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the el tovar hotel
he El Tovar Hotel, also known simply as El Tovar, is a former Harvey House hotel situated directly on the south rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The hotel was designed by Charles Whittlesey, Chief Architect for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway and was opened in 1905 as one of a chain of hotels and restaurants owned and operated by the Fred Harvey Company in conjunction with the Santa Fe railway. It is at the northern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway, which was formerly a branch of the Santa Fe. The hotel is one of only a handful of Harvey House facilities that are still in operation, and is an early example of the style that would evolve into National Park Service Rustic architecture. The new hotel was built before the Grand Canyon was a formally protected Federal park, following on the heels of President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1903 visit to the canyon. The hotel was built as a “destination resort”, providing a high level of comfort and luxury standing literally on the edge of the wilderness, 20 feet from the rim of the canyon. The El Tovar was one of the first such hotels in national parks, part of a trend in which railroads would build large hotels in newly-accessible scenic locations like Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, stimulating tourist traffic, necessarily railborne, to those destinations. The railroads consciously employed architectural design in keeping with the image they wished to convey, a superficially rustic resort that provided a comfortable retreat. Roosevelt returned to stay at the El Tovar in 1906, and again in 1913, writing a book about his 1913 trip. az * Information courtesy of Wikipedia.
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publisher’spage GEOLOGY OF THE GRAND CANYON The geology of our great chasm is unique. The result of this erosion is one of the most complete geologic columns on the planet. The Grand Canyon is part of the Colorado River basin which has developed over the past 40 million years. A recent study places the origins of the canyon beginning about 17 million years ago. Previous estimates had placed the age of the canyon at 5 to 6 million years. The study, which was published in the journal Science in 2008, used uranium-lead dating to analyze calcite deposits found on the walls of nine caves throughout the canyon. There is a substantial amount of controversy because this research suggests such a substantial departure from prior widely supported scientific consensus. In December 2012, a study published in the journal Science claimed new tests had suggested the Grand Canyon could be as old as 70 million years.
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The major geologic exposures in the Grand Canyon range in age from the 2 billion year old Vishnu Schist at the bottom of the Inner Gorge to the 230 million year old Kaibab Limestone on the Rim. There is a gap of about one billion years between the stratum that is about 500 million years old and the lower level, which is about 1.5 billion years old. This large unconformity indicates a period of erosion between two periods of deposition. The great depth of the Grand Canyon and especially the height of its strata (most of which formed below sea level) can be attributed to 5,000 to 10,000 feet of uplift of the Colorado Plateau, starting about 65 million years ago (during the Laramide Orogeny). This uplift has steepened the stream gradient of the Colorado River and its tributaries, which in turn has increased their speed and thus their ability to cut through rock. Weather conditions during the ice ages also increased the amount of water in the Colorado River drainage system. The ancestral Colorado River responded by cutting its channel faster and deeper. The base level and course of the Colorado River (or its ancestral equivalent) changed 5.3 million years ago when the Gulf of California opened and lowered the river’s base level (its lowest point). This increased the rate of erosion and cut nearly all of the Grand Canyon’s current depth by 1.2 million years ago. The terraced walls of the canyon were created by differential erosion. Between three million and 100,000 years ago, volcanic activity deposited ash and lava over the area which at times completely obstructed the river. These volcanic rocks are the youngest in the canyon. You’ve made it this far. Be sure to visit the Canyon and see why it’s a natural wonder of the world.
Owner / Publisher * Grand Canyon geology and graph couretsy of Wikipedia
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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 MIM.org Arizona Opera Up Close Series: Double Entendré Thursday, April 11 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $37.50-$42.40 Two lead couples from both casts of The Marriage of Figaro share an impressive collection of debuts and accolades spanning the globe. The Klezmatics Sunday, April 21 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$47.50 Taking the wildest approaches to klezmer, this group is labeled “the planet’s radical Jewish roots band”.
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Get the Beat! World Drumming Series: Feb 3 East Rhythms of the Middle First Fridays (PHOENIX) Saturday, April 27 | 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 per classSelf-guided or $40 for four art classes tour of Each month, Frank central Thompson, founder of AZ Phoenix galleries, spaces, studios, free Rhythm Connection,artoffers a chance to experience shuttle rides, 6-10pm, community drumming for all levels, from absolute 602-256-7539. beginners to enthusiastic professionals. To register, please contact Annabel Rimmer at 480.245.6919 or grouptours@MIM.org.
