Page 1

arizona’s most memorable experiences

Arizona t r av e l

ma g az i ne August 2013

unique treasures

of the Southwest


hike of a lifetime

Cool Cruisin’ on

canyon lake Need for


Live Music 7 Days/7 Nights • No Cover Charge 7245 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 425-7787 •


Arizona KeyMagazine



Arizona KeyMagazine


contents Arizona KEY Magazine | August 2013 |

on the cover




97 6

Bearizona... Arizona’s Hike of a Lifetime

86 10 16 23 33 72 74 86 97

Arizona Swimming Holes Calendar of Events K1 Speed The Dolly Steamboat Sedona’s Top 5 Hikes Sedona: Why are the Rocks Red? The Grand Canyon Shades of the West Arizona KeyMagazine

A Cool WAy to Spend the dAy

Spend a day at MIM and you’ll travel the world through music in 200,000 square feet of air-conditioned comfort. Enjoy over 360 exhibits displaying nearly 6,000 instruments and artifacts, as well as concerts, events, global cuisine, shopping, and free parking. It’s a great way to beat the heat. For more information, visit MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM | 480.478.6000 | Open Daily

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050 7

(Corner of Tatum & Mayo Blvds., just south of Loop 101)


departments 12 Publisher Page 94 Teens & Kids 95 College Corner 96 Concierge Corner

35 Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ 48 Fountain Hills 52 Carefree & Cave Creek

62 Glendale 70 Sedona 76 Prescott 84 Northern AZ 90 Southern AZ


maps 78 Arizona 87 Grand Canyon Village 92 University of Arizona Map 93 Tucson & Southern AZ

tag it Download the free smart phone Tag app from Microsoft and snap tags throughout the magazine to go to websites, videos, coupons & more.

Get the free app for your phone at http://gettag.mobl

24 Phoenix 64 Sedona

web + mobile + wireless 3 0 6 360 6 30

42 Scottsdale 50 Metropolitan Phoenix 60 Downtown Phoenix 60 Glendale & West Valley 72 Sedona


Look for the KEY 360 symbol to view: • Hi Def Videos • Slide Shows • Virtual Tours at on your computer, mobile, or wireless device.

visit us online at This magazine is authorized by and the trademark KEY and KEY design are licensed by KEY Magazines Inc. Copyright 2013 by Arizona KEY Magazine, a dba of Southwest Media & Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved. No portion of this magazine or website may be reproduced without the written consent of Arizona KEY Magazine. Arizona KEY Magazine makes every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information provided in the magazines and website, but assumes no responsibility for errors, changes and omissions. Arizona KEY Magazine is affiliated with a growing national network of independently owned visitor guides. Visit for more information.

80 Grand Canyon 88 Tucson arizona key magazine Publisher Thomas J. Ruberto Editor/Distribution Susan Malthaner Sales & Marketing/Public Relations Brian Malthaner

Accounting Manager Patricia Ruberto Writers Johnny Fenton, Danielle Ruberto, James Ruberto Advertise 877.KEY.2GRO

ARIZONA KEY MAGAZINE • 480.478.0628 •


Please tell our advertisers that you saw it in KEY !!!

Arizona KeyMagazine



swimming holes


ummer in Arizona evokes images of a searing sun, brown landscapes, dancing tumbleweeds and swirling dust devils. But did you know that the Grand Canyon State is home to some of the best swimming holes in the world - from the blue-green waters of Havasu Canyon to the thrilling natural water slides in Oak Creek Canyon. So, bring on the summer heat and turn your thoughts to tranquil waters and a cool, refreshing swim. Havasu Canyon, located within the Grand Canyon, is protected by the Havasupai Indians (people of the blue-green waters). this area features three stunning waterfalls and travertine pools filled with turquoise water. The inspirational setting and relaxing pools requires effort to get to... you’ll need to hike ten miles into the canyon or take a helicopter or mule. Slide Rock State Park is a tremendous spot for conquering the heat. North of Sedona and much easier to get to, visitors of all ages can ride the natural water slides toward a final plunge into a natural pool. The water flows through Oak Creek Canyon with stunning and breathtaking views in every direction. The Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness area is located approximately 68 miles northeast of Tucson and rewards hikers with a picturesque pool created by Aravaipa Creek. Sycamore Creek in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness area is about 60 miles southwest of Flagstaff and features a sandy beach and swimming hole. Fossil Creek is near Payson in central Arizona, part of the 7000 foot high Mogollon Rim. Deep pools and cascading waterfalls attract swimmers and wildlife enthusiasts. West Clear Creek is in a remote corner of the Coconino National Forest. The adventuresome are rewarded with hidden pools and waterfalls. Please remember a few simple tips. Always let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Always hike and swim with a friend. Bring plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing and shoes. STOP = Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan. Enjoy the summer, and keep cool. az


Arizona KeyMagazine

ARIZONA HELICOPTER A D V E N T U R E S Sedona’s Oldest Air Tour Company - Celebrating 27 Years

Wei Tai









Meet Award-Winning Artists Working in Studios! Visit the Café & Stroll the 2-Acre Sculpture Garden! Enjoy Musical entertainment, Wine Tastings, Garden Parties & More! Jan 19-Apr 1 • Scottsdale •

3-DAY FESTIVALS Held Outdoors • 10am-5pm

Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Helicopter Tours Mar 2-4DOORS-OFF • 101 Easy Street, Carefree

Book Online oraire Call Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Aff


Mar 23-25 • 16810 Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills • 480-837-5637 10-week Expo Season Pass $10; $8 for Military & Seniors Admission to Festivals $3


publisher’spage SAGUARO: A SOUTHWEST ICON During a recent morning hike along my favorite trail, I noticed a familiar saguaro bloated to the point of bursting with rainwater from a recent monsoon. So I thought it might be time to shed some light on this southwest icon. The saguaro is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California. Saguaros have a relatively long life span. They take up to 75 years to develop a side arm. A saguaro without arms is called a spear. The spines on saguaro having a height less than 2 metres grow rapidly, up to a millimeter per day.


The night blooming white and yellow flowers appear April through June and the sweet, ruby-colored fruit matures by late June. Saguaro flowers are self incompatible thus require cross pollination. Large quantities of pollen are required for complete pollination as there are numerous ovules. A well pollinated fruit will contain several thousand tiny seeds. The major pollinators are bats, primarily the lesser long-nosed bat, feeding on the nectar from the night-blooming flowers, which often remain open in the morning. Doves and bees appear to be the primary daytime pollinators. The ruby red fruits are six to nine centimeters long and ripen in June. Each fruit contains around 2000 seeds plus sweet fleshy connective tissue. The fruits cannot be picked by hand, but must be harvested using a pole 2 to 5 meters long, to the end of which is attached another pole. Native birds such as Gila woodpeckers, purple martins, house finches, and gilded flickers live inside holes in saguaros. Flickers excavate larger holes higher on the stem. The nest cavity is deep, the parents and young entirely hidden from view. The saguaro creates callus tissue on the wound. When the saguaro dies and its soft flesh rots, the callus remains behind as a so-called “saguaro boot,” which was used by natives for storage. Harming a saguaro in any manner, including cactus plugging, is illegal by state law in Arizona, and when houses or highways are built, special permits must be obtained to move or destroy any saguaro affected. You’ve made it this far - get out there and experience a saguaro up close and personal! Owner / Publisher * Information courtesy of Wikipedia


Arizona KeyMagazine



earizona is a wildlife park nestled amongst the pristine Ponderosa Pine forests of Northern Arizona. Bearizona is comprised of three main sections; the drive through, walk through and the birds of prey show. The park recommends allotting at least two hours for your Bearizona adventure, but some say they could spend two hours alone watching the bear cubs.

Bearizona invites guests to drive into the Arizona Wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of their own private vehicle. The drive through portion of the park is three miles long and takes travelers on a self-guided adventure where they will witness wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment. Enjoy the wide variety of animals including rugged mountain goats, friendly American burros, majestic brown bison, nimble big horn and dall sheep, stealthy Alaskan tundra 14

and arctic wolves, unique white bison and of course beautiful black bears. After the drive through portion, visitors make their way to Fort Bearizona, a walk through area where they enjoy the antics of baby and smaller animals on exhibit including those adorable bear cubs. In this area, guests will also find the Bearizona Barnyard, a petting zoo which houses goats, pigs, chickens, and more, as well as a gift shop and concessions. Guests Arizona KeyMagazine

Bearizona is located at Highway 64 and Interstate 40 in beautiful Williams, Ariz. A free shuttle from downtown Williams is also available. don’t want to miss the amazing High Country Raptors’ free-flight show where they learn about birds of prey and see them fly directly overhead! New this year, Bearizona started a Wild Ride Open Air Bus VIP Tour where guests can hop on and take part in a memorable journey through the drive through portion of the park without the obstruction of windows. This tour has already proven to be a great opportunity to get amazing wildlife photography and is also complete with a knowledgeable & fun tour guide. az

I-40 Exit 165 1500 E. Route 66, Williams AZ 86046 (928) 635-2289 or visit our website


 event calendar

Phoenix + Central AZ

MIM Music Theater With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480-478-6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit Jerry Douglas LUNAR BINGO at Fort MCDOWELL CASINO AUGUST 17

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey Tuesday, August 6 | 7 & 9 p.m. • Tickets: $27.50-$42.50 Jazz guitar ace and singer John Pizzarelli joins with his wife, Jessica Molaskey, a jazz-wise Broadway singer in a brilliant cabaret-styled show. “The hippest husband-and-wife team since Louis Prima and Keely Smith.”—JazzTimes

The Recycled Orchestra Friday, August 9 • Saturday, August 10 MIM is excited to bring The Recycled Orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, to the MIM Music Theater for two concerts this summer. Details coming soon, visit for more information and to learn about the Recycled Orchestra exhibit featuring instruments made from recycled trash now on display at MIM.

Feb 3

Leftover Cuties First Fridays (PHOENIX) Saturday, August 17 | 7:30 p.m. • Tickets: $14.50-$17.50 tour of From the opening themeSelf-guided of Showtime’sart television series The Phoenix galleries, Big C to the infectiouslycentral happy song “Smile Big,” which spaces, studios, free propelled last summer’sart Samsung Galaxy S III commercial shuttle rides, 6-10pm, at the Olympics, to the current worldwide Hyundai advertise602-256-7539. ment featuring the group’s cover of “When You’re Smiling,” Leftover Cuties is a vintage jazz-pop band you have probably heard but may not know yet.


