession the Lake Havasu City Annual Boat Parade of Lights has been selected as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2004 by the American Bus Association (ABA). The American Bus Association, the leading trade organization for the group travel industry, compiles the list by choosing from hundreds of events nominated by state and provincial tourism officials, and convention and visitors associations from across North America. During the upcoming 8th annual Festival of Lights, the waterfront will be decked from top to bottom with more than a million colored lights from Nov 28-Jan 3. Spectators are invited to enjoy a variety of restaurants among the glimmering decorations or finish their shop-

• Tee Times up to 7-days in advanced at no charge. • #1 PING Fitting Center in the nation for 2003. • Ask about our Player Development Program. • Have us put together your next tournament. • Ask about our wedding and banquet packages. 1245 W. Desert Hills Dr., Yuma AZ, 85365 928-344-4653 for tee times, 928-373-5220 for the golf shop, 928-373-5230 for The Putter Inn Restaurant

ping at several quaint stores nestled within the English Village. The 22nd annual Lake Havasu City Annual Boat Parade of Lights, held this year on December 6 & 7, will feature more than 60 vessels. Free of charge, the parade begins at dusk on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The procession of brilliantly lit boats passes by thousands of spectators through Bridgewater Channel under the London Bridge. Plan to come and be awed at this colorful spectacle, a Top 100 event in North America! For more information call the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-242-8278.

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Alamo Lake State Park

Small Town with Big Music

For the One That Won’t Get Away!

Located in La Paz County on Hwy 60 approximately 20 miles east of Quartzsite, Brenda, Arizona is a community full of history, legends and beautiful RV Parks. It was in these parks that the Brenda Jamfest had its origins. Residents of the parks would get together for informal jam sessions and spend evenings entertaining one another with their musical talents. After a few years of practice and the addition of a new sound system at one of the parks, organizers decided to host an event that would help put Brenda on the musical map and support local business and the parks - the Brenda Jamfest was born. For six days, December 8-13th, contestants come from far and wide to participate in a grass roots musical competition that offers the winners cash prizes and a chance to show off their musical talents in a variety of categories. The contest is open to any group of 4 or more members and they can play almost any type of music but must be versatile enough to compete in at least two genres. Be it Latin/Cajun, Rock/Gospel,

Country/Jazz matters not, as long as they include a vocal performance and a novelty number in their repertoire. The festival draws the majority of its contestants and musicians from the parks themselves and winners are chosen on the basis of showmanship, adherence to format and musical expertise. It is not so much how well you play the piano or sing but how entertaining you are while on stage that will ultimately garner you the $1,000 grand prize. Judges are professional musicians, and this year they are three members of the Blue Grass band Strings Attached. When not hosting the Jamfest, the RV parks are far from silent and offer a wide variety of musical entertainment that they import from almost anywhere. Most recently, the band Lost Highway was headlining an evening of Blue Grass music. Brenda has high hopes of getting a post office one of these days but, in the meantime, they can always use singing telegrams with the host of musical talents they have residing in their borders. For more information on the Brenda Jamfest call 928-927-9090 or email:

Alamo Lake State Park is one of Arizona's best kept secrets. Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley, the landscape's stark desert beauty is reflected off the water and cacti dot the mountains that surround the lake. For nature lovers, spring rains bring an abundance of wild flowers and the lake environment attracts a variety of wildlife year round, including bald and golden eagles, waterfowl, foxes, coyotes, mule deer and wild burros. Stargazers are sure to enjoy the unbelievable view of the night sky with the nearest city lights some forty miles away! Alamo Lake at an elevation of 1.300 feet is located on the Bill Williams River where the Big Sandy River and Santa Maria River come together and was created with the completion of Alamo Dam in 1968. The Army Corps of Engineers designed the earthen dam primarily for flood control. During flood events, the lake basin is capable of "capturing" large amounts of water in a relatively short time. The lake has been recorded rising 11 vertical feet PR OF ILE


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in one night! Fishing tournaments are common at the lake and anglers have an excellent opportunity to catch bluegill, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and black crappie. Park facilities include: • Campgrounds with hookups to water and electricity • Developed and Undeveloped Campgrounds • Campgrounds with restrooms and showers • Dump station, fish cleaning stations and two multilane launch ramps • General store with food, ice, beverages and sundries • Boat rentals, fishing tackle, and live bait Entrance and camping fees apply. Camp fees are charged per vehicle with a limit of two vehicles per site. Entrance fees are charged per vehicle for day use. For more information contact Alamo Lake State Park - 928-669-2088; PO Box 38, Wenden, Az 85357-0038. Az Tourist News is distributed statewide at participating JB’s Restaurants.

Where is Brenda, Az? On US Hwy 60 just 15 miles east of Quartzsite. From Exit 31 on I-10 go 4 miles NE on Hwy 60.

December 8th-13th • Brenda, Az Six Days of Entertainment • Musical Competition with a $1000 First Place Prize! Daily Jams & Nightly Music • Games & Activities • Breakfast & Dinners • Vendors

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Ten Minutes to Terrific Trails Thumb Butte-Trail 33 Located just three miles west of downtown Prescott. The east leg of the loop is steeper and the west is more gentle as it passes through a cool forested canyon. Study the rock ribs of this dark basalt promontory to find the face of the grandmother spirit that watches over the town. Enjoy signs along the trail identifying native plants. Once you reach the top, the views of Prescott, the Bradshaw Mountains, Sierra Prietas, Granite Mountain, Mingus Mountain and the San Francisco Peaks are spectacular. Head west on Gurley Street 4 miles (Gurley changes its name to Thumb Butte Road) to the recreation site and parking area. There is a day-use fee of $2.00 per vehicle. The 1.75-mile loop trail is paved and handicapped accessible. Permitted Uses: Hiking Difficulty: Moderate Hiking Time: 1 hour

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What’s On in Prescott NOV 22-DEC 28 PRESCOTT World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Prescott Resort - 11th annual, 100+ houses, gingerbread men residents; LGB train runs through the village, Carolers on Opening Day w/cookies, hot chocolate, free. 928-776-1666 NOV 27-DEC 30 PRESCOTT VALLEY Valley of Lights Fain Park - Animated lights on 1 mi. loop featuring large-scale patriotic/holiday displays, free, donations accepted. 6p-midnight. 928-772-8857 NOV 29 PRESCOTT Holiday Electric Light Parade Downtown - A brilliant parade of lights celebrating the spirit of the season, 6p. 800-266-7534 DEC 5 PRESCOTT VALLEY Holiday Festival of Lights Parade Civic Center - Holiday Festival of Lights and entertainment, 6p. Free. 928-772-8857



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DEC 6-7 PRESCOTT Christmas Around the Kiva Smoki Mus. - Native American Guest Artists with jewelry, pottery, weavings; live music, refreshments, hand-crafted gifts. Sat. 10a-4p & Sun Noon-4 p. 928-445-1230 DEC 12 PRESCOTT Acker Musical Showcase Downtown Prescott - Merchants open for the public to enjoy performances by the area’s best entertainers. Free live jazz, country, tap-dancing, clogging, etc, 5:30-7p. 800-266-7534


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Passport to Culture... Opens Doors to Fun and Knowledge Want to travel the trails of history and explore wild interesting places? You might be surprised at all the things there are to see and learn about: Native American history and culture, the Grand Canyon, wild animals, spiders, trees and flowers, the original buildings that started Prescott, a Victorian house that was moved from one end of town to another, a stagecoach and Conestoga wagon, and theatre productions. As you embark on your journey, free copies of the Passport to Culture can be picked up at any of the six Passport destinations including: Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott Fine Arts Gallery, Smoki Museum, Phippen Museum,

Heritage Park Zoo and the Highland Center for Natural History. The Passport contains information on the mission of each destination, a place for a stamp, hours of operation, and contact information. In the back of the booklet is a calendar of events, and a map. As you enjoy your visit to each unique destination, keep on the lookout for the answer to the question posed in the booklet. You’ll need to know it in order to get your Passport stamped. When the Passport is fully stamped, the holder can get a free gift at any one of the six destinations. For more information on the Passport to Culture, call the Smoki Museum at 928-445-1230.

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DEC 6 PRESCOTT Christmas Parade & Courthouse Lighting Courthouse Plaza - Visit from Santa in parade at 1p w/bands, floats, Grand Marshal is Gov. Napolitano. Lighting ceremony 6p, the Christmas Story read, carolers, free. 800-266-7534 DEC 6 PRESCOTT Frontier Christmas Open House Sharlot Hall Museum - After lights at Courthouse Plaza, see how Christmas was done in 1865. Entertainment, living history, hot cider, cookies, & more! 6p-8p. 928-455-3122



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Cool canyonsides draped with pines and blue spruce. The striking contours of granite boulders in the Dells in vivid contrast to the blue water of Watson Lake. Whether you are hiking or biking, the Prescott Area offers scenic vistas, interesting trails and easy access. Located in the heart of the Prescott National Forest, the Prescott Area is an ideal location for an outdoor getaway. With over 450 miles of multi-use trails winding around ponderosa pines, granite boulders, ancient Indian petroglyphs, and pristine lakes, you’re sure to find plenty of opportunities to renew body and soul. Grab your gear and get ready to experience Prescott’s great outdoors. A favorite trail climbs Thumb Butte, Prescott’s most prominent landmark. For more information about other trails in the Prescott National Forest call 928-4457253 or 928-771-4770.


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Sedona Sky Treks

Mountain Village Holiday

Sky High Fun in Northern Arizona with a two way intercom system so you can not only hear the narration of your flight, but can ask questions of anything that may be of interest. They encourage you to be interactive during your tour, as there is a wealth of history and facts about this wonderful area. Choose from a variety of spectacular air tours available around Arizona. There are 3 different tours from 15 to 45 minutes that fly over the Red Rocks of Sedona. See Bell and Cathedral Rock, Oak Creek, Secret and Sycamore Canyons and much more of spectacular Sedona by air. Your pilot will narrate the flight telling you about the geology, history and legends of the area. Tours are also available that feature Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon Dam, the Painted Desert, San Francisco Peaks, the Grand Canyon and more! Soar over the Navajo and Hopi Reservations and the vast high desert of Northern Arizona to surreal Monument Valley! Call Sedona Sky Treks at 928-2826628 for more information about tour packages available or log on to their web site at

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Los Abrigados Resort & Spa will host its 13th annual award-winning Red Rock Fantasy from Nov 21st to Jan 4th. This year’s event, like its predecessors, will feature never-before-seen displays designed by families and organizations from around the US. The festival will include 51 sites and over one million miniature blinking lights. To add to the excitement of the walking tour, thousands of “Dancing Lights” will be synchronized to holiday and classical music at Sycamore Grove, which is located along the banks of Oak Creek. See your children’s super heroes and your own favorite holiday characters come alive. The invigorating aroma of the pines and cedars, the surrounding rocks in

the glow of the holiday lights, and the dramatic backdrop of the Sedona landscape combine to provide the ideal enchanted setting at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa. Opening ceremonies will begin at 4:45pm on Nov 21st with entertainment and free carnival rides for kids. With the flip of a switch, grounds and displays will virtually explode in dazzling light. The displays will be open every evening, weather permitting, from 5-10pm. Proceeds benefit the Institute of EcoTourism. Admission is $6 adult, $4 Senior, $3 ages 4-12. More information is online at To find out about the room packages offered at the ILX Resorts properties in Sedona call 928-282-1777.

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‘Tis the Season... to Have Fun in Williams Once again Williams is celebrating the holiday season with twinkling lights, Christmas Craft Fair, live entertainment, light parade and The Polar Express. Most of the activities take place on Dec 6, 2003, but the festive lights and charm of this small mountain town will brighten your Christmas season throughout the month. The theme of this year’s Mountain Village Holiday is “Christmas Around the World.” There will be the village Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec 5th, along with luminarias and carolers. The craft show takes place on Saturday the 6th with the Light Parade that evening. Photographs with Santa in Santaland and “sleigh rides” in decorated horse drawn carriages are popular activities. The parade is followed by a NEW addition to the Mountain Village Holiday celebration, the “Christmas Costume Ball.” Renaissance in the Pines hosts the ball at Pinyons Restaurant (co-sponsored by the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce) beginning at 8pm. Revelers will enjoy a fine meal with a no-host bar available as well as music by “Tatters,” a fun, festive Celtic Band, and comedy by Richard Rouse & Company. A special appearance by the “Over the Edge” Comedy Experience (an upcoming TV



Sedona Sky Treks is certified by the FAA as a licensed and insured air carrier and has been providing air tours and air charter service to the Sedona area since 1994. Owners Tom and Tina Newman take pride in providing their clients with an enjoyable and memorable experience during their stay in Sedona. With an emphasis on providing personalized service and attention to detail, Sedona Sky Treks offer an experience that will exceed your expectations. Chief Pilot, Tom Newman, has been flying for over 20 years and has logged thousands of flight hours ranging from the mountains and glaciers of Alaska to the deserts and canyons of the scenic southwest. Safety is always the first consideration in the operation of Sedona Sky Treks, and they consider the safety and comfort of their passengers a top priority. So come along on a journey that will send your spirit soaring and leave you with memories to cherish a for a lifetime. All aircraft operated by Sedona Sky Treks are high wing Cessnas as for unobstructed sight seeing and maintained to the highest standards. They are equipped


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project ) will also be featured. You can dress Renaissance, Christmas, Western, Mountain Man and Woman, 50’s, 60’s, Elvis, or Modern. You choose your style, and everyone is welcome! Tickets are available at the Chamber office. Another popular feature of Mountain Village Holiday is The Polar Express. Leaving from Williams on the evenings of December 4-8, 11-15, and 17-22 the Grand Canyon Railway’s Polar Express will offer families a special starlit journey to the “North Pole.” Children are encouraged to wear their most comfy pajamas while they enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, readings of the classic Christmas tale The Polar Express, Santa Claus and Christmas carols. Nestled at the base of a mountain in the world’s largest stand of Ponderosa Pine trees, Williams attracts visitors with its blue sky, sparkling sunshine and clean air, as well as the galleries and shops in its 19th century downtown. The famous Route 66 loops through Williams with 50’s nostalgia. Why not make a trip to Williams a part of your plan for the holiday season? For more information call WilliamsGrand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at 800-863-0546.

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Celebrating 75 Years


Seventy-five years ago on May 15, 1928, the name “Museum of Northern Arizona” was chosen and a very dedicated Board of Trustees was put in place, beginning the story of one of Arizona’s most important cultural institutions. It is a story of an organization that searches for innovation and inspiration, expresses passion of place for the surrounding Colorado Plateau, and takes great joy in the function of stewardship - of things as well as ideas. The Museum of Northern Arizona’s new exhibit, Treasures of MNA: 75 Years of Passion For Discovery is a celebration of those 75 years. The exhibit opens on October 25 and can be seen through May 2004. Exhibit guest curator and research associate Susan Deaver

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Olberding and MNA staff have selected 75 MNA treasures that tell the institution’s multi-faceted history and highlight the science behind them. MNA Education Development Specialist Roger Clark commented, “This is a wonderful opportunity to see and enjoy MNA’s legacy of discovery. The behind-the-scene stories and rarely seen collections are fun, and they offer insights to our region’s rich natural and cultural heritage. We look forward to sharing MNA’s treasure trove of ideas, artifacts, art and artists, science and scientists, and a possible eccentric or two.” The Lockett Gallery will be devoted to the exhibit, with additional highlighted locations throughout the Museum. The Museum of Northern Arizona is located three miles north of historic downtown Flagstaff on Highway 180 and is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information call 928-774-5213.

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Needs You! Volunteers needed in Visitor Services for support at the front desk and a variety of administrative needs and also in Interpretive Services as guides to lead tours of the east wing of the Mansion and volunteers to assist visitors in the west wing of the Mansion. To inquire please call 928-779-4395 or visit the website at

Festive, Fun, Fundraiser Sun Sounds of Az’s 1st Annual Holiday Gift Fair Sun Sounds of Arizona is having its 1st Annual Holiday Gift Fair on Sunday December 7th, 2003 at the Radisson Woodlands Hotel in Flagstaff. We will take over the Grand Ballroom and fill it with varied and delightful hand-made quality items in time for holiday gift giving. The event starts at 9 am and ends at 3pm. Santa will join us from noon to 1 pm with candy for kids of all ages and there will be live music all day changing every 30 minutes, donated by local Flagstaff performers. These include Jimmy DeBlois of Limbs Akimbo fame playing guitar and singing a children’s show, the Dancing Grannies, and Margaret Van Cleve playing the flute. The $1.00 entry fee gives you a ticket that can be redeemed at any gift table for equal value. Combine your holiday shopping and support a worthy cause at this festive, fun, fundraiser. Proceeds from the event benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona Flagstaff MA HA DE ND GIF TS

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NOV 15 36th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Benefit Little America Hotel - Fine wine, imported beers & hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, silent auction, benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters, $20, 8p-10p. 928-774-0649

DEC 5-6 The Nutcracker Ardrey Auditorium - Flagstaff Symphony performs live with Ballet Arizona, 7:30p, $22-$47. Box Office: 602-381-1096 or


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station, serving the community for 7 years. It is a part of a statewide organization that is approaching its 25th anniversary serving people in the state who are print-disabled. Sun Sounds provides access to print via closed circuit radio, Internet audio, and telephone - free to the user. With access to newspapers restored, grocery ads read aloud, and community calendar news all delivered to his or her home, a Sun Sounds listener is better able to maintain a more independent and active lifestyle. Statewide, 32,000 listeners enjoy over 200 publications read aloud on the air by Sun Sounds volunteers. The Flagstaff station maintains a focus on providing 30 hours of local news and information of import to northern Arizona listeners including the communities of Flagstaff, Sedona, Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Kingman, and Winslow. For more information about the Holiday Gift Fair or Sun Sounds in Flagstaff, call 928-779-1775.

Some Upcoming Events in Flagstaff

NOV 22-FEB 28 Playthings of the Past AZ Historical Society Pioneer Museum Unique children's toys, games & books on display, Nov 22 see toy maker & doll makers at work. 928-774-6272



DEC 5-20 Holiday Star Fest Lowell Observatory - Dec. 5th & 6th, 13th, and 19th & 20th. Discuss the mythology & science of the winter sky, incl. a discussion of the Star of Bethlehem, 7:30p. 928-774-3358 DEC 6 Holiday Plant Sale The Arboretum at Flagstaff - Unusual, hard-tofind and winter-blooming houseplants, herbs, special gift bowls, free, 9a-5p. 928-774-1442 DEC 7 Sun Sounds 1st Annual Holiday Gift Show Radisson Grand Ballroom - Gift shopping, live entertainment incl. Santa, 9a-3p. $1 entry benefits Sun Sounds of AZ, ticket may be redeemed at any gift table for equal value! 928-779-1775

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DEC 14 Gala 10th Year Anniversary Party Big cash and prize drawings, music, free champagne, free adm, from 3p.

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Automobile Tours Lake Mountain/Porter Mountain 928-368-5111 Self-guided cassette tapes available at the Lakeside Ranger Station

Pistols, Plows, Petticoats 928-333-2123, Springerville/Eagar

Pleasures of a Hometown Christmas Take a Break in the White Mountains

As autumn fades, our thoughts turn towards Christmas. Before we know it, the rush of the holiday season is upon us. Much as we try not to get stressed, all the shopping, decorating, card writing and so on may take away some of the joy of the season. How can we recapture the simpler pleasures of a hometown Christmas? Head to the White Mountains! There you can enjoy the charm - rather than glitz - of parades, caroling and concerts, holiday home tours and even cutting down your own Christmas tree. Most of these activities take place at the beginning of December - or even in November - so now is the time to plan ahead. The earliest event is Show Low’s Electric Light Parade on Nov 28. It is also the kickoff to the “Passport to a Mountain Christmas.” Pick up your passport to be stamped at local shops, and you may be the winner drawn on Dec 12th for a live tree with all the trimmings. Snowflake’s festivities get underway right on December 1st with the 5th Annual 12 Days of Christmas. See the story on page 11 for more details. Instead of watching the Tree Lighting at Times Square on TV this year, do it the old


NOV 14 Big Band Blast from the Past Music from the 40s and 50s by Monte Procopio and his Big Band, free raffle for prizes, dance contests, free snacks, free adm.



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Springerville Volcanic Field 928-333-2123

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fashioned way in Pinetop-Lakeside. The Woodland Holiday Tree Lighting Festival takes place on Dec 6 and includes entertainment, a Jingle Walk, beverages, Santa, and raffles. Also in Pinetop-Lakeside the White Mountain’s Woman Club hosts the Annual Cup O’ Cheer Christmas Home Tour on Dec. 13th. In Springerville/Eager their Christmas Electric Light Parade & Holiday Celebration also takes place on Dec 6. The parade of 30+ floats has the theme this year of “Storybook Christmas” and will be followed by activities at Springerville Town Hall. Christmas in St. Johns takes place on Dec 13th. See a lighted parade, visit Santa, tour local homes, enjoy live entertainment and watch the annual lighting of historic Apache County Courthouse. With all these choices, why not take a break and come up to the small towns of the White Mountains? There you can draw breath, relax, perhaps find some gifts in the unique local shops, and join in the holiday festivities. You will return home refreshed. For more information see our event listings for contact numbers.

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The Woodland Inn & Suites ‘The Best Kept Lodging Secret in beautiful Pinetop, Arizona’ has recently been purchased by Sungold Hospitality Group, LLC with Bob & Vicki Brickman as Principals. “With many years in the Hospitality Industry we will be ‘Hands-On’ Operators and we will strive to continually improve the Woodland Inn & Suites. Of course the same smiling and friendly staff will make you feel welcome and at home here. We offer exceptionally good guest service and we will do everything we can to make your stay with us a memorable one!” For your convenience we are pet friendly. You will find us to be a terrific value for all that we have to offer. We offer Deluxe Accommodations for all of your travel needs - and at a very rea-


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Holiday Inn Express - Pinetop 431 E. White Mountain Blvd, Pinetop

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• SKI PACKAGES AVAILABLE! • MENTION AZ TOURIST NEWS SPECIAL RATE! • 40 large guest rooms • Complimentary deluxe breakfast bar • In-room refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers • Indoor whirlpool, sauna, and exercise room • Individually controlled heat and air conditioning units • Cable TV with HBO • Meeting room for up to 30 people • 30 Non-smoking rooms available • Quiet, interior corridor rooms • 25 trout filled lakes and 500 miles of streams within minutes • More than 20 restaurants within 2 mile radius • 5 minutes to golf • 10 minutes to Hon-Dah Casino • 10 minutes to the White Mountain Trail System • 30 minutes to Sunrise Ski Resort

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sonable price! Our guests can choose between our standard room which has 2 comfortable queen size beds or the king business suite. All of our rooms have microwaves, refrigerators, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards & in-room coffee makers. The king business suites offer 27” Televisions, recliners and desks with additional phones. Data ports are located in all rooms and high-speed internet access is now offered for a nominal fee. We pride ourselves in offering you a special deluxe breakfast bar featuring hard boiled eggs, yogurt and fruit cups. Our guests will also find an assortment of fresh fruits, hot and cold cereals, Danishes, muffins and bagels. Guests can help themselves to juice, coffee, tea, hot cocoa or milk. Our guests are always welcome to come sit by our cozy fireplace in our lobby on a cool fall or winters evening. After a day of skiing, snowboarding or other outdoor activities you can enjoy our sparkling indoor spa. Nearby attractions include antique shops, many great restaurants, movie theaters and also horseback riding. During the winter months there is Sunrise Ski Resort with some of Arizona’s best skiing. There are local ski shops for any of your needs and for your convenience we sell lift tickets in our lobby to our guests. Of course we also have several championship golf courses nearby. A place for all seasons, the White Mountains offer fall colors, hiking, skiing, fishing, hunting & golfing. So whatever the Season may be, when you visit the White Mountains come & stay with us and let the ‘Woodland Inn & Suites’ be your ‘Home away from Home’! We are located at 458 E. White Mountain Blvd, 1-866-PINETOP,


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12 Days of Christmas

Log Cabins and Yurts

Celebrate in Snowflake, Arizona

Make Your Reservations at Lyman Lake State Park

snowflakes suspended from the Victorian street lamps that line Main Street. For most children the highlight of the night comes next, when Santa Claus arrives on a fire truck lit with thousands of tiny Christmas lights and gives each child a bag of goodies supplied by the local Chamber of Commerce. The Second Night of Christmas, Dec. 2nd, begins at 6 pm with the Heritage Jingle Bell Parade, a nonmotorized electric light parade through the heart of Snowflake’s Historic District. Spectators are treated to equestrian displays, horse drawn wagons and buggies, hand carts, and pedestrians all decked in their holiday best and surrounded with thousands of sparkling lights. The parade ends in front of Snowflake’s Stinson Pioneer Museum where tour guides in authentic costumes serving warm cocoa, apple cider and cookies welcome visitors. Four of Snowflake’s Historic Homes will be open for tours on the Second Night, each decked out in their Victorian Christmas best. The rich seasonal details in each home are sure to inspire the imagination of all ages. For more information about the 12 Days of Christmas schedule call the Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce at 928-536-4331.

White Mountain Listings ALPINE Mountain Hi Lodge 42698 US Highway 180, 928-339-4311 GREER Greer Art Emporium P.O. Box 120, 928-735-7212 Greer Lodge 44 Main Street, 888-475-6343 The Peaks At Greer PO Box 132, 928-735-7777 LAKESIDE Hidden Rest Resort 3448 Highway 260, 928-368-6336 OVERGAARD Timberline Trading Co. 1890 Highway 260, 928-535-6200 PINETOP Best Western Inn of Pinetop 404 E. White Mountain Blvd., 928-367-6667 Blue Ridge Motel & Cabins P.O. Box 74, 928-367-0758 Bonanza Motel 858 E. White Mountain Blvd, 928-367-4440

Historic Coldstream Bed & Breakfast 3042 Mark Twain Dr., 928-369-0115 Holiday Inn Express 431 E. White Mountain Blvd., 928-367-6077, Hon-Dah Resort Casino 777 Highway 260, 800-929-8744 Offroad ATV 928-739-4153 Pinetop Realty & Investment 230 E. White Mountain Blvd, 928-367-4151 Woodland Inn & Suites 458 E. White Mountain Blvd., 928-367-3636 SHOW LOW Fool Hollow Lake Bed & Breakfast 2351 N. 22nd Av., 888-339-1144 SPRINGERVILLE Rode Inn & Suites P.O. Box 2039, 877-220-6553 Sport Shack 329 E. Main, 928-333-2222 White Mountain Motel 333 E. Main St., 928-333-5482

For most Americans, the image of Arizona is windswept arid canyons and vast deserts, yet Arizona’s State Parks offer innumerable opportunities to visit lakes and rivers. Spring, summer and fall, Lyman Lake State Park in northeast Arizona has been a water destination for family vacationing. At 6,000 feet, Lyman Lake was created in 1915 as an irrigation reservoir by damming the Little Colorado River. Situated in wide-open mountain grasslands, Lyman Lake State Park offers the perfect setting for families seeking a variety of activities. The State Park has a water ski slalom course, fishing, hiking, bird-watching, windsailing, swimming, Petroglyph Trails - and now has added a new twist to its remote camping facilities. Four “Yurts” and four “Camping Log Cabins” have been installed in the campground and are available for renting through a reservation system at rates that range from $35-50 depending on the season. The yurts are 16 -feet round and the cabins are 14 feet x 16 feet with a six-foot porch. Cabins are heated and designed to sleep four persons on a bunk bed and mattress in one of the two rooms or an extra cot can be added. Toilets, showers, and electricity are available in the campground, but campers must bring bedding, FA NE CIL W ITI ES


If you treasure the memory of a traditional holiday, Snowflake, Arizona’s 12 Days of Christmas Celebration is a festival you won’t want to miss. This showcase of Christmas Spirit features a different event each night throughout the first 12 days (nights) of December. Each activity reflects the community spirit of Main Street Americana, bringing with it merrymaking and the warm glow of Christmas time. The festival begins with the Snowflake Town Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Trees hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 1, 2003. Townsfolk and visitors will gather in the town square at Heritage Park for a musical Christmas program, rides on the Kiddy Train, a holiday arts & crafts show, games and more. Spectators may duck out of the cold at the Historic Heritage Social Hall where beautifully decorated trees are displayed. Throughout the evening rides are offered free of charge in a horse drawn carriage through the town’s historic district, and hot cocoa, apple cider and cookies are served at five stations in the downtown area. The climax comes when Snowflake’s Mayor flips a switch that lights the town Christmas tree, the historic district and all of Main Street with millions of twinkling lights - including a series of gigantic

cookware and tableware. Reservations are limited to no more than 15 nights and occupancy is limited. Tents and RVs may be erected next to the cabins to increase capacity for families on the site. Although new to Arizona, yurts have been home for millions in Central Asia for several millennium. The round design is proving just as well suited for use in Arizona’s unique climate. On clear nights, yurt campers can lie in their sleeping bags to view the abundant display of stars visible through the open roof or during wet seasonal storms the yurt offers room for the whole family to sit in dry comfort. The yurt’s interior is secure and solid no matter what the weather might be outside. Additional amenities at the Park range from a multi-use rental building with two restrooms for large groups to tent-camping and full RV hookup sites for families looking for overnight camping. The beauty of Lyman Lake State Park’s 1,180 rambling acres is inescapable whether you spend the night in one of the new “camping log cabins” or one of the newly installed “yurts.” For information about costs or to make reservations please call Lyman Lake State Park at 928-337-4441 or for more information about the 27 State Parks call the Arizona State Parks main office at 602-542-4174 (long distance from rural areas 800-285-3703).

Museums and Historical Sites Apache County Historical Museum 928-337-4737 180 W. Cleveland, St. Johns Butterfly Lodge Museum 928-735-7514 Greer Casa Malpais Museum 928-333-5375 Located at the Casa Malpais Pueblo in Springerville Fort Apache 928-338-4625 Outside of Whiteriver White Mountain Apache Reservation Kinishba Ruins Museum 928-338-4625 Located at Kinishba Ruins, one mile past Fort Apache

Little House Museum 928-333-2286 Eagar Painted Desert & Petrified Forest 928-524-6228 Toll-free 888-830-6682 Renee Cushman Museum 928-333-2123 Springerville Show Low Historical Society Museum 928-532-7115 Show Low Taylor Museum 928-536-4562 Taylor White Mountain Historical Park 928-333-2123 Springerville

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Grand Canyon Trails Beamer Trail

Beginning at Tanner Rapids, the Beamer Trail follows the Colorado River to its junction with the Little Colorado River. Length approximately 10.00 miles Elevation Change -134 feet

Boucher Trail

A beautiful rim-to-river trail for the experienced Grand Canyon hiker. Intersects with the Tonto Trail at about 8 miles below the rim. Length approximately 9.70 miles Elevation change 4289 feet

Bright Angel Trail

This drainage-following trail persues an ancient Havasupi Indian route. Camping (permit required), water and shade at Indian Gardens, 4.5 miles below the rim. Length approximately 9.7 miles Elevation change 4263 feet

South Kaibab

A ridge-following trail that offers spectacular views while descending. Best for descending as no water along the trail. Length approximately 5.62 miles Elevation change 4494 feet

North Kaibab

Escalante Route

A rugged route appropriate for experienced Grand Canyon trekkers only. Recommend hiking East to West. Length approximately 12.00 miles Elevation change 117 feet


Grandview trail descends to Horseshoe Mesa, and from there to the Tonto Trail. Two other trails descend from Horseshoe Mesa making a loop possible. Caves and mining artifacts contribute to this unique trail. Length approximately 4.20 miles Elevation change 2434 feet

Length approximately 13.00 miles Elevation change 5412 feet

South Bass

An old prospector’s route. Very remote. For experienced Grand Canyon trekkers only. Length approximately 7.00 miles Elevation change 4373 feet

Tanner Trail

A beautiful trail that’s best tried after experiencing one or more corridor trails. This remote trail descends rapidly off the rim, contours Cardenas and Escalante Buttes, descends rapidly again, then offers a steady down-hill to the Colorado River. Length approximately 7.50 miles Elevation change 4625 feet

Tonto Trail (Hance Rapids to Cottonwood)

Length approximately 11.00 miles Elevation change -1093 feet

Length approximately 24.00 miles Elevation change -92 feet

Tonto Trail (Indian Gardens to Hermit Creek) The Hermit like many rim-to-river trails, descends fairly quickly off the rim, then continues at a less knee-numbing descent. Watch for the fossils near the rim. Below the red wall, take care working across areas where rock slides obscure the trail. Length approximately 8.70 miles Elevation Change 4286 feet

Red Canyon

A roller coaster of a trail, the Red Canyon drops rapidly off the rim shedding about 2200 feet in the first mile and a half. The balance of the trail is relatively gentle. Stay alert as the trail offers options at numerous places. Length approximately 5.5 miles. Elevation change 4403 feet

This popular stretch of the Tonto connects the Bright Angel and Hermit Trails, making for an excellent loop. Length approximately 13.50 miles Elevation Change 736 feet

Tonto Trail (Hermit Creek to Topaz and Boucher Creek Junction) Connecting the Hermit and Boucher Trails, this stretch of the Tonto makes possible a nice loop for experienced Grand Canyon trekkers. Length approximately 6.00 miles Elevation Change 310 feet

Tonto Trail (Boucher Creek to Bass Canyon and Trail)

This very remote section of the Tonto should be considered by very experienced Grand Canyon trekkers only. Length approximately 30.50 miles Elevation Change -504 feet

MILEAGE FROM THE GRAND CANYON TO: Arches National Park Hopi Indian Reservation Havasupai Indian Reservation Hualapai Indian Reservation Pipe Springs National Monument Glenn Canyon Recreation Area Zion National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Lake Powell Navajo National Monument

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Hiking Do’s and Don’ts

You May Have Heard…

• Tell someone where you are going. Don’t go alone. • Don’t deviate from your original plan. • Bring plenty of water and sports drinks for electrolyte replacement. • Bring salty snacks and carbohydrates. You need to eat even if hot. • Start early, don’t hike in the hottest part of the day - or lay low. • Don’t short cut trails. Doing so leads to accidents and causes damage to the land. • A broad brimmed hat is essential. A long-sleeved shirt with collar helps avoid sunburn. • Don’t forget sunscreen and sun glasses.

