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Arizona / New Mexico www.ArizonaTravelRecreation.com • www.NewMexicoTravelRecreation.com Arizona / New Mexico Travel and Recreation Directory is published annually and distributed through select hotels, restaurants, advertisers, mail requests, request from the website, chambers of commerce and tourist information centers. For advertising rates, contact: Arizona / New Mexico Travel and Recreation Directory P.O. Box 6707, Boise, ID 83707 phone: (800) 525-1166 or (208) 377-0226; fax: (208) 321-0141 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.travel-recreation.com We have made every attempt to ensure the information contained herein is accurate. However, the information may have changed since publication of this directory. Always verify information prior to travel. Maps are provided for
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Navajo cowboy riding his horse inside the desert of Monument Valley Navajo tribal park, Arizona (photo courtesy Moyan Brenn)
Welcome to Arizona Welcome to the “The Grand Canyon State!” Arizona’s sunshine ensures that almost everyday is perfect for relaxing around a pool, playing a round of golf, skiing or sightseeing. Arizona is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon. This magnificent sight is 217 miles long, 4 to 18 miles wide and a mile deep. The Colorado River flows at the bottom. With two National Parks (the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest), and sixteen National Monuments, which include: the prehistoric Indian ruins; Tumacacori Mission; Pipe Spring, an early Mormon fort built around a spring; Chiricahua, with the Wonderland of Rocks, where Cochise, Geronimo and their Apaches roamed; two cactus forests, Saguaro and Organ Pipe; and Sunset Crater, a 1,000 foot high volcanic cinder cone.
Nickname:....................................“The Grand Canyon State” Area:.....................................................114,006 Square Miles Population:................................... Approximately 6,553,255 Capital:......................................................................Phoenix Population:.............................................. Approx. 1,567,924 State Mammal:.......................................................... Ringtail State Bird:.......................................................... Cactus Wren State Tree:..............................................................Palo Verde State Flower:.........................Blossom of the Saguaro Cactus State Motto:............................... “Ditat Deus,” God Enriches Highest Point:............................Humphreys Peak; 12,633 ft. Lowest Point:.......................................Colorado River; 70 ft.
Grand Canyon, Arizona (photo courtesy Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau)
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Fly-fishing for Apache Trout, White Mountains, Arizona (photo flickr.com)
Ajo is a town of about 4,000 people in southwestern Arizona. Once a copper mining community, Ajo became something of a retirement community in the 1980s after Phelps Dodge stopped mining operations. A recent influx of Border Patrol agents and a contingent of young people who don’t want to live anywhere else have kept the town a mix of all ages. Though sometimes called a “sleepy mining town”, Ajo has never been ordinary. Even the name Ajo is different, and a bit of a mystery. Depending on whom you listen to, Ajo (pronounced AH-ho) comes from either a Tohono O’odham word for paint or the Spanish word for garlic. For a small town, there’s lots to do, with activities ranging from softball leagues to a theatre group and from church groups to golf clubs. There are many opportunities for volunteers who like to stay busy. Ajo, Arizona, on the map. Ajo is in the Sonoran Desert, tucked away in Western Pima County in Arizona, about 120 miles southwest of Phoenix and 130 miles west of Tucson. Ajo is landlocked with the Tohono O’odham Nation to the east, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument to the south, and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge and Goldwater Gunnery Range to the north and west. The desert is far from desolate, with abundant wildlife and plants despite not having much rain. Coyotes howl at the moon, roadrunners zip across highways, desert bighorn sheep climb mountains, and rattlesnakes scare the unwary amid palo verde trees, mesquite, majestic saguaros, and organ pipe cactus. In the spring, wildflowers bloom in merry profusion while cactus sprout delicate blossoms. Plaza 1998 in town, desert landscaping prevails, though the green plaza at the center of town is a spot people drive many miles to visit. The Plaza, with its surrounding Arizona Mission-style buildings, was built to be the community’s “front yard”. The lush grass is bordered by palm trees and other ornamental plantings, with park benches that invite people to sit and visit with friends. Ajo’s climate makes it an ideal cold season retreat. January tem-
peratures average 64° maximum and 40° minimum. July temperatures average 103° maximum and 80° minimum. Yearly rainfall of 8.95” keeps the desert plants and wildlife abundant. Rarely is humidity over 56% and averages 37%. Spectacular sunsets silhouetting the mountains can be seen year-round. The community has been served by a weekly newspaper, the Ajo Copper News www.cunews.info since 1916.
The Alpine Area includes the small mountain communities of Alpine, Nutrioso, Hannagan Meadow, & Blue in Eastern Arizona’s White Mountains. Alpine is located at an elevation of 8,050 feet in the eastern end of the White Mountains and surrounded by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Alpine is a popular destination for hunting, fishing, wildlife & bird watching, & camping. Alpine is near the headwaters of the San Francisco River and 6 miles west of the New Mexico border. When visiting or living in Alpine you can choose to enjoy activities such as boating, kayaking, fly & bait fishing, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife and bird watching or just relax sitting on the shore of one of our lakes & streams or sitting in a chair on the porch. Visitors and residents enjoy a slower pace of life in the Alpine area & it’s a place to reflect and rejuvenate. We also have a winter season in which to enjoy the snow sports & experience the quiet after a snowfall. What Makes Us Special? Cool, Comfortable Summer Weather Dark and Clear Skies is an Astronomer’s Dream Wildlife Viewing Everywhere Clear, Clean and Cool Lakes & Streams for Boating, Kayaking, & Fly & Bait Fishing Arizona tops the nation with the highest number of champion-sized trees and many species are uniquely Arizonan. We’re in the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world. For more information, contact Alpine Area Chamber of Commerce at (928) 339-4330 or go online at www.alpinearizona.com
Apache Junction and the Superstition Mountains are part and parcel of mystery and adventure…the legends and lore of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine… a history that includes the prehistoric Hohokam and the Salado cultures as well as Spanish Conquistadors, Apache Warriors, Fur Trappers, Gold Miners, Cattlemen and all those who followed – all drawn by the majesty of the Superstitions. Apache Junction is just east of Mesa, off of U.S. Highway 60 and intersecting State Highway 88 (the Historic Apache Trail) and the stepping off point for adventure in the Superstitions. The Trail winds its way past Goldfield Ghost Town, the high cliff draped blue waters of Canyon Lake and the old way station of Tortilla Flats. There the pavement ends but the graded trail continues down dizzying Fish Creek Canyon, past Apache Lake and Roosevelt Dam. Past the Dam you can visit Old Globe – once the stomping grounds of famous outlaws like the Apache Kid and visit the antique shops there and in nearby Miami. The journey continues on through the old mining town of Superior and ends, about 135 miles and 8 hours later back in Apache Junction. So many things to do! Trail ride or hike the countless trails. Take the scenic dinner cruise on the Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake. Tour Goldfield Ghost Town for a taste of 19th century Territorial Arizona or enjoy “The Best Hamburger in the State” at Tortilla Flats. Don’t forget to visit the Superstition Mountain Museum to absorb the grandeur of the Alps, the glory of the Rockies, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon and adding an indefinable something that is most awe inspiring and most sublimely beautiful. Submitted by Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
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At the Center of It All Arizona City combines a scenic desert setting with a small town charm, metropolitan convenience and economic opportunity. Nestled amid desert mountains, Arizona City’s convenient location at a halfway point between Phoenix and Tucson, offers visitors and residents wide-open spaces with the friendliness of a small community and the convenience of nearby metropolitan amenities. Outdoor attractions include year-round golf on an 18-hole desert course, sailing and fishing at a 48-acre man-made lake, hiking and camping at Picacho Peak State Park (the site of Arizona’s only Civil War battle). Arizona City is an official part of the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail. In 1775 Bautista and his party rested in the area which is now Arizona City after having come out of Apache land. The historic trail begins in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and ends at the Presidio in San Francisco. Arizona City offers a wide variety of architectural styles in housing from adobe and classic southwest to contemporary abodes and winter retreats. Here among the sprinkling of cotton fields, agricultural farms and cattle ranches, you’ll also find some light industry and family-owned businesses. Arizona City Daze in February each year brings together our community and others by enjoying a parade, carnival, arts and crafts, and lots of entertainment. We always welcome new neighbors and businesses... come visit and stay awhile! For additional information, contact the Arizona City Chamber of Commerce at (520) 466-5141.
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The story of Avondale is so entwined with a place called Coldwater that both stories must be told concurrently. There was a man named Billy Moore who owned a freight station on the west bank of the Agua Fria River which means in Spanish “Cold Water” where he had a well with cold water. For the river name and his clear, cold water well he called his place Coldwater. Still many old-timers referred to it simply as Billy Moore’s. His freight station was near a ranch known as Avondale. The railroad established a station a mile west of Coldwater. The station was on the Avondale ranch, however it was called Litchfield. A budding metropolis began to form. When Moore’s freight station lost importance the name Coldwater was abandoned. It is not known why the United States Post Office, was established as Coldwater on July 2, 1896 and discontinued October 3, 1896. On March 23, 1911, the United States Post Office was re-established using the name of Avondale, instead of Coldwater. The United States Post Office ruled that a once used post office name could not be re-instated.
Kartchner Caverns State Park, a gem of a cave hidden below the Whetstone Mountains, is Benson’s claim to fame. Named one of the world’s top 10 living caves, this pristine cave is one of Arizona’s finest treasures. You’ll also find golf courses, an Old West movie set and a bookshop on a working ranch, to name just a few of Benson’s attractions. The San Pedro Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course. Turquoise Hills Golf is a desert-style, executive style course. Both offer value and fun for golfers. Marvel at the vistas provided by the San Pedro River Valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Benson, a friendly town with historic connections, was founded in 1880. Originally, it was a stopping point on the Butterfield Overland Stage route – a vital conduit in frontier days. The nearby Holy Trinity Monastery is an example of the Benedictine order’s culture. Artists can also stop at A Gallery of Dreams, a local gallery showcasing the work of a master sculptor as well as works from other artists. At Gammons Gulch, a movie set and museum, you can walk through the 1880’s western town that includes a mining camp, blacksmith shop, and saloon. You might recognize Westerns filmed on this set. In nearby Dragoon, the Amerind Foundation Museum tells of the American Indians, which includes the Chiricahua Apache experience. The Singing Wind Bookshop, one of southern Arizona’s best-known bookstores, is owned by Winifred Bundy, who maintains her vast library on her family’s working ranch. Open to the public, the store hosts events highlighting local authors and music. For astronomy lovers, stargazers can visit the San Pedro Valley Observatory, a great place for families and astronomers of all experience levels. For more information, please call (520) 586-4293 or visit www. BensonVisitorCenter.com
Water Fight in Benson, AZ, annual competition between area fire departments (photo courtesy Bill Morrow)
As you walk up Bisbee’s Main Street, you might never guess that it was once a rough, Old West mining town. Now it is a charming collection of antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and museums. Tucked within the Mule Mountains, the town’s appeal is the combination of history and creativity. Known for its mineral wealth, Bisbee was called the “Queen of the Copper Camps” in the late 1800s. The mines produced eight billion pounds of copper, plus gold, turquoise, silver, lead and zinc. Learn how the miners lived in Bisbee’s most popular attraction: the Queen Mine Tour. Suit up in a yellow slicker, mining hat, and headlamp and take a train ride deep underground. This unforgettable experience will help you understand the city’s beginnings. Retired miners turned tour guides tell stories of their days beneath the surface and recount the history of what it was like for miners when their muscles did most of the work, gradually aided by modern machines. Golfers can challenge their long drive on the “Rattler,” a 747yard hole at the Turquoise Valley Golf Course, Arizona’s oldest continuously-operated golf course. If you’re a walker or runner, take part in the Bisbee 1000, a 5K run through 1,034 steps built into the town’s hillsides. Walk Bisbee’s streets and see for yourself the historic hotels, bed and breakfast inns, and shops that showcase the artists that have flocked to Bisbee since the 70s. Its architecture, with classic styles like Greek, Romanesque and Renaissance Revival, Victorian and Art Deco, exudes its own charm. For more information, call 1-866-2BISBEE (866) 224-7333 or visit www.DiscoverBisbee.com
Thomas Newton Clanton arrived in the area around 1877, bringing his family west from Iowa in search of a better climate for his failing health. Another settler, Malin Monroe Jackson, along with two others began construction on the canal that was to bring life giving water to the area. Jackson named the canal Buckeye after his home state of Ohio. Ten miles of the canal were completed in 1886, and several small farms were established along the nearby canal. Thomas Clanton applied to the U.S. Postal Service for the first post office in the area. When the request was granted in 1888 the new station was named Buckeye after the canal. Clanton had big plans for a new town. In September 1888, he teamed with Phoenix surgeon Oscar L. Mahoney to subdivide 160 acres of their land to establish a business district in the new town, then named Sidney. With the all important canal called Buckeye, most of the locals also referred to the town by that name and in 1910, it was officially changed from Sidney to Buckeye. Buckeye has surpassed Phoenix geographically with 660 square miles in the planning area and will one day be the largest city in the state of Arizona. Growth in Buckeye surged in the last few years, bringing residential developments and much needed retail and services. Much of the farmland and many of the descendants of the original founding families remain, keeping the “small country town” atmosphere that is Buckeye. The lovely White Tank Mountains to the north and Robbins Butte Wildlife Area to the south offer prime hiking, biking and wildlife watching to residents and visitors alike. Buckeye’s Museum is a treasure trove of history that will soon be moved into larger quarters at the new Heritage Park. The park, with the restored Eastman Gin, acres of historic agriculture and a working mini gin, was scheduled to be a stop on the 2012 Arizona Centennial Celebration. Buckeye is home to the March Helzapoppin’ PRCA Rodeo; “the best place to see a national rodeo” according to Phoenix New Times Magazine, and the only PRCA sanctioned rodeo in the west valley. Two demolition derbies, Heritage Days, CountryFest, Pioneer Days, and Glow on Monroe round out a series of events guaranteeing things are always “a-poppin’ in Buckeye!”
In the 1860’s William Harrison Hardy was one of the first men to call this area his home. Back then it was called Hardyville. The founder was a unique man, willing to take risks with unknown ventures. He was a postmaster, county supervisor and a member of the Territorial Legislature. Before Hardyville was abandoned for a ghost town it had mining activities which pushed away from the Colorado River and Hardyville as well as the railroad which was constructed from Needles through Yucca to Kingman and farther. The only thing that marks Hardyville’s existence is a cemetery. Though abandoned, its resurrection would happen, not as Hardyville but as Bullhead City, with the coming of Davis Dam. Along the Colorado River was an old landmark called Bull’s Head Rock. From this landmark the city received the name of Bullhead City. During the use of steamboat travel up the river, it was used as a navigation point. When the waters began to rise behind Davis Dam, creating Lake Mohave, Bull’s Head Rock gradually disappeared, with only a small, undistinguishable part remaining uncovered. In 1902 the site for Davis Dam was selected, but the construction did not start until 1942. It was discontinued in December of that year due to the war. The construction resumed in April, 1946, and the dam was completed in 1953. Bullhead City was incorporated on August 28, 1984.
The natural beauty of the low desert serves as a backdrop to this progressive city that has maintained its spirit of the neighborhood. Casa Grande is 45 minutes from Phoenix and an hour from Tucson and is strategically located at the intersection of two major interstates, I-10 and I-8, making it an ideal spot for travelers and residents. Casa Grande is an active growth area with a balance of opportunities for its residents and visitors, yet it has preserved the small-town charm that has always made it so exceptional. This sunny, “community first” city, with a year-round population of more than 47,000 residents and approximately 20,000 winter visitors, offers a wide variety of shopping and dining experiences, historic sites, attractions, golf, movies, museums, community theatre, many unique festivals and events and fun, which celebrate the feeling that this is a place all can truly call “home.” For additional information, please contact the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce (800) 916-1515, or visit www. casagrandechamber.org
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In August of 1887 a gentleman named Alexander John Chandler traveled to Arizona. He was appointed the first veterinary surgeon of the Territory of Arizona. Only thirty days after his appointment a severe drought had set in, and the Arizona cattle began to perish rapidly. Because of this Chandler resigned his commission as state veterinarian in Prescott. He had every intention to travel to California, on his wagon trip down the Black Canyon Road; he was convinced that he was doing the right thing. The night he arrived in Phoenix it began to rain and he changed his mind and withdrew his resignation as the state veterinary surgeon, keeping it until 1892. In the 1890’s Chandler became one of the largest landholders in the Salt River Valley, having nearly eighteen thousand acres, which was called the Chandler Ranch. Chandler had became an expert in irrigation. While Roosevelt Dam was being constructed, he surveyed his acreage into agricultural plots of from ten to one hundred sixty acres. During 1911, he advertised his land for sale. The response was immense. Only a year later the town of Chandler was established.
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Chinle which means “Water Outlet” refers to the mouth of the On February 24th, 1863, President Lincoln signed a bill officially Canyon de Chelly. It originally was an agricultural area of 771 acres creating the U.S. Territory of Arizona. Surveyor General John Clark of chili, corn, squash, peaches, apple trees and melons irrigated by and military Captain N.J. Pishon were sent to inspect the gold region homemade canals and dams. On the small knoll some 100 yards of central Arizona and “have an eye to the best location for a post.” north of the Thunderbird Ranch, the United States command held a Clark and Pishon reported that a military post would be well situated council with the Navajo Head Chief Mariano Martinez, Second Chief on Cienega Creek at Del Rio Springs, where the area “abounds in Chapitone, and Third Chief Zarcillas Largo. They were in actuality, deer, antelope, turkey, good water, hayfields, and nearby woods for Chief and local Headmen of the area. After the council, these local firewood and timber.” The post was established in December 1863 chiefs signed a United States Treaty with the Navajos on September and named Fort Whipple in honor of General Amiel Whipple who 9, 1849, better known as the “Navajo Treaty of 1849”. fell in battle. From January 22 to May 18, 1864 the offices of the In the winter of 1864, Colonel Christopher Carson and several Territorial Government of Arizona were operated here before being other military officers accepted the surrender of the de Chelly Navajos. moved to Prescott. The tribe of 50 Navajos under Hastiin Cholginih (the Humpback), and Although that was 150 years ago, the area we now call Chino Valley the Navajo woman Chief (Khinibaiih), surrendered at the spot where (incorporated in 1970) at an altitude of 4,700 feet still enjoys a mild Colonel Washington held council with the Navajo Chief Mariano four seasons; plentiful wildlife; the purest water; clean air with blue Martinez and Headmen in 1849. The “Long Walk” as it was called skies and fabulous sunsets; and a warm rural lifestyle. was made by an estimated 10,000 Navajos. The journey was a very Picturesque mountains surround our town, with nearby lakes; Nagrueling 350 mile stretch to Ft. Sumner at Bosque Redondo, New tional Forest lands; Indian ruins; and miles of hiking and equestrian Mexico, to be held as captives of the United States government for trails; a commercial airport & golf course nearby; the home of Yavapai 4 years until the signing of the “Navajo Treaty of 1868”. To compare College Agribusiness, Science & Technology; a medical center; major their “Long Walk”, it was more severe than the World War II “Bataan grocery store; churches of many denominations; restaurants; a variety Death March” where the captured American soldiers walked 63 miles of small businesses; Community/ Aquatic Center & Ball Fields; several and than traveled by train from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell. parks; and a historic/organic winery! Under the guidance of Father Leopold Osterman the first mission was Even though the Town has grown to a population of 10,500, you established in 1904. While Navajo Agent Ruben Perry was attempting will find the residents of Chino Valley are still as warm and friendly to force Navajo children into school at Ft. Defiance he was overpowered as they were generations ago when we were a small farming and and held captive by Doyalthi’ih (Silent One) and his followers for two ranching community. For information: www.chinovalley.org; email: days. Later the soldiers captured the rebels and were sent for a year firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our Chamber & Visitor’s Center to Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay and then later moved to Ft. @ 175 E. Road 2 South, Chino Valley. Huachuca, Arizona. Chino Valley Territorial Capital Days Parade (photo courtesy Chino Valley Historical Society)
It was 1874 when soldiers established a camp in a place that would later become known as Cottonwood. As the community developed and more folks moved in, it took its name from a circle of sixteen large trees growing about onequarter of a mile away from the Verde River. With mosquitoes and other pests of the Wild West, it had a rough start, but nevertheless several families settled down and on March 6, 1879 the United States Post Office was established. Cottonwood’s heyday was the mid-20s when it provided services and lodging to the thriving mining town of Jerome. When the Copper Rush ended, Cottonwood struggled for some time, but that is no longer the case. Today Cottonwood is a thriving community with a brand new Recreation Center, outstanding Senior Center, golf courses, excelling High School sports teams and the nationally awarded Verde Valley Medical Center. It’s Old Town District, the original whole of Cottonwood, is complete with galleries, antique shops, restaurants, wine and olive oil tasting rooms, hotels and a quaint B&B. Remnants of its history can be seen in the ramshackle Old Town building front facades along Historic 89A, and in the original stone structures of the Jail and the Civic Center. New structures have added even more character and reflect the spectrum of individuality in Cottonwood. The City of Cottonwood now services a large portion of the Verde Valley, our main intersection of 89A and 260, at the heart of the Verde Valley Wine Trail, now sees about 50,000 cars a day.
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For tourists coming in, there is no end to the entertainment. Cottonwood is the hub of the wheel, the heart of the Verde Valley, the books to be read between the bookends of Prescott and Flagstaff, Jerome, Sedona, Page Springs’ and Camp Verde’s wineries, the Verde Canyon Railroad, Blazin’M Ranch, a multitude of State and National Parks, and Ancient Indian Ruins. Added to Cottonwood’s appeal are: the newly renovated Old Town Center for the Arts featuring guest sounds of top notch talent such as R. Carlos Nakai, F-Stop Restaurant’s world fusion cuisine now offers Friday and Saturday Dinners A La Carte or Prix Fixe, Crema with fresh gelato, now serves meals and music too, the Old Town Jail’s upcoming renovation may possibly house the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, and there’s a new Self-Guided Walking History Tour compiled by The Cottonwood Hotel. Other music venues include Bear’s Earth Gallery, Heart and Soul, Kactus Kate’s, The Green Garden, and, spontaneously, other Main Street locations. Adding to the ease of arrival, Arizona Department of Transportation has approved remarking of Historic 89A signage through town plus the towns of Jerome, Clarkdale, and Sedona and Oak Creek areas. Flagstaff and Prescott now have local flights if you don’t have a private plane for the Cottonwood Airport, which is also the site of RedRock Skydiving Jump Zone. The OTA is collaborating with Ledbetter Law Firm to update and reinstall neon lighting to the antique Shep’s Liquors sign, converting it to welcome folks to Old Town, and possibly to be a directional to the new parking lot. The old Willy’s is reopening under new ownership as Bing’s Burger Station with outside retro signage, soon to be another nostalgic eatery. Other established restaurants include Nic’s and the Tavern Grille, Hog Wild, and the newer Thai Palace, Green Garden and Conchos Mexican. During your stay, accommodation options include: The Historic Cottonwood Hotel, which has been lodging to stars including Mae West and John Wayne; The Sundial Motel for its old stone courtyard and artistic flair; and The Annabel Inn, Cottonwood’s first Bed & Breakfast and an eco-friendly 3-Leaf European Cottage. For more information please visit www.oldtown.org Downtown Cottonwood, Arizona (photo courtesy Ken Lund)
Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures have mixed for hundreds of years in the city of Douglas, Arizona. This captivating crossroads of culture and industry is a place where people were attracted to the cattle ranching, mining and railroad industries. Impressive buildings constructed between 1905 and 1920, the boom days of the Arizona Copper mines. As you tour Douglas, you’ll find a number of peaceful neighborhoods, with fine examples of early 20thCentury architecture. Douglas has become a “Main Street” City in hopes of preserving and restoring the historic structures. Douglas’ culture is intermingled with the diverse stories of its people. Founded in 1901 as a site for a copper smelter, Douglas boasts 405 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Some of the most famous buildings include the historic Gadsden Hotel, the EP & SW Railroad Depot, which is now the police station, the business district, the 1919 Grand Theater, Church Square and Castro Park and the surrounding residential areas. In addition to its history, Douglas also hosts arts events at galleries and at the nearby college. In Douglas you can also cross the border into Agua Prieta, Sonora, MEXICO, a distinctive city with narrow streets and the Iglesia de Guadalupe Church, a stunning example of mission architecture. You can shop in Agua Prieta’s downtown square for saddlery, leather boots and handmade pottery. If you would like to take a self-guided tour of Douglas, pick up a map at the Douglas Visitor Center, (520) 417-7354.
Eagar AND SPRINGERVILLE
The Chamber of Commerce office is the place to begin your experience located at the beautiful Heritage Center. The sister cities of Eagar and Springerville are nestled in Valley Redondo (Round Valley) at an elevation of 7,000 feet, and are home to about 9,000 local residents. This is one of the few remaining communities in the county where people enjoy all the conveniences of modern day living, within a “Home-Town” environment and cool climate. Four seasons embrace Round Valley. Spring welcomes the annual Chrome in the Dome Car Show. The July 4th Rodeo and Parade and the July Hummingbird banding are just two of summer’s many events. Photographers and visitors flock here for the fall colors and bird watching. Sunrise Ski Resort and many nearby winter recreation areas offer cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling and more. Historical attractions include Casa Malpais, an ancestral Indian pueblo from about 1200 AD with tours of the site originating from the museum, the Renee Cushman Museum, petroglyphs, historic homesteads and John Wayne’s Ranch. Round Valley is minutes from 40 mountain lakes and hundreds of miles of streams. In the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, outdoor recreation opportunities are limitless. Round Valley is a hunter’s paradise, with an abundance of big and small game. Game and Fish report record breaking bull elk. Round Valley is perfectly located for daytrips to explore Northern Arizona and New Mexico.
