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NEWS (Note: Cities & Towns Follow After the News)

Spa House opens at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Breathtaking Enchantment Resort to Host Harvest Super Moon Yoga Retreat

Chef's Kitchen and Herb Garden Debuts at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Sedona is Seeing Red (Rocks) -- Explore Some of the Most Scenic Hiking Trails in the World Right in Arizona’s Backyard

The Heard Museum in Phoenix Has Lots of New Events & Exhibits

A Must See & Do -- A Visit to the Hualapai Nation

Summit Tower Butte by Helicopter With The Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group New Landing Adventure

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain to Celebrate 10th Anniversary with 10 Randomly Awarded Guest Prizes

Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America

Pipe Spring National Monument

Water’s a major theme at this National Park Getaway, despite its location in the rugged remoteness of the northern Arizona desert.  Rainfall is sporadic in this high-desert region, and precipitation averages just over 10 inches annually. One could easily wonder how Pipe Spring National Monument could support plants and animals. Pipe Spring National Monument, surrounded by the Kaibab Indian Reservation, is eight miles south of Utah's southern boundary, 60 miles southeast of St. George, Utah, and 15 miles west of Fredonia, Ariz. Every summer rangers offer daily guided walks, talks and demonstrations of pioneer and Indian crafts and lifeways.

For more information about the history and scenery of this desert oasis, go to web site www.nps.gov/getaways.

CHINLE

What to See & Do

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

One of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America; the cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly include distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock art - all remarkably preserved. Canyon de Chelly also sustains a living community of Navajo people, who are connected to a landscape of great historical and spiritual significance. Visitor Center is open daily 9am-5pm, closed Christmas. North & South Rim Drives and White House Trail remain open all year. For information 928-674-5500 www.DiscoverNavajo.com

HOPI

What to See & Do

Dinosaur Tracks

-- Get up close and personal with dinosaur tracks that were left millions of years ago. Several different types of dinosaurs are represented by their tracks at this site. The hike is fairly easy and mostly flat; it winds around several stone spires and past hundreds of tracks. There are usually Native American guides at the parking area who are willing to guide you around the site and tell you the legends and science behind the tracks. Located near Tuba City and the Hopi Village of Moenkopi. Get directions from the Moenkopi Legacy Inn.  www.ExperienceHopi.com 

Homolovi Ruins State Park

-- Over 300 Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites are preserved at Homolovi. The park is located just over a mile north of Winslow, Arizona and features historical exhibits, interpretive programs, bird-watching, and hiking. Two of the seven Homolovi ruins are open to visitors. Homolovi II was occupied between 1330 and 1400 AD, and has about 1200 rooms. Archaeologists believe that the inhabitants were trading cotton for pottery with the inhabitants of the Hopi Mesas. This ruin also features three large rectangular plazas and about forty kivas (underground ceremonial chambers). Petroglyphs may be seen along certain sections of a nearby trail (Tsu'vo). ($5 Park entry fee per car...almost free!).   azstateparks.com/

Hopi Window Shopping

-- You may be tempted to buy a special remembrance of a visit to the Hopi Villages, but stopping in the stores along state route 264 is a great way to meet and visit with Hopi artists. Basket makers, Kachina carvers, silversmiths...some of the most distinctive Native American art in the west is on display. A great place to begin is in the TUUVI Travel Center stores across the street from the brand new Moenkopi Legacy Inn. www.ExperienceHopi.com 
 
For more information on these communities visit www.arizonarocks.com where you will find information on lodging, additional things to do, day trips, weather, calendar of events and much more.

LAKE POWELL

What to See & Do

Horseshoe Bend Overlook

One of the most spectacular views in the west awaits at the end of an easy ≤ mile hike. The trail leads to an overlook where, far below (straight down), the swirling waters of the Colorado River make a complete horseshoe turn around an enormous free standing sandstone butte. Bring your camera! Just 2 miles south of Page on U.S. Hwy. 89, look for an unpaved road that leads to a parking area to the west near mile marker 545.  www.pagelakepowelltourism.com  

Hanging Gardens Lake Powell's Hanging Gardens

- is east of Glen Canyon Bridge, the trailhead is located 500 yards off Hwy. 89. Hanging gardens are spring-fed colonies of plants clinging to the vertical wall of a cliff. They are often formed in alcoves or "glens" where conditions are cooler than that of the surrounding desert. Lake Powell's Hanging Gardens may be the most unusual form of spring-supported plant community life found on the Colorado Plateau.www.nps.gov/glca/naturescience/hanginggardens.htm  

Hike & Bike the Mesa Rim --

Take in the incredible views as you circumnavigate the community of Page situated on a mesa overlooking Lake Powell. Rimview Trail is an approximately 9.75 mile loop that offers wonderful views of Lake Powell, Tower Butte, and Navajo Mountain. To the south is the Colorado Plateau, stretching as far as the eyes can see. In fact, most of the land seen from here belongs to the Navajo Nation. To the west are the Vermilion Cliffs-known for their distinctive red-purple hue.

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas Houseboat Rentals

 Go hassle-free on a houseboat vacation with new free VIP Concierge Service, including groceries and equipment loaded ahead of time and boats fueled up and ready to go upon your arrival with a new program. All you have to do is arrive at Lake Powell, step aboard with your friends or family, and with the cupboards already stocked, water skis and inner tubes ready, and the fuel tanks full, leave the experienced employee assist you with anchoring, and off you’ll go for a trip of a lifetime. Lake Powell concessionaire ARAMARK has introduced its Concierge Service for those who rent an Admiral Class (59-foot) houseboat from Wahweap Marina this summer. So, where is this Lake Powell? — it’s located on the border of Utah and Arizona in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area between the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks to the west, and Arches and Canyonlands National Parks to the east. It is the second largest man-made lake in the US, boasting more than 90 major red rock canyons and nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline.