• Driving into the Canyon Many people call Grand Canyon businesses daily to inquire about driving into the park. The misconception is that there are no private vehicles or RV’s allowed to drive in. This is not the case. Private vehicles and RV’s ARE allowed to drive in and out of the park. A $20 park entry pass is valid for 7 days and no reservations are required to enter the park. • Air Tours Regardless of what you may have heard, air tours over the Grand Canyon have not been discontinued. Helicopter and fixed-winged aircraft tours are scheduled daily year around, weather permitting.

Tonto Trail (from Cottonwood to Indian Gardens)

Hermit Trail

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Now’s the Time...

Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Have you been putting off that visit to the Grand Canyon? Now’s the time to come... it doesn’t get any better than this! The room rates are great, the weather is pleasant and refreshing, it’s less crowded and the restaurants, shops and tours are still open. Maybe you have come once, looked out upon the fantastic views and promised yourself a return visit to do some hiking. This is the perfect time of year for activities below the rim. Temperatures average 20 degrees warmer in the inner Canyon and it can be uncomfortable to hike in the summer heat of 100 degrees and more. In November it will range in the 60’s and low 70’s on the trails, what could be more pleasant? Maybe you have heard rumors that the

park shuts down in winter, but nothing could be further from the truth. The South Rim is open and at this time of year the Grand Canyon is peaceful and very lovely. There is plenty of space at the lookouts, and a touch of frost or snow adds a special definition to the layers of rock and tips the trees with a sparkling beauty. The clarity and brilliance of the night sky is extraordinary - the Milky Way takes your breath away. How lucky we are in Arizona to live near one of the seven wonders of the natural world! Come for your long-awaited first visit, come to hike, to romance your sweetheart, to photograph the glorious sunsets, to soar over the canyon in your first ever helicopter ride... for whatever your desire, this is a perfect time of year. For more information call: Grand Canyon C of C, 928-527-0359

Historic Grand Canyon Village • Santa Fe Railway Station On September 17, 1901 the first steam-driven train rolled into Grand Canyon Village after a relatively smooth trip from Williams, Arizona. The 3-hour trip cost $3.95. The Santa Fe Railway Depot was completed in 1909. It is one of only three remaining log depots in the country and one of an estimated fourteen log deports ever constructed in the United States. The timbers are unique for a log structure. The logs are squared on three sides giving a flat surface for adjacent logs ad a flat interior wall. To prevent moisture from entering, the logs are sealed with building paper wrapped around wood strips seated in grooves between the logs. • El Tovar Hotel The El Tovar Hotel was once described as “the most expensively constructed and appointed log house in America.” The Santa Fe Railroad commissioned its construction in 1902. Charles Whittlesey, a Chicago architect, styled it as a cross between a Swiss chalet and a Norway villa. Completed on January 14, 1905 it was named El Tovar in honor of Pedro de Tovar, of the Coronado Expedition. The El Tovar cost $250,000 to construct and was considered by many to be the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi. Electric lights were powered by the hotel’s own coal-fired generator. It had its own greenhouse for fresh fruits and vegetables. Inside the El Tovar was a barbershop, solarium, amusement room, club room, large dining room, art, and music rooms. • Verkamp’s Curios The first curio shop opened at the Grand Canyon in 1898. It was a rented tent on the grounds of Bright Angel Hotel where John G. Verkamp sold Indian crafts and curios for Babbit Brothers’ Trading Company. In 1905 Verkamp built Verkamp’s

Curios at its present location next to the Hopi House. The building is a wood-shingled, “modified-mission” design. • Bright Angel Lodge The concept of Bright Angel Lodge was unique for park visitors throughout the west. Its mission was to provide moderately prices accommodations for tourists with moderate incomes. Designed by Mary Colter, Bright Angel Lodge was dedicated on July 22, 1935. It followed the general theme of the El Tovar Hotel, boasting curio shops, a restaurant, and an open-framed lobby. Inside the lounge was the famous ten foot high geological fireplace, representing the rocks and order of strata inside the canyon. The top is constructed of Kaibab Limestone found on the rim. The base of the fireplace has smooth river stones from the bottom of the canyon. Each stone was carefully selected from the strata inside the canyon and packed out by mule. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, 928-638-2526

Fall is here, and winter is just around the corner. To take advantage of all there is to see and do, stay with Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the only accommodations in the park at the South Rim. With 907 rooms in six distinctly different lodges, rooms are available with advance planning or if you plan your visit at the last minute. You will find more lodging options available at this time of year, fewer people too. Relax aboard a guided motorcoach tour with stops along the rim, or just watch the sunset and sunrise. Daily ranger programs help you discover 1.7 billion years of history embedded in the canyon walls. Watch condors soaring over the rim. It’s all waiting for you at the South Rim, and it’s open year-round. On the canyon floor, you can retire for the night at the legendary Phantom Ranch. Then head back to the rim and retreat to a rustic cabin at Bright Angel Lodge, or relax at Maswik Lodge, just a five minute walk from the rim. Or choose the elegance of the historic El Tovar, where you’ll find our gracious staff very accommodating. And if all of these adventures have you working up an appetite, you’re in luck. This is the home of the celebrated and historic El Tovar Dining Room and a



It’s Perfect in the Canyon

by Charlis McVey


legacy of fine food. Or order up a quick bite at Maswik or Yavapai cafeteria, a sizzling steak at the Arizona Room, or a casual family meal at the Bright Angel Restaurant. Have your favorite beverage at the Maswik Sports Bar or El Tovar Lounge. Try the new Canyon Coffee House at the Bright Angel Lodge for a Mocha or Latte, or just enjoy a good cup of coffee. The Coffee House opens early so you won’t miss the sunrise. At the South Rim, the choices are endless - and they’re all just outside your door. Take advantage of low off-season rates and packages and increased availability at the popular rim lodges. Effective November 30 through December 18, 2003, and again January 3 through March 11, 2004 a one night stay is only $68 at Maswik Lodge, two consecutive nights only $99. Or indulge in a romantic getaway at the historic El Tovar Hotel with the popular Romance Package. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges We’re not just close, We’re there. Call 303-29- PARKS (297-2757) or 888-29PARKS (297-2757) for reservations or visit our website at Xanterra Parks & Resorts is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service.

Winter White Sale

Xanterra Parks & Resorts is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

Winter Value Rate

One night at Maswik or Yavapai Lodge, single or double occupancy.

Grand Value Package**

Two consecutive nights at Maswik or Yavapai Lodge, single or double occupancy.

El Tovar Romance Package

One night at historic El Tovar. Includes complimentary in-room California sparkling wine and fruit basket, and dinner for two with a bottle of El Tovar wine in the dining room.

68 $ 99 $ 249 $

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*Plus tax and 1% energy surcharge. Valid November 30, 2003 - March 11, 2004. Excluding December 19, 2003 January 3, 2004. Lodging availability subject to seasonal closures. **Not available for group bookings.




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Scottsdale Downtown

Two Square Miles Packed with Experiences More than 500 shops, galleries, restaurants, clubs and pubs are located within the two square miles of Scottsdale Downtown. Walk or ride the free trolley between shopping districts, public artworks, and historic landmarks. Bring a camera to document your visit! The Robert Indiana “LOVE” sculpture located in the Civic Center Mall and the Bob Parks Horse Fountain located on Fifth Avenue and Marshall Way are two of the most photographed public artworks. Visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for a complete list of public art and enjoy the fountains, gardens and art located in the Civic Center Mall. This is a great event location. The ArtFest of Scottsdale featuring over 200 fine artists is held here every year the weekend before Thanksgiving. This 2003 dates are November 22 & 23, from 10am to 6pm. Downtown Scottsdale is the oldest shopping district still in existence in the state of Arizona. Scottsdale is fortunate to have several intact historic buildings


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within the original town site that represent the early period in the community’s development. Although founded in 1888 when Winfield Scott purchased land next to the Arizona Canal, Scottsdale incorporated much later in 1951. The Little Red Schoolhouse built in 1909 (7333 Scottsdale Mall) currently serves as an office for the Scottsdale Historical Society where you can pick up information on Scottsdale’s early town buildings 1908-1933. Kick off the holiday season at the Scottsdale Downtown Moonlight Spectacular on Thursday, November 20, 2003 from 6pm - 9pm. Watch the streets light up and the merchants’ decorations. Carolers, Santa, and free hot chocolate and gift wrapping create a fun shopping environment for the whole family. Sign up for a Scottsdale Downtown Shopping Spree. Drawing held at 9pm for several $1000, $500, and $100 shopping sprees. For more information about Downtown Scottsdale call the Downtown Scottsdale Partnership at 480-947-6423.

Native Trails Performances Enjoy a celebration of Native American Culture from noon to 1:30 pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during November and from January through mid-April. In the heart of the Downtown Scottsdale Art & Shopping Districts a variety of Native American performers will present musical performances using



traditional instruments, including flutes and drums. They will also share a variety of tribal dances ranging from pow wow dancing and fancy dance, to the excitement and energy of the traditional hoop dances. Native foods, arts, crafts and jewelry will be available also. For a complete performance schedule, visit

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Fountain Hills - Fort McDowell

Cotton-Pickin’ Good Time

Nature, Adventure, Golf, Gaming and Festivals

Nation have a new motto... “Fountain Hills - Fort McDowell, Take a Peak,” a play-on-words that highlights the mountainous terrain and scenery that wreath the area. The two communities are working together to promote the natural wonders, luxury golf courses, resorts and lifestyle of Fountain Hills, along with the Fort McDowell Casino, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, and Fort McDowell Adventures. Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell sponsor many exciting events throughout the year. Plan ahead for the first Native American Art Fest on Jan 24-25 at the Fort McDowell Casino. Over 200 Native artists will display and sell their works at this juried show. This month, on Nov 14-16, the Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts presents over 500 artists as well as entertainment by “The Andean Nation” - music from the Andes, and Brule, a Native American band. There will be a Beer Garden and food vendors. The festival will be open 10am-5pm daily with free admission and offers a great opportunity to get a start on your holiday shopping. For more information about the area or events call the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce at 480-837-1654.

Down on the Farm in Queen Creek Visit Schnepf Farms for Wonderful Memories


Take a large commercial potato farm, add a lot of hard work, vision and determination.... and what you have today is Schnepf Farms, a wonderful experience for all ages. Run by Mark and Carrie Schnepf, the family farm has been transformed into a festival site with many attractions including shops, train rides, carousel rides, u-pick gardens and petting barn. Admission is free. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10-9 and Sundays 10-5, the farm offers visitors a country market and bakery, an old fashioned ice cream shop and a sweet shop. At Carrie’s Creations you’ll find Christmas, Fall, kitchen, Victorian and an array of other items that will be perfect for those on your holiday shopping list. A special treat for children is Grandma’s Baking Day. Sign your child up to spend time in our bakery; on

November 22nd learn to make cinnamon rolls and pumpkin bread and on December 13th bake apple pies and Christmas sugar cookies. Also, every Saturday and Sunday in December you can come out to the farm and make-yourown gingerbread house. Call for costs. Plan ahead to celebrate “Christmas on the Farm.” Country Christmas Hay Rides ($3) will take you through the forest where almost one million shining lights fill the air with holiday spirit. There will also be Christmas trees for sale, the gift shops will be open as well as the train, carousel rides and miniature golf. Stop by the bonfires to roast marshmallows. Our farm will close December 28th, 2003 for the season until February. For directions visit the website: If you have any questions, please call 480-987-3100.

November 14, 15 & 16 in Fountain Hills, Az Open Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm Sundays 10am-5pm FREE ADMISSION Gift shops, train rides, carousel rides, country store, u-pick gardens and petting barn.

480-987-3100 • Queen Creek, Az Mark your calendar for our Country Christmas Hay rides beginning Friday, December 5, 2003

10am-5pm Daily

Free Admission & Parking Over 500 Artists & Craftsmen

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At Buckeye Countryfest

Pick cotton and win prizes at Buckeye’s annual Countryfest Saturday, November 22 in historic downtown Buckeye. It’s fun the whole family will enjoy, and it kicks off when the carnival opens Thursday, November 20 right smack in the middle of downtown. The parade begins at 10 am Saturday with Channel 3 Morning Show host Dan Davis at the helm as this year’s celebrity parade marshal. Davis’ personal John Deere collection will be showcased as part of the Cotton Pickers, Tractors and Other Cool Stuff display to be held at the Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce. A Children’s Safety Presentation starts at 12 noon. Free coloring books for all the kids and raffle tickets will be on sale for your chance to win a child’s John Deere pedal tractor. Enjoy browsing the arts and crafts vendors and sample the bread bowl soups and homemade pies at the 8th Annual Hometown Holiday Boutique at the FO FUN RA LL


Nestled in the natural beauty of the desert terrain in the Northeast Valley of the Sun, Fountain Hills is an upscale community with hometown character. Surrounded by the McDowell Mountains, Fort McDowell Yavapai Indian Nation and sparkling Saguaro Lake, Fountain Hills features a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking, biking, boating and some of the more challenging golf courses in the country. The town was established in 1970 by Wood and McCulloch, the same developers who initiated Lake Havasu City and transported London Bridge all the way from England to be re-assembled stone by stone in Arizona. Wood, the man credited with designing Disneyland, also drew up the plans for Fountain Hills. Where does the name come from? Wood and McCulloch had a fountain designed in Switzerland and set in the middle of a man-made 28-acre lake. You can’t miss it... for the tallest fountain in the world shoots water 560 feet into the air, creating a geyser five feet taller than the Washington Monument! The Town of Fountain Hills and the neighboring Fort McDowell Yavapai


Buckeye Public Library Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. If steak is more your style, stop by the Elks Lodge between 11 am and 1 pm for their famous tri-tip sandwich with all the country fixin’s. And don’t miss your opportunity to guess how many cotton-pickin’ cotton balls are actually in that jar and let the kids participate in the first ever Cotton-Pickin’ Cotton Patch. Kids will compete in their age group for a chance to win great prizes! Carnival tickets are $12 in advance and may be purchased at Farmer’s Insurance, Desert Sun News, Buckeye Valley Chamber of Commerce, Buckeye Valley News, and Beard’s Country & Western Store. Countryfest is sponsored by the Buckeye Main Street Coalition, an organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Buckeye. For more information on Countryfest or to find out how you can help make a difference as a Main Street volunteer call the Buckeye Main Street office at 623-327-1813.

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Cool Things to See and Do in the Globe-Miami Area 1. Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park Offers a glimpse into the long vanished Salado culture. Visitors are encouraged to walk within restored rooms in this 700year old pueblo and and also to visit the museum. Open 9-5, adm: $3. 928-425-0320, 2. Cobre Valley Center for the Arts Located in the old Gila County Courthouse, noted for both its architecture and its wonderful exhibits and programs. From stained glass to theater productions, watercolors to sculpture, the Center is a hub of art and entertainment. 928-425-0884 3. Sleeping Beauty Mine The source of some of the purest and most sought after turquoise on the US and overseas markets. It is virtually matrix free (no veins). You can visit True Blue Jewelry, the mine’s store, located at 200 North Willow St in Globe where they are open 5 days a week from 8am-4pm. 4. Apache Stronghold Golf Course The #1 public golf course in Arizona as rated by Golfweek America. 1-800-APACHE-8

5. The Arts and Antiques District Home to over 25 antique dealers and artists studios. Get a map at the chamber or go to for a complete listing and write up on dealers in the area. 6. Gila County Historical Museum Established as a Mine-rescue station in 1920. Now houses documents, photos, artifacts and displays of the area’s historic past from the early days of the Territory. Included are Indian artifacts dating back to 1125 A.D. Located on Hwy 60 in Globe, they are open Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 11-3. 928-425-7385 7. Boyce Thompson Arboretum Its 323 acres include a wide range of habitats, a 1.5 main loop mile walking trail and several demonstration gardens. Also hosts many special events. Hwy 60, 3 miles west of Superior. Open daily 8am-5pm. Adm: $6 adults, $3 children. 520-689-2811, 8. Round Mountain Park This city park is one of the most beautiful hiking spots in the Globe area. Located at the end of N. South Street, the trails are 1.5-3 miles in length offering various levels of difficulty. Maps are available at the chamber. 928-425-4495


Tonto National Monument

Don’t Miss These Extraordinary Cliff Dwellings Tonto National Monument preserves cliff dwellings and other archaeological sites of the prehistoric Salado, dating from the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries. For three hundred years, a vast culture lived within the Tonto Basin, surviving and adapting to the arid environment. The cliff dwellings, built in shallow caves perched over a thousand feet above the river valley, are representative of the final phase of occupation in this area. The river valley below, once a thriving settlement with farm fields and stone dwellings, is now covered by Roosevelt Lake. The people farmed in the Salt River Valley and supplemented their diet by hunting and gathering native wildlife and plants. The Salado were fine craftsmen, producing some of the most exquisite polychrome pottery and intricately woven textiles to be found in the Southwest. Many of these objects are on display in the Visitor Center. Visitors may walk up to the Lower Cliff Dwelling on their own, but the Upper Cliff Dwelling is usually only accessible by guided tour. However, dur-



ing the first weekend in November, and another weekend in March, it is possible to do the hike without a guide. It is well worth planning to take the tour, however, as your appreciation of the Salado culture will be greatly enhanced by the very knowledgeable rangers. Tours to the 40-room Upper Cliff Dwelling take place between November and April and are limited to 15 people. Reservations are required. The view from the site is breathtaking and the stories of Salado life are fascinating. There is no extra fee for the tour. The Tonto Visitor Center is open all year from 8am to 5pm, except for Christmas Day. You’ll find museum exhibits, an 18-minute video orientation program (by request), sales area, ranger assistance and restrooms. There is a picnic area located .5 mile inside park entrance with restrooms, water, and seven tables covered with shade ramadas; all facilities are handicapped accessible. From Globe drive northwest on State Highway 188 - it is 30 miles to Tonto National Monument. For reservations or for more information, call 928-4672241.

Football Fans and Football Widows Special Promotion at Apache Gold Casino

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Monday Night Football will never be the same again! If you are one of the thousands of wives or girlfriends who suffer every Monday night during football season, there is an alternative. If you experience symptoms of neglect or boredom, Apache Gold is here to help you. Bring your man and while he is cheering for his favorite team, you can take a chance at Apache Gold’s Double Jackpots between the hours of 6 and 9pm. Also, anyone present may be randomly selected to win prizes such as a $100 Jackpot stock or $20 in Slot change. Beginning at 5pm and lasting till 10pm, anyone present may stop at Players Club to enter the Grand Prize drawing for an ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP for two to the SUPERBOWL. The drawing will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2004.

In the Cabaret Lounge entry forms will be given away half hour before kickoff through the end of the first quarter for NFL logoed jerseys and caps. There are drink specials - $1 drafts and $2 well drinks - and the snack menu includes Potato Pig Skins, Chili Dogs, Apache Chicken Wings and more. For more information call 1-800-APACHE-8.


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$74 Overnight Golf Package Monday through Thursday. And $89 Friday through Sunday. Includes greens fee, cart, sleeve of premium golf balls, resort room and meal. Apache Stronghold. Golfweek’s top-rated public course in Arizona for 2002. In San Carlos, five minutes east of Globe on Highway 70. Call 1-800-APACHE 8.

LIVE MUSIC - NOV. 8 Music “both acoustic and eclectic” from Arizona musicians between 10am to 4pm at several points along the Arboretum main trail. Bluegrass combo “Just Jammin,” Rusty Hynges, Harpist Penny Cass Joplin, the Mountain Rain Trio and more! On Highway 60 … Just 1/2 hour east of Apache Junction.

520-689-2811 Fall Color Fest - Nov. 29 Don’t miss Fall Color during the latter half of November. Celebrate the season with storytellers, live music, Arizona apple cider, from 11am-3pm. Plus tax. Per person per night. Based on double occupancy. Reservations required. Not valid with any other offer. Must present this coupon. Prices may change at any time. Must be 21 or older to participate in gaming activities. Prices good through 1/31/04.

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Christmas Cheer in Globe-Miami event ends at 5pm to give everyone time to get over to Globe to participate or spectate at the Annual Light Parade which begins at 7pm. Globe’s Light Parade, the 7th Annual, has been called the “Biggest Little Town Light Parade in Arizona” by many of the folks who come from out of town that evening. Businesses, civic organizations, marching and equestrian groups and school groups and clubs participate. The shops and boutiques in downtown Globe remain open until 9 and 10pm to accommodate families who would like to Christmas shop following the parade. Plan ahead to enjoy these events and also the glowing luminarias at the Festival of Lights Dec 21 at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe. For more information call the GlobeMiami Regional C of C & Economic Development Corporation at 800-804-5623.

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Globe-Miami is the place to go for art, antiques and other great stuff! There are galleries, boutiques, antique shops, the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts and more, all full of wonderful unique items for those hard to please people on your Christmas list. Miami has the largest Antiques District. Currently there are 17 Art and Antique shops. Most are located one block North of US 60 in downtown Miami and all are in very easy walking distance of each other. Look at some of the items to be found... There are paintings by famous western oil painters like Joe Beeler CA, original western bronzes, depression glass, coke machines, antique gas pumps, cowboy collectibles, shabby chic, garden decoration, swords & armor over 400 years old and a wide selection of antique furniture.

The Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, located in the historic courthouse in Globe, offers fine arts and crafts by local artists, as well as a gift shop featuring ceramics, walking sticks, blown glass, prints and jewelry. It’s a great place to shop for any occasion. The Center also features a stained glass studio, handweaver's studio and Copper Country Quilters Gallery. Also located in Globe's historic district are other galleries, boutiques and interesting shops such as Bacon’s Custom Saddlemaking and the store for the Sleeping Beauty Mine, source of some of the purest and most sought after turquoise in the US. Local artists offer ceramics, stained glass, landscape drawings, Americana, photography, metal sculpture, and wrought iron furniture. To find out more about the Globe area call the Globe-Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce at 800-804-5623.

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Biggest Little Town Christmas Light Parade

14th Century Salado Indian Ruins & Reconstructed Rooms Depicting Ancient Lifestyles

December 13, 2003

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Get Away From It All... in the True Heart of Arizona

Here in Arizona Rim Country, the last of the colorful leaves are falling from the oaks, aspens and maples. What was so beautiful on the branches is now strewn on the forest’s floor like a painter’s palate. The forest is quieter but the unique noises of barking squirrels, bugling elk and treetop breezes are more perceptible. If you will just take a few moments and really listen, you just might hear Mother Nature arranging winter’s bedspread. The air is becoming a bit more brisk with each passing week. A light jacket or sweater feels good in the morning but most of the day is just about perfect. Since most days in the general Payson area are cloudless, a hat always hits the spot. A number of very enjoyable events are coming up in November and early December in Rim Country. On Nov 7-9 in Payson the Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show & Sale will be held at the TontoApache Community Activity Center. This free admission mixed media juried show features 33 artists with a wine & dessert reception on Friday ($5). Just north in Pine, an Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session will be held in the Cultural Hall on the 19th and on the 22nd, Tellabration 2003 will feature Don Doyle and other professional storytellers. A B TAK RE E AK


Looking for something a little different to do this Christmas? Tired of the same old shops? Head over to Globe-Miami for some top notch small town entertainment. The two communities share events to give residents and visitors alike a chance to enjoy the holiday spirit in both places. The weekend fun begins on Dec. 12 as the Miami Small Town Christmas gets under way from 6-9pm. Various groups decorate sections of the downtown Miami Memorial Park with a “small town” Christmas theme. Exhibits are judged and prizes awarded at 7:30. Hot Chocolate will be available for purchase. On Saturday morning Dec. 13 at 10am Sullivan Street, Miami’s historic downtown, will come alive with boys and girls enjoying hamburgers, hot dogs and games. Santa will make two visits during the day and entertainment will be provided. The


For those wishing to enjoy the earliest music and festivities of the holiday season, the Swiss Village Christmas Lighting ceremony takes place in Payson on November 28th. Or, for a fabulous fun-filled evening join the 2003 Award Winning Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade on Dec 6th. The parade begins at 6pm immediately following the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. Holiday music will be broadcast by KMOG and vendors will line Main Street. This is the perfect time to rent a rustic cabin or lodge and enjoy the camaraderie around a warm fire. If a hot tub, a billion stars overhead and a glass of wine is more your style, we have that, too. Arizona Rim Country has great room rates, superb accommodations and valuepacked amenities. If you want to make a weekend into a mini-vacation or simply get away from the pressure of your fastforward working environment, come to the true Heart of Arizona. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-6PAYSON for further information and willing help in planning your visit. Az Tourist News is distributed statewide at participating JB’s Restaurants.

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2003 Gilbert Days

Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering 15th Annual Celebration in Wickenburg

A Week of Pure Fun

mance with children 15 and under free with the purchase of an adult ticket. The Gilbert Days website has a discount coupon for Friday night’s performance just think, two adults for the price of one and the kids get in free on Friday night can’t beat those prices!! The Rodeo performances continue Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. All rodeo performances will have the classic events such as saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding, barrel racing, and, of course, the ever popular bullriding. Saturday is jam-packed with the fun of the Gilbert Days Remax Parade at 9 am in downtown Gilbert. The parade ends where the Gilbert Days Festival sponsored by Stampede Plumbing begins. The festival will have arts and crafts, food, activities for the kids and entertainment. On Saturday night KNIX sponsors the Gilbert Days Rodeo Dance at Rodeo Park. This year the band will be Mogollon and a good time will be had by all - that is if you are over 21 because that is the age limit for this Gilbert Days event. Gilbert Days is put on by the Gilbert Promotional Corporation, a non-profit civic organization that donates proceeds to benefit charitable causes and organizations in the community. For more information about Gilbert Days or the Gilbert Promotional Corporation, visit their website at or call 480-980-7108.

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Thanksgiving “Dinner” at Mining & Mineral Museum “FO RO OD CK ”F UN

It is said that the Atkins diet promises relief from weight problems by cutting carbohydrates. The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum announces that it has developed a diet that outdoes Atkins: a Thanksgiving Holiday Feast with NO calories, NO carbohydrates, and NO proteins. All the “foods” in this annual Holiday display were found among the 19,000 rocks and minerals from the museum’s collection. Their resemblance to organic matter is phenomenal... includ-

ing the turkey. The dessert tray is especially enticing: it features pineapple, yummy cookies of several varieties, Neapolitan ice cream, a box of chocolates, Key Lime Pie and more. The display will be shown from Nov 15th through the end of the year. Museum hours are 8-5 Mon- Fri, 11-4 Sat, closed Sun and holidays. 1502 W Washington St, free parking, $2.00 admission for adults over 18. 602-255-3795 extension 10.

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November 14-23 • Pony Express Ride • Carnival • Little Dude Rodeo • IPRA Rodeo • Rodeo Dance • Festival with Arts & Crafts, Food, Kids Activities • Entertainment • Parade • Family Pet Round Up • Free Shuttle Service RODEO: Adults $10, Seniors & Kids 7-12 $8, under 6 years Free DANCE: 21yrs & over $10 Info: 480-980-7108

Cowboy poets, singers and musicians from across the Southwest will meet in Wickenburg for the 15th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering on Dec 5-7, 2003. Featured cowboy poets will take the stage on Friday and Saturday night. Other cowboy poets from all over the southwest will participate at the Free “Day Sessions” on Saturday. The gathering is not a contest - there are no prizes and no winners - rather it is a place and time when cowboys, ranchers and folks involved in raising and caring for cattle and horses get together to celebrate the present in poetry, songs and story, just as they did over 140 years ago. The Gathering’s featured performances are on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at 7:30pm in the beautiful Del E. Webb Center, 1090 South Vulture Mine Road. Admission is $20 for advance tickets - $25 at the door. Featured cowboy poets performing this year include Jill Jones & The Lone Star Chorale, Leon Autrey, Rolf Flake, Tom Flower, Dean Foster, Carole Jarvis, and Ray Owens.



The phrase “something for everyone” could have been coined just for Gilbert Days - all can find their pleasure in this weeklong town festival. The kickoff event for Gilbert Days on Friday, November 14th is a re-creation of a Pony Express ride during which riders hand off saddlebags carrying “live” mail in relays as they travel from Gilbert to various southeast Valley communities. As the Pony Express riders arrive back at Gilbert Rodeo Park on Saturday evening, November 15th, they will be just in time for the Gilbert Days 1st Invitational Bullriding. Cowboys will be competing for top prize money as they try to stay on a bucking, twisting, stomping 1800+ pound bull for “a mere 8 seconds.” It should be a great evening of exciting bullriding and a great kickoff to the rodeo events held all week. Come along to enoy the charity team roping and barrel racing. The Gilbert Days Carnival begins November 20th and runs until the 23rd with rides and food vendors. The Li’l Dude Rodeo for children 4 to 7 years old will be held before each rodeo performance. The kids will ride sheep and rope a dummy steer for prizes just like the grownups. For more information on these and other events during Gilbert Days week go to the website at The Gilbert Days Budweiser IPRA Rodeo kicks off on Friday night at 6 pm. This will be a special children’s perfor-


Most of the action will take place on Saturday, starting with a cowboy Dutchoven biscuits n’ gravy and cowboy coffee from 7-9am ($3 donation) in the north side parking area of the Wickenburg Community Center, located at 160 North Valentine Street, just one block north of Highway 60 in the heart of the historic district. The Community Center is the location for the rest of the Day Sessions, which run from 9am - 3:30pm and are free to the public. Multiple sessions of storytelling, cowboy poetry readings and singin’ will take place in the sessions, which are held simultaneously in the center. Cowboy Christmas Gathering concludes on Sunday, December 7th with a non-denominational Cowboy Worship Service at 9am, held inside the Wickenburg Community Center. The Desert Caballeros Western Museum exhibits will open to the public from 12 Noon - 4pm. Admission required. Tickets for the Gathering are available from The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce. MasterCard, Visa & AMEX are accepted. 928-684-5479 or 928-684-0977

Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce The 15th Annual

Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering December 5th, 6th, & 7th 2003 Get Your Tickets by Calling (928) 684-5479. Evening Performances by Noted Cowboy Poets.