Arizona KeyMagazine

ALL MONTH Taliesin West Guided Tours (SCOTTSDALE) Designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West offers enchanting evening tours as well as a range of daily tours from 1 to 3 hours long. Enter at 114th St. & Cactus Rd, 888-516-0811. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays during July & August. TUESDAYS Prime Rib Specials at the Fort! (FORT MCDOWELL) Enjoy $6.99 +tax Prime Rib on Tuesdays from 4pm – 9pm at Fort McDowell Casino with Fortune Club Card ($14.99 without card), 1-800-THEFORT. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around bubbling fountains and tree-covered courtyards. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 480-9458475. THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS Summer Flashlight Tours (PHOENIX) Enjoy a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night. The selfpaced stroll along the main trail to a variety of discovery stations is perfect for families and children of all ages. Desert Botanical Garden, 7 – 9pm, bring your own flashlight or purchase one in the Garden Shop, 480-480-8188. SATURDAYS Phoenix Public Market (PHOENIX) Experience the best in

Arizona agriculture, cooking and creativity as vendors from across the state offer fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products, roasted coffee, mouthwatering jams and honey, baked goods and prepared foods. Located at 721 N. Central Ave, free, 8am – 1pm, 602-430-8345. AUG 2 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Self-guided art tour of central Phoenix galleries, art spaces, studios, free shuttle rides, 6-10pm, 602-256-7539. AUG 2 Gaslight Inn Jazz with Delphine Cortez (GLENDALE) Enjoy music every 1st Friday. Delphine Cortez With Joel Robins & Friends. Gaslight Inn, 7pm – 10pm, 623-934-5466. AUG 3 Dog Days of Summer (GLENDALE) Don’t miss the 4th Annual Dog Days event! Murphy Park, 8:30 am – 11 am, for more info call 623-930-2299. AUG 9 2nd Friday Night Out (MESA) Enjoy live bands, 70+ art booths, gallery openings, food, contests an fun! Shops and restaurants open late. Held on Main Street between Center and Country Club, 6pm – 10 pm, free, 480-890-2613. AUG 16 Art Walk (CHANDLER) Fine art, dozen of local artists, free kids art

activities, great eateries and unique shops. Historic Downtown Chandler, 6pm – 10pm, free, 480-855-3539. AUG 17 Lunar Bingo (FORT MCDOWELL) Hosted by Tyler Vasquez and DJed by Hospe of 101.1 The Beat with loud music, cocktail specials, black & laser lights. Buy-in for only $5 a pack with payouts from $200 $500 plus promotions & giveaways. Fort McDowell Casino, starts at midnight, 1-800-THE-FORT. AUG 24 Jazz in the Hills (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Come and enjoy some of the best jazz in the Valley, featuring Armand Boatman Trio with guest, Jerry Donato, along with spectacular views and great food. Alchemy at CopperWynd Resort from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, reservations recommended 480-333-1880.


AUG 15-17: Gold Buying Event (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Bring in your gold to Sami’s for some cash or use the money towards a new sparkly item in our store! Sami Fine Jewelry, 480-837-8168.


 event calendar AUG 24 2013 Night Flight Golf (PHOENIX) 9-hole course is lined with glow lights and players receive a glow necklace and glow ball, each foursome will receive a flash light to wave up the next foursome, golfers walk or pull a cart, a tournament format as a four-person scramble and includes prizes and a goodie bag for each player, $100/foursome, pre-register by 5pm day prior to event. Palo Verde Golf Course, 7:30 pm, 602-249-9930.

AUG 24 - 25 22nd Annual Family Cornfest, Arts & Crafts Fair (PHOENIX) El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 60 arts & crafts exhibitors, fresh sweet corn, free admission and parking, $9 for lunch, 10 – 4pm, 602-231-0300. AUG 31 Art Walk (GLENDALE) Admission is FREE! Plan to make the ArtWalk a destination for fine arts and unique gifts. Don’t forget the Benevilla Farmer’s Market, just 3 blocks east! Community Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Rd., 3pm – 8 pm, 623-696-7347.

AUG 31 9th Annual Phoenix Cooks! (SCOTTSDALE) For one day, the Valley’s best chefs convene to share a variety of vibrant ingredients combined into the tastiest dishes that will intrigue the pallet, enhance your culinary experience and benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Westin Kierland Resort, Advance tickets will be $75/adult and $90/adult at the door, 602-374-6210.

Sedona, Prescott + N Central AZ ALL MONTH Downtown Summer Concert Series (PRESCOTT) Enjoy free, live entertainment every Tuesday through Friday (and some Saturdays) on the shade of Prescott Courthouse Plaza (120 S. Cortez Street). Take advantage of jazz every Tuesday, movies and dance on alternating Wednesdays, Prescott Karaoke Idol every Thursday, and various bands on Fridays and Saturdays, 800-266-7534. TUESDAYS Prime Rib Night Specials (SEDONA) Every Tuesday night starting at 5pm, enjoy Prime Rib, a loaded baked potato and house salad for only $20 at Reds Restaurant at the Sedona Rouge, 928-282-5321. WEDNESDAYS $5 Wine by the Glass Night (SEDONA) Reds Restaurant at the Sedona Rouge every Wednesday offers $5 Wine by Glass Specials starting at 4pm, 928-282-5321.


FRIDAYS Sedona Community Farmer’s Market (SEDONA) Meet the local grower & taste the local flavor! Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, grass fed beef, goat products, tamales, breads and pastries, gluten free, vegan, hand-made chocolates, live music and much more! Creek-side parking lot of Tlaquepaque, 8 am – 11:30 am, 928-821-1133. AUG 2 First Friday Art Tours (SEDONA) Openings, special guests and artists receptions at Sedona’s finest galleries. Take the Sedona Trolley for free to easily visit the galleries, 5-8pm, 928-282-7390. AUG 2 – 4 Sedona Hummingbird Festival (SEDONA) Celebrates Sedona’s peak hummingbird population in August with entertaining & educational presentations, tours of gardens and hotspots, a hummer/nature shopping mall, & birding trips. 800-529-3699.

AUG 3 First Saturday Art Walk (JEROME) Visit 30+TALIESIN unique art stuWEST dios and galleries featuring jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings, sculpture and more, 5-8 pm, 928-649-2277. AUG 3 Western History Symposium (PRESCOTT) Enjoy a variety of programs about the Old West, including historic Prescott and the Arizona Territory. This popular event attracts authors, historians, educators and Western buffs to Prescott. Hassayampa Inn, 10 to 4:30 pm, 928-443-5580. AUG 8 – 10 26th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering (PRESCOTT) Enjoy poetry, music and fun for the whole family. Baxter Black, Dave Stamey, Belinda Gail are just a few of the poets performing. Yavapai College Performance Hall, $20 each night, 7 pm, 928-776-2000.

Arizona KeyMagazine

Downtown Summer Concert Series in Prescott

AUG 8 – 10 26th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering (PRESCOTT) Enjoy poetry, music and fun for the whole family. Baxter Black, Dave Stamey, Belinda Gail are just a few of the poets performing. Yavapai College Performance Hall, $20 each night, 7 pm, 928-776-2000. AUG 10 Howlin’ at the Highlands (PRESCOTT) This concert features vocalist Renee Patrick from Phoenix performing at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 7pm – 9:30pm, $20, 484-558-0066. AUG 10 – 11 63rd Annual Summer Fine Art and Crafts Festival (PRESCOTT) Mountain Artists Guild, the oldest Guild in the state of Arizona, invites

you to a weekend of art, music, food, and fun at the Downtown Courthouse Square. Admission is free, 9 - 5pm, 928-445-2510. AUG 15 – 18 129th World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo (PAYSON) Some of the world’s greatest professional cowboys and cowgirls will keep you on the edge of your seat, for over two hours. They’ll compete for cash and prizes totaling in excess of more than $50,000 in prize money. Fearless bull riders, steer wrestlers, gorgeous bronc riders, specialty acts, and colorful clowns will keep you entertained and shouting for more. Tickets: Adults $18, Children (8-12) $10, under 7 free, 928-474-4515.

AUG 17 Cowboy Capital Professional Bull Riding (PRESCOTT) Features 40 of the top bull riders in the sport, matched against 40 of the rankest bulls. Featuring announcer Rob Smets, a five-time World Champion bullfighter, known as The Kamikaze Kid. Also featuring World Champion bullfighter Mike Matt and top ranked bullfighter Quirt Hunt. Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 7:30 pm, tickets $16-$26, 866-407-6336. AUG 17 Acker on the Plaza (PRESCOTT) Free musical performances all day on the Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 11 am – 9pm, 800-266-7534.


 event calendar AUG 17 – 18 Bell Rock Art & Craft Show (SEDONA) Enjoy artists with paintings, leather, jewelry, wood, metal, fountains, carvings, Native American artists. Bell Rock Plaza, 928-284-9627.

AUG 23 – SEPT 8 Red Rocks Music Festival (SEDONA) Featuring world acclaimed Classical and Jazz musicians as well as Modern dance. Master classes and workshops, 877-733-7257.

AUG 23 – 25 Prescott Jazz Summit (PRESCOTT) Combining the dulcet sounds of some of the nation’s most outstanding jazz musicians with the moderate summer temperatures and towering shade trees of Prescott. Various Prescott locations, Tickets can be purchased online at or 484-558-0066.

AUG 31 – SEPT 2 28th Annual Faire on the Square (PRESCOTT) Arts & Crafts Show with over 100 vendors including fine art, jewelry, food and much more. Enjoy the show under the cool American elm trees around The Historic Courthouse Plaza, Sat & Sun 9 – 5pm & Mon 9 – 3pm, 928-445-2000 or 800-266-7534.

AUG 31 – SEPT 2 27th Annual Moonlight Madness Street Festival & Sidewalk Sales (SEDONA) Enjoy free music, entertainment, activities for all ages, plus sidewalk sales; some activities continue through Labor Day. Free event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program and area businesses, Noon – 9pm, 800-288-7336.

Williams, Flagstaff + N AZ “3RD OF JULY” Fireworks ARTISAN EXTRAVAGANZA MARKET

SUNDAYS @ 10am Artisan Market on the Square (FLAGSTAFF) Features a vibrant and urban marketplace where the whole family can gather, shop, support the arts, listen to great music. Live art demonstrations, free entertainment & more! Heritage Square, free, 10am, 602-314-0323.


ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) 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, 928-635-2289.

based activities to a larger scale, “pod” where visitors play the role of explorers-in-training. Lowell Observatory, 928-233-3260.

ALL MONTH Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids (FLAGSTAFF) Brings recent discoveries and cutting-edge planetary science to visitors, divided into four areas: Origins, Asteroids, Comets and Impacts/Risk. It includes a variety of interactive, multimedia experiences, ranging from computer-

AUG 3 Steam to the Canyon Engine #4960 (WILLIAMS) Ride all the way to the Grand Canyon aboard the historic #4960 Steam Engine, 1-800-843-8724.

AUG 2 – 4 Flagstaff Arts & Crafts Festival (FLAGSTAFF) Special collections of arts & crafts, including metal art, photography, paintings, jewelry and more! Wheeler Park, free, 9am, 602-789-7222.

Arizona KeyMagazine

AUG 9 – 11 2013 Cool Country Cruise In Car Show (WILLIAMS) Route 66 Classic car show with trophies for various classes. This is a regional favorite with live music, awesome food, poker walk, sweet trophies, and great people, 800-863-0546.