THURSDAYS Art On The Avenue And Farmer’s Market (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Art, clothing & accessories, food, produce & other culinary delights. Avenue of the Fountains, free, 11-5pm, 480-837-1654. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) wander into galleries while strolling around bubbling fountains and tree-covered courtyards. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 480-9458475. FRIDAYS Jazz in the Hills (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Come and enjoy some of the best jazz in the Valley along with spectacular views and great food. Alchemy at CopperWynd Resort from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, reservations recommended 480333-1880. FRIDAYS Farmer’s Market (CAREFREE) Find locally grown produce, freshly baked artisan breads, salsas, jams, pickles, olives, Mediterranean foods and more! Carefree Desert Gardens, 9 – 1 pm, 480-292-1100. SUNDAYS Cruz’n @ Phil’s Car Show (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy food, beverages and stories of the “hobby car.” Classic, Muscle, Sports, Antiques, Trucks, Motorcycles. Phil’s Filling Station Grill, noon - 3 pm, 480-816-5620. APR 4 – 11 13th Annual Phoenix Film ArizonaKEY.com
Fest (SCOTTSDALE) More than 100 screenings of major studio and independent films, celebrity tributes, seminars and workshops and parties. Harkins Scottsdale 101 Theatres, 602-955-6444. APR 5 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Self-guided art tour of central Phoenix galleries, art spaces, studios, free shuttle rides, 6-10pm, 602-256-7539. APR 5 – 14 17th Annual Arizona Bike Week (SCOTTSDALE) motorcycle, racing, flat track racing, charity rides, concert, vendor show, motorcycle demo rides, entertainment, food, 480-644-8191 or azbikeweek. com. APR 6 Open Air Market (GLENDALE) Find Antiques, Collectibles, Art, Treasures, Crafts and food. A Mad Hatter’s Antiques & Collectibles, 9 – 4pm, 623-930-4500. APR 6 Sidewalk & Porch Sale (GLENDALE) Take full advantage of the great weather and historic setting as many of the shops and eateries participate in the shopping event with activities, demonstrations, make-and-take crafts and more. Attendees are encouraged to start their day at the Glendale Visitor Center, 5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140, where they can pick up a downtown walking map and a Shop Glendale card, which offers discounts and deals at several area
merchants, 10 – 4pm, 623-9304500. APR 8 Carefree Cave Creek Chamber Annual Golf Tournament (CAVE CREEK) 18 Holes at the Tatum Ranch Golf Club. $150 per player includes: Lunch and Award Presentation, Hole-in-One Contest featuring a grand prize and prizes for all par 3 holes, Complementary Photo of your Foursome, Silent Auction, Great Raffle Prizes: Rounds of golf, hotel stays, restaurant certificates and lots more! Registration 7:00 am, Shotgun Start at 8:30 am, Best Ball, 480-488-3381. APR 8 8th Annual Tempe Town Lake Outrigger Canoe Association Regatta (TEMPE) Canoe racing, outrigger canoe competition, music & entertainment, bring lawn chairs and blankets. Tempe Town Lake, free, 8 am – 5 pm. APR 9 – 14 2013 Scottsdale Culinary Festival (SCOTTSDALE) Demonstrations, Great AZ picnic, Le Tour Culinaire, Southwest Festival of Beers, Wine Country Brunch, Best of the Fest, tastings & Epicurean events, 480-945-7193. APR 11 Art Bites ArtWalk (SCOTTSDALE) You’ll find sumptuous restaurant samples along the ArtWalk route in Scottsdale Downtown, plus other special treats like ArtWalk’s Taste of Wine adventure, 7 - 9 pm. 17
event calendar APR 12 - 14 Art Show at the Carefree Market Place (CAREFREE) Stroll along the streets of Carefree while enjoying the Art Show, 9 – 5pm, Carefree Market Place, 480-4883381. APR 13 Cyclovia Fountain Hills - An Open Streets Healthy Living Festival (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Cycle, walk and have fun on the Avenue of the Fountains and neighboring streets in downtown Fountain Hills. Live music, yoga, pilates and zumba demonstrations, farmer’s market, food, wine garden, beer garden, kid’s activities. Avenue of the Fountains & Saguaro, free admission and parking, 10 – 8:30pm, www.cycloviafountainhills. com. APR 13 - 14 Great Arizona Picnic (SCOTTSDALE) Food sampling from 50+ food & beverage exhibitors, musical entertainment, national celebrities, Epicurean Expo, $10 entry, & $1 tasting coupons. Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, Sat noon - 9 pm, Sun noon - 6 pm, 480-945-7193. APR 19 Art Walk (CHANDLER) Fine art, local artists, free kids art activities, great eateries and unique shops. Historic Downtown Chandler, 6pm – 10pm, free, 480-855-3539. APR 19 - 21 The Big Heap (CAVE CREEK) The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival will feature some of the best hand selected indie, vintage, modern, industrial and salvaged goods in the West.