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Kaibab Courtyard Shops

A Long History Promoting Southwestern Culture PR OF ILE

The beauty of the Southwest reaches far beyond its red rock walls, secluded canyons, and endless vistas. It can be found as well in the art and crafts of the many peoples that have called the Southwest home for centuries. Since 1945, Kaibab Courtyard Shops in Tucson has helped support and promote the indigenous cultures of the Southwest by offering a unique and extensive selection of fine Native American Indian, Mexican and southwestern arts and crafts, and by helping to educate customers and browsers alike. “We have a great deal of respect for our artisans and their cultures,” says Laurie Amado, owner of the Kaibab Courtyard Shops, “and we’re happy to share what we’ve learned about their work.” Amado prides herself in nurturing long-standing relationships with her craftspeople, and her caring shows in the depth and breadth of selection she offers. Within Kaibab’s 9,000 square feet display area can be found Native American Indian jewelry, Navajo weavings and folk art, Hopi Kachina dolls, Mexican Dance masks, Pueblo pottery, baskets and fetishes, southwestern home accents, and rustic furniture. A recent addition is an extraordinary collection of vintage Native American Indian baskets, pottery and beadwork

and weavings. The vintage theme can also be found in a wonderful, fun collection of Cowboy and Mexican Vintage decorative collectibles. Indigenous art from Central and South America is found here as well. Kaibab Courtyard Shops is also Arizona’s exclusive Nambe Foundry Outlet, featuring metal and crystal home accents and serving pieces. Kaibab Courtyard Shops is well known locally for its creative and diverse selection of Native American Indian Jewelry. From vintage pawn to the most recognized contemporary jewelers, every piece is hand selected for authenticity, unique design, and value. Keeping the focus on quality handmade and hand-selected items, Kaibab caters both to the serious collector and the curious traveler, offering a range of prices - from inexpensive mementos to extraordinary keepsakes. For travelers whose busy schedule keeps them from visiting Kaibab’s main location, six satellite shops can now be found at Tucson International Airport. Kaibab Courtyard Shops, 2837-41 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ, 85719, 520-795-6905


Kaibab Courtyard Shops Annual Open House and Sale With Artists Demonstrations Sat., Nov 22 9:30-5:30 • Sun., Nov 23 11:00-5:00

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SCENIC SABINO CANYON Mix with giant saguaro cacti and ride through streams and mesquite tree forests. Visit an ancient Indian Village site.


check out the TMA Library Art Book sale. For the 26th year as a Tucson Museum of Art tradition, Maria Luisa Tena’s El Nacimiento, Tucson’s magnificent Mexican Nativity, will be displayed in La Casa Cordova, one of the Old Pueblo’s oldest homes. Opening ceremonies for the exhibition are on Saturday, November 22 from 2-4 pm. The Tucson Museum of Art is located at 140 N. Main Avenue (Corner of Main and Alameda, downtown Tucson). Parking is available at the corner of Main Avenue and Paseo Redondo. There will be no admission charge for the museum, parking or craft market for the three days. For more information call 520-624-2333.



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Gifts for her, stuff for him, things for them...thanks to you! The Tucson Museum of Art’s 22nd Annual Holiday Craft Market offers the finest selection of arts and crafts in the Southwest for everyone on your list...including you! From 10 am to 5 pm November 21, 22 and 23, 2003, over 130 booths fill the Museum’s plazas with a wide variety of exquisite, handmade works including glass art, pottery, jewelry, wood, metal, leather, photography, furniture, textiles, watercolor, mixed media and much more. During shopping breaks, visitors to the Market can stroll through the Museum and Historic Block free of charge... so relax in the lush courtyards, listen to music, enjoy delicious refreshments and




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New Holiday Inn Express Opens Movie Set Opened to the Public The Smart Choice for Value-Conscious Travelers leisure travelers, toll free (U.S. and Canada only) and free local phone calls. The newly renovated property features the complimentary new Express Start breakfast bar with traditional morning favorites as well as Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee and warm cinnamon rolls prepared with an exclusive recipe developed especially for the Holiday Inn Express brand. Holiday Inn Express continues to set the pace in the limited-service hotel category as the fastest-growing hotel brand, opening on average two new hotels every week. Holiday Inn Express adds to its achievements a growing list of industry and consumer accolades such as being named the top hotel choice for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur magazine and the top hotel brand in its segment by Business Travel News. The Holiday Inn Express-Tucson participates in Priority Club Rewards, the world's first hotel loyalty program. Enrollment is free and Priority Club Rewards points can be redeemed for great merchandise, airline miles, or free room nights at more than 3,300 hotels worldwide. Guests may enroll online at, call 800-272-9273 or register at any Holiday Inn Express hotel. The newly renovated hotel is located at 1560 W. Grant Rd., Tucson, 85745. 520624-3200; Fax: 520-622-3212.

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Old Tucson Studios Offers Tours through Mescal

The clock strikes noon, buildings explode and Sharon Stone nails Gene Hackman between the eyes in "The Quick and the Dead." Picture Mescal. Kurt Russell's 'Wyatt Earp' and Val Kilmer's 'Doc Holiday' take on the ruthless 'Cowboys' in the movie streets of "Tombstone." Picture Mescal. A windblown Clint Eastwood drifts through the abandoned streets of a deserted western town looking for trouble in "Joe Kidd." Picture Mescal. Picturing Mescal, Old Tucson Studios' second movie location is easy to do. Especially for the 'picture-going' public. And for good reason. It looks exactly as it did when filming wrapped on Lee Marvin's "Monte Walsh." And as it did a short time later when, in 1968, CBS sold the set to Old Tucson Studios. Since that time, as a result of the more than 60 feature film, television and still photography productions on its streets and in its buildings, Mescal has become virtually as familiar to the 'picture-going' public as was the original Old Tucson. But while Mescal has been available to Hollywood for nearly 35 years as a dedicated western movie set, this authentic and charming semi-Victorian highplains town (roughly 40 miles east of Tucson, near Benson) has never before been open to the general public. Until now. Old Tucson Studios has opened the storied streets of its sister city Mescal to the public for Guided Photo and Walking Tours every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each hour, on the hour, from 10am to 2pm, guides will lead visitors on a whimsical, nostalgic, cinematic tour focusing on the history of



A newly renovated 66-room Holiday Inn Express, designed to be the smart choice for valueconscious business and leisure travelers, has recently opened in Tucson, announced InterContinental Hotels Group. The hotel is just minutes from downtown Tucson and is conveniently located off Interstate 10. The 22,000 sq-ft. property is less than five miles from area shopping and a variety of restaurants. DavisMonthan Air Force Base is also just minutes from the hotel. The Holiday Inn Express-Tucson offers a variety of amenities such as a 24hour front desk, express check out, complimentary parking and outdoor pool. The hotel has six suites, each equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, CD players and fax machines. Two suites feature a Jacuzzi. Standard Holiday Inn Express guest room accommodations include comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, cable television, long-distance access, hairdryer, coffee machine, non-stick iron and ironing board. For those travelers with business needs, guestrooms also provide large desks with ergonomic chairs, data ports, two phones with private voicemail, complimentary high-speed Internet access and complimentary USA Today newspapers. The Holiday Inn Express-Tucson offers competitive rates for business and

Mescal and on the most famous stars and recognizable scenes produced at this unique film venue. Tours are $8.00 per person, adult or child. In the true wild west tradition, this is a rustic 60-minute adventure. Mescal currently offers no food or beverage service, telephones, running water, electricity or rest room facilities. Local 'atmosphere' however (tumbleweeds and cattle) is at no extra charge! The Mescal Tour ticket price can be applied as a discount toward admission to Old Tucson Studios with receipt. Directions to Mescal are as follows: From Tucson, head east on I-10 to exit #297. Take Mescal Road north 3 miles and turn left where the pavement ends. Proceed west 1/2 mile (dirt road) to the town of Mescal. For more information call Old Tucson Studios at 520-883-0100. EXIT 48 OFF I-19 P.O. Box 81, Amado, Az 85645 Amado Territory Ranch Inn 30 miles south of Tucson. A ranch style bed and breakfast with wonderful breakfasts, luxury beds, private baths and balconies overlooking the Santa Rita Mountains.

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“Celebrate the Seasons”

Destination: Pearce/Sunsites Growing Community in the High Desert


will be here for a class in teas. We will study the “art of tea” and then indulge in our own “Afternoon Tea” Sunglow style. $45 per person. Please call ahead for reservations. Then, on Dec. 24th, tradition continues with our Chef Jack Gramento preparing his own special “Soup Fest” (served from 4-7 pm) with many of his favorite soups and homemade breads. On Christmas Day a beautiful holiday dinner will be served (from 2-6 pm), and then again on New Year’s Eve with a “Soup Fest” following on New Year’s Day. Please call for reservations. As well as being a great place to absorb the holiday spirit, Sunglow Ranch is a perfect destination for those interested in astronomy, bird watching and hiking. The peaceful setting, comfortable rooms and delicious cuisine also make it an excellent setting for workshops and retreats. Sunglow Ranch is located less than 2 hours from Tucson (exit 331 off 1-10). Follow Hwy 181 to Turkey Creek Road, where you will drive a newly packed gravel surface for about 6 miles. For more information visit For reservations call 1866-sunglow (786-4569).


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This will be our 2nd annual “Celebrate the Seasons.” The week following Thanksgiving is filled with activity around the ranch as all of the holiday decorations are taken out and brought to life under the watchful eye of Linda Childs, our Sunglow Ranch gardener and holiday designer. Then, on December 6th, the lights are turned on throughout the ranch and the holiday is officially upon us. “Christmas is such a special time,” Ms. Childs states, “and the ranch is so lovely - it makes my job that much nicer. Our decorations will have a “French Country” flair... with a 9 ft. tree nestled in the corner of the dining room for starters. The outside trees will be decked out to allow all of our feathered friends their own feast.” This year, holding true to our tradition of inviting a guest chef, Sunglow Ranch has invited Austrian chef Leopoldine Mueller to prepare beautiful Austrian holiday fare for our guests. Please make your plans now, brunch will be served from 10am-3pm on Saturday, Dec. 6th. The cost will be $18.99 plus tax and gratuity. On Dec. 13th, as a part of “Celebrate the Seasons,” Lhasha Tizer of Tucson, who also teaches at the Miraval Resort,


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Are you looking for your place in the sun in Arizona... somewhere quiet, safe, affordable, and sunny... yet not TOO hot? Pearce/Sunsites may just hit the spot! This small community of about 2,000 is located in a scenic valley 85 miles southeast of Tucson. It offers the interesting combination of an old west mining town melding with a modern day retirement village in rural Arizona. Pearce was originally the site of one of the richest gold mines in the state during the early years of the 20th century. When the mine closed, Pearce gradually fell into ruins... but today, new enterprises are springing up in the old ghost town Prickly Pear Shop, Udder Delight and Old Pearce Pottery Shop. Sunsites, originally a Horizon retirement development project, was established in 1961 bringing new life to the area. Together, Pearce/Sunsites is growing into a completely self-supporting unincorporated town offering a wide range of facilities, which include an arts and crafts center, a community center, library, two parks, a bank, and a clinic operated by the hospital in Willcox. The temperatures here at 4,300 ft. are moderate and pleasant. A prime attraction is the 18-hole championship golf course with tree-lined,

all-grass fairways and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Shadow Mountain Golf Course also offers a full service restaurant and lounge with entertainment on weekends, a Pro Shop, and practice facilities. They have recently opened a Spanish-style 10-unit motel come and enjoy the very reasonably priced golf packages. Or - live right in the middle of the golf course! The Villas at Shadow Mountain is a planned community of deluxe, two bedroom, 2 bath, Santa Fe Style Patio Homes on the golf course, complete with nice sized lots from the low $100’s. Come and have a look - owner Larry White is giving away 2 free 18 hole rounds of golf when you tour the model homes! November is a great time to visit, you’ll catch the 3rd Annual Old Pearce Holiday Festival on Nov. 28-29. The streets are closed for all to enjoy the arts & crafts, antiques, entertainment, Farmers Market, food court, and much more. The Old Pearce Mercantile, built in 1893, will be open with all kinds of interesting displays such as military items and old bottles. Pearce/Sunsites C of C, 520-826-3535 Villas at Shadow Mountain, 520-826-5411 Shadow Mountain Golf Course, 520-826-3412


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P.O. Box 995 - Tombstone, AZ 85638 1-888-457-3929 - 1-520-457-9317

Replica or real cowboy loads in your holster? If you are dressing the part for your visit to this original American Western Town, visitors are reminded that even handgun replicas are not legal to possess in any Saloon or establishment which serves open liquor. Better remember to check your firearm at the smoke shop before frequenting the famous saloons of Tombstone. Also, children are allowed entrance to the saloons during the daytime only if accompanied by their parents.


Tombstone, Az

America’s Most Authentic Western Attraction ST IN EP BA TIM C E K

Looking for the most authentic western town in America? Step onto Allen Street and step back in time. Other than the Nike sneakers and asphalt you would swear you were in 1880’s Arizona Territory. Walk the wooden sidewalks and admire the tastefully decorated shop windows all while a gunfight breaks out in the middle of the street. You will relive the spirit of the American West alongside folks adorned in authentic 1880’s wear. This is one of Arizona’s attractions you don’t want to miss. Tombstone is the most famous and most infamous mining town in America. Ed Schieffelin was told he would only find his tombstone in the land of the Apache in the San Pedro Valley. Thus, he named his first silver claim "Tombstone," and it became the name of the town which incorporated in 1881. While the area later became notorious for saloons, gambling houses, and the famous Wyatt Earp & Clanton Gang shoot-out at the O.K. Corral, in the 1880s Tombstone was larger than Tucson and had become the most cultivated city in the West. In 1886 massive amounts of underground water filled the near 200 miles of mines and combined with the falling silver prices ended the boom. Having survived the Great Depression, removal of the county seat to Bisbee, and numerous city fires, Tombstone became known as the "Town Too Tough To Die." Tombstone needed to put itself back on the map. This happened quite by mistake with what started as the towns 50th Anniversary celebration, Helldorado Days. This annual event in mid-October

is the most authentic reenactment of 1880’s American West that you can find. Activities include gunfight reenactments, a parade, fashion shows, a carnival, live music, street entertainment, food to suit every taste, and the Tombstone Vigilettes' Variety Night. Other annual events include the Wyatt Earp Days in late May, Vigilante Days in August commemorating Tombstone's unique heritage, and the Clanton Gang Reunion in November. In 1962, the Department of the Interior designated Tombstone a Registered Historical Landmark. It is estimated that more than 500,000 tourists visit Tombstone every year and most local businesses are dependent on the tourism. The mild year-round climate and low humidity make Tombstone an attractive place for retirement. Visiting the Cochise County Courthouse is a definite stop for anyone. Now a museum, see the tools of the trades; learn of the people, the Barons, the politicians, the law, and the outlaws. Just make sure it’s not you swingin’ from the gallows in the courtyard. The Bird Cage Theatre is now a museum, featuring original bullet holes from drunken cowboys and the most valuable piece of old west history in Arizona... laden with silver this horse drawn hearse once partly owned by Wyatt Earp is valued over 1 million dollars. For more information about attractions, lodging and events in Tombstone visit the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce at or contact them directly at: P.O. Box 995, Tombstone, Az 85638; 1-888-457-3929

(520)-457-3573 1-800-574-0417 • FAX (520) 457-3049 7th & Fremont • P.O. Box 182 Tombstone, AZ 85638

Bird Cage Theatre One of The West’s Most FAMOUS LANDMARKS OPEN DAILY

A Registered National Monument

Tombstone’s Most Authentic Attraction

The most famous honky-tonk in America in 1881. The New York Times referred to it as the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast. For 9 years it was open 24 hours a day and was the site of 16 gunfights. It has 140 bullet holes and is Tombstone’s only historic landmark preserved in its original state. A Nostalgic Trip Into Tombstone’s Past. An Unforgettable Memory of the Old West.

6th & Allen, Tombstone, Az

Boothill Graveyard When tempers flared in Tombstone the results usually were a burial in Boot Hill. Many notorious gunslingers are buried here including the losers of the OK Corral gun battle. The grave sites are authentic. ~ Visit the Original Boot Hill Graveyard Final Resting Place Of The Good, Bad, And Innocent. They Died With Their Boots On, In The Old West.

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Oldest Senior Olympics in Az! Register Now for the Sierra Vista Senior Games

City’s Electric Light Parade Wows 7 pm. The parade route is from 4th street and G Avenue to 13th Street and G Avenue through the Historical Downtown Shopping District. To participate in the parade contact Douglas Recreation for an application to be mailed, faxed or delivered at 520-3642496. To view the parade, arrive no later than 6:15 pm to choose a nice spot on G Avenue, the best spot is the exhibition area, located on 11th Street and G Avenue (in front of the Gadsden Hotel). Please dress warmly, and be on the lookout for the honored parade participant, SANTA.

Douglas Attractions Slaughter Ranch Museum - Part of the San Bernadino Spanish land grant of 1730, 15 miles outside of Douglas on Geronimo Trail. Adm: Adults $3 Under 14 free. Open WedSun, 10-3. 520-558-2474 San Bernadino National Wildlife Refuge Great place for bird watching, free admission. The Douglas/Williams House Museum and Genealogical Library (Registered National Historical Landmark) - Corner of 10th St & D Ave. Open Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat, 1-4pm. Adm FREE, donations accepted. 520-364-7370

Douglas Wildlife Park - 4000 N. Plantation Road, open Mon-Sat 10-5 & Sun 10-4. Adm $3 for Adults, $2 for Children. 520-364-2515 Douglas Golf Course & RV Park Located next to Fairgrounds, 18 hole course. 520-364-3722 Douglas is located 118 miles southeast of Tucson and can be reached via I-10 to US 80 or US 191. For more information, call the Douglas Visitor Center at 888-315-9999.

Bisbee’s Legendary Queen Mine Underground Tours


Located immediately south of Bisbee’s Historic District, off the U.S. 80 Interchange.

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Van Tours of Surface Mines and the Historic Bisbee District

Registration for the Senior Games begins November 1, 2003 and continues through December 26, 2003. Brochures are now available and may be requested by calling 520-417-6980 or e-mail We invite you to challenge yourself, and even a friend or neighbor, to join in the fun. There are sixteen events offered, so there is certain to be something for everyone. Although the body may show the years or wear, we know the spirit of youth and vitality never diminishes in the majority of our senior adults. Plan now to join us in January for the 23rd Annual Sierra Vista Senior Games, where every “body” wins!

What’s On in Sierra Vista From Little Get-Togethers to Big Blasts

Sierra Vista offers many interesting events, large and small. Here are just a few of the many opportunities for fun in the upcoming weeks. On both Nov 15 and Dec 13, the Huachuca Astronomy Club will hold a Public Star Party at Junk Bond Observatory in Hereford. View through members’ telescopes (large and small) or bring your own from 7pm weather permitting. This is a great way for families to spend an evening. On Nov 22 join in paying tribute to our Armed Forces at the patriotic American Spirit USO Show, held at the Ethel Berger Center. Dinner will be served. Attire is military dress or themed attire, and the cost is a modest $7.99.



Christmas is an exciting time for everyone big and small, so the City of Douglas continues to offer the “Original” Christmas Electric Light Parade. Born 13 years ago, and the first in Arizona, the electric light parade dazzles children, teens, adults and even our pets. Exciting creations of lights and designs fill G Avenue, and wow the public. From reindeers, trees, elves, snow, to Santa, the community enjoys a 1 and 1/2 hour long parade. The theme this year is “70s Winter Wonderland.” The parade is held on Saturday, November 29, 2003 beginning sharply at


Be Dazzled in Douglas

Approximately twenty-two years ago, the Department of Community Services (now Parks and Leisure Services) announced with much excitement and enthusiasm they would be hosting the 1st Golden Olympics. This special day would be both a competitive and social event, combining sports and games, fellowship and fun. Now, twenty-two years later, still filled with that same excitement and enthusiasm, we announce the 23rd Annual Senior Games on January 9-18, 2004. In addition to being the oldest Senior Olympic event in the state of Arizona, we are also the fastest growing event, having grown over 400% in the last six years.

For the largest and longest running holiday parade in Arizona, come to Sierra Vista on Dec 6th. The 45th Annual Holiday Parade starts 7th St & Fry Blvd at 10am. look for Santa with sleigh and reindeer, decorated floats, marching units, bands, etc. Then on Dec 7 the Ft. Huachuca Holiday Tour of Historic Homes takes place on Fort Huachuca. Visit the artistically decorated historic homes from 25pm; tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. There are many other events - from concerts and the Moscow Ballet at the Buena Performing Arts Center to the All Army Boxing Championships at Fort Huachuca. For more information call the Sierra Vista CVB at 800-288-3861.

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November Events

K&N Filters/Goodguys 6th Southwest Nationals NOV 15-16 SCOTTSDALE Head to WestWorld on Nov 15-16 to enjoy over 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks through 1972, plus vendor & manufacturer exhibits, swap meet and cars for sale area. There will also be a model & pedal car show, kid’s play area, and special vehicle corrals on Saturday, including Boyd Coddington’s Pro’s Picks and Youngguys—for participants 25 and younger, Way Cool Wagons, Ya Gotta Drive ‘Em and Homebuilt Heaven. Event registration will be held at WestWorld on Fri. 8am - 5pm; Sat. 7am - 3pm and Sun. 8am - noon. General admission is $15, Seniors (60+) $12, Kids (7-12) $6 with age 6 & under Free. Gates are open Sat. 8-5 and Sun. 8-3. For event information, contact WestWorld at 480/312-6802 or Goodguys Rod & Custom Association at 925/838-9876. Or you can visit

Catch Cowboy Fever at the 71st Florence Junior Parada NOV 29-30 FLORENCE Catch cowboy fever at the world’s oldest sanctioned junior rodeo on Nov. 29-30. Cowboys and cowgirls ages 5-18 compete in calf roping, bull dogging, barrel and pole racing, and breakaway roping. Qualifying rounds begin at 8am and the Grand Entry Performance begins at 1pm each day at the Charlie Whitlow Rodeo Grounds, four miles south of Florence on Hwy 79. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Main Street parade beginning at 11am on Saturday, featuring floats, equestrian and patriotic entries. There will be plenty of food, arts and crafts vendors, and local entertainment after the parade. Admission to the rodeo is $3 adults, $2 seniors and students with ID, free for children 12 and under. The street dance is $5; the parade is free to the public. Florence Chamber of Commerce: 800437-9433 or

WINSLOW, AZ Christmas Parade


NOV 1 PRESCOTT Day of the Dead Dinner Show & Twilight Procession Historic Sam Hill Warehouse Bldg - Spook-tacular live radio theater show, meal, offrenda (altar for passed-on loved ones), kids craft class, “Haunted” Parade to McCormick Arts District block party. 928-925-6830

NOV 8 BUCKEYE Helzapoppin’ Demolition Derby Rodeo Arena - Also Powderpuff Derby, kids tractor races, lawnmower races, car beauty parade, $6, $3 (under 12), Family Pass avail, 6p. 623-386-2727

NOV 1 TUCSON Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games Rillito Park Raceway - Music, dance, games, food & history of Scotland, Ireland, Wales. 9a-5p, $12, ages 12 & under free ($10 in adv). 520-743-9291

NOV 8 COTTONWOOD Annual Zeke Taylor BBQ Clemenceau Heritage Museum Auditorium - Real open pit BBQ beef with all the fixin’s - beans, coleslaw, rolls & dessert. Live entertainment. $7, $3 children under 12. 928634-2868

NOV 1-2 LITCHFIELD PARK 33rd Annual Litchfield Library Arts & Crafts Festival Downtown, next to Wigwam Resort - 250 fine artists & craftsmen, food court, live music & Farmers Market, Indoor Antique & Book Sale, 9a-5p, free adm & parking. 623-393-5338, 623-935-5053

NOV 8 EHRENBERG 6th Annual Founders Day Ehrenberg Rd - Celebrate Ehrenberg’s beginnings as a mining town with dunk tank, games and clowns from 11a, also free BBQ dinner 11-4. 928-923-9601

NOV 1-DEC 31 TOMBSTONE Christmas Crafts Show Tombstone Art Gallery - Decorations for the tree and home, 50 artists/crafters, 9:30a-4:30p daily (closed 25th), free adm. 520-457-2380

NOV 8 ELGIN St. Martin’s New Release Festival Sonoita Vineyards Winery - Souvenir wine glass, live music, food, wine tasting including new releases, $10, 10a4p. 520-455-5893

NOV 5-14 SEDONA Miniature Show Exhibition & Silent Auction Sedona Arts Center - Bid on fine art, jewelry from 60+ artists, open 10a-4:30p. Reception the 14th, refreshments 5-7p, silent auction finishes at 7p. 928-282-3809

NOV 8 GOODYEAR Goodyear Taste & Tunes Musicfest Estrella Mountain Ranch - Sample fine wines, beer & local cuisine; music by the Gin Blossoms, Turning Point, Sistah Blue, The Scones and The Carvin Jones Band, 2-9p, adult $20, junior 11-16 $10. 623-935-6384

NOV 6-9 SAN CARLOS Annual Veterans Celebration 37th Annual Veterans Memorial All Indian Rodeo, Miss San Carlos Apache Pageant, Parade, Carnival, Intertribal Dances. Call for details of times, adm. 928-475-2361

NOV 8 SUPERIOR Arboretum Folk Festival Boyce Thompson Arboretum - See the first leaves of fall w/live music - both acoustic & eclectic - along the trail, open 8-5, festival 10-4. Hwy 60, $6, $3 (5-12). 520-6892811

NOV 6-9 SCOTTSDALE Thieves Market on 5th Avenue Downtown Scottsdale - Held along 5th Avenue between Scottsdale Rd & Goldwater Blvd. Vendors, artists & entertainers in an open-tent. 888-ART-FEST (888-278-3378) NOV 7-8 SALOME Fiddlers Jamboree Center & Hall Streets - Old time fiddling, country and bluegrass music with food and fun all weekend, put on by Salome Lions Club, free. 928-859-3466/3335 NOV 7-8 YUMA 6th Annual Main Street Quilt Show Several trunk shows along with the beautiful quilts from our Yuma Quilting groups, about 200 quilts, 10a-4p. Wanda at: 928-376-0911 NOV 7-9 APACHE JUNCTION Ben Johnson Days Celebrate Ben Johnson’s life, Kickoff Dance & Dinner ($10) on the 7th, entertainment, Open Rodeo on the 8th, Finals on the 9th with raffle of trailer, entertainment. Call for location: 480-981-1803 NOV 7-9 PAYSON Fall Fine Art and Fine Craft Show & Sale Tonto-Apache Community Activity Center - mixed media juried show featuring 33 artists, Reception Fri $5 - wine & dessert, Sat-Sun free; hours Fri 6:30-9p, Sat-Sun 10a-4p. 928-474-8658

NOV 8 WICKENBURG Annual Tour of Homes Desert Caballeros Western Museum - Museum benefit. Unique homes, arts/crafts, books, silent auction, interior decorating workshop, food, $8, 8a-4p. 928-684-2272 NOV 8-9 GLENDALE Sahuaro Ranch Days Sahuaro Ranch - tractor pulls, antique engines, hayrides; demos; music; lectures; exhibits of art/photographs; food/craft/antique vendors, 9-4, $5 adults, kids 12 & under free. 623-930-4200 NOV 8-9 COTTONWOOD Fall Festival Antique Show Verde Valley Fairgrounds - FREE wine tasting, gift certificates, door prizes, free parking, Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. $3/Gen, $2/Snr, under 14 free w/adult. 602-717-7337 NOV 8-9 KINGMAN Kingman Cancer Care Unit Annual Arts & Crafts Fair Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd Every type of art & craft imaginable w/over 200 vendors! Sa 9a-5p, Su 9a-4p. 928-753-3331; Helen @ 928-753-1448. NOV 8-9 LAKE HAVASU CITY Lake Havasu Film Festival Movies Havasu - 50 film presentations, filmmakers from all over the country, discussions, awards, celebrity, brunch, $30-$45 or packages with brunch. 928-505-7365

NOV 7-9 CAVE CREEK 5th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival Frontier Town - Elaborate & decorative art by artists throughout the U.S., 9a-5p, free adm/parking. 602-7897222

NOV 8-9 MESA Veterans Day Fly-In Falcon Field Airport - Warbirds display, B-17 Flying Fortress, tours, museum, rides, food vendors, gift items. 9a4p. $5, free under 12 w/adult. Shuttle service. 480-924-1940

NOV 7-9 PHOENIX International Gem & Jewelry Show Phx Civic Center - Offering tremendous deals on gems, fine jewelry and beads, Fr 12p-7p, Sa 10a-6p, Su 11a-5p, $6 (16 & under free w/adult). 301-294-1640

NOV 8-9 ST. DAVID Festival of the Arts Holy Trinity Monastery - Over 100 exhibitors, dinner, Benedictine baked breads, live music, Polynesian dancing, $1 donation for parking. 520-720-4642 x 10

NOV 8 GILA BEND Shrimp Festival Shrimp cook-off with our locally grown desert shrimp. Lots of family fun and a variety of recipes to try. 928-6832002

NOV 8-11 TUCSON 3rd Cultural Fair Saguaro Nat’l Park - Local artisans will demonstrate/sell crafts at East & West Visitor Centers. Navajo silver & rugs, Hopi kachinas, Zuni fetishes, Tohono O’odham baskets; also traditional dances. 9a-4p. 520-733-5121

NOV 8 BOUSE Founders Day Community Hall - BBQ, swap meet, town-wide yard sale, entertainment, free. 928-851-2498

NOV 10-FEB 14 OATMAN Christmas Bush Contest on Route 66 Decorate your own bush on Rt 66 into Oatman, $10 deposit, judging Dec 27, great prizes. Or just come and admire! 928-768-6222

Arizona’s Largest Christmas Parade - 1pm Arts & Crafts • Food Vendors Visit Santa at Standin’ on the Corner Park - 10am

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NOV 13-16 TUCSON Tucson Culinary Festival Omni Tucson National Resort - 15th: Golf Tournament.16th: Grand Tasting, 60 wineries, 30 local restaurants, culinary showdown. 13/14th: special dinner with winery principals, 14/15th: wine seminars. 520-488-8601 NOV 14 PINETOP Big Band Blast from the Past Hon-Dah Casino - Music from the 40s and 50s by Monte Procopio and his Big Band, free raffle for prizes, dance contests, free snacks, free adm. 800-929-8744 NOV 14-15 WINDOW ROCK 6th Annual Keshmish Festival Navajo Nation Museum - Emerging & established artists show jewelry, weaving, pottery, paintings, sculpture, dolls and more. Cultural events/performances. Free, Fri 107, Sat 10-5. 928-871-7941 NOV 14-16 FOUNTAIN HILLS Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts Ave of the Fountain - 475 artisan booths, juried show, entertainment on mini-stages, food vendors, open 10a-5p daily, free adm, handicap parking. 480-837-1654 NOV 14-16 LAKE HAVASU CITY London Bridge Seaplane Classic Nautical Inn Resort - Desert Hawks RC Club, 8a-5p, oldest event of its kind. Free. 928-453-1824 NOV 14-16 WICKENBURG Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds - Three host bands on stage twice a day, 13 events, food, arts & crafts. Suggest bring own chair. Call for hours/prices. 800-942-5242 NOV 14-23 GILBERT Gilbert Days 2003 Gilbert Rodeo Park & Downtown - 1st Invitational Bullriding event kicks off on the 15th. From 19th: Carnival, Lil’ Dude & IPRA Rodeos, Arts/Crafts Festival, Parade, Dance. Call for dates/details. 480-980-7108 or NOV 15 ARIZONA CITY Gem and Mineral Show Community Center - Mineral specimens; gems; jewelry, including black coral in silver; wood crafts; bake sale. 9a3p. Free adm. Club meetings 4th Thurs/mo. 520-466-5119, 520-466-6653 NOV 15 FLAGSTAFF 36th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Benefit Little America Hotel - Fine wine, imported beers & hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, silent auction, benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters, $20, 8p-10p. 928-774-0649 NOV 15 LAKE HAVASU CITY Annual Harvest Fair Cattail Cove State Park - Unique, all-homemade crafts enjoyed at a quiet, pristine beach setting. 9a-2p. Free adm. 928-855-1223 NOV 15 TUCSON Valley of the Moon Turns 80! Valley of the Moon - Celebrate with Tucson’s beloved outdoor whimsical garden of hillsides, miniature towns, grottos and more, Open House with fun, surprises & live entertainment, 3-8p. 520-888-7041 NOV 15-16 SCOTTSDALE K&N Filters/Goodguys 6th Southwest Nationals Westworld - 1,500+ 1972 and older rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks, exhibits, entertainment & more. Sat 8-5, Sun 8-3. Gen: $15, Snrs (60+) $12. 480-312-6802 NOV 15-16 PHOENIX Antique Market Az State Fairgrounds - Wide range of antiques, free wine tasting, $3/Gen, under 14 free w/adult, Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a4p. 15th only includes the Az Toy & Advertising Roundup. 602-717-7337 NOV 15-16 PHOENIX Spanish Market Heard Museum - Fine Hispanic artists sell furniture, pottery, tinwork, textiles, santos, more. Mariachis, foods of the southwest, free. Does not incl. museum adm. 602-252-8848 NOV 15-16 QUEEN CREEK American Heritage Weekend Schnepf Farms - Living history celebration of 18/19th centuries. Pioneers, mountain men, Revolutionary/ Civil/ Spanish Am. War battles, see “Washington, Grant, Lee” & more. For adm: NOV 15-16 TUBAC Tubac: An Art Experience The galleries and shops in Tubac invite visitors to meet the artists and view demonstrations of artists at work. 10a-5p, free. 520-398-2704