64th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture Sat & Sun, August 3–4

AUG 10 Discovery 2nd Saturday at MNA (FLAGSTAFF) Join us for exciting programs, hands-on activities, and crafts for kids and families. Free with Museum admission. Museum of Northern Arizona, 2pm-4pm, 928-774-5213. AUG 10 Art Walk (WILLIAMS) Come enjoy some light refreshments and of course support our local talented artists! The Gallery, 928-635-3006. AUG 22 – SEPT 7 Grand Canyon Music Festival (GRAND CANYON/TUSAYAN) 30th anniversary season with series of evening concerts, musicians from around the country, from jazz to classical. Shrine of the Ages, Tickets $15 General, $8 Student, Doors open 7 pm, 928-638-9215 or 800-9978285. AUG 24 Thunder Over the Coconino Annual Fly-In (WILLIAMS) Homebuilt, Warbirds & Antique Airplane Fly-In, Car Show, Vintage Tractors, Kids Zone and pancake breakfast. The Grand Canyon Valle Airport, 8 – 3pm, Adults $12, Children $6, 928-635-5280. AUG 30 – SEPT 1 Labor Day Rodeo (WILLIAMS) An annual favorite, this rodeo’s a lot of fun! Williams Rodeo Grounds, 800-863-0546.

Pollen Trail Dancer Photo by Michele Mountain © 2012 MNA

Museum of Northern Arizona 3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 928-774-5213 • In the Navajo language, hózhó defines the essence of Navajo or Diné philosophy. It encompasses beauty, order, and harmony, and expresses the idea of striving for balance. The festival’s Heritage Insights programs address hózhó and the humanities through presentations and conversations about land, language, and culture, increasing cultural understanding and sharing between Navajo and non-Navajo participants. More than 100 of the finest Diné artists display and demonstrate their innovative expressions of traditional art forms. Enjoy hoop and social dances, and traditional and modern Native music with the Pollen Trail Dancers and Sihasin. Learn from cultural experts about customs and practices families are using to keep traditions strong. Explore the tribe’s intricate language with a Navajo linguist, and come to understand many ancient legends and traditions. Hike with a Navajo ethnobotanist and learn the Diné uses of local plant life.


 event calendar

Tucson + Southern AZ SATURDAYS Summer Saturday Evenings at Desert Museum (TUCSON) The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stays open after sundown on Saturdays from June - August, with exhibits featuring the Sonoran Desert’s nocturnal plants and wildlife, 520-883-2702.

AUG 10 Titan Moonlight Madness Tours (TUCSON) Special activities for the kids include launching seltzer rockets, sampling space food and taking the astronaut test. Fun for the whole family! Reservations required, 5pm – 9pm, 520-6257736.

SUNDAYS Science Sundays at Children’s Museum (TUCSON) Fun hands-on science-related activities for kids and their families, discount admission. Through Sept 1st, 520792-9985.

AUG 10 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) 30+ shops and galleries, special promotions, live entertainment, refreshments plus artist receptions, until 8pm, 520-4325421.

JULY 31 – AUG 3 Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival (SIERRA VISTA) Self-guided and guided tours, exhibits, and programs about Southern Arizona birds and butterflies. Cochise College Campus, 520-678-8237.

AUG 10 2nd Saturdays Downtown (TUCSON) Downtown Tucson will be alive with street performers, food, live music, many new vendors and more. Congress St. from Toole Ave. to Church Ave., 5pm – 10:30pm.

AUG 3 – 4 HarvestFest at Sonoita Vineyards (ELGIN) Celebrate upcoming harvest with wine and food pairings, winery tours, vineyard tours, and grape-stomping each festival day at 1 p.m. Sonoita Vineyards, 10 - 4 pm, 520-455-5893.

AUG 10 - 11 Hilton Indoor Fine Art Festival (TUCSON) Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance presents a festival with artistic demonstrations, acoustic live music, and wine and culinary arts at Hilton El Conquistador Resort, 10 – 4pm, free, 520-797-3959.

AUG 9 – 11 65th Annual Vigilante Days (TOMBSTONE) Authentic Wild West history comes to life in “the town too tough to die,” with street entertainment, a chili cook-off, 1880s fashion show and more. Historic Downtown, 10 – 4:30 pm, free, 520-457-3291.


AUG 14 - 18 Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival (TUCSON) Tucson Audubon Society presents a festival with outstanding birding and nature history-talks, field trips, workshops, and lectures as well as a free Nature Expo headquartered at Riverpark Inn, 520-629-0510.

AUG 15 Twilight Third Thursdays (TUCSON) The Tucson Botanical Gardens presents an evening of glorious visuals and vocals at twilight. Enjoy C.J. Shane & The Coridals, 5 pm – 8pm, Adults $9, Children $5, 520-326-9686 ext. 10. AUG 16 - 18 Sports Card Show (TUCSON) Foothills Mall, Ross Court, for more info call 520-219-0650. AUG 24 Nightwings (TUCSON) Enjoy the museum in the cool evening with tram rides until sundown, a walking tour of the indoor hangars, hands on activities for the kids and more. The Flight Grill will be open for dinner. Pima Air and Space Museum, 5pm – 9pm, 520-574-0462. AUG 24 2013 Salsa & Tequila Challenge (TUCSON) Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance presents annual salsa competition featuring red, green, hot, mild or fruity salsas, live mariachi music, salsa dancing and more. Tickets are $40 pp and include Salsa & Chips Sampling from over 40 participating competitors, as well as Tequila Based Mixed Drinks and Menu Pairings from up to 50 area emerging and established chefs. La Encantada Shopping Center, 520-797-3959. AUG 30 – SEPT 2 Mall Wide Labor Day Sidewalk Sale (TUCSON) Outlets, Entertainment & More! Foothills Mall, 520-219-0650.

Arizona KeyMagazine

need speed I’ve got a


K1 Speed is a revolution in indoor karting, with its award winning centers, European style racing

and professionally designed race tracks. The emission free electric karts are the best available, with 20HP they reach speeds aproaching 45mph faster than gas karts and without the smog. K1 Speed Phoenix with its large lobby area, meeting rooms and mezzanine, racing memorabilia and exhilarating Indoor Racing Excitement for junior and adult racers alike - is the perfect venue!

K1 Speed Phoenix will allow novice and veteran drivers alike to experience an authentic racing atmosphere. The center’s large indoor track features a challenging combination of long straight-always and hairpin turns, providing racers with a variety of opportunities to test their fortitude. When not racing, there is a spacious lobby, which features a video game area, Pit Café full of refreshments, official racing memorabilia and comfortable seating areas with club-like lighting, large projection screens and plasma televisions to lounge, relax and enjoy! In addition to indoor kart racing, K1 Speed Phoenix also has on-site meeting rooms, which can be rented for corporate events, team building exercises, product launches, private parties/gatherings or seminars. Featuring state-of-the-art audio / visual systems which include 110″ projection screens, DVD players, and Wi-Fi Internet access, the meeting rooms For complete tour Satisfy Yourplease Needvisit: for have everything that a company descriptions Speed Today! would need to host a business meeting or presentation, making Tours range in price from K1 Speed a unique alternative to K1 Speed $68-$88 with discounted traditional meeting venues. Cater2425 S 21st St, pricing for children 12 ing services are also available and AZ 85034 andPhoenix, under. Tours can be race packages can be included with (602) 275-5278 room rentals for an unforgettable, booked by calling morale-building experience. az 800-873-3662.



Phoenix, Scottsdale and Central Arizona


inter, Spring, Summer or Fall… no matter what time of year you visit the Valley of the Sun, there will be much to see and do. The Sonoran Desert ‘s natural beauty begins with rugged mountains, Saguaro cactus towering over adventure trails, and pink and orange sunsets you thought you only read about in Western novels. Popular Destinations Include: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World’s tallest fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and


concerts make Fountain Hills/ Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 az

Arizona KeyMagazine

$ dining & entertainment Whether you are looking to kick up your heels at an

Old Western Saloon, get your Gelato Fix or enjoy true southwestern cuisine, the Valley of the Sun has 5th and wine in scottsdale

something for everyone to enjoy.

Sip on wine while

you take in a gorgeous sunset or dance the night away with friends.


Join oUR nightly CelebRation of food, Wine & MeMoRable tiMes

Prime Steak & 100 Wines by the Glass

fleming’s features the finest prime steaks and an award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass. Join us for an evening with family & friends in our lively, relaxed atmosphere.

chaNdleR 905 north 54th street, Chandler 480-940-1900

ScottSdale 6333 north scottsdale Road, scottsdale 480-596-8265

PeoRia 9712 West northern avenue, Peoria 623-772-Wine (9463)

N. ScottSdale / dc RaNch 20753 north Pima Road, north scottsdale 480-538-8000


Arizona KeyMagazine


Traveling to beautiful Prescott Arizona? Â Take in our brand new Prescott Station.


$ dining & entertainment 3 0 6 360 6 30


7212 E. Ho Hum Rd., Carefree, AZ 85377 480-488-8182


ENGLISH ROSE TEA ROOM 3 0 6 360 6 30

A truly unique Arizona experience. Dine outside in gardens filled with flowers, tall palms, cypress and palo verde trees. Visit BevHeaven, the rooftop bar serving the best, most unique spirits, wines and beers in the world. Enjoy the tastes of the Southwest and Mexico along with the best steaks and fresh seafood, all served in different portion sizes to suit any appetite and budget.


201 Easy St., #103, Carefree, AZ 85377 480-488-4812 The English Tea Room has been described as the finest Tea Room in


the Southwest. Observing the English tradition of Afternoon Tea is our trademark. We offer an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas. From a simple scone with Devonshire cream to the Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea, there is something for every discerning Tea Lover’s palate.

Arizona KeyMagazine

great food great times great people

* great entertainment * 6895 E. Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331

“if you haven’t been to harold’s corral, you haven’t been to cave creek.”


3 0 6 360 6 30

$ dining & entertainment 360





6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 As Cave Creek’s original “Wild West Saloon and Restaurant,” Harold’s is a landmark and popular stomping ground for both locals and tourists. Celebrating over 70 years of history and good times, Harolds is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Enjoy live entertainment Thurs. through Sat. plus Country Western Dance Lessons Thursdays and Fridays. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner.

3 0 6 360 6 30

3 0 6 360 6 30

10424 N Fort McDowell Rd., Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 1-800-THE FORT • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Free transportation throughout the Valley of the Sun. Slots, poker, keno, blackjack and video slots all make for a winning experience at the FORT. Fine dining at a great price can be had at Cafe 87, the Red Rock Buffet and Noodle Sushiya restaurants.



7320 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-2882 • Located in Old Town Scottsdale, we are a cozy place to relax, have some drinks and listen to some great live music in a friendly atmosphere. We offer a full bar, beautiful patio, outdoor seating, smoking area, and are wheelchair accessible and pet-friendly. For a taste of how it used to be in the good ‘ole days, stop by and experience life like it should be - relaxed and fun!