The three-day event will be held in “perfectly uncivilized” Cave Creek and surrounded by mountains in the beautiful Sonoran desert, 38410 N. School House Road, 9 – 4pm, 480-488-3381. APR 19 - 21 27th Annual ASU Spring Competition Pow Wow (TEMPE) Dancing in 23 categories, Native American arts & crafts, Indian fry bread, intertribal dancing. ASU Band Practice Field, $5-8, Fri 5:30 pm, Sat 11:30 am, Sun 11:30 am, 480-965-5224. APR 20 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. APR 20 Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst Helicopter Mine Tour (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Be one of the few to tour the Arizona Four Peaks Amethyst mine. Your day will begin by meeting at Sami Fine Jewelry. Not only will you get to fly over the breathtaking views of Four Peaks, but you will also get to land at the mine and enjoy a private tour! All guests will also receive a souvenir stone! Please call 480-837-8168 for reservations, $395 per person, limited availability. APR 20 4TH Annual Arizona BBQ Festival (SCOTTSDALE) Live music, cooking demos, Whiskey
Row, vendor expo, a Kid’s Zone, BBQ teams will battle for $40,000 cash (the largest prize fund in AZ), while tons of the region’s top BBQ vendors dish out the best smoked meat ever tasted, plenty of $2 competition samples to go around, $12 and $2 tasting cups. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 11 am – 7 pm, 480-270-5000. APR 26 Art Walk by WHAM Art Association (SURPRISE) 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, 3pm – 8pm, 623-696-7347. APR 27 29th Annual MyTALIESIN Nana’sWEST Salsa Challenge (TEMPE) Fund-raiser for Hemophilia Assn, 90+ competitors prepare fresh salsa on-site in either the mild or hot category, salsas, featuring restaurants, businesses and individuals, sampling contest, enjoy margaritas, live bands, food court, vote for your favorite salsa chef. Tempe Beach Park, $8-10, 12 and under are free, 11 am - 6 pm, 602-955-1962. APR 27 - 28 Arizona Women’s Expo (PHOENIX) Features 565 exhibits representing fashion, home décor, cooking, health, nutrition, fitness, and finance, celebrity speakers, plus 3 stages featuring fashion shows, decorating, cooking theater, celebrity book signings, and beauty bar. Phoenix Convention Center, 10 am – 5 pm, 866-618-3434.
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Sedona, Prescott + N Central AZ ALL MONTH Performances in PRESCOTT Elks Opera House - 928-777-1370 4/6 - The Piano Man – Celebrating Billy Joel & Elton John, 7:30pm 4/11 – Prescott Opry, 7pm 4/13 - Bella Donna – Tribute to Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac, 7:30pm Prescott Center for the Arts - 928-445-3286 4/4 - 13 - A Thousand Clowns 4/20 - Allen Sherman: Flipped! 7:30pm Yavapai College Performing Arts Center - 877-928-4253 4/6 - Heritage Concert: Don Edwards and the Prescott Pops, 7pm 4/12 - Brent Nixon, Naturalist: The World of Humpback Whales, 7:30pm 4/15 - Phoenix Symphony – Andrew Constantine, Conductor, 3pm 4/20 – 21 - Prescott Film Festival Sci-Fi Mini-Fest ArizonaKEY.com
SATURDAYS Naturalist Field Walks (PRESCOTT) Discover more about local birds, geology & plants! Please come dressed for the weather, with comfortable walking shoes & water. Saturdays in April. Highlands Center for Natural History, Free,10:00 am, 928-776-9550. THROUGH APR 28 “Arizona’s Son: The Photography of Barry Goldwater” (PRESCOTT) Politician, ham radio operator, western art collector, aviator, and master photographer. His interest in the people and places of Arizona ran deep and he decided to build his own historical record of the state. Smoki Museum, 928-445-1230. 19
event calendar APR 5 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. APR 6 First Saturday Art Walk (JEROME) Visit 30+ unique art studios and galleries featuring jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings, sculpture and more, 5-8 pm, 928-649-2277. APR 6 Old Town Blues Fest (COTTONWOOD) Arizona Blues Hall of Famers, gathers some of the area’s finest blues players, and national talent for a day of the blues, local vendors and wine & beverage entrepreneurs will be on hand. Old Town Center for the Arts, $25, 928-634-0940. APR 6 Pet-A-Walkie to benefit Sedona Humane Society (SEDONA) Bring your best pet friend (not limited to dogs) and walk through Tlaquepaque. After the walk, there will be several pet contests with great prizes. Enjoy a fun filled day of entertainment, product give-a-ways, and pet activities or just enjoy the stores