November 22, 2003

NOV 11 EAGAR 6th Annual Veterans Day Parade Main St. in Eagar - Parade at 10a, music and floats head through Hwy 60 in Springerville, Pot Luck at American Legion, noon. Flag disposal ceremony. 928-333-2123


The Nutcracker with The Phoenix Symphony at Symphony Hall in Phoenix

December 11-28, 2003 For ticket information call 1-888-3BALLET or visit

NOV 16 PHOENIX 5th Annual Spirit of the West Festival Phoenix Art Museum - Live music from old SW, tales from Wyatt Earp, hoop dance, children’s activities incl. bilingual storytelling. 12p-3p, free w/ mus. adm: $7/5/2. 602-257-1880 NOV 16 PHOENIX New Times 10K, 5K Run, Walk, Skate Steele Indian School Park - 28th year for Arizona’s biggest 10K; includes races for all ability levels and ages, Kids Zone, Post Race Picnic; $18, $20, $25; 7:30a. 480-3455752 NOV 18 YUMA Welcome Back Bash To Welcome Back our Winter Visitors. High School Student Entertainment, food vendor and informational booths, 10a-1p. Lori Stofft at the Sun: 928-539-6805 NOV 19-JAN 4 SEDONA Holiday Fantasy Exhibition Sedona Arts Center - Numerous artists showcasing their work and unique gifts. On Nov 19 from 5-7p there is an opening reception. Free. 928-282-3865

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November Events

NOV 20-23 SCOTTSDALE CMSA World Championships WestWorld - Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assn. world championship, 325+ competitors from U.S. & Canada, Int’l Chili Society Cook-off on Sun., Civil War re-enactments, 8a-6p. 480-471-0485 NOV 21 TUCSON Fun with the Sun Kitt Peak National Observatory - All ages program promising to answer all your questions about our favorite star. Hands-on activites, solar observing, making your own video. $10/adults, $8/seniors & kids. 520-318-8726 NOV 21 TUCSON Winter’s Night Cultural Celebration Arizona State Museum - Start your holiday shopping at this special Indian arts market. Storytelling, native music, artist demos & free refreshments, 12-7p, free adm. 520-626-8381 NOV 21-23 PHOENIX Tramonto Marketplace Fall Festival Carefree Hwy east of I-17 - Up to 75 select exhibits of fine art and crafts, 10a-5p. 480-488-2014 NOV 21-23 TUCSON Holiday Craft Market Tucson Museum of Art - Over 130 of the finest SW artisans offer photography, jewelry, clothing, garden art, sculpture and lots more. 10a-5p, free adm to market, museum. 520-624-2333 NOV 21-23 CAVE CREEK Cave Creek Museum Fall Bazaar Cave Creek Museum - Handcrafted gift and holiday items, decorations, baked goods, hearty home-made lunch on the menu, Fri & Sat 10a-4:30p, Sun 1-4:30p, free adm. 480488-2764 NOV 21-23 YUMA Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival Desert Sun Stadium - Sunrise launch Sa & Su at Cibola HS 6:30a; Entertainment, vendors, family activities, Desert Glow & fireworks from 4p at stadium. Adm: non-perishable foods. 928-343-1715 NOV 22 AJO Street Fair Arts, crafts, food vendors, 10a-9p or later if people are still feeling festive. Local clubs will have BBQ dinners for sale. Street Dance begins 5p. Western themed. Free. 520387-7742 NOV 22 BUCKEYE Buckeye Countryfest “Cotton-Pickin Good Time” - Parade, carnival; Holiday Hometown Boutique at library with arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment. 623-327-1813 NOV 22 GILBERT Southwest Fall Gourd Show, Sale & Festival Mother Nature’s Farm - Gourd art from baskets to musical instruments, art for sale, demonstrations & classes, free, 9a-3p. 602-234-1999 NOV 22 PINE Tellabration 2003 Community Center - Featuring Don Doyle and other professional storytellers, $, 7p. 800-672-9766 NOV 22 SIERRA VISTA American Spirit USO Show Ethel Berger Center - Join in paying tribute to our Armed Forces at this patriotic review. Dinner will be served. Attire is military dress or themed attire, 6p, $7.99. 520417-6980 NOV 22 WINSLOW 57th Annual Christmas Parade Downtown - Food and arts & craft booths all day, kids can visit Santa 10a, parade at 1p. 928-289-2434 NOV 22 YUMA Arizona City Days 2003 Main Street Plaza - Western re-enactments, music & fun for the family, dress western, free, 10a-4p. 928-783-2423, 928-782-5712 NOV 22-23 PHOENIX 21st Devonshire Renaissance Faire Los Olivos Park - Marketplace of the 1500s w/crafters of jewelry, swords, costumes, etc., jugglers, minstrels, food booths, entertainment. 10a-5p, $5, children 6-12 $3. Can of food = $1 off adm. 623-340-3212 NOV 22-23 SCOTTSDALE Artfest of Scottsdale Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza - Juried artists, fine restaurants, continuous live music, sparkling fountains and blooming gardens. Free adm. 888-ART-FEST NOV 22-23 SEDONA Sedona Arts & Crafts Show Bell Rock Plaza - exciting new art from about 30 artists and craftsmen - paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. 10a-5p, free adm. 928-284-9627 NOV 22-DEC 28 PRESCOTT World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Prescott Resort - 11th annual, 100+ houses, gingerbread men residents; LGB train runs through the village, Carolers on Opening Day w/cookies, hot chocolate, free. 928-776-1666 NOV 22-DEC 28 TUBAC Holiday Art Market Tubac Center of the Arts - Juried, nationwide artists. Sale of wearable art, jewelry, ceramics, furniture & more. MonSat 10a-4:30p; Sun 1-4:30p. Free adm. 520-398-2371 NOV 22-MAR 28 TUCSON El Nacimiento Tucson Museum of Art - Traditional Mexican nativity scenes, annually recreated by Maria Luisa Tena, hundreds of terra cotta figurines, free. 520-624-2333

NOV 24-28 WINSLOW Christmas Bazaar Historic Lorenzo Hubbells Building - Gathering of Native American Artists, 8a-7p. 928-289-3986 NOV 27 FOUNTAIN HILLS Thanksgiving Day Parade Only parade of its kind west of the Mississippi River, starts at 9a at El Lago and Sahuaro. 75-80 entries, theme this year is “Southwest Holidays.” 480-837-1654 NOV 28-29 LAKE HAVASU CITY Havasu Art Guild Christmas Shoppe Aquatic Community Center, 100 Park Ave - Members of the Havasu Art Guild create and sell arts & crafts of all types, Fri 10a-6p; Sat 8a-5p. 928-855-8078 NOV 28-29 PEARCE 3rd Annual Old Pearce Holiday Festival Streets closed off for a fun time - old time fiddlers, arts & crafts vendors, Farmers Market, Old Store museum open with military displays, old bottles, more. Free. 520-8263588 NOV 28-29 SAFFORD Cowboy Christmas Graham County Fairgrounds Ag Bldg - A free arts & crafts festival featuring juried items on display and for sale. Fri 9-6, Sat 9-4. 928-428-5990 NOV 28-30 CAVE CREEK Cave Creek Fall Arts & Crafts Festival 6811 E Cave Creek Rd - Juried event w/Wild West flair, over 100 artists & crafters, live music, demos, food, “Wild West” kid’s area, shuttle service, 10a-dusk, free. 623-8428434 NOV 28-30 PEORIA Thanksgiving Holidays Out West Peoria Stadium (83rd Ave 1/4 mi S of Bell Rd) - up to 200 select exhibits of fine arts and crafts. Live music, food, Kids’ Fun Zone, 10a-5p, Free. 480-488-2014 NOV 28-DEC 1 PARKER 57th Annual SCSC Thanksgiving Regatta BlueWater Resort - Powerboat/speedboat racing on the Parker Strip & Colorado River, 10a-4p. 928-669-1946 NOV 29 BISBEE Fine Wine, Food & Fun Cafe Roka, 35 Main St - Special wine & food tasting will be held in the elegant ambiance of Cafe Roka. Entry fee helps Bisbee Rotary Club fund youth projects & scholarships, $TBA. 520-432-3542 NOV 29 SUPERIOR Fall Color Festival Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Apple cider, live music, dazzling autumn colors, 11a-3p. Kids’ arts & crafts, holiday savings in gift shop. Open 8-5, $6 adults, $3 children (5-12). 520-689-2811 NOV 29 YUMA Fowl Play or Please No More Turkey Yuma Territorial Prison - Beef lunch 10a-4p, Southwest Legends Gunfighters & The Deguello Gunslingers perform throughout the day, $4/over 14, $2/7-13, under 6 free. 928783-4771 NOV 29-30 BISBEE Historic Home Tour Unique architectural selections, walk or take a trolley. Sat 10a-4p; Sun 12-4 p, $10. Also the Christmas House Art Fair (Fri-Sun). 520-432-5421 NOV 29-30 FLORENCE Catch Cowboy Fever at the 71st Florence Junior Parada Charles Whitlow Rodeo Arena - World’s oldest junior rodeo, Sat. parade, competitors ages 5-18, calf roping, bull doggin & more. 520-868-9433 NOV 29-30 SCOTTSDALE 5th Village at Hayden Fine Art Walk NW corner of Hayden & Via de Ventura - 65 artists to see, shops, restaurants. Wine tasting and live musical entertainment. Free adm & parking. 480-837-5637 NOV 29-30 TUCSON Native American Month Social Pow Wow & Indian Craft Market Rillito Raceway Park - also food, children’s activities, Sat 12-10p, Sun 12-6p. $ (TBA) plus new unwrapped toy for child. 520-622-4900 NOV 29-30 TUCSON Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival Reid Park - 150 vendors, original handmade works, 10a4:30p, harvest theme, live music, free parking/adm. 520791-4663 NOV 29-JAN 6 TUCSON Feria Navidena El Centro Cultural de las Americas, 40 W. Broadway Shop for nacimiento (nativity scene) figurines 12-5 daily. Weekends 10a-5p, entertainment, exhibits, food. Free/donation. 520-629-9536

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NOV 21-JAN 4 SEDONA 13th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of Lights Los Abrigados Resort - Million+ lights create 60 themed displays, holiday music synchronized “dancing lights” show, $6, $4 sen., $3 ages 4-12. 800-521-3131

NOV 28-29 GLENDALE Glendale Glitters Spectacular Multiple stages of music and dance, food, seasonal merchandise, children’s wonderland, 5-10p. Lighting ceremony, pyrotechnic display Friday only, free. 623-930-4500

NOV 22 ANTHEM AZ’s Largest Holiday Tree Lighting Extravaganza Outlets at Anthem - A real white fir tree 70 ft tall, decorated with 1000’s of colorful lights, ornaments, will be lit to officially signal Santa, begins 5:30p. 623-465-9500

NOV 28-JAN 2 MESA Temple Garden Christmas: A Celebration of Lights and Music 525 E. Main St - 600,000+ lights in the garden & lighted reflection pool, special music performances thru Dec 31 5:30-10p, music at 7p, free. 480-964-7164

NOV 24-JAN 3 GLENDALE 6th Arizona Celebration of Lights Community Church of Joy, NW corner of Loop 101 & 75th Ave - 5,000,000+ lights, 300+ holiday scenes, largest in AZ, Mo-Th 6-9p, Fr-Su 6-10p. $12/car, discounts w/food donations. 623-561-0500

NOV 28-JAN 3 LAKE HAVASU CITY 8th Annual Festival of Lights English Village and London Bridge - more than one million lights on display, free, 6-10p. 928-855-0888 or 8002HAVASU

NOV 27-DEC 30 PRESCOTT VALLEY Valley of Lights Fain Park - Animated lights on 1 mi. loop featuring largescale patriotic/holiday displays (ie Snowflake Tunnel), free, donations accepted. 6p-midnight. 928-772-8857

NOV 28-JAN 8 LITCHFIELD PARK Wild Winter Nights Wildlife World Zoo - 500 live animals, 200,000 theme lights, train/boat rides, merry-go-round, petting zoo. 5:309p, $6. 623-935-9453

NOV 27-JAN 4 PHOENIX ZooLights “Enchanted Storybook” Phoenix Zoo - 2 mill. + lights, dragon’s nest, jumping dolphin, music, & more. Petting zoo & mule rides. 6-10p. Advance $6, gate $7. 602-273-1341

NOV 28-JAN 17 GLENDALE Glendale Glitters Holiday Light Display Downtown - 58th & Glendale Avenues. One million multicolored lights shine brightly from 6p-10p, free parking/adm. 623-930-4500

NOV 28 BISBEE 32nd Annual Festival of Lights Various locations - Merry lighting ceremony at Copper Queen Library, Santa will arrive in fire truck with goodies for children, enjoy extended shop hours. 520-432-5421

NOV 29 PRESCOTT Holiday Electric Light Parade Downtown - A brilliant parade of lights celebrating the spirit of the season, 6p. 800-266-7534

NOV 28 PAYSON Annual Swiss Village Lighting Payson Swiss Village - 21st ann., see the unique merchants’ shops lit up inside & out for the holidays, children’s activities, shops open till 9p, refreshments, 6:30p. 928-474-2152 NOV 28 PHOENIX APS Fiesta of Light Candyland Concert Heritage & Science Park - Whole park decked in twinkling lights, children’s activities/magic, vendors, tree lighting, fireworks, free, 3-8p. 602-534-FEST or 602-262-4627 NOV 28 SHOW LOW Electric Light Parade Festival Marketplace - Christmas tree lighting 6p, parade 7p - kickoff to the “Passport to a Mountain Christmas” passport to be stamped at local shops, winner drawn on 12th for live tree with all the trimmings. 888-SHOW LOW

NOV 29 AHWATUKEE Festival of Lights Kickoff Desert Foothills Park - Art & craft booths, games, food, beer & wine garden. Lighted Harley Santa Parade, chili cook-off, 11a-7p. 480-460-6169 NOV 29 DOUGLAS Christmas Light Parade Downtown Douglas - Parade starts at 7p, theme this year is 70s Winter Wonderland - over 60 participants and 4,000 spectators. Free. 888-315-9999 NOV 29 PAGE-LAKE POWELL Festival of Lights Boat Parade Wahweap Lodge & Marina - Named one of Top 100 events in USA. Christmas Baking Contest, free hot chili & beverages, decorated houseboat parade after sunset. Fund raiser for Cancer. 928-645-2741


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NOVEMBER 2003 DEC 13 ST. JOHNS Christmas in St. Johns Main Street - lighted parade, home tour, entertainment, Santa, annual lighting of historic Apache County Courthouse, free, dusk. 928-337-2000

NOV 29 PARKER Sunrise Rotary Lighted Boat Parade River Lodge Resort - Begins approx 6p, lighted boats sail down river to BlueWater Resort and Casino decorated to the theme “ Peace on Earth.” 928-667-4110, 888-243-3360

DEC 6 PINETOP-LAKESIDE Woodland Holiday Tree Lighting Festival Woodland Lake Park covered bridge - Entertainment, Jingle Walk, tree lighting at 5p, drinks, Santa. Raffle tickets w/canned food don., 2:30p-5:30p. 928-368-6700

DEC 13 CAMP VERDE Christmas Parade of Lights & Craft Bazaar Craft Bazaar, Community Center - Crafts, b’fast w/Santa, kids crafts, free, 9a-9p. Parade, Main St - Light parade, caroling, food, free, 6p. 928-567-0535 ext. 136

NOV 29 TEMPE APS Fantasy of Lights Opening Celebration Downtown - Dazzling lights, city tree lighting, holiday light parade, Kris Kringle market, children’s carnival, outdoor skating rink, more. 480-350-5180/894-8158

DEC 6 MESA Camino de Luminarias Usery Mountain Rec Area - Cowboy poets at 3p & 6p, candle lighting at 5p, campfire, music, readings, refreshments ‘til 8p. Hwy 60 N. on Ellsworth 7.5 mi & look right. $5/vehicle. 480-984-0032

DEC 13 GLOBE 7th Annual Light Parade Downtown - “Biggest Little Town Light Parade in Arizona”, 7p. Shops remain open till 9and 10p for Christmas shopping after the parade. 800-804-5623

NOV 29 YUMA Annual Holiday and Friendship Tower Lighting Desert Sun Stadium - Choral and dance groups, lighting of the tower, 6:30p, free, donation of canned food. 928-3431715 NOV 29-JAN 1 AHWATUKEE Annual White Light Holiday Display Chandler Blvd, 24th St to Desert Foothills Pkwy - 5:30p11p, 1 mill.+ lights. Voted best volunteer display by AZ Republic readers in ‘99. 480-460-6169 NOV 30-JAN 24 TUCSON Festival of Lights Children’s Museum - Celebrate 9 different winter light festivals like Indian Diwali, Japanese New Year, Jewish Channukah & African American Kwaanza, $3.50-$5.50, call for specific dates. 520-792-9985 DEC 1-JAN 4 SCOTTSDALE Cowboy Christmas Rawhide Western Town - 150,000 lights, 100-ft tall “tree of lights,” snow falls gently, special holiday Six Gun Theatre, Santa. Daily adm. is free. 480-502-5600 DEC 5 APACHE JUNCTION Holiday Light Parade Live entertainment, Santa, arts & crafts for children, 6:30p. 480-982-3141 DEC 5 BULLHEAD CITY Holiday Boombox Parade & Extravaganza Riverview Mall - Christmas parade, entertainment, Santa, lighting community Christmas tree, free, 6p. 928-7544121, 928-763-7983

DEC 6 PAYSON Main Street APS Electric Light Parade Main Street, from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing town tree lighting, Santa, parade follows, 50-60 entries, all have lights, 6p. 928-474-6115/928-468-6074 DEC 6 PHOENIX APS Electric Light Parade The parade’s theme is “Toyland on Central.” Begins at 7p, will travel south on Central Ave from Missouri to Thomas Rd. 602-534-FEST or 602-262-4627

DEC 13 JEROME Jerome Holiday Festival Caroling, hayrides, hot cider, refreshments, all shops stay open late. Over 500 Luminaries, from 6-9p w/official lighting ceremony at 7p.; 928-6342900

DEC 6 PRESCOTT Christmas Parade & Courthouse Lighting Courthouse Plaza - Visit from Santa in parade at 1p w/bands, floats, Grand Marshal is Gov. Napolitano. Lighting ceremony 6p, the Christmas Story read, carolers, free. 800-266-7534

DEC 13 SALOME Annual Off-Road Vehicle Light Parade Lighted off-road vehicles parade through Salome, meet at dusk on Centenial Park Rd, ATVs, SUVs, motorcycles, 4 x 4s. Watch or parade your lighted vehicle. 928-859-3846

DEC 6 SAFFORD Festival of Lights Parade Main Street - Dressed up cars, trucks, boats, floats, bikes, free, 7p. 928-348-8514

DEC 5 PRESCOTT VALLEY Holiday Festival of Lights Parade Civic Center - Holiday Festival of Lights and entertainment, 6p. Free. 928-772-8857

DEC 6-20 AHWATUKEE Hayrides & Luminary Hike Altadena Middle School - On 3 Saturdays, ride incl’s neighborhood light displays and luminary hike on a paved desert path, community entertainment, 5:30-8p. 480-460-6169

DEC 5-6 TUBAC Luminaria Nights/Fiesta Navidad The village is illuminated by thousands of candles and the shops serve food to their customers as a thank you for visiting Tubac. Enjoy holiday music. Sunset-9p. 520-398-2704 DEC 5-7 TUCSON Luminaria Nights Tucson Botanical Gdns - 2,000 luminarias, music, hot cider, cookies, holiday decorations, entertainment. 5:30-8p. $2.50 children 3-12, $5 non-members in adv; $6 at door. 520-326-9686 x10 DEC 5-20 GLENDALE Glendale Glitters Enchanted Evenings Downtown - Fri & Sat nights, holiday crafts, choruses, Santa, food, horse drawn carriage rides. Bring family & friends to AZ’s antique capital, 6-10p, free. 623-930-4500 DEC 6 CASA GRANDE Electric Light Parade Downtown - Musical entertainment, tree lighting ceremony and parade w/theme of “Yesterdays, Tomorrows” as kickoff for town’s 125th Birthday Celebration, 6-8p. Free. 800916-1515 DEC 6 CHANDLER Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights Dr. A.J. Chandler Park - Live entertainment, food, kids area, arts & crafts, free pictures w/Santa at his house, 4:308:30p, Parade 6:30p, free. 480-782-2735 DEC 6 CLIFTON Festival of Lights Chase Creek Street - Parade of lights, arts, crafts, entertainment, food, free, 10a-10p. 928-865-3313 DEC 6 FOUNTAIN HILLS Lighting & Stroll the Avenue Santa will visit Ave of the Fountains, tree lighting, musical ceremonies, food. Merchants will stay open late for the public. 480-837-1654 DEC 6 HOLBROOK 17th Annual Parade of Lights Festival Navajo County Historic Courthouse - Begins 8a, arts, crafts, food booths. Noon time visit from Santa w/free photos 12p-2p, parade will begin 6p, free. 800-524-2459 DEC 6 KINGMAN Kingman’s Very Merry Parade of Lights Beale St. from First to Fourth to Spring St - 9th annual parade, begins at 7p, children’s activities. 928-753-7077, 928-753-9095

DEC 13-27 TUCSON Winterhaven Festival of Lights Winterhaven - Drive dusk-10:15p on Dec 15, 16, 18, 22 & 23, streets closed to cars other nights - walk or hire horsedrawn carriages. Adm: can of food. Call for directions. 520-327-0111 DEC 18 CAREFREE Christmas in the Gardens - A Carefree Christmas Celebration Carefree Town Center - See Santa come down the Gila Monster slide; live music, help light the star on the town tree, refreshments, prizes, free, 6:30-8:30p. 928-488-3381 DEC 21 GLOBE Festival of Lights Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park - Celebrate the holidays with hundreds of glowing luminarias along walls/walkways, holiday music, free drinks & adm., 5:308:30p. 928-425-0320 DEC 22-24 FOUNTAIN HILLS Luminarias Volunteers will light luminarias all along Saguaro, Fountain Hills, Palisades Streets and the lakes at dusk for 3 nights. 480-837-1654

DEC 6 WILLIAMS Mountain Village Holiday Light parade, Christmas Craft Fair, live entertainment, lighting displays, free, 10a. 800-863-0546 DEC 6-7 LAKE HAVASU CITY 22nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights Bridgewater Channel - Lake Havasu Yacht Club hosts this event, 6p, free to spectators, $25 to enter a boat. 928-8558857 or 800-242-8278

DEC 5-6 GLENDALE Christmas at the Ranch Historic Sahuaro Ranch, 59th & Mountain View Luminarias will light pathways through the Ranch. Free tours of main house, Santa & Christmas music, Christmas tree exhibit, 6-8p. 623-930-4200

DEC 13 SEDONA Festival of Lights - Lighting 6000 Luminarias Tlaquepaque - Also carolers, musicians, dancers, Santa, apple cider, 3-8p. Free adm, free shuttle by Sedona Trolley from Uptown Municipal Parking Lot. 928-282-4838

DEC 13 APACHE JUNCTION Canyon Lake Parade of Lights Watch from shore or join the Dolly Steamboat’s Dinner Cruise at 6:30p as she leads the parade of lighted boats. Cruise reservations req’d: 480-827-9144; Marina 602-9446504

DEC 6 SPRINGERVILLE/EAGAR Christmas Electric Light Parade & Holiday Celebration Eagar to Springerville - Parade of 30+ floats decorated w/lights, free, starts 6p. Christmas activities at Springerville Town Hall follow. 928-333-2123

DEC 5 COOLIDGE Christmas in San Carlos Park Starts at 4p with a visit from Santa Claus. Children get free candy and picture taken with Santa for $2. Christmas carolers & 8th Annual Parade of Lights. 520-723-4551

DEC 5 SEDONA Holiday Tree Lighting Visitors Center, uptown - Santa arrives on a fire engine & gives kids goodies, local choral groups perform, cookies, cocoa, 5p. 928-204-2390

DEC 13 FLAGSTAFF Northern Lights Holiday Parade Historic downtown - An electric-light extravaganza featuring floats, marchers and assorted animals bedazzled in holiday lights, 6p.; 928-774-4505

DEC 13 TEMPE “Light Up a Luminaria” & Holiday Boat Parade Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake - “Light Up a Luminaria” 5-9p, lighted boat parade 7p, free. 480-3505180/894-8158

DEC 6-21 TUCSON ZooLights Reid Park Zoo - Zoo decorated with holiday lights, featuring entertainment, refreshments & fake snow on Fri, Sat, Sun. 6p-8p, adm. $5, $4 Seniors, $2 for 2-14. 520-791-3204 DEC 7 LAKE HAVASU 23rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Wheeler Park Circle - Watch as the lights & decorations are turned on throughout the Park, marking the start of the 2003 Holiday Season, 6-6:30p. 928-453-8686 DEC 11-28 PHOENIX Las Noches de las Luminarias Desert Botanical Garden - Weekends, 6,000 luminarias, entertainment, free cookies, food pavilion, 5:30-9:30p. Must purchase tickets in advance: $15 adult, $7.50 ages 312. 480-941-1225 DEC 12 FLORENCE Pinal County Courthouse Lighting and Holiday Light Parade Courthouse - Official lighting ceremony 6p, Light parade after to Town Hall, then at 7p live musical entertainment & holiday food. 520-868-9433 or 800-437-9433 DEC 12 WICKENBURG Christmas Light Parade Historic Downtown Wickenburg - Enjoy the beautiful lights on wagons, horses, automobiles & more plus Santa! Parade starts at 6:30p.; 928-684-5479 DEC 12 YUMA Christmas Open House with Lite Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Main Street - Merchants on Main Street hold open house from 10a, parade and lighting from 5-7:30p. 928-782-5712 DEC 12-13 WICKENBURG Luminaria Festival Hassayampa River Preserve - 1000’s of luminarias! Seasonal music by Wickenburg Chamber Orchestra String Quartet & others, cookies, hot cider, 6:30-9:30p. $5 adv, $7 at door. 928-684-2772 DEC 12-20 GOLDFIELD Old-Fashioned Christmas Goldfield Ghost Town - 12th-13th & 19th-20th. 1000’s of lights, carriage/train rides, Santa, free adm, canned food for discount on attractions, shopping, 6:30-10p. 480-9830333 DEC 12-JAN 3 SCOTTSDALE Holiday Lights McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park - Holiday season fun family event! Activities, holiday music, entertainment, Santa, tree lighting ceremony. Adm free, $1 rides. 480312-2312 DEC 13 LAKE MOHAVE Christmas Parade of Lights Lake Mohave Resort at Katherine Landing - Starting at dusk. Boats decked out with various themes will parade to the dam and back, free. 928-754-3245

JAN 1-DEC 31 SCOTTSDALE Scottsdale ArtWalk Downtown - Perfect for an evening out or for those searching for that special piece of art. Receptions, entertainment & exhibitions Thursday nights, free, 7-9p., 480-990-3939

JAN 1-DEC 31 VAIL Sunday in the Park Colossal Cave Mountain Park - 1st Sun of each month. Array of events/activities from learning about birds of prey or Native American games to a concert by the 4th Cavalry Band. 520-647-7275

JAN 1-DEC 31 SNOWFLAKE Historic Home Tours Stinson Pioneer Museum - Tours available daily, Tues-Sat, 10-4. Covers 2 - 3 houses/musuem dependent upon what the visitors want to see, $1/per person per location, under 6 free, groups over 10 must reserve. 928-536-4881

AUG 1-NOV 30 AMADO Farmer's Market & Arts & Crafts Amado Territory Ranch - Fresh produce, salsa, plants, local honey, jams, fresh baked goods, unique gifts, hand made jewelry, crafts & wine. 2nd & 4th Sat every month, 8a-12p. 520-398-8684

JAN 1-DEC 31 TUCSON Indoor/Outdoor Antique Fair Lew Sorensen Community Cnt - Country furniture, pottery, china, farm implements, Oriental rugs, jewelry, native artifacts. 1st Su each month. Free, 10a- 4p. 520-740-5845

SEP 1-APR 30 TUMACACORI Guevavi & Calabazas Missions Tours The ruins of Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi and San Cayetano de Calabazas, normally closed to the public, can be visited on guided van tours 3rd Wed of month, $17.50/pp, reserv. req. 520-398-2341

JAN 1-DEC 31 PINE Old Timers Fiddlers Jam Session Pine Community Center - Cultural Hall. Spectators welcome. Bring instrument and join in the Jam. 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1p. Free. 928-476-3547 or 928-476-4791 JAN 1-DEC 31 HEREFORD Arizona Folklore Preserve Performances Saturdays and Sundays at 2p by Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official State Balladeer, also guest artists, reservations req'd., 520-378-6165 JAN 1-DEC 31 SIERRA VISTA Friends of the San Pedro River Hikes Hike along the San Pedro Trail to various sites of interest i.e. the Boston Mill, the Presidio & Boquillas Ranch. One hike per month, $5/hiker. 520-459-2555 JAN 1-DEC 31 SEDONA 1st Sunday at Red Rock Red Rock State Park - Lecture and slide shows or demonstrations covering a variety of topics - first Sunday of each month, 2p, reservations req'd. 928-282-6907 JAN 1-DEC 31 AMADO Mystery Dinner Theatre Amado Territory Ranch - Solve the mystery presented by "Mysteries by Design," $25/dinner & show, dinner, show & overnight stay for two $125. Call for reservations: 520398-8684

SEP 3-APR 30 PHOENIX Petroglyph Hikes Pueblo Grande Museum - 3-mile, 3 hour interpretive hikes to various locations incl. South Mountain Park & Superstition Mountains, various dates, levels of difficulty. $5/person. 602-495-0901 OCT 1-MAR 31 MESA/TEMPE Line Dancing Various locations - Sun-Fri every week. Lessons & dances, no partner needed. Call for times and locations: 480-8324232 OCT 4-APR 28 TUCSON Historic Warehouse Walking Tours A guided tour of Tucson's historic warehouse district. Please call to reserve, 2nd & 4th Sa of the month, free. 520-624-9977 OCT 9-MAY 20 CAREFREE Music in the Gardens Concert Series Town Center Amphitheater - Once a month concerts, Thursdays 7-8:30p. Wide variety of music incl. Jazz, Country, Marimba, Native American & Celtic, free. 480488-3686 OCT 24-MAY 31 COTTONWOOD Campfire Programs Dead Horse Ranch State Park - Campfire programs on various topics, Fridays and Saturdays, 6p. 928-634-5283