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas provides houseboat and powerboat rentals, lodging on the lake, and tours to Rainbow Bridge National Monument.  More information about Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas can be found at www.lakepowell.com.

MESA

Mesa has lots going on.

Much as the spring season brings renewal and rebirth from the winter chills, Mesa is unveiling new arrivals and renovations this season. Located in the Valley of the Sun, just minutes from Phoenix and Scottsdale, Mesa has long been revered as a warm haven offering premier accommodations, golf and an enviable location boasting a close proximity to Tonto National Forest and Arizona’s vast Sonoran Desert. Read on for more news about upcoming attractions, new resort and restaurant announcements, exclusively Mesa events and more.

What to See & Do

Chester's Harley Davidson

Chester’s Harley Davidson is the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in Arizona. Chester’s includes a sales facility for pre-owned bikes, a “training range” for the Rider’s Edge education program, additional parking, a multi-functional outdoor canopy, grilling area, customer lounge with amenities including pool table, and a doggie park. The administration and warehouse building houses a classroom for the Rider’s Edge programs and a meeting room for the East Valley H.O.G. chapter. The additional outdoor facilities make it convenient for large meetings and events giving them access to a loading dock where a sound stage can be set up with plenty of spectator area for outdoor concerts and events. For more information on Chester’s Harley Davidson, visit www.chestershd.com.

Two New Family Fun Centers Open at Mesa Riverview

Mesa Riverview has two new youth-oriented facilities. Kids who are bouncing off the walls and full of energy will love Jump & Shout Play Center. Giant inflatables and climbing gyms fill this 10,000 square foot facility. Kids can play for hours, while parents relax in the lounge complete with televisions and a café. Howie’s Game Shack is bringing a new way for Xbox and PC gamers to play. The social gaming center is the nation’s largest arena for gamers to come together interactively. Open everyday, the center includes sound chairs, state-of-the-art gaming PCs, high-definition LCD displays, world premier game releases and tournaments. Howie’s lets families play together in a fun environment making for a more social gaming experience. The center also has pizza and snacks available to enjoy between games. For more information about Jump & Shout, visit www.JumpandShout.com or call 480-834-7529. For more information about Howie’s Game Shack, visit www.howies.com or call 480-248-2447.

Ranger-Guided Full Moon Hikes Offered at Area State Parks Near Mesa

Visitors to Mesa can experience the natural beauty of Usery Pass and Lost Dutchman State Park. This season, the parks are offering ranger-guided full moon hikes where visitors can experience the sights and sounds of the Sonoran Desert under the light of the moon. The parks are also presenting stargazing nights where visitors can learn about the solar system from experts. Usery Pass, at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, will feature a “Stargazing for Everyone” series in which experts will tell stories and teach park visitors about the moon, stars, planets and galaxies while viewing the sky through a telescope. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and snacks for their own comfort throughout the two-hour program. Lost Dutchman State Park, located along the Apache Trail at the base of the Superstition Mountains, is offering similar programs. During the week of the full moon, a ranger will lead guided hikes throughout the park taking visitors throughout the trails. On select Fridays each month, astronomer Bill Dellinges hosts astronomy sessions with state-of-the-art gear to teach visitors about Arizona’s night sky. The hikes and information sessions are free with the purchase of park admission.
For more information on Usery Pass, visit www.maricopa.gov/parks; and for information on Lost Dutchman State Park, visit www.azstateparks.com. For media information on Usery Pass, contact, 602-506-2930.

Mesa Astronomy Nights at New MCC Planetarium

Mesa Community College is home to Arizona’s newest planetarium. Arizona is known the world over as offering some of the best night sky viewing and boasting two observatories and earning kudos for the discovery of former planet Pluto. Though located on the city’s community college campus, visitors can view the night sky and explore the universe and solar system for free in the new planetarium on the rooftop observation deck. As part of the Astronomy Nights program (check calendar for dates), the planetarium runs shows that take place every half hour from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with telescope viewing from the observation deck beginning at 7:00 p.m. MCC’s planetarium opened in September 2008, making it the city’s first planetarium and the state’s seventh. The planetarium is located inside the Physical Science Building on MCC’s Southern and Dobson Campus. For more event information, visit MCC’s event calendar at www.alumniconnections.com.

Fans Celebrate Baseball History at Mesa's Interactive Exhibit

Mesa Historical Museum’s Play Ball: the Cactus League Experience, which opened in January, kicked off the beginning of Arizona’s spring training season. The interactive and educational exhibit celebrates the long and colorful history of professional baseball in Arizona treating visitors to stories of the players, teams and ballparks. Exhibit features include a “knothole” fence, sky mural, two-player Wii video baseball game, souvenir, concession and ticket booths as well as baseball trivia, all packed with history gathered from across the state and the country. Baseball fans and history buffs alike can set their sights on never-before-seen items gathered from private collections of Arizonans who knew the likes of Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax and Willie McCovey. A majority of the exhibit is displayed in a completely remodeled and redesigned museum space. Extensive research and collecting is on-going for the exhibit which involves members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and a committee of civic leaders.
Mesa Historical Museum is located just up the street from Hohokam Stadium where the Chicago Cubs train each March. For more information, visit www.PlayBallExperience.com.

Massage Heights Studio Brings Soothing Services

For visitors to Mesa wanting a luxury spa experience without the luxury price tag, look no further than Massage Heights. Now offered in the Phoenix region, the national chain provides pampering massages at affordable prices. Located just west of upscale shopping village Dana Park, Massage Heights offers visitors a serene spa-like atmosphere and a chance for traveling guests to rest and relax. Massage services start at $39 for a 50-minute massage treatment with optional add-ons. All types of massage are offered including therapeutic, sports, deep tissue, Swedish and maternity massage and all treatments include guest’s choice of aromatherapy. Those guests traveling for a business trip or vacation, or even those staying for the winter, can opt to purchase a membership with discounts offered for multiple massage services each month. Exclusive to Massage Heights, guests can add an Elevation to their treatment which is a choice of hot stone massage, a soothing peppermint foot scrub or a cold stone/hot towel facial. Massage Heights therapists are highly trained with a majority of therapists having worked in the Arizona spa and resort community. In addition, Massage Heights will work directly with area hotels on providing mobile massage services for convention attendees or tour groups wanting to add a touch of spa to their busy itinerary. For more information, visit www.massageheights.com/wildflower.