and pet vendors at our pet friendly Tlaquepaque, $20 registration fee, 928-282-4838. All proceeds will benefit the Sedona Humane Society. APR 20 Heritage Concert: Fiddle Tunes and Ballads of the Old West (PRESCOTT) Award winning concert violinist and Western Fiddler Marie Rhines will perform some of the great songs of early America and discuss the migration of folk music from Europe to American and from the East Coast to the Old West. Phippen Museum of Western Art, 2:00 pm, 928-778-1385. APR 20 – 21 Chalk it UP! Prescott (PRESCOTT) Enjoy a free event intended to cultivate & support the creativity in people of all ages & abilities. Each participant is given a box of chalk & an area of pavement to create a family friendly chalk art drawing. Prescott’s weekend outdoor museum! National Bank Plaza, 10 – 4pm, prescottchalkart. com. APR 20 – 21 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. APR 25 – 28 Verde Valley Nature & Birding Festival (COTTONWOOD) Field trips, local tours, workshops & seminars, educational activities for kids, exhibits, key-note speaker, entertainment. Dead Horse Ranch State Park, $10+, 5:30 am – 9 pm, 928-282-2202. APR 26 - 28 2013 Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike Race (PRESCOTT) Join Epic Rides, the City of Prescott and our musical guests as we present a tide raising event for the American mountain bike scene. Participants plus spectators, friends, family, music fans and random wanderers will enjoy three days of event activities in Prescott’s picturesque downtown area, 520-623-1584. APR 27 Community Appreciation (Free) Day (PRESCOTT) This is the one day of the year that HPZS opens its door to the community free of charge. There will be concessions as well as special offerings like shows and entertainment. Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 877-778-6008.
Williams, Flagstaff + N AZ ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Experience North American wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Visitors will enjoy our wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble big horn sheep to adorable bear cubs. Bearizona is sure to be a memorable adventure your family will share! 928-635-2289. ALL MONTH Arizona’s Pioneering Women Artists Exhibit (FLAGSTAFF) Pays tribute to the adventurous and often independent women who came from eastern big cities and settled in Arizona during its Territorial Period, making their living by depicting the beauty of the Southwest, its people, and its wide open spaces. Museum of Northern Arizona, 928-774-5213. APR 5 Opry Night (WILLIAMS) This annual fundraiser benefits the Williams Habitat for Humanity. For more information call 928707-2963. APR 5 First Friday Art Walk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music and refreshments, meet local artists, and browse and shop for original artwork at Flagstaff’s many downtown galleries, 6 - 9pm, free, 928-779-2300.
APR 12 Second Friday Science Night at Lowell(FLAGSTAFF) Join us for an unforgettable night filled with fascinating experiments that are sure to amaze adults and kids alike. Astronomers will be on hand to answer your questions. Lowell Observatory, 5 pm – 9:30 pm, 928-233-3211.
MOUNTAIN LION! EXHIBIT
APR 13 Discovery 2nd Saturday at MNA (FLAGSTAFF) Join us for exciting programs with scientists and artists, hands-on activities, and crafts for kids and families. Free with Museum admission. Museum of Northern Arizona, 2pm-4pm, 928-774-5213. APR 16 - MAY 25 11th Annual Recycled Art Exhibition (FLAGSTAFF) Promoting conservation by inspiring environmentally-friendly techniques to creatively reuse, recycle, rethink and remake into art, artists from all over Coconino County come together to promote recycling through this creative, fun and inspiring exhibition, artist demos and workshops on Saturdays. Coconino Center for the Arts, 928-522-6969. APR 18 - 20 Browns Amusements Carnival (WILLIAMS) Come out and enjoy the carnival with rides and fun for all ages! For more information call the Visitor Center at 1-800-863-0546.
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Through August 4th, 2013 Museum of Northern Arizona 3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 928-774-5213 www.musnaz.org Over the last two decades, there has been a dramatic rise in large cat sightings on the urban fringes of numerous Western cities.We continue to be fascinated with the grace and power of these creatures as our communities grow and we move closer to mountain lion habitat. The exhibit seeks to create an understanding of the nature of these predators and their long history of relations with humans.
Tucson + Southern AZ APR 5 Crush Wine, Food & Art Festival (TUCSON) The Tucson Museum of Art hosts an informal evening with food from fine Tucson restaurants and more than 150 wines, 6pm – 9pm, 520-624-2333. APR 5 - 7 Rose Tree Festival (TOMBSTONE) Celebrating the 128th Blooming of the “World’s Largest Rose Tree”. Events included the Rose Tree Parade, Rose Queen Coronation, Pet Parade, Folklorico Dancers and the Nogales Arizona Mariachi Apache Band and much more, 520-457-3326. APR 6 Spring Oktoberfest (TUCSON) Northwest Fire & Thunder Canyon Brewery present the 3rd Annual Spring Oktoberfest. Foothills Mall, East parking Lot, 520-219-0650. APR 7 Taste of Tubac (TUBAC) A tasting of savory cuisine from Tubac and Santa Cruz Valley restaurants paired with fine wines and live entertainment, sponsored by Tubac Rotary Club to benefit local nonprofits. Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, $45, 520-398-1913. APR 11 – 14 ASUA Spring Fling (TUCSON) Associated Students of the University of Arizona presents the nation’s largest student-run carnival, with rides, midway games, food, and entertainment. Rillito (Downs) Park Race Track, 520-621-5610.