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Looking for a quiet, friendly, yet active Main Street in Arizona? Eloy has it! A Main Street that really is the focal point of our community can be found by following the “City Hall” signs posted at the stop sign one mile north of any of our three exits from I-10 (Sunshine Boulevard, Toltec Road, or Sunland Gin Road). Eloy is also proud to boast of Skydive Arizona, where skydivers come to explore the possibiilities… You don’t have to be a champion to jump here… But you just might become one if you do! For more information contact the Eloy Chamber of Commerce at (520) 466-3411.
In 1540 the Spanish conquistadors explored Northern Arizona to find riches of gold. They wrote in their memoirs about meeting the Hopi, Yavapai, and Havasupai Indians, who gathered pinon nuts and hunted mule deer near the Peaks. A big business during that time was the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company, and because of the railroad which ran through Flagstaff the company grew and so did the town. Many people gravitated toward Flagstaff because of its growth such as Americans, Hispanics, Basques, African-Americans and the Chinese. As the United States turned 100 on the 4th of July, 1876, a group of people from the east built a flagpole out of a Ponderosa pine tree and raised the American flag in Antelope Park. Seven years later the Atlantic and Pacific railroad was constructed through Antelope Park. The town was named for the flagstaff which was still standing. Before long, local interest in nearby Indian ruins, now encompassed within Walnut Canyon National Monument gained momentum. The ruins were discovered by lumber magnate Michael Riordan. Over the next 25 years Riordan was probably best known for exploiting the ruins and removed numerous artifacts, but around 1891 local citizens began to get alarmed at the scale of looting and destruction of ruins. The Chamber of Commerce recognized the tourist value of the ruins, condemning the mutilation of the cliff dwellings in 1891. It wasn’t until 1904 when the ruins became part of the San Francisco Mountain Forest Preserve that protective precautions were taken to secure the ruins.
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Florence is located in central Arizona, midway between Phoenix and Tucson along State Route 79. Florence was founded in 1866 as a farming community along the banks of the Gila River and became the seat of government for Pinal County in 1875. The town boomed in the 1870s with the discovery of silver in the nearby Silver King Mine. Businesses prospered as the town became the commercial hub for mines, ranches and farms in the region. The small town charm of Florence gives visitors an authentic sense of old west history and culture. The downtown commercial district and surrounding residential area is designated as a National Historic District with over 120 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district is noted for its abundance of adobe buildings and the evolution of its architecture from the Territorial Period through the middle of the 20th Century. The Historic Florence Audio Tour, available at the visitor center, brings history to life with narrated stories of colorful characters that once graced the streets of Florence. Two museums are dedicated to preserving the town’s history – McFarland State Historic Park and the Pinal County Historical Museum. Aside from historical attractions, visitors also enjoy other local destinations including Saint Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, The Windmill Winery, Arizona State Prison Outlet Store, and outdoor recreation in Box Canyon.
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Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell are neighbor communities located just east of Scottsdale, Arizona. They are surrounded by stunning desert landscapes and are the perfect basecamps for travelers of all ages. Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell offer one of the most impressive collections of nationally recognized golf courses in the southwest: We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, and Desert Canyon Golf Club. All the courses are part of the Sonoran Desert Golf Trail. You can ride along a historic trail on horseback or participate in a cattle drive and cowboy cookout. In the shadows of the mountains, you can also go hiking and mountain biking throughout the area, including in the spectacular open spaces of McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Fountain Hills is an arts oriented community – The Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts in November and the Fountain Hills Great Fair in February feature hundreds of artists from around the country and attract an estimated 200,000 people each over their individual three day spans. With world-class golf courses, luxury spas, casino gaming, outstanding dining and shopping, major art shows, galleries, theatre, and the world’s tallest fountain, Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell offer a resort-like experience within a awe-inspiring scenic environment.
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Small Town Feel with Big City Appeal. Gilbert is the place to live, work, play – or just get away! Located just 20 minutes southeast of Phoenix, Gilbert offers the subtleness of a quaint community with the convenience of a metropolitan city. From farm-fresh cafes and barbecue diners to the elegant formality of fine dining, Gilbert’s got a flavor for good food, great shopping and picturesque weather. Averaging 310 days of sunshine each year, Gilbert is a dreamland for outdoor enthusiasts. More than one million visitors have experienced the Riparian Institute, a 110-acre nature preserve and wetland that attracts more than 200 species of birds. Gilbert is home to Big League Dreams Sports Park, a ball park featuring scaled down replicas of famous baseball stadiums, and Cosmo Dog Park was named one of the best escapes for our four-legged residents by Dog Fancy magazine. Retail therapy abounds at SanTan Village, a premier, open-air shopping complex. Visitors also will find charming dining and shopping in Gilbert’s Heritage District and unique boutiques throughout town. The performing arts are enjoyed at notable venues including Higley Center for the Performing Arts and Hale Centre Theatre, theatre-in-the-round experience for the ages. Gilbert boasts three state-of-the-art hospitals – Banner Gateway Medical Center, Gilbert Hospital, and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center – and recently celebrated the groundbreaking of Banner MD Anderson
Big League Dreams, Gilbert (photo courtesy Big League Dreams)
Cancer Center, a nationally respected cancer treatment facility. Just southeast of Gilbert, visitors will find distinctive experiences in the neighboring community of Queen Creek, including Schnepf Farms, a “u-pick” farm and host to lively seasonal festivals. The Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona’s only working olive farm and mill, offering daily tours, samples and meals. Horseshoe park and Equestrian Center is a premier facility providing a variety of equestrian and multi-purpose events and a community arena which remains open to the public from sunrise to sunset each day. Getting to Gilbert is easy with service by two airports -– Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport – and, once here, enjoy a night at one of Gilbert’s beautiful hotels. What are you waiting for? Come soak up nature at the Riparian Preserve, take a dive at Cosmo Dog Park, catch a fly ball at Big League Dreams, experience theater in-the-round at Hale Centre Theatre, or enjoy a night in at one of Gilbert’s four new hotels. Gilbert is the place to live, work, play – or just get away. Gilbert has received national attention for its friendly atmosphere, excellent schools, and unmatched expansion. Over the past 20 years, Gilbert has been named one of the fastest growing towns in the country. Even with such growth, in 2009, Gilbert was named the safest municipality in Arizona and the 24th safest community. Business Week named us one of the best places to raise your kids and CNN Money ranked us as the 31st best place to live in 2010. Gilbert boasts a high school graduation rate exceeding 90% and is bordered by Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Arizona State’s Polytechnic Campus, Northern Arizona University’s East Valley campus and AT Still University – four incredible institutions. Gilbert is serviced by Sky Harbor Phoenix International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport – both within 15 miles. The recent addition of hotels and a conference center make Gilbert a destination for leisure or business travel. We invite you to enjoy some sunny days in Gilbert! For additional tourist information, visit www. visitgilbertaz.com
Within the last 100 years, Glendale’s economic progress could be summed up by two words, water and transportation. Water is actually what created Glendale’s industry. Two water sources assured a stable water supply and freedom from the effects of droughts and floods, the Arizona Canal and the Roosevelt Dam. Because of these water sources Glendale became an agricultural mecca. They specialized in lettuce, melons, sugar beets and cotton. Because of Jack Swilling, who was the Phoenix’s founder, a saloon brawler and drug addict, he re-excavated the prehistoric Hohokam Indian canals that irrigated thousands of acres of farmland along the Salt River. His efforts also helped give birth to Southeast Valley Settlements that became the cities of Tempe and Mesa. Regrettably, for the northern and western portions of the Salt River Valley, the Indian Canals were not restored. The lands that made up Northwest Phoenix, Glendale and Peoria today remained raw desert more than 15 years after the East Valley cities had already been settled. In order to restore life to the barren Northwest Valley it, too, needed to have that all-powerful resource, water. The Arizona Canal Company, which was incorporated on December 20, 1882, had the idea to build a canal 44 miles long from the Salt River westward across the northern part of the valley on the Agua Fria River. During the process, gigantic engineering problems were overcome and by May 1885 the first water flowed through the newly constructed Arizona Canal.
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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company acquired the city in 1916 to produce Egyptian long-fiber cotton. The name of Goodyear was applied to both the community and the cotton ranch, but in 1944 the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company sold its’ land. The name Goodyear was transferred to the discontinued post office, which became the new town of Goodyear.
Graham County, Arizona is a place where small town friendliness is the norm. A lot of people have a notion of what “Hometown America” is and that is exactly what you will experience when you walk the streets of downtown Safford, stroll through the town square, and visit with the people you meet on the street. Graham County has over 4 million acres of National Forest and protected Wilderness lands, pristine high desert beauty, the lush Gila Valley, and towering pines on Mount Graham. The beautiful scenery and diverse terrain makes Graham County an ideal place to hike, fish, camp, bird watch, kayak, relax in their hot springs, and enjoy the outdoors! Discovery Park allows visitors to dive into the world of astronomy by enjoying exhibits, tours, and an interactive space shuttle simulator. From Discovery Park there are tours that go to Mt. Graham International Observatory, home to the largest telescope in the world. Graham County is also home to Arizona’s Salsa Trail ® which is all about terrific Mexican food and down-home friendliness. Arizona’s Salsa Trail is made up of a dozen Mom and Pop Mexican restaurants, a family owned tortilla factory, and a lady who grows chilies that are sprinkled through the small communities of southeastern Arizona. In a world where change seems constant, the constant on the Salsa Trail is good food and consistency of service that spans decades. There is an annual SalsaFest every September where people compete for the title of best salsa! For more info, please phone: (928) 428-2511 or (888) 837-1841 or visit our website at: www.visitgrahamcounty.com Apache Day in Globe, Arizona (photo flickr.com)
Cobre Valley Center for the Arts
In the 1906 Courthouse
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One short hour east of the Phoenix metro area on U.S. 60, through the tunnel and past exotic rock formations, is beautiful Globe-Miami. The red rocks of the Pinal Gila Scenic Byway east of Superior rival those of Oak Creek Canyon. Experience clean air, clear blue skies, and the relaxed atmosphere of a small town. The two historic mining towns are experiencing a renaissance with new restaurants, antique and specialty gift shops/malls, coffeehouses and eclectic architecture. 13 Mexican restaurants with international reputations for excellence serve very reasonably priced authentic family recipes. History is preserved and can be experienced through visits to the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum, the Gila County Historical Society Museum, the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts and the BeshBa-Gowah Archeological Park, just a few minutes east of downtown Globe. View the Chamber website at www.globe miamichamber.com for information on coming events and the various attractions of the area or call toll free 1-800-804-5623.
John W. Young, a railroad contractor, in 1881 set up headquarters two miles east of the future Holbrook, where a little community already existed. The first house to be built east of Horsehead Crossing was constructed by Juan Padilla which lay above the junction of the Puerco and Little Colorado River in 1871. Berado Frayde (or Freyes) was in charge of Padilla’s saloon, and the place came to be known as Berado Station. It was the main crossing for travelers heading south. Padilla was at best a haphazard merchant, pricing all articles at fifty cents regardless of their value. The first railroad tracks were laid at Berado in 1881. As Berado began to fall out of existence along with Horsehead Crossing, Holbrook grew in importance as well as economically. Young named the town of Holbrook in honor of H.R. Holbrook. It became the county seat in 1895 and is today an important community serving numerous ranches and trading posts.
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The Yaqui Indians escaped from Mexico at the turn of the century in order to evade persecution under the rule of Porifirio Diaz, who sought to exile them to tropical Yucatan. Among other villages, the Yaqui established Guadalupe that was named after the Virgin of Guadalupe, patroness saint of Mexico.
Nestled atop the famous Mogollon Rim at an altitude of 6,700 feet, Heber/Overgaard is a haven for those that wish to see the beautiful lands that surround the area and get away from the desert lifestyle & heat. Only a couple hours away from Phoenix, Heber/Overgaard residents and visitors enjoy all four natural weather seasons and are free from the hustle and bustle of a big city. Beautiful mountains and lakes surround one of the largest stands of Ponderosa pines in the United States. Annual events include an old fashioned 4th of July weekend event with a unique parade down the main highway, an arts & crafts fair including a kids entertainment area, as well as many food vendors in the beautiful Tall Timbers Park. A superb fireworks display has been touted by many to be the best in the State of Arizona. The annual Oktoberfest is usually held on the 3rd or 4th weekend in September and also boasts an arts and crafts show as well as traditional German food, music and a kids entertainment area. Thousands fill Heber/Overgaard to enjoy the atmosphere and fun with these events. Hiking, fishing & camping abound in the nearby areas and beautiful views from the Mogollon Rim are enjoyed by many. Wildlife is plentiful in the area as well with thousands of acres of National Forest land to enjoy. A large resort, two motels, RV resorts and local cabins offer a wide range of lodging choices in the immediate area plus a variety of restaurants. Churches of many denominations are available locally along with the peace and contentment that come with a small community atmosphere. Heber/Overgaard – perfect in all seasons.
Gateway to Monument Valley Highway 163 • Kayenta, AZ 86033 (928) 697-3231 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Monument Valley and a Navajo tribal park (photo courtesy Moyan Brenn)
Located at the intersections of Interstate 40, and U.S. Hwy. 93 and Historic Route 66, situated in the scenic Hualapai Valley between the Cerbat and Hualapai mountain ranges. Kingman has over 40 places on the National Register of Historic Places. Spaniards searching for gold explored the area as early as the 1500’s and were followed by the Anglo explorers in the early 1800’s. In 1857, Lt. Edward Fitzgerald Beale and his team of explorers came to survey a wagon route along the 35th parallel to the Pacific Ocean. In the early 1880’s, Lewis Kingman surveyed a railroad route between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Needles, California. The fledgling settlement along the track’s route was designated “Kingman” after the enterprising surveyor in 1882. Framed businesses popped up everywhere and in 1887, Kingman was declared county seat of Mohave County, spurring the construction of a courthouse and county jail. In 1914, the National Old Trails Highway, the predecessor of Route 66, was completed. The road was officially renamed U.S. Highway 66 in 1926 and only 800 of the 2,200 miles were paved, none in Arizona. Route 66 was traveled heavily during the Great Depression in the 1930’s by immigrants looking to find a better way of life. In the 1940’s the route was used to transport massive equipment and troops during WWII. By the 1950’s, the increase in traffic on the nation’s roads and an increase in accidents prompted President Eisenhower to sign into effect the National Interstate Highway System. One of the new interstates was to be I-40, which would parallel Route 66 in many places and cover it in others. Located approximately in the middle of the longest remaining continuous stretches of Route 66 lies Kingman, AZ which is why we boast being the “Heart of Historic Route 66”. Stop in Oatman, AZ a former gold mining town where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard honeymooned or drive on just past Peach Springs, AZ to the Grand Canyon Caverns and descend by elevator 21 stories into the earth for a guided tour of the caverns and 3 million old fossils. Kingman offers golf enthusiasts two 18-hole championship golf courses, nine community parks and even one dog park. Kingman offers a full list of summer activities to enjoy while in the area. This summer take time to make new friends, experience our high desert climate with open vistas and beautiful mountain ranges. For more information on Kingman and the surrounding area please call the Powerhouse Visitor’s Center at (866) 427-RT66 or visit the web site at www.kingmantourism.org
LAKE HAVASU CITY
As one would expect in a city with the word “lake” in it’s name, Lake Havasu City abounds in water related activities. What is surprising to many people, it also has a lot to do on land. Lake Havasu City was first founded early in the ‘60’s , but didn’t gain notoriety until 1968 when town founder Robert McCulloch purchased the world famous London Bridge to relocate in his new city. The 2040 Mesquite Ave. • Lake Havasu City, Arizona bridge was dedicated October 10, 1971, and the city became famous. Aside from the London Bridge, the lake itself is one of the city’s most www.havasusands.com popular attractions for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding or just taking a relaxing cruise on a boat, the lake attracts countless people. Private campsites line the shores of the lake, offering great family getaways for those looking for fun on a budget. For those looking for a little more pampering, numerous hotels offer anything from the standard hotel room experience to posh suites over looking the Bridgewater channel and the London Bridge. Numerous recreation activities await on the land as well. You’re never more than a few moments away from a great golf course in Lake Havasu City, as five lie within the borders, and a total of 11 quality courses are no more than an hour’s drive. The newest in Lake Havasu City is The Refuge, an Arnold Palmer signature designed course offering stunning views of Lake Havasu and a truly memorable golf experience. Other courses include 36 holes of public play at the London Bridge Golf Course, 18 at the Havasu Island Golf Course and a nine-hole, par three executive course at the London Bridge Resort. Anyone looking to get in touch with nature can find themselves in paradise. Popular choices are a trip to the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge just 15 minutes south of Lake Havasu City. This hidden wonderland is flush with flora and fauna not seen many other places. The refuge is actually home to more species of birds then anywhere else in Arizona. Other options include desert tours with Outback Offroad Adventures where guests learn the desert really is alive. Or, take a river tour to see ancient Indian Petroglyphs and Topock Gorge, which has been described as a miniature Grand Canyon. To really see everything there is, log on to www.golakehavasu.com With so much to see and do in Lake Havasu City, it’s no wonder it is known as the city where fun is always in season.
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The town of Litchfield Park, which is about 18 miles northwest of Phoenix, was named after Paul W. Litchfield. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1916 bought land west of the Aqua Fria River to produce Egyptian cotton. The town was briefly called Aqua Fria Ranch, but was later changed to Litchfield to honor Paul W. Litchfield.
Including Brenda, Harcuvar, Hope, Salome, Wenden, Vicksburg, McMullen Valley was named after its first businessman, James McMullen, who opened a stage station on the La Paz Road in May of 1855. The May 14, 1866 edition of the Precsott Miner reported: “McMullen has a fine well near Granite Wash, upon the La Paz Road. He also keeps a first class station with good food for man and beast.” Occasionally, the name “Grace Valley” is applied to this area, for Grace Salome Pratt, whose husband Charles, tried to start an agricultural colony in the Salome portion of the valley. Saguaro Lake (photo courtesy D Guisinger)
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Located in the Valley of the Sun, Mesa is just minutes from Phoenix and Scottsdale. Mesa is one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities, and is currently the third-largest city in Arizona and the 38th-largest in the U.S. As a premier travel destination, Mesa boasts an outstanding collection of resorts and hotel properties, award-winning golf courses, and breathtaking Sonoran Desert scenery. Getting here is easy via Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, offering more than 100 domestic non-stop flights daily, and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport offering non-stop flights to more than a dozen small cities throughout the Western U.S. and Mid-West. With more than 320 days of sunshine each year, there are ample options for outdoor adventure. Visitors can explore the desert on a Jeep or Hummer tour, go hiking, horseback riding, kayaking or tubing down the Salt River. And Mesa is home to two lakes – the majestic Canyon Lake and stunning Saguaro Lake, havens for boaters and water sports fanatics. Mesa is also the proud Spring Training home of the ever-popular Chicago Cubs each March. Additionally, Mesa’s charming historic downtown area is fast becoming a cultural hub with nationally recognized museums including Mesa Arts Center, Arizona’s largest stateof-the-art performing and visual arts facility featuring free campus tours weekly for visitors. To request a complimentary Official Mesa Visitors Guide, call toll free (800) 283-6372 or visit our web site at: www.VisitMesa.com
Page is the Center of the Grand Circle. Located next to Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the Navajo Reservation, Page is the perfect starting point to experience the beauty, history and culture of the Southwest. Located in easy driving distance of Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks as well as the Grand Staircase – Escalante, Navajo, Pine Spring, Canyon de Chelly, Cedar Breaks, Wupatki, Sunset Crater and Walnut Canyon National Monuments. There is also much to see and do in Page: tours of Glen Canyon Dam, Antelope Canyon, and the Rainbow Bridge, rafting down the Colorado River, boat tours on Lake Powell, John Wesley Powell Museum, golf on the spectacular Lake Powell National Golf Course, look down on Horseshoe Bend, watch the sunset at Waheap Overlook, experience Navajo Culture at the Navajo Village, or visit the Trading Posts and many shops and galleries. There are a number of events held during the year: concerts, rodeos, parades and the amazing Page – Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta to name a few. Information to help you plan your visit is available from the Page Lake Powell Tourism Bureau. Phone toll free (888) 261-PAGE, write P.O. Box 332, Page, AZ 86040, e-mail info@pagelakepowelltourism. com or visit our website at: http://visitpagearizona.com Come visit and plan to STAY ANOTHER DAY.
The town assumed its name because of Frank Conkey, Manager of Rio Verde Canal Company in 1899. When the promoters of the Rio Verde canal project oversaw the broad level valley in the early spring covered with flowers and the palo verdes in full blossom, they said, “this is Paradise Valley.” All attempts failed, because of financial problems, to engineer a ditch that would have been 140 miles long with laterals and water to cover 250,000 acres.
The area currently called the Town of Parker was carved out of the Colorado River Indian Reservation in April, 1908, by Arizona and California Railroad. The railroad, selected this location to build a railroad bridge across the Colorado River into California. As the railroad began its work, there became a greater need for supplies, services and housing. Thus, this dry, dusty, little townsite began to grow. As the Arizona Territory grew to become a State, so did Parker Townsite. Early 1947 saw our “community leaders” organize a drive for incorporation. The Town at that time had 500 inhabitants. The petition was signed for incorporation by two-thirds of the property taxpayers and on June 7, 1948, the Parker Townsite became the Town of Parker, a general law town under Arizona Statutes. The first official meeting of the Parker Town Council was held that night, June 7, 1948 with the very first minutes written on a piece of cardboard. This different but vital piece of town history has been framed for preservation and is one of our most prized possessions. In addition to our excellent climate and friendly people, Parker is a wonderful place to live or visit. We hope you will stay awhile. For more information, please contact Parker Area Chamber of Commerce at (928) 669-2174.
Vermillion Cliffs south of Page (photo courtesy Bill Morrow)
Patagonia is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts as well as those just looking for a cooler quieter place to get away. Nestled on Sonoita Creek between the Patagonia Mountains and the Santa Rita’s, at 4050 feet elevation it enjoys pleasantly moderate temperatures, averaging about 7 degrees cooler than Tucson and 12-14 degrees cooler than Phoenix. It is a gateway community for the Arizona Trail AND HAS local trails for shorter jaunts. It is only a few miles from Patagonia Lake, one of the premier parks in the state system. The Nature Conservancy manages the world-renowned Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve at the edge of town. Camping, boating, fishing mountain biking and bird-watching, in the park, in the town and throughout the area are cool, enjoyable and accessible year-round. Patagonia’s tree lined central park is a great spot for festivals and events including the Town’s popular butterfly garden and shaded picnic tables. The main streets sport a number of galleries and shops catering to shoppers seeking that special artisan-crafted gift. Once a mining and cattle center, the town has recreated itself as a haven for artists, artisans, and nature lovers. RV parks, bed and breakfasts and a local motel offer lodging in town within an easy walk of restaurants and shops as well as the Arizona Trailhead and the preserve. The Patagonia Library welcomes visitors and offers traveler friendly services. To get here come down Interstate 10 on scenic AZ Route 83 and then right on AZ Route 82 from Sonoita. If you would rather participate in some cross-border commerce bring your passport and we are North just 18 miles from Nogales AZ on AZ 82. For more details or to book a reservation go to the Business Association website at: http://patagoniaaz.com
Peoria is one of Arizona’s fastest-growing communities, covering 180 square miles with a population of 150,000. This progressive yet grounded and well-balanced city is positioned to be a key player in Arizona’s economic future. The city is known for its variety of recreational programs and activities. Lake Pleasant Regional Park, a desert reservoir with more than 10,000 acres of water and 13,600 acres of land, offers hiking, watercraft rentals, boat slips, fishing supplies and sunset dinner cruises. Rio Vista Community Park, 2009 winner of Nickelodeon’s Parent Pick Award, is a 52-acre oasis in the heart of Peoria that features an urban fishing lake, lighted sand-volleyball courts and softball fields, a skatepark and a state-of-the-art recreation center. Peoria is also home to more than 35 recreational trails. The Challenger Space Center is space-themed learning center and living memorial to the astronauts who lost their lives aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. The center offers a wide variety of activities, including stargazing, space camps, a planetarium and telescope classes. Spring Training home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, the Peoria Sports Complex (www.peoriasportscomplex.com) draws nearly 230,000 fans for Cactus League baseball action each year. To learn more about Peoria, please visit www.peoriaaz.gov or www.visitpeoriaaz.com; “like” the city on Facebook (www.peoriaaz. gov/facebook); or follow it on Twitter (@peoriaaz).
In Phoenix, as early as 300 BC, the Hohokams were the first to farm, building an elaborate canal system that brought water from the Salt River. Whites didn’t start settling the area until after the Civil War and the formation of Camp McDowell in 1865. In early 1868 about 4 miles east of the present town where the flourmill was later erected a settlement was established. Jack Swilling founded the city. He was a Confederate Soldier. When the question of what the town should be called he came up with the name “Stonewall” after Stonewall Jackson, who was also a Confederate Soldier. But the idea was denied. The town was named by Phillip Darrel Duppa who named it because the city’s irrigation system was developed from the Hohokam remains. He also named Tempe after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. A town was surveyed in 1870, and in 1889, the territorial capital made its final move from Prescott to its current city Phoenix. The name Phoenix was first used officially when the Board of Supervisors of Yavapai County formed an election precinct by the name, May 4, 1868. Arizona Renaissance Fair (photo courtesy Frank Kovalchek)
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American tribal nations Festival season kicks off annually with Powwow, the first weekend in June. Art and cultural events run through the summer, culminating with the early October Wildlife Festival. The White Mountains communities are ringed by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, more than two million acres of wilderness and recreation – and the center of White Mountains camping. Pinetop-Lakeside sits amidst the world’s largest stand of Ponderosa pine trees. Sunrise Park Resort: During the winter, it’s Arizona’s largest ski area. In the summer, a scenic chairlift offers views and access to descending trails. The resort offers summer bike rentals and lets you take the bikes on the lift to barrel down the trails. The resort also has disc golf, horseback riding and fishing. Land of Lakes: there are scores of high mountain lakes for summer fishing, winter ice fishing, camping, hiking, boating and recreation. Four of those lakes are within the town limits. The historic White Mountain Apache Tribe features an historic museum and ancient Kinishbah ruins. Casa Malapais archeological site is nearby. There is something for everyone to experience and enjoy – public golf courses, horseback riding, wildlife and bird viewing, outdoor experiences, shopping, antiquing, a variety of accommodations and dining, culture, nature, seasons, and more – waiting to be explored.