Farmers Market Boasts More than Just Produce - Arizona Originals Abound

Visitors wanting to stock the hotel’s mini-fridge with fresh goods or take home a one-of-a-kind Arizona original product will want to plan a stop at downtown Mesa’s Community Farmers Market. Held each Friday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., guests can enjoy the benefits of locally grown, pesticide free and highly nutritious fruits and vegetables in addition to a plethora of handmade lotions and soaps, craft products, jewelry, pottery and clothing. Local purveyors also showcase culinary products that are must purchases from Arizona-grown oregano, rosemary and other spices to apple butter, desert honey, and baked goods.
Located on Center Street just in front of the Mesa Convention Center, Mesa’s Farmers Market is free to enter and also provides free parking. Cash and credit cards are accepted. For more information, call 623-848-1234 or visit www.ArizonaFarmersMarkets.com.

Where to Stay

Historic Drew Building Becomes Brand New Loft Hotel

Built in the 1920s, Downtown Mesa’s historic Drew building is entering a new era completely restored to become the city’s only loft hotel. The Lofts at the Drew features nine exclusive studios and one-bedroom suites. Each loft is individually decorated with brand new furnishings and includes a full kitchen, 10-foot ceilings, plasma screen TV’s and beautiful original maple floors. The lofts are all themed with décor to match from the Sonoma studio reminiscent of California’s wine country and the Manhattan Studio decked out like an Upper Eastside New York apartment, to the Americana featuring shades of red, white and blue and country-style furnishings. The Lofts at the Drew offer a complimentary business center and laundry room for guest use and visitors can utilize the space-saving storage closet for extended stays. Other amenities include wireless internet, free parking and all-day access to a recreation center on the main floor, which will feature a small gym, billiards table, couches and television. One of the best attributes is the proximity to popular downtown attractions including Mesa Arts Center, Arizona Museum of Natural History, numerous cafes and restaurants as well as boutiques along Main Street. For more information, contact 480-969-1454 or visit www.drewlofts.com.

Where to Eat

Country Star Toby Keith Opens Eatery & Bar at Mesa Riverview

Mesa Riverview, a 250-acre retail and tourism development, has welcomed the opening of Country music superstar Toby Keith’s restaurant, I Love This Bar & Grill. The 650-seat restaurant is the first to open in the state and only the fourth location to open nationwide. It has an 80-foot guitar bar and feature live concerts, dancing, drinks and a full menu of American favorites. Signature features at the destination restaurant, situated east of Arizona’s only Bass Pro Shops, include Toby Keith memorabilia including signed guitars, platinum records and clothing, “Redneck Loveseats”, and the Toby Keith shop featuring special BBQ rubs and sauces based on recipes from the singer himself. The restaurant will also have ample meeting space for small groups. The menu emphasizes home-style cooking from Toby’s very own Chicken Fried Steak and Country Gravy recipe to a wide variety of menu items including rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, Cowboy Caviar (black eyed peas), ‘freedom fries’ and a variety of sandwiches. For more information, visit www.TobyKeithsBar.com.

Pizza Fusion

Pizza Fusion, recognized as the pioneer in environmentally-friendly restaurant service, opened its doors in December making it Mesa’s first LEED and organic certified restaurant. Pizza Fusion’s unique oval sized gourmet pizzas are not the only thing that sets them apart from your local pizzeria; it’s the fact that everything they serve is 100% organic. Patrons have the option to build their own pizza or order a one of the specialty pies on the menu including the Seattle, topped with freshly chopped plum tomatoes, red onions, fresh basil, garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil accented with a light amount of mozzarella and parmesan cheeses; or the Shrimp & Pesto, topped with wild caught Key West shrimp, pesto sauce, parmesan, light mozzarella, and oregano. The menu also includes gluten-free pizza and vegan and vegetarian options. Pizza Fusion gained their LEED certification by designing, constructing and operating their restaurant in order to reduce their negative environmental impact and improve the health and well-being of their customers and the surrounding community. Some of the core practices Pizza Fusion upholds include using hybrid delivery cars, giving discounts to customers who return their used pizza boxes for recycling, serving food in containers made from 100% corn starch instead of plastic, using only spudware utensils made from potatoes that biodegrade in 50 days, using seat cushions made from soybean oil instead of petroleum based foam and using ceiling panels made from 74% recycled aluminum cans and 24% post industrial materials. Pizza Fusion also teaches kids about the importance of eating organic and recycling every third Thursday of the month. Currently, the restaurant has opened 16 franchises in 8 states since it first launched in 2006. For more information, visit www.pizzafusion.com.

"Urban marketplace" With a Rich History Serves Up Great Food

In neighboring Gilbert, visitors are clamoring to get a taste of Liberty Market, the newest downtown addition blending wholesome American and modern décor. Liberty Market, located in the Heritage District, reopened its doors in October after undergoing renovations to revamp the 1935 building. The menu features fresh salads, sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas. Popular dishes include the grilled bread pudding with espresso-maple syrup, homemade apricot scones and the many egg scrambles. Liberty’s fresh produce comes straight from Agritopia, owner Joe Johnston’s 12-acre urban farm located just down the road. The signature Liberty Bowl, filled with roasted meatballs, marinara sauce and topped with Romano cheese, is a hearty dish sure to please comfort food lovers. The wood-fired pizzas are cooked to perfection in the Renato oven. Liberty Market is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features a retail marketplace and traditional espresso bar. Liberty is Johnston’s third restaurant in Gilbert. For more information, visit www.libertymarket.com or call 480-892-1900.