APR 12 – 13 Fela! (TUCSON) UApresents stages the critically acclaimed Tony Award-winning Broadway musical that tells the story of the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. UA Centennial Hall, Fri. 8pm, Sat. 2pm & 8pm, 520-621-3341. APR 12 – 28 22nd Annual Arizona International Film Festival (TUCSON) 150+ new works by independent producers from around the world, premiere screenings, filmmaker presentations, workshops. Events at The Screening Room, Crossroads Festival, and other venues throughout Tucson, 520-882-0204. APR 13 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) 30+ shops and galleries, special promotions, live entertainment, refreshments plus artist receptions, until 8pm, 520-4325421. APR 13 Tucson Presidio: Living History Days (TUCSON) The Tucson Presidio museum/gift shop, re-enacts 1775-1856 Tucson life with craft- and food-making and samples, soldier drills, storytelling, and more, 10 – 3pm, free, 520-8378119. APR 18 – 28 Pima County Fair (TUCSON) Old-fashioned fair with exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, including a Gem and Mineral Show section.
Pima County Fairgrounds, 520762-9100. APR 24 – 27 31st Annual Tucson International Mariachi Conference (TUCSON) Tucson’s award-winning conference/concert series features performances by mariachi musicians and baile folklorico dancers at new location: Casino del Sol Resort Spa & Conference Center, 520-838-3913. APR 27 Blessing of the Vineyard Festival (ELGIN) Sonoita Vineyards’ spring festival features tastings, winery tours, food and wine pairings, live music and dancing, wagon rides, and a blessing for a bountiful crop, 10 – 4pm, $15, 520-455-5893. APR 27 - 28 3rd Cowboy Music Festival & Western Art Show (TUCSON) Pays homage to the musical heritage of the American West from traditional trail songs, through the era of the movie cowboy to contemporary western songwriting. Featured artist Diana Madaras. Old Tucson Studios, 10 – 6pm, 520-883-0100. APR 28 Larry the Cable Guy (TUCSON) Casino Del Sol presents top comedian Larry the Cable Guy with special guest Reno Collier, at Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater, $25-$75, gates open 7pm, 800-344-9435.
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1 bunch chopped cilantro 1 diced yellow onion 6 minced garlic cloves 1 diced red bell pepper 2 tomatoes seeded and chopped 1 TBL oregano 1 TBL paprika 1 TBL crushed bay leaves 1 tsp cumin 1 TBL chili flakes ¼ cup olive oil ½ red wine vinegar ½ cup water
½ cup paprika 1 TBL granulated garlic 1 TBL salt 1 TBL cumin 1 TBL oregano 1 TBL basil ½ cup red chili powder
Mix all ingredients and allow to rest for 60 min.
Serves 6 12oz New York Steaks
Mix all spices together and generously coat steaks with spices, grill for 5min each side on a hot grill. Steak will be medium, cook more or less for desired temperature. Plate steaks and finish with chimichurri sauce.
Enjoy this signature dish today, please visit The Mesa Grill Sedona 1185 Airport Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 mesagrillsedona.com (928)282-2400
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Traveling to Beautiful Prescott Arizona? Take in our Brand New Prescott Station.
$ dining & entertainment BUSTER’S ON THE LAKE 8320 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 480-951-5850 www.bustersrestaurant.com Located in McCormick Ranch
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overlooking Lake Marguerite, this locally-owned restaurant is now celebrating its 20th year. Buster’s offers various options for indoor or outdoor dining in a “resort casual” environment. Check out the daily happy hour, imported beers, wines by the glass and delicious simple food. Look for fresh seafood, aged steaks, chicken, pastas and classics like steak Diane. Serving lunch & dinner daily.
7212 E. Ho Hum Rd., Carefree, AZ 85377 480-488-8182 www.carefreestation.com 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.
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ENGLISH ROSE TEA ROOM 201 Easy St., #103, Carefree, AZ 85377 480-488-4812 www.carefreetea.com 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. 360
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FORT MCDOWELL CASINO 10424 N Fort McDowell Rd., Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 1-800-THE FORT www.fortmcdowellcasino.com 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 Café, the Red Rock Buffet and Noodle Sushiya restaurants. 360
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HAROLD’s CORRAL 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 www.haroldscorral.com 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 Wed. through Sun plus FREE Country Western Dance Lessons Fridays 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. 360
OLD TOWN TAVERN
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OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY 6910 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-4567 www.oldtowntortillafactory.com 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 • www.persianroom.com 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. 32
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RUSTY SPUR SALOON
RUSTY SPUR SALOON
7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • www.rustyspursaloon.com 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 • www.venetotrattoria.com 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.