10 Unique Things About Pinetop-Lakeside & Northeastern Arizona’s White Mountains 200+ miles of volunteer-maintained trails for hiking, equestrian, biking; paralleled by 50 miles of separate trails for off road vehicles. Woodland Lake Park is a 583-acre complex encompassing Big Springs Environmental Study Area, an outdoor classroom with signage to explain wildlife and flora, White Mountain Nature Center – which offers free discovery & educational programs throughout the summer – interconnected to the White Mountain Trails System. Walk on the wild side right in the center of town. Home of unique wildlife including the Abert squirrel, Wapiti elk, bald eagles, mule deer, osprey and more. Numerous sports fields at Woodland Park, Mountain Meadows (with sport fields and disc golf course) and Camp Grace Arizona Soccer Camp make perfect playgrounds for cool summer sports events and high altitude training. Elevations ranging from 6,500 ft. to over 11,000 ft. means there are four distinct seasons, ski slopes, mountain landscapes and forest wildlife – in ARIZONA! Ski and golf in the same day! Proximal to eight National Parks & Monuments: Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon; Meteor Crater, Canyon de Chelly, Walnut Canyon Monument Valley and Four Corners; and four Native
Prescott is home to some of the most amazing natural beauty to be found in Arizona and is a hub of Arizona history, tradition, art and culture. Surrounded by breathtaking landscape and one of the nation’s largest ponderosa pine forests, Prescott is a must see for the outdoors person. Five crystal clear area lakes provide loads of kayaking, canoeing and fishing opportunities. There are over 450 miles of recreational trails laced throughout Prescott National Forest. Visitors will find trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and offroad adventures that wind through the magnificent moonscape-like vistas of the Granite Dells, to the top of majestic Granite Mountain and across the pine draped Bradshaw Mountains. For the golf enthusiast, Prescott and the surrounding area offer six golf courses that will challenge players against a backdrop of stunning scenery. Not only are area courses well designed and exciting to play, they’re affordable! Prescott’s motto is “Everybody’s Hometown” and indeed it is. With over 500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Buildings, Prescott is Arizona’s best-preserved town. The historic haunts (some rumored to be haunted) of the famous, not-so famous and the infamous, line Whiskey Row on the west side of Courthouse Square. The Palace Saloon, also on the National Register of Historic Places, serves libations on the same bar that served Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. Throughout the year the Prescott area is host to a plethora of events that celebrate the history, culture and art of the West. The combination of Prescott’s history and cultural heritage along with new area developments, create a fascinating destination. For more information visit the Prescott area web site at www.visit-prescott. com or call the Prescott Chamber of Commerce at (800) 266-7534 or www.prescott.org
Nestled in a broad, scenic valley between the Mingus and Bradshaw Mountain ranges, Prescott Valley boasts a temperate climate, beautiful vistas and a rural feel while offering modern services and activities. Its rapid growth has positioned the town as the economic hub of Yavapai County. Prescott Valley is proud to be part of the Arizona university system, and welcomes the chance to bring higher education close to home. Visitors can participate in almost any outdoor sport in and around Prescott Valley, from hiking to mountain biking to hang gliding. Our mountains and forests are destination spots for camping, picnicking, fishing ... just about any activity that involves the great outdoors. The town’s Entertainment District. “ED,” as it is affectionately called, features a 14-screen Harkins Theater, several restaurants and a family fun center. Prescott Valley boasts more than 20 parks and history buffs will enjoy a visit to beautiful Glassford Hill, which was once used in heliograph communications. There is much to see, do and become a part of in Prescott Valley. Whether you visit here on a vacation or are planning to relocate, Prescott Valley will welcome you and help you to feel at home
Quartzsite is located at the crossroads of Highway 10 and Highway 95. In the hot summer months, Quartzsite is a place where weary travelers can make a stop for food, lodging, fueling, and shopping on the way to places east, west, north and south. The summer temperatures here get to be in the 100’s and up, and Quartzsite is just another sleepy town in the south of the desert. In the winter months, when the temperatures are often in the 70s the town turns into one of the biggest gatherings of people in the country. Over one million visitors, some of them called “snowbirds” because they migrate here from the northern climates, converge on Quartzsite in the winter. Quartzsite hosts thousands of vendors at its famous swap meets, where shoppers can find anything and everything they could possibly want to buy. You can shop till you drop. You can be as active or as sedentary as you want to be while you are visiting our desert region. You can fill your days with activities, or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery. You can be in the midst of the wonderful pandemonium that the winter “season” brings, or you can just be out somewhere in the surrounding desert by yourself. Quartzsite has a way of growing on you!
Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona, Arizona (photo courtesy Bill Morrrow)
Scottsdale is a premier travel destination located in the stunning Sonoran Desert boasting more than 70 world-class resorts and hotels, 200 championship courses, pampering spas, and mouth-watering restaurants that include both award-winning eateries and off-thebeaten-track gems. The city also is home to an internationally renowned arts and culture scene with more than 100 art galleries and museums. Here, travelers can indulge in first-rate shopping, special events, 330 days of sunshine per year, and a multitude of outdoor adventures and activities including hot air balloon rides, off-road desert tours, horseback riding, rafting, hiking and more. For more information please go online at: www. ExperienceScottsdale.com
Sedona, recently named in the Top 3 Most Beautiful Places in America by Good Morning America, is located in the heart of Arizona and is surrounded by magnificent red rock formations and is cooled by the rushing waters of Oak Creek. Sedona offers world-class accommodations, rich arts & culture, and some of the best outdoor adventure in the southwest. Visitors can be inspired by the artistry of nature that surrounds Sedona, along with the man-made art featured in more than 100 eclectic shops and galleries that feature world renown talent and local artists. Sedona’s galleries draw a diverse clientele – seasoned collectors, visitors and newcomers alike, delight in the variety of art available from eclectic home decorum & jewelry to paintings with a Southwest flair. Sedona’s rare merchandise is sure to masterfully complete any collection. Sedona’s rich culture began with native American tribes that inhabited the area hundreds of years ago. Their art and culture can still be seen today in the many well-preserved cliff dwellings, petroglyphs and pictographs sites in the area. Sedona’s rich culture continues with captivating performing arts and exclusive festivals and events that top off the city’s remarkable events . Sedona is an outdoor adventure mecca and offers activities to suit your interests from golf, biking, hiking, air tours, jeep tours, vortex tours, horseback riding and other adventures within the stunning surroundings. Sedona offers a wide variety of hiking trails through majestic canyons and along the twisted Oak Creek. With over 100 trails to choose from, you will surely find one that fulfills your activity level while being blown away by crisp clean mountain air. The panoramic views leave you feeling energetic accompanied with a sense of calm tranquility. Experience Sedona for yourself. Phone toll free: (800) 288-7336 or visit us at www.VisitSedona.com
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Show Low is the commercial and tourism hub of the White Mountains of Arizona. Our community was established in 1870 and incorporated in 1953. With a population of 12,400 and an elevation of 6,400 feet, it is in the midst of the largest forest of Ponderosa pine trees in the United States. Show Low is known for its “small town” character. Where you can enjoy our moderate four seasons, beautiful outdoors, 40 nearby forest lakes and streams, and 400 species of wildlife. In Show Low, there are activities for everyone. From local farmers markets, festivals, parades, concerts, picnics, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, gun shows, arts and crafts, rodeos, car shows, shopping, casinos, skiing, biking, OHV trails, and swimming. You can view a calendar of events at www.showlowchamber.com Show Low offers a wide variety of great foods, from Mexican, Western Steaks, Chinese, Coffee house, deli, fast-food, to family-style restaurants. Lodging in Show Low ranges from budget to first class accommodations. We have more than 600 rooms in our individually owned and operated, as well as franchise economy Inns. We have cabins available for the outdoor enthusiast, and first rate amenities available at our local RV parks. Show Low has been successful in orchestrating controlled and well-planned growth of its residential areas. Various master-planned communities offer complete community amenities and protect asset values. Second – home buyers have become a key factor in the shifting economy. Show Low is fortunate to have an outstanding K-12 school system, charter schools, the main campus of Northland Pioneer College and an extended campus of Northern Arizona University. Our award winning hospital, Summit Healthcare, is one of the finest in the state. Our Regional Airport is the largest in the region and is the only airport in the country with commuter service to and from Phoenix.
Mounted Ceremonial Unit B Troop, 4th US Cavalry Regiment (Memorial), based at Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista (photo courtesy Bill Morrow)
Sierra Vista, a growing, active city that sits at the base of the majestic Huachuca Mountains and just west of the verdant San Pedro River Valley, is the perfect “home base” to explore southern Arizona. Besides the blue skies and warm climate, history is a prominent draw here. You’ll find military and Old West history at Fort Huachuca, an active Army post and a National Historic Landmark. You can also learn about some of North America’s earliest inhabitants, the Clovis people. Archaeological remnants can be found in the San Pedro River valley. The Clovis people lived there around 11,000 BC. Also rich in Spanish influence, the great explorer Coronado and his expedition crossed this area on their quest for riches. Fort Huachuca dates back to its establishment in 1877 during the Indian Wars. You can learn about the history of the legendary Buffalo Soldiers and military intelligence at the post’s fascinating and educational museums. Sierra Vista is in the heart of Napa-zona – Arizona’s wine country – surrounded by nearly two-dozen wineries that have tasting rooms and hold annual festivals. Very popular with expert and novice astronomers, Sierra Vista hosts monthly “star parties,” free and open to the public. Sierra Vista, the “Hummingbird Capital of the U.S.,” is internationally known for bird watching and nature based activities. You can hike in the nearby Huachuca Mountains, visit the Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve, or walk along the San Pedro River. Several annual events, such as the Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering and the Southwest Wings Bird & Nature Festival, are nationally acclaimed and popular with visitors from all corners of the U.S. For information and personalized service, call the Sierra Vista Visitor Center at (800) 288-3861 or visit www.VisitSierraVista.com
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The City of Tempe is an exciting mixture of Southwestern hospitality, prosperity and success. In the center of the Valley of the Sun, Tempe covers approximately 40 square miles and is home to more than 166,000 residents. While enjoying dynamic growth, the city has maintained its unique personality and style through a careful and masterful blending of the new with the old. Respecting its heritage and energetically planning for the future, Tempe is a wonderful mix of history and modern urban amenities. Tempe has a distinct identity as an emerging destination city, replete with all the offerings of a city rich in economics, technology, culture, tourism and educational resources. Tempe offers a blend of quality new developments, revitalization and redevelopment, prestigious institutions such as Arizona State University and celebrated traditions. Tempe brings it all together – bright Arizona sun, rewarding places to work, diverse cultures, a myriad of recreational opportunities, the best in entertainment and an unparalleled Southwestern lifestyle. Tempe is the place to live, learn, work and play! For more information contact the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at (480) 967-7891.
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Helldorado Dandy and lady (photo courtesy Cochise County Tourism Council)
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Located in Cochise County. Used with Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce. Tombstone, the most famous little town in the world, is immortalized in books, television programs and movies. It’s what the “Wild West” was all about! Today Tombstone is a real, living small town that offers fun for kids of all ages. Join us and find out why we’re called “The Town too Tough to Die.” We have plenty of things to do, seven days a week! Visit us any time of the year. At an elevation of 4,500 feet, you’ll enjoy a mild climate year-round. Tombstone’s main thoroughfare, Allen Street is open only to stagecoach, horse and pedestrian traffic. You can travel down the wooden boardwalks that Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday walked. Make sure to stop by the Visitors Center at 4th & Allen Street when you get to town for maps, brochures, and show schedules. Visit Arizona’s smallest State Park when you visit the Tombstone Courthouse Historic State Park. Gunfights are performed daily, and don’t forget to visit Boothill Graveyard! Did you know that Tombstone has the world’s largest Rose Tree? Brought to Tombstone in 1886 from Scotland, we are celebrating its 128th annual blooming in 2013. Looking for lodgings and places to eat? Tombstone has several motels, bed and breakfasts and vacation homes, several within walking distance of historic Allen Street. These lodgings include the newly opened Virgil’s Corner Bed & Breakfast Inn and the all-inclusive Apache Spirit Ranch just two miles from Tombstone. For more information, call the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce at (888) 457-3929 or visit www.TombstoneChamber.com
Grand Canyon National Park (photo courtesy Grand Canyon NPS)
The United States Post Office, which was established on June 16, 1934, application states that the name for the location is Lone Peak. Why this town is called Tonopah is not known, but that name was in use when the railroad was established in 1930.
The Coronado Expedition which took place around 1540 crossed Arizona in search of the “Seven Cities of Gold.” In 1699 Father Francisco Kino established the Mission San Xavier del Bac. Not until 1797 was it completed. In 1757 the Mission San Agustin, a “visita” of San Xavier, was established on the west bank of the Santa Cruz River. The construction of the mission and the convent was fully completed in the 1790’s. Hugo O’Connor in 1775 established the Tucson Presido. It marked the city’s official birthday for Tucson. Tucson fought side by side with Mexico for independence in 1821. After the Gadsden Purchase in 1854, Tucson fell under the jurisdiction of the United States. In 1863 Arizona became an official territory. Between 1867 and 1889, Tucson held the title of territorial capitol. By the time the Southern Pacific Railroad reached Tucson in 1880 the population was 8,000. Arizona became the 48th state in the Union in 1912. In 1950 Tucson’s population had reached 120,000 and by 1960 it nearly doubled to 220,000. The City and Pima County officially recognized the city’s history by adopting historic district ordinances in 1972. Tucson became the 33rd largest city in the United States in 1990 with a population topping 400,000.
Tusayan is Arizona’s True Gateway to Grand Canyon National Park. Highway 64 which is the main Highway to Grand Canyon run’s right through the center of our town. We are located just 1 mile from Grand Canyon South Rim. Tusayan is a small community. We have five beautiful hotels in our area. All are full service properties with restaurants, pools and even a bowling alley. All the tour companies from Jeep to Air are located in our community and your Grand Canyon Chamber and Visitor’s Bureau is more than happy to assist you with making your reservations. During the summer months you can stay in Tusayan and travel by shuttle bus into the National Park and not have to worry about traffic or parking. The shuttle bus is free and is included in your entrance fee into the National Park. For more information you can go to our website at www.thereal grandcanyon.info
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Route 66, Williams (photo courtesy Moyan Brenn)
Henry Wickenburg fled Austria in 1862 because the police were after him for selling coal from his father’s property instead of turning it over to the state. In 1863 he arrived in Arizona. In 1864 he discovered the Vulture Mine, but sold it and became a rancher near what is now Wickenburg, a name first used while James A. Moor (that’s how he spelled it) was a guest there. In writing to Governor John N. Goodwin, Moor headed a letter with “Wickenburg Ranch”. Prior to that time the area was called Hassayampa Sink. During the time Vulture Mine developed, so did the town at Wickenburg as a supply point. By 1870 474 people lived in Wickenburg. Indians repeatedly attacked the town. The most noted massacre was the Loring - Wickenburg massacre in which Henry Loring, who was with the 1871 Wheeler Survey, and his companions on a stagecoach were brutally murdered. Though the town of Wickenburg flourished, Henry Wickenburg did not. He failed as a rancher. Dispirited and tired, he shot himself in 1905 in his little adobe house on the Hassayampa, fifty-one years to the day after the first ore from the Vulture Mine had been crushed.
Willcox’s horizons are filled with fields and orchards, punctuated with mountain vistas. Dubbed the Heartland of Arizona, many have come to know the town through its family-friendly u-pick farms, with everything from apples to zucchini! Now, you can pair wine with Willcox’s bounty of fresh produce. Cochise County vineyards, clustered in the Willcox area, produce wine varietals cabernet, syrah, and more. Gaining wide acclaim, you can taste the wines in several tasting rooms that have opened recently. While exploring wines, you can look back at Willcox’s cowboy history and musical roots, perhaps its most enduring legacies. The iconic image of the cowboy singing next to a crackling campfire evokes memories of a simpler era. You’ll find a number of places that tell the story of cowboys on historic Railroad Avenue. Rex Allen was a star of the silver screen, a singing cowboy and an actor. The voice of Disney for many years, he made more than 30 movies and a hit song. The Rex Allen Museum honors him every year with music, memorabilia and concerts at Rex Allen Days in October. A few doors down, you can pay tribute to another legend, Marty Rob-
bins, one of the most successful country and western singers of his era at the Marty Robbins Exhibit. It’s a treasure trove of memorabilia from his life and career. Bird lovers converge every January to celebrate at the Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival. The area known as the Sulphur Springs Valley attracts sandhill cranes each winter during their annual southern migration. Willcox is also known as the gateway to the Chiricahua National Monument, located less than an hour away. Hikers will love this astonishing landscape, full of fascinating rock formations. For more information, please call (520) 384-2272 or visit www. WillcoxChamber.com
Nestled at the Base of Bill Williams Mountain in the world’s largest stand of Ponderosa pine trees, Williams has the personality of authentic western heritage. Known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon® we offer over 29 hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts, five campgrounds plus over 18 attractions. Historic old town Williams welcomes you to its many shops and galleries. Route 66 runs right through Williams – it was the last Route 66 town to be bypassed by the Interstate. Visitors today enjoy the ambiance of those days in soda fountains, restaurants and shops from the glory days and excursions along the old road. For assistance in planning your trip to Williams or the Grand Canyon contact the Williams and Forest Visitor Center at 200 W. Railroad Ave., Williams, AZ 86046, or call (800) 863-0546, or log onto www. experiencewilliams.com or e-mail: email@example.com
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Some homesteaders from Wisconsin in 1912 wanted to name it Marinette after their hometown, but in 1955 a real estate developer began constructing a retirement community under the euphemistic name Youngtown. The first post office was established March 4, 1912 under the name Marinette and then changed its name to Youngtown on January 1, 1958.
Nature, history – and the river that made them. That’s what Yuma is all about. Our geography shaped the Southwest. Because the Yuma Crossing was the safest spot to ford the Colorado, all roads led here for travelers from the early Spanish explorers to Okies fleeing the Dust Bowl. That rich heritage is showcased at two state historic parks
(Yuma Territorial Prison and the Quartermaster Depot) and at local, tribal, military and private museums. At Pivot Point on the historic riverfront, listen to the “ghost train” arrive on the spot where the first train entered Arizona in 1877. Bike miles of paved paths along the river or hike the beautifully restored Yuma East Wetlands. If you want rugged outdoor adventure, Yuma’s the perfect jumpingoff spot to hundreds of square miles of wilderness in the Imperial, Kofa and Cibola national wildlife refuges, and the gateway to the Imperial Sand Dunes – a hot spot for off-roaders and movie makers alike. With the Colorado River running through it, Yuma offers lots of wet fun all year round, from a quiet paddle to waterskiing. Take a jet boat tour into unspoiled terrain where wildlife abounds or stake out a fishing spot along miles of backwater channels. Dig into Yuma’s $3.2-billion agriculture industry with hands-on experiences like tours that take you from field to feast and cooking classes that feature locally grown ingredients prepared with border flair. Or visit during our annual culinary festival, Yuma Lettuce Days (second weekend in March), for a taste of Yuma’s best. With so much to do, you’ll want to stick around – good thing we have nearly 4,000 hotel rooms and 23,000+ RV spots, plus three great casinos, affordable golf and restaurants to fit every taste and budget. Browse or download our Visitors Guide at www.visityuma.com or call (800) 293-0071 for more information.