RELISH THE MOMENT WITH A TWIST ON THE ALL-AMERICAN CLASSIC 2010 “Best of the Valley” Pick by Phoenix Magazine Located above the Golf Clubhouse at The Phoenician 6000 East Camelback Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480 423 2530 30

Arizona KeyMagazine

the new

A l l - yo u -c A n-e At BReAkfASt $7 7a - 11a

luncH $11

DInneR $13

11a - 4p

4p - close

Kids 2 yrs & under eat FREE, Kids 3yrs-10yrs get 50%off reg. buffet price Non-Alcohol Beverages Included

H o u RS

Sun - Thurs 7a-10p 路 Fri & Sat 7a-11p t-Bone tueSDAy 5p - 9p

S P e cIA lS fRIDAy fISH fRy 4p - 11p

PRIme RIB SAtuRDAy 4p - 11p ($15) 800.381.SLOT | I-17, Exit 289 路 Camp Verde


a taste of arizona

deliciousbites Grilled Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Grilled Mahi Mahi tacos, roasted corn guacamole and jalapeno sauce served with a side of pico black beans

Fish: 5lbs Mahi / 2 Julienne Radish Cut Mahi into 8oz Portions, and marinate with garlic, oils, and salt and pepper. Bake the fish for 10 minutes in the oven. Place 6 small corn tortillas on the plate (2 on top of each other, total of 3 servings), place 8oz Mahi piece on top, Add scoop of Guacamole, and drizzle Jalapeno Sauce over top. Top with julienne radishes for decoration. Jalapeno Sauce: 6 diced jalapenos 1/2 cup diced red onions 3 cups mayonnaise 3 cup sour cream salt and pepper to taste

Guacamole Sauce: 4 avocados 3 diced jalapenos 2 diced tomatoes 1/2 diced medium red onion 1/8 cup chopped cilantro 1 cup roasted yellow corn salt and pepper to Taste

Recipe: (Yields 10)

Mix All ingredients Sour Cream Black Bean Side: 1 cup black beans 1/2 cup sour cream Mix together and top with Pico De Gallo az

Chef Xochitl

To enjoy this delicious dish today, visit Old Town Tortilla Factory, 6910 East Main Street Scottsdale, AZ (480) 945-4567

Mix all ingredients 32

Arizona KeyMagazine

Enjoy an Air-Conditioned Cruise aboard the

Dolly Steamboat


f you’re looking for an an unforgettable experience, which combines the comfort of indoor air-conditioning with Arizona’s beautiful outdoors, do we have a a must-do adventure for you! Enjoy a scenic nature cruise or a twilight dinner cruise, aboard the Dolly Steamboat on Canyon lake, nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains. Canyon Lake, home of the Dolly Steamboat continues a tradition of cruising since 1925, the Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded inner waterways of this beautiful lake. Explore a favorite destination of President Theodore Roosevelt who declared, “the Apache Trail and surrounding area combines the grandeur of the Alps, the glory of the Rockies, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, and then adds an indefinable something that none of the others have.” You will marvel as you travel up the historic Apache Trail in the Tonto National Forest, which provides the most awe-inspiring and sublimely beautiful panorama nature has ever created. Every trip brings new revelations of rock formations, geological history and the flora and fauna For Reservations distinct to Call 480-827-9144, the Sonoran or visit Desert and Arizona’s first historic highway, the Apache Trail. For reservations call 480-827-9144. az


$ dining & entertainment

OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY 6910 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-4567 Built from a historic 75-year-old adobe home, Old Town Tortilla Factory captures timeless charm and distinct atmosphere that exemplifies the Southwest. A beautiful firewater patio along with a world-renowned tequila bar that offers 80 premium tequilas, including an award winning margarita, lends itself to being the perfect place to accommodate your needs. The cuisine is southwest with Sonoran influence, a favorite dish being the Red Chili Pork Chops.

PERSIAN ROOM 17040 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 480-614-1414 • Experience the most exotic dining atmosphere Scottsdale has to offer. Ornate chandeliers, finely carved pillars, and delicate water fountains compliment the inspiring menu of beef, chicken, lamb and a variety of vegetarian dishes. Fresh, homemade clay-oven bread begins your feast, followed by more than twenty unmistakable entrees fit for the ancient Persian Royalty. Open Sun. to Thurs. 11am to 9:30pm; Fri. & Sat. 11am to 10:30pm. 34

3 0 6 360 6 30




7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon celebrating 60 years. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, the Rusty Spur is an Old West saloon offering rustic charm, great food, live entertainment and, of course, a full bar! Every inch in this unique saloon is decorated with Western memorabilia, a collection of license plates, and thousands of dollar bills hanging from the ceiling. Come leave your mark today!

VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • Casual and moderately priced, Veneto Trattoria offers light, Northern Italian cuisine with a Venetian accent. Located in Hilton Village, the restaurant is known for its hand-fashioned pastas and gnocchi and luscious risottos. Menu highlights include Venetian-style squid, calves’ liver and dried salt cod, called baccala. An extensive wine list offers a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Enjoy dining on the patio or inside where the atmosphere let’s you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner 5-10pm.

Arizona KeyMagazine

most Memorable E x periences Phoenix/Scottsdale/Central AZ 1. Stroll Through Old Town Scottsdale – Get a taste of the Old West as you walk along the streets of historic Old Town Scottsdale. Discover the most unique southwestern specialty shops like Shades of the West - 480945-3289 and Kactus Jock - 480-945-6691, then kick up your boots at the Rusty Spur Saloon with live entertainment 7 days & 7 nights - 480-4257787. 2. MIM – Explore an amazing collection of instruments from every country in the world and from the likes of Elvis, John Lennon, and many more at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Guests wear wireless headsets to hear the sounds of the instruments as they approach different displays. 480-478-6000 3. Hike the Hump – Sheer red sandstone cliffs and its telltale hump draw thousands of hikers to Camelback Mountain each year. Hiking to the top is not for beginning hikers however. Some easier trails allow close-up exploration around Camelback’s base.

4. Pink Adventure Tours – Offering locals and visitors enjoyable and effortless access to the premier adventures of Sedona and the Grand Canyon. 855-298-3070. 5. Hot Air Balloon Rides – Embark on an unforgettable journey as you soar over the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a Hot Air Balloon! Daily flights available with Hot Air Expeditions - 480-502-6999 or Rainbow Ryders - 623-2150346. 6. Explore a Desert Masterpiece – Frank Lloyd Wright began building Taliesin West in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Visitors can enjoy a broad range of guided public tours. 888-516-0811 7. ALL ABOARD! Grab the kids and head over to McCormickStillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Enjoy train and carousel rides, shops, museum, playgrounds and more! 480-312-2312

8. SHOP TIL YOU DROP – Scottsdale is a mecca for shoppers with unique boutiques and speciality shops around every corner. Stroll through the SHOPS Gainey Village and stop by Ritzy Rags and Shoes - 480-596-0533 and Diva - 480-948-8777 for the latest fashions. 9. The Dolly Steamboat – Experience the best Arizona nature and dinner cruises on beautiful Canyon Lake, often called “Arizona’s Junior Grand Canyon.” Expect to see a wide variety of wildlife and spectacular scenery while observing from the deck during one of our tours. 480-827-9144 10. KART RACING – At K1 Speed in Phoenix, stay cool and race in their fully airconditioned track & relax in the lounge area overlooking the racing action! 602-2755278 az


 shopping In need of some retail therapy? Then get ready to navigate the most incredible array of upscale boutiques, specialty gift shops, outdoor promenades, outlet centers, luxury jewelers and



3 0 6 360 6 30




3 0 6 360 6 30

4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-423-5000 • Award winning, state-of-the-art jewelry designer. Cornelis produces the finest quality jewelry with custom modern designs using gemstones, and diamonds. Come visit and create your dream piece of jewelry! 360


8787 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480-948-8777 • Designer plus size clothing women dream about, but seldom find – from bathing suits to casual to special occasion and evening gowns. Sizes 14-24 with lines like Sympli, Comfy, Tianello plus handbags, jewelry and accessories including Brighton, Hobo, and Mary Frances.



Lincoln Plaza: 6378 N. Scottsdale Rd 480-607-0170 The Promenade: 16251 N. Scottsdale Rd 480-609-6905 • Indulge in the ultimate shoe shopping experience! Find designer and name-brand shoes for women and men plus designer handbags. Shop today, and you’ll understand why thousands of people say, “I Love That Store”! 3 0 6 360 6 30


7247 Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-3289 • Founded in 1971, Shades of the West continues to be the most unique shopping destination in Old Town Scottsdale. Featuring a wide variety of custom leather goods & jewelry, Minnetonka Moccasins, Southwestern foods, pottery from Mexico and much more. Bischoff’s at the Park features Southwest home décor, books and museum quality art.

3 0 6 360 6 30

Find the latest designer fashions, unique pieces of the southwest to take home, authentic Native American art & jewelry and everything in between. We promise you will shop til you drop! Special note: you might need some extra suitcases! Enjoy! 3 0 6 360 6 30

so much more!


10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 • Find exceptional women’s clothing and accessories from the finest homes in the Valley! Vast collection of jewelry including one-of-a-kind pieces of sterling silver and set stones from India, Indonesia and Nepal.

THE JEWISH COLLECTION 10820 N. 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-368-0001 • The Valley’s finest Judaica shop. Find jewelry, art and religious articles from Israel and the finest Native American craftsman plus custom pieces with a Southwest flair. Your source for Southwest mezuzahs, Kiddush cups, candlesticks, and jewelry.

Arizona KeyMagazine




has been a prized gem for centuries. Amethyst has been included in royal collections all over the world, from ancient Egypt to the British crown jewels. Historically, amethyst was believed to assist prophecy and visions and to bring riches and powers to its owners. With all of these amazing qualities this gem has, why not own a piece of Arizona’s beauty?







480.837.8168 ph

16704 Ave. of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ


 shopping BETTERIDGE FINE JEWELERS 7001 N Scottsdale Rd Suite #102 Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 480-948-0777 • Betteridge offers a full range of the finest jewelry. Whether you seek unique contemporary designs , collectible estate treasures or classic handmade heirlooms to-be, Betteridge can supply your every need. At Betteridge Jewelers, you can depend upon a legacy of excellence. 3 0 6 360 6 30

360 DUXIANA 7001 North Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 480-991-9800 • Discovering the perfect luxury mattress for rest and rejuvenation is step one to creating a great sleep environment. This is what the DUX® Difference is all about. Designed in Sweden to last a lifetime, the unique DUX spring system enhances increased circulation and flow of oxygen throughout the body. If you want to have rejuvenating, restful sleep every night, there is no middle ground.

LONDON GOLD Scottsdale: 480-367-1717, Chandler: 480-7054191 Arrowhead: 623-979-4445 For more than three decades, London Gold has been the premier diamond expert in Phoenix. Voted “Best Of Phoenix” London Gold prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and having one of the largest selections of fine jewelry around. 3 0 6 360 6 30

360 RITZY RAGS & SHOES 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480-596-0533 One of the leading ladies clothing, shoe and accessory boutiques in the Valley for over 24 years. Featuring lines like Alberto Makali, Not your Daughters Jeans, City Girl, Helle comfort and many more. Come see why everyone is talking about Ritzy Rags and Shoes!

3 0 6 360 6 30

360 SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 E. Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • Voted one of America’s Top 5 “Cool Jewelry Stores”, Sami’s is the destination for Arizona gemstones such as The Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst, Arizona “Anthill” Garnet, and Arizona Peridot. Find Hearts on Fire Diamonds, to exotic gemstones.