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. ArizonaKEY.com
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
BISCHOFF’S SHADES OF THE WEST
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4151 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-423-5000 • www.cornelishollander.com. 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 • www.divawomenswear.com 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.
E&J’S DESIGNER SHOE OUTLET
Pima Crossing: 8666 E. Shea Blvd. 480-607-0170 The Promenade: 16251 N. Scottsdale Rd. 480-609-6905 • www.ejsdesignershoes.com 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 • www.bischoffsouthwestart.com 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.
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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
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HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE
10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 • www.highsocietyresale.com 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 • thejewishcollection.com 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.
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has been a prized gem for centuries. Recognized as the gemstone for the 6th anniversary of marriage, the amethyst is 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 Arizonaâ€™s beauty?
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Scottsdale: 480-367-1717, Chandler: 480-705-4191 Arrowhead: 623-979-4445, LondonGold.com 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. 360
RITZY RAGS & SHOES
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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! 360
SAMI FINE JEWELRY
16704 E. Ave of the Fountains, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • www.samifinejewelry.com 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.
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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix 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 the world-renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House. 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 Jobing.com 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 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
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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 46
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
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 Every Friday 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. 480-333-1880 az
8. FORT MCDOWELL ADVENTURE - Join us on Fridays for an incredible afternoon of fun. Cattle drives, Jeep tours, Cultural Tours, Kayaking and an old-fashioned wiener roast! 480-816-6465
Mom knew a thing or two when she told you to go outside and play. Mom was right. Fresh air. Physical activity. Fun. Thatâ€™s the way to spend some leisure time. And the place to do it is Fountain Hills, Arizona. Join us for a celebration of the Arizona outdoor lifestyle at Cyclovia - bike parade, guided hikes; art walks, museum tours, zumba, pilates and a concert in the Park. April 13th 10am - 8:30pm. Free Admission. Details at: cycloviafh.com Come see us. And get outside.
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 50
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
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.
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360 HOT AIR EXPEDITIONS For reservations 480-502-6999 or 800-831-7610 Phoenix/Scottsdale • hotairexpeditions.com 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.
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360 MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050 480-478-6000 • MIM.org 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
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360 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S TALIESIN WEST 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, 85259 888-516-0811 • www.franklloydwright.org 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 • rainbowryders.com 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. rainbowryders.com. 360
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Arizona’s Largest Collection of Exotic Animals Plus 85 Aquarium Exhibits 165th Avenue and Northern Ave. (State Route 303)
623-935-WILD (9453) • WildlifeWorld.com Safari Train Ride • Australian Boat Ride • Kids Carousel Wildlife Skyride • Log Flume Ride and Shows!
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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
5. UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM - Home of the NFCChampions Arizona Cardinals, and is also adjacent to Westgate City Center. Catch a game or take a tour of this massive stadium. 623-433-7100
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
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
3. No “Wine Snobs” Here – At Winestyles at Park West, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the Old World wine cellar of your dreams. There is always a smiling and knowledgeable wine lover at your service to help. 623-872-7900
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
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
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
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
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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
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690 Bell Rock Road, Sedona, AZ 86351 928-284-1660 www.oakcreekcountryclub.com 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!
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KACHINA HOUSE 2920 Hopi Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336 928-204-9750 www.kachinahouse.com 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. PINK JEEP TOURS
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2250 West Hwy 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 866-312-4111 www.sedonarouge.com 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 www.tlaq.com 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.
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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 68
5. Explore from the Air – Arizona Helicopter Adventures offers up-close, breathtaking tours by licensed and experienced pilots of all the wonders that the Sedona area has to offer. Mention Promo code AZKEY360 and save 10% off your tour. 800-282-5141 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
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
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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 VisitSedona.com and Happy Trails! az
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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
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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 74
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-
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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
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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 Visi80
tor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. $2 off admission with ad on page 79. 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
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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” — President Theodore Roosevelt 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, www.nps.gov/grca/, 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. 82
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.
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. grandcanyonlodges.com, (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.
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ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes. 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
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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 • pimaair.org
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 • www.tohonochulpark.org.
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 • shopfoothillsmall.com
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 • www.oldtownartisans.com
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 • B2science.org
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 • desertmuseum.org
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 • www.noao.edu
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 • okcorral.com
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 • discoverbisbee.com.
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 • colossalcave.com. 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 • degrazia.org.