Salty Senorita’s Manicure and Margarita

Make it a girl’s night out at Salty Senorita on Thursdays for Margaritas and Manicures. Stop in for some pampering from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and get a salon style manicure paired with your favorite margarita for only $12. Choose from seven specialty margaritas including favorites like ‘The Devil Wears Strawberry’, The Cocoa Channel, or the Bubble Bath. Be sure to complement your margarita with one of the sizzling Mexican dishes sure to excite your palate. Favorites include sizzling street tacos, bubbling cheese enchiladas and tableside guacamole. Salty’s, seven time winner of “Best Margarita in Phoenix” from Citysearch.com, gives visitors an urban take on the Mexican cantina. For more information, contact 480-632-8226 or visit www.saltysenorita.com/.

Islamorada Fish Company - A Taste & Feel of the Florida Keys

Local residents and visitors to the Mesa area will soon discover what it’s like to dine in an ocean-front restaurant in south Florida.

The Islamorada (eye-lah-muh-rah-duh) Fish Company, located inside the hugely popular Bass Pro Shops store located at Mesa Riverview, a new 240-acre retail, entertainment, auto mall and office center development, offers a unique dining experience not found anywhere else in Arizona.

The name Islamorada was given by early inhabitants of the Florida Keys and means “Island Home.” Throughout the 11,090 square-foot restaurant you will be amazed at the attention to detail. Upon entering the restaurant from the store there is an awesome vaulted ceiling 22 feet above with beautiful box beam trusses and ornate fish themed chandeliers. A large hand painted mural is located above the 32’ long, 13,000 gallon saltwater aquarium which is raised 4’ above the store and is visible from 360 degrees. The aquarium is home to scores of colorful, tropical fish. Trophy saltwater fish mounts hang from the walls, antiques and old pictures along with painted murals add to the relaxed dining mood. In addition to the large dining room that will accommodate 180, there is a private dining room for 12 for more intimate gatherings. The bar lounge area is trimmed out with rich mahogany paneled wood wainscoting and will accommodate 35.

An outside dining patio seats 80 and overlooks beautiful desert landscapes.
The large dining area features a stone fireplace that is adjacent to the outside seating area. The only thing missing is the sandy beach and ocean waves outside your window.

Islamorada Fish Company features shrimp, lobster, oysters, crab, clams, mussels, mahi mahi, grouper, calamari, tuna, trout, and even fried catfish. Wild game offerings will include elk, buffalo, alligator, and venison. Traditional steak, pork chops and chicken dishes and sandwiches make this much more than a seafood restaurant. You can enter the restaurant both from the outside as well as from the inside of the Bass Pro Shops store.

With a toll-free call at 1-800-258-2559 or a series of mouse clicks on www.fishcompany.com , you can also order Islamorada Fish Company’s fresh stone crabs, Key West shrimp, Florida lobster and several varieties of fish by the pound or by the piece and have it delivered anywhere in United States. All orders are shipped direct from the Florida Keys and guaranteed to arrive fresh and cold at your doorstep. They’ll even send you free recipes and other information on how to prepare your order.

For restaurant locations, to see a complete menu or for more information go to www.fishcompany.com

Bass Pro Shops First Southwest Location

Midday heat shimmers off the arid landscape as gila monsters, gopher snakes, and horned lizards scamper and glide across the sand seeking relief under Palo Verdes, Soaptree Yuccas, Mesquite trees and California fan palms. Rows of Saguaro cactus stand like sentinels across the desert providing respite to bats and insects and homes to birds like Gila woodpeckers and the Golden Flicker. Bright yellow Arizona poppies, red-orange Desert Paintbrush and purple-pink Sand Verbena wink like jewels amongst crevices and rocks.  

Like an oasis in the desert, a 30’ tall waterfall bounces and splashes along native sandstone rocks that could be the nearby White Mountains. Sunlight catches the silver flash and quick splash of bass breaking the turquoise water chasing insects that got too close. An adjacent canyon pool is chilled with fresh water and reflects the colors of rainbow trout and the beautiful and rare Apache trout. 

Animals from the Arizona Fox to Javelina, mountain lion to Sandhill cranes, Coues deer and Desert Big Horn pause to refresh themselves and take a drink all the while keeping a watchful eye out.

You might be somewhere in the Sonoran Desert that comprises most of southwestern Arizona, or you just might be in the new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Mesa. Part museum, part art gallery, part antique store, part aquarium, part education, conservation and entertainment center, the 170,125-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World also just happens to be a retail store. Besides offering all the sights and sounds of Arizona outdoor adventures the store offers all the equipment, gear and apparel you will need to enjoy them.

This newest Bass Pro Shops, the company’s first in the Southwest, is located at Mesa Riverview, a 240-acre retail, entertainment, auto mall and office center development located south of Loop 202 and east of Loop 101 in northwest Mesa.

The entire store is a tribute to Arizona’s desert landscapes, its lesser-known pine-covered forests like Rim Country and the White Mountains and the cobalt-blue waters of Lake Powell. Like other Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World retail locations, the Mesa store takes on the flavor and atmosphere of the region in which it is located. Using over 3,500 area artifacts, antiques, pictures, mounts and memorabilia the store becomes a living museum of the hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor legacies of Arizona and its people. Renowned muralists work with store designers to recreate the surrounding area and authenticate the outdoor experience.

A special feature unique to the Mesa Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World is the pictorial and memento tribute to Arizona native Jack O’Connor. As the longtime firearms editor for OUTDOOR LIFE magazine, O'Connor hunted and collected trophies throughout the world, and introduced millions of readers to hunting and firearms.

Considered the jewel of the store’s features is the nearly 24,000 gallon sandstone aquarium. This one-of-a-kind attraction showcases fish that Arizona sportsmen and women love to catch. The rock structure allows climbers and want-to-be climbers to try out the latest gear as they scale the 30’ climbing wall. Museum-quality wildlife dioramas are located throughout the store.