The Yuma Territorial Prison only operated for 33 years – but that was long enough to etch a fearsome reputation into the history of the Old West. Haunted? Perhaps ... no executions took place at the prison, but 111 persons died while serving time, and are buried on the grounds of what’s now a state historic park (photo courtesy Yuma Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau)
Traditional Navajo way of carding wool (photo courtesy Michael Quinn, NPS)
It’s All About the Scenery….. Or Is It? Beautiful Navajo….It’s all about the scenery….or is it? More than two million people from throughout the world are captivated every year when they see our awe-inspiring monuments and towering rock formations. However, the true beauty is our unique Navajo language and culture. After you partake of our unparalleled scenery, mark your calendar to see and experience the lively spirit of the Navajo people. The Navajo Nation hosts an annual July Fourth Celebration and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association ProRodeo and the Navajo Nation Fair – the Largest American Indian Fair in North America in September. We hope you enjoy one of our many tribal parks such as Monument Valley or Window Rock Tribal Park, but don’t forget to see how we are preserving our heritage through our cultural festivals. Nothing depicts our love for patriotism, food, art, music, dance, animals, and rodeo than through our cultural celebrations. For more information about our parks and festivals, please contact us at (928) 871-6647 or at www.navajonationparks.org. Like us on Facebook. (see advertisement of this page and Inside Back Cover)
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureaus Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber • (480) 753-7676 • www.ahwatukeechamber.com Ajo Chamber • (520) 387-7742 • ... www.ajochamber.com Alpine Area Chamber • (928) 339-4330 • .www.alpinearizona.com Apache Junction Chamber • (480) 982-3141 • .www.ajchamber.com Arizona Chamber & Industry • (602) 248-9172 • .www.azchamber.com Arizona City Chamber • (520) 466-5141 Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park • (623) 932-2260 • www.southwestvalleychamber.org Benson / San Pedro Valley Chamber • (520) 265-8031 • www.bensonchamberaz.com Benson Visitor Center • (520) 586-4293 • www.bensonvisitorcenter.com Bisbee Chamber • (520) 432-5421 • www.bisbeearizona.com Bisbee Visitor Center • 866-2BISBEE • www.DiscoverBisbee.com Black Canyon Chamber • (623) 374-9797 Bouse Chamber • (928) 851-2509 • http://bousechamber.org Buckeye Valley Chamber • (623) 386-2727 • www.buckeyevalleychamber.org Bullhead Area Chamber • (928) 754-4121 • www.bullheadchamber.com Camp Verde Chamber & Visitor Center • (928) 567-7178 • Visitor Center: (928) 567-9294 • www.visitcampverde.com Carefree-Cave Creek Chamber • (480) 488-3381 • .www.carefreecavecreek.org Chandler Chamber • (480) 963-4571 • www.chandlerchamber.com Chandler Visitors Center • (480) 782-3037 • Toll Free .(888) 663-2489 • www.visitChandler.com Chino Valley Chamber • (928) 636-2493 • www.chinovalley.org Chloride Chamber • (928) 565-9419 • www.chloridearizona.com City of Douglas • (520) 417-7300 • www.douglasaz.gov City of Douglas Visitor Center • (520) 417-7354 • .http://visitdouglas.com City of Peoria • (623) 773-7000 • www.peoriaaz.gov Coolidge Chamber • (520) 723-3009 • www.coolidgechamber.org Copper Basin Chamber • (520) 363-7607 • www.copperbasinaz.com Cottonwood Chamber • (928) 634-7593 • www.cottonwoodchamberaz.org Dolan Springs Chamber • (928) 767-4473 • w . ww.dolanspringschamber.com/Main/ Eloy Chamber • (520) 466-3411 • www.eloychamber.com Flagstaff Chamber • (928) 774-4505 • www.flagstaffchamber.com Flagstaff Visitor’s Bureau • (928) 774-9541 • Toll Free: .(800) 842-7293 • www.flagstaffarizona.org Florence Visitor Center • (520) 868-4496 • Toll Free:.(866) 977-4496 • www.visitflorenceaz.com Fountain Hills Chamber • (480) 837-1654 • w . ww.fountainhillschamber.com Gilbert Chamber • (480) 892-0056 • www.gilbertaz.com Glendale Chamber • (623) 937-4754 • www.glendaleazchamber.org Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau • (623) 930-4500 • Toll Free: (877) 800-2601 • www.visitglendale.com Globe-Miami Chamber • (928) 425-4495 • Toll Free: .(800) 804-5623 • www.globemiamichamber.com Golden Valley Chamber • (928) 565-3311 Graham County Chamber • (928) 428-2511 • Toll Free.(888) 837-1841 • www.graham-chamber.com or www.visitgrahamcounty.com Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau • (928) 638-2901 • www.grandcanyoncvb.org Greater Casa Grande Chamber • (520) 836-2125 • Toll Free: (800) 916-1515 • www.casagrandechamber.org Greater Douglas Chamber • (520) 364-2477 • .http://douglasazchamber.org Greater Florence Chamber • (520) 868-9433 • http://florenceazchamber.com Greater Phoenix CVB • (602) 254-6500 • Toll Free:.(877) CALLPHX • www.visitphoenix.com Greenlee County • (928) 865-3313 • www.co.greenlee.az.us Green Valley ~ Sahuarita Chamber • (520) 625-7575 • Toll Free (800) 858.5872 • www.greenvalleychamber.com Guadalupe • (602) 730-3080 Heber-Overgaard Chamber • (928) 535-5777 • www.heberovergaard.org Historic Oldtown Cottonwood • 928 340-2740 • w . ww.oldtown.org Holbrook Chamber • (928) 524-6227 • Toll Free .(800) 524-2459 • www.holbrookchamberofcommerce.com or www.gotouraz.com Jerome Chamber • (928) 634-2900 • www.jeromechamber.com Kingman Area Chamber • (928) 753-6253 • www.kingmanchamber.org Lake Havasu Area Chamber • (928) 855-4115 • .www.havasuchamber.com Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau • (928) 453-3444 • Toll Free (800) 242-8278 • www.golakehavasu.com
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureaus (cont.) McMullen Valley Chamber • (928) 859-3846 • .www.azoutback.com/mcmullen.htm • E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Marana Chamber • (520) 682-4314 • www.maranachamber.com Maricopa Chamber • (520) 568-9573 • www.maricopachamber.org Mayer Area Chamber • (928) 632-4355 Mesa Chamber • (480) 969-1307 • www.mesachamber.org Mohave Valley Chamber • (928) 768-2777 • .www.mohavevalleychamber.com Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber • (520) 287-3685 • www.thenogaleschamber.com Page-Lake Powell Chamber • (928) 645-2741 • .www.pagelakepowellchamber.org Page-Lake Powell Tourism • (888) 261-PAGE • visitpagearizona.com Paradise Valley Chamber • (602) 953-7842 • .www.paradisevalleychamber.com Parker Area Chamber • (928) 669-2174 • .www.parkerareachamberofcommerce.com Pearce-Sunsites Chamber • (520) 826-3535 • .www.pearcesunsiteschamber.org Peoria Chamber • (623) 979-3601 • www.peoriachamber.com Phoenix Green Chamber • (602) 682-5566 • Toll Free .(866) 460-9241 • www.thegreenchamber.org Pine-Strawberry Museum • (928) 476-3547 • .www.pinestrawhs.org Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber • (928) 367-4290 • Toll Free.(800) 573-4031 • www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com Powerhouse Visitor’s Center (Kingman) • (866) 427-RT66 • www.kingmantourism.org Prescott Chamber • (928) 445-2000 • Toll Free .(800) 266-7534 • www.prescott.org Prescott Valley Chamber • (928) 772-8857 • www.pvchamber.org Rim Country Regional Chamber • (928) 474-4515 • Toll Free (800) 6PAYSON • www.rimcountrychamber.com St. Johns Chamber • (928) 337-2000 Scottsdale Area Chamber • (480) 355-2700 • .www.scottsdalechamber.com Scottsdale CVB • (800) 782-1117 • www.scottsdalecvb.com Sedona Chamber • (928) 204-1123 • .www.sedonachamber.com Sedona CVB • (928) 282-7722 • Toll Free .(800) 288-7336 • www.VisitSedona.com Seligman Chamber • (928) 273-8140 • www.seligmanazchamber.com Show Low Chamber • (928) 537-2326 • www.showlowchamber.com Sierra Vista Area Chamber • (520) 458-6940 • .www.sierravistachamber.org Sierra Vista Visitor Center • (520) 417-6960 • Toll Free: (800) 288-3861 • www.VisitSierraVista.com Snowflake-Taylor Chamber • (928) 536-4331 • .www.snowflaketaylorchamber.org Sonoita-Elgin Chamber • (520) 455-5498 • w . ww.sonoitaelginchamber.org Springerville-Eagar Chamber • (928) 333-2123 • www.springerville-eagarchamber.com Sun City Visitors Center • (623) 977-5000 • (800) 437-8146 • www.suncityaz.org Sun Lakes • (602) 910-3035 Superior Chamber • (520) 689-0200 • www.superiorazchamber.net Superstition Mountain Museum & Visitor’s Center.• (480) 983-4888 • www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org Surprise Regional Chamber / Northwest Valley • (623) 583-0692 • www.surpriseregionalchamber.com Tempe Chamber • (480) 967-7891 • www.tempechamber.org Tempe Tourism Office • (480) 894-8158 (800) 283-6734 • www.tempetourism.com Tombstone Chamber • (888) 457-3929 • www.tombstonechamber.com Tombstone Visitor Center • (520) 457-3929 • .http://cityoftombstone.com Topock / Golden Shores • (928) 768-7744 Town of Eagar Community Development • (928) 333-4128 Town of Pinetop-Lakeside • (928) 368-8696 • www.ci.pinetop-lakeside.az.us Tubac Chamber • (520) 398-2704 • www.tubacaz.com Tucson Chamber • (520) 792-1212 • www.tucsonchamber.org Visit Mesa • (480) 827-4700 or (800) 283-6372 • www.visitmesa.com Wickenburg Chamber • (928) 684-5479 • www.wickenburgchamber.com Willcox Chamber • (520) 384-2272 • www.willcoxchamber.com Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber • (928) 635-1418 • Toll Free (800) 863-0546 • www.experiencewilliams.com Winslow Chamber • (928) 289-2434 • www.winslowarizona.org Yuma County Chamber • (928) 782-2567 • .www.yumachamber.org Yuma Visitors Bureau • (928) 783-0071 • Toll Free.(800) 293-0071 • www.visityuma.com ArizonaTravelRecreation.com •
Points of Interest HISTORIC ROUTE 66 located across Arizona, there are still many sights to see along this famous stretch of Highway. Apache Junction The Dolly Steamboat – Arizona World Class cruise. Phone: (480) 827-9144, website www. dollysteamboat.com Bullhead City ARIZONA VETERAN’S MEMORIAL located in Bullhead City. This memorial stands nine feet high and forty feet wide. On the front are bronze plaques with the names of over 3,000 service-people who lost their lives in all the wars and conflicts of the last century. Open year-round. Free. Camp Verde FORT VERDE STATE HISTORIC PARK located in Camp Verde, AZ. Established in 1871 this was an active military post until 1891. See the original parade grounds and 4 of the buildings. Admission. Phone (520) 567-3275. CLIFF CASTLE CASINO FORT VERDE: C. 1871-1891, one of seven Apache war forts remaining open. MONTEZUMA CASTLE OUT OF AFRICA Cottonwood Blazin’M Chuckwagon Dinner Show Tuzigoot National Monument – a Sinaguan Indian ruin that was built on a mound instead of in a cliff wall, making it possible to walk in and around it. Dead Horse Ranch State Park – has lagoons that are stocked for fishing, campgrounds, cottages, RV space and many trails. Douglas Church Square. In 1930’s Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” said Douglas was the only place in the world with four churches on the same block. Located between 10th and 11th Streets and D and E Avenues, these old churches and the buildings in the adjacent Douglas Residential District are fine examples of period architecture. Douglas Art Gallery Douglas Williams Home Museum Hotel Gadsden Price Canyon Ranch. Retreat to a quiet seclusion of an exclusive working cattle and guest ranch tucked in the Chiricahua Mountains. Slaughter Ranch Historic Landmark and Museum. Cattle ranching was always another important aspect in Douglas’ growth. The Slaughter Ranch was established when John
Slaughter purchased 65,000 acres of land in the 1880’s. He would later build the ranch up to 100,000 acres. John Slaughter became Sheriff of Cochise County in 1886. There is some excellent history on the Slaughter Ranch site. Felicity CENTER OF THE WORLD visit the town of Felicity the “official center of the world” Open Thanksgiving through Easter. Phone (760) 572-0100 or (800) 847-9255. Flagstaff METEOR CRATER located east of Flagstaff. This is where a giant meteor hit the Earth 50,000 years ago. The crater is 550 feet deep and astronauts once trained here. Florence McFarland State Historic Park. Journey back in time to Florence when it was a hub of activity and the most prominent structure was the courthouse, now McFarland State Historic Park. Constructed in 1878, the courthouse is the oldest standing in Arizona. The building is the largest adobe structure from the territorial period (1863-1912). The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic sites. Phone (520) 868 - 4496. FOUR CORNERS FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT. The only location in the U.S. where four states meet in a single spot. Standing on the brass cap allows you to stand in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah at one time. The monument is located on Navajo Nation land, please respect their land and customs. Gilbert Big League Dreams Copperstar Repertory Co. Gilbert Historical Museum Hale Centre Theatre Higley Center for the Performing Arts Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Queen Creek Olive Mill Queen Creek’s Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre The Riparian Institute Schnepf Farms Globe Besh Ba Gowah Gila County Courthouse LAKE POWELL LAKE POWELL located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is named after Major John Wesley Powell, a civil war veteran. He led an expedition through the Grand Canyon in 1869, which was once thought impassable. He named the area Glen Canyon. Lake Havasu City LONDON BRIDGE the one from the song is located in Lake Havasu City.
McMullen Valley Alamo Lake State Park - 38 miles north of Wenden. The trip to Alamo Lake is a must for Outback visitors, offering beautiful scenery along the well maintained, paved road. Keep your eyes open for wild burros, as this is a popular hangout for them. 9-11 Memorial Monument Dick Wick Hall’s Historical Marker & Gravesite Harquahala Mine Road Harquahala Solar Observatory & Harquahala Mountains Wilderness Area Indian Springs La Paz County Centennial Park Tenahatchipi Pass Desert Drive Miami Bullion Plaza Cultural Center TUMCO, CA OLD TUMCO GHOST TOWN take a 1-1/2 mile self-guided tour through history. Located off I-8 and the Ogilby Road exit. Follow the signs. For more information contact the BLM at (760) 337-4400. Parker Parker Area Historical Society Parker Dam & Powerplant. View the world’s deepest dam from a scenic point on either the Arizona or California side of the beautiful Colorado River. The dam is located seventeen (17) miles northeast of Parker. The dam forms the reservoir of Lake Havasu, which is 45 miles long. Water is pumped from the reservoir into the Colorado River Aqueduct, which can provide up to billion gallons of water a day to Southern California cities. Water is also pumped into the Central Arizona Project, providing water to Arizona cities, farmers, ranches, and Arizona Native American communities. Parker Dam is the deepest dam in the world at 320 feet and is one of the most visited power plants in the local area. The Bureau of Reclamation built the dam between 1934 and 1938, and a third of its depth is below the riverbed. The dam’s builders aimed to drill deep into the earth to find bedrock to ensure the dams’ stability. Parker Dam is operated with Hoover and Davis Dams to bring water and power benefits to residents of the Lower Colorado River Basin. The power plant is operated and managed by Reclamation. The department of Energy, through the Western Area Power Administration, markets the hydropower produced at the power plant to cities, agricultural users and Native American communities throughout the Southwest. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California reserves about 50% of the plant’s power output for pumping water to the Pacific Coast. Tour of the power plant is no longer available to the public, due to budget cuts and security issues. However, scenic view pullouts are open to the public on both the Arizona
Points of Interest (cont.) and California sides of the dam. Currently the dam is open to passenger vehicles only, between the hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. For additional information about Parker Dam please call (760) 663-3712 or the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce at (928) 669-2174. Parker Dam Road Scenic by Way. The Parker Dam Road between Earp California and Parker Dam California has officially been declared a National Back Country Byway, the United States Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management. Several historical and nature inspired sites along the road offer travelers a look into the area’s past as well as an insight of the desert flora and wildlife. The Bureau of Land Management also operates several campsites, OHV areas and day use sited along the California shore of the river, and there are several private Bureau of Land management concessionaire resorts available. For more information call the Bureau of Land Management at (928) 505-1234 or the Chamber of Commerce at (928) 669-2174. Poston Memorial Monument. This monument marks the site of the Poston War Relocation Center where 17,867 persons of Japanese ancestry were interned during World War II. The monument is located eleven miles south of Parker on Mohave Road, and may be visited any time during daylight hours. There is no fee. History of the center is inscribed into the monument and at an information kiosk on the property. For additional information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (928) 669-2174. Swansea Ghost town. Swansea has been proclaimed as one of Arizona’s best ghost towns by Arizona Highways magazine. Take a day trip back in time and see the remains of what was once a bustling mining community with a “moving picture house”, a post office and automobile dealership. On public lands, the Bureau of Land Management now manages the town and has added picnic and camping areas near the town site. A non-profit organization, the “Friends of Swansea” has also been established to raise funds for the restoration of Swansea. Swansea is accessible by two-wheel drive automobiles; however high clearance vehicles are suggested. The ghost town can be reached by travelling east out of Parker on Shea Road (paved for about ten miles). At this point you will travel about twenty miles on a graded dirt road to Swansea. The ghost town can also be reached by traveling northeast from Bouse, Arizona. Whenever you travel in the desert, always remember to take water with you and tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. There is no charge to visit Swansea. Payson TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE STATE PARK located northwest of Payson hosts the world’s longest travertine bridge, it is 400 feet long and 180 feet tall.
PEORIA Lake Pleasant Regional Park, a desert reservoir with more than 10,000 acres of water and 13,600 acres of land, offers hiking, watercraft rentals, boat slips, fishing supplies and sunset dinner cruises. The “Jewel in the Desert” is located in northern Peoria, approximately 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The Desert Outdoor Learning Center at Lake Pleasant offers excellent opportunities to learn about the lake as well as the surrounding desert area. For more information visit www.visitpeoriaaz.com/ lake_pleasant.php. Rio Vista Community Park, 2009 winner of Nickelodeon’s Parent Pick Award, is a 52-acre oasis in the heart of Peoria that features an urban fishing lake, lighted sand-volleyball courts and softball fields, a skatepark and a state-ofthe-art recreation center. Peoria is also home to more than 35 recreational trails. For more information visit www.peoriaaz.gov/riovista. Peoria Sports Complex. Spring Training home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, the Peoria Sports Complex draws nearly 230,000 fans for Cactus League baseball action each year. During the rest of the year, the complex hosts extended Spring Training, Summer Rookie League, Instructional League and Arizona Fall League baseball. Numerous other organizations, including the city, also use the facility. In any given year, the complex hosts a variety of events including concerts, auto shows, recreational-vehicle sales, home-andgarden expos, arts-and-crafts festivals, charity events and private functions. Located across the street, The 83rd Avenue Entertainment District boasts one of the highest concentrations of restaurants and bars in greater Phoenix. For more information on the complex visit www. peoriasportscomplex.com Park West Mall The Arizona Broadway Theatre and Theater Works The Challenger Space Center is space-themed learning center and living memorial to the astronauts who lost their lives aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1986. The center offers a wide variety of activities, including stargazing, space camps, a planetarium and telescope classes. For more information visit www.azchallenger.org Scottsdale The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a protected area of land consisting of 14,000 scenic acres of Scottsdale, including the McDowell Mountains and Sonoran Desert. Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders can connect with the city’s unique desert attractions like Saguaro cacti and roadrunners. The preserve maintains the scenic views that make up Scottsdale’s breathtaking scenery. The preservation of the
desert is evolving and at the end of the project, a total of 36,000 acres will be preserved. For more information about visiting you can call (480) 998-7971. TOMBSTONE TOMBSTONE is a don’t miss. Tour the site of the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Tucson Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK located southeast of Tucson. Number of daily visitors is limited so make reservations early. Phone: (520) 586-CAVE. Mission San Xavier del Bac Sabino Canyon Recreational Area Saguaro National Park Pima Air and Space Museum Titan Missile Museum Old Tucson Studios University of Arizona Williams GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK located near Williams, AZ, this park encompasses 277 miles of the Colorado River. Nearly 5 million visitors a year come from around the world to see the spectacular views. www.williamschamber.com The Grand Canyon Railway departs each day from the historic Williams Depot. The depot was built in 1908 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The depot was an oasis for travelers heading to and from California along the main line running from Los Angeles to Chicago. The depot was much more than a place to get tickets. It was home to a Harvey House Hotel, which had 43 rooms. There was also a formal dining room as well as a cafe, bar and a news room. The depot is the oldest pouredconcrete structure in the state of Arizona. Today, the depot is where passengers of Grand Canyon Railway pick up their tickets. There is also an expansive gift shop in the depot full of Grand Canyon Railway and Grand Canyon mementos. Both the Williams Depot and original Fray Marcos Hotel are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. www.thetrain.com Bearizona Wildlife Park - Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves and adorable bear cubs. www.bearizona.com Yuma ADAIR RANGE a great place for rockhounds. Some areas require 4-wheel drive. Bring plenty of water and food. For restricted information contact the BLM at (928) 317-3200.
Calendar of Events For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
JUNE CAMP VERDE Crawdad Festival (New Orleans Style) Valley Historical Society Old Timer’s Picnic CHANDLER Ford Jets vs. Funny Cars & Fireworks Too! Eagar – Chrome In The Dome Car Show FLAGSTAFF – Pine Country Pro Rodeo Route 66 Regional Chili Cookoff Historic Old Town Cottonwood Quarterly Car Cruiz-In HOLBROOK Old West Celebration & Bucket of Blood Races KINGMAN High Desert Events Gun, Knife, Coin & Collectibles Show Relay For Life PAGE – Relay For Life parker – Great Western Tube Float PHOENIX Grand Canyon State Summer Games PINETOP / LAKESIDE National Trails Day Celebration PRESCOTT – Annual Bluegrass Festival Annual Classic Car Show Annual Southwest Twins & Multiples Festival Antiques On The Square Celebrating Prescott Territory Jewelry, Gem & Lapidary Art Show Prescott Valley Days Rodeo Days Arts & Crafts Show Tsunami On The Square World’s Oldest Rodeo PRESCOTT Valley Annual Main Street Fair Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary Prescott Valley Days Show Low – Show Low Days Springerville Run with the Wolf Motorcycle Rally STRAWBERRY – Strawberry Festival TOMBSTONE – Gem Show Sabbar Shriner’s Sweet Onion Festival TSAILE – Native American Music Festival Village of Greer – Greer Days Williams Arizona State HOG Rally Bloomington Gold Corvette Tour Cowpunchers Reunion Rodeo High Country War Birds Air Display Steam to the Canyon YUMA Territorial River Regatta (Colorado River floatdown) JULY APACHE JUNCTION National Day of the Cowboy FLAGSTAFF Annual Hopi Festival Of Arts & Culture Annual Summer Showcase Florence – Florence Freedom Fest HOLBROOK Tse-Zhin-Bii Nii Native American Rodeo KINGMAN Cars And Stars, Car Show And Block Party OATMAN – Sidewalk Egg Frying Challenge
parker KLPZ Flog – Baseball Golf PEORIA – All American Festival PHOENIX – Amateur Golf Championship PINETOP / LAKESIDE White Mountain Native American Art Festival PRESCOTT Annual Navajo Rug & Indian Art Auction Celebrating Prescott Territory Rodeo Days Arts & Crafts Show World’s Oldest Rodeo PRESCOTT Valley Horse Racing at Yavapai Downs Show Low – Tour De Summit Bike Race Springerville-Eagar Annual Rodeo & 4th of July Parade & Fireworks St. Johns – Pioneer Days Taylor – Rodeo TEMPE – Downtown Cooldown TOMBSTONE Tombstone Western Film Festival & Symposium Williams – ARCA State Convention & Hamfest Northern Arizona BBQ Festival Railhead Shooting Competition WINDOW ROCK PRCA ProRodeo AUGUST BUCKEYE – Swing & Sweat Golf Tournament CHINLE – Central Navajo Fair EAGAR – Eagar Daze FLAGSTAFF – Flagstaff Festival in the Pines KINGMAN – Mighty Mud Mania parker – Tige Watersports Regatta PAYSON – World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo PHOENIX – Family Cornfest, Arts & Crafts Fair PINETOP / LAKESIDE White Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival PRESCOTT – Annual Cowboy Poets Gathering Car Show & Swap Meet Jazz Summit PRESCOTT Valley – Beach Party Show Low – Fiesta Of Hot Fashions Tri-in-the-Pines Triathlon Sedona – Red Rocks Music Festival Sierra Vista Annual Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival TOMBSTONE – Rendezvous Of Gunfighters Vigilante Days TUCSON – Norteno Music Festival & Street Fair WHITERIVER – Hon-Dah Powwow In The Pines WILLIAMS Annual Cool County Cruise-In Dog Agility Contest Thunder Over the Coconino World Series Team Roping SEPTEMBER BISBEE – Brewery Gulch Days Chino Valley Annual First Territorial Capital Days Parade & Celebration CV Model Aviators Annual Air Show & Fly-In FFA Annual Corn Dinner PAKC Dog Shows
COTTONWOOD – Verde River Days Douglas - Cochise County Annual Fair Labor Day Golf Tournament Eagar – Outlaw Trail ATV Jamboree ELOY Corazon De Lations Unidos Fiestas Patrias FLAGSTAFF – Annual Coconino County Fair Graham County – SalsaFest GRAND CANYON Grand Canyon Music Festival Heber-Overgaard Octoberfest In The Pines Historic Old Town Cottonwood Quarterly Car Cruiz-In Holbrook – Navajo County Fair KINGMAN Andy Devine Days PRCA Parade & Rodeo Mohave County Fair LAKE HAVASU CITY Campbell Boat Regatta MESA – Constitution Celebration PAGE – Annual Fall Festival Blair Family Rug And Native Art Auction & Indian Market Pumpkin Festival parker – California Skier Regatta Mike Keavey Golf Tourney PAYSON – Old Time Fiddlers Contest PINETOP / LAKESIDE – Fall Festival Run To The Pines Car Show PRESCOTT – Annual Fall Gathering Arizona Skyfest Air Show Faire On The Square Yavapai County Fair PRESCOTT VALLEY Creative Energy Fair Horse Racing at Yavapai Downs through Labor Day SEDONA – Raw Spirit Festival, Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque, Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Sierra Vista Annual Sierra Vista Fiddle Contest Oktoberfest SPRINGERVILLE / EAGER / GREER Cowboy Golf on the Range and Little Colorado Cowboy Extravaganza St. Johns – Apache County Fair SUPERIOR – Bye-Bye Buzzards TOMBSTONE – Rendezvous of Gunfighters WHITERIVER White Mountain Apache Tribal Fair & Rodeo WICKENBURG – Fiesta Septiembre Williams – Canyon to Canyon Ride Labor Day Rodeo Mountain Man Run Steam to the Canyon Taste of Williams WINDOW ROCK – Annual Navajo Nation Fair OCTOBER APACHE JUNCTION Festival of the Superstitions Hike the Superstitions AVONDALE Dura-Lube 500 & NASCAR Sprint Cup Weekend BENSON – Butterfield Overland Stage Days BISBEE – Bisbee 1000 / The Great Stair Climb
Calendar of Events (cont.) For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
BUCKEYE – Heritage Days CAMP VERDE Fort Verde Days Festival (50+ years old) CASA GRANDE Annual Taste of Casa Grande COPPERSTATE EEA Regional Fly-In CHANDLER Coors Light Drag Boat IHBA World Finals Chino Valley – Annual Pumpkin Festival Douglas – Cochise County Cycling Classic DHS All Class Reunion Relay for Life FLAGSTAFF Annual Celebraciones de la Gente Florence Annual Florence Multi Cultural Festival GLENDALE – Front Porch Festival GLOBE / MIAMI – Apache Jii Day GOODYEAR – Cool Desert Jazz Festival Graham County - Graham County Fair KINGMAN – Brews & Brats Octoberfest Fall Festival Kingman Air & Auto Show Route 66 Cruizers Halloween Bash LAKE HAVASU CITY – London Bridge Days Relics & Rods Run to the Sun Stat-Track World Finals MESA – Native American Powwow PARKER – “300” Enduro Boat Races Native American Days PAACE Red Ribbon Week Parker Championship Rodeo River Run Large Scale Model Airplane Races Patagonia – Fall Festival PEORIA Halloween Monster Bash & Balloon Illumination PHOENIX – Arizona State Fair Bucking Thunder PRESCOTT – Annual Ghost Walk Zoofari PRESCOTT Valley Oktoberfest Yavapai County Fair Scottsdale – Tour de Scottsdale Sedona – Arts Festival, Plein Air Festival Sierra Vista – Annual Cars in the Park Annual Huachuca Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show TEMPE – Mill Avenue Masquerade Adventure TOMBSTONE – Border Town Corvettes & Ghost Riders Helldorado Days TUCSON – La Fiesta de los Chiles Tusayan – Rock-Tober Fest WILLCOX – Rex Allen Days Williams – Spooktacular Haunted House YUMA Scary & Safe Halloween (trick or treat hrough the cellblock at Yuma Territorial Prison) NOVEMBER Ajo – Ajo Unique Home Tour Great Western Street Fair APACHE JUNCTION – Casino Night Gold Canyon Treasure Fair BUCKEYE – Country Fest Fall Demolition Derby
CHANDLER NHRA World Series of Drag Racing Cottonwood Walkin’On Main Music, Wine, Art & History on Historic 89A Douglas Turkey Trot Walk-Race for the Cure ELOY – Eloy Golf Tournament Florence – Annual Florence Junior Parada FOUNTAIN HILLS Orme Dam Victory Days LAKE HAVASU CITY London Bridge Seaplane Classic MESA – Mesa Turkey Trot Tour de Culture PAGE – Hot Air Balloon Regatta PARKER – S.C.S.C. Thanksgiving Boat Regatta C.R.I.T. Fall Gathering Parker Rotary Rodeo Poston Rotary Pick Up Dinner PWCC Fall Potpourri Triathlon PHOENIX – Devonshire Renaissance Faire PRESCOTT – Annual Wine Tasting Celebration Hot Chocolate Chat Rails To Trails Run, Prescott to Prescott Valley PRESCOTT Valley – Flying High Turkey Drive Quartzsite – Market Place Showgrounds Prospector’s Panorama SCOTTSDALE – Fall for the Arts TOMBSTONE Annual Clanton Days Rendezvous TUCSON Celtic Festival and Scottish Highland Games El Tour de Tucson WICKENBURG Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship Williams – Polar Express™ YUMA Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival Yuma Medjool Date Festival DECEMBER CAMP VERDE – Holiday Family Festival Chino Valley – Chino Valley Sesquicentennial Cottonwood Annual Chocolate Lover’s Walk & Holiday Parade (1st Sat.) Historic Old Town Cottonwood Chocolate Walk Quarterly Car Cruiz-In LAKE HAVASU CITY Boat Parade of Lights Bridgewater Channel PHOENIX – Fiesta Bowl Parade Insight.com Bowl Zoolights PRESCOTT – Christmas Indian Art Market Fiddlers Blue Grass & Country & Western Concert Quartzsite – Prospector’s Panorama SCOTTSDALE – Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Polar Express TEMPE – Fiesta Bowl Block Party TUCSON – Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair WICKENBURG Cowboy Christmas & Cowboy Poets Gathering YUMA – El Toro Bowl Somerton Tamale Festival
JANUARY APACHE JUNCTION Ozark Jubilee BULLHEAD CITY PRCA Turquoise Circuit Rodeo CASA GRANDE Annual Historic Downtown Street Fair & Car Show Annual Pinal County Agri-Country Bluegrass Jamboree, Arts & Crafts Bazaar FLAGSTAFF – Trail Runner’s 4.5 Trail Run HOLBROOK – Hashknife Pony Express KINGMAN High Desert Events Gun, Knife, Coin & Collectibles Show Polar Bear Plunge MESA – Annual Historic Home Tour High Noon’s Wild West Collector’s Show & Auction MLK Celebration parker – Parker “250” Motorcycle Races PRESCOTT VALLEY – Polar Bear Splash Quartzsite – Annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade Annual Q I. A. Powwow Big Tent Classic Car Show Big Tent....Sports, Vacation & R.V. Show Prospector’s Panorama Steam Engine Show The Main Event Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama SCOTTSDALE Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse Show Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Fiesta Bowl Rock n’ Roll Marathon Sierra Vista Scotland’s Rabbie Burns’ Supper TEMPE – Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Football Classic TUCSON – Touchstone Energy Tucson Open WILLCOX – Wings Over Willcox YUMA Civil War Days at Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park Gathering of the Gunfighters at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park Spirit of Yuma Military Festival Yuma Territorial Marathon & Half-Marathon FEBRUARY APACHE JUNCTION AJ Festival of the Superstition Arts Lost Dutchman Marathon Lost Dutchman Days Parade & Carnival Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Lost Dutchman Treasure Hunt Renaissance Fair Arizona City Arizona City Daze (last Sat.) AVONDALE NAPA Auto Parts NASCAR Winter Heat CAMP VERDE Pecan, Wine & Antique Festival CASA GRANDE Annual Wuertz Farm Family Gourd Festival “Running of the Gourds” Annual O’odham Tash Indian Days Celebration
Calendar of Events (cont.)