6.75 cts. Tanzanite

4.88 cts. E VS1


Arizona KeyMagazine




ď‚˜ shopping centers & districts


Arizona KeyMagazine

5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix THE BORGATA OF SCOTTSDALE A charming courtyard atmosphere with upscale shops and eateries in a setting straight from the Tuscan Village of San Gimignano complete with cobblestone walkways and fountains. Scottsdale Rd & Lincoln Dr / Scottsdale Map M3 CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Map B4

SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4 SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE Intimate and unique shopping and dining experience including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and Betteridge Jewelers. Scottsdale Rd & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 WESTGATE CITY CENTER A variety of shopping, dining and entertainment including Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and a 4,000-seat cinema nestled behind the University of Phoenix Stadium and Arena. Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale

DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE The ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting with over 110 retailers and restaurants. Loop 101 & Tatum Blvd / Scottsdale Map G2 EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE BOULDERS Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores and restaurants, a full-service luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / Scottsdale Map C4

Fun, comfy, sophisticated & casual clothing

KIERLAND COMMONS A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale shopping, dining and entertainment in an urban setting. Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map J3 OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Old Town Tavern. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 THE PROMENADE Unique mix of specialty boutiques, stores and restaurants in an outdoor setting with a 125-foot spire designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Scottsdale Rd & Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd / Scottsdale Map J4 THE SHOPS AT GAINEY VILLAGE A distinctive blend of upscale shops and boutiques like Ritzy Rags & Shoes, Diva plus trendy eateries and fine dining establishments. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Doubletree Ranch Rd / Scottsdale Map L4

New Summer Merchandise Arriving Weekly


Announcing the Arrival of jo london adjacent to the English Rose Tea Room

stop in to become a Londoner too! Traditional, Hip & Trendy, and perfectly British Home Decor

Authentic Imports from ‘across the pond’ British Paraphernalia Collections of Antiques

Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm Sundays 11:00am to 4:00pm (480) 488-1162

Quirky & Nostalgic nds Ecclectic ‘Brit’ Design

201 Easy Street #101, Carefree, AZ 85377 |



Arizona KeyMagazine

Canadian Money Taken at Par


most Memorable E x periences in Fountain Hills 1. World’s Highest Fountain - At its full height of 560 feet, the fountain in the center of Fountain Hills, spectacular for day or night viewing, is higher than the Washington Monument and three times as high as Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone Park.

2. Fort McDowell CasinO – This fantastic casino (open 24 hours every day) brings fun, excitement and premier dining to visitors by offering slots, cards, bingo, colorful stage shows and fantastic buffets and restaurants. 800-THE-FORT 3. Uncover Arizona Gems - Sami Fine Jewelry is the destination for Arizona gems (Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst, Arizona Peridot, and Arizona “Anthill” Garnet) and fine jewelry. Voted one of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry stores! 877-376-6323 4. We-Ko-Pa Golf Club – Whether you play the awardwinning Cholla Course or the newer Saguaro Course, you’re in for a desert golf experience unlike any other in Arizona. At We-Ko-Pa, it’s just you, your ball and good old Mother Nature. 866-660-7700 48

5. River of Time Museum - Through its creative settings and informative exhibits, The River of Time Museum recounts the captivating past of this desert valley. Learn about the large communities that grew here centuries ago and why they disappeared. 480-837-2612 6. Birdwatching - This area is a great place for bird watching due to its diverse habitats. Fountain Lake and the two rivers - the Salt and the Verde, are great hotspots, which are home to many year-round species. 7. McDowell Mountain Park - Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails await through beautiful desert scenery. Look for deer, javelina, coyotes and a multitude of bird species. Whether you are going for a short stroll or looking for a challenge, this is a must do. 480-471-0173

and surrounding mountains, 480-816-5100. 9. Saguaro Lake - Fifteen minutes from Fort McDowell, this is one of the loveliest and most popular recreation sites in Tonto National Forest. Boat ramps, fishing pavilions, swimming, picnic tables and restroom facilities are available at two locations. The golden cliffs and rugged shoreline of Saguaro Lake make a spectacular setting for outdoor activities. 602-225-5200 10. Jazz In The Hills Some of the Valley’s best Jazz musicians can be heard at Alchemy at CopperWynd Resort from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, reservations recommended. Please call for summer schedule: 480-333-1880 az

8. LAKE OVERLOOK TRAIL - An easy-moderate 1.5 mile hike that is accessible from the heart of downtown Fountain Hills and offers some of the outstanding views of the Town and the neighboring Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Arizona KeyMagazine

Mom knew a thing or two when she told you to go outside and play. Mom was right. Fresh air. Physical activity. Fun. That’s the way to spend some leisure time. And the place to do it is Fountain Hills, Arizona. Fill your days with mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding or a round of golf at one of the award-winning courses. Even art is an outside experience in Fountain Hills, where you can enjoy the extensive public art collection all year long. Come see us. And get outside.


ďƒž map


Arizona KeyMagazine


most Memorable E x periences in Carefree & Cave Creek 1. Afternoon Tea Anyone? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique and authentic Victorian atmosphere. 480488-4812 2. Carefree Botanical Gardens - The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Amphitheater, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open every day during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. An Institution of the Old West – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-488-1906 4. The Town Dump – There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek, except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences. 480-488-9047 52

5. Does Heaven Have a Bar? – Enjoy Carefree Cuisine outside in the gardens filled with flowers, cypress and Palo Verde trees at the Carefree Station Grill & Bar. Climb the stairs to BevHeaven, the rooftop bar serving the most unique spirits, wines and beers in the world. 480-4888182 6. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB - Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek - 480488-0398.

through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480488-2764 9. Bags & Rags – Enjoy shopping at this intimate ladies boutique with fun, flirty clothing, handbags and accessories on Easy Street in Carefree. 480-575-3114 10. Frontier Town – Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in Arizona, and full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ

7. Wild Holly Gallery – Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to come a bit closer. The steel kinetic wind sculpture turning in the breeze captures the attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757 8. Cave Creek Museum – Started in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area

Arizona KeyMagazine


ď‚ľ attractions When it comes to memorable experiences, Arizona has you covered from sunset horseback rides, one-of-a-kind museums, world-class golf courses, soaring balloon flights and everything in between.


Arizona KeyMagazine


 attractions

3 0 6 360 6 30

360 HOT AIR EXPEDITIONS For reservations 480-502-6999 or 800-831-7610 Phoenix/Scottsdale • Come see why the Sonoran Desert is one of the foremost Hot Air Ballooning areas in the entire world! Daily hot air balloon flights are offered year round. Enjoy the sights and sounds of desert life as you fly within inches of cacti. Then soar to over 2,000 feet to get a great view of the entire area! All with no sensation of motion. Upon landing enjoy either a warm sit down breakfast or yummy hor d’oeuvres catered by the award winning Vincents! Come see why Fodor’s Travel has rated Hot Air Expeditions the Number One hot air balloon company in Phoenix for the past 16 years! FAA Certified, Insured, Wonderful Safety Record. Hotel transportation available.


3 0 6 360 6 30

360 MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050 480-478-6000 • Experience the world’s music as never before at the most extraordinary museum you’ll ever hear. Guests are given wireless headsets to wear throughout the museum. As they approach each display, they can hear the instruments being played, either solo or as an ensemble. Ranked as one of five must-see Phoenix attractions by CNN! 3 0 6 360 6 30

3 0 6 360 6 30

360 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S TALIESIN WEST 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, 85259 888-516-0811 • Taliesin West in northeast Scottsdale is ranked one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West was a bold new concept for desert living. Guided public tours range from 1 to 3 hours long. Enter at 114th St. & Cactus Rd.

RAINBOW RYDERS For reservations 623-215-0346 Phoenix/Scottsdale • Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company is the Premier Ballooning Company of the Southwest. We are excited to announce that we are celebrating our 30th anniversary of flight experience to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area!! Offering launch times of sunrise and sunset. Call to make a reservation today at (623) 215-0346 or go online to www. 360

Arizona KeyMagazine


The Premier Balloon Ride Company of the Southwest


Ge t r e a d y f or

“ T h e E x p er i en c e of a L i fe t i m e H a p p en i n g Right Now!”



ARIZONAKEY.COM Arizona’s Most Comprehensive Online Travel Portal










For Great Travel Tips, Coupons & Deals and Contests & Giveaways, Click to LIKE us on Facebook t rav el magaz i n e and FOLLOW us on Twitter Magazine Arizona Key

The Real Arizona - Canyon Lake

Arizona’s World Class Cruise

Visit Our Site to Learn More

Apache Junction, AZ


This “Junior Grand Canyon” tour is consistently rated one of the “Best Things to Do in Arizona” and is a premier Arizona attraction for locals and tourists alike. A short distance from Mesa, Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona ~ Scenic Nature Cruises and Twiligh Dinner Cruises. Twilight

(480) 827-9144




(602) 275-5278




ďƒž map


Arizona KeyMagazine

Up Close and Personal

Sea Lions! The only marine mammals on exhibit in Arizona.

See Them Now!

Arizona’s Largest Collection of Exotic Animals Plus 85 Aquarium Exhibits 165th Avenue and Northern Ave. (State Route 303) 623-935-WILD (9453) • Safari Train Ride • Australian Boat Ride • Kids Carousel Wildlife Skyride • Log Flume Ride and Shows!

80,000 gallons of water featuring giant South American Arowana, Arapaima, Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles, Shovelnose and Redtail Catfish, Peacock Bass, Pacu and the sharp toothed Payara!


most Memorable E x periences

Glendale/West Valley 1. Lions, Tigers and Sharks, Oh My! – The Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium is Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 75 exhibits. See their ad for a special coupon. 623-935-9453 2. Curtain Up – Dinner and a movie is so yesterday. Dinner and a show…now that’s an experience. Voted “Best of the Valley” by Phoenix Magazine, the Arizona Broadway Theatre is sure to entertain the senses. 623-776-8400 3. WIGWAM RESORT – Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, superb spa, distinctive cuisine, 623935-3811. 4. Blast Off With Some Family Fun – Children, and grown-ups, alike, can enjoy simulated space missions, interact with real NASA astronauts and learn all about the wonders of the cosmos at the Challenger Space Center. 480-488-1906 62

5. WET ‘N’ WILD – Beat the heat and head to Wet’n’Wild, where you’ll find splashes galore! With more than a dozen rides and attractions, the entire family will be sure to have fun in the sun! Call for hours, 623-201-2000. 6. Stroll in the Gardens – 1,000 cactus, trees and shrubs await you desert style, where you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour at Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the library to check out a listening wand, so you may learn the names of the foliage. 623-930-3596 7. For the “Choc-o-holic” In All of Us – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday and a nonguided video tour anytime. 623-930-9000

9. Pack a Romantic Picnic Lunch – The crown jewel of Glendale’s park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with it’s historic ranch buildings and wonderful flora. 623-930-4200 10. Lake Pleasant Regional Park – One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun”, the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Turn off your mobile phone and unleash some family fun! 602-372-7460 az

8. Boots AND Bikes – The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. 623-932-3811

Arizona KeyMagazine


How do we spell in Glendale and the West Valley?