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 • oldtucson.com. 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 • queenminetour.com. 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 • www.azstateparks.com/Parks/ 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 • www.sanxaviermission.org. 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 • www.tucsonmuseumofart.org. 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 • www.tubacaz.com. 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. fourthavenue.org. 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 • www.nps.gov/tuma/ az
Predator Feed by James Ruberto Out of Africa Wildlife Park is by far one of my favorite places in northern Arizona. Attractions such as Tiger Splash, Creature Feature, Giant Snake Show, African Bush Safari and the Reptile Resort showcase an assortment of magnificent animals in their natural habitats. The highlight to my visit is always the Predator Feed. It’s one thing to read about the ferocity of predator animals when they assail, possess and devour their food; it’s quite another to hear the fearsome vocalizations that come through those menacing teeth as you witness it before your very eyes. An experience you don’t want to miss, the Predator Feed has become a very popular event at Out of Africa Wildlife Park that exhibits the power of lions, tigers, hyenas, and more. As the feeding crew arrives, arms heavy with huge slabs of meat, you’ll observe firsthand the predator instinct of food possession. With great effort, meat is flung over the fence where watchful and anxious predators prepare to gorge themselves in dominating fashion. Watch these powerful masters of the wild display their catch, as if they were proudly showing off the fruits of a treacherous hunt. As you follow the animal caretakers on this walking tour, you’ll observe a variety of different predators that will display their own individual personalities. With nearly 800 pounds of raw meat delivered to a variety of animals, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take amazing pictures while bears chow down, hyenas laugh, and lions roar. This spectacular adventure happens three days a week, so you won’t have to rely on happenstance to catch our Predator Feed event. Show Time: 3:00pm every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.
James Ruberto is the 13-yearold son of Key publisher Tom Ruberto and a eigth grader in middle school.
Good to know: This show is a walking adventure that begins at Tram Stop 1. Some trams are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and for those with walking restrictions. Average tour time is approximately 40 minutes. The Predator Feed show is included with general admission. For additional information, please call the Out of Africa general information line at 928.567.2840 or visit www.outofafricapark.com. Be sure to use the coupon on page 64! az
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Tovrea Castle is a historic structure and landmark in Phoenix. Originally intended as a centerpiece for a resort and later a private residence, the castle is now part of the Phoenix parks system and is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. Plans were to fully open the site to the public in 2009, but cost overruns delayed the opening. The castle is now part of the Phoenix parks system and is designated as one of the Phoenix Points of Pride. Currently the park shows over 5,000 individual cacti in over 100 different varieties, all maintained by volunteers of the Tovrea Carraro Society. Tickets for guided tours of the grounds, first floor, and basement have been offered since March 2012.
The castle is highly visible from surrounding areas, and in particular drivers on Loop 202 are offered an excellent view of the site. This has led to the castle’s having become one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. az * Information courtesy of Wikipedia.
Although the castle had long been recognized as a city landmark, the deteriorated state of the grounds and the building left it unsuitable for use as a city park. After finalizing the purchase of surrounding properties, the city of Phoenix began an effort to restore the building and revitalize the gardens. In 2006, significant work was begun on restoring the gardens surrounding the castle to their previous state. Several diseased and dead plants were removed from the site while surviving vegetation was rehabilitated. During restoration efforts, 352 saguaro cacti were planted on the site and over 2,000 other cacti were relocated. Other vegetation, including desert wildflowers were planted in the gardens. Currently the park boasts over 5,000 individual cacti in over 100 different varieties. Dubbed the Carraro Cactus Garden in honor of the original planner, the outdoors element of the park was recently opened to the public for limited tours. An interprative trail exhibitioning the gardens and the many desert species there, as well as a greenhouse, is planned for the park. After many delays, Phoenix finally completed of the project by Arizona’s centennial on February 14, 2012, including a visitor’s center open to the public. The Tovrea Castle is a wood and stucco building constructed in a unique three-tier fashion bearing a strong resemblance to a traditional wedding cake, and as such has earned it the local nickname “The Wedding Cake”. The castle is rococo in style, mimicking Italian architecture from Carraro’s home country. In addition, the castle is often lit during the night by countless incandescent light bulbs distributed along the roofs and fences.
Danielle Ruberto is the 20-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.
meteor impact site the best preserved
early 50,000 years ago, a meteor traveling at 26,000 miles per hour collided with the earth’s surface, creating a massive crater that is almost a mile across and over 550 feet deep. Located just 30 minutes outside of Winslow Arizona, come see why this massive crater is the most popular, and best-preserved meteor impact site in the entire world. See where NASA’s Apollo Astronauts trained inside the crater to simulate the surface of the moon. Go back in time with the Astronaut Wall of Fame, as well as an actual Apollo Test Capsule, used for the Astronaut’s training. Be amazed and feel a 1406 lb piece of the actual meteorite that created Meteor Crater. Visitors are invited to view a ten-minute movie in our 80 seat theater, describing the journey of the meteor as it hurtled towards earth.