Visitors have the area’s largest array of freshwater rods, reels and fishing accessories, all hand-picked and specially selected for the area, to choose from. If your outdoor adventures take you to the coast, there is also a full display of saltwater fishing gear.

The White River Fly Shop, which anchors the corner of the Bass Pro Shops development, is a log and sandstone structure reminiscent of the rustic, hand hewn architecture of the national parks and Grand Canyon. It features antique and collectible fly fishing memorabilia, and offers a vast selection of the latest in fly fishing clothing and gear. Experts will continue the art of hand-tying flies on site and assist customers in making the perfect selection.

Hunting department cabinets are adorned with hand-carved animals and World Class record deer mounts grace the walls. Customers will find an equally impressive array of hunting clothing and gear. The archery department offers a bow set-up shop and a 25-yard live archery range is perfect for testing that new bow or sharpening necessary archery skills.

Should your adventures take you across the world or you, you will be interested in the Fine Gun and Trophy Room. This 2,400 square-foot addition features guns from the 1800’s to the present for sale and viewing. You can also see great museum quality African game mounts like the Cape Buffalo.

More than a hunting and fishing store, visitors will also find items perfect for camping, hiking, outdoor cooking, bird watching and golf. The state-of-the-art golf department offers everything to perfect your game including a swing analyzer, a putting green and a resident pro to offer you tips and demonstrate techniques. 

Besides the technical clothing, Bass Pro Shops also carries an outstanding line of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, from names like Columbia, RedHead, Woolrich, Bob Timberlake, World Wide Sportsman and many more. An expanded footwear department offers both rugged and casual shoes. A gift and nature center offers a variety of items from artwork to lamps, to bird feeders and furniture, home decorating items and gifts for the holidays. Cooking accessories include cookbooks, spices, grills and jerky making items.

The store also features an 11,090-square-foot Islamorada Fish Company restaurant that will allow visitors a chance to experience a taste of the Florida Keys with menu selections showcasing bold flavors of seafood dishes, great steaks, hickory-fired rotisserie chicken and exotic appetizers.

A marine and boat center displays a full range of boats from Tracker Marine--the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing boats. From big water boats to small fishing, canoeing and even kayaking, customers will find exactly what they need to have fun on the water with selections from Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe, Sun Tracker, Kenner and more. An on-site, state-of-the-art boat service center with 4 service bays will also be available for customers’ convenience for boat rigging.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World has hired associates from the Mesa area that have a passion for the outdoors so customers will be assured of getting local skilled, knowledgeable assistance with questions and selections. The store will also offer free Outdoor Skills Workshops for adults, kids and families that will help maximize outdoor fun by teaching new skills and improving existing ones.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, visit www.basspro.come. To request a free Bass Pro Shops catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO. 

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Summit Tower Butte by Helicopter With The Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group New Landing Adventure

In 2011, The Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group became the first company to give adventurers the opportunity to literally stand atop Tower Butte, the incredible sandstone pinnacle that rises 5,000 feet above sea level, located in Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park near Page, Ariz. The duration is approximately 35 to 40 minutes, priced at $199 per person for guests originating out of Page.

Tour packages with private 9-passenger Cessna Caravan aircraft are available daily from Las Vegas and Grand Canyon National Park. From Las Vegas, prices are starting from $5,400 per aircraft and from Grand Canyon at $3,450.

With Lake Powell located on the border of Arizona and Utah, the majestic wonder is the ideal landscape to peer upon, once at the top of Tower Butte. The butte, which is defined as an isolated monument, rising abruptly above the surrounding land, changes colors throughout the day depending upon how the sun shines upon it. For years, visitors to the Lake Powell area have looked upon Tower Butte in awe and now they can finally travel to the top.

With The Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group’s new Tower Butte landing, guests will fly by helicopter eastward over Antelope Canyon, the land of the Navajo Nation and then finally, Lake Powell. Once they reach Tower Butte, the helicopter will land. There, guests will receive an educational and interpretive experience about Navajo culture and the beauty of the surrounding lands of the Navajo Nation.

The creation of this tour has been years in the making. The Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group and ABEARCO, a premier Navajo owned company, worked closely with Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation to make this a reality.

“For the first time, Tower Butte can easily be accessed via our gateway destinations: Page, Las Vegas and Grand Canyon,” says Irit Langness, vice president of sales, The Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group. “We can’t wait for visitors from around the world to experience this adventure.”

To see the tour in action, go to: www.grandcanyonhelicoptersaz.com/tower-butte.
For more information or reservations, go to www.Papillon.com or call (888) 635-7272.

ABOUT THE PAPILLON/GRAND CANYON SCENIC GROUP 

Founded in 1965, The Papillon/Grand Canyon Scenic Group (Papillon is French for “butterfly”) is the world’s largest “flightseeing” companies with 3,500 passengers served daily, narration in 16 languages and nearly 70 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. Family owned and operated, its brands include Grand Canyon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Coaches and Scenic Airlines. Papillon is one of the few companies that fly the entire Grand Canyon, including the South and West rims, home to the world-famous Skywalk, in addition to Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Tours afford maximum flight time, enabling guests to fully discover Grand Canyon’s great wilderness and scenic attractions. Papillon is also a founding member of Best Vegas Attractions, the collaborative partnership among numerous Las Vegas visitor attractions, developed to increase awareness about the organization ultimately driving leisure and convention business to participating attractions. For more information, go to www.Papillon.com or find on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Papillon, follow on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/PapillonGCHeli.

PARADISE VALLEY

Where to Stay

Spa House opens at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

A transformation at the legendary Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain resort is complete, revealing Spa House. The private mountain home enclave offers groups of up to 16 a totally unique spa escape in Scottsdale, Arizona’s desert oasis.