Dog Parks


Events & Festivals



Urban Excitement

Rugged Outdoors


A visit to Glendale and the West Valley always spells a great time,

Welcome! Call or visit us online and we’ll help you plan the perfect vacation from A toZ. Bring this ad to

starting with this word:

the Glendale CVB and pick up your earth-friendly tote* to fill with all your great finds from Glendale and the West Valley. Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau 5800 W. Glenn Dr., Suite 140, Glendale, AZ 85301 623.930.4500 •

*While supplies last



Sedona and North Central Arizona


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

Popular Destinations Include: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of wellgroomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday--and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 800-266-7534 Jerome – After the mines closed in 1953 and “King Copper” left town, the population went from a peak of 15,000 in the 1920s to a low of 50 people. The Jerome Historical Society guarded the buildings against vandalism and the elements, the Douglas Mansion became a


State Park in 1965, and Jerome became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. During the 60’s and 70’s, Jerome offered a haven for artists. Soon newcomers and Jerome old timers were working together to bring Jerome back to life. Today, Jerome is very much alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians, and families. 928-634-2900 az

Arizona KeyMagazine

good things come in hotel Packages.

n w o D e n i W One-night Package includes: • One bottle of wine from a local vineyard • Two wine glasses • Two $10 Casino Gaming Playchecks • Two Exceptional Plate Breakfast coupons • A touring map of Verde Valley Wine Country

Starting at $99.95

Package Starting at $89.95 One-night Package includes: • Two $10 Casino Gaming Playchecks • Two Exceptional Breakfast Plate Coupons for the Gathering Restaurant


fun for the whole family


Starting at


One-night Package includes: • One Playcation Fun Book per adult (a value of more than $100) • Two Free Bowling Games with shoes (up to four people) • One Free Hot Dog per person at Gutter Bar (up to four people)

The Perfect Place to Play.

800.381.SLOT | I-17, Exit 289 · Camp Verde

Cliff Castle Casino Hotel reserves the right to modify, suspend and/or cancel this promotion at any time, without notice, with approval of the Yavapai-Apache Gaming Commission. Guests must be 21 or older to participate. Please play responsibly.


 attractions 235 Air Terminal Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336 800-282-5141 The Original Doors-Off helicopter tour in Sedona! Celebrating over 25 years, fly with the most experienced helicopter operator in Sedona. Enjoy the ultimate thrill of a lifetime while seeing the sights and taking amazing pictures. Fly through breathtaking canyons and experience over 80% more of what you can’t see from the ground. Call or Book Online. Mention AZKEY360 and Save 10%

690 Bell Rock Road, Sedona, AZ 86351 928-284-1660 The premier of Sedona Arizona golf courses, the Oakcreek Country Club is an 18 hole championship golf course nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. & Jr., this golf course is truly a masterpiece featuring Sedona red rock views beyond compare. Relax at Redstone Patio after your round!

3 0 6 360 6 30


555 Middle Verde Rd., Camp Verde, AZ 86322 1-800-381-SLOT Voted Arizona’s #1 casino 12 years in a row! Slots, blackjack and live poker are just part of our attraction. You’ll also find several restaurants, including Storytellers Gourmet Steakhouse. Plus, there’s a gift shop, 20-lane bowling center, live entertainment, and so much more.

KACHINA HOUSE 2920 Hopi Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336 928-204-9750 A hidden treasure and must-see for Native American Art and Artifacts in Sedona. Our 5,000 square-foot showroom features products created by Native Americans in the Southwest like pottery, artifacts, jewelry, Hopi Katsinas, Navajo Kachinas, sand paintings, and much more. Head west on Hwy 89A, turn right on Tortilla Dr. at the Giant station, then take your first left and the first right.


3 0 6 360 6 30



3 0 6 360 6 30



3505 Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 928-567-2840 Call us wild. Call of crazy. Just don’t call us a zoo. Here, exotic animals from all over the world roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like Tiger Splash, Wonders of Wildlife, and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Mention AZKEY13 for Savings!

RED ROCK BIPLANE TOURS 1225 Airport Road (Red Bldg.) Sedona, AZ 86336 928.204.5939 or 888.866.7433 Soar over the breathtaking red rock country of Sedona in the company of your aviator. Experience the thrill of a lifetime in a new Waco open cockpit Biplane. Photographic tour of a lifetime! Gift Certificates available.

oakcreek country club

RED ROCK HELICOPTER TOURS 1225 Airport Road (Red Bldg.) Sedona, AZ 86336 928.204.5939 or 888.866.7433 Red Rock Helicopter Tours is the most-trusted and well known helicopter tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jet-powered helicopter soaring eye level with the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona.

SKY SAFARI CHARTER & TOURS 1225 Airport Road (Red Bldg.) Sedona, AZ 86336 928.204.5939 or 888.866.7433 Sky Safari Tours & Charter has a well established and deserved reputation of Excellence and Quality in supplying passengers from all over the world “the experience of a lifetime”. 24 hour service and FAA 135 Air Carrier Certified.

Arizona KeyMagazine


3 0 6 360 6 30

 attractions 360





235 Air Terminal Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336 928-282-6628 Spectacular air tours from Scottsdale and Sedona to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, plus packages that include Colorado River rafting, helicopter flights and boat tours! Our highly qualified pilots will be your guide and narrate your unforgettable tour. FAA certified air carrier.


3 0 6 360 6 30

1-800-8-SEDONA Since 1958, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road adventures in the Southwest. Our award-winning excursions are known as the premier “must-do” tours in Sedona. The exclusive Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. Open everyday year round, You gotta do it!


2250 West Hwy 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 866-312-4111 A recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond award, this boutique hotel is set in West Sedona. Home to Reds, Sedona’s hottest restaurant and lounge, and The Spa at Sedona Rouge, it’s the perfect retreat for both excitement and relaxation, and for the rejuvenation of mind, body and soul.

336 Hwy 179, Sedona, AZ 928-282-4838 A Sedona landmark since the 1970’s, Tlaquepaque is the most distinctive shopping experience to be found in the Southwest. Nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek in Sedona, enjoy over 40 specialty shops, exclusive art galleries and exceptional dining. Shops Open Daily 10am.

Sedona Native American Experience

It i n e r a r y

5th and wine in scottsdale

Day 1: 1. Take a Jeep Tour to Native American Ruins - Cliff Dwellings - Petroglyphs Sites 2. Native American ceremonies


Day 2: 1. Take a Day Tour to Hopi Reservations

Day 3: 1. Take a Tour or Drive to Montezuma Castle and Well 2. Visit V-V Ranch Petroglyphs Site 3. Visit Native American Jewelry/ Arts/Crafts/Culture Shops & Galleries - Indian Jewelry - Navajo Rugs - Kachina Dolls - Pottery - Baskets

Arizona KeyMagazine


most Memorable E x periences in Sedona 1. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK – Watch exotic animals roam in spacious habitats plus exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed. Mention Promo code AZKEY13 for special savings. 928-5672840 2. Must Do Adventure! – Pink Jeep’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 50 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. 800-8733662 3. Come Out and Play – The entertainment destination on the way to Sedona is Cliff Castle Casino - Hotel. Enjoy fun for the whole family including Bowling, Kid’s Quest, fabulous dining, newly renovated accommodations and of course great slot and table gaming. 800-381-SLOT 4. Golf Amidst the Red Rocks – Oakcreek Country Club boasts a Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. This 18-hole championship golf course is nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks with views beyond compare. 888-284-1660 70

5. SEDONA AIR TOURS – The most-trusted and well known helicopter, biplane, and airplane tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jetpowered helicopter, a red open cockpit WACO biplane to view the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona, or fly to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Skywalk in a airplane. 888.866.7433 6. The Art & Soul of Sedona – Tasteful galleries and unique shops live in harmony at Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh), nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek. Wander, shop, eat, drink and refresh the body and soul. 928-2824838 7. Where the Food lives up to the Views – Enchantment Resort’s signature restaurant sets the stage for a grand dining experience. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine with a hint of Southwest influence while relaxing on the Wine Bar terrace or at Che-Ah-Chi, the spectacular centerpiece of Enchantment. 928-204-6000

8. Discover Authentic Native American Art & Artifacts – Kachina House is the ultimate destination for authentic Native American art, artifacts, pottery and jewelry. Find Kachina dolls, Hopi Baskets, Hopi Kachina dolls, and so much more. 866-587-0547 9. Spiritual Awakening – Sedona’s world-wide reputation as a spiritual mecca and global power spot has drawn some of our planet’s most amazing healers, artists and spiritual guides. Experience the body, mind and soul. 928300-7796 10. MESA GRILL AT THE SEDONA AIRPORT – Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in this open and airy setting with spectacular views overlooking gardens, the airport and the red rocks of Sedona. 928-2822400 az

Arizona KeyMagazine



Top 5

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

1. Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek is an easy hike around this famous formation that takes 1-2 hours and is a 4 mile roundtrip. 2. Cathedral Rock in West Sedona is an easy hike that follows Oak Creek to a stunning view that takes 30-40 minutes and is a 1.5 mile roundtrip. 3. Boynton Canyon in West Sedona is an easy hike with heavenly and open canyon spaces that takes 3-4 hours and is a 6.5 mile roundtrip. 4. Devil’s Bridge in West Sedona is a moderate hike that leads to a geographical wonder that takes 1-2 hours and is a 2 mile roundtrip. 5. Bear Mountain in West Sedona is a strenuous hike for the experienced climber with awesome terrain changes and views that takes 5-6 hours and is a 5 mile roundtrip. For more information, go to and Happy Trails! az


Arizona KeyMagazine

The Art & Soul of Sedona

Tlaquepaque.... “The Best of Everything!” Tlaquepaque arTs & CrafTs Village Open daily -10am • 336 SR 179 • Sedona, AZ • 928-282-4838 • •


Why Are Sedona’s Rocks


The answer to one of the most asked questions by Sedona visitors is iron! The incredible array of colors displayed by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks is a direct result of iron oxide in water seeping into sandstone rock formations. Water carrying dissolved iron oxide drains through the porous sandstone and literally paints quartz grains – you guessed it – red! The Red Rocks vary in origin, color and age. Some were originally sea sediment while others came from blowing sand. You’ll see bright orange, red and tan rocks. The brightest orange rocks are more than 250 million


years old. White and grey rocks are limestone that formed at the bottom of the sea or sandstone that had its red color washed out by water. You may also stumble across basalt extruded by volcanoes in the past. Sedona and its famous Red Rocks have been in the making for hundreds of millions of years. There are many ways to enjoy the scenery, just be sure to get out and experience Sedona’s world renowned Red Rocks! And remember, take only memories, leave only footprints. az

Arizona KeyMagazine

Where the fooD Lives up to the vieWs. Savor contemporary Arizona cuisine at Enchantment Resort’s signature restaurant, Che-Ah-Chi, with its sophisticated Wine Bar. Enjoy the casual Southwestern flair of Tii Gavo and its lounge, or relax with the tapas-style menu and drinks at View 180. Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner • sunDay Brunch • 928.204.60 0 0

525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336 12-ENCH-1122 F&B AD.indd 1

7/16/12 1:48 PM


most Memorable E x periences in Prescott 1. Bird Watching - With over 360 species of birds confirmed in the Prescott area, you will enjoy popular sighting locations including the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve and the Watson-Willow Lake Ecosystem Important Bird Area (IBA). 2. Sharlot Hall Museum - Prescott is home of the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion built in 1864. The Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals. 928-445-3122 3. Hassayampa Inn & Hassayampa Inn Spirits Lounge - A must for savvy travelers searching for a relaxing respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Yesteryear’s charm combines with today’s modern amenities to make the Hassayampa Inn a haven for sophisticated guests seeking a sense of pampered well-being. 928-778-9434 4. Whiskey Row – Whiskey Row is a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly 76

from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and people-watch.

gional tribes through a variety of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230

5. City of Prescott Lakes - With kayak, canoe and bicycle rental at all three lakes via Prescott Outdoors, you’ll have no problem planning your outdoor escape to enjoy all the natural bounty that Northern Arizona has to offer. 928-9251410

9. Hiking in Prescott – Don’t miss the Mile-High Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System, and the Greenways Trails System.

6. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary - A non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Open year round, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. 877-778-6008

10. Antique Row - Browse and shop in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where specialty boutiques and interesting galleries offer shoppers a delightful diversion. This historic city has long been known as one of the West’s best places to shop for antiques. az

7. Antelope Hills Golf Course - Features 36 holes of championship golf in the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona. At an elevation of 5,000 ft., the two courses sport bent grass greens and bluegrass. 928-777-1888 8. The Smoki Museum – This treasure documents early Native American history of re-

Arizona KeyMagazine

Explore the arts & outdoors of Prescott -beauty inside & out

For a complete list of festivals, events and special offers go to


ďƒž map


Arizona KeyMagazine


Traveling to the stunning desert of Carefree Arizona? Â Visit the renowned Carefree Station.



Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona


ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? Northern Arizona invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it.

Popular Destinations Include: Grand Canyon – The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumbermen, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. 800-863-0646 Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200


restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-842-7293. az

Arizona KeyMagazine


On the Air at the Grand Canyon


Arizona KeyMagazine


most Memorable E x periences in Northern Arizona 1. Bearizona – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289 2. Museum of Northern Arizona – One of the great regional museums of our world showcasing Native cultures, natural sciences, and fine arts. With its nine exhibit galleries, four annual Heritage Festivals, outdoor adventures, and onsite Museum Shops, MNA evokes the very spirit of the Colorado Plateau. 928-774-5213 3. Open a Window on the Universe – Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to sketch Mars or the telescope that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff offers guided tours, telescope viewings and more. 928-233-3211 4. Experience the Impact! Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visi84

tor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. $2 off admission with ad on page 83. 928-289-2362 5. The Great Chasm – 12 miles wide. One mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928-638-7888 6. Hoover Dam – The crown jewel of dams of its day and a proud Arizona Landmark, the Hoover Dam vaults up from the floor of the Black Canyon between Arizona and Nevada. A colossal feat of man, the dam is located at the bottom of Lake Mead. 702-494-2517 7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER - Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy one of the new Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tours - a must do adventure! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 800-873-3662 (Pink Jeep)

8. Get Your Kicks on Route 66 – Whether it is through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we love to be connected to our love of the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 9. Hover Over it All at Grand Canyon West – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, consists of a horseshoe shaped steel frame with glass floor and sides that projects about 70 feet (21 m) from the canyon rim. Tours also include other points of interest and unique canyon views. 928-769-2636 10. Step back in Time – The Petrified Forest has plant and animal fossils going back over 200 million years. Some petrified logs found in the park measure over 190 feet! 928-524-6228 az

Arizona KeyMagazine



An extraordinary way to enjoy the Grand Canyon!

Williams, filled with rich Arizona history; a treasure of the past, present, and future.


Grand Canyon The

Two Page Grand Canyon: full page text ARTICLE

“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” 
— President Theodore Roosevelt Enjoying the South Rim Individual interests, available time, weather, and health considerations can influence your visit to the South Rim. Use the information available on the web site,, to help plan your visit. Once you arrive in the park, read The Guide and talk with the rangers for up-to-the-minute information. Elevations along the rim vary from 6650 feet (2030 m) at Hermits Rest to more than 7400 feet (2260 m) at Desert View near the East Entrance. Summer temperatures are pleasant along the rim, but increase rapidly as you descend into the canyon. Low humidity makes for big temperature differences between day and night. The low humidity and high elevation also means that it is important to drink water frequently. Afternoon thundershowers are common in July, August, and early September. Windy conditions prevail in April and May. Snow may fall as early as November. Winter snowstorms continue into March. Many miles of roads along the rim feature numerous pullouts to enjoy the views. Hermit Road to Hermit Rest is open to private vehicles only from December through February. The free shuttle bus system provides a worryfree way to explore the developed areas of the rim. 86

The Rim Trail winds along the rim for more than 13 miles (21 km), much of it paved and suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. The Greenway, a broad, paved pathway suitable for hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchairs, leads two miles (3 km) from Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village. A separate segment heads east from Hermits Rest along the rim. The Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails descend steeply into the canyon. Rangers present programs—walks, talks, and evening presentations—throughout the year. All activities are free. Check in The Guide for programs during your stay. Visitor Centers The National Park Service staffs several visitor centers on the South Rim. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. Grand Canyon Visitor Center Located near Mather Point The largest visitor center on the South Rim is a good stop for an introduction to Grand Canyon and for assistance in planning your visit.

Arizona KeyMagazine

Lodging In the Park An authorized concessioner provides a variety of lodging options within the park. Reservations should be made well in advance as facilities tend to be full for much of the year. Prices vary from approximately $70.00 to more than $400.00. Located at the bottom of Grand Canyon, Phantom Ranch offers overnight lodging in dormitories or individual cabins. Advanced reservations are required. Contact Xanterra Parks and Resorts, www., (888) 297-2757.

Yavapai Geology Museum On Yavapai Point Displays explain the geology and formation of the canyon. Memorable views unfold from the picture windows and nearby overlooks. Verkamp’s Visitor Center East of El Tovar Hotel Housed in the former Verkamp’s Curios, displays tell the story of the South Rim community. Tusayan Museum 3 miles (5 km) west of the East Entrance Exhibits provide a glimpse of the rich Native American cultures, both past and present. A short trail circles an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan village.






Holiday Inn Express (888) 473-2269 Red Feather Lodge (866) 561-2425 Whether you drive to it, fly over it, ride a mule into it, hike it, take a train to it or float it - just be sure to SEE IT. You’ve made it this far. Find out why the Grand Canyon is a wonder of the world that everyone should experience. az

Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn (800) 622-6966




Bright El Angel Tovar Kolb Lodge S EN TRA Grand Canyon Yavapai NC Studio E Visitor Center Lodge Maswik C EN VILLAGE T Lodge Chase Bank LOOP DR US Post Office 64 MARKET PLAZA DR Groceries/Deli/Gifts North County Mather Health Center Campground
























Grand Hotel (888) 634-7263

Outside the Park – Tusayan, AZ

Desert View Visitor Center Near the East Entrance Explore how this magnificent landscape has inspired artists, writers, musicians, and conservationists. A

Canyon Plaza Resort (800) 995-2521







Entrance Station













H 1


Grand Canyon National Geographic Camper Village Visitor Center Western Discovery Museum Canyon Plaza Resort Grand Canyon Trading Post Holiday Inn Express Grand Hotel Best Western Grand Canyon to Grand an Canyon y National ti Park rpo po 3 4 Airport 5 6








H 7



©Arizona KEY Magazine




Tucson and Southern Arizona


ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes. Popular Destinations Include: Bisbee – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe. 866-2BISBEE Tombstone – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888457-3929 Tubac – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio


State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704 Tucson – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you entertained. 800-638-8350 az

Arizona KeyMagazine


memorable ways to explore Southern Arizona 1. TUCSON ADVENTURES What better way to view the gorgeous landscape of Southern Arizona than from a Hot Air Balloon! Bring your camera for incredible photos. After your magic carpet ride enjoy a champagne toast! FAA Certified Pilots & Hot Air Balloons. Book your adventure today 1-800-7422556 •

5. Pima Air & Space Museum Where history takes flight! Tour one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced. 520-574-0462 •

9. Tohono Chul Park Recognized as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. Stroll along themed nature trails and tours, dine in the Tea Room, shop the greenhouse and Museum shops. Experience art exhibitions, classes and workshops plus special events. 520-742-6455 •

2. Shop til you Drop at Foothills Mall! Discover one of the most unique shopping experiences in southeastern Arizona. With a vast of array of stores, outlets, restaurants, eateries and entertainment venues, Foothills Mall has something for everyone! 520-219-0650 •

6. Old Town Artisans The True Historic Tucson Experience. Located in the El Presidio Historic District, the 150 year old adobe building features magnificent shops and galleries, plus a Spanishstyle courtyard and patio offering a relaxing place to enjoy lunch. 520-623-6024 •

10. UA Biosphere 2 Named one of the 50 must see “Wonders of the World”. Guided tours take you inside the world’s largest living science center dedicated to exploring future life on our planet. Located north of Tucson on Oracle Rd./Highway 77. Open daily. 520-838-6200 •

3. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion, zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains adjacent to Saguaro National Park (West). Enjoy 21 scenic acres and live animal presentations. 520-883-2701 •

7. Kitt Peak National Observatory The world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world. Open daily with self and guided tours plus nightly star gazing programs by RSVP. Visitor center and Gift Shop. 520-3188726 •

4. O.K. Corral Tombstone Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Gunfight reenacted daily at 2 p.m. 520-457-3456 •

8. Bisbee After 5 Join us for a unique shopping and cultural experience the second Saturday of each month. The town-wide art walks features over 30 shops and galleries, artist receptions, live entertainment and refreshments. 520-432-3554 •


11. Colossal Cave Mountain Park Explore the ancient crystal cave which is on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful cave formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 • 12. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals housed at the gallery. Consignment room and gift shop. 520-299-9191 •

Arizona KeyMagazine

13. Old Tucson Studios From cowboy gunfights and daring stunts to rip-roarin’ musical revues and comedies, Old Tucson Studios offers exciting Old West entertainment. Guided tours walk you in the footsteps of movie legends like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and hundreds more. 520-883-0100 • 14. Queen Mine Tours in Bisbee Don a mining lantern, hat and slicker and ride the mine train. Five tours depart everyday from the Queen Mine Tour Building, located immediately south of Old Bisbee’s business district, off the U.S. 80 interchange. 866-4322071 • 15. Kartchner Caverns State Park Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour. The Discovery Center features museums exhibits, a gift shop, theater and more. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails,

picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 • KACA/ 16. Mission San Xavier del Bac A National Historic Landmark, this “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson. Take I-19 to exit 92 and follow signs. 520-294-2624 • 17. Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block The museum features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art and Asian Art. 520-624-2333 • 18. Explore Tubac Located 45 miles south of Tucson, Tubac offers scenic high desert vistas, art galleries, restaurants,

year-round golf, hiking, camping and more. The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park includes a Visitor Center, museum, an archaeological exhibit, historic buildings, a picnic area, and a trailhead for the Anza Trail. 520-398-2704 • 19. Stroll, Shop and Play along 4th Avenue Tucson’s tree lined 4th Avenue features over 100 shops and an incredible variety of restaurants serving up everything from authentic Mexican to pizza, burgers, Greek, Italian and more! Discover live music venues to wine and sports bars for amazing nightlife. 520-624-5004 • www. 20. Tumacácori National Historical Park The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 • az