JAN 1-DEC 31 BENSON Educational Programs Kartchner Caverns State Park - Programs on bats, hummingbirds, desert plants, reptiles, composting & soldiers in the SW. Weekly basis, various times and dates. 520-5864114

NOV 1-MAR 26 TUCSON Walking Tours of Historic Tucson Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum - Guided, thru 20+ historic places downtown, Mex pastry & beverage included. Sat & Thr 10a-12p. Reserv req'd. $10, under 12 free. 520-622-0956

JAN 1-DEC 31 SUN CITY WEST Polka Dances Palm Ridge Recreation Center, Deer Valley & Williams Dr. - Polka and American music, 4th Sunday of each month, 1-5p, $5/$6. BYO lunch. 623-584-0046

NOV 10-FEB 14 OATMAN Christmas Bush Contest on Route 66 Decorate your own bush on Rt 66 into Oatman, $10 deposit, judging Dec 27, great prizes. Or just come and admire! 928-768-6222

JAN 1-DEC 31 CAMP VERDE Living History Fort Verde State Historic Park - Living history presentations on site, upon request as staffing allows. Daily. "The History of the Apache Scouts" video presentation. Call for times. 928-567-3275

NOV 22-MAR 28 TUCSON El Nacimiento Tucson Museum of Art - Traditional Mexican nativity scenes, annually recreated by Maria Luisa Tena, hundreds of terra cotta figurines, free. 520-624-2333

JAN 1-DEC 31 ORACLE Historic Kannally Ranch House Tours Oracle State Park - Tour this Mediterranean Revival Style home built in 1929, Sat, Sun, and Holidays at 10a & 2p. 520-896-2425

DEC 2-MAR 30 YUMA Farmers Market Main St, Historic Downtown - Every Tuesday except holidays, fresh local produce, food vendors, arts & crafts and live entertainment, 10a-3p. 928-343-1243

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DEC 1-4 BULLHEAD CITY Art Club Holiday Sale Mohave Community College - Artwork by students and faculty, ceramics, sculpture, prints, watercolor, ornaments. Daily 10-5. 928-758-3926 ext. 4410

DEC 6 WILLCOX Christmas Crafters Square Willcox Community Center - judged arts & crafts show, bazaar with arts & crafts vendors, door prizes, raffles and demonstrations, free adm. 520-384-2272

DEC 1-12 SNOWFLAKE 5th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Various locations - Each night during the first 12 days of December, a different holiday activity is planned, beginning with Santa’s visit on Dec 1. 928-536-4331

DEC 6-7 CASCABEL San Pedro River Christmas Fair Milepost 15 on Cascabel Rd - Milepost 21: Furniture, jewelry, pottery, gourds, carvings, glass, fine art, books, toys, plants, fiber art; food, music, raffle,10a-4p. 520-212-5000

DEC 1-31 TOMBSTONE Tombstone Holiday Festival Shop Tombstone and enjoy varied holiday activities, contact Tombstone Chamber of Commerce:; 888-457-3929

DEC 6-7 PARKER PIRA Rodeo Rodeo and Mohave Rd - 200 contestants, 1p. 928-669-1378

DEC 5 MESA A Merry Main Street Main St. between Country Club Dr & Centennial Way Light display, musical entertaiment, kid’s fun, food, crafts, Santa, 50 tons of snow, 9a-5p. 480-644-EVENT

DEC 6-7 PHOENIX Celebration of Basketweaving Festival & Marketplace Heard Museum - Nearly 150 of the finest Native American basketweavers in the US display, sell work. Music/dance performances, 10a-4p, $7, $6/65+, $3/4-12. 602-252-8840

DEC 5 PEORIA Peoria Old Town Holiday Festival Osuna Park - Hayrides, train rides, choral contests, kids art/craft activities, scavenger hunt, snow village, Santa, food/craft vendors, free, 5-9p. 623-773-7393

DEC 6-7 PHOENIX Food City Tamale Festival Patriots Park - Showcases Hispanic traditions through musical entertainment, dancing, fun activities for kids and the holiday tradition of “Tamales.” 10a-8p, free. 602-2794669

DEC 5 YUMA Rotary Sausage Fry Yuma Civic & Convention Center - 40+ yr-old event, live entertainment, 4:30-8p, $7.50. Fundraiser for local projects. 928-782-2507

DEC 6-7 PRESCOTT Christmas Around the Kiva Smoki Mus. - Native American Guest Artists with jewelry, pottery, weavings; live music, refreshments, handcrafted gifts. Sat. 10a-4p & Sun Noon-4 p. 928-445-1230

DEC 5-6 FLAGSTAFF The Nutcracker Ardrey Auditorium - Flagstaff Symphony performs live with Ballet Arizona, 7:30p, $22-$47. Box Office: 602-3811096 or

DEC 6-7 SURPRISE Northwest Valley Art Festival Surprise Stadium - Fine arts & crafts, original works only, food vendors, 11a-6p, free adm. 623-583-0692

DEC 5-6 TUCSON 28th Annual Holiday Bookfair Az Historical Soc. Museum, 949 E 2nd St - Reception Fri 5-6p to honor 30+ SW authors; authors present both days for signings (books avail 20% discount), Fr 6-8p, Sa 10a1p. Free. 520-628-5774 DEC 5-7 PHOENIX 18th Annual Poinsettia Festival Gardener’s World - Poinsettias covering nearly 2 football fields, photo opportunities, live music & entertainment, kids zone, food, wagon rides, 10a-5p. 602-437-0700 DEC 5-7 TEMPE Annual Fall Festival of the Arts Downtown - One of largest juried art shows in US, over 500 artists, food, entertainment. 480-967-4877 DEC 5-7 WICKENBURG Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering Southwest cowboy poets, singers, musicians, Fri-Sat 7:30p at Del E. Webb Cen, adm $20, $25 at door. Free “day sessions” 9a-4p Sat at Comm. Cen. & Museum, B’fast 7a-9a. 928-684-5479

DEC 6-7 SURPRISE Surprise Party Fine arts show and carnival w/rides & games both days. Sat - Seasonal music, party!, clowns, sand sculpting, pics w/Santa, fireworks after dusk, free adm. 623-583-0002 DEC 6-7 TUMACACORI La Fiesta de Tumacacori Tumacacori Nat’l Historical Park - Celebrate Santa Cruz Valley history/culture. 50 food, crafts & info booths, stage entertainment, kids activities, 10a-5p, free, Sunday Mass 10a. 520-398-2341 DEC 7 FLAGSTAFF Sun Sounds 1st Annual Holiday Gift Show Radisson Grand Ballroom - Gift shopping, live entertainment incl. Santa, 9a-3p. $1 entry benefits Sun Sounds of AZ, ticket may be redeemed at any gift table for equal value! 928-779-1775

DEC 12-13 MIAMI Miami Small Town Christmas Downtown - Memorial Park Fri, 6-9p, exhibits decorated with a “small town” Christmas theme, prizes awarded. Sullivan St. Sat, 10-5, games, Santa, entertainment. 800804-5623 DEC 12-14 TUCSON 33rd Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair Fourth Ave - 400 booths of arts & crafts, food vendors, entertainers from around the US. Please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. 10a-dusk, free. 520-624-5004 DEC 12-14 CHANDLER Christmas Holiday Wine & Gifts Kokopelli Winery - Presentation of 1999 & 2000 wines, gifts for the holidays, live music, art, food & wine tasting, free adm, $7 souvenir wine glass, 10a-6p. 480-792-6927 DEC 13 AJO Holiday Open House Organ Pipe Cactus Nat’l Monument - Park Rangers, guest speakers present various programs. Display by local artist guild, musical entertainment, refreshments, free, 2-5p. 520387-6849 DEC 13 LITCHFIELD PARK Christmas in the Park Downtown Litchfield Park - Arts, crafts, entertainment, snow! 9a-5p, free adm & parking. SW Valley Chamber of Commerce: 623-932-2260 DEC 13 PHOENIX The Spectacular Annual Christmas Mariachi Festival America West Arena - Best mariachis in the world, special guests, 7p, tickets range $25-$65. 480-558-1122

DEC 13 PARKER Parker’s Holiday on Main Street Downtown - Santa (10-2), arts/crafts/Christmas food specialties; sidewalk displays by local merchants, Mexican Posada w/ live animals, singers, 6p; tree lighting, entertainment, free adm, 10a-8p. 928-669-6333

The 3rd Annual Electric Light Parade will begin at 6PM immediately following the lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. This year’s theme is Rim Country Festival of Lights. The Parade, led by the “official” Town Santa, will begin at Green Valley Park and proceed east on Main Street to Sawmill Crossing. Holiday music will be broadcast by KMOG and vendors will line Main Street. Please join us for a fun filled evening either as a participant or a spectator. For information and an application please contact the Main Street Office, 600 E. Green Valley Parkway, Payson 85541, 928-468-6074, or call Marilyn Wolfe, 928-474-6115. Registration deadline 11/18/03.

DEC 13 PINETOP-LAKESIDE Annual Cup O’ Cheer Christmas Home Tour White Mountain Women’s Club, get decorating ideas, homemade cookies, crafts, 11a-4p, $9, maps at PinetopLakeside/Show Low Chambers. 800-573-4031 DEC 13 PRESCOTT Lamplight Tour Sharlot Hall Museum - Travel through Prescott’s Christmas past by lamplight, enjoy vignettes by costumed interpreters about late 1800s Christmas celebrations, 5p, $5. 928-445-3122

DEC 7 SCOTTSDALE Holiday Harmony Civic Center Mall - A celebration of different countries & cultures, food, arts & crafts, entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, free, 3-6p. 480-312-2330

DEC 13 TEMPE Native American Festival & Children’s Benefit Concert Cook College, 708 S Lindon Ln - Arts/crafts vendors, cultural performances, trad. food, 9a-11p. Free. Evening Concert, $5 or an unwrapped new toy. 480-968-9354

DEC 7 VAIL Sunday in the Park - Geology Rocks Colossal Cave Mountain Park - Featuring Sounds of Christmas, local choirs & hayrides, $3/car, 2-4p. 520-6477275, 520-647-7121

DEC 13 TEMPE Snow Day Tempe Beach Park - 20 tons of snow falls in downtown Tempe, make & take crafts, train rides, games, carnival rides, entertainment, free, 10a-2p. 480-967-4877

DEC 5-20 FLAGSTAFF Holiday Star Fest Lowell Observatory - Dec. 5th & 6th, 13th, and 19th & 20th. Discuss the mythology & science of the winter sky, incl. a discussion of the Star of Bethlehem, 7:30p. 928-7743358

DEC 7 WINSLOW Annual GFWC Winslow Woman’s Christmas Tour of Homes Homes decorated for Christmas often with unusual collections, fundraiser for educational seminar for H.S. students, 1p-5p, $6. 928-289-5404; 928-289-4705

DEC 13 TUCSON Old Fashioned Christmas at the J. Knox Corbett House Museum of Art complex - Follow the luminarias, join Saint Nick in the renovated Corbett House, decorated for the holidays, 5-8p, free. 520-624-2333

DEC 6 COTTONWOOD Parade & 10th Annual Chocolate Lovers Walk Old Town - Xmas parade, Sat morning; Chocolate walk, 59p, $12 - get map at Civic Ctr. SW Country Christmas theme, entertainment, luminarias, raffle, Santa. 928-6345575

DEC 8-13 BRENDA 2nd Annual Brenda JamFest Six day festival of music and fun. Nightly and daily jams, musical competition ($1000 first prize), booths, games & more. Special JamFest camping packages. 928-927-7800, 800-927-2101

DEC 6 FLAGSTAFF Holiday Plant Sale The Arboretum at Flagstaff - Unusual, hard-to-find and winter-blooming houseplants, herbs, special gift bowls, free, 9a-5p. 928-774-1442

DEC 11-21 TUCSON My Three Angels Tucson Community Theatre, Randolph Rec Center - Th-Su over 2 weekends, comedy on Christmas Day in French Guiana, three convicts redeem themselves in saving a family in crisis, 7:30p, free adm. 520-791-4663

DEC 6 MESA Camino de Luminarias Usery Mountain Rec Area - Cowboy poets at 3p & 6p, candle lighting at 5p, campfire, music, readings, refreshments ‘til 8p. Hwy 60 N. on Ellsworth 7.5 mi & look right. $5/vehicle. 480-984-0032 DEC 6 PHOENIX Christmas & Kwanza Expo Heritage Square - Arts and crafts, food and entertainment, free, 10a-4p. 602-262-5071 DEC 6 PRESCOTT Frontier Christmas Open House Sharlot Hall Museum - After lights at Courthouse Plaza, see how Christmas was done in 1865. Entertainment, living history, hot cider, cookies, & more! 6p-8p. 928-455-3122 DEC 6 SIERRA VISTA 45th Annual Holiday Parade Starts 7th St & Fry Blvd - Largest and longest running Holiday parade in Arizona, incl. Santa with sleigh & reindeer, decorated floats, marching units, bands, etc, 10a. 800288-3861

DEC 11-28 PHOENIX The Nutcracker Symphony Hall - Phoenix Symphony performs live with Ballet Arizona, performances at 11a, 4p, 7p, on various days. $7-$54. Box Office: 602-381-1096 or DEC 12 MESA Victorian Christmas in Candlelight Sirrine House, 160 N Center St - 19th cen. Christmas activities for children and candlelight tours of Sirrine House, musical entertainment, 6:30-9p, free. 480-644-2760 DEC 12 PRESCOTT Acker Musical Showcase Downtown Prescott - Merchants open for the public to enjoy performances by the area’s best entertainers. Free live jazz, country, tap-dancing, clogging, etc, 5:30-7p. 800266-7534 DEC 12 TUCSON Music in the Canyon Sabino Canyon - Annual outdoor holiday concert incl. world-famous Tucson AZ Boys Chorus, 600+ luminarias. Adm: 2 cans of food for Comm. Food Bank & $1 donation, 5-9p. 520-749-1900/8700

A visual symphony of line, texture, form and vibrant color weaves the music-filled air at Made in Clarkdale’s 17th Annual Gala Opening, Friday, Dec. 5 from 6-9pm. The historic Clark Memorial Clubhouse on 9th & Main Streets is transformed by this yearly celebration of the arts and community as 60+ artists acclaimed and emerging - share their work through exhibit, performance and workshops. This gala event includes the ever-popular Janice Paul Combo and the Blue Dragon Belly Dancers. Friday, Dec. 12, at 7pm, attend the MIC Coffeehouse ‘03 - an OPEN MIC evening of great sounds & great food in the Artists’ Tradition. This “coming-together” shares the goodness of Clarkdale arts with all who attend. Exhibit dates are Dec. 6-14, MF: 9am - 5pm & Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm. All events are free & open to the public. For more information call 928-6343382.

2003 Award Winning Main Street/APS Electric Light Parade DEC 6 PAYSON

DEC 13 SEDONA Christmas in the Park Sedona Heritage Museum - Free museum adm 11a-3p; 1p Sedona Concert Band, hot cider, holiday cookies, gift shop sale, old-time holiday decorations. 928-282-7038

DEC 5-14 CLARKDALE Made in Clarkdale Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 9th & Main - Gala opening Dec 5, 6-9p: meet artists, enjoy music, dance, refreshments. Exhibit/sale through 12/14. M-F, 9a-5p; Sat & Sun 10a-5p, free. 928-634-3382

Made In Clarkdale 2003 DEC 5-14 CLARKDALE

DEC 13 NOGALES Santa’s Asada Luncheon Boys and Girl Club, 590 N Tyler Ave - Fundraiser, incl’s auction, $ (TBA), open to public. 520-287-3733

DEC 7 SIERRA VISTA Ft. Huachuca Holiday Tour of Historic Homes Visit the artistically decorated historic homes on Fort Huachuca, 2-5p, tickets $5 advance/$8 at door. 520-4590358

DEC 5-7 YUMA 9th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival Main Street - Arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and visits from Santa throughout the weekend, 10a-5p. 928-782-5712


DEC 13-14 ANTHEM Anthem Holiday Classic Festival Anthem Community Park - Up to 200 arts & crafts booths, Int’l Food Court, entertainment, Kids Fun Zone, real snow, Santa. Free, 10a-5p. I-17 N to Anthem Way exit & go R. 480-488-2014 DEC 13-14 PHOENIX Antique Market & Craft Fair Az State Fairgrounds - Wide range of antiques, free wine tasting, Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a-4p, $. 602-717-7337 DEC 13-14 PHOENIX Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market Steele Indian School Park - 500 + Native Americans from 60 + tribes will display/sell their jewelry, pottery, Kachina dolls & more, live entertainment, 9a-5p. $7 (under 12 free). 602-495-0901 DEC 14 PINETOP Gala 10th Year Anniversary Party Hon-Dah Casino - Big cash and prize drawings, music, free champagne, free adm, from 3p. 800-929-8744 DEC 17-JAN 6 CAMP VERDE Frontier Christmas Fort Verde State Historic Park - Frontier military Christmas, Fort will be decorated for the holiday. 8a-5p, $3, $1 ages 7-13. 928-567-3275 DEC 18 CAREFREE Christmas in the Gardens - A Carefree Christmas Celebration Carefree Town Center - See Santa come down the Gila Monster slide; live music, help light the star on the town tree, refreshments, prizes, free, 6:30-8:30p. 928-488-3381 DEC 19-21 SCOTTSDALE Art in Paradise DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort - Purchase unique fine art, jewelry, and crafts. Live music, free parking, 9a-5p. 602-867-2614

DEC 20 AJO Las Posadas A walk down old street of Ajo - re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem, 7p. Christmas music, cookies for everyone at the Inn (Ajo Federated Church) & pinata for kids. 520-387-7742 DEC 26-31 PHOENIX Holidays at the Heard Heard Museum - Performances of Native American music, dance; artists demos of traditional art forms; frybread; 10a-3p. $7 adults; $6/65+, $3/4-12. 602-252-8840 DEC 27-JAN 1 PHOENIX Arizona National Livestock Show AZ State Fairgrounds - Livestock, exhibits, High School/Ranch/Li’l Buckaroo Rodeos, Art & Gear show/sale, Jan 1 auction. 10a-4p. $5, under 10 free., 602-258-8568 DEC 31 FLAGSTAFF New Year’s Eve Pinecone Drop Historic Weatherford Hotel - Big countdown at 10p & 12a, free. 800-842-7293 DEC 31 PHOENIX Fiesta Bowl Parade Central Ave. - AZ’s largest one-day spectator event w/balloons, floats, bands & equestrian units. 11a, presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, free w/adm for reserved seats. 480-350-0911 DEC 31 TEMPE Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Block Party Tempe Beach Park & Mill Ave - Voted one of top 10 places to be on New Year’s Eve by USA Today, nationally known entertainment, food, carnival, fireworks, more. 480-3500900 DEC 31-JAN 11 TUCSON Thunder in the Desert Rillito Raceway Park - Largest gathering of native peoples in the world covering 9 acres; Social and Competition Pow Wows, traditional foods, arts & crafts., 520-622-4900

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18th Annual Fiddler & Bluegrass Jamboree, Arts & Crafts Bazaar & Car Show JAN 9-11 CASA GRANDE Come along for Foot Stompin’ Fun at the Pinal County Fairgrounds! For only $3.00 you can hear the famous fiddler & bluegrass musicians, browse through a hundred or more commercial and arts & craft vendors, explore the new RV’s on display, eat a delicious variety of foods, and also experience the nostalgic pleasures of our car show. The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales are also scheduled to perform and be on display. This event takes place at the Pinal County Fairgrounds located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, 7 miles east of Casa Grande at 512 S. 11 Mile Corner Road. Hours are 9am-5pm. Children under 12 are Free. For more information call 520-723-5242 or email: JAN 1 APACHE JUNCTION Tortilla Flats Bicycle Tour Basha’s parking lot - Then ride to Tortilla Flats, a 35mile bicycle ride with some hill climbing, free, 8a. Arizona Bicycle Club. 602-264-9318 JAN 2-4 MESA Flagg Gem & Mineral Show Mesa Community College, Dobson & Southern - 100 dealers with exhibits of minerals, fossils, & gems; free mineral samples for children & teachers, free adm & parking. 480-575-5214 JAN 2-11 QUARTZSITE Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show SW corner of I-10 and Hwy 95 - Largest show of its kind, vendors with gems, rocks, jewelry, silver, goldsmithing, equipment, supplies and more! Free! 928-9276364 JAN 3-4 YUMA 30th Annual Yuma Antique Show & Sale Yuma Convention Center - Antiques and collectibles, free wine tasting, silent auction to benefit the Yuma Historical Society. Sa 9-5, Su 10-4, $3. 623-587-7488; 602-717-7337 JAN 3-15 QUARTZSITE Quartzsite Prospector’s Panorama Gold Show Prospector’s Panorama - Equipment, jewelry, hobbies/crafts, fine arts, antiques, great food, live music, free. 8a-5p. 928-927-6467 JAN 4 VAIL Sunday in the Park Colossal Cave Mtn Park - Featuring traditional SW games & folklore based on O’odham traditions, Old Pueblo Archaeology, $3/car, 2-4p. 520-647-7275; 520647-7121 JAN 7 YUMA All States Picnic Yuma Civic & Convention Cnt. - Winter visitors from all states and provinces invited for lunch and entertainment. 928-344-3800; 928-373-5243; 928-782-5554 JAN 7-11 SCOTTSDALE 2004 Arizona National Horse Show & 4H/FFA Horse Show WestWorld - Events include cutting horse competition, Quarter Horse show, 4H/FFA Horse show, 8a-6p. 602258-8568 JAN 9-10 BUCKEYE Vintage Power Show Eagle Mtn Ranch - Classic cars and tractor displays, rusty iron swap meet. Benefits Children’s Organ Transplant Assc. 10-4; Fri- kids free Seniors 1/2 price, Sat- adult $5, teen $3. 623-386-2316 JAN 9-10 CAVE CREEK Antique Appraisal Day Cave Creek Musuem - Sean Morton returns; anecdotal descriptions, histories and approximate values of those whatsits, precious heirlooms, 10a-4p. $15/ item. 480488-7961 JAN 9-11 CASA GRANDE Old-Time Fiddlers Bluegrass Jamboree, Country Store Bazaar & Car Show Pinal County Fairgrounds - Music, arts & crafts, car show, food vendors, Budweiser Clydesdales scheduled, 9a-5p, $3, under 12 free. 520-723-5242 JAN 9-11 FOUNTAIN HILLS Annual Fountain Hills Eagle Mtn. Marketplace Winter Arts and Crafts Show SE corner of Shea Blvd & Eagle Mt Parkway - Over 75 select exhibits of fine art and crafts, 10a-5p, free. 480488-2014 JAN 9-11 TEMPE Arizona Rockfest & Earth Science Fair Tempe Diablo Stadium - 100+ dealers, $500 gem & mineral giveaway, activities. $5 ages 13+, $3/7-12, 6 and under free. 602-923-7802; 602-684-7381

JAN 9-11 YUMA Old Town Jubilee Arts & Crafts Fest Historic Main Street - Arts and crafts, live entertainment and food. Fr 10a-6p; Sa 10a-5p; Su 10a-4p. Free. 928782-5712 JAN 9-11 YUMA Old Time Fiddler’s Contest Yuma County Fairgrounds - Public welcome, jam sessions Fr & Sa, 7-11p. Adm $1. Competition Sa & Su from 10a. Adm $4. 928-344-5451 JAN 9-18 SIERRA VISTA 23nd Annual Senior Games Various locations - 16 events, 3 socials. Competition open to seniors 50+. Registration $10 + $4/event. Opening ceremony Jan 9, 6:30p at the Ethel H. Berger Center. 520-417-6980

JAN 16-18 WILLCOX Wings Over Willcox Birding Festival - Sandhill cranes, longspurs, hawks, sparrows, wetlands and woodlands, Ft. Bowie history, Playa geology, tours, banquet & silent auction. Reserve early! 800-200-2272 JAN 16-25 QUARTZSITE Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama SW corner of I-10 and Hwy 95- 2.2 miles of RockGem-Arts-Crafts Show, Sale of everything under the sun - hobbies, antiques, coins, tools, food! Free! 928927-6364 JAN 17 CHANDLER Friends of the Library Multicultural Festival Chandler Public Library, 22 S Delaware St - Multi-cultural dance performances, visual art demos, music, children’s activities, 9a-4p, free. 480-782-2771

NOVEMBER 2003 JAN 27 MESA Canadian Snowbird Celebration Mesa Convention Center - Entertainment, keynote speakers, information, products, services geared toward snowbird lifestyle, free. 800-265-3200 JAN 28-FEB 1 PHOENIX Desert Classic Collector Auction & Show - Kruse Auto Auction Phoenix International Raceway- One of the world’s largest collector car events. 10a, Wed & Thurs $20, FriSun $25, Kids 3-12 $15. 800-968-4444 JAN 28-FEB 1 QUARTZSITE 6th Annual Hobby, Craft & Gem Show 3/4 mi south of I-10 on Hwy. 95 - Entertainment, seminars, and food in the center of town. 9a-5p, free adm. 928-927-6888 JAN 28-FEB 1 QUARTZSITE Pow Wow Gem & Mineral Show Pow Wow Building - The largest operating display of lapidary equipment in the country; more than 500 dealers displaying, buying & selling. 8a-7p. Free. 928-9276325

JAN 17 GLENDALE Glendale Glitter & Glow Downtown - 3 dozen illuminated tethered hot air balloons, 12+ bands, street performers, 5-10p. Free, shuttle buses from 59th Ave & Olive. 623-930-4500

JAN 29-FEB 1 SACATON Mul-Chu-Tha Gila River Indian Comm - Rodeo, Jr. Rodeo, Pow Wow, BBQ, parade, carnival, gospel, arts/crafts, traditional games, battle of the bands, sports. $5 adults, $3 kids/seniors. 520-562-6092

JAN 10 QUARTZSITE Hi Jolly Daze Kick-Off Parade & Festivities Parade begins at noon, entertainment & BBQ follows. The theme for this year is Legends of the West. 928927-5600

JAN 17-18 CASA GRANDE 4th Annual Heritage Tourism Days & Street Fair Florence St & 2nd St - Antique/classic car show, Historic Home Tour, 4-Wheel Drive show, museums, more. Free except for Historic Tour ($5). 520-836-8744

JAN 30 AJO R. Carlos Nakai Concert Dicus Auditorium - Well-known Native American flutist and his group perform evening concert, time & price TBA. 520-387-7742

JAN 10-11 LITCHFIELD PARK 12th West Valley Native American Arts Festival Across from Wigwam Resort- 200+ Native American artisans, dancers, musicians, demos, food. 10a-5p. $8 adult, $5 6-12, under 5 free. 623-935-6384

JAN 17-18 PHOENIX Phoenix Antique Market AZ State Fairgrounds - Free Wine Tasting, antique market covers over 90,000 square feet. Sat 9a-5p , Sun 10a4p. $3. 623-587-7488; 602-717-7337

JAN 30-31 PEORIA Annual Peoria Stadium Arts & Crafts Fest Peoria Stadium (83rd Ave 1/4 mi S of Bell Rd)- 100+ displays/sale: paintings, metal art, jewelry, pottery. Live music, food, Kids’ Fun Zone, 10a-5p, Free. 480-4882014

JAN 10-11 PHOENIX Mountain Man Rendezvous Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Rd Historical reenactments. Dry camping available, booths. 9a-5p. 623-465-1052

JAN 17-18 SIERRA VISTA The Pat Hughes Sierra Stampede S V Riding Club - WPRA rodeo, bareback & bull ride, calf roping, team roping, barrel race, more. Sat/Sun Kid’s rodeo 12p, opening show 2p. Adm $7, under 6 free. 800-288-3861

JAN 30-FEB 1 YUMA American Indian & Southwestern Art Show Civic Center- Annual show and sale of Indian and southwestern arts, crafts and jewlery. Fri & Sat 11a-9p, Sun 11a-7p, Free adm. 928-699-1914

JAN 17-19 MESA Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Festivities “A Night of Tribute” - Dobson HS, Sat 6:30p, Parade and Festival 11a downtown on Mon, music, multi-cultural activities, food & vendors. 480-644-5040

JAN 30-FEB 1 PHOENIX Cowboy Mounted Shooting Winter Range Ben Avery Shooting Range - Daily competition, western vendors/art, clothing, leather, furnishings, Old West costume & six guns. 9a-4p. 480-471-0485; 623-412-3036

JAN 17-25 QUARTZSITE 21th Annual Quartzsite Vacation and RV Show 3/4 of a mile south of I-10 on Hwy 95 - One of the nation’s largest consumer RV Shows. 9a-5p, free admisssion. 714-377-7940

JAN 30-FEB 15 TUCSON Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase World’s largest show of its kind w/ locations throughout town, 30 shows, dates vary, some wholesale, some open to public.; 800-638-8350

JAN 17-FEB 1 QUARTZSITE The Main Event Mile marker#17 on I-10, 100’s of world-wide dealers in minerals, gems, jewelry, antiques. Enjoy balloon & helicopter rides, model airplane show, horseshoe tournament, fireworks. 928-927-5213

JAN 30-FEB 18 TUCSON 33rd Annual Book Sale Friends Book Barn - One of the largest book sales in the SW! 85% under $3! Also CDs, books on tape, videos, DVDs & more! Special prices some days. Closed Feb 45th & 10-12th. 520-795-3763

JAN 14-FEB 14 QUARTZSITE Annual Four Corners Swap Meet Swap Meet, food, free, 9a-5p. 928-927-5219

JAN 18-FEB 3 QUARTZSITE Prospector’s Panorama Gem & Mineral Show Prospector’s Panorama - unique gems and minerals, free adm. 928-927-6467

JAN 15-16 MESA Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale Mesa Centennial Hall - Grand Canyon State Woodcarvers, tables for carvers to sell their work at$25. Prizes, demos, raffles. 9-5 Sat & 9-4 Sun, donation $4. 480-345-1309; 480-471-7231

JAN 23 TUCSON 17th Annual Senior World Loving Life Expo Rodeway Inn Conf. Center - Entertainment, booths, services/products of interest to the active 50+ pop. Free continental b’fast, $100 hourly giveaways, 9a-3p. 602438-1566

JAN 30-FEB 28 WILLCOX Sulphur Springs Valley International Miniature & Small Works Show Cochise Visitor Center on Circle I Road - Displays tiny works of art from all over the US & several European countries. 520-384-2272

JAN 15-18 TUCSON Southern AZ Square Dance Festival Tucson Conv Ctr - Square dance w/T Miller, B Harrison, & J Jestin, round dance w/the Nobles, clogging w/J Briggs. Dance vendors, overnight parking. Register. 520-885-6273

JAN 23-24 SCOTTSDALE Legends of the Wild West Show WestWorld - Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp & others! World Champion trick ropers, daredevil trick riders, Indian dancers, singing cowboys, Wild West stagecoach, 6p. $6-10. 877-730-0212

JAN 15-25 MESA 17th Annual Senior World Loving Life Expo Mesa Centennial Hall - Entertainment, booths, services/products of interest to the active 50+ pop. Free continental b’fast, $100 hourly giveaways, 9a-3p. 602438-1566

JAN 23-25 MESA 14th Annual High Noon’s Wild West Collector’s Show & Auction Centennial Hall - Spurs, chaps, saddles, textiles, art, photos, rawhide, Wild West Show items. $7 Sat, 9a-5p; $6 Sun, 10a-4p. 310-202-9010

JAN 31-FEB 1 QUARTZSITE Annual Rock & Roll Classic Car Show Under and around the big top - Hot rods, street rods, muscle and classic cars. 9a-5p, free admission. 800-9695464

JAN 16-18 SURPRISE Annual Surprise Stadium Winter Arts & Crafts Fest Surprise Stadium, 15850 N. Bullards Ave - Over 150 displays, kiddie fun zone, food court. 10a-5p, free. 480488-2014

JAN 23-25 YUMA 6th Annual Lettuce Days Old Main St - Arts & crafts, food, entertainment, farm equip and agricultural displays, cabbage bowling and more. Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-3, free. 928-782-5712