For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
Chino Valley “Losar” - Tibetan New Year Celebration ELOY – Trail Ride FLAGSTAFF – Winterfest Florence Annual Tour of Historic Florence Prison Run FOUNTAIN HILLS – Great Fair Pony Express Days GLENDALE – Chocolate Affaire GOODYEAR – Goodyear Rodeo Days KINGMAN – Wine & Cheese Tasting Event LAKE HAVASU CITY – Winterfest Jamboree MESA – Scottish Highland Games Territorial Day Festival parker – “425” Off Road Races Parker Rotary Desert Dash PHOENIX Hoop Dance Festival Quartzsite Annual Willpower/Pawpower ATV Parade Masters Tuff Golf Prospector’s Panorama SCOTTSDALE – Arabian Horse Show Parada del Sol Parade Sedona – Annual Sedona Marathon, Sedona International Film Festival Sierra Vista Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering TOMBSTONE – Nevada Spirit Seekers Vigilante’s Gunfight Skit Competition TUCSON – Gem & Mineral Show La Fiesta de los Vaqueros WICKENBURG – Gold Rush Days YUMA – Silver Spur Parade & Rodeo Yuma Square Dance Festival Redondo Days Scandinavian Festival Yuma River Daze MARCH Ajo Sonoran Shindig Celebration of the Desert APACHE JUNCTION 5k Race Against Family Abuse Antique Tractor & Engine Show AVONDALE Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 BUCKEYE – Helzapoppin’ PRCA Rodeo Pioneer Days CASA GRANDE Annual Cactus Antique Airplane Fly-In Annual Pinal County Fair CHANDLER – Ostrich Festival Chino Valley CV Model Aviators Annual “War Bird Races” Douglas International Photography Festival ELOY – Celebrate Eloy & Picacho Peak Civil War Re-enactment FOUNTAIN HILLS St. Patrick’s Day (Green Fountain) GLENDALE – Folk and Heritage Festival HOLBROOK – Baca Rough Stock Rodeo Historic Old Town Cottonwood Quarterly Car Cruiz-In MESA – Antique Car Show
Chicago Cubs Spring Training Mesa Day Miniature Parade PARKER La Paz County Fair Marathon IWSRA Ski Races PHOENIX – Eight Second Thunder Phoenix PING LPGA Tournament SCOTTSDALE Celebration of Fine Art Festival Of The West Parada del Sol Rodeo SEDONA International Film Festival & Workshop TOMBSTONE – Gunfight In Tombstone Southwest Ghost Hunters TUCSON Welch’s Circle K Championship - LPGA Wells Fargo Viva Tucson Tex-Mex Jam YUMA 3:10 to Yuma (Yuma Territorial Prison Fundraiser) Harvest Dinner Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Air Show Midnight at the Oasis (Classic Car Show) Southwest Ag Summit Yuma Lettuce Days APRIL APACHE JUNCTION American Cancer Society Relay for Life COTTONWOOD Brian Mickelsen Memorial Half-Marathon, 10K, & 2 mile Run/Walk (16) Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival Douglas – Cinco de Mayo Balloon Festival Eagar – Chrome In The Dome Car Show Florence – Country Thunder USA Warrior Dash Graham County Coronado Varsity Spring Triathlon KINGMAN – Hualapai Hustle ATV Jamboree Kingman Hogs Days Laughlin River Run Rock & Gem Show MESA – El Tour de Phoenix parker – SCSC Spring Powerball Classic PEORIA Pioneer Days PHOENIX Maricopa County Fair PRESCOTT Annual Trail Race PRESCOTT VALLEY Bark in the Park Junior Olympics Quartzsite Greasewood Swap SCOTTSDALE Arizona Bike Week Culinary Festival Sedona – Annual Bike Bash Sierra Vista Annual Diversity Fair “Sierra Vista, Greet Yourself!” Annual John Cooper & Perimeter Trail Tour Springerville-Eagar Wh. Mtn. Trophy Elk Contest TOMBSTONE – Rose Festival
TUCSON – Pima County Fair Waila Festival YUMA – Yuma County Fair Yuma Film Festival Yuma Taco Festival MAY APACHE JUNCTION – AJ Bike Rodeo BUCKEYE Spring Demolition Derby CASA GRANDE Casa Grande Birthday Chino Valley – SpringFest COTTONWOOD Auto, Aeroplane & Cycle Show Douglas Cinco de Mayo Balloon Festival Mariachi Festival at El Mercado ELOY Arizona Challenge SkyDive Arizona FLAGSTAFF Annual Summit Center Classic Historic Walk Historic Old Town Cottonwood Spring Art & Film Festival JEROME – Paseo de Casas KINGMAN – Festival Of The Arts Historic Route 66 Fun Run Kingman Wine & Food Festival LAKE HAVASU CITY Western Outdoor News Lake Havasu Striper Derby parker – BITD “Grand Prix” Parker Police Dept. Cinco De Mayo Golf Tourney PWC Regional Championships PRESCOTT Annual Iris Exhibit Annual Southwest Indian Art Festival Mt. Top Rod & Custom Car Show Off-Street Festival YMCA Whiskey Row Marathon PRESCOTT Valley Horse Racing at Yavapai Downs Kite Day Mountain Valley Splash Opens “Puttin’ on the Gloves” Amateur Boxing Tournament Sounds of Music Concert Series Sedona – Century Bicycle Tour SELIGMAN / TOPOCK Route 66 Fun Run Show Low - Taylor Trapper Days Sierra Vista Hummingbird Banding International Migratory Bird Day / Spring Festival SONOITA Quarter Horse Show TOMBSTONE – Wings & Spurs Wyatt Earp Days WHITERIVER Great Fort Apache Heritage Reunion Williams Cataract Creek Rambler National Train Day Rendezvous Days Williams Airport Fly-In WINSLOW – Heritage Days
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest P.O. Box 640, Springerville, AZ 85938 Phone: (928) 333-4301
Kaibab National Forest 800 S. 6th Street, Williams, AZ 86046 Phone: (928) 635-8200
Coconino National Forest 1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 Phone: (928) 527-3600
Prescott National Forest 344 S. Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303 Phone: (928) 443-8000
Coronado National Forest 300 W. Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701 Phone : (520) 388-8300
Tonto National Forest 2324 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006 Phone: (602) 225-5200
Grand Canyon (photo courtesy Moyan Brenn)
Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep Grand Canyon each year. Most of them see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim (this includes Grand Canyon Village, Hermits Rest, and Desert View). The South Rim, the most accessible part of the park, is open all year, averaging 7,000 feet above sea level. A much smaller number of people see the Canyon from the North Rim, which lies just 10 miles (as the California condor flies) directly across the Canyon from the South Rim. Averaging 8,000 feet above sea level, the North Rim rises 1,000 feet higher than the South Rim, and is much less accessible. Heavy snows often close the road to the North Rim from late October to mid May of each year. Even in good weather the North Rim is harder to get to. It is 220 miles by car from the South Rim, or 21 miles by foot across the canyon by way of the North and South Kaibab Trails. The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rim and is seen mainly by hikers, mule riders, or river runners. There are many opportunities here for adventurous and hardy persons who want to backpack, ride a mule to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through the Canyon on the Colorado River (which can take
anywhere from several days to three weeks – there are no one-day river trips through the length of Grand Canyon). How Do People Get Across the Canyon? If you are hiking across the canyon, the South Kaibab Trail crosses the Colorado River on a narrow foot bridge 70 feet above the water. It is a 21 mile hike to go “Rim To Rim,” with a vertical descent – followed by a climb – of 1 mile. This is an overnight hiking trip for 99.5% of hikers. There is only one way to cross the Colorado River by automobile, and that is 137 miles from the South Rim Village (at Marble Canyon, AZ) via the Navajo Bridge, a few miles downstream from Lees Ferry, where the Canyon is only 400 feet wide. There is no longer an airstrip on the North Rim of the park. That means that the North Rim village may only be reached by driving all the way around – or by hiking across the canyon. South Rim lodging and camping along with most other visitor services within the park are open all year. Reserve lodging and campsites as far ahead as possible, especially during spring break and busy summer and fall months. NPS
Gold Canyon Ghost Town And Mine (photo courtesy Margaret Napie)
CHOICE HOTELS I N T E R N A T I O N A L
Choice Hotels of Arizona & New Mexico Mesa – Clarion Inn
951 W. Main St. • Mesa Phoenix, AZ 85201 (480) 833-1231 Features: Complimentary Continental Breakfast • Outdoor Pool • Oversized Whirlpool • Fitness Center • Business Center • Meeting Room. www.clarionmesa.com
Sedona – Rodeway Inn & Suites Iris Garden
390 Jordan Road • Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 228-2000 Features: Free Continental Breakfast • Wireless Internet Access • Hot Tub • Microwaves, Refrigerators & Coffee Pots In All Rooms • Picnic Area With Barbecue Grills & Trolley Adjacent • 100% Non-Smoking. www.irisgardeninn.com
Tempe – Rodeway Inn
2101 E. Apache Blvd. • Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 393-3090 Features: Free Continental Breakfast • Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access • Outdoor Seasonal Pool • Pet-Friendly Hotel. www.rodewayinn.com/hotel-tempe-arizona-AZ083
Gallup – Comfort SUITES
Platinum Award Winning Hotel 3940 East Highway 66 • Gallup, NM 87301 Phone: (505) 863-3445 • Fax: (505) 863-6218 Features: Free Hot Breakfast • Free Wireless High-Speed Internet Access • Cable TV • Indoor Heated Pool / Hot Tub • Pet-Friendly Hotel • 100% Smoke Free Hotel. www.comfortsuites.com/hotel/NM131
Welcome to New Mexico Welcome to the “Land of Enchantment State!” New Mexico is home to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. This park is considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World. It is listed as one of twenty World Heritage sites in the United States. Visit the Old Spanish Trail, it is one of the most crooked pack mule trails in America. The trail runs between Santa Fe and Los Angeles, CA. In 2002 Congress designated the route as America’s 15th National Historic Trail. New Mexico is home to the first atomic explosion at Trinity Site, located between Socorro and Alamogordo. Visit Roswell, home of the UFO Crash Site. Here you will find many UFO museums, curio shops and festivals which are held each year. Historic Route 66 also runs through New Mexico.
State facts Nickname:.................................“The Land of Enchantment” Population:..............................................Approx. 2,085,538 Capital:.................................................................... Santa Fe Population:...................................................Approx. 72,056 State Bird:........................................................... Roadrunner State Flower:................................................................ Yucca State Tree:............................................................ Pinon Pine State Motto:...........................................It Grows As It Goes Highest Point:..............................Wheeler Peak; 13,161 feet Lowest Point:.............................. Red Bluff Lake; 2,817 feet
(photo courtesy Ron Behrmann, Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau)
White Sands Sand Sledding (photo courtesy Ryan Poplin)
A rich tapestry of Adventure and Culture awaits Nestled in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico and surrounded by three mountain ranges containing alpine ski resorts is an historic American railroading town founded just before the turn of the 19th Century. Alamogordo is located right next to the iconic film locations of the ever-changing dunes of the sparkling White Sands of New Mexico. In addition to local area attractions and history steeped in the Old West heritage of the days of ‘Billy the Kid’ and the ‘Badlands’ of New Mexico, there is much more to see and do for the active life-style vacationer. Alamogordo is a rich tapestry woven of authentic adventure and culture in a beautiful setting of geological formations. Experience the High-Chijuajuan desert with the majestic backdrop of the Sacramento Mountains – where you’ll want to drink in the quiet beauty of tall pines and ski or hike the trails of the Lincoln National Forest. Plenty to do Nearby, tourists can savour magnificent sunsets, visit Native American lands and casinos, and tour local wineries and lush pistachio groves. Space travel and exploration are ongoing endeavors and all the history and research done in New Mexico is on display for an interactive experience at the New Mexico Museum of Space History and IMAX theater. You can even guide and land the space shuttle in the amazing flight simulator, and sit in the seat of a space capsule on display at the courtyard missile park. Visit Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA for Film, Sand and SpaceDiscover America, the beautiful state of New Mexico, and all that Alamogordo and southern New Mexico has to offer the activeadventure tourist. Plan your trip today. www.alamogordo.com Phone (575) 437-6120.
3204 N. White Sands Blvd. Alamogordo, NM 88310
Where Adventure meets Culture This Southwestern city is home to a colorful collection of art, culture and natural treasures. Albuquerque’s authentic diversity has ranked it as “One of 15 Destinations on the Rise for 2012” by TripAdvisor® and one of the Top 10 Value Cities in the U.S. by Hotwire.com Arts & Culture The Native American, Spanish and Western cultural influences are evident throughout the city. As a consistent Top 10 Arts Destination by AmericanStyle magazine, traditional and modern creativity flourish here. Visitors enjoy exploring living history at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, ancient cliff dwellings, petroglyphs and neighboring pueblos. Cultural highlights include the National Hispanic Cultural Center, historic Old Town, 19 museums and an abundance of theaters. Cuisine Every meal in Albuquerque presents you with an opportunity to experience the exotic, addictive flavors of America’s most unique and cherished regional cuisine. New Mexican cuisine is all about the chile. – red and green chile. We of course have a diverse array of culinary
offerings in addition to New Mexican cuisine. Outdoor Recreation The city’s location in a high desert valley rift lends itself to hiking, biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, bouldering, geocaching, birding and more among dependably sunny days, blue skies, crisp mountain air and stunning vistas everywhere. Guided adventures include jeep and mountain bike outings, and our signature hot air balloon flights. As the “Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World,” balloons dot the sky here nearly every morning. Golf Golf Digest and Golf Magazine have ranked several of our courses among the best in the country. At our 14 year-round golf courses, you’ll play with rocky mountain peaks, slumbering volcanoes and the meandering Rio Grande as stunning backdrops. The area’s breathtaking scenery combines with affordability to provide unbeatable cost-toquality value. Whatever you choose to do here, a world of adventure, culture, and authenticity awaits you at a fantastic value. Visit www.ItsATrip.org for more information, travel deals and specials.
10035 Country Club Lane Albuquerque, NM 87114
(505) 898-6161 (800) 938-6161
NMS Luminarias (photo courtesy NewMexicoStock.com)
Albuquerque / East
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450 Paisano St. N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87123
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Albuquerque / Midtown
1511 Gibson Blvd. S.E. Albuquerque, NM 87106
2500 University Blvd. N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87107
Albuquerque / West 6030 Illiff N.W. Albuquerque, NM 87121
www.super8.com 1-800-800-8000 Free Hot Breakfast Buffet • Free High-Speed Internet • Complimentary Airport Shuttle (runs from 7:00 a.m. to 11 p.m.) • Gym / Fitness Center Pets Allowed • Meeting Room • Pool
World BalLoon Albuquerque’s Original Balloon Ride Provider
Visitors come from around the world to enjoy Albuquerque’s pleasant climate, beautiful landscapes, diverse culture, rich heritage, and hot air ballooning. Famous for our light winds and crystal clear sky, Albuquerque has long been known as the “Balloon Capital of the World”. We are proud of our city and prouder still that our company introduced ballooning to Albuquerque. In 1971, the founder of World Balloon, Sid Cutter, taught himself to fly balloons. He had no idea that his passion would become synonymous with the city in which he was raised. Sid retired years ago, but still loves to fly for fun. Continuing the tradition of flight, World Balloon is now celebrating our 38th continuous year in business. Our history and unparalleled experience ensures the safest and most memorable ballooning adventure available. We pride ourselves on being the Southwest’s original and premier balloon company for passenger rides. We fly each day year-round, at sunrise, weather permitting. Our goal is to provide you with a World Class experience that will be the highlight of your New Mexico get away. All Hot Air Balloon Rides include: An approximately 1 hour Hot Air Balloon Ride of the type you select for the number of people you select A post flight ceremony and toast at a local park accompanied by a light continental breakfast A commemorative flight certificate and lapel pin Oh, and we almost forgot to add, the Memories and Experiences are yours forever! We know you can always find someone out there cheaper, especially on-line, but you will not find a company more focused on your safety and the quality of your Hot Air Ballooning Experience than World Balloon! For more information, phone (800) 351-9588 or (505) 293-6800 or visit our web site at www.worldballoon.com
(photo courtesy World Balloon)
Experience the high mountain majesty of Angel Fire and you may be fortunate enough to see the morning or evening glow in the clouds that gave Angel Fire its name. Enjoy year-round outdoor activities. Golf, fish, hike, bicycle, horseback ride or ATV in the summer. And, when the snow flies, ski, tube, snowshoe, snowmobile or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Less strenuous activities include driving tours to view the natural scenery and wildlife, shopping, art classes, relaxing with a good book or getting a massage. There are special events for special times throughout the year – from fireworks and torchlight parades celebrating the Christmas and New Year holidays to classical musical performances, car show and mountain bike races during the summer. Many choose Angel Fire as the perfect setting for those special days in their lives – a wedding, reunion, workshop, or meeting. Visit the Angel Fire Visitor Center at www.AngelFireFun.com or call toll free at (866) 668-7787 for a full calendar of events and more details about Angel Fire.
Artesia is a vibrant, activity-filled city that enables its residents to enjoy an exceptional quality of life. There are always activities to interest, entertain and educate locals and visitors alike. Artesia is located in southeastern New Mexico, nestled between the two larger cities of Roswell to the north and Carlsbad to the south. The Texas border is less than 100 miles away to the east and the beautiful mountains, including the towns of Cloudcroft and Ruidoso, are to the west. Artesia is a perfect center point for southeastern New Mexico. Travel through the past and experience Artesia through the eyes of the pioneers and settlers of the southwest as you take our Walking Tour at your leisure. Even if you aren’t a history buff, you and your family will enjoy the sights and sounds of our historic community, appreciating the hard work of those who came before us. Our Walking Tour begins at the Train Depot & Artesia’s Visitor’s Center. It proceeds through town, stopping at each of our History in Bronze monuments.
Our standard amenities are anything but.
• Complimentary Full Breakfast • High-Speed Internet Access • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub • Guest Laundry
Best Western Pecos Inn
2209 W. Main Street, Artesia, NM 88210 575.748.3324 | 575.748.2868 www.bestwesternnewmexico.com Each Best Western® branded hotel is independently owned and operated. ©2013 Best Western International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Home of the Great Kiva Tucked just south of the Colorado state line and nestled among cottonwood trees along the Animas River, the City of Aztec is a vibrant community with an enchanting story to tell. Named after 12th century Puebloan ruins (originally thought to be of Aztecan creation), the City of Aztec has been a thriving political, spiritual and community center for almost a millennia. HISTORY BUFFS will be charmed by the historic Aztec community which predates New Mexico statehood. Historians young and old will enjoy immersing themselves in pioneer history at the Aztec Museum and Pioneer village and can spend hours on a historic walking tour of the original Aztec town site and over 75 registered historic buildings. Aztec Ruins National Monument will mesmerize CULTURAL ENTHUSIASTS. Located within Aztec city limits, Aztec Ruins National Monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, representing one of the outlying settlements of Chaco Culture. At Aztec Ruins National Monument you can enjoy lectures on everything from archaeoastronomy to Native American mythology. Visitors to Aztec in March can also attend the nationally renowned Aztec UFO Symposium; stay with us and tour the site of the alleged 1948 UFO crash. For those ADVENTURE SEEKERS in search of an adrenalin rush or a healthy dose of New Mexico sunshine, Aztec, New Mexico offers over twenty-five miles of competitive mountain bike trails, numerous natural sandstone arches for photo opportunities, as well as countless hiking trails and options for outdoor excursions for visitors young and old. Aztec is less than thirty minutes from Navajo Lake State Park (one of the top five attractions in New Mexico), as well as from worldclass fly-fishing in the Quality Waters of San Juan River. For travel information and assistance in planning your vacation itinerary, please contact the Aztec Visitor Center at 1-888-543-GOAZTECNM or online at www.aztecnm.com
Mountain Skills Rock Guides
P.O. Box 206 • Arroyo Seco, NM 87514
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428 S. Main Street Belen, NM 87002
Free Admission • Last Saturday in September (505) 864-8091 • www.belenchamber.org
Navajo Reservoir, New Mexico. View looking north toward marina (photo wikipedia.org)
Located 35 miles south of Albuquerque along Interstate 25 and the Rio Grande, Belén is part of the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan area in New Mexico. The city combines old New Mexico charm with modern convenience, excellent transportation options, and a vibrant economy. With low tax rates, reasonable land prices, and a business-friendly city government, Belén is a great new home to grow your business. Belén is a friendly, progressive, economic development – seeking community on the verge of major growth. Its clean air, great scenery, shopping, schools, and a strong sense of community make it an excellent place to grow an enterprise and raise a family. Belén’s newly revitalized downtown area and proximity to Albuquerque ensure that business owners and their families have access to the conveniences of the modern world and provide an attractive atmosphere in which to live and work. With easy access to Interstate 25 and with a RailRunner light rail commuter station that provides daily trains running to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Belén is convenient to a host of shopping, recreational, cultural, entertainment and dining opportunities. For more information, contact the Greater Belén Chamber of Commerce at (505) 864-8091.
The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center welcomes you to Bloomfield, the Heart of the Four Corners. We boast a diverse culture, excellent restaurants, great shopping, friendly people and a host of businesses. Bloomfield is a celebrated vacation spot at the center of so many tourist attractions, whether it’s fishing in the world-renowned quality waters of the San Juan River, exploring the ancient Native American ruins, hiking our wilderness areas, or just the relaxing atmosphere, you’ll love what Bloomfield has to offer. Bloomfield is located in the middle of an area rich in prehistoric history. The Bisti Wilderness Area has long attracted people looking for answers to our past. We are centrally located for visiting Native American sites and Indian Reservations. Chaco Cultural National Historic Park, Salmon Ruins Indian and Archaeological Park and Mesa Verde are all nearby. A visit to the historical sites will take you back in time. Bloomfield has all four seasons. We have a mild to moderate winter, trees of all colors in the fall, a month of warm spring and a summer that is nice and hot during the day but cools down to a very comfortable temperature in the evening. Bloomfield is the place to come for all winter and summer activities. Come see what Bloomfield has to offer!
carlsbad caverns national park
The world that exists deep below the surface is a subterranean marvel. Created slowly over the millennia, its beautiful formations awe visitors year-round. Considered by many as the Eighth Wonder of the World it is, in fact, one of twenty World Heritage sites in the United States. The creation of the caves began about 250 million years ago with the creation of a long reef in an inland sea. The sea eventually evaporated and left the reef buried under deposits of gypsum and salts. When the Guadalupe Mountains were uplifted, 20 to 30 million years ago, they fractured the ancient reef. The groundwater that seeped into the cracks combined with hydrogen sulfide gas from the oil and gas deposits below, and created sulfuric acid. This acid is what carved out the large rooms and passageways that exist today.
Carrizozo is located in South Central New Mexico, nestled near the beautiful Sacramento mountain range at the northern edge of the Tularosa Basin. Residents and visitors enjoy pleasant high desert climate less than an hour from the tall pines and skiing areas of Lincoln County’s National Forest. With a variety of shops, restaurants, and an impressive art community, Carrizozo has a friendly small town atmosphere. Born with the dawn of the 20th Century, there were few signs of human habitation before the railroad arrived. The Town grew quickly as it became a terminal, with many jobs readily available and plenty of open land for new homes. But grand dreams for its future were dashed when the railroad left in the late 60s. Thanks in part to Frank English, whose legacy is everywhere here, his 30 plus buildings and homes were constructed between 1908 and 1925. Many of them are still in use, solid, durable, comfortable and part of a historic sites tour in the Town. Carrizozo’s name is derived from the Spanish word ‘carrizo,’ meaning a reed-like grass. After an extra ‘zo’ was added to proclaim the abundance of grass in the area, the Town’s moniker was born. The seat of Lincoln County, today Carrizozo is a safe community with no smog or pollution. Sitting at 5,425 feet above sea level, annual rainfall is 12-14 inches and humidity is low at 10-15% (except in July and August). Temperatures on most summer evenings are delightfully in the lower 60s. Surrounding our Town are several scenic sites, all within a day’s drive and all framed by the majesty of our wonderful mountains as they define the boundaries of the Tularosa Basin in a wide range of shapes and sizes! So, leave the crowds behind and come Discover Carrizozo – at the crossroads of New Mexico’s Highways 380 and 54! The sun shines brightly most of the time in our beautiful land of enchantment, so definitely bring your camera!
Our standard amenities are anything but. • Complimentary Full Breakfast • High-Speed Internet Access • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub • Guest Laundry
Best Western Plus Territorial Inn & Suites
415 S. Bloomfield Blvd., Bloomfield, NM 87413 505.632.9100 | www.bestwesternnewmexico.com
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If you like to hike, take a boat excursion, fish or ride horses, Chama is the place for you! There are plenty of parks here that offer you a quiet place to relax. Take a historic walking tour, go fossil hunting or pan for gold. Chama has something for everyone. For more information, contact the Chama Valley Chamber of Commerce at (575) 756-2306 or toll free (800) 477-0149.