Ideal for retreats, special occasion getaways and corporate gatherings, Spa House emphasizes the whole mind and body focus of the resort’s award-winning Sanctuary Spa. The 3,500-square-foot home features a treatment room for massages (spacious enough for couples) and a movement studio for private classes and personal training with yoga mats, Pilates reformers, indoor cycling, free weights, and other equipment. These complement an open-flow home design with a full kitchen and dining bar, dining room, and living room that opens to a spacious wrap-around patio, an outdoor pool and expansive lawn. The home’s four bedrooms can host up to eight travelers, and it is neighbored by four newly constructed Terrace Suites that accommodate up to an additional eight guests for a true retreat experience. Notable elements of the 900-square-foot suites include private outdoor showers and 350-square-foot private patios with daybed (in select units), dining table and gas fireplace, framed by 12 foot high glass walls that let the Camelback Mountain views sweep in.

Exclusive to Spa House

Spa House’s private perch and unique environs on Sanctuary’s 53-acre property make it ideal for specialized programming, from water aerobics in the private pool to sunrise yoga or astronomer-guided evening stargazing on the courtyard lawn.

A Spa Concierge is at the ready to provide counsel and organize therapies both in-home and at the Sanctuary Spa. And a dedicated Sensei in Residence ensures one of Sanctuary Spa’s most elite healers is on-call to perform a selection of highly specialized treatments that are performed exclusively by Sensei therapists.

Bringing wellness to the digital age, an in-home kiosk offers Skin Authority Virtual Coaching to Spa House guests. The complimentary educational chats with certified skin coaches help guests customize a skin health plan and navigate products. Conversations can continue at home thanks to the My Skin Authority mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices. This ensures the holistic impact of Spa House follows guests long after they depart the resort.

Designed for the home’s fitness center, a dedicated menu of Spa House classes includes Awake sunrise stretch, Energy cardio drum, Clash indoor cycling, Breathe meditation and more.

In-room, there is a special menu of only-for-Spa-House experiences and deliveries, from a bedtime aromatherapy massage for hands and feet to a meditative coloring book with pens, as examples. Guests will also find a Sanctuary Superpower minibar of specialty snacks with healthy delights like raw nuts, organic dark chocolate and coconut water. By the bath, an assortment of aromatherapy bath salts afford a restorative soak, and at the bed, custom journals are offered to jot reflections. Turndown is customized for Spa House guests, including a personal card with a calming sentiment or balancing yoga pose suggestion, as examples.

Inspired by Sanctuary Spa’s celebrated Satori Wellness Retreats, a multi-day Spa House Satori program can be customized to meet any group goal, from mental and emotional wellbeing to physical development or restoration.

During a Spa House stay, all of Sanctuary’s facilities are at guests’ disposal, including the celebrated Sanctuary Spa, fitness center, championship tennis courts, world-class drinks and dining of elements restaurant and jade bar, and Arizona’s most magnificent infinity-edged pool.

PEACH SPRINGS

A Must See & Do -- The Hualapai Nation

I'll never forget my experience with the guides at The Hualapai Nation. The Hualapai, meaning "People of the Tall Pines," are native people of the Southwest. As explained to me, traditionally they were hunter-gatherers and inhabited an area of more than 5 million acres. Their homeland stretched from the Grand Canyon southward to the Santa Maria River and from the Black Mountains eastward to the pine forests of the San Francisco peaks.

Today, the Hualapal Indian Reservation, created in 1883, is nearly one million acres, including 108 miles of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. Approximately 2,100 members are in the Hualapai Tribe with nearly half living in Peach Springs - the capital of the Hualapai Indian Reservation on Historic Route 66. They faced years of social and economic hardship, but they wisely took measures leading to an independent future for generations to come. . . resulting in opening their land to visitors in 1988, and creating Grand Canyon West as a destination.

And destination it is -- one I will never forget. My visit, including thousands of other visitors, has led to vast improvements including a "Boys and Girls Club" facility, a "Head Start" facility and a Social Services building all in Peach Springs. More projects are planned for the future - but for now, they have succeeded in planning and maintaining a phenominal tourist destination.

Note: Grand Canyon West is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe and is independent from the National Pak. It requires the opurchase of a tour package for entry. Pets aren't allowed on tours or to be left in parked cars. You can leave your pet at the hualapai Ranch (fee), but service animals are permitted on tours. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas, no outside food and/or drink is allowed on the premises, and please respect the Hualapai land.

Take a Unique Air Tour

Flight of the Eagle -- This is an opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon from an Eagle's eyes. Soar through the years of history that have created this amazing natural wonder. A spectacular 12-15 minute flight will take you through the canyon for an aerial perspective of endless views not available anywhere else.

Grand Canyon Discovery -- Here, you can experience bird's-eye views while descending 3,500 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyuon to see the mystique and grandeur by landing 300 feet above the mighty Colorado River. The trip lasts about 40 minutes and features 20 minutes at the bottom of the canyon.

Helicopter/Pontoon Boat -- On this tour, you'll have an exciting helicopter flight through the canyon landing 4,000 feet below the rim on the banks of the Colorado River. Then, board a pontoon boat and enjoy a ride on the river between the rugged canyon walls. Children under 2 years old are free.

The Hualapai Legacy Package

This includes a Hualapai Visitation Certificate; photo opportunities with Hualapai members; and also hop-on-hop-off shuttle to all viewpoints.

Eagle Point:

This is a Native American Village where you'll be able to take a walking tour of authentic Native American dwellings depicting multiple tribes demonstrated all day. I loved the music and dancing. At the Amphitheater you'll enjoy live Native American performances from multiple tribes - also demonstrated throughout the day, and creations by Native Hands featuring handmade, authentic Native American jewelry and crafts.

Here you can opt for the Grand Canyon Skywalk - something I'll never forget. It is the only place in the world to walk 4,000 feet over the Grand Canyon floor on the SKYWALK glass bridge. Shoes and cameras aren't allowed, but you can leave your belongings in the supplied lockers and given a key to open them upon your return.

You can also see and enjoy live Native American performances from multiple tribes demonstrated continuously all day at the Amphitheater.