JAN 31-FEB 9 QUARTZSITE Tyson Wells Art & Craft Fair SW corner of I-10 and Hwy 95 - Artisans sell unbelievable variety of their own handcrafted works, food, free adm. 928-927-6364

JAN 16-18 GLOBE/MIAMI 47th Annual Gila County Gem & Mineral Show Gila County Fairgrounds - Precious and semi-precious gems and minerals, vendors from around the country, adults $2 donation. Fri & Sat 9a-5p, Sun 9a-4p. 928425-3459; 800-804-5623

JAN 23-31 SCOTTSDALE AZ Sun Country Circuit Quarter Horse Show Westworld - Signature AQHA point show, team and calf roping, working cow horse, barrel races, reining, hunter, driving, jumping. Vendor sales. 602-228-4846

JAN 31-FEB 26 TOMBSTONE Annual Quilt Show & Sale Tombstone Art Gallery - Quilts, quilt tops, small articles, weekday morn classes, free adm, 9:30a-4:30p. 520-457-3476

JAN 10 MESA Fun & Games of Long Ago Sirrine House Mus - History, playing of traditional games: hoop races, marbles, tops, graces. Make string & button games, recommend 5 years and up. Free, 10a12p. 480-644-2760

JAN 10-11 YUMA Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters Territorial Prison State Park - 16 different old west reenactment groups. Sat 9a-5p; Sun 10a-2:30p, 14+ $4, 7-13 $2, under 6 free. 928-783-4771 JAN 11-12 OATMAN The Great Oatman Parade and Bed Races Parade of funny nightwear, Chamber Pot Band, 10a. After parade, teams push a bed down Hwy 66 & back. Oatman Ghostrider Gunfighters perform 1:30 & 3:30p. 928-768-6222 JAN 13-16 LAUGHLIN Winter Break 2004 Celebrates life for the 50+ age group, will educate, stimulate & offer non-stop entertainment/activities. Dancing, bingo & slot tournaments, seminars, entertainment, more. Adm $39 w/optional tours, golf outings.; 480-926-5547

JAN 16-18 LAKE HAVASU Buses by the Bridge VIII Windsor State Pk - 200+ vintage Volkswagen buses, auction, raffle, camp-out, kids activities. $2 spectators, call for show fees. Noon Fr-Noon Su. Benefits AZ Children’s Assoc. 928-854-1221 JAN 16-18 SCOTTSDALE Annual Made in Arizona Festival 5th Avenue District - 100+ booths of art, food, furniture, clothing and more that are made in Arizona. Among 100+ unique shops carrying many AZ products. 1-888ARTFEST JAN 16-18 TUCSON Tucson Quilters Guild Quilt Show TCC Showroom A - Over 300 quilts on display, demonstrations, guest speaker- Marti Michelle, quilt appraisal, vendor mall, quilt raffle, Fr-Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a-4p, $5. 520-882-1968

JAN 24 SIERRA VISTA Senior Expo Ethel Berger Center - Business expo for Senior Citizens. Information booths from local hospitals, non-profit groups, nursing homes and insurance companies. For times: 520-417-6980 JAN 24 SUPERIOR Australia Day Boyce Thomposon Arboretum - Paul Taylor, Aussie folklorist, with stories, poems and music. Also a class on the didjeridoo, must pre-regis $35, mbr $25. Activities 9-11a, open 8-5. 520-689-5248 JAN 24-25 FOUNTAIN HILLS Native American Art Fest Ft McDowell Casino, Beeline Hwy - Over 200 Native American artists, juried show, 10a-5p. 480-816-8650 JAN 24-25 PHOENIX Heard Museum Guild Library Book & Art Sale Museum - 50,000+ books, travel, fiction & history, art, musical recordings, videotapes, out-of-print books, artwork, Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a-4p. 602-251-0209 ex 6202

JAN 31 PICACHO Picacho Peak Trail Ride & Cowboy Poetry Picacho Peak State Park - Ride, lunch/dinner, campfire, cowboy poets/musicians. Non-riders come for entertainment/dinner. $. Camping. 520-466-3183; 520-466-3411 JAN 31 SCOTTSDALE Jaycees’ Parada Del Sol Rodeo Parade Palm Lane to Indian School - 1000’s of horses/riders, longest horse-drawn parade, 10a. Trail’s End Party after parade w/entertainment, music & food. Free. 480-9903179

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Wings Over Willcox by Diane Drobka

Come on down to Willcox, Az and participate in Arizona’s only winter birding festival, Wings Over Willcox - January 16-18, 2004. Three exciting days of tours and seminars will stimulate your senses and teach you about southeastern Arizona’s natural and cultural history. Elevations ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 feet create diverse habitats that attract more than 100 bird species to the Sulphur Springs Valley and

Useful Birding Contacts The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, 520-432-1388 Huachuca Audubon Society P.O. Box 63, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Tricia Gerrodette, President Maricopa Audubon Society, 480-968-5614 Laurie Nessel Northern Arizona Audubon Society, 928-639-0491 Herb Henderson, President Prescott Audubon Society,, P.O. Box 4156, Prescott, AZ 86302, Jim Morgan, President Sonoran Audubon Society P.O. Box 8068, Glendale, AZ 85312 Chuck Kangas, President Tucson Audubon Society 300 East University Blvd. #120, Tucson, AZ 85705, 520-628-1730, Sonja Macys, Executive Director, Roger Wolf, President White Mountain Audubon Society 928-367 - 2462 Mary Ellen Bittorf, President Yuma County Audubon Society P.O. Box 6395, Yuma, AZ 85366-6395 John King or Cary Meister

surrounding mountains in winter. From October until mid-March, the Willcox Playa and nearby cornfields beckon an estimated 24,000 sandhill cranes. Wings Over Willcox offers something for everyone, from novice to expert birder. But WOW isn’t just for birders; trips to historic sites and geological wonders are certain to entertain and educate birders and non-birders alike. Tours and seminars take place Friday through Sunday. A trade fair offers art, nature products, and interesting exhibits. Early morning trips to view the cranes are always popular. A special tour takes birders to a crane “loafing” area for closeup views. Hawk Stalks traverse the Sulphur Springs Valley, known as “hawk alley,” with more than ten species of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. A dozen species of wintering sparrows can be seen on the Sparrow Seek. Free seminars highlight Arizona’s natural and cultural history. Presentations on bird identification, sandhill cranes, bats, and wildlife rehabilitation focus on nature topics, while other talks cover everything from astronomy to Native American history. Saturday night’s banquet keynote speaker will be Dr. James Rising, nationally recognized expert on grassland sparrows and new world orioles, presents “Sparrows of the Southwest Grasslands.” So take your pick from the many offerings. Whether you come for the birds or the other interesting tours and talks, you’re sure to be WOWed at Wings Over Willcox. Early registration is advised for tours and required for the Saturday banquet. The festival headquarters is the Willcox Community Center at 312 W. Stewart St. For more information call the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 1-800-200-2272.

January 16th-18th, 2004

Tours • Seminars • Trade Fair • For reservations and information contact: Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture

1-800-200-2272 or 520-384-2272 • email:

Annual Birdwatching Events JAN WILLCOX Wings Over Willcox, 800-200-2272

APRIL COTTONWOOD Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, 928-634-8437

MAR SUPERIOR Welcome Back Buzzards htp://, 520-689-2811

MAY BISBEE Fiesta De Las Aves 520-432-1388

APRIL TUCSON Hummingbird Festival 800-529-3699

AUG BISBEE Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival, 520-378-0233

APRIL YUMA Yuma Birding & Nature Festival, 800-293-0071, 928-376-0100

SEP SUPERIOR Bye-Bye Buzzards, 520-689-2811

Are We Losing the Stars? The view of the night sky and all the wonders of stars and galaxies is slowly disappearing. Arizona has clearer, darker skies than most of the U.S. but even here the manmade glow from urban areas is taking its toll. Poorly designed, energy-wasting lighting is producing a “sky glow” that brightens the background against which we see the stars. This glow obscures faint stars and galaxies and results in a night sky in which fewer celestial objects are visible. This light pollution affects us all, not just astronomers! It’s getting more and more difficult to see the brilliance of the Milky Way. There are many urbanites who have never experienced the aweinspiring sight of that glittering canopy of stars. We all play a part in producing this glow and can learn to make choices that help reduce its effects. The International Dark-Sky Association is a non-profit organization whose goal is to build awareness about effective solutions to light pollution. Haven’t we all heard visitors exclaim over our beautiful starry skies? Here are some tips for preserving this special resource:



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• Use well-designed lighting that shines down where it is needed, not up to the skies. • Use time controls, dimmers or light sensors to insure that light is there only when it is needed. • Design and install lighting that minimizes glare. • Use the right amount of light for the task, don’t overdo it. • Use energy-efficient low-pressure sodium (LPS) lamps where possible. These are excellent for street and security lights and parking lots. Arizona visitors and residents alike can still enjoy wonderful views of planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial objects thanks to the many observatories located to take advantage of our dark skies. Of special interest is Kitt Peak National Observatory, 56 miles SW of Tucson, where a nightly observing program gives a comprehensive look at the wonders of the universe (reservations required). Also worth a visit is Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff where you will enjoy multimedia presentations, guided tours, and evening telescope viewing. (See ad on page 9 for a 2-for-1 discount coupon).

Special Astronomy Events Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff NOV 8 Total Lunar Eclipse Programs focus on today’s eclipse. Moon should be visible by 7p, also approx time of totality. DEC 5-20 Holiday Star Fest Dec. 5 & 6, 13, and 19 & 20. Discuss the mythology & science of the winter sky, incl. a discussion of the Star of Bethlehem, 7:30p. DEC 12 Geminid Meteor Shower Programs focus on meteor showers like the upcoming Geminids, open 7:30p. Adm: $4 adults; college students, srs, AAA mem. $3.50; ages 5-17 $2; under 4 free. See ad on this page for a 2-for-1 discount coupon. 928-774-3358

Junk Bond Observatory, Hereford (near Sierra Vista) NOV 15 Huachuca Astronomy Club Public Star Party View through member’s telescopes (large and small) or bring your own. Great for families. 7p weather permitting. 520-366-5788

Kitt Peak National Observatory, SW of Tucson NOV 15 Getting Started: Astronomy as a Hobby Learn the difference between different types of amateur telescopes, accessories, learn techniques, receive a planisphere & observer’s log book, $20-$25. 520-318-8726 NOV 21 Fun with the Sun All ages program promising to answer all your questions about our favorite star. Hands-on activities, solar observing, making your own video. $10/adults, $8/seniors & kids. 520-318-8726

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

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American architect Frank Lloyd Wright loved Arizona and it was in northeast Scottsdale that he created one of his most stunning masterpieces, Taliesin West, a complex of buildings that served as his personal home, studio and architectural campus from 1937 until his death in 1959. The winter/spring schedule, Nov 1, 2003 - April 30, 2004, offers visitors an intimate and up-close look at Wright’s architecture, life and philosophies on building in the fragile desert. Taliesin West was built literally “out of the desert” by Wright and his apprentices who gathered rocks from the desert floor and sand from the washes to build the structures. A broad range of tours, led by knowledgeable guides, are offered at the 600-acre site: • One-Hour Panorama Tour - Every day: 9:45 to 4:15 pm (tours begin at least every half hour.) Cost: $17.50. ($15 Seniors & Students; $5 Children 4-12.) Visitors experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Visit the Cabaret Cinema, Music Pavilion, Seminar Theater and Wright’s private office—all linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the rugged Sonoran Desert and Valley below. • 90-Minute Insights Tour - Every day: 9 am to 4 pm (tours begin at least every half hour.) Cost: $22. ($18 Seniors & Students; $10 Children 4-12.) The dramatic 56-feet long by 34-feet wide Taliesin West living room is the highlight of this tour which also includes all the elements of the Panorama tour. • Three-Hour Behind The Scenes Tour -

Northern Arizona Arts & Music

Flagstaff Symphony 113A E. Aspen, Flagstaff 928-774-5107

Phippen Art Museum 4701 Highway 89 North, Prescott 928-778-1385

Prescott Fine Arts Association 208 N.Marina, Prescott 928-445-3286

Sedona Arts Center N.Hwy 89A, Sedona 928-282-3809

Sedona Cultural Park 1725 W. Hwy Sedona, 800-780-2787 History and Heritage

Apache County Historical Society Museum 180 W. Cleveland, St. Johns 928-337-4737

Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum 2340 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff 928-774-6272

Clemenceau Heritage Museum 1 N. Willard St., Cottonwood 928-634-2868

Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum Come Visit this Premier Archaeological Site in the scenic White Mountains. Tours daily at 9 & 11am, 2pm. Admission: Adults $5; Students 10-18 & Seniors $4. Under 10 $3 Call to confirm.


318 Main St., Springerville, Az 85938

Wednesdays only: 9 am. Cost: $45. (Reservations requested, but not req’d.) Visitors talk with Wright associates, have mid-morning refreshments in the colorful Taliesin Fellowship dining room, visit all the spots on the Insights Tour - plus walk to the historic Sun Cottage or other desert site - all with ample time to take photographs and ask questions. • 90-Minute Desert Walk - Every day: 11:15 am (except during heavy rain/extreme heat.) Cost: $20. (The desert walk may be combined with other tours for discounted admissions.) See firsthand the desert vegetation and land forms that were translated in design elements by Wright. Desert wildlife such as javelina, tortoise, and coyote may be sighted. (Intermediate level stamina and walking shoes required.) • Two-Hour Apprentice “Shelter” Tour - Sat.: 1:15 pm (Dec. 7 through April 12.) Cost: $30. Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture apprentices take you on an “up close and personal” tour of their selfdesigned and built desert dwellings. • Night Lights On The Desert Tour Friday Evenings only, beginning March 5 thru the summer months at 6:30, 7 & 7:30 pm. Cost: $25. This two-hour twilight tour offers visitors the unusual opportunity to view Wright’s desert masterpiece in a dramatic nighttime setting and includes everything on the Insights Tour plus light refreshments.

Enter Taliesin West at the intersection of Cactus Road & Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard (114th St). 480-860-2700, ext. 494 or 495 or visit Grand Canyon Railway Museum 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams 800-843-8724

Jerome Historical Society 200 Main St., Jerome 928-634-5477

John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum 6 N.Lake Powell Blvd., Page 928-645-9496

Little House Museum Springerville, 928-333-2286

Museum of Northern Arizona 3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff (3 miles north of downtown Flagstaff), 928-774-5213

Navajo County Museum

4001 S. Woody Mt. Rd. 928-774-1442 Peach Springs, 928-422-3223

Navajo Nation Zoological & Botanical Park Window Rock, 928-871-6573 Space, Science & Technology

Lowell Observatory 1400 Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff 928-774-3358

Colorado River Arts & Music

17207 N.Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale 480-585-3108

Great Arizona Puppet Theatre 302 W. Latham St., Phoenix 602-262-2050

Mesa Arts Center & Galeria Mesa 155 N.Center, Mesa 480-644-2242

Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central, Phoenix 602-257-1222

Phoenix Symphony 455 N.3rd St., Phoenix 602-495-1117

Phoenix Theatre 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix 602-254-2151

Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Dury Lane Repertory Players P.O. Box 1727, Lake Havasu City, 86405 928-453-9466 History and Heritage

Arizona Historical Society Century House Museum 240 Madison Avenue, Yuma 928-782-1841

Hi-Jolly Monument Bus. Rte. 1-10, Quartzsite 928-669-2174

Mohave Museum of History & Arts 400 W. Beale St., Kingman 928-753-3195

Lake Havasu Museum of History 320 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City 928-854-4938

Central Arizona Arts & Music

7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale 480-994-2787

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7380 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale 480-994-2787

Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra 3817 N.Brown, Scottsdale 480-945-8071

Southwest Shakespeare Company P.O.Box 30595, Mesa 480-641-7039

West Valley Museum of Art 17420 N. Ave. of the Arts, Surprise 623-972-0635 History and Heritage

Arizona Hall of Flame Museum 11010 W. Washington St., Phoenix 602-255-2110

Arizona Historical Society Museum 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, 480-929-0292

Arizona State Capitol Museum

Arizona Opera 4600 N.12th Street, Phoenix 602-266-7464

Arizona State University Art Museum Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe 480-965-2787

Arizona Theatre Company 502 W. Roosevelt, Phoenix 602-256-6899

ASU Art Museum, Matthews Center & New Fine Arts Center ASU Campus, Tempe 480-965-2874

1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix 602-542-4581

Arizona Wing of Commemorative Air Force Museum 2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa, 480-924-1940

Bead Museum 5754 W. Glenn Dr., Glendale, 623-930-7395

Cave Creek Museum P.O. Box 1, Cave Creek, Arizona, 480-488-2764

Chandler Historical Museum 178 E. Commonwealth, Chandler, 480-782-2717

Casa Grande Historical & Archaelogical Museum

Ballet Arizona 3645 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix 602-381-0184

Chandler Center for the Arts 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-786-2682

110 W. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, 520-836-2223

Desert Caballeros Western Museum 21 North Frontier St., Wickenburg 928-684-2272

Cobre Valley Center for the Arts 101 N. Broad St., Globe 928-425-0884

100 E. Arizona, Holbroook 928-524-6558

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Sharlot Hall Museum 415 W, Gurley St., Prescott 928-445-3122

Show Low Historical Society Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.

541 E. Duece of Clubs, Show Low 928-532-7115

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Smoki Museum Inc. 147 N. Arizona St., Prescott 928-445-1230

Scottsdale, Arizona

White Mountain Apache Museum Fort Apache, 928-338-4625

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A broad range of guided tours are offered daily at this desert masterpiece which served as Wright’s personal home, studio and architecture campus.

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Central Arizona History and Heritage

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Museum 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright, Scottsdale 480-860-2700

Gila County Historical Museum 1330 N. Broad, Globe, 928-425-7385

Gilbert Heritage Market Museum and Science Park Gilbert & Page Rds, Gilbert 480-644-2178

Glendale Historical Society 9802 N. 59th Ave, Glendale 623-931-3668

Goldfield Ghost Town And Mine Highway 88, Apache Jnct, 480-983-0333

Heard Museum 22 East Monte Vista Road, Phoenix 602-252-8840

Heritage Square 115 North 6th Street, Phoenix, 602-262-5071

Lost Dutchman Museum Superstition Mountain 4650 Mammoth Mine Rd., Apache Junction 480-983-4888

Mesa Historical Museum 2345 North Horne, Mesa 480-835-7358

Mesa Southwest Museum 53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa 480-644-2230

Museum of Rim Country Archaeology 510 W. Main St, Payson, 928-469-1128

Phoenix Museum of History 105 N. Fifth St, Phoenix, 602-253-2734

Pine-Stawberry Museum Rt. 87 (Beeline Highway), Pine-Strawberry 928-476-3547

Pioneer Arizona Living History Village 3901 W. Pioneer Rd., Phoenix, 623-465-1052

Pueblo Grande Museum 4619 East Washington St., Phoenix 602-495-0900

Rim Country Museum 700 Green Valley Parkway, Payson 928-474-3483

Scottsdale Historical Museum 7333 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale 480-945-4499

Sirrine House 160 North Center, Mesa, 480-644-2760

Tempe Historical Museum 809 E. Southern Ave. Tempe 480-350-5100 Family Fun

Arizona Museum For Youth 35 N. Robson, Mesa 480-644-2468

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale 480-312-2312

The Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 602-273-1341

Wildlife World Zoo 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park 623-935-WILD Nature & Ecology

Boyce Thompson Arboretum P.O. Box AB, Superior 520-689-2811

Space, Science & Technology

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum 1502 W. Washington, Phoenix 602-255-3791

Arizona Science Center 600 E Washington, Phoenix 602 -716-2000

Southern Arizona Arts & Music

Arizona Theatre Company 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson 520-622-2823

Center for Creative Photography Univ. of Arizona, Tucson 520-621-7968

Pima Comm. College, Center for the Arts 2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson 520-884-6988

Tubac Center of the Arts 9 Plaza Rd., Tubac 520-398-2371

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus P.O.Box 12034, Tucson 520-296-6277

Tucson Museum of Art 140 N. Main Ave., Tucson 520-624-2333

Tucson Symphony Orchestra 443 South Stone Ave., Tucson 520-792-9314

University of Arizona Museum of Art Tucson, 520-621-7567

Desert Botanical Gardens 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 602-941-1225

Tucson Attractions Passport 2-for-1 Admissions and Shopping Discounts

Az Tourist News is pleased to offer the new Tucson Attractions Passport. Costing only $10 and valid through September 15, 2004, the Passport offers shopping discounts and 2for-1 admissions to 20 major Pima County attractions, including: • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum • Pima Air & Space Museum • Titan Missile Museum • International Wildlife Museum • Old Tucson • Biosphere 2 • Reid Park Zoo • Arizona Opera • Tucson Symphony • Tucson Raceway Park • Tucson Sidewinders Using your Passport is simplicity itself. Present it for stamping when you purchase one admission to an attraction and receive your second admission FREE. Many discount coupon books contain coupons redeemable only on certain days, offering insignificant discounts, or-worst

of all - containing many coupons that are unlikely to be used. The Passport stands apart, offering true 2for-1 admissions, a $250 value for only $10. This means a family of four can save up to $500 with the purchase of two! Along with your savings on admissions, the Passport provides additional value by qualifying you for a gift certificate at either Park Place or Tucson Mall. 10 collected stamps qualify for a $10 certificate and 20 for a $25 certificate. “Tucson residents and out-of-town visitors are looking for the best family-value around,” says Tom Moulton, director of Pima County Attractions. “The Passport is what families have been asking for. It’s the perfect gift when the grandkids come to visit in the summer.” You can order online at ml or by calling 1-800-462-8705.

History and Heritage

Amerind Foundation Museum P.O. Box 248, Dragoon 520-586-3666

Arizona Historical Society Museum 949 E. 2nd St., Tucson 520-628-5774

Arizona Ranger Museum The 1904 Old Courthouse, Nogales, Az 520-281-8675

Arizona State Museum U Of A Campus, Tucson 520-621-6302

Bird Cage Theatre 6th and Allen, Tombstone 800-457-3423

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum Bisbee, 520-432-7071

The Douglas-Williams House Museum & Genealogical Library (Registered National Historic Landmark.) Corner of 10th St and D Ave. Built in 1908 by James Douglas, home of Douglas Historical Society. Open Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Sat from 1pm-4pm. Admission in free, donations accepted.


Space, Science & Technology

Family Fun

Old Tucson Studio 201 S Kinney Road, Tucson 520-883-0100

Pima County Fairgrounds Home to Tucson Raceway Park, Southwestern International Raceway 520-762-9100

Reid Park Zoo

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center I-19 & Pima Mine Rd., Tucson 520-798-7798,

Biosphere 2 Center Oracle Rd., Tucson 800-828-2462

Discovery Park

1100 S. Randolph Way, Tucson 520-791-3204

Tucson Children’s Museum 200 S Sixth Ave., Tucson 520-792-9985

1651 Discovery Pk Blvd, Safford 520-428-6260

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium University of Arizona, Tucson 520-621-STAR

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory

Nature & Ecology

Amado, AZ 85645 520-670-5707

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson 520-647-PARK

Colossal Cave Mountain Park 4660 E. Colossal Cave Rd, Tucson 520-647-7121

International Wildlife Museum 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd, Tucson 520-617-1439

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Kitt Peak National Observatories Hwy 86 Tucson 520-318-8726

Pima Air and Space Museum 6000 E. Valencia, Tucson 520-574-0462

InterInterTitan Missile Museum Duval Mine Rd, Green Valley 520-625-7736

2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, 520-326-9686

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Graham County Historical Society Museum Hwy 70 & 4th Ave, Thatcher, 928-348-0470

Muheim Heritage House 207 Youngblood Hill, Bisbee, 520-432-7071

Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum 136 N. Grand Ave., Nogales, 520-287-4621

Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum 150 N. Railroad Ave., Willcox, 520-384-4583

San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Society Museum 180 S. San Pedro, Benson 520-586-3070

San Xavier del Bac Mission 1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson 520-294-2624

Deer Valley Rock Center P.O. Box 41998, Phoenix 623-582-8007




Slaughter Ranch Museum Original 1880’ Ranch (part of the San Bernardino Spanish land grant of 1730). 15 miles outside of Douglas on Geronimo Trail. Admission Adults $3, Children under 14 free. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am3pm. Closed Mon & Tues, Christmas & New Years., email:


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EGYPTIAN ARTIFACTS: 2,000 Year Old Caskets • Egyptian Polychrome Largest Egyptian Exhibit in the Entire State FRAMED GOLD RECORDS: Alice Cooper, Steppenwolf, Foghat and more CLASSIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS • CLASSIC HARLEY DAVIDSON & INDIAN MOTORCYCLES


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Hon-Dah Celebrates 10 Years Come Join in the Anniversary Fun!


In celebration of 10 great years, Hon-Dah Resort Casino has planned a series of concerts and promotions - with giveaways that began in October and will last all the way until the Dec. 14th Gala Anniversary Party. Any time is a perfect time for a getaway to the White Mountains... and Hon-Dah just added 100,000 more reasons to come up and play! Yes, there will be a $100,000 Cash Giveaway between Oct 12 and Dec 14. $10,000 in cash will be given away every week for 10 weeks. In fact, two lucky winners will receive $1,000 every night at 7pm and 9pm, Sunday-Thursday for the first nine weeks. Then on the 10th week - on one night only, Sunday, Dec. 14th - at the Gala 10Year Anniversary Party, ten $1,000 drawings will be held every 30 minutes from 4pm to 8:30pm. Other prizes include a 10-day Cruise drawing (worth approx. $5,000) and $10 Hon-Dough and a T-shirt

drawings every 10 minutes through much of the afternoon and evening. What a deal! Hon-Dah has also planned some special FREE party nights that you won’t want to miss. In November, Hon-Dah’s Big Band Blast From the Past takes place on Friday the 14th. With music from the 40s and 50s by Monte Procopio and his Big Band, free admission, free raffle for prizes, dance contests, and free cake, snacks, punch, and coffee, this is a sure bet to please. The festivities culminate in HonDah’s Gala 10-Year Anniversary Party on Sunday, Dec. 14th. Beginning at 3pm there will be music and all the promotions and prizes that mark this exciting finale. Raise your glass to Hon-Dah’s Happy Anniversary with free champagne and cake, and of course, admission is free. Call 1-800-929-8744 to book your visit to the beautiful White Mountains and your place in Hon-dah Resort Casino’s 10th Anniversary celebrations.

Casino Entertainment Choose Your Pleasure

Apache Gold 1-800-APACHE 8 11/4-7 Hotel California Salute to the Eagles 11/11-15 P.Y.N. - R&B, Hip Hop, Dance, Old & New School 11/18-22 Doowah Riders - Country 11/25-29 Walker Williams - Country 12/4-6 Djhana - Reggae Plan ahead for New Year’s Eve: Andrea y Los Guys in the Convention Center, includes party favors, appetizers and champagne to toast 2004.

BlueWater Resort & Casino 1-800-747-8777 Concerts: 11/14 Bellamy Brothers - Country and Pop, most nominated Duo in the history of Country music. 12/ 19 Country Christmas - Tributes to Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and special guest Jeff Allen.

Desert Diamond 1-866-DDC-WINS 11/7 Desert Diamond Showdown Live Boxing Concerts: 11/11 Bowfire - The World’s Critically Acclaimed Violinists & Fiddlers on one Stage

11/28 Willie Nelson - Country SOLD OUT 12/12 Tom Jones - Classic

Hon-Dah Resort Casino 1-800-929-8744 11/4-8 Juan Cano - Previous member of the award-winning Native American band Clan/destine, Juan brings his 5-piece act to showcase his original material as well as rock/blues standards. 11/11-15 Tony Marques - Country 11/18-22 Tyrone D. & The Ledge Native Americans rockers deliver a wide variety of blues rock with a native twist. 11/25-29 D.N.A. - Las Vegas-based dance band, motown to classic R&B 12/2-6 Shagadelics - Hot disco hits from the 70s, features a special tribute to Austin Power’s “Goldmember” 12/9-13 Tribe 7 - Latin infused pop, R&B, Hip-hop & a wide variety of hi-energy dance music. Free Party Night! NOV 14 Big Band Blast from the Past Music from the 40s and 50s by Monte Procopio and his Big Band, free raffle for prizes, dance contests, free snacks, free adm.

CENTRAL Apache Gold Casino Resort 5 miles E. of Globe, Hwy 70, San Carlos 928- 475-7800, 800-APACHE-8 • Slots: 500 • Other Games: Poker, $50,000 Keno, 200seat Bingo Hall, Blackjack • Eating Places: 1 Liquor: Yes Buffet: yes • Special Features: Best Western Hotel, Stay and Play Packages, 18-hole golf course w/ driving range, golf school, Pro shop. RV Park with full hookups and dump station. Convenience store. All-purpose Outdoor Pavilion.

Casino Arizona - 101 & McKellips 524 N. 92nd Street, Scottsdale 480-850-7777, 877-7-24-HOUR

Casino Arizona - 101 & Indian Bend 9700 E. Indian Bend, Scottsdale 480-850-7777, 877-7-24-HOUR

Fort McDowell Casino Hwy 87 & Ft. McDowell, Fountain Hills 602-837-1424, 800-THE-FORT

Gila River Casino - Vee Quiva 6443 N. Komatke Lane, Laveen 520-796-7777, 800-WIN-GILA


Paradise Casino 450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 760-572-7777, 888-777-4946 Paradise Casino California Off I-8, Exit 524/ adjacent to AZ casino

Spirit Mountain Casino 8555 South Highway 95, Mohave Valley 928-346-2000, 888-837-4030

NORTHERN Bucky’s Casino & Resort 530 E. Merritt, Prescott 928- 776-1666, 800-SLOTS-44 • Slots: 300 • Other Games: Poker (7 Card Stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha) • Eating Places: 2 Liquor: Yes • Special Features: Next to Prescott Resort Hotel. Free on-site shuttle service. Free busing from Phoenix.

Cliff Castle Casino & The Lodge at Cliff Castle 555 Middle Verde Road, off I-17, Exit 289, Camp Verde 928-567-7900, 800-381-SLOT

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Gila River Casino - Wild Horse 5512 W. Wild Horse Pass, Chandler 520-796-7727, 800-WIN-GILA

Gila River Casino - Lone Butte 1200 S. 56th St., Chandler 520-796-7728, 800-WIN-GILA

Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino 15406 Maricopa Rd, Maricopa 480-802-5000, 800-HARRAHS

Mazatzal Casino Hwy. 87, Milemarker 251, Payson 928-474-6044, 800-777-7529

COLORADO RIVER REGION Blue Water Resort & Casino 11300 Resort Drive, Parker 928-669-7000, 888-243-3360 • Slots: 470 • Other Games: Live Keno, Poker, Bingo • Eating Placecs: 3 Liquor: Yes Buffet: yes • Senior Discount: 10% room discount (except in summer) for AAA and AARP members. • Special Features: Adj. to Phoenix 4-Plex Theatre. Resort rooms, pool and waterpark, fitness center, 164-slip marina, double-wide boat launch ramp, Marina Shop, conference center, concerts in the outdoor amphitheater, special events.

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Hon-Dah Casino 777 Highway 260, Pinetop 928-369-0299, 800-929-8744 • Slots: 500 • Other Games: Poker; Blackjack • Eating Places: 1 Liquor: Yes Buffet: Yes • Fun Book: Available through chamber of commerce and local motels • Special Features: Cigar bar, gift shop, Kids Arcade, conference center. 200-space fullservice RV park. Convenience store. Gas station. Ski/Outdoor Store.

Yavapai Casino 1501 E. Highway 69, Prescott 928- 445-5767, 800-SLOTS-44 • Slots: 175 • Other Games: Bingo • Eating Places: Snack Bar and Yavapai Cantina Sports Bar & Grill • Special Features: Located across the street from Bucky’s Casino. Free shuttle bus service.