Where the Rockies Meet the Plains Scenic Drives – As a part of the National Scenic Byways, the Cimarron area offers spectacular vistas along the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail. Wagon ruts are still visible where the trail crosses Highways U.S. 64 to the north, NM 58 to the east, and NM 21 to the south of Cimarron. Outdoor Activities – Throughout the year, outdoor activities abound in the Cimarron area. Recreational opportunities include world class fishing and hunting, miles of horseback riding and hiking, wildlife viewing, wilderness camping, excellent downhill and cross-country skiing, picnicking, biking, or just relaxing beneath the ever-changing Western sky. Unique Shops – Stroll through art studios and galleries, order a custom saddle or thumb through racks of historical clothing. Cimarron boasts a variety of wares including pottery and ceramics, leatherwork, jewelry, paintings, woodwork and folk art. Museums and Historical Interest – Historic Cimarron features many sites on the Walking Tour of Old Town. In 1864 the Aztec Grist Mill was built by Lucien Maxwell. As the Old Mill Museum, this landmark houses a collection of photographs and artifacts interpreting local history. The Historic St. James Hotel, where the notorious gunman, Clay Allison, allegedly danced naked on the bar, once part of the present dining room which still has bullet holes in its pressed tin ceiling. Also legendary, the Philmont Scout Ranch was donated to the Boy Scouts of America in 1938 by oilman Waite Phillips. Relaxation and Beauty – Inspiration and home for many artists, Cimarron has a timeless yet rugged beauty that captivates the adventurer spirit. The Village lies between the eastern side of the 13,000-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Great Plains – truly Where the Rockies Meet the Plains.
Doe In The Camp at Black Mountain, NM (photo courtesy Chris Brooks)
Experience the dinosaur tracks left 100 million years ago, walk along the Santa Fe Trail, and relive the story of notorious outlaw “Black Jack Ketchum”.
Comfortable Rooms & Cottages In The High Mountain Resort Of Cloudcroft, New Mexico.
Clayton-Union County Chamber of Commerce
(575) 374-9253 1103 South First St. • Clayton, NM 88415 Embrace The Spirit www.claytonnewmexico.org (800) 390-7858 Clayton
The site of Clayton has been a crossroads ever since time began. About 100 million years ago it was a dinosaur track way on the edge of an ancient sea, and dinosaur tracks and bones are found throughout the area. Native Americans began coming through the area at least 10,000 years ago. Many traces of their passing have been found including various types of pottery, spear points, and even human remains buried in caves. The twin peaks of Rabbit Ear Mountain have always been an important landmark to travelers and were particularly noted by Santa Fe Trail caravans which passed through the area from 1821 through the 1870’s. In the late 1880’s talk of a railroad was heard and Clayton was born. The railroad came right through the town, and the community began growing in leaps and bounds. The area drew cattle and sheep ranchers and later, farmers. To this day the focus is on ranching and farming. Clayton offers one of the finest small museums to be found anywhere. The Kiowa National Grassland northeast of town encourages a stroll along the Santa Fe Trail and enjoyment of the area’s flora and fauna. In addition to dinosaur tracks, Clayton Lake State Park has excellent fishing, camping, boating facilities as well as an award winning observatory. Clayton has a number of shops featuring arts, crafts, collectibles, souvenirs and other interesting merchandise.
P.O. Box 627 • 100 Chipmunk • Cloudcroft, NM 88317
(877) 682-2814 • (575) 682-2814 www.summitinn-nm.com cloudcroft
Located on U.S. Hwy. 82 and is easily accessible from both east and west. The drive from Alamogordo is a steep 16 mile climb of nearly 5,000 vertical feet and takes you through a variety of climate zones. The charming mountain village of Cloudcroft owes its existence to the beautiful views that surround it. The El Paso-Northeastern Railroad crew that laid out the route for the Cloud Climbing Railroad, stopped here to rest on the summit of the Sacramento Mountains in 1898. They were so impressed with the view of the White Sands almost 5,000 feet below and the white clouds slipping by at almost ground level that they picked that spot as the site for the railroads’ lodge. A young Englishman in the group chose the name Cloudcroft which means a cloud in a field. One place you won’t want to miss is the view from the overlook near New Mexico’s only tunnel and the graceful old wooden Mexican Canyon trestle that nestles in a canyon just outside of the village. For more information please contact the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce at (575) 682-2733 or visit their website: www.cloudcroft.net
We look forward to your visit. 221 West First Street Clovis, NM 88101
(575) 762-0066 Toll Free: (888) 762-0064 www.clovisdepot.com
(photo Clovis / Curry County Chamber of Commerce)
Clovis / Curry County
The years and seasons in Clovis, New Mexico are marked by events and traditions that reveal the people, cultures and values that make up our community. Residents of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas have grown to love the wonderful diverse cultural programming, the Cultural Arts Series, brought to our region by Clovis Community College. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Pioneer Days Rodeo is one of the finest professional rodeos and is held the first weekend of June. Clovis currently hosts the New Mexico High School Rodeo Finals, and the High Plains Junior Rodeo Finals held in June and July. Clovis Rocks! Clovis, New Mexico celebrates one of its most influential and successful residents, world renowned recording artist Norman Petty and his wife, Vi Petty, by throwing its annual music festival every September. The Clovis Music Festival began in 1987 and continues to celebrate the music history of Clovis for twenty five years now. The “Clovis Sound,” made popular by such greats as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, was created and recorded in Clovis at Norman Petty’s 7th Street Studio. The original equipment is still in the studio, and a visit will take you back to the grand days of rock & roll. The Norman & Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum is located at 105 E. Grand and features an oversized 50’s Fender Stratocaster – the guitar that Buddy Holly made popular. The museum displays feature working equipment from the studio including the original mixing board used during Buddy Holly’s recordings. A re-creation of two of the studio’s rooms, as well as a 50’s diner, lots of neon, and era-specific details make visiting the Museum a uniquely fun learning experience! Clovis has also undergone several new construction projects which include: Cannon Air Force Base expansion; expansion to Clovis Municipal Schools; Hotel Clovis area development; Park systems expansion including Splash Park and various other Infrastructure development projects. Clovis, New Mexico is a city on the move, and with so many family-friendly things to do. Come see for yourself that Clovis Rocks! For more information, please phone Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce: (575) 763-3435 or visit our web site at www.clovisnm.org
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Corrales lies on the old Alameda land grant. In 1710, after an attempt by the Spanish government to reinstate an Indian population to Alameda Pueblo, a grant of the Alameda lands was given to Francisco Montes Vigil, a soldier in the Spanish army. The boundaries were “the ruin of an old pueblo (probably now Coronado monument) on the north, a small hill on the south (probably the northernmost volcano), the river on the east, and “prairies and hills” on the west. When the Alameda grant was reconfirmed in 1895, the eastern boundary was established near, and roughly parallel to, the railroad tracks. The western boundary was firmed at the ceja – the high point on the east side of the Rio Puerco valley. The northern boundary on a 1895 map is as far north as Bernalillo, which must have been on the east side of the river in 1710. The southern boundary was firmed at approximately where Paseo del Norte today intersects with Coors.
Deming, is in the southwest part of the state on Int. 10 between El Paso, TX and Tucson, AZ. The earliest beginnings of this area goes back to the Mimbres Indians who claimed the Mimbres Valley in southwest NM as home from A.D. 650-1150. Their legacy is the black and white Mimbreño pottery that is nationally acclaimed. Those Indians disappeared long before the Spaniards conquered and called the region their kingdom. Geronimo, Victorio and other Apaches roamed the Territory and the nearby Florida Mountains in the 1800s. There was a Butterfield Stage Trail Stop in the 1850s. But it was the entrepreneurs from the eastern states of the U.S. who left their permanent mark. Deming was founded in 1881 by railroad magnates, and the design of many of its historical buildings was influenced from the eastern dignitaries. It was named for Mary Deming Crocker, wife of a railroad magnate. During that time, windmills were everywhere – they were necessary to draw water from the underground Mimbres River water basin. Camp Cody, and later the Holy Cross Sanatorium, were important establishments in the early 1900s. Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa made his name famous from his attack on Columbus in 1916. During WWII, Deming had an active military base, the Deming Army Air Field which even housed prisoners of war. The Rio Mimbres Country Club was originally the Army Air Field’s Officers Club. Many of the military buildings are still around town, and part of the old base is still here. Today, the Florida Mountains are the same…except now they are dotted with homes on the western slope which gently travel down to the bustling city of Deming – around 28,000 people within Luna County, which includes the border town of Columbus. Ranching is still popular, dairies are numerous, and farmers produce crops such as cotton, grains, melons, pumpkins, onions, pecans, and, of course, the famous green and red chili of which Deming is the largest producer in the world. The local wineries have earned outstanding recognition and art galleries are popular. Sangre de Cristos range panorama (photo courtesy David Herrera)
Chamber Of Commerce P.O. Box 322 • Eagle Nest, NM 87718 (800) 494-9117 • (575) 377-2420 email@example.com www.eaglenestchamber.org Eagle Nest
Eagle Nest, New Mexico is located in the Northern Sangre de Cristo range of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Eagle Nest is a small village where fishing is abundant. The village is situated on the northern side of Eagle Nest Lake, with over 15 square miles of beautiful mountain water. The lake is the granddaddy of all Enchanted Circle waters, abundant with kokanee and coho salmon, and cutthroat and rainbow trout. The community is excited that Eagle Nest Lake is now a premier State Park. The park has already seen a major makeover with new or upgraded docks, a welcome center and comfortable restrooms. Future plans include camping and picnic areas and foot and equestrian trails. Therma Drive, the main street in Eagle Nest, is lined with shops that carry locally crafted fine arts, sculpture, sterling silver and Indian jewelry, antiques, pottery, kitchen items, candles, clothing, souvenirs, T-shirts and much more. Food offerings include several down home style restaurants, pizza, subs, home made fudge and a specialty coffee shop. As you drive through town, don’t miss Enchanted Circle Gateway Museum. The museum, a Southwest Victorian style railway station, will accommodate a vast model train display, antique toys and artifacts, an interactive learning center and classrooms. The grounds will feature track layouts and switching areas for operating trains, walking paths, patio with fountain, and stationary railway car displays. And you can pan for gold many weekends throughout the year on the museum site. Scenic Moreno Valley is unsurpassed in beauty, with spectacular views from Eagle Nest’s 8,200 feet level to the top of Wheeler Peak, the highest in the state at 13,161 feet. The snowcapped mountains offer outstanding winter sports: Angel Fire, just 10 miles, 40 miles to Taos and 18 miles to Red River. The Moreno Valley is located 300 miles south of Denver, 100 miles northeast of Santa Fe and just 200 miles northwest of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma. The Enchanted Circle offers excellent snow sports, hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, golfing and horseback riding. Quaint mountain villages, ghost towns, ancient adobe structures, a Native American pueblo, and southwestern art, are just a few fascinating points of interest in the area. This is truly the Enchanted Circle. For more information please phone (800) 494-9117 or visit our website at www.eaglenestchamber.org
Nestled in the Four Corners of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, Farmington provides some of the best hiking, biking and four wheel-drive paths around. Farmington is home to Road Apple Rally, the oldest continually run mountain bike race in the United States. World-class fishing beckons fishermen to the San Juan, Animas and La Plata Rivers and area lakes, while golfers are tested at Pinon Hills Golf Course, rated one of the best municipal courses in the country. The River Corridor provides 5.5 miles of intersecting trails for walking or biking along the Animas River. Plaza areas host special activities throughout the year. The Riverside Nature Center allows for observation of birds and animals as well as education of the plants and ecosystems found along the river. The Four Corners is a central location from which to explore ancient ruins sites such as Chaco Canyon. This area was a major regional center of the Ancestral Puebloan culture. The finely crafted masonry, associated great kivas and the Chacoan ‘roads’ are hallmarks of the magnificent Chacoan culture at this World Heritage Site. Aztec Ruins National Monument, Salmon Ruins and Mesa Verde National Park are all in close proximity to Farmington. Farmington truly has something for everyone. For more information about our southwestern hospitality or to receive a calendar of events or travel guide, call (800) 448-1240 or visit us online at www.farmingtonnm.org
(photo courtesy Gallup Chamber of Commerce)
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Gallup was founded in 1881 as a railhead for the Atlantic and Paciﬁc Railroad. The city was named after David Gallup, a paymaster for the railroad. It is the most populous city between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Flagstaff, Arizona. Gallup is often called the “Indian Capital of the World” for its location in the heart of Native American lands and the presence of Navajo, Zuni, Hopi and other tribes. One-third of the city’s population has Native American roots. Gallup’s nickname references the huge impact of the Native American Cultures found in and around Gallup. A large percentage of the world’s Native art is made in or near Gallup. In 2011 Gallup was given the title “Adventure Capital of New Mexico” by the New Mexico State Legislature. Gallup earned this title, in part, due to its trail development and creation of the High Desert Trail System, the hiking trails at Red Rock Park, the Zuni Mountain Trail System in the nearby national forest, and the creation of a municipal motocross/OHV park. Yet, the designation also comes for the diversity of adventures like hot air ballooning, rodeo, hunting, rock climbing and cross-country skiing.
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103 South Love • Lovington, NM 88260
5220 N. Lovington Hwy. Hobbs, NM 88240
5412 N. Lovington Highway Hobbs, NM 88240
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Hobbs, it all happens here... What an exciting time for southeast New Mexico’s largest city, with the development and opening of the Zia Park Race Track and the Black Gold Casino, the landscape in this community has changed forever. From a history of black gold and natural gas, a transition to tourism has forever changed this community’s place in history. The discovery of oil in the 1920’s and the boom town development of Hobbs via the three townships that made-up the Hobbs area, to a modern city of 35,000 people with a retail trade zone of over 150,000 people, Hobbs has become New Mexico’s newest tourist attraction and destination. Hobbs prides itself on being a diverse community with industries including oil and gas, dairy farms, ranching, a prison and two major higher learning institutions, the New Mexico Junior College and the University of the Southwest. Both play a major role in developing teachers, accountants and engineers along with a host of other degreed disciplines. Each of the campuses have had an aggressive buildings program and have increased their student marketing to offer courses reflecting today’s business and industrial needs. The Hobbs community has the second largest convention and meeting facility in New Mexico, the Lea County Event Center, which can host indoor rodeos, concerts, tractor pulls and indoor soccer events all on the main floor of the center. The three new meeting facilities offer a host of venues to meet most meeting and conference needs. The professionally managed facility is available for events large and small. Les continues to build and operate the National Enrichment Facility next door in Eunice New Mexico. This is a 1.5 billion company that at its full capacity will provide 25% of America’s nuclear energy demand. This facility has proven to be a key factor in the evident growth of our city. If a little history and culture is what you’re looking for the Western Heritage Museum is home to many displays that portray the history of Lea County as seen from the perspective of Indians, buffalo hunters, soldiers, and settlers. Exhibits that spotlight outstanding county ranchers and rodeo performers in our area are part of the Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame which is located on the New Mexico Junior College campus. If you have not been to Hobbs or Lea County in the past year, you need to visit the “NEW” in New Mexico.
Las Cruces is the crossroads of the Southwest. Las Cruces is located in southern New Mexico along the Texas/Mexico border where they enjoy 350 days of sunshine a year. The community is very rich in Western/Mexican culture which can be found in everything from the traditional Mexican architecture to the spicy festivals and food. Las Cruces is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and has been named one of the top 100 places to retire by Where to Retire magazine. Money magazine named it one of the Top Eight Places to Retire. It has also made the forbes.com top three list of best small metro areas for business and careers for the last two years. Las Cruces is home to numerous art galleries, museums, performing arts venues, theatres and annual festivals. Whether you enjoy hiking, golfing or playing tennis, Las Cruces is for you. The magic spires of the Organ Mountains rise from the floor of the Chihuahuan Desert to the East. The Rio Grande cuts a wide green path of trees and fertile fields through the Mesilla Valley to the West. For more information, contact the Las Cruces CVB at (505) 541-2444.
Las Vegas is uniquely situated where the mountains meet the plains. Its location and natural resources provide a variety of recreation opportunities such as hiking, biking, fishing, hunting and boating. Our architecture and landscapes have resulted in Las Vegas being a film location for major movie productions going back to the early days of film making with Tom Mix and Romaine Felding. Other films have included Easy Rider, Red Dawn and the academy award winning production No Country for Old Men. Our downtown areas, recently designated by the State of New Mexico as a Main Street Project and Arts and Cultural District boast an astounding number of historic buildings and a budding arts community. Events in our downtown areas include the Annual Fourth of July Fiestas, Heritage Week, the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally and the Annual Electric Light Parade to name a few.
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Las Cruces Easter (photo flickr.com)
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Lordsburg & Hidalgo County
Welcome to Hidalgo County! A place we call home. We’d like to share it with you and invite you to come visit us. Hidalgo County is nestled in the southwest corner of the state in what has been coined the “Bootheel” of New Mexico. It is the gateway to the Gila National Forest which is just north of the county seat, Lordsburg. There are also two direct byways into Mexico, one through Antelope Wells via State Highway 146 in Hidalgo County and the other through Douglas, AZ via U.S. Highway 80 through Rodeo, NM. The county seat, Lordsburg, is the halfway point between El Paso, TX and Tucson, AZ on Interstate 10. El Paso is 160 miles to the east and Tucson is 152 miles to the west. In either direction on Interstate 10 are two international airports. Hidalgo County features Shakespeare Ghost Town, the west’s most authentic ghost town, and also Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Museum, where local history comes to life. There are well know events such as the Bootheel Cowboy Poetry Fiesta and the Hidalgo County Fair and Rodeo. The county seat, Lordsburg, is full of history. The Southern Pacific Line was founded in 1880. Elizabeth Garrett, blind daughter of Pat Garrett, the sheriff who shot Billy the Kid, wrote New Mexicos’s official state song, “O Fair New Mexico” in 1917. Charles Lindburg landed at the Lordsburg airport during his cross-county trip in 1927 and also the Aviator Amelia Earhart stopped for a visit. During World War II, Italian and Japanese POW’S were confined here in Lordsburg. The bootheel’s natural beauty is a perfect backdrop for hikers, cyclists and photographers with excellent weather and spectacular sunsets and sunrises and the best people you’ll ever meet. “Hidalgo County, where traditions and hard work are valued and passed through the generations.”
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Los Lunas & Valencia County
Valencia County is known as the Rio Abajo (Lower River) valley, a place with a long and proud history. The Spaniards settled this area in the late 1500’s after the first colony was founded by Juan de Onate. Many of the families that live here today are descendants of the original Spanish families that settled in the area. Los Lunas has managed to retain its rural atmosphere along the river valley. We also have all the modern conveniences such as shopping, a movie theatre, and the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts. Transportation is easy in Los Lunas. Interstate 25 runs through Los Lunas giving us easy access to Albuquerque, Socorro and points in between. The Rail Runner now links us to Belén and all the way up to Santa Fe. Take a ride and come see our fine Village. For more information please contact The Valencia County Chamber of Commerce (Los Lunas) (505) 352-3596 or check out our website at loslunasnm.gov/chamber
Los Lunas, NM (Chairman’s Award Winner 2010) 1919 Main Street • I-25 Exit 203 Los Lunas, NM 87031 Phone: 1-505-865-5995 • www.daysinn.com
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The Turquoise Trail: Back Roads Lead to Great Discoveries Venture off the freeway and onto the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway (State Highway 14) to experience “the artful way to Santa Fe”. This Scenic and Historic Area linking Albuquerque to Santa Fe encompasses 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico. The Trail is also fast becoming known for its adventurous hiking and bike trails. In spite of the recent growth to the area, The Turquoise Trail remains historically quaint and Old West. Among the most popular stops along the Trail is the road to the crest of the Sandia Mountains (Highway 536) which includes the Sandia Peak Ski Area and Tinkertown Museum. Madrid is a creative community with art on display ranging from fine art rivaling Canyon Road to western art to whimsical recycled and found object creations. While in town, you can belly up to the longest standing bar in New Mexico or explore the oldest lighted minor league ballpark in the west. Cerrillos, located just three miles north of Madrid, hosts several shops, galleries, a museum and Petting Zoo, plus hiking, biking, and horse trails. Cerrillos harkens the Old West and, along with Madrid, has been the setting for several major motions pictures.
Town of Mesilla
There's always something happening in Hidalgo County!
206 S. Main St. • Lordsburg, NM 88045
(575) 542-9864 • Fax: (575) 542-9059
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The North Road Inn 2127 North Road Los Alamos, NM 87544
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The historic town of Mesilla lies just west of Las Cruces along I-10 and is what some might call the hidden jewel of the state. It is the epitome of small town charm at its finest, serving as a great location for afternoon shopping and dinner, where Mexican food and unique stores surround the town focal point of the historic Plaza. Visitors often enjoy the quiet ambiance of the Plaza with the peaceful back drop of the San Albino Basilica. Just north of town visitors have even more choices to shop and dine, in what’s known as the town’s Mercado area. The history of the Town boasts everything from the Civil War to Billy the Kid. Visitors can get a brief lesson in history by visiting the Gadsden museum or by taking a tour with La Morena Walking Tours. For extra fun, tourists often join the multitude of events that occur throughout the year. As Mesilla was once a part of Mexico, the Town is known for both its annual Cinco de Mayo and Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiestas, which celebrate significant dates in the Mexican culture. The Town also hosts several events throughout the year, including the popular lighting of luminarias on Christmas Eve. Although often overlooked by the state’s second largest city of Las Cruces, the Town of Mesilla has a lot to offer. Art galleries, entertaining events, rich history, unique shops and delicious cuisine are just a few staples that this small town has to offer. For more information, visit www. mesilla-nm.us or call (575) 524-3262.
Mountainair Gateway to Ancient Cities
Mountainair was founded in 1903 and incorporated by three Kansas men: Col. E.C.Manning, John W. Corbett and former Kansas Governor E.S. Stover. The town was built on what was to be the AT&SF Railways “Belen Cutoff”, which connected the Santa Fe line east to Texas. In 1907-1908, homesteaders began to arrive. The newcomers, like the Indian and Spanish settlers before them, grew pinto beans. As the town grew, it became known as the “Pinto Bean Capital of the World”. The droughts of the late ‘40’s and ‘50’s and other economic factors caused the once numerous farms to be abandoned or sold. The livestock industry flourished in this area and ranching is still a main business activity. The Mountainair mystique captures the imagination of writers, artists, and photographers. While remote and rural in feeling, Mountainair is about 40 minutes from major shopping, an hour from Albuquerque. and about an hour and a half to Santa Fe. Salinas Pueblo Missions National MOnument - Preserved within this monument are 17th-century Spanish Franciscan churches. The monument includes the ruins of three Indian pueblos and four large Spanish missions. Each site has spectacular walking trails. A stop at the visitor’s center on U.S. 60 in Mountainair will orient you to the three sites with museum display and an audio-visual program. The visitor center and ruins are open daily year-round except December 25 and January 1. ABO – San Gregorio was one of the finest and most architecturally sophisticated churches of its time. Gran Quivira – Over 300 pueblo rooms and two churches can be seen along the self-guided trail. The view surrounding Gran Quivira is breathtaking as you look out onto the valley below. One look and you will know why they chose this site to build. Quarai – The red stone walls of the mission church offer striking insight into 17th-century church design. A spectacular De Profundis (men’s a capella) concert is held at the Quarai Ruins annually in the month of September. Manzano state park – Located 13 miles northwest of Mountainair off NM 55, this lovely park features 3 miles of interconnected trails and 18 campsites. The Manzanos are an excellent place for hiking, fishing, birdwatching, photography, and cross-country skiing. From August 15th through November 5th, Hawkwatch International conducts its’ annual migration study of raptors at Capilla Peak. For more information log on to www.hawkwatch.org, or call 1-800-426-4295. Mountainair ranger district – This is a part of the Cibola National Forest. There are seven developed recreation areas in the district for those who like prepared camping or picnic site. Downtown Mountainair – On a broad avenue (U.S. 60), reminiscent of a western movie, Mountainair boasts unique shops, art galleries, a saloon and restaurants from cafe to gourmet. Not far away are a landmark hotel, motels, an RV park and a luxury bed & breakfast. Architecture – The Shaffer Hotel, on the State and National Register of Historic Places, and the decorative Rancho Bonito are unusual examples of Pueblo Deco Art that exemplify the independent and creative spirit of the area. The Robert J. Saul Recreation Center was built by the WPA in the 1930s. Relaxation – After a rigorous day of horseback riding or exploring the Salinas Monuments, make an appointment to relax and while your cares away at Hair Enchantment and Day Spa, Mountainair’s new full service Day Spa and Hair Salon. The Spa and Salon provides a tranquil and relaxing getaway for both men and women. The highly trained staff are eager to pamper you with massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, hair care, and dry sauna. Call (505) 847-2374 to make your appointment or visit them on the web at hairenchantment.com/spa.html HORSEBACK RIDING – Mountainair provides the perfect setting for scenic and majestic horseback rides. Contact Mike Padilla to set up your ride or visit Padilla Ranch Trail Rides on the web at http://padillaranchtrailrides.net Padilla Ranch Trail Rides, phone (505) 847-0941. Mobile: 505-459-7870; Fax: 505-847-0941 (call before you fax). P.O. Box 189, Mountainair, NM 87036; email: email@example.com
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The friendly university city of Portales is named spring waters which flowed from caves resembling porches (portales in Spanish). Portales Springs, the most famous watering hole on the Old Fort Sumner Trail, hosted Comanches, buffalo hunters, cowboys and Billy the Kid. A historic walking tour highlights the vibrantly restored downtown anchored by a traditional town square. Clovis Man inhabited the Blackwater Draw area north of Portales over 13,000 years ago. The area was the first of its kind in proving the antiquity of humans in North America and is one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Blackwater Draw Archeological Site and the Blackwater Draw Museum are the most visited locations in the region. ENMU’s Golden Library offers an extensive science fiction collection in its Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library featuring over 30,000 science fiction volumes, including an early script for George Lucas’ epic Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The Roosevelt County Historical Museum contains artifacts from Roosevelt County and technology of the past. The Natural History Museum is filled with interesting exhibits featuring live animals and plants of the area. The Miles Mineral Museum features rare minerals, while the Miles Anthropology Museum highlights Native American artifacts. Western heritage is on display at the Dalley Windmill Museum located at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The collection contains over 70 antique windmills. Oasis State Park featuring fishing, picnicking, camping, sand dunes, and nature trails is six miles north. For information contact the Roosevelt County Chamber: phone (800) 635-8036 or visit www.portales.com
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The Red River area is deep in history. Ute and Jicarilla Apaches fought and raided nearby pueblos and roamed the area. When explorers, fur trappers and prospectors discovered the area, they put River City, as Red River was first called, on the map. Hundreds of gold, silver and copper mines were carved into the mountain with names like Golden Treasure, Silver King and Black Copper. Red River’s population soared. There were two general mercantiles, a livery stable, two newspapers, a sawmill, blacksmith shop, barber shop, more than a dozen saloons, several hotels and boarding houses, a dance hall and a hospital. There was also a red light district with plenty of gambling and bar room brawls. The mines played out eventually, but soon homesteaders outnumbered prospectors. The town gained new momentum by renting abandoned mining cabins to flatland visitors seeking refuge from the heat. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Red River was designated the “mountain playground” that it is today. The things that make Red River an excellent vacation destination also make it a wonderful place to call home. Our town has a true sense of community and neighborly spirit. Expect a relaxed pace of life and an abundance of things to do, wrapped in miles of natural beauty just outside your door. That’s not to mention the best of every season from sparkling white winters to sunny 75 o summers. Red River is nestled in northern New Mexico’s beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, close to many things, but far enough away to feel a world apart. With high-speed Internet, an expanding regional transit system, and a dynamic economic development plan underway, it’s an exciting time to be a part of Red River’s business community. There are plenty of great opportunities for entrepreneurs! For more information, please visit http://redriver.org or phone: (877) 754-1708.