An added bonus are the Creations by Native Hands where you'll find handmade, authentic Native American jewelry and crafts. Make sure to bring your credit card because if you're like I was in this gift shop, I wanted to buy everything in sight!

Guano Point:

Here, Highpoint Hike offers breathtaking panoramic canyon views of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. Also, visit the remnants of a historic tram once stretched 8,800 feet across the canuyon to a guano mine. At the open air Hualapai Market, interact with tribal members offering Native American jewelry and crafts.

Hualapai Ranch

This is real western hospitality, cowboy entertainment and more -- and the food is extra-special, particularly the home-made cole slaw. Wagon rides will give you the real feel for life in the village long ago, and do learn how to rope, quick draw and tomahawk toss the cowboy way! You can also opt for a horseback ride.

Whitewater Raft Trip - The Only One-Day Grand Canyon Trip of Its Kind

The trip begins by exploring the Grand Canyon walls over the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River and includes a hike up to Travertine Falls, a natural waterfall, with an experienced guide. You'll hear about the history and culture of the Hualapai people and might see wildlife while having lunch along the banks of the river. Then, you'll continue through the Grand Canyon on a smooth water ride viewing the towering canyon from a unique perspective, completing this adventure with a helicopter flight up to the top of Grand Canyon west, home of the Skywalk. Rafts depart from Peach Springs, Arizona on Historic Route 66 from the Hualapai Lodge and ground transportation returns you to Peach Springs. Rafts operate March 15 to October 31. Reservations are required.

Where to Eat

Hualapai Ranch

Strictly informal and LOTS of fun and good food, enjoy western hospitality, cowboy entertainment and much more. Wagon rides are included. Learn how to rope, quick draw and tomahawk toss the cowboy way. I thought this was for kids - but once there - I loved every minute and tried archery for the first time, threw a tomahawk and loved watching the cowboys lasso some of the tourists! If time allowed, I would have surely opted for a horseback ride consisting of a 30-minute trail lride that takes visitors to the canyon rim or a 90-minute trail ride along the canyon rim.

Where to Stay

Hualapi Ranch Cabins

Cabins include double and family rooms; adjoining cabins; handicap accessible cabins; in-cabin bathrooms with showers, climate control, campfire and S'mores and cowboy entertainment.

For more information and reservations contact web site www.hualapaitourism.com or call Visitor Reservations and Information at 888-868-9378 (West) or 928-769-2636.

Hualapai Lodge

Stay at Hualapai Lodge on Historic Route 66 and drive over to Grand Canyon West. It's about a 2-hour drive. The Hualapai Experience includes one night at the Lodge and the Legacy Package (above) at Grand Canyon West. The Hualapai Legacy package includes a Hualapai Visitation Certificate; photo opportunities with Hualapai members; hop-on-hop-off shuttle to all viewpoints plus live Native American performances.

The Rendezvous Package at the Lodge includes:

Self-guided getaway; overnight stay at the Lodge; coffee/tea and continental breakfast; 1-mile hike through the towering canyon landscape; picnic lunch, prepared by Diamond Creek Restaurant on the riverbanks of the Colorado River.

The Rendezvous Deluxe package includes:

Guided jeep tour; overnight stay at the Hualapai Lodge; coffee/tea and continental breakfast; majestic views of the towering canyon landscape and lunch at the Diamond Creek Restaurant in the Hualapai Lodge, featuring a traditional Hualapai Taco.

Amenities at this AAA Diamond Award Recipient includes:

60 oversized rooms; free Wi-Fi; electronic locks, fitness center, in-room coffee; smoking and non-smoking rooms; gift shop with mail services; heated salt water pool and spa; package and group rates available; conference rooms/meeting facilities for up to 40 guests; a full service Diamond Creek Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a 24-hour front desk.

Hualapai Lodge is located at 900 Route 66, Peach Springs, AZ 86434

How To Get to Grand Canyon West

Drive your car to Grand Canyon West or tour options are available from Las Vegas, Sedona and Phoenix by plane, helicopter, motorcoach, Hummer, and SUV.

PHOENIX

What to See & Do

Heard Museum (Phoenix)

Phoenix Location: 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults; $9 for seniors (55+); $5 for students with a valid student ID; $3 for children (6-12);
Children under 6, Heard Museum members and Americans Indians receive free admission.
Information: Call 602.252.8848 or visit www.heard.org

Heard Museum West - Surprise

Heard Museum West includes two exhibition galleries, a classroom and the world-class Heard Museum Shop.

HEARD MUSEUM · PHOENIX
The Heard Museum features 10 exhibit galleries, the original Heard Museum Shop, the Berlin Gallery of the Heard Museum Shop featuring outstanding fine art, lush outdoor courtyards and walkways, multiple gardens and the Café at the Heard. Stop in for a fast snack or drink at the Coffee Cantina or browse the selection at Books & More. Enjoy daily public guided tours at noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Latest Events & Exhibits

·         American Indian Veterans National Memorial (ongoing)
·         N. Scott Momaday: Art and Poetry (ongoing)
·         HOME: Native People in the Southwest (ongoing)
·         Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection (ongoing)
·         History & Collections of the Heard Museum (ongoing)
·         Every Picture Tells a Story (ongoing)
·         Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience (ongoing)
·         We Are! Arizona’s First People (ongoing)

All programs included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Heard Museum · Phoenix
Location: 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, every day except Dec. 25 & Easter Sunday and July 4.
Cost:                May 24-Sept. 28: $23 adults, $18.50 for seniors (65+), $12.50 for students with a valid student ID,
$12.50 for children ages 6-12. Children 1-5 and American Indians $5. Children age 1 and younger and Heard Museum members are free. ($5 per person gate fee charged for BUILD! exhibit.)
                       After Sept. 28: $18 adults, $13.50 for seniors (65+), $7.50 for students with a valid student ID, $7.50 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger (free). Heard Museum members and American Indians receive free admission.