SOUTHERN Casino Del Sol 5655 W. Valencia, Tucson 520-883-1700, 800-344-9435

Casino of the Sun 7406 S. Camino De Oeste, Tucson 520-883-1700, 800-344-9435

Desert Diamond Casino 1100 West Pima Mine Road, 7 minutes south of Tucson on I-19 520-294-7777, 866-DDC-WINS

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Cocopah Bingo & Casino 15136 S. Avenue B, Somerton 928-726-8066, 800-23-SLOTS • Slots: 479 • Other Games: Bingo • Restaurants: 1 Snack Bar Liquor: No • Special Features: Nonsmoking gaming areas. $1 breakfast special from 3am-10am.

Desert Diamond Casino S. Nogales Hwy, Tucson 520-294-7777, 866-DDC-WINS

Golden Ha:san Casino Hwy 86, 1 mile east of Why 520-362-2746

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Take Home a Memory

Baskets and Weaving in Mesa

Native Visions Gifts, Arts and Crafts

Sirrine House Celebrates Native American Culture

The Navajo Nation “Walk in Beauty” by Charlis McVey

The Navajo Nation is a vast land of deserts, mountains and lakes. Covering more than 27,000 square miles - larger than ten of the fifty states Navajoland is an area of great beauty and diversity that includes more than a dozen national monuments, tribal parks and historic sites. Today the more than 250,000 tribal members live in 110 chapters, or communities, and are regulated by a modern three-branch system of government. As the Navajos move into the 21st century, they are striving to blend traditional beliefs and a pastoral way of life with modern technologies and an encroaching culture. Like many other Indian groups, their name comes from outsiders - to themselves the Navajo are the Dine (the people). They believe they passed through three worlds before emerging into the present Fourth World, or Glittering World. The Holy People put four sacred mountains in four different directions: Mt. Blanca to the east, Mt. Taylor to the south, San Francisco Peak to the west and Mt. Hesperus to the north, surrounding the Navajo Nation, and taught the Earth People how to live the right way. The Dine understand that they are an integral part of the universe and must live in harmony with the land, their mother. The traditional home - or hogan - symbolizes this harmony with nature. For example, the earthen floor keeps the family in touch with Mother Earth. The number four permeates Navajo culture. There are four directions, four seasons, the first four clans, and four colors - white, turquoise, yellow and black associated with the four sacred mountains. In most rituals there are four songs or multiples thereof, as well as many other symbolic uses of four. The medicine man, with his knowledge of the heritage

and culture of the Dine, has great respect and honor among the Navajo people. The Navajo Nation is working both to maintain its cultural heritage and to sustain a viable economy. Tourism is an important new industry and Navajoland has much to offer the visitor. There are many important archeological sites that offer fascinating glimpses into the prehistoric Anasazi people. Canyon de Chelly, a National Monument, is home to the famous White House Ruins and Spider Rock. The Navajo National Monument features Arizona’s two largest ruins, Betatakin and Kiet Seel. Each of these provides a visitor center as well as other amenities such as campgrounds and tour guides. Recreation is another important aspect of Navajo tourism. Twelve lakes and ponds, including Lake Powell with 186 miles of Navajo shoreline, offer superb fishing and boating. Many also come to enjoy camping, hiking and birdwatching. Permits are required for these activities from the appropriate tribal offices. The oldest continuously operated trading post in the United States is Hubbell Trading Post. While still an active store, Hubbell is also a National Historic Site. Many beautiful arts and crafts can be found here and throughout the reservation. Navajo baskets, silver and turquoise jewelry and hand-woven rugs are world famous. One of the best ways to enjoy a cultural experience on the reservation is to take a tour with a Navajo guide or stay at a Hogan Bed & Breakfast. There are several interesting exhibits on at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock as well as a November event, the Keshmish Festival. For more information see the ad this page and the accompanying story on page 39. to find out more about visiting this nation within a nation, contact Navajo Tourism at 928871-6436.

On Saturday, Nov 8th at the Sirrine House in Mesa the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Basket Dancers will perform symbolic dances combining the heritage of both communities. They are the designated tribal dancers of the Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community, located adjacent to Scottsdale. Included in this free event will be demonstrations of the ancient art of Navajo weaving. The weaving demonstrations will take place from 11am till 2pm with a performance by the Basket Dancers at 11:30am. Free tours of the Sirrine House historic home museum will be given by 19th century costumed docents from 10am until 5pm. The Sirrine House is listed on AN CO D L ME EA RN

are beadwork purses, silver and turquoise jewelry, and even some gorgeous buckskin clothing. If you prefer gifts with a Western or nature theme, you may choose a cowboy hat, or picture frames, clocks and lamps decorated with motifs like horses or wolves. Candles made like bear fetishes are one of the unusual items. There are also practical objects like sunglasses, sandals, beautiful greeting cards and even cold drinks that you may take outside to enjoy at the picnic tables beside the store. To find the Native Visions Gift Shop, take Exit 289 off I-17 and go East on Middle Verde Road. For more information call 928-567-3035 or visit their website:

the National Register of Historic Places and furnished with authentic period antiques and collectibles. It is open weekends October through March. The Sirrine House is located at 160 N. Center Street. For more information about this event please email or call 480-644-2760. Come share in the heritage that helped make our state the great place it is today. Pick up your copy of Az Tourist News at many Village Inn Restaurants statewide.

Cultural Fair at Saguaro Nat’l Park Celebrating American Indian Heritage Month Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ will host cultural demonstrations Nov 8-11 at both the East and West Visitor Centers. From 9am to 4pm local artisans will demonstrate the traditional crafts of Arizona and New Mexico for the 3rd Annual Cultural Fair. There will also be traditional dancing. November is the month of recognition for Native Americans. As keepers of a rich and ancient cultural heritage, Native Americans share with all of us the beauty of their art, power of songs and the grace of their people. The artisans will demonstrate their work and techniques for the public and will have items of their own making available for sale throughout the day. Among those featured will be Navajo silversmithing and rug weaving, Hopi



You’ve been having a great time in Arizona and you want to bring home a souvenir that reminds you of the Southwest and the Verde Valley. Maybe you are an Arizonan looking for a gift or you are a collector of Native American art. Where to find authentic and quality items? Look no further than Native Visions Gifts, Arts and Crafts located in Camp Verde. This enterprise of the Yavapai-Apache Nation offers genuine Yavapai-Apache tribal arts and crafts as well as items from other Native American nations, western style gifts, and souvenirs such as Tshirts, hats and postcards. You’ll find cradle boards, Apache baskets, pottery, flutes and kachinas. There



Kachina making, Zuni fetish carving, and Tohono O’odham Nation basketweaving and silversmithing. There will also be book signing by members of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Dance performances will be given by the Pascua Yaqui Youth Dancers, San Carlos Jr. High School Apache Crown Dancers, and Redhouse Dancers. Vince Redhouse, recording artist, will also perform. Interpretive Rangers will do presentations about Native American Cultural Sites in the National Park Service. For more information contact Rena Bob at 520-733-5121. The number for the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East) Visitor Center is 520-733-5153 and for the Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro West) Visitor Center it is 520733-5158.


Sacred Monument Tours First Mesa Tours Moccasin Track Tours Native Visions Touring Fort McDowell Adventures Hualapai River Running

435-727-3218 928-737-2262 602-249-2100 928-567-3035 480-816-6465 888-255-9550

Window Rock Polacca Phoenix Camp Verde Fountain Hills Peach Springs

Arts and Crafts Market Jewelry • Weaving & Clothing • Pottery • Paintings • Carvings & Sculpture • Other Art

Entertainment Friday: Traditional Story Telling by Steve Darden. Comedy by Ernest Tsosie, III and James June - 6-9pm. Saturday: Local entertainers - 12-4pm

Exhibitions SYMBOLS OF FAITH & BELIEF, Art of the Native American Church - Through December 13, 2003. This exhibition of 270 works by artists from numerous tribes throughout the U.S. presents a rich view of art that has been inspired by or is used in meetings of the Native American Church. Produced by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK. WOVEN IMAGES - Through December 27, 2003 Based on Navajo sandpaintings, these 21 weavings were produced on commission during the late 1960s and 1970s on the Navajo Reservation. Selected from the Navajo weaving collection of the Kennedy Museum of Art at Ohio University.

The Navajo Nation Museum Hwy 264 & Post Office Loop Rd., Window Rock, Az 1/4 mile west of the AZ/NM border

For information 928-871-7941

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Native American Tribal Attractions 1. Kaibab-Paiute Tribe 350 miles north of Phoenix on Highway 389 and 14 miles west of Fredonia • Pipe Spring National Monument • Full hook-up RV & General Store • Museum (Arts and Crafts) • Grand Canyon-North Rim • Cedar Breaks National Monument • Hiking & hunting • Coral Pink Sand Dunes • Zion & Bryce Canyon National Park Fredonia, Arizona 86022 Phone 928-643-7245 2. Hualapai Nation 250 miles northwest of Phoenix on Route 66 and west of Grand Canyon National Park • Grand Canyon West • Trophy Elk • Desert Big Horn Sheep • White water rafting Peach Spring, Arizona 86434 Phone 888-255-9550 928-769-2216 (Tribal Council)

13 3. Havasupai Tribe 310 miles northwest of Phoenix off Route 66 at the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park • Pools of turquoise water • Spectacular waterfalls • Camping & hiking Supai, Arizona 86435 Phone: 520-448-2237/2141 (camping) 928-448-2111 (lodge) 4. San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe 200 miles north of Phoenix at Willow Springs and Paiute Canyon/Navajo Mountain • Paiute Canyon native basket weaving Tuba City, Arizona 86045 Phone 928-283-4589/4587 5. Navajo Nation 260 miles northeast of Phoenix, located in northern Arizona, New Mexico, & Utah - in Coconino, Navajo, & Apache Counties, Az • Monument Valley • St. Michael’s Historic Museum • Canyon De Chelly • Hubell Trading Post • Four Comers National Monument • Navajo Museum, Library, Visitor’s Center • Ten Recreational Lakes • Window Rock & Shiprock natural formations



• Navajo fairs, rodeos & pow-wows Window Rock, Arizona 86515 Phone 928-871-6436 6. Hopi Tribe 250 miles northeast of Phoenix on Highway 264 and 67 miles north of Winslow • Stone Pueblos Villages • Ancient ceremonial dances • Cultural Center • Arts & Crafts Guild • Walpi Village Tour • Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant & Inn Second Mesa, Arizona 86043 Phone 520-734-2401 (Cultural Center) 928-734-2441 7. Fort Mojave Indian Tribe 236 miles northwest of Phoenix and located along the Colorado River near Needles, CA on Highway 95 and interstate 40 • River recreation • Avi Casino • Golf, Ghost towns • Spirit Mountain Casino • Hikin & rock hounding • Winter National Sand Drag Races Needles, California 92363 Phone 760-629-4591 8. Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe 102 miles northwest of Phoenix and adjacent to the City of Prescott on Highway 69 • Bucky’s Casino • Frontier Village Mall • Historic Prescott • Fishing, camping, hunting Prescott, Arizona 86301 Phone 928-445-8790 9. Yavapai-Apache Nation Tourism 95 miles north of Phoenix off of Interstate 17 at Camp Verde • Cliff Castle Casino • Montezuma Castle National Monument • Native Visions horseback riding, van tours, & gift shop • Montezuma Wells and Tuzigoot National Monuments Camp Verde, Arizona 86322 Phone 928-567-3035 10. Tonto Apache Tribe 93 miles north of Phoenix and adjacent to Payson on Highway 87 • Mazatzal Casino • Winter recreation • Mogollon Rim • Tonto Natural Bridge Payson, Arizona 85541 Phone 928-474-5000 11. Colorado River Indian Tribes 189 miles west of Phoenix and along the AZ-CA border at Parker on Highway 95 • Lake Moovaly • Poston Memorial Monument • Aha’Khav Tribal Preserve • Hunting & Fishing • Colorado River Tribe Museum • Blue Water Casino Parker, Arizona 85344 Phone 928-669-9211 ext. 1324

12. Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation 23 miles east of Phoenix on Highway 87 Verde River Water Recreation • Fort McDowell Casino • We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and Course • Fort McDowell Adventures Fountain Hills, Arizona 85269, Phone 480-837-5121 13. White Mountain Apache Tribe Approximately 4 hours from Phoenix and 46 miles south of Show Low on Highway 73 • Sunrise Ski Resort • Fort Apache Cultural Museum • Hunting • Hon-Dah Resort-Casino Conference Center • Fishing & Camping Ft. Apache, Arizona 85926 Phone 928-338-1230







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14. San Carlos Apache Tribe 115 miles northeast of Phoenix and east of Globe on Highway 60 • Hunting & Fishing • San Carlos Lake • Apache Gold Casino • San Carlos Apache Cultural Center • Salt River Canyon San Carlos, Arizona 85550 Phone 888-275-2653 15. Gila River Indian Community 40 miles south of Phoenix off interstate 10 Gila River Heritage Theme Park • Wild Horse Pass Casino • Vee Quiva Casino • Japanese Internment Camp • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Sacaton, Arizona 85247 Phone 928-562-6000 16. Ak-Chin Indian Community 58 miles south of Phoenix on Highway 347 • Him-Dak Museum • Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino • Casa Grande Ruins Monument • Farming, Basketry • St Francis Church Feast Maricopa, Arizona 85239 Phone 928-568-2227 17. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 10 miles east of Phoenix and adjacent to Scottsdale • Hoo-Hoogamiki Museum • Talking Stick Golf Course • Pavilions Shopping Center • Cypress Golf Course • Casino Arizona at Salt River Scottsdale, Arizona 85256 Phone 480-850-8000


18. Cocopah Indian Tribe 211 miles southwest of Phoenix and 13 miles south of Yuma on Highway 95 • Tribal Museum • Cocopah Indian Casino • 18 hole golf course with swimming pool & tennis courts • Tribal cultural Center • Full hook-up RV Park • Agriculture Somerton, Arizona 85350 Phone 928-627-2102


19. Fort Yuma Quechan Tribal Council 185 miles southwest of Phoenix, Adjacent to Yuma off interstate 8 and located along the AZ-CA border • Historic Fort Yuma • Paradise Casino • Fort Yuma Museum (Arts & Crafts) • Water recreation • RV Parks, Fishing, camping & hunting • Port-of-Entry (U.S. & Mexico) Yuma, Arizona 85366 Phone 760-572-0213/0214 20. Tohono O’Odham Nation 136 miles south of Phoenix, 58 miles west of Tucson on Highway 86 and near the U.S. & Mexico border • San Xavier Mission Del Bac • Desert Diamond Casino • Baboquivari Mountain Park • Kitt Peak Observatory Sells, Arizona 85634 Phone 520-383-2221 ext. 285 21. Pascua Yaqui Tribe 135 miles south of Phoenix and 15 miles west of Tucson off of Interstate 19 • Casino of the Sun • Mt. Lemmon • Old Tucson Studio • Saguaro National Monument • Santa Catalina Mountain • Sonoran Desert Museum Tucson, Arizona 85746 Phone 800-572-7282 or 520-883-5000

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Has anyone ever told you that shopping in Santa Fe is “far too snooty and expensive?” Well, if so, then you have been terribly mislead. Shopping in Santa Fe is not only affordable, but even a short visit gives you the opportunity to explore famous galleries, museums and some of the oldest historical landmarks in the country. And the food! You haven’t tasted real southwest cuisine until you’ve dined in Santa Fe. One of the most popular shops for the locals as well as savvy tourists is TinNee-Ann Trading Co. (Cerrillos Rd.) Tin-Nee-Ann, named after an old Navajo trading post, has been in business since 1968 and is filled with unique southwest jewelry, kachinas, pottery and artifacts. The next stop was Yippee-Yi-Yo, located on the historic plaza and dubbed “The Funnest Shop in Santa Fe!” It’s fun and colorful and filled with hundreds of gift ideas in the $20+ range. The back of the shop holds a huge variety of children’s clothing, toys and books, all with a southwest theme. Also on the plaza is Palace of the Governors, a lively outdoor marketplace extending one full block along the covered porch of the oldest government building in the United States. The is no shortage of fine jewelry and accessories here, all handcrafted by local artisans who are required to obtain a permit of authenticity in order to do business on the Palace grounds. Tesuque Glass Works is located just six miles from Santa Fe in the small village of Tesuque. Absolutely stunning works of art are created in a setting of lush tranquillity. Watch a molten, fluid blob transform into a vividly colorful glass flower, vase, wall hanging or whatever piece the artist-of-the-day is moved to create. The holiday open house on Sunday, December 7th, 1-5pm is a rare, annual opportunity to purchase beautiful glass blown art at discounted prices. An article on shopping in Santa Fe simply would not be complete without mentioning Jackelope (Cerrillos Rd.). One could easily spend a good part of the day perusing this indoor/outdoor marketplace. Rugs, hand blown glassware, furniture, pottery. garden decor, dream catchers, magnets, pottery. birdbaths, statues, kitchenware, pottery. Did I mention pottery? They carry every conceivable

size, shape and color of pottery known to man. A plus is the numerous golf carts cruising the grounds ready to assist customers in getting their purchases back to their cars. Santa Fe has endless choices of unique, affordable shops for gift buying any time of year and merchants are happy to ship items back home if desired. Places to Stay: Hampton Inn, 3625 Cerrillos Rd. 505-474-3900, Earn Hhonors Points and Miles. 100% Satisfaction guaranteed. Free breakfast. Indoor pool, spa and fitness room. Comfort Inn, 4312 Cerrillos Rd. 505-474-7330, Choice Hotels Gold Award recipient. Free breakfast. Easy location just off I-25. Pets welcome.

Places to Eat: Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen 555 W. Cordova Rd. 505-983-7929, Authentic New Mexican food and over 100 of the most delicious margarita’s you’ll find anywhere. Old Mexico Grill 2434 Cerrillos Rd, 505-473-0338. Award-winning New Mexican cuisine. Great prices with a comfortable, family atmosphere. Blue Corn Cafe and Brewery, 4056 Cerrillos Rd. 505-438-1800 (Walking distance to the Comfort Inn). Extensive lunch and dinner menu, choices for the whole family. Local beers. Tortilla Flats, 3139 Cerrillos Rd. 05-471-8685, Local favorite with great prices. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. O’Keeffe Cafe, 217 Johnson St. 505-946-1065, Southwest cuisine bistro. Outdoor patio dining adjacent to the famous Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Places to Shop: Tin-Nee-Ann Trading Company 923 Cerrillos Rd. 505-988-1630 Yippee-Yi-Yo, on the Plaza 54 E. San Francisco St. 505-988-2757 Palace of the Governors. Outdoor marketplace located on the Plaza. Tesuque Glass Works Bishops Lodge Road in Tesuque 505-988-2165, Jackelope, 2820 Cerrillos Rd. 505-471-8539

Four Seasons of Fun

The Four Corners area of the southwest USA is unique! It is the only place in the country where four states come together. Comprised of parts of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, it includes an incredible diversity of attractions and activities with a common theme of scenic beauty, archaeological richness and incredible recreational opportunities. Visitors will find national parks and monuments; Native American communities; fishing, boating, whitewater river rafting, relaxing float trips and other water-based fun; hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, skiing and other land recreation; history galore in turn-of-the-century mining towns and even historic Narrow Gauge Steam Trains. Guided tours will help you make the


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The Four Corners most of your stay and there are plenty of service centers, shopping malls and trading posts to meet your needs. Please remember to be respectful when attending Native American ceremonies and do not take photographs without permission. Also, when visiting archaeological sites, stay on designated trails and leave artifacts in place. For more information contact one of the following agencies: Four Corners Tourism Council, P.O. Box 490, Monticello, UT 84535 Arizona Office of Tourism, 602-542-8687 Colorado Travel and Tourism Authority, 800-COLORADO New Mexico Dept. of Tourism, 800-545-2040 Utah Travel Council, 801-538-1030

6th Annual Keshmish Festival

‘Christmas’ Festival at the Navajo Nation Museum Did you know that ‘Keshmish’ is ‘Christmas’ in Navajo? Come along to the Navajo Nation Museum and Festival on Nov 14-15 to learn more about native culture and art as you view exhibits, shop for fine hand-crafted pieces, and enjoy the Traditional Storytelling and Comedy Show. The Navajo Nation Museum, Library, and Visitors’ Center is a 58,000 square foot facility built in the shape of a huge eight-sided brick hogan (traditional Navajo home). One of the largest Native American museums in the country, it houses a library, the museum center, a galley, classrooms, workrooms, conference rooms, resource room, auditorium, amphitheater, snack bar, office space, and a gift shop. In 1998 the museum - then a year old decided to create an event to promote local artists and at the same time to produce a greater public awareness of its own facilities and exhibits. The Keshmish Festival is now in its 6th year and is a popular and much anticipated weekend. Both emerging and established artists



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display and sell jewelry, weavings, pottery, paintings, carvings and much more. Parents, you’ll be able to shop in peace! There is a children’s arts & crafts activity room where your youngsters will be happily occupied in creating holiday ornaments. The show hours are Fri. 10am-6pm and Sat. 10am5pm. On Friday evening, the 14th, at 6pm visitors are welcomed to Traditional Storytelling by Steve Darden and Comedy by Ernest Tsosie, III and James June. There are two outstanding exhibits currently running at the museum. “Symbols of Faith & Belief, Art of the Native American Church” through December 13 and “Woven Images” - weavings based on Navajo sandpaintings through December 27. Admission to the museum is free. The hours are 8-5 on Mondays, 8-8 Tuesday through Friday and 9-5 on Saturday. The facility is closed on Sundays and holidays. The Navajo Nation Museum is located in Window Rock, just inside the Arizona state line on the north side of State Hwy. 264. For more information call 928-8717941.

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Located in the heart of Navajo Land, Goulding’s Lodge offers the finest in Accommodations. • 62 Deluxe Motel Rooms • • Campground with Full RV Hookups and Tent Sites • Tours of Monument Valley • • The Award Winning Multi-Media Presentation of Earth Spirit •

Goulding’s Trading Post and Museum Goulding’s Art’s and Crafts Gallery Stagecoach Dining Room

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White Stallion Ranch 9251 W. Twin Peaks Rd. Tucson, AZ 85743 888-977-2624

Bumble Bee Ranch HC34 Box 5075 Mayer, AZ 86333 Reservations: 623-374-0002 • Open year round, Tues-Sun • 2 guest houses that sleep 10 plus campgrounds • Weddings, Special events, corporate & private programs, retreats, Catering Department, live entertainment & Native American Dancers for Group Events • Cattle drives, horseback riding, Hummer tours, ATV adventures, target shooting, helicopter tours, gold panning, nature hikes.

• Open Sept 1 thru May 31 • Accommodations for 70 people • Heated pool, hot tub, petting zoo, full bar, billiards. • Varied horseback riding excursions for different levels of experience, team cattle penning, rodeos, cookouts, barbeques, hayrides, tennis, evening entertainment.

Lazy Horse Ranch 1855 E. Patton Rd. St. David, AZ 85630 520-720-9810

•Lodging for 8 •Trail Rides, pool, spa, family room, large front porch, gardens, ponds, kids 3 and over welcome!

Grapevine Canyon Ranch P. O. Box 302 Pearce, Arizona 85625 Reservations: 800-245-9202

• Open year round • 11 rooms • Swimming pool, Hot tub, Recreation room, Meeting space, Daily maid service, Bar, Gift shop, Laundry facility. • Cookouts, Guided hikes, Fishing, Sightseeing tours, Riding lessons, Cattle roundups • Cattle/ranch work, Specialty rides/trips.

Crown C Guest Ranch P.O. Box 984 Sonoita, Arizona 85637 Reservations: 520-455-5739

• Open Year Round • Accommodations for 18 • On-site Activities: Swimming, tennis, horseshoes, horseback riding. • Off-site Activities: Hiking, biking, birding, cattle drives, scenic railroad, horse racing (Apr-May), ropings on the weekends.

Muleshoe Ranch RRI, Box 1542 Willcox 520-586-7072

• 5 rooms • Guided nature trails, birding, "cowboy" hot tubs.

Flying E Ranch 2801 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg Reservations: 888-684-2650 • Opens October 15th • Heated pool, sauna, exercise room, tennis court, volleyball/basketball court, horseshoe pitch, chess, hiking, birdwatching.

Circle Z Ranch P.O. Box 194 Patagonia, AZ 85624 888-854-2525 • Accommodations for 40 people • Ranch-bred horses for all levels of riding experience, riding twice daily on 6100 acres, trailer rides, lunch & breakfast rides, team penning & games on horseback, hayrides, bonfires, bird ing, tennis hiking, heated pool.. Sunglow Ranch 14066 South Sunglow Road Pearce, AZ 85625 520-824-3334 • 9 rooms • Casitas, Cafe, Full meal service. • Stargazing, Birding, Hiking, Biking.

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NORTHERN Sierra Springs Ranch 101 Sky Hi Rd., Pinetop, AZ 85935 928-369-3900 • Accommodations for 52 • Two fishing ponds, bikes, playground for the kid's, horseshoe pits, volleyball, rec lodge with pool table, small fitness center, sauna. • Horseback riding and golf within 3 miles. Hidden Meadow Ranch P.O. Box 300, Greer, Az 85927 866-333-4080

• Horseback riding (ranch horses or limited boarding for guest horses), flyfishing on site, hiking, ATV tours in the National Forest, horse-drawn hayrides, canoeing, rock climbing and canyoneering, caving, mountain biking, mountain boarding, pack trips and off site guided flyfishing.

NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL Paradise Guest Ranch P.O. Box 790 Buffalo, WY 82834 307-684-7876

• Open May 25 thru September 21 • Accommodations for 72 people • Luxury log cabins with fireplaces, ou door decks & spacious living rooms. Heated pool, spa, old western saloon & dining room. • Horseback riding, same horse for the week, fly fishing program with instruction, trout ponds & guided trips, pack trips to high mountain fishing camp. Adventure trips, historical excursions. Square dancing, chuckwagon dinners, talent shows. Full kid’s program with counselor.

Coffee Creek Ranch HC 2 Box 4940 Trinity Center, CA 96091 800-624-4480

• Open April 1 thru November 30 • Accommodations for 50 people • Trinity Alps Wilderness, fly-fishing stream running thru 367 acres, secluded cabins, pool, spa, stocked pond, weddings, meetings, family reunions. • Hayrides, gold panning, nightly entertainment, hiking, supervised activities for 3-17 year olds, babysitting during rides for those under 3. Mountain trails, loping/horsemanship lessons, hunting & other seasonal activities.

Big Bar Guest Ranch P.O. Box #27 Jesmond, Clinton British Columbia, Canada VOK 1KO 250-459-2333

• Open year round • 17 rms, 4 cabins, summer teepees & campground • Horseback riding includes day rides & 5 day package overnight pack trips, cattle drives 3 days a week for experienced riders, gold panning, canoes, paddle boats, trout fishing, mountain biking, fireside lounge for relaxing, library, billiards, game room, Kid’s Corner programs 2-3 times/week, children’s pony rides.


Thus It Began... History and Heritage of Dude Ranches OV ER VIE W


by Kate Seymour

By the end of the 1800’s people were flocking to the American West in an effort to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. By that time most of the area had been explored and these travelers were drawn by the stories of the area’s beauty and adventure. Due to the ease of travel provided by transcontinental rail systems visitors soon came in hordes, a fact which the West was ill equipped to handle. The dude ranch industry evolved in order to meet the needs of the many travelers wishing to explore the territory. The ranches began as cattle or horse ranches whose owners were besieged with requests for food & shelter and, as was typical of the of the time, offered their services to those who asked. At one point money was offered for these services and soon people began to see it as a way to make a living and began building ranches for the specific purpose of taking lodgers and helping them explore the beauty of the West. You can still find working ranches today with the same mission of helping people to explore the area and to get a taste of what ranch life is like. Here in Arizona, in fact, we have several ranches rich in history which their owners are happy to share with their visitors.

One of these is the X Diamond and MLY Ranch, settled in 1879. John & Molly Butler began the family ranching tradition in the early 1900s when they guided famous folk such as President Roosevelt on horseback rides throughout the majestic White Mountains. In fact, the Ranch is still owned and operated by the Butlers’ descendants. Another example of a ranch rich in history is the 26 Bar Ranch. The ranch was started by none other than John Wayne and his partner Louis Johnson as a working cattle ranch that, to this day, raises some of the most famous Hereford Cattle in the world. The main buildings were built by the Mars-Milky Way Candy Company in the early 30s and 40s, then called the “Milkyway Ranch.” It is now owned, however, by the Hopis who in owning it have reclaimed some of their ancestral land, bringing some of their own history and heritage. Now more recently looked upon as a safe haven for travelers looking for a more low profile destination, dude ranches are still dedicated to giving you the vacation of a lifetime while inviting you into their home and sharing their history. X Diamond & MLY Ranch, 928-333-2286 26 Bar Ranch, 928-333-2102

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Nestled in the Coronado National Forest, surrounded by grassy meadows and majestic trees in its own box canyon, Price Canyon Ranch is the picture-perfect place to relax and enjoy the view. It’s also a great place to experience real ranch life. The staff at Price Canyon encourage you to help out with the chores, round up the cattle, or even pack salt to the cattle in the mountains. Each Spring & Fall ranch work is done on a daily basis - learn to brand or rope a calf to add a little more excitement to your stay. One thing’s for sure, the gorgeous sur-

roundings will take your breath away even if the work doesn’t. You can discover ancient Indian caves, old mines & a natural spring rich in history. Take hikes along the numerous trails throughout the mountain and enjoy the wildlife. The Ranch is a great place for bird watching and there is even a small catfish pond for your enjoyment. There are also plenty of different horseback riding trips for riders of various experience levels. You can even participate in games on horseback, or Arena Games, such as maneuvering through a man-made trail course. The Ranch also hosts what they call a “People Barn,” which has a recreation room with a fireplace, TV, phone, books, board games & a pool table. This facility is great for large groups so don’t forget to keep the Ranch in mind for your reunions or weddings. So take a chance and try something new at Price Canyon Ranch where the staff is dedicated to making your stay the “experience of a lifetime.” Price Canyon Ranch can be contacted at 520-558-2328 or go online to

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Kino Bay on the Sea of Cortez RV UNI RE QUE SO RT

Kino Bay, a 6-hour journey from Tucson, AZ, is the destination of choice for many RVers. The stunning bay with its non-commercialized beach and small fishing village attracts snowbirds and others, who come for the open spaces, the Old Mexico experience and the RV camaraderie. Many head to Kino Bay in November and stay until March. Old Kino has a pharmacy, a medical center, markets, one gas station and a couple of low key restaurants that serve delicious Mexican dishes. Many Rvers bring their boats and fish around the offshore islands. Others enjoy hiking, 4 wheeling or just exploring the area. Kino Bay RV Resort is a unique community, in that it is controlled and supervised by RVers. It is comprised of ten RV parks with 450 spaces. Their organization is the non-profit Club Deportivo (Sports Club), which has more functions than hinted at by its name. In addition to arts & crafts and social activities, Club Deportivo has organized several innovative safety programs.

Rvers check in with Rescue One before heading out to hike, drive into the backcountry or boat on the Sea of Cortez. Volunteers monitor activities and the group mounts rescues where necessary. First Responders is another safety program whereby RV volunteers respond to those in need of emergency medical assistance with guidance from doctors and nurses. Visiting Kino Bay has been made even easier by the setting up of the Sonora Tourist Center in Tucson. Rvers can drop by with a driver’s license, a passport or birth certificate, and a vehicle title or registration and receive the “Only Sonora” visa and vehicle permit at no charge. These are then processed at the Only Sonora building at Kilometer 21 not far from the border town of Nogales. For more information about Kino Bay RV Park call 011-52-662-242-0216. To reach the Sonora Tourist Center call 1-800-TO-SONORA or 520-784-0551. If you are in Tucson, you’ll find them at 4625 E. Broadway, Suite 100-B.

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tion, basic supplies and small parts, towing, tourist information, and protection. Green Angel services are free, and spare parts, fuel and lubricants are provided at cost. Sonora Office: Sanalona and Mocuzari 57, Colonia Ranchito, Hermosillo Sonora, MX. Phone: 01 (662) 212-3253 (Direct dial). To reach the local Green Angels, call their tollfree hot line at tel. 01-800-903-9200.

