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to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle SONORAN DESERT HISTORY Boyce Thompson Arboretum 37615 U.S. Hwy. 60 | Superior | 520-689-2811 Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden and cooperatively managed by U of A and Arizona State Parks, the BTA was founded in 1924. This venerable 330-acre oasis has nearly three miles of paths and trails winding through colorful gardens, woodlands and riparian habitat. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument 1100 W. Ruins Dr. | Coolidge | 520-723-3172 Casa Grande Ruins National Monument preserves an Ancient People’s farming community and “Great House.” The nation’s first archeological preserve since 1892, and a National Monument since 1918. Deer Valley Rock Art Center 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd. | Phoenix | 623-582-8007 Hedgpeth Hills is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 1,500 ancient petroglyphs on nearly 600 boulders in a 47-acre nature preserve.

Saint Anthony’s Monastery 4784 N. St. Joseph’s Way | Florence | 520-868-3188 Founded in 1995 by six Athonite monks, the monastery has grown to approximately 42 monks, and is providing the training grounds for the monks of other Greek Orthodox monasteries in America. There are currently two churches and three chapels.

Historic Fort McDowell The camp was first called Camp Verde, but was later renamed to Camp McDowell after Major General Irwin McDowell. The fort became an embarkation point for many of the expeditions during General George Crook’s Tonto Basin campaign in the early 1870’s.

San Xavier Mission del Bac / White Dove of the Desert San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space.

Lost Dutchman State Park 6109 N. Apache Trail | Apache Junction | 480-982-4485 Named after the fabled lost gold mine, this park is located in the Sonoran Desert at 2000 feet elevation. The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, picnic facilities, 72 campsites, restrooms, showers, and group use areas.

Taliesen / Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. | Scottsdale | 480-860-2700 Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Through guided public tours, visitors experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.

Latter Day Saints Temple Visitors Center 525 E. Main St. | Mesa | 480-964-7164 Historic landmark with beautifully manicured gardens built in 1927, the Temple Center is renowned for its elaborate Christmas and Easter displays.

The Tonto National Monument Roosevelt Lake | 928-467-2241 Near Roosevelt Lake off Highway 188, don’t miss the Tonto National Monument and a series of well-preserved cliff dwellings occupied during the 13th, 14th, and early 15th centuries.

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