Information: Call 602.252.8848 or visit www.heard.org

HEARD MUSEUM PHOENIX SHOP

Hours:   October – June: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday; Closed only on Christmas Day

             June 1 – September 30: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Info:      602.252.8344 or 1.800.252.8344

Web:     HeardMuseumShop.com AND BerlinGallery.org

BERLIN GALLERY

Hours:   October – June: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday; Closed only on Christmas Day

             June 1 – September 30: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Info:      602.252.8344 or 1.800.252.8344

Web:     BerlinGallery.org

BOOKS & MORE

Hours:   October – June: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday; Closed only on Christmas day

             June 1 – September 30: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Info:      602.251.0258 or 1.800.252.8344

Web:     HeardMuseumShop.com

HEARD MUSEUM ONLINE SHOP

Web:     HeardMuseumShop.com 

DINING AT THE HEARD MUSEUM (Phoenix)

COURTYARD CAFÉ AT THE HEARD MUSEUM

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hours:     11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Sunday

Info:        602.251.0204

Web:       heard.org/visit/dining

COFFEE CANTINA AT HEARD MUSEUM PHOENIX

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

What to See & Do at the Heard Museum (Phoenix)

The Heard’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest --

attracting competitors at several age levels from all over the United States and Canada in February. During Fall, the Heard celebrates First Fridays, the popular monthly festivals of art, culture and food with its own offerings joining so many others in the central Phoenix core.

In March the Guild Indian Fair & Market, celebrates the many varied forms of Native basketry. See and purchase works by the Native artists of tomorrow at the Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale. In April, observe Hopi carvers create Katsina dolls for sale at the Katsina Doll Marketplace.

Ongoing Exhibits:

HOME: NATIVE PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHWEST
Experience the living cultures of the Southwest’s American Indian people in the 21st century. This signature exhibit presents art from the Heard’s permanent collection that tells many stories of “home” for Southwestern Native peoples. Organized by region and presented in first-person voice, HOME reveals the importance of family, community, land and languages in the lives of American Indian communities. Stories are told through interviews and recollections with artists and tribal members, commissioned works of art, photomurals, poetry and film. More Information: heard.org/home

AROUND THE WORLD: THE HEARD MUSEUM COLLECTION

Tour the global span of the Heard’s permanent collection. This exhibit focuses on more than 80 years of collecting and preserving Native art and cultures in the Southwest and beyond. Starting with examples of work collected by museum founders Dwight and Maie Heard, and including donations by artists and collectors such as Byron Harvey III and Richard Faletti, the exhibit features objects and artwork from indigenous peoples of North and South America as well as Oceania.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
Sponsored by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
This interactive, kid-friendly exhibit explores the meanings behind the designs and symbols depicted in American Indian artwork. Whirlwind, saguaro, lizard, maize and coyote track designs are displayed alongside image-laden artwork from the Northwest Coast and the Arctic tundra.

REMEMBERING OUR INDIAN SCHOOL DAYS: THE BOARDING SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
This groundbreaking exhibit explores the controversial 1879 U.S. federal government mandate designed to “civilize,” assimilate and Americanize American Indian children by sending them to Indian boarding schools. Learn how Native children were separated from their families and often stripped of cultural identity and language. Through sounds from the past, poignant black-and-white photomurals, and the voices and words of boarding school attendees, this moving exhibit traces the history and evolution of the American Indian boarding school experience.
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, Intel Corporation, Mr. & Mrs. William Freeman, Bank of America, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lynn and the Roger S. Firestone Foundation.

WE ARE! ARIZONA’S FIRST PEOPLE

Perfect for families and school groups, this interactive gallery invites visitors to learn more about the past, present and future of Arizona’s 21 federally recognized tribal communities. From the importance of land and family to the preservation of languages and traditions, We Are! opens a door on the contemporary worlds of Native America.
Sponsored by the Virginia M. Ullman Foundation, The Arizona Republic, the Dorrance Family Foundation and Mr. & Mrs. William Freeman.

HISTORY AND COLLECTIONS OF THE HEARD MUSEUM

In 1929, Dwight Heard and Maie Bartlett Heard founded the Heard Museum, establishing what has become an internationally recognized center for Native cultures and art. This exhibit traces the museum’s history of more than eight decades, offering a glimpse into the Heard’s unparalleled collections of American Indian art and cultural materials with an emphasis on the Southwest.

AMERICAN INDIAN VETERANS NATIONAL MEMORIAL

The only known national monument dedicated to American Indian veterans who served their country in many conflicts is on display facing the Libby Amphitheater on the grounds of the Heard Museum. The American Indian Veterans National Memorial contains several panels that include historical information on American Indians’ contribution to the defense of the United States, as well as the names of American Indians who received the Medal of Honor. Several sizable sculptures by several Native artists and a water feature complete the Memorial.
The Memorial was funded by a gift from TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Construction services donated by Kitchell Construction. Design by John Douglas Architects.

Major Public Events

FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE HEARD
First Fridays comes to the Heard Museum! Heard offers free admission from 6 to 9 p.m. every First Friday of the month except March. Visitors can enjoy the Heard’s 12 exhibit galleries, nationally-acclaimed Courtyard Café and gourmet drinks at the Coffee Cantina, and see the best in Native art at the Heard Shops. Visit heard.org for information on specific Friday offerings.

HEARD MUSEUM • 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
Cost: $18 adults; $13.50 seniors (65+); $7.50 students with ID; $7.50 children (6-12);
children under 6 years, American Indians and Heard Museum members receive free admission.
Info: 602.252.8848
Web: heard.org
HEARD MUSEUM SHOPS • 3 Ways to Shop!

HEARD MUSEUM PHOENIX SHOP – INCLUDING THE COLLECTOR’S ROOM
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
Info: 602.252.8344 or 1.800.252.8344
Web: Heardshops.com

BOOKS & MORE
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