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Fall Color Festival

Celebrate the Season at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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Could autumn truly be complete without getting out to enjoy genuine Fall color? Alpine aspens have dropped their leaves, but spectacular red and golden foliage can still be available - if conditions are right at Boyce Thompson Arboretum during November. Pack your camera and plan a trip soon. And there’s a special annual event Nov. 29 the Fall Color Festival from 11 am to 3 pm. Sip fresh-pressed Arizona apple cider and hear storytellers Esther Doetsch, Ron Lancaster and Glenda Bonin. There are arts and crafts for children and live music from guitar duo Millie & Rusty in the vivid grove of Chinese Pistachio trees, where brilliant orange and red colors can rival the stately maples of Vermont in a good year. Nearby paths are bordered with the golden hues of pomegranates and cottonwoods. Visitors may test their sense for scents with the “Smells of Fall Challenge” in which participants sniff out the identity of essential oils from trees, shrubs and herbs associated with the season. Perhaps best

of all, walk the Arboretum’s main trail and enjoy the peaceful sound of leaves falling in the forested groves and crunching beneath your feet. Situated at the base of 4800 foot Picketpost Mountain and along scenic Queen Creek Canyon, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is an enthralling collection of plants and biomes from the world’s deserts. The Arboretum’s book store offers unique southwestern holiday shopping and an excellent selection of botanical books, field guides and children’s selections. Well-behaved pets that are leashed are allowed within the Arboretum; picnic tables and grills are also available for visitors’ use. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost 223 near the town of Superior - a drive of about 90 minutes from north Tucson via highways 79 and 60. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12, and kids under the age of 5 are admitted free. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm daily, except Dec. 25. For other information please call 520-6892811 or visit the website

Public Grand Opening Nov. 11 "Big Room" at Kartchner Caverns State Park Public tours of the "Big Room" at Kartchner Caverns State Park start on November 11, Veteran's Day. To best manage the cave’s environment, only 15 people per tour will be allowed and only 17 Big Room tours per day. The delicate construction of the trails inside the Big Room has taken four years to complete with minor modifications still ongoing. Every effort has been made to ensure the protection of the cave and its fragile ecosystem. The environment is monitored with computerized equipment measuring humidity, heat, and CO2. Since the first opening at Kartchner Caverns State Park® in 1999, the State Parks have been facing annual budget

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reductions, which has necessitated increased ticket prices. The reserved ticket prices for public Big Room tours are $12.95 for children 7-13 and $22.95 for adults. The reserved ticket prices for the Throne Room tour will be $9.95 for children and $18.95 for adults. There is no entrance fee for individuals holding advanced reserved tours. Those individuals without a prior cave tour reservation or using the park for picnicking or hiking will still have to pay a $5 vehicle entrance fee to gain entry to the park. Additions at the State Park in the last two years have included a second tram road, a fully equipped campground, hiking trails and a shaded outdoor multi-use group area for large events. For more information about Kartchner Caverns State Park® see the webpage at or call the Phoenix headquarters at 602-542-4174 from 8-5 Monday through Friday. To purchase cave tour tickets, call the Kartchner Caverns State Park® reservation line at 520-586-2283.

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NORTHERN ARIZONA Canyon De Chelly National Monument Casa Malpais Ruins - National Park Affiliate Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Grand Canyon National Park Hubbell Trading Post Historic Site Montezuma Castle National Monument Navajo National Monument Petrified Forest National Park Pipe Spring National Monument Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Tuzigoot National Monument Walnut Canyon National Monument Wupatki National Monument

SOUTHERN ARIZONA Chiricahua National Monument Fort Bowie Historical Site Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Saguaro National Park (TMD - West) Saguaro National Park (RMD - EAST) Tumacacori National Historical Park

STATE PARKS & HISTORIC PARKS CENTRAL ARIZONA Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park Lost Dutchman State Park McFarland State Historic Park Picacho Peak State Park

COLORADO RIVER REGION Alamo Lake State Park Buckskin Mountain State Park Lake Havasu State Park Lake Havasu State Park Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

NORTHERN ARIZONA Dead Horse Ranch State Park Fort Verde State Historic Park Homolovi Ruins State Park Jerome State Historic Park Lyman Lake State Park Red Rock State Park Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Slide Rock State Park Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

SOUTHERN ARIZONA Catalina State Park Kartchner Caverns State Park Patagonia Lake State Park Roper Lake State Park Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

NATIONAL FORESTS NORTHERN ARIZONA Apache/Sitgreaves National Forest Coconino National Forest Kaibab National Forest Prescott National Forest Tonto National Forest

SOUTHERN ARIZONA Coronado National Forest


MULESHOE RANCH PRESERVE Historic buildings from the late 1880’s, ideal for individuals or groups looking for a scenic retreat in the high desert. Overnight guests can enjoy hiking, birding, and natural hot springs.

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Alchesay National Fish Hatchery Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge Cibola National Wildlife Refuge Havasu National Wildlife Refuge Imperial National Wildlife Refuge Kofa National Wildlife Refuge San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery

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CENTRAL Apache Junction Apache Gardens Home Communities 1617 N. Ironwood Dr., 480-288-0311, 105 spaces. Pets allowed. CATV Cherokee Village 205 40 E. Apache Trail, 480-986-4132, 97 sites. Pets allowed. Cable TV, Internet hookup, rec hall, game room, restrooms, showers, laundry, handicapped access, LP gas. Age restrictions Country Villa Home Community 2325 W. Virginia, 480-982-2521, 70 spaces. Age restrictions, pets allowed. LP gas, showers, restrooms, laundry, rec hall, game room, handicap access, heated pool, horseshoe court. Melrose Home Community 355 N. Delaware Dr., 480-982-2521, 25 spaces. Age restrictions, pets allowed. LP gas, handicap access, restrooms, showers, laundry, internet hook-up, game room, rec hall. Shady Rest Mobile Home Park 11435 E. Apache Trail, 480-986-6997 24 sites. Clubhouse with full kitchen, stage and sound system. Cable TV, heated swimming pool. Library, billiard room, BBQ, shuffleboard, bingo, potluck dinners, horseshoes, dances, crafts, golf, computer services. Sundowner Home Community 105 N. Delaware Dr., 480-982-2521, 114 spaces. Age restrictions, pets allowed. LP gas, showers, restrooms, laundry, handicap access, CATV, game room, rec hall, heated pool, horseshoe court, shuffleboard. Weavers Needle Travel Trailer 250 S. Tomahawk Rd., 480-982-3683 400 RV spaces. Age 55+, pets allowed. Cable TV, internet hook-up, LP Gas, restrooms, showers, laundry, dump station, handicap access, game room, rec. hall, heated pool plus spa, library, computer room, equipped exercise room, horseshoes, shuffleboard, golf. Wickiup Home Community 2015 E. Old West Hwy., 480-982-6604, 111 spaces. Age restrictions, pets allowed. LP gas, handicap access, showers, restrooms, laundry, internet hook-up, game room, pool tables, bingo, cards, rec hall, shuffleboard, planned activities, beautiful view of the mountains.

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Casa Grande Casita Verde 2200 N. Trekell Rd., 520-836-9031 192 spaces. Pets allowed. Age restriction. Cable TV, LP gas, showers, handicapped accessible, dump station, internet hook up, restrooms, pool, game room, laundry and rec room. Activity director on property and park model rentals available. Fiesta Grande-An RV Resort 1511 E. Florence Blvd, 520-836-7222 888-934-3782, 767 sites. Age and pet restrictions, no tents. Patios, full hookups, city water, modem hu/site. Wireless internet access. Restrooms, showers, laundry. Heated pool, spa, adults room, shuffleboard, horseshoes, security, public phone, rec hall, game room, planned activities. Park model rentals and sales. Foothills West RV Resort 19501 W. Hopi Drive, 520-836-2531 192 sites, full hookups. Laundromat, public phone, On-line access, water and pop machine, individual computer tutoring, outdoor heated pool and spa, shuffleboard, bingo, card games, horseshoes, bocce ball and putting green. Wireless internet access available. Palm Creek Golf & Resort 1110 N. Hennes Blvd, 520-421-7000 800-421-7004, 1600 RV sites, active adult (55+), luxury resort. All amenities - 18 hole golf course, pro shop, headed pool, spa, clubhouse, baseball diamond, rec hall, lawn bowling, 8 tennis courts, shuffleboard, billiards, exercise room, game room, crafts rooms, computer center, wireless internet access, planned activities. Gravel sites, patios, full hookups (30/50 amps), city water, CATV, laundry, 24 hour security. Mesa Ambassador Downs 2345 E. Main St., 480-964-8315, 167 spaces. Cable TV, rec hall, game room, laundry, restrooms, showers, LP gas, handicapped access. Age and pet restrictions. Deserama Mobile Ranch 2434 E. Main St., 480-964-8850, 140 spaces. Age restrictions. Showers, restrooms, laundry, handicap access, game room, rec hall, heated pool, hot tub, shuffleboard.

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Rancho Ventana RV Resort Your Desert Oasis Home Away From Home

The Rancho RV Resort is perched on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Palo Verde Valley in Blythe, California. The 55+ resort has 212 RV sites and is open from October through April. The “country club style” gated community is surrounded by an 18-hole golf course and offers a full array of services including mail and newspaper delivery to the park, internet access, laundry facilities, heated pool & Jacuzzi, pool table, ping pong, horseshoes and is close to shopping and plenty other city amenities. We invite you to come and stay with us whether it’s for a couple of days, a few weeks or the entire season! We offer 50-amp electrical service (30/50 amp adapters are available) and natural gas and phone service are available. In addition, we provide water, sewer, trash, electricity and cable television. Approximately 45% of the RV lots are privately owned with the remainder available for rent or sale. Please don’t hesitate to ask about the lots we have available for sale right on the golf course. Our friendly lot owners are proud of their community and it shows! Please give us a call at 760-921-3600 or just swing by and pay us a visit. We look forward to seeing you this season!



indoor and outdoor recreational wonderland. Outdoor activities include boating, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, camping, rock hounding, hiking, archery, hunting, horseback riding and trap & skeet shooting. Blythe’s 350 days of sunshine offer year round sporting activities such as tennis, golfing, softball, and volleyball. In January, the Bluegrass Festival calls Blythe its home. In February, the Wally Byrum Airstream Club moves in for a week of “Hobo Rally”. From October through May, the I-10 Speedway runs a variety of car races at the fairgrounds. And in April, the Annual Fair runs for four days with a carnival, livestock show and auction, an exhibit filled with arts and crafts, on going entertainment in the Bommer Theater and the Grandstand and Vendors are also there with wonderful foods and merchandise. Blythe also plays an important part in the Quartzite shows, which take place in January and February with its 1,100 motel rooms usually filled to capacity. The area around Quartzite grows from a summer population of 2,600 to over 250,000 during the winter months!

About Blythe Blythe is situated on the CaliforniaArizona border along the Colorado River (at the junction of I-10 and US 95) and serves as a popular destination for river recreation, golf and “snow bird” living. The Palo Verde Valley is an

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Good Life RV Resort 3403 E. Main St., 480-832-4990 800-999-4990, 1163 RV sites, age restrictions, pet restrictions, 24 rental units, patios, full hookups, city water and sewage, cable TV available, restrooms, showers, public phone, laundry, security. 2 heated pools and spas, shuffleboard, horseshoes, putting green, tennis courts, rec hall, computer lab, health club, silversmith and ceramics, library, pool hall, weekly entertainment and dances. Post office on site. Park Place Community Resort 306 S. Recker Rd., 480-830-1080, 287 spaces. Pets allowed, age restriction, LP gas, showers, restrooms, game room, laundry, rec hall, handicap access, internet hook-up, heated pool, hot tub, shuffleboard, putt-putt golf. Phoenix Desert's Edge RV Village 22623 N. Black Canyon Hwy 602-789-6903. 888-633-7677 210 RV sites, full hook-ups (30/50 amps) No age restrictions! Pet restrictions, no tents, gravel, patios, city water, modem hu/office. Restrooms & showers, ATM, laundry, public phone, limited RV supplies, LP gas. Satellite TV, heated pool, spa, rec hall, game room, & planned activities. Pick up your copy of Az Tourist News at many Village Inn Restaurants statewide.

COLORADO RIVER REGION Bullhead City River City RV Park 2225 Merrill Ave., 928-754-2121 We offer 132 spaces for the value conscious traveler. Utilities and cable are free, as well as the heated pool, rec hall, exercise room, games, clean showers and restrooms, and outside picnic area. Horseshoes and mini golf are also free. Laundry facilities, phones, vending machine, ice machines and propane service is available at a small cost. 30 and 50 amp service. Free email service is available in the office. Lake Havasu City Havasu RV Resort 1905 Victoria Farms Rd. 928-764-2020, 877-407-2020 NEW!! Opening January 2004. Views of lake and mountains. 169 oversized lots for purchase or rent. Spacious Clubhouse with many amenities and large covered patio adjacent to game area. Heated pool and jacuzzi overlook the 9 hole putting green with water feature. We have it all including 100 amps, big rig sites, internet hookups, and pet friendly. Our city caters to our RV visitors. Many activities including a new senior center are in town.


Yuma Cactus Gardens RV Park 10657 S Avenue 9 E 928-342-9188, 480 space park, shopping within 5 min, heated pool & jacuzzi, activities galore & great staff. Yuma Foothills. Computer rooms and wireless internet access. Park model rental & sales available. Capri Mobile Park 3380 S. 4th Ave., 928-726-0959 203 RV spaces. cable TV, phones, sewer & water, outdoor swimming pool & spa, showers, club house with kitchen, lighted shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, card room. Activity director on site. Caravan Oasis Resort 10500 E. Frontage Road 928-342-1480, 800-348-1480 460 RV sites. Pets allowed. Internet hookups, red hall, game room, restrooms, showers, handicapped access, laundry.

Desert Paradise RV Resort 10537 S. Ave. 9E, 928-342-9313 260 spaces, pull thru spaces with 50 AMP service. Full hookups. Heated pool & spa, paved rds, pets welcome, rec hall, kitchen, restrooms & showers, laundry, phone H/U’s, propane delivery, shuffleboard, horseshoes, pool tables, planned activities w/director on property, entertainment. Computer rm & wireless internet access. Park model sales. Las Quintas Resort 10442 E. Frontage Rd, 877-975-9005 928-305-9005, 460 RV sites. Age restrictions, pets allowed. Cable TV, Internet hookups, red hall, game room, restrooms, showers, handicapped access, laundry. Mesa Verde RV Park 3649 S 4th Ave, 928-726-5814 262 sites, laundry, restrooms, showers, 2 swimming pools and jacuzzis, 6 shuffleboard court, rec hall. Activities.

Quartzsite Desert Sun Resorts 29620 N. 53rd, 928-927-6661 Two locations next door to eachother. Pets allowed. LP gas, rec/card room, laundry, library, picnic area, resident planned activities. 30 min. from Casino. Rates 670/yr.

Free Camping & RV Resources • Near Canyon de Chelly National Monument is Cottonwood Campground, just 1/2 mile south of the Visitor Center. There are 104 RV and tent sites available on a first come, first served basis. Facilities are open from April to October and there are flush toilets, picnic tables and drinking water available. No fee required to stay here. Adjacent to the Thunderbird Lodge on the North Kaibab Trail. Chinle, Arizona • Unless posted, many Wal-Mart stores allow RVers to spend the night for free in their parking lot. Please look for signs indicating otherwise. • Sedona/Cottonwood Area - There is government land located between Sedona and Cottonwood that permit up to two weeks for RVers and campers to stay in the middle of desert range land with the occasional cattle herds crossing. Dump stations and groceries are available in nearby Cottonwood.

• Globe - Apache Gold Casino, 7 1/2 miles east of Globe on Highway 70 permits free overnight parking in the parking lot. The RV Park charges a fee; there is a dump station available there. • Kayenta - Free camping is available at Navajo National Monument, located only 30 miles from Kayenta. The primitive campsite has 30 paved sites to accommodate RVs up to 25 feet. Facilities are limited but offer a bathroom and drinking water.

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• Phoenix - Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino just south of Phoenix permits overnight stays in the parking lot. • Yuma Public Lands - Contact the Bureau of Land Management, 2555 Gila Ridge Road, Yuma, AZ 85365 or call 520-317-3200.

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Suni Sands RV Resort 1960 E 32nd St, 928-726-5941 320 RV spaces. Pull thrus available. Large clubhouse, swimming pool and therapy spa, activity and computer center with wireless internet access, shuffleboard, horseshoes, golf practice cage. RV rentals available. Villa Alameda RV Resort 3547 S. Ave. 5E, 928-344-8081 302 RV spaces. Citrus trees on every site and a perimeter security wall. Very quiet yet close to town. Swimming pool, spa, laundry facilities, shuffleboard and horseshoes, cable television, and planned activities. Pets welcome. Westwind RV and Golf Resort 9797 E.S. Frontage Rd. 928-342-2992 , 866-440-2992 1075 sites. Laundry, showers, restrooms, 3 par 9 hole golf course, pro shop, activity office, library, email station, craft room, billiard room, lounge, ballroom, fitness center, shuffleboard court, volleyball court, cafe.

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Truck Stops in Az CENTRAL Casa Grande - I-10 exit 200 Petro Truck Stop 5235 N. Sunland Gin Rd., 520-836-3983 Iron Skillet Restaurant, deli with premium coffee. ATM/Check Cashing, 14 showers, travel and convenience store, mail services, internet kiosks, arcade, movie theater, laundry room, lighted parking, phones. Eloy - I-10 exit 203 Travel America Travel Center 2949 S. Toltec Rd., 520-466-7363 Country Pride Restaurant, Taco Bell, A & W. Parking, showers, RV dump, laundry room, travel store, driver’s lounge. Gila Bend - I-8 & Hwy 80 exit 115 Love’s Travel Stop #296 928-683-2210 Taco Bell. Parking, showers, RV dump, ATM, phone banks, calling cards, mail services, driver rest area, trucking supplies, convenience store. Phoenix - I-10 exit 137 Flying J Travel Plaza 6700 W. Letham, 480-963-1118 The Country Market, Pepperoni’s, Magic Dragon. ATM and phone room. Tonopah - I-10 exit 103 Rip Griffin Travel Center 1010 N. 339th Ave., 623-386-6443 Country Fare Restaurant, Subway, Pizza Hut. Parking, showers, travel store, phones, lounge, game room, laundry.

COLORADO RIVER REGION Ehrenberg - I-10 exit 1 Flying J Travel Plaza Box 801 S. Frontage, 928-923-9600 The Cookery Restaurant. ATM & phone rms

NORTH Camp Verde Distant Drums RV Resort 583 W. Middle Verde Rd. 928-554-0444, 877-577-5505 158 sites. Full hookups, level concrete pads. Cable TV, phone/internet, landscaped grounds, pool/spa, convenience store. Zane Grey RV Park 4500 E. Highway 260, 928-567-4320 800-235-0608, From I-17 (exit 287) east on Hwy. 260 9 miles. Entrance on left after bridge. Extra large, level, shaded pull thrus and back ins; big rig sites; meticulously clean, well landscaped. Full hook ups 20-30-50amp, new laundry, spa, showers, restrooms, modem friendly, LP gas, on running creek. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Flagstaff Black Bart's RV Park 2760 E Butler Ave, 928-774-1912 174 RV spaces with full hook-ups. Pull through sites. Pets allowed, no age restrictions. Restrooms, showers, dump station, laundry room. Internet hook-up, steakhouse, market, general store and antique store on premises. RV supplies available. Credit cards accepted. Kingman - I-40 exit 53 Flying J Travel Plaza 3300 E. Andy Devine Ave., 928-757-7300 The Cookery Restaurant. ATM and phone rooms. Petro Truck Stop - I-40 exit 66 Blake Ranch Road, 928-757-2799 Iron Skillet Restaurant, deli with premium coffee, Pizza Hut Express, Baskin Robbins. travel/convenience store, filling station, ATM/check cashing, showers, video game arcade, movie theater, laundry room, AT&T/SmartStop phones, mailing services, internet kiosks, lighted parking Quartzsite - I-10 exit 17 Pilot Travel Center #328 928-927-7777 Parking, showers, ATM, public laundry, convenience store.

NORTH Winslow - I-40 exit 255 Flying J Travel Plaza 400 Transcon Lane, 928-289-2081 Country Market Restaurant. ATM, phone rooms.

SOUTH Rio Rico - I-19 exit 12 Pilot Travel Center #279 520-377-0001 Parking, showers, ATM, public laundry, convenience store. Willcox - 1-10 exit 340 Rip Griffin Travel Center 1501 Fort Grant Rd., 520-384-5311 Arizona Taco, Country Fare, Subway. Store, lounge, laundry, phones, showers, parking.

Pinetop Hon-Dah RV Park 777 Hwy. 260, 928-369-7400 800-929-8744, 198 spaces, no age restrictions, pets allowed, satellite TV, LP gas, showers, handicap access, dump station, internet hook-up, restrooms, laundry, recreational hall. Adjacent to Hon-Dah Resort Casino featuring 500 slots, poker, great food, and live entertainment. Show Low Venture In RV Resort 270 N. Clark Rd., 928-537-4443 Billiard room, shuffleboard courts, therapy pool/jacuzzi, craft room, large rec (and Bingo) hall, beautiful outdoor park and play area, computer room with wireless internet access. Park model sales and rentals available. Activity director on property. Waltners RV Resort 4800 S. 28th St., 928-537-4611 146 RV sites with full hookups. 30 amps. Laundry facilities, showers, restrooms, cable TV available, BBQ, rec hall, card games, Bingo, pool tables, ping pong, craft, library, golfing programs, horseshoes, hiking and fishing. Springerville Cedar Court Trailer & RV park 111 S. Papago, 928-333-3900 15 RV sites


SOUTH Clifton North Clifton RV Park 210 N. Coronado Blvd., 928-865-4146 New! 55 paved spaces with BBQs, tables, electric and water, dump station, showers, restrooms, landscaped, pets ok. Located on the banks of the San Francisco River in the historic mining town of Clifton and the south end of the Coronado Trail. Mild year round climate. Quiet setting. Huachuca City Mountain View RV Park 99 W. Vista Lane, 520-456-2860 800-722-4103, 96 RV sites. Full hookups. Bath houses with showers and laundry, modem hookups, pay phones, clubhouse, cable TV, pet allowed.

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APACHE JUNCTION Gold Canyon RV and Golf 7151 E. US Highway 60 877-465-3226 Electric, water and sewer hookups, laundry, snack bar, pets OK, CATV, LP gas, instant phone hook-up, internet, game room, recreation hall, swimming.


BENSON Cochise Terrace RV Resort 1030 S. Barrel Cactus Ridge, 800-495-9005 520-586-0600


CASA GRANDE Palm Creek Golf & Resort 1110 N. Hennes Blvd, 520-421-7000

1089 RV sites, 55+, no tents, gravel, patios, full hookups, (30/50amps), city water, modem h/u site, CATV, restrooms & showers, security, public phone, laundry, heated pool, spa, adult’s room, horseshoes, shuffleboard & rec hall, game room, planned activities.


FLAGSTAFF Black Barts RV Park 2760 E Butler Ave, 928-774-1912


MESA Fiesta RV Resort 3811 E. University Dr., 480-832-6490 877-506-0071 336 full hookups, 23 pull-throughs, Cable TV, restrooms, showers, laundry, recreational facilities, library, shuffleboard, horseshoes, billiards, driving cage, ceramics, heated pool & spa, and golf nearby.



HON-DAH Hon-Dah RV Park 1 Highway 73, 928-369-7400, 198 spaces, no age restrictions, pets allowed, satellite TV, LP gas, showers, handicap access, dump station, internet hook-up, restrooms, laundry, recreational hall. Adjacent to Hon-Dah Resort Casino featuring 500 slots, poker, great food, and live entertainment.




LAKE HAVASU Havasu Landing RV Park & Campground 760-858-4593, Full hook-ups, laundry, showers, deli, security, boat launch, swin beach.



8 River Breeze RV Resort

50202 Ehrenberg-Parker Highway 928-923-7483, 866-226-4641 Rrec room, handicapped access, pool, spa, restrooms, showers, full hookups, cable. Open year round.





TOMBSTONE Tombstone Territories RV Park 2111 E. Highway 82, 520-457-2584 Trail Riders Motel & RV Park 13 N. 7th St., 800-574-0417


TUCSON Vista Del Rey Mobile Home Park 3405 N. Romero Rd., 520-888-1707 866-847-8777, Friendly 55+ community. Cozy park with shade trees and grass. Clubhouse with cards, books, TV, laundry. Full hookups. Small pets allowed. Convenient to Tucson Mall, shopping, restaurants, downtown. Great rates. Permanents welcome.


YUMA Westwind RV 9797 E.S. Frontage Rd. • 866-440-2992


WINSLOW Meteor Crater RV Park I-40 Exit 233, 35mi east of Flagstaff. 928-289-5898, 800-478-4002 71 gravel sites, 71 pull-thrus (30x60), big rig sites, tent sites, modem hu/office, restrooms, showers, clean-out station, security, phone, laundry, limited groceries, limited RV supplies, rec hall, playground.


Clifton RV Park 210 N. Coronado Blvd., 928-865-4146 Camping and RV spaces, pull thrus, dump station, showers.





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Tombstone Territories RV Park 2111 E. Highway 82 520-457-2584, 877 316-6714 102 HUGE pull-through lots with full hook-ups. We love pets! Large rec rm w/kitchen, table tennis, shuffleboard, billiards, darts and more! Pool, spa, and BBQ. Miles of hiking / riding / biking trails. Good Sam, Passport America, Happy Camper members welcome. Very competitive rates. Top Rally Site. 102 (40’ x 80’) sites with FHU w/cable20/30/50AMPS. 2 laundry rooms, showers, modem friendly, propane, and many more amenities. Wonderful views, See our Ad in this issue. Tombstone Trail Riders Motel & RV Park 13 N. 7th St., 520-457-3573 800-574-0417 Motel Mini RV park, 10 spaces available, free morning coffee, CATV, large clean rooms, phones. Tucson Cactus Gardens Home Community 2333 W. Irvington Pl., 520-883-4771, 75 spaces. Pets allowed. Laundry, CATV, beautiful mountain setting. Parklane Mobile Estates 5255 S. Park. Ave., 520-889-5101 Clubhouse, fully-equipped kitchen, lounge & fireplace, billiards, shuffleboard, heated pool, jacuzzi, modern laundry facility, playground. Prince Park RV Park 38 W. Prince Rd., 520-293-5967 25 RV spaces, full hookup. No age restrictions, pets allowed. Cable TV, swimming pool, BBQ area, ramada, bocce court, laundry, restrooms and shower rooms. Close to Tucson Mall, convenient to downtown restaurants, centrally located. Vista Del Rey Mobile Home Park 3405 N. Romero Rd., 520-888-1707 866-847-8777, Friendly 55+ community. Cozy park with shade trees and grass. Clubhouse with cards, books, TV, laundry. Full hookups. Small pets allowed. Convenient to Tucson Mall, shopping, restaurants, downtown. Great rates. Permanents welcome. From I-10 take Prince exit east to Romero Rd., south on Romero Rd.

Voyager RV Resort 8701 S. Kolb Rd., 520-574-5000 800-424-9191, From Jct. of I-10 & Kolb Rd. (Exit 270), S. 0.5 mi. on Kolb Rd. (L). 1,576 full hookup sites w/patios, includes back-ins, big rig sites, & 100 foot pull thrus, modern hu/site. Restrooms & showers, dump, security, phone, laundry, groceries, RV supplies, food service. Heated pools, spa, rec hall, activities, 9-hole golf course, tennis & shuffleboard courts, 36rm Inn, Day Spa, Massage Center, and planned activities. Willcox Grande Vista RV & MH Park 711 Prescott Ave., 520-384-4002 34 spaces. Full hookups. Mobile home rentals and self-storage. Pets allowed. No age restriction. Cable TV, internet hookup, restrooms, showers, laundry, handicapped access, dump station, rec hall, heated pool. CALIFORNIA Blythe Rancho Ventana RV Resort 4410 N. Arrowhead Blvd. 760-921-3600 Country club living at a fraction of the price! Located on 18 hole golf course, gated community. 212 sites, 30/50AMP, sewer, water, cable TV, internet hookup, natural gas, telephone. Laundry, restroom, showers, clubhouse with kitchen, heated pool, jacuzzi, pool table, ping-pong, horseshoes, golf tournaments. Age restricted, open Oct - April. Borrego Springs Palm Canyon Resort 221 Palm Canyon Resort Drive 760-767-5341, 800-242-0044 All 130 sites have full hook-ups with cable TV. Phone hook-ups are available in some sites for long term guests. Restaurant, lounge, store and laundromat all on the property. 60 unit hotel with swimming pool and jacuzzi. El Centro Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort 1589 Drew Rd., 760-352-7061 500 sites. Cable TV, cafe, country store, heated pool and spa, laundry room, shuffleboard, library, clubroom, billiards room, golf course and golf shop, horseshoes, lakes


Needles Blackstone RV Park 3299 Boundary Cone Rd. 928-768-3303 bullheadcityaz/ 136 sites. Full hookups. Clubhouse, laundry, mini-market, propane.

Las Cruces Sunny Acres RV Park 595 N. Valley Dr.. 505-524-1716 877-800-1716, 80 sites, full hookups. Clubhouse, showers, laundry, modem hookups, large park area.

Niland Bashford's Hot Mineral Spa 10590 Hot Mineral Spa Rd. 760-354-1315, 143 full hookup sites. Adult park. Open October through May. Quiet, relaxing, friendly. By scenic Chocolate Mtns. Hot mineral water baths. Showers, rec room, dances, bingo, other activities, RV storage. Pay fishing ponds. Church services. Horseshoes, billiards, card room.

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San Diego San Diego RV Resort 7407 Alvarado Rd. in La Mesa 619-469-3199, 877-787-6386 180 sites. Full hookups. Exercise room, billiards, TV lounge, internet, laundry, pool, jacuzzi, friendly office staff.

Santa Fe Skies Campground & RV Park

14 Browncastle Ranch, 505-473-5946 96 sites, full hookups. 50 AMP, pets welcome, clubhouse, convenience store, internet, laundry, propane, theater lounge, big rig friendly. NEVADA Las Vegas Las Vegas International RV Resort 6900 E. Russell Rd., 702-547-5777 877-977-1700, 220 sites, full hookups. Clubhouse, fitness equipment, wet bar, library, big screen TV, dartboard and pool table, jacuzzi and spa, patio area, phone hookups, high speed internet access.

COLORADO Mancos A&A Mesa Verde RV Park and Campground 34979 Hwy. 160, 970-565-3517 800-972-6620, 71 sites, 4 cabins. Family campground, 38 acres, cabins, pull-thrus, tenting, groups, hot tub, mini-golf, rec. hall, wagon ride fossil hunt, pet sitting, store, showers, laundry, 2 playgrounds. Credit cards accepted, senior discount.

Pahrump Saddle West Hotel, Casino & RV Resort 1220 South Hwy. 160, 775-727-1111 800-433-3987, 80 extra wide pull-thru spaces, full hookups. Discounts for Good Sam, AAA, seniors, weekly & monthly stays. Easy highway access, downtown location, showers, cable TV, laundromat, 24 hour security, golf packages, dump station, pool & spa, 24 hour restaurant, fully landscaped, nearby shopping.

NEW MEXICO UTAH Carlsbad Carlsbad KOA 2 Manthei Road, 505-457-2000 877-457-2002, 100 sites on 22 acres. Full hookups. Hot tub, playground, live bait and fishing supplies, restrooms, laundry, clubhouse. Glenwood Sundial Springs End of Forest Rd 519, 505-539-2712 Secluded wilderness area on San Francisco River, hot springs pools, 2 tent sites, 16 RV sites w/full hook-up, restrooms, showers, laundry, BBQ grills, picnic tables, secure, gated facility, river raft launch site w/shuttle service, view of bighorn sheep sanctuary

Moab Canyonlands Campground 555 South Main, 435-259-6848 800-522-6848, 133 sites. Restrooms and showers, laundry, pavilion, swimming pool, horseshoes, convenience store & gas station.

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