Interactive displays and videos will keep you and your family engaged while exploring the many informative and educational showcases, including Please See Meteor Crater’s the Shoemaker-Levy 9 Ad on Page 79 Comet and it’s collision for a Valuable Coupon with Jupiter in 1994.
Marvel at the vast Crater from numerous different locations and viewpoints. Free telescopes allow you to peer deep into the massive crater. Bring home a souvenir from the gift and rock shops. You’ll be amazed by the selection and variety available for you to purchase. When you are ready for a bite to eat, have lunch or a snack at our Subway Sandwich Shop. Meteor Crater makes it easy for all of its visitors to come and see this unique landmark by providing an RV Park located directly off Interstate 40 and just five minutes down the road from the Meteor Crater site. This RV Park offers over 71 big rig friendly, and beautifully landscaped RV and camping spaces. So whether you take in Meteor Crater for a few hours, or stay with us over night, you and your loved ones will be talking about this one-of-a-kind experience for many years to come. az
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. “We’ve just hiked to Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon. What are some other ideas for experiencing the Arizona waterways?” A. Like the guests who want a good seafood dinner in the desert, there are those who inquire about fishing and boating opportunities throughout a fairly arid state as well. Water is a universal symbol. It is a symbol of birth--both in science and religion. It is a symbol of death in mythology and among certain Indian tribes of the Southwest where it is believed that all water dies at midnight. After the Grand Canyon, Arizona’s second most visited attraction, Tucson’s Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, celebrates its 60 years in Southern Arizona by adding an aquarium! Yes, this thumbprint of the Sonoran Desert – part botanical garden, part zoo and part natural history museum, launched the Warden Aquarium in January. View some 30 of the 100 species of fresh water fish at home in Arizona’s creeks, springs and rivers that flow into the Gulf of California – many of them endangered by dams, development, irrigation and drought in this the smallest of the world’s five desert types. Many like the Yaqui Catfish are being bred here to replenish the species. When visiting, try to catch the Museum’s Free Flight raptor and reptile shows as well. And enjoy the hummingbirds while in the Hummingbird Capital of North America! www.desertmuseum.org When The Hoover Dam was built in 1935, it was the world’s largest and remains a National Historic Landmark located off US 93 on the borders of Northern Arizona, Nevada and Utah in the Lake Mead National Recreation area. Avoid the 2-hour summer queues and take a springtime tour where you will learn about the development of the West during the Great Depression, construction lingo and the black Lab who was the worker’s beloved mascot. The 60-minute Dam Tour and the 30-minute Power Plant Tour start with an elevator ride down 530 feet to one of the tunnels built to divert water away from the construction. Another way to see the dam is from a water raft tour conducted by Black Canyon River Adventures, pushing off from the base of the dam for a 45-minute picture postcard float from along the riverbanks while river guides recount the harrowing adventures of the builders and visionaries who formed the legacy of the harnessing of these waters www.americansouthwest.net Walking back in time, visitors to the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park in Phoenix, (a Central Arizona Point of Pride and National Historic Monument) can learn of the 500-mile ancient Hohokam canal system (pop. 80,000) which served as a blueprint for today’s canals which sustain a population
in the Phoenix area alone of 4 million where major crops include cotton, citrus and pecans. In the revolving exhibit gallery you can absorb the life-giving impact of water on those living in an arid climate in “Living in the Desert: Decisions and Consequences.” Don’t miss an opportunity for a hands-on dig while here. www.pueblogrande.org An imported lake and an imported bridge on Western Arizona’s border make for some beautiful scenery and fascinating conversation from a hot air balloon. Lake Havasu City is the splashy border town where you can enjoy this skyward ballet across Lake Havasu (created by Parker Dam in 1938) with views of restaurants, bars, Venice-like canals and lighthouse replicas of East Coast originals during the January Balloon Festival. The star of the show is the (sometimes haunted) granite-blocked London Bridge purchased, dismantled, shipped across the Atlantic and reassembled here by developers C.V. Wood and Robert McCulloch in the 1960s. And now is the time to visit the village because you’ve just missed the circus known as Spring Break and arrived before hot weather shuts down the ballooning business for the summer. Carpe Diem! Fly over the beautiful Colorado River Valley with Lake Havasu’s only full-time ballooning company Havasu Ballooning for either a Sunrise or a Sunset experience complete with champagne toast and a commemorative hot air balloon cup. Allow about three hours for the event and book in advance. Sunrise excursions include a picnic (@$220.) www.havasuallooning.com 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.]
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