ďƒž map


Arizona KeyMagazine



teens kids

Rebirth of the Condor by James Ruberto

During a recent trip with friends to the Grand Canyon, I decided to hike the short distance down the Bright Angel Trail to the famous stone arch. Perched in the distance was a magnificent California Condor tagged with the number F3. This sparked my curiousity about these nine-foot wingspanned birds and their amazing story of rebirth from the brink of extinction. The largest North American land bird, the California Condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured). It has been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. Condor numbers dramatically declined in the 20th century due to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat destruction. A conservation plan was put in place by the United States government that led to the capture of all 22 remaining wild condors in 1987. These surviving birds were bred at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the Los Angeles Zoo. Numbers rose through captive breeding and, beginning in 1991, condors have been reintroduced into the wild. The California Condor is one of the world’s rarest bird species: as of May 2012, population counts put the number of known condors at 405, including 226 living in the wild and 179 in captivity. In modern times, a wide variety of causes have contributed to the condor’s decline. Its low clutch size (one young per nest), combined with a late age of sexual maturity, make the bird vulnerable to artificial population decline. Significant damage to the condor population is also attributed to poaching, especially for museum specimens, lead poisoning (from eating animals containing lead shot), DDT poisoning, electric power lines, egg collecting, and habitat destruction. The leading cause of mortality in nestling condors is the ingestion of trash that is fed to them by their parents. In addition to this, cattle ranchers who observed condors feeding on the dead young of their cattle assumed that the birds killed the cattle. This fallacy led to the condor’s extinction in some parts of the western United States. This belief was so deeply ingrained that the reintroduction of condors to the Grand Canyon was challenged by some cattle ranchers, who mistakenly believed that the bird hunted calves and lambs.


James Ruberto is the 14-yearold son of Key publisher Tom Ruberto and a freshman at Brophy College Preparatory.

In spite of these numerous challenges, the California Condor are back and doing well in the Grand Canyon. Be on the look-out for these magnificent creatures on your next canyon adventure! az * Information courtsey of Wikipedia.

Arizona KeyMagazine



Dams & Their Lakes By Danielle Ruberto

Early settlers in Phoenix and nearby areas were forced to depend upon the flow of the Salt River to sustain agricultural activities. The river was prone to both floods and droughts and proved to be a less than reliable resource for the settlers. The need for controlling the river has resulted in the construction of numerous dams through the years. SRP (Salt River Project) owns and operates four reservoirs along the Salt River east of Phoenix. While the main function of these reservoirs is to serve as water storage for the rapidly growing municipal area, they also serve as important recreational centers. The lakes are regularly stocked with fish, and are supplied with boat ramps for both angling and other watersports. Here’s a quick review of the dams and their lakes. Theodore Roosevelt Dam and the Roosevelt Lake it forms are considered perhaps the crowning achievements of SRP. With the initial funds raised by the association in 1903, an ambitious project was begun several miles east of Phoenix in the Tonto Valley, at the confluence of the Tonto Creek and the Salt River. When it was completed in 1911, Roosevelt Dam was the tallest masonry dam in the world at 280 feet (85 m). It was dedicated by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, for whom the dam and the reservoir are named.

Salt River dams, it is equipped with hydroelectric generators. Saguaro Lake is formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam, downstream from Canyon Lake. Completed in 1930, it was the last of the reservoirs to be built on the Salt River. It is somewhat larger than Canyon but smaller than the others, having a surface area of 1,280 acres (5.18 km²) when full, holding 69,765 acre feet (86,054,000 m3). The dam is equipped with hydroelectric generators. az * Information courtesy of Wikipedia.

Apache Lake was formed by the construction of the Horse Mesa Dam, finished in 1927. Several miles downstream from Roosevelt, the dam stands 300 feet (90 m) high. The lake itself is considerably smaller than Roosevelt at only 2,600 acres (11 km²) of surface area at full capacity, and can store 254,138 acre feet (313,475,000 m3) of water. Like the rest of the Salt River lakes downstream from Roosevelt, Apache Lake is long and narrow, filling the bottom of the canyon it resides in. It does have a hydroelectric generating station. Canyon Lake, the third lake on the Salt River, is created by the Mormon Flat Dam. The dam was completed in 1925, being the second of the dams to be completed. The dam is named for a nearby geographical feature, a flat campground where Mormon pioneers from Utah would often stop on their journey to the Phoenix area. Downstream from Apache Lake, it is considerably smaller with only 950 acres (3.8 km²) of surface area when full, holding 57,852 acre feet (71,359,000 m3). Like the other

Danielle Ruberto is the 21-year old daughter of Key publisher Tom Ruberto and a student in the Accelerated Masters Program at the University of Arizona working on a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science.



corner Arizona Visitors Ask…? By Johnny Fenton, M.A. Concierge, Omni Tucson National Resort A visitor to cactus country? The concierges are often a key to finding answers to guests’ questions and giving them the scoop on the Southwest’s diverse offerings. This column includes some of our tourists’ most frequent queries and these area travel authorities’ replies.

Q. Where is your closest urgent care center, my son stepped on a bug…maybe a scorpion? A. Sources report that our resort is so friendly, its leading cause of injury is complications arising from receiving hearty hugs from the staff! But if you are unfortunate enough to spend any time in an emergency room like I have recently, you realize that scorpion stings, brown recluse spider and snake bites as well as sunburns are non-discriminating, inflicting their poison on locals and visitors alike. “It’s not going to happen to me,” is the thinking of most travelers when it comes to thinking about vacation accidents. That’s probably what ran through the mind of a Mrs. America pageant contestant several years ago at a local resort when she was bitten by a rattlesnake! Although there are 13 species of rattlesnakes in Arizona, most are not poisonous and few deaths have resulted from their bites. Keep the bite lower than the heart, don’t cut or ice the wound and call the Arizona Poison Control and Drug Information Center for further instructions on snake and scorpion bites or possible food poisoning as well: 800-363-0101. The more common health “inconveniences” not involving a trip to the Emergency Room, that concierges are often adept at networking are dental and eye care emergencies as well as lost or misplaced prescriptions. Also see the concierge for sun smart tips. Now that the quenching rains of August and our monsoon season are upon us, the temperatures have dropped somewhat in the desert, but being sun smart when the mercury is still daunting to visitors from cooler climates is a key to staying healthy around the state. Throbbing headaches, dizziness, seeing white stars and experiencing nausea are dangerous signs of heat stroke. There were over 120 cases from May to October statewide in 2012. Regularly apply SPF 30 sunscreen. Wear your sunglasses unless you can’t wait to have cataracts. Avoid foods with too much salt (causing dehydration.) Seek out fruits and vegetable (which contain a lot of water.) Drink plenty of water, more so with increased physical activity. Seek shade to avoid burns and heat rash. Wear light layers and fabrics that breathe. (Locals wear large-brimmed hats and wraparound sunglasses.) While the need for medical evacuation is relatively rare, the circumstances under which it’s needed are unexpected—a serious roadway accident, heart attack, hiking, horseback riding or wildlife incidents or simply the worsening of an illness can be transformed into a medical emergency. In these cases the U.S. Embassy or foreign embassies are not your Mom and Dad. They are present largely to help you with passport issues, or evacuate you in the event of war or natural disasters. Ask


for the Manager on Duty (MOD), hotel security or your concierge when in need of assistance in summoning emergency care. In Central Arizona, more specifically in the greater Phoenix area, you don’t have to put a kibosh on your trip hunting for a hospital or urgent care facility when seeking medical attention. Just call on Dr. Steven Lipsky who makes hotel and resort calls 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily providing a wide range of services including lab tests, immunizations and treatment for pain and illnesses. (480) 948-0102. And statewide, ask your hotel concierge or a manager for directions to urgent care facilities. And don’t forget about Fluffy and Spike (your pets.) When walking them in the evening, always carry a flashlight after dark and beware of snakes and summer’s poisonous Colorado River toads. These can involve immediate attention. A helpful website: For future trips check on coverage that you might have with your primary insurance company as many insurance companies are secondary insurers picking up where your main insurer leaves off. Go to the website for more detailed answers…. Finally, Dave Barry reminds us of that Old Traveler’s saying: “You may lose your money and your health and your sanity and some important organs, but they can’t take away your travel memories unless you fall and hit your head hard.” So be careful! az

[Johnny Fenton—a 34-year resident of Tucson—is past President of the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, member of the National Concierge Association, and Les Clefs d’Or. U.S.A.]

Arizona KeyMagazine

Unique gifts of the



ould you like to take a trip back into Arizona history? Do you like to explore the West looking for treasures? If so, then you’ll love Anselm Bischoff’s two stores Shades of the West and Bischoff’s at the Park, both located right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Through these two unique Southwestern treasure troves, Bischoff showcases the best the West has to offer. Founded in 1971, Shades of the West is a sprawling shop filled with beautiful Mexican glassware, live cactus that’s ready to plant, handmade baskets, gorgeous clothing, cowboy hats and boots, pottery, Southwestern iron and bronze hardware for doors and cabinets, gourmet spices, music and much, much more.

Their wide selection of gift jewelry includes silver and turquoise earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. With a silversmith in house producing handcrafted Native American jewelry as well as repair work, you’ll be sure to find that special piece to take home with you. Browse the colorful selection of belts, wallets, handbags and more. Custom work is available as well. They also carry the widest selection of Minnetonka Moccasins from children’s to women and men’s. For the sports fans, Shades of the West specializes in official apparel for local sports teams as well as Spring Training. Walk across the street to our sister store, Bischoff’s at the Park, and

discover original artwork by Native American, Western and Southwestern artists. Bischoff’s carries Navajo rugs, kachina dolls, baskets, beadwork, folk art, sculpture and more. Find authentic artifacts like war shirts, beaded belts, medicine caps, bonnets, pipes and headdresses. Anselm Bischoff watched his grandfather trade with Native Americans in the Canyon de Chelly area years ago and this ignited his passion for the West. He keeps this tradition alive today with Shades of the West and Bischoff’s at the Park in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. az 97


Arizona KeyMagazine


Luxury tours to Sedona & Grand Canyon

Information & reservations: 855-298-3070 •

n n n n

Spectacular Off-Road Tours Magnificent Grand Canyon Tours Corporate & Team Building Events Group Outings & Special Events Information & reservations: 800-873-3662 •


Arizona KeyMagazine

Arizona KEY August 2013 Issue  

KEY Magazine, Arizona, Sights, Shopping, Dining, Nightlife and Much More!

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you