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Outdoor Fun & Adventure Awaits You! Enchantment is just ahead in Rio Rancho for fans of the outdoors. Rio Rancho is truly a paradise for bike riding, hiking and running through pine-scented forests, along the Rio Grande’s paved trails, or up challenging mountain paths. Go from skiing in the morning, to spending the afternoon swinging clubs at one of our golf courses. For a true family adventure, go aloft in a hot air balloon! Don’t miss the world’s largest balloon event – the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – held the first two weeks in October,) Pork & Brew BBQ Championship – Top 100 Event – every year in March and Park N’ Park every April. Rio Rancho’s high-desert climate provides breathtaking vistas and high-altitude outdoor adventure year-round. Please visit the Rio Rancho Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at www. rioranchonm.org or phone (888) 746-7262.
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The city of Roswell and Chaves County have been important historical sites throughout the history of human habitation in North America. Roswell is situated at the confluence of three rivers – the Spring, the Hondo, the Pecos. The Roswell and Chaves County area was contained within the original homeland of the Mescalero Apaches and overlapped the hunting grounds of the Commanches and became the campsite on the Goodnight-Loving Trail. The trail brought the ranching industry to the area, which flourishes to the present day. Visitors to the city will find a plethora of cultural activities. For example, museum and art lovers of every age and interest can explore five outstanding museums: the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring a wide ranging collection of modern art; the Roswell Museum and Art Center, the fabulous Rogers Aston Indian Gallery; the Historical Center for Southwest New Mexico, the General Douglas L. McBride Museum, and the International UFO Museum, featuring UFO phenomenon exhibits. There is so much to see and do in this All-America City. Roswell offers stargazing and planet exploration at the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, trips to the Bitter Lake Wildlife Refuge is a favorite of bird watchers and wildlife aficionados. The Spring River Park and Zoo boasts animal exhibits, paved bicycle paths, a children’s fishing lake, a carousel, and a miniature train ride. Golfers will enjoy two of the finest courses in Southeast New Mexico. If you crave more athletic adventure, you’re in luck. Bottomless Lakes State Park – 12 miles West of Roswell offers camping, swimming, fishing, boating, and hiking. Enjoy your stay in Roswell, the Alien Capitol of the World. For more information visit www.roswell.cvb.com or phone the Roswell Visitors Center at (575) 624-7704. Bottomless Lakes State Park, Roswell (photo courtesy Stephen Hanafin)
There is an enchanting place in southern New Mexico where outlaws roamed and Indians dance with the spirits of their ancestors. There is a place where breezes softly rustle majestic pines, where trout leap from their watery homes. This Is Billy the Kid Country, Ruidoso, and it is home to all of these images and so much more. Nestled in the mountains of the southern – most Rockies, Ruidoso is a bustling village opening its arms to thousands of visitors annually as they discover the area’s many treasures. Outdoor recreation is part of the over-all appeal of ‘Billy the Kid’ Country. Much of the county is devoted to the one million acre Lincoln National Forest, and nature is the primary passion of the forest’s many visitors. For the avid angler, local streams and lakes are stocked at different times of the year with rainbow trout. The rich mountain area is dotted with trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. All of them are easily negotiated. Several stables provide rental horses at hourly or daily rates and mountain bikes are available for rent. Big game hunting opportunities abound, with deer, elk, bear and turkey being the most-sought-after game. Visitors can contact several local outfitters to schedule a hunt. Many of the area’s terrific attractions are found along the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway. This driving loop circles much of the county, allowing visitors the chance to see a wide range of local topography, attractions, historic and artistic venues. When it comes to excitement of a different nature visitors can enjoy, Ruidoso Downs Race Track, three casinos, soak up the sun at one of the area’s three public golf courses or visit one of the most respected museums in the state. The old West is much more than a distant memory for Lincoln County and the surrounding area. Just down the valley from Ruidoso is the historic town of Lincoln. During 1878 and 1879, the citizens of this town experienced a full fledged war between two opposing merchants. Known as the Lincoln County War, this hard fought conflict brought notoriety to a young gun slinger called Billy the Kid. Today, old Lincoln, through careful preservation and restoration, has emerged as a visible reminder of the past. Within the town’s limits
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are 11 state monuments, including four museums. The museums pay tribute to the Lincoln County War, Mescalero Apache Indians, the Buffalo Soldiers, and of course, Billy the Kid. One of the finest attractions in the Ruidoso area is the spectacular Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts. Ski Apache boasts New Mexico’s largest lift capacity and runs the states only four-passenger gondola. Sierra Blanca peak has an elevation of 12,003 feet and the ski summit is 11,500 feet. You’ll discover a variety of specialty shops and boutiques throughout Ruidoso and Lincoln County. Handmade clothing and other handcrafted items from local artisans are unique to the area. Ruidoso is becoming well known for its thriving artist colony. Within easy driving distance of Ruidoso are many spectacular attractions, including Smokey Bear State Park, White Sands National Monument, the International Space Hall of Fame & Omnimax Theater; Carlsbad Caverns, Valley of the Fires Recreation Area, the historic ghost town of White Oaks; Gran Quivira, and Indian Pueblo; Three River Indian petroglyph site and picnic area; and the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. For more information please phone (877) 786-3676 or visit www. ruidosoattractions.com
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Keep your itinerary flexible. Between Santa Fe and Albuquerque lies a land so diverse in geography and culture, you may decide Sandoval County is worth more than a side trip. Nationally recognized scenic byways, cool mountain forests, hot springs, lush riverbanks and high desert vistas adorn a land occupied by nine Native American communities, as well as ancestors of Spanish explorers and Mexican traders. Take time to toast some of the earliest wine-growing regions in the U.S. Spanish and Italian settlers brought grapes to make wine in their new home more than two centuries ago. Vines for the first Christian Brothers Winery in America were planted in Bernalillo in 1877. Today, award-winning Reislings and the only dry, oak finished whole-fruit wines in America await. Looking for a little more action? From stark to stunning, the latest federally designated wilderness area of Ojito, as well as KashaKatuwe Tent Rocks National Monument offer wide-open hiking among geologic formations found nowhere else in North America. If a cool, lush, alpine climate sounds more inviting, visit 89,000 acres of pristine wilderness inside an ancient collapsed volcanic crater now called Valles Caldera National Preserve. Bandelier National Monument features 12th-century pueblo cliff dwellings of the Anasazi. Shop for antique Native American rugs and pottery or contemporary fine art in a variety of galleries and pueblos throughout Sandoval. Hungry? Locally produced goat cheese, handmade oils and vinegars, and of course, in-season produce are available in community markets and roadside stands throughout the region. But that’s just the beginning of your Sandoval adventure. To learn more, visit sandovalcounty.org or call (505) 867-8687.
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Santa Fe is a rich tapestry of historic surroundings, enduring cultures, timeless beauty, and sophisticated food and hospitality. The city’s expansive art community, widely varied calendar of year-round performing arts, beautiful natural setting, and extensive outdoor recreation make Santa Fe one of North America’s most interesting and desirable travel destinations. Santa Fe sits at 7,000 feet of elevation at the base of the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. It is the second oldest city in the U.S., founded in 1610, and one of New Mexico’s most charming places. It is also a gateway to endless outdoor entertainment in northern New Mexico and a stepping off point for exploring over one million acres of public land in the Santa Fe National Forest, beginning just 7 miles from the city’s center. After a day of hiking, fishing, rafting, skiing, or simply admiring the mountains, Santa Fe offers the perfect place to relax. The city’s historic downtown is filled with museums, restaurants, hotels, art galleries, and shops of all kinds. The heart of the city can be easily navigated on foot. Santa Fe’s signature adobe architecture, tree-shaded Plaza, and winding streets make the city feel more like a foreign destination than one of America’s most historic places. Its friendly people, laid back pace, temperate climate, and welcoming hospitality just add to the picture of this distinctive town. For city information, events, and to request a free Santa Fe Visitors Guide, contact the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 777-2489, or at www.santafe.org
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Truth or Consequences Truth or Consequences, is located along the Rio Grande and near New Mexico’s largest lakes, Elephant Butte Lake and Caballo Lake. Known for its mild winters, it is a popular destination for those seeking a respite from cold climes, rejuvenation in it’s hot mineral waters and an escape from big city hustle and bustle. Lakes, rivers and mountains surround Truth or Consequences making it a recreational paradise for boating, fishing, sailing, kayaking, rafting, golfing, mountain biking, camping, hiking and horseback riding. This area is a birders’ paradise and is located along a major flyway with abundant wetlands and riparian areas. There are three nearby New Mexico State Parks providing camping and RV hookups: Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Caballo Lake State Park, and Percha Dam State Park. Truth or Consequences historically has been known as a center for healing. The entire downtown is designated as the Hot Springs Historic District and sits atop a huge pool of geothermally heated mineral water. Temperatures range between 95 – 112 degrees F. With no unpleasant odor or taste, these waters are said to be magical, providing relief from stress and muscular pain. Upon entering the water one feels rejuvenated with a rush of warmth and ease. There are ten hot springs facilities available in the downtown area. While you are in the area history buffs will enjoy a trip to the cities of Chloride, Elephant Butte, Hillsboro, Kingston, Monticello and Winston to see their historic buildings. Visit www.sierracountynewmexico. info for more information and a listing of festivals and events.
Winston Fiesta (photo courtesy Sierra County Recreation & Tourism)
Stay at the Kachina Lodge and experience everything that Taos has to offer, with an excellent staff that is here to serve you. With 7,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space Kachina Lodge & Meeting Center can host small or large groups. We strive to make your meetings unforgettable. We will organize anything from rafting, hot air ballooning, golf or any other event you would like to engage in during your stay in Taos. From the moment a guest steps into the Kachina Lodge with its fine paintings and inviting southwest decor, there is a sense of having stepped back in time and into another world... Beautiful countryside, majestic mountains, fresh air, green grass, famous Taos Pueblo and casino, great golf, wild river rafting, fishing, hiking, hot air ballooning, biking, the famous Kit Carson Museum, along with several other historical museums and galleries, renowned artists, natural hot springs, and even a “History walking tour from the Kachina Lodge”. Amenities: Accepts less than full week’s stay, Full Breakfast Included, HighSpeed Internet in all areas, Hot Tub/Whirlpool, Laundry Facilities, Meeting Room, Outdoor Pool, Phone in the Room, Restaurant, TV in Room, Front Door Parking, Close Mountain Views. For more information, please phone Kachina Lodge & Meeting Center (800) 522-4462, fax: (575) 758-9207 or visit our web site at www.kachinalodge.com (photos courtesy Kachina Lodge)
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esses, remittance men, legendary artists and farsighted entrepreneurs. Taos historic museums, many of which are National Historic Landmarks offer a glimpse of how our early settlers lived. The Kit Carson Home & Museum, 1825; Blumenschein Home & Museum, 1797, home of Ernest Blumenschein, co-founder of the Taos Society of Artists. Harwood Museum of Art, home of Burt & Elizabeth Harwood, 1916. Taos Art Museum at the home of Russian artist Nicholai Fechin, 1933; La Hacienda de los Martinez, a Spanish colonial hacienda, 1804; and the Millicent Rogers Museum showcasing exhibits from the once-private collection of Standard Oil heiress, Millicent Rogers.
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Taos has always been and continues to be an art mecca. In 1962 actor Raymond Burr said “In the 1920s there were more great artists in Taos than anywhere else in the world, and to a great extent that still holds true today.” The artists of Taos today continue to uphold that tradition. Taos lives and breathes art, from the traditional santeros to the modern day, all of the arts are celebrated. It’s a way of life that honors a way of life. The diversity of Taos’ creativity and talent are showcased at the annual Spring Arts Celebrations, Fall Festivals, Film Festivals and Yuletide events as well as in the restaurants, inns, coffee shops, galleries and studios. Besides visiting the museums and galleries, a trip to Taos is not complete without a visit to the Taos Pueblo, the home of the Taos Pueblo people for over 1,000 years and now a UNESCO site. Ceremonials take place throughout the year. During the 1800s, the San Francisco de Assis Mission Church was built in the village of Ranchos de Taos. Now one of the most painted and photographed churches in the country, made famous by Georgia O’Keefe. The Historic District of Taos is home to museums, galleries, shops and restaurants with the plaza being the site of the original Spanish settlement. Visit Kit Carson Road, Bent Street and Ledoux Street. Eight miles northwest of Taos is the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge spanning the river at 650 feet with breathtaking views. Rafting and hiking along the river take you through archaeological sites, petroglyphs, old cabins and breathtaking scenery. Or you can relax in the natural hot springs. A little further down the road you can experience a tour of the Earthship community, homes made from recycled and environmentally friendly products. Anytime of the year is a good time to take a scenic ride to the Taos
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Get your kicks in Tucumcari, the Heart of the Mother Road, on Historic Route 66! Don’t miss the Community College’s Dinosaur Museum, a first class museum with the world’s largest collection of spectacular full-scale bronze-cast dinosaur skeletons. Then, stop by the Tucumcari Historical Museum housed in 3 floors of a 1903 Schoolhouse – a journey through time in Quay County. Soon, you will be able to visit our NM Rt. 66 Museum and a new Train Museum in our beautifully restored Train Depot. Next, take your picture in front of the Route 66 Memorial or the nation’s longest Route 66 mural. Pick up a Mural Map and tour all 25 of the wonderful artists’ murals located around the town. Or, take a short trip to Ute Lake or Conchas Lake and go picnicking, hiking, boating, swimming and fishing. Travel along the Scenic Byways to see our beautiful and unique landscapes and variety of wildlife. Stay in one of our 1,200 motel rooms or one of five RV Parks. Log on to our website at www.tucumcarinm.com to view our current event calendar or contact us at Tucumcari / Quay County Chamber of Commerce (575) 461-1694. Tucumcari Signage, NM (photo courtesy Tim Menzies)
Points of Interest BISTI BADLANDS WILDERNESS, is a federal wilderness area. Day hiking is permitted here and you will see many strange geological formations and fossils.
some 20,000 rock carvings created centuries ago by Native Americans and, later, Spanish settlers. Easy trails allow close-up views of these enigmatic images, sure to captivate kids of all ages.
CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, located off U.S. 550 SE. Turn three miles past Nageezi onto CR 7900 and follow the signs. This canyon served as a major urban center of ancestrial Puebloan culture.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center National Hispanic Cultural Center Angel Fire VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL STATE PARK, sweeping majestically skyward from a hillside overlooking the beautiful Moreno Valley near Angel Fire, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is testimony to many things – not to glorify war, but to honor the men and women who served, as well as all veterans for the selfless sacrifices they made at their country’s bidding. This striking memorial calls all to remember the costs of war and the hope of peace, visit www. angelfirememorial.com
DRY CIMARRON SCENIC BYWAY, is a great trip to take with the kids. See wagon ruts of the Santa Fe Trail, walk through an old mining camp, see dinosaur tracks and take a walk into the crater of a volcano. FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT. The only location in the U.S. where four states meet in a single spot. Standing on the brass cap allows you to stand in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah at one time. The monument is located on Navajo Nation land, please respect their land and customs. ROUTE 66 HISTORIC TRAIL, this national scenic byway has been paved since 1937. This byway provides an intriguing look at one of the first routes that allowed travel for motorists. Albuquerque
ABQ BioPark Albuquerque Museums
Old Town Albuquerque. Historic Old Town has been the heart of Albuquerque since the city was founded here in 1706. Today, historic Old Town Albuquerque is the city’s cultural center, with five museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants. Downtown Albuquerque. Architectural landmarks like the Pueblo Deco-style KiMo Theatre and Mission Revival-style rail depot are a backdrop for the thriving Arts & Culture District. Among the diverse offerings, you’ll find notable contemporary venues such as the museum-style gallery, 516 Arts. Funky cafes and live music add to the artful energy. Nob Hill. Adjacent to the University of New Mexico (with its fine art museums and acclaimed performing arts center Popejoy Hall), Nob Hill is the city’s bastion of bohemianism and art-related happenings with distinctive galleries, hip boutiques and cool live music venues lining neon-lit Route 66 (Central Avenue). Historic Route 66. The famous Route 66 continues to guide visitors through Albuquerque, from the volcanoes on the city’s far west side past the ABQ BioPark’s botanical garden and aquarium, through historic Old Town and the Downtown business district, and continuing eastward through the University of New Mexico and the trendy Nob Hill area, where you’ll find many of the city’s best restaurants, distinctive shops and boutiques. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway. The adventure begins as you board the tram, already high above the city in the foothills of the dramatic Sandia Mountains. Immediately you will be amazed as you ride the 2.7-mile Sandia Peak Tramway and are whisked gently over the canyons and lush forests that lie beneath the 10,378-foot Sandia Peak. Petroglyph National Monument preserves
Artesia Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center Derrick Floor & Oilfield Pioneer Monuments. Sixth and West Main Streets. The Derrick Floor is a bronze artistic representation of a fourman crew on a drilling rig. The drilling rig is a 100 percent life-size sculpture cut off at approximately 34 feet in height. The importance of the piece lies not in the equipment, but in the men who built the oil patch; therefore the four men in the crew are 125 percent life size. Accompanying sculptures in the Derrick Floor park depict local oilfield pioneers who contributed significantly to the discovery and development of the oil and gas industry in Southeast New Mexico. Eddy County Shooting Range First Lady of Artesia Monument. South Third and West Main Streets. The niece of famed cattleman John Chisum, Sallie Chisum became a strong businesswoman and an important developer during the settlement of Artesia. Her accomplishments as an entrepreneur, developer and woman led her to be known posthumously as the First Lady of Artesia. A bronze monument was placed at Third and Main in 2003, dedicated to the spirit of the pioneer woman. Heritage Plaza & Walkway Historic Train Depot / Artesia Visitors Center Land of the Sun The Trail Boss. Corner of Main & First Streets. The monumental bronze sculpture was unveiled in 2007 as the first in a series of three sculptures called The Cattle Drive. The series is designed to honor the ranching industry’s impact on the development of Southeast New Mexico. The second in the series, The Vaquero, is located at Second and Main. The third and final, The Rustler, Is placed in the roundabout at Second and Texas Ave. Ocotillo
buildings and artifacts of the Ancestral Pueblo people, from the 1100’s through 1200’s. SHIPROCK PINNACLE, located 50 miles westsouthwest of Aztec is known as “rock with wings.” This volcanic formation rises 1,700 feet above the basin floor and is sacred to the Navajo people. Please do not climb on the formation. Bloomfield SALMON RUINS AND HERITAGE PARK, located 2 1/2 miles west of Bloomfield via U.S. Hwy. 64, and about 10 miles south of Aztec. This large Anasazi ruin was constructed during the late 11th century. CARLSBAD CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK, from U.S. 285, take NM 62/180 south to the park. This park contains more than 100 known caves, including Lechuguilla Cave – the nation’s deepest limestone cave and the third longest. The caves weren’t occupied until 1,000 years ago, when paleo-Indians first sought refuge here. Bats – At dusk between May and October, you can witness a mass hatch as 300,000 of the Mexican freetailers exit the cave. CARrizozo EAST — take Highway 380 east 20 miles to Capitan, home of Smokey Bear museum and historical park. Continue 12 more miles to Lincoln, town of Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War fame for walking tours, museums, restaurants and shopping. This place is full of history! NORTH — take Highway 54 north 3 miles, turn right onto Hwy. 349 and go 9 miles to White Oaks, an 1890’s gold mining town where you can still pan for gold! An original Schoolhouse (now a Museum), a Miner’s Museum, some restored Victorian style buildings, and an old Saloon all invite browsing. The first Governor of NM and other notables are buried in Cedarvale Cemetery, which you will see on your drive on 349 about 7 miles in. SOUTH — take Highway 54 south 28 miles to Three Rivers Petroglyph National Recreation Site. A rugged trail beginning at the visitor’s center goes through thousands of rock carvings created by early Native Americans (the Jornada Mogollons). Operated by the Bureau of Land Management, the site is open to the public year-round. There is a small fee payable upon entry into the park area. Two hiking trails are available, but no dogs are allowed. WEST — take Highway 380 west 4 miles to the malpais (Spanish for badlands). The Indians say this was once a Valley of Fires, covered by lava on at least two occasions. Enjoy 44 miles of the scenic lava flows, the hiking trails, picnic areas, camp grounds and clean rest rooms. Handicapped accessible.
Aztec ANGEL PEAK, located on Highway 44, 23 miles south of Aztec. This 40 million-year-old formation, looks like a kneeling angel with a broken wing. There are picnic areas, a primitive campground and numerous trails located here.
Clayton Capulin Volcano National Monument Clayton Lake State Park Herzstein Museum Rabbit Ear Mountains Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe Trail Ruts
AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT, located near the junction of U.S. 550 and NM 544, preserves
Eagle Nest CIMARRON CANYON STATE PARK, located three
Points of Interest (cont.) miles east of Eagle Nest via U.S. 64. This park is set in the high country. It is the largest wildlife area in the state.
of Commerce on 106 W. HWY 66, Gallup, NM 87301. For information please call and learn at (505)722-2228.
Farmington E3 Children’s Museum & Science Center
Gallup Cultural Center Rex Museum
Riverside Nature Center. Observe birds and animals from large windows overlooking a wetland where food and water attract wildlife. Exhibits feature the plants and animals of the riverside with emphasis on historic uses and ecosystems. Outside herb and Xeriscape demonstration gardens are located adjacent to the facility. The Center’s hours vary by season and event. Located in Animas Park. Phone (505) 599-1422.
Zuni Pueblo. Forty five minutes south of Gallup, this scenic drive offers all of the museums, Native American Shops and cultural heritage. The Zunis offer a unique perspective on Native Americanism and if you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen in Gallup, NM.
Harvest Grove Farm & Orchards. A variety of antique tractors and early agriculture equipment is on display at the Exhibit Barn. The San Juan County Farmers’ Market is held at the Exhibit Barn during late summer and early fall. Call for hours. Located in Animas Park. Phone (505) 599-1174. Gallup Navajo Code Talker’s Museum. The finest collection of memorabilia from World War II that showcases just how much our Native Americans sacrificed towards the universal cause of freedom is situated at The Navajo Code Talkers Museum in the Gallup, McKinley County Chamber of Commerce. The Navajo Code Talkers used their own native language as the basis for communication too difficult to the Germans and Japanese to decipherer. Feel free for the first time to look at this code and realize just how much our Native Americans added to the defense and safety of our nation’s soldiers. No view upon WWII is complete without knowledge about this individualized skill that saved the lives of thousands, and if you had or knew someone who served in the Pacific WWII theatre, they would testify that this small group of warriors saved more lives than any other aspect of American soldiering. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday, year-round and are not to be missed at the Gallup Chamber
El Morro National Monument, an eloquent milestone of American history that shows this country’s curious blend of European, Mexican and American Indian cultures, has been abandoned since 1400 A.D. From atop the bluff, visitors are privileged to a spectacular view for miles around in each direction. El Malpais National Monument is where forbidding lava creates a moonlike lunarscape. Also located here are some amazing ice caves with easily accessible frozen lakes and pools. For more information please call (505) 285-4641. Chaco Canyon National Park is about 90 miles northeast of Gallup. About 20 miles of the road going into the canyon is unpaved. One of the oldest pueblos ruins. Abandoned since the late 1100’s researchers believe that this was the religious and cultural hub of Navajo trading. For more information please call (505) 786-7014.
an 800-foot-deep volcanic cone that exploded over 10,000 years ago. Phone (888) ICE CAVE. BLUEWATER LAKE STATE PARK, located 28 miles west of Grants via I-40 and NM 412. It is host to many of nature’s feathered friends. Bird watchers will enjoy looking for 68 different species of birds here. There are also many great places for the fisherman. Fish weighing up to 9 lbs. have been caught here. Lordsburg Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Library recognized for it authentic southwestern architecture, is classified as a historic building on the New Mexico Cultural Properties Historic Preservation Registry, as well as the National Register of Historic Places. Hidalgo County Museum Shakespeare Ghost Town is the remains of a pioneer, southwestern town once located on the stage and emigrant train to California. Two hour tours are held once a month and every other month starting in April are re-enactments. Come see men and women dressed in the authentic clothing of the 1870s. Los Lunas Mystery Rock. 10 commandments written in Hebrew upon this rock 100 years ago or 1,000 years ago. No one knows, for information contact Los Lunas Parks & Recreation at (505) 352-3584 Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts
Canyon De Chelly, in the heart of Navajoland, is a double canyon with sheer rock walls more than a thousand feet high. This remarkable landmark is a common destination for travelers on the Navajo Reservation as it is home to many Navajo religious and cultural beginnings. For more information please call (928) 674-5500.
Raton CAPULIN VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT, located 33 miles east of Raton, NM via U.S. 64/87. At one time giant bison, mammoths and shortfaced bears roamed this area. Today the volcano provides great habitat for mule deer, wild turkey and black bear.
Grants BANDERA CENTER / ICE CAVES, 25 miles SW of Grants off NM 53. Here you can hike the rim of
Red River Five Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places: Little Red School House Museum: At the Y and built in 1915 and used as a school house until 1942. Vet Mallette Cabin: River Street and Copper King Trail; Orrin Mallette Cabin: River Ranch; Melson-Oldham Cabin: Tall Pine Lodge; Pierce Fuller House: Two-story cabin at Silver Bell and High Street Ruidoso Ruidoso has a variety of museums and historical parks to explore – check out the Lincoln State Monument, Carrizozo Heritage Museum, and Smokey Bear Historical Park. Hike the trails at the Valley of Fires State Park in Carrizozo, minutes away from Ruidoso, and witness an out of this world landscape created by natural lava flows. The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts offers world-class entertainment, with a stellar year-round schedule that includes nationally touring Broadway, dance and musical performances.
Trail intersection on north ridge at Baldy Mountain, NM (photo courtesy Chris Brooks)
San Juan River NAVAJO LAKE STATE PARK, is located on the San Juan River. There is plenty of space for boating, fishing, and sailing. There are many kinds of fish stocked here. Truth or Consequences GERONIMO SPRINGS MUSEUM
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureaus Alamogordo Visitor Center • (575) 437-6120 • Toll Free (800) 826-0294 • www.alamogordo.com Albuquerque CVB • (800) 284-2282 • www.ItsATrip.org Albuquerque Hispano.(505) 842-9003 • www.ahcnm.org Angel Fire CVB • (575) 377-6555 • Toll Free (866) 668-7787 • www.angelfirefun.com Anthony Chamber • (505) 882-5677 • www.anthonychamberofcommerce.com Artesia Chamber • (575) 746-2744 • Toll Free (800) 658-6251 • www.artesiachamber.com Aztec Chamber • (505) 334-7646 • www.aztecchamber.com Aztec Visitor Center • (505) 334-9551 • (888) 543-4629 • www.aztecnm.com Bloomfield Chamber • (505) 632-0880 • www.bloomfieldnm.info Capitán • (575) 354-2273 • www.villageofcapitan.com Carlsbad Chamber • (575) 887-6516 or (575) 885-1455 • www.carlsbadchamber.com Carrizozo Chamber • (575) 648-2732 • www.carrizozochamber.org Chama Valley Chamber • (575) 756-2306 • Toll Free (800) 477-0149 • www.chamavalley.com Cimarron • (575) 376-2417 • Toll Free.(888) 376-2417 • www.cimarronnm.com Clayton / Union County Chamber • (575) 374-9253 • Toll Free: (800) 390-7858 • www.claytonnewmexico.net/coc.html Cloudcroft Chamber • (575) 682-2733 • Toll Free (866) 874-4447 • www.cloudcroft.net Clovis / Curry County Chamber • (575) 763-3435 • Toll Free (800) 261-7656 • www.clovisnm.org Columbus Chamber • (575) 531-2663 • www.columbusnewmexico.com Corrales • (505) 890-8345 • .www.premiersystems.com/corrales Cuba • (575) 289-3514 • www.chamberorganizer.com/nmcea/mem_cubanm Deming - Luna County Chamber • (575) 546-2674 or (800) 848-4955 • www.demingchamber.com Eagle Nest Chamber • (575) 377-2420 • Toll Free (800) 494-9117 • www.eaglenestchamber.org East Mountain • (505) 281-1999 • www.eastmountain.org Edgewood • (505) 286-2577 Elephant Butte Chamber • (575) 744-4708 • Toll Free.(877) 744-4900 • www.elephantbuttechamberofcommerce.com Española Valley Chamber • (505) 753-2831 • .www.espanolanmchamber.com Estancia • (505) 384-2708 Eunice Chamber • (505) 394-2755 • www.facebook.com/EuniceNMChamber Farmington • (505) 325-0279 • www.gofarmington.com Farmington CVB • (505) 326-7602 • Toll Free.(800) 448-1240 • www.farmingtonnm.org Fort Sumner Chamber • (575) 355-7705 • .http://fortsumnerchamber.com Gallup - McKinley County Chamber • (505) 722-2228 • Toll Free: (800) 380-4989 • www.thegallupchamber.com Glenwood • (505) 539-2711 Grants • (505) 287-4802 • Toll Free.(800) 748-2142 • www.grants.org Greater Albuquerque • (505) 764-3700 • www.abqchamber.com Greater Belén Chamber • (505) 864-8091 • .www.belenchamber.org Greater Las Cruces • (575) 524-1968 • www.lascruces.org Greater Sandoval County Chamber • (505) 404-8492 • www.sandovalchamber.com Hatch Valley • (575) 267-5050 • www.hatchchilefest.com Hobbs Chamber • (575) 397-3202 • www.hobbschamber.org Jal • (575) 395-2620 Las Vegas Hispano • (505) 425-8829 • Toll Free.(800) 361-6881 Las Vegas / San Miguel • (505) 425-8631 • www.lasvegasnewmexico.com Logan - Ute Lake.• (575) 403-6255 • www.utelakeloganchamber.com Lordsburg / Hidalgo County Chamber • (575) 542-9864 • www.lordsburghidalgocounty.net Lordsburg NM Visitor Center • (575) 542-8149 Los Alamos • (505) 662-8105 • www.visit.losalamos.com Los Lunas / Valencia County Chamber • (505) 352-3596 • www.loslunasnm.gov/chamber Lovington • (575) 396-5311 Magdalena Chamber • (866) 854-3217 • Visitor’s Center: (575) 854-3310 • www.magdalena-nm.com Melrose • (505) 253-4530 Mora Valley • (575) 387-6072 • www.morachamber.com Moriarty Chamber • (505) 832-4087 • www.moriartychamber.com Mountainair Chamber • (505) 847-2795 • http://discovermountainairnm.com Portales / Roosevelt County • (575) 356-8541 • Toll Free: (800) 635-8036 • www.portales.com Ratón Chamber • (575) 445-3689 • www.raton.info NewMexicoTravelRecreation.com •
Area Chambers of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureaus (cont.) Red River Chamber • (575) 754-2366 • Toll Free .(800) 348-6444 • www.redrivernewmex.com Rio Rancho Regional Chamber • (505) 892-1533 • www.rrrcc.org Rio Rancho CVB • (505) 891-7258 • Toll Free.( 888) 746-7262 • www.RioRanchoNM.org Roswell Chamber • (575) 623-5695 • www.roswellnm.org Roswell Visitor Center • (575) 624-7704 Roswell Hispano • (575) 624-0889 Ruidoso Valley • (575) 257-7395 • Toll Free.(877) 784-3676 • www.ruidosonow.com Ruidoso • (575) 258-8822 • www.ruidoso.net Sandoval County • (505) 867-8687 • www.sundovalcounty.org Santa Fe Chamber • (505) 988-3279 • .www.santafechamber.com Santa Fe CVB • (505) 955-6200 • Toll Free.(800) 777-2489 • www.santafe.org Santa Rosa Chamber • (575) 472-3763 Sierra County / Truth or Consequences Chamber • (575) 894-3536 • http://torcchamber.com Silver City / Grant County • (575) 538-3785 • Toll Free (800) 548-9378 • www.silvercity.org Soccorro County • (575) 835-0424 • www.socorro-nm.com Springer Chamber • (505) 483-2998 • http://springerchamberofcommerce.org Taos Visitor Center • (575) 758-3873 • Toll Free .(800) 348-0696 • www.taos.org Taos County Chamber • (575) 751-8800 • www.taos.org Taos Ski Valley Chamber • (575) 776-1413 • Toll Free (800) 517-9816 • www.taosskivalley.com Tatum • (505) 398-4633 Texico • (505) 482-3381 Tucumcari / Quay County Chamber • (575) 461-1694 • www.tucumcarinm.com Village of Arroyo Seco • (800) 732-8267 Village of Ruidoso • (575) 257-7395 • .www.discoverruidoso.com Tularosa • (505) 585-9858 White’s City • (575) 785-2291 • Toll Free (800) 228-3767
Calendar of Events
For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
JUNE ALAMOGORDO Juneteenth Parade & Celebration Lake Lucero Tour National Trails Day Race Relay For Life ALBUQUERQUE – ABQ Solar Events Annual End of Trail Wild West Jubilee Albuquerque Comic Expo End of Trail Wild West Jubilee Festival Flamenco International De Albuquerque Savor Albuquerque ANGEL FIRE Chile Challenge Mountain Bike Festival WeBeRacing Hare Scramble Race Artesia Annual Smokin’ On the Pecos NM State BBQ Championship Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament AZtec – Aztec Fiesta Days BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Annual Hub City Mopar Fest Auge’s 4x4-101 Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise Cruizin’s South Route 66 Benefit Car Show Hub City Music Fest Summerfest Bloomfield Annual “San Juan River Balloon Rally Carlsbad – AJRA Annual Chili Cook-off Annual Ducky Affair Car Show Shake-n-on-the-Pecos Bull Riding Cimarron – Santa Fe Trail Celebration Clayton – Annual Clayton Lake Trout Derby GEO Scholarship Golf Tournament Memorial Partnership Golf Tournament Cloudcroft – High Rolls Cherry Festival National Trails Day Columbus – Creatures Of The Desert Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Deming – Luna Rossa Wine Festival Elephant Butte Annual Chili Challenge Cook-Off ESPANOLA – Rodeo FARMINGTON Annual San Juan River Balloon Rally Xterra Four Corners Off Road Triathlon Fort Sumner – Old Fort Days GALLUP 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest / Host of USAC 24 Hour Nationals Annual Lion’s Club Rodeo Lions Club Rodeo BBQ at Rio West Mall National Junior High Finals Rodeo Relay For Life HOBBS – Juneteenth Celebration National Soaring Contest Las Vegas – Cultural Encounters Lordsburg Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments Los Alamos – Annual Tour de Los Alamos Poetry Gathering Run the Caldera Full & Half Marathon Los Lunas Summerfest-Car Show, Food, Entertainment – FREE Event Madrid – Sandia Peak Summer Chairlift Mountainair – Firecracker Jubilee PORTALES – Heritage Days Celebration RATON – Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous
RED RIVER – Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival Classic Car Show “River & Brews” Blues Fest RIO RANCHO – Celebrity Bowling Classic Soap Box Derby ROSWELL Annual Roswell 2K New Beetle Convention Fishing Derby At Spring River Park RUIDOSO – Mountain of Blues Festival SANTA FE – Juan Siddi Flamenco Season Rodeo de Santa Fe Santa Fe Arts And Crafts Tucumcari Wheels on 66 Celebration/Rt. 66 Motor Tour Winston – Chloride-Dusty-Chiz Spring Fiesta
JULY ALBUQUERQUE Route 66 Summerfest ANGEL FIRE – Angel Fire Artsfest Fire on the Fourth Classic Car Show Artesia – Chili Cook-Off & Eddy County Fair AZtec – Animas River Blues Festival BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Annual Belén Classic Car Show Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise Oldies Night On Main Street Captain – Stanpede Rodeo Events Carlsbad Annual Bat Flight Breakfast Eddy County Fair, Night Sky Watching Cimarron – Maverick Club Dance & Rodeo Clayton – Free Street Dance Rabbit Ear Roundup Rodeo and Dance Rabbit Ear Shoot-out Golf Tournament Viva New Mexico Music Fest Cloudcroft – Heritage Days Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Elephant Butte 4th of July Fireworks Display (3) ESPANOLA – Fiesta de Valle New Mexico Desert Racing FARMINGTON – Annual Indian Market & Festival Annual Animas River Blues Festival GALLUP – Annual Gallup Triathlon Annual “Wild Thing” Bull Riding Championship Las Vegas – First Fort Tours Pecos Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Lordsburg Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments Los Lunas – 5K Fun Run Pecos – Sheriffs Posse Rodeo ROSWELL – UFO Festival RUIDOSO – Ruidoso Art Festival Taos – Fiestas de Taos Tucumcari – Horseshow/Quay County Rodeo Window Rock PRCA Pro Rodeo AUGUST ALAMOGORDO – Lake Lucero Tour Otero County Fair & Rodeo ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque Latin Dance Festival Ballet Pro Musica Festival ANGEL FIRE – Angel Fire Freeride Festival Angel Fire SummerFest & Balloon Rally BELÉN / LOS LUNAS – Annual Rio Abajo Days Bosque Farms Community Fair Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise
Our Lady of Belén Fiesta Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Valencia County Fair & Parade Wine Festival & Great Grape Stomp Carlsbad –Night Sky Watching Carrizozo – St. Rita’s Fiesta (3rd Weekend) Clayton NENMDF Annual Rabbit Ear Motorcycle Poker Run Union County Fair Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction DEMING – Annual Great American Duck Race Duck Days BBQ Elephant Butte – Annual Carp Round Up ESPANOLA Annual Espanola Valley Spirit Day FARMINGTON – Connie Mack World Series Farm Fiesta San Juan County Fair GALLUP Annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Bi-County Fair Zuni McKinley County Fair LINCOLN – Old Lincoln Days Las Vegas – Feast Day Mass Fort Union Candlelight Tours Heritage Week Place with the Past Historic Sites Tour San Miguel/Mora County Fair Lordsburg – Hidalgo County Fair Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments Los Alamos Annual Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club Gun Show Southern Rockies Natural Bodybuilding Competition LOVINGTON – Lea County Fair & Rodeo Madrid – Sandia Peak Summer Chairlift Mountainair – Sunflower Folk Festival PORTALES – Roosevelt County Fair RED RIVER Chili Cook-off, NM State Green Chile Championship & BBQ Cook-off Hot Chili Days, Cool Mountain Nights ROSWELL – Dragon Fly Festival Tucumcari – Rattler Reunion Quay County Fair
SEPTEMBER ALAMOGORDO Goldwing Road Riders Association District State Rally Lake Lucero Tour Oktoberfest White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational White Sands Star Party ALBUQUERQUE Annual New Mexico Wine Festival New Mexico State Fair Old Town Salsa Fiesta ANGEL FIRE – Bikes, Blues and Brews Festival Fishfest on Eagle Nest Lake Artesia Clays Crusher Sporting Clays Fun Shoot AZtec – Aztec Founders Day Weekend (16-18) BELÉN / LOS LUNAS – Annual Rio Abajo Days ‘Cruizin’ South Rio Abajo Festival at Downtown Belen Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise Valencia County Geocaching Event Carlsbad – Night Sky Watching Carrizozo – Labor Day Street Fair Cimarron – Short Grass Music Festival Clayton – Annual Mud Bog Competition
Calendar of Events (cont.)
For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
Cloudcroft – Labor Day Fiesta Lumberjack Day CLOVIS – Downtown Arts Festival Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Deming – St. Ann’s Fiesta Elephant Butte Annual Elephant Man Triathlon Annual Balloon Regatta C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament FARMINGTON Animas River Green Chile Festival Annual Totah Festival Indian Market & Powwow Antique Truck & Equipment Show A Real Night At The Museum Collector Car Weekend Four Corners Antuqie Power & Tractos Show Women’s & Men’s 4 Corners Expo GALLUP Annual Squash Blossom Classic Mountain Bike Race Navajo Nation Fair HOBBS – Jordan World Circus United Way Chili Fest & Taw Kwon Do Tournament Jal Jalarama - Chili Cook-Off, Car & Bike Show Las Vegas – Cleveland Roller Millfest First Fort Tours Pecos Valley Artists Studio Tour Sabor de Las Vegas – Regional Food, Music & Art Lordsburg Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments Los Alamos – The Next Big Idea! Festival Madrid – Sandia Peak Summer Chairlift PORTALES – ENMU College Daze Rodeo RED RIVER Annual Enchanted Circle Century Tour Annual Top Of The World Mountain Bike Race Aspencade Arts & Crafts Festival RIO RANCHO Annual Greyhound Picnic / Dog Show The Highland Games & Celtic Festival ROSWELL – Chili Cheese Festival Pinatafest RUIDOSO – All American Futurity Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally SANTA FE – Santa Fe Fiesta Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival Zozobra Tucumcari Annual Mesalands College Rodeo Mainstreet Annual “Fired Up” Event OCTOBER ALAMOGORDO Columbus Day Hang Gliding Fly-InLake Lucero Tour Trinity Site Tour ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® ANGEL FIRE – Angel Fire Peak Challenge OctoberFest Red Bull Burner Mountain Bike Final Descent AZtec – Highland Games & Celtic Music Octoberfest BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Annual Rio Abajo Days Fall Festival Halloween Festival Bloomfield – PAL Halloween Carnival Carlsbad – McKittrick Canyon Fall Color Tour Night Sky Watching Carrizozo – Cider Festival (First Weekend) Clayton – Clayton Arts Festival CLOUDCROFT Great Pumpkin Race & Kids’ Costume Contest
Halloween @ The Lodge Resort “Haunted Hotel” High Rolls Apple Festival Columbus – Annual Pancho’s Car Show Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Deming – Klobase B-B-Q St. Clair Wine Festival Elephant Butte – Annual Celebration Farmington Annual Farmington Renaissance Faire Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival Four Corners Storytelling Festival Road Apple Rally GALLUP – College Rodeo Finals Taste Of Gallup / Pinion Festival HOBBS – Annual Country Music Festival Taste Of Lea County LAS CRUCES – Cowboy Days Las Vegas Dia De Los Muertos Altars & Art Displays Lordsburg Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments PORTALES – High Plains Quilt Festival Peanut Valley Festival RED RIVER – Annual Oktoberfest ROSWELL Eastern New Mexico State Fair & Parade RUIDOSO Aspenfest Weekend Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Oktoberfest SANTA FE Harvest Festival-El Rancho de Las Golondrinas TAOS – Taos Mountain Balloon Rally TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES Old-Time Fiddlers State Competition Sierra County Fair NOVEMBER ALAMOGORDO – Lake Lucero Tour ANGEL FIRE Calling All Flakes Winter Celebration Artesia – Balloons & Bluegrass Festival AZtec – Fantasy of Lights BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise La Gran Pastorela de Belén USKA State Karate Championships Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Farmington Annual Championship Bullriding Extroadinaire HOBBS – NFSR Steer Roping Finals LAS CRUCES – Renaissance Craftfaire Las Vegas Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Fall Wildlife Drive Lordsburg Mixed Nuts Arts & Crafts Show, Rodeo Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments PORTALES – ENMU Pops Dinner & Concert RSANTA FE – Winter Indian Market TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES Annual Veterans Day Car Show Hot Springs Festival Run for the Wall DECEMBER ALAMOGORDO – Lake Lucero Tour ALBUQUERQUE – Feast of Guadalupe Gildan New Mexico Bowl BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise La Gran Pastorela de Belen
Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction GALLUP – Annual Red Rock Balloon Rally Zuni Shalako HOBBS – Gun & Knife Show Mainstreet Hobbs Cowboy Promenade Los Alamos – WinterFest Red River Oyster & Seafood Bar at the Bull o’ the Woods RIO RANCHO – Jingle Bell Balloon Rally SANTA FE – Las Posadas JANUARY ALAMOGORDO Gun - Collectibles Sports Show Lake Lucero Tour ANGEL FIRE Polar Bear Plunge at Eagle Nest Lake BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise Hispano Chamber Matanza Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Farmington Annual Casper Baca Bares, Broncs & Bulls Spectaculat Rodeo HOBBS – Indoor Motocross Zia Rodders Car Show LAS CRUCES – Balloon Festival Las Vegas – Polar Bear Plunge at Storrie Lake Lordsburg – Annual Quilt Show Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments FEBRUARY ALAMOGORDO – Annual Freedom Banquet Annual Seertoma/ CHINS Freedom 5K Run/Walk Alamogordo Invitational Rocket Launch Chocolate Buffet & A Cabaret Lake Lucero Tour ANGEL FIRE Angel Fire Championship Shovel Races AZtec – UFO Symposium BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Casper Baca Rough Stock Rodeo Series Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction CUCHILLO – Pecan Festival HOBBS – Kennel Club Dog Show Las Vegas – Las Vegas Winterfest Lordsburg – Cowboy Poetry Fiesta Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments Los Alamos Pajarito Mountain Winter Apres Ski - Beer & Bands Red River – Headlamp Snowshoe Cookout Tour Highway 38 Houndogs at the Bull o’ the Woods New Mexico Cup Low O2 Challenge Red River Brewery Showcase at the Lift House USASA Slopestyle TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES Sierra County Longhorn Show Tucumcari – Coyote Calling Contest MARCH ANGEL FIRE Fiesta del Sol Spring Break Celebration AZtec – UFO Symposium BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Casper Baca Rough Stock Rodeo Series Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rallye Carlsbad – River Blitz Taste of Carlsbad
Calendar of Events (cont.) For a Full List of Events and Event Details, Contact Area Chambers of Commerce/Visitor’s Bureaus
Carrizozo Malkerson Modern Art Gallery On Historic 12th Street Columbus Annual Camp Furlong Day & Cabalgata Binacional Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Deming – Rockhound Round Up HOBBS – Monster Truck Show Las Cruces – Rockhound Round Up Las Vegas Civil War Living History Encampment Lordsburg – Cowboy Poetry Fiesta Shakespeare Ghost Town Los Alamos Run for Her Life - Fight Breast Cancer Poetry Gathering Skiesta Spring Ski Festival Los Lunas – St. Patrick’s Day Balloon Rally PORTALES Annual Floyd Lions Club Jamboree Red River – Beginner Snowshoe Tours Ladies Snowshoe Tour with Judy Miller Rail Jam & Torchlight Parade Snowman Building Competition RIO RANCHO Pork & Brew BBQ Championships SANTA FE Jeff Gladfelter Memorial Bump Contest APRIL
ALAMOGORDO Annual Community Earth Day Lake Lucero Tour Trinity All-Arabian Horse Show Trinity Site Tour ALBUQUERQUE – Founders Day Fiesta Gathering of Nations Powwow Pueblo Days BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise El Dia de Los Ninos Carlsbad – March For Parks
Carrizozo – Renaissance Festival Clayton Annual Golf “Pick Up” Party Fundraiser Star Gazing Party: Clayton Lake State Park Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Deming – Old Timers Reunion Relay For Life Walk Smokin’ Oldies Car Show Farmington – Earth Day At Aztec Ruins San Juan College Contest Powwow HOBBS – Gun Show Spring Craft Show Jal – M.S. Walk Las Vegas – Kite Festival Lordsburg Shakespeare Ghost Town Re-enactments Los Alamos – LAYL Wild Day Los Alamos Dog Jog PORTALES High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival Relay for Life ROSWELL Earl Lusk’s Art Fair Truth or Consequences Annual Truth or Consequences Fiesta Fiesta Golf Tournament Tucumcari Logan’s Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off MAY ALAMOGORDO Lake Lucero Tour Memorial Day Hang Gliding Fly-In Otero County High School Rodeo ALBUQUERQUE – ABQ Solar Events Albuquerque Wine Festival Run For The Zoo AZtec – Alien Run Mountain Bike Competition BELÉN / LOS LUNAS Cruizin’ South Route 66 Antique Auto Monthly Cruise El Dia de Los Niños (Day of the Children) Great American Bed Race Bloomfield – Bass Federation Nation Western
Divisional Championship Bloomfield Days CAPITAN – Smokey Bear Days Carlsbad Annual Mescal Roast and Mountain Spirit Dance Relay For Life Shooting Shindig Cimarron – Run For The Wall Clayton Holiday Golf Tournament Crownpoint – Navajo Rug Auction Elephant Butte Annual Fly Freedom’s Flag Parade FARMINGTON – Riverfest Riverfest 10 K & 5K Runs & 2-Mile Walk GALLUP – Run For the Wall USTRC Team Roping: Red Rock Classic HOBBS – Cowboy Convention & Reunion Jal – Cowboy Days Event LAS CRUCES – Las Fiesta de San Ysidro Lordsburg – St. Joseph Food Fiesta Los Alamos – Annual Kite Festival Atomic Man Duathlon Jemez Mountain Trail Runs Poetry Gathering RED RIVER Motorcycle Rally Northern NM Hunting & Fishing Expo Red River Half Marathon, 5K, and Fun Run ROSWELL – Annual Old Timers Balloon Rally Party On The River / Fiesta Del Rio Roswell Gridiron Hike It & Spike It 4-on-4 Flag Football RUIDOSO Aspencash Motorcycle Run & Trade Show SANTA FE Annual Santa Fe Century Bike Run Taos Juried Arts & Crafts Fair in Kit Carson Park Truth or Consequences Annual Truth or Consequences Fiesta Tucumcari ENM Bluegrass & Old Tyme Music Festival
National forests Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests P.O. Box 640, Springerville, AZ 85938 • Phone: (928) 333-4301 Carson National Forest 208 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM 87571 • Phone: (575) 758-6200 Cibola National Forest 2113 Osuna Road, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87113 • Phone: (505) 346-3900 Coronado National Forest 300 W. Congress Street, Tucson, AZ, USA 85701 • Phone: (520) 388-8300 Gila National Forest 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City, NM 88061-7863 • Phone: (575) 388-8201 Lincoln National Forest 3463 Las Palomas Rd., Alamogordo, NM 88310 • Phone: (575) 434-7200 Santa Fe National Forest 1474 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505 • Phone: (505) 438-7840
Coconino National Forest (photo courtesy Bill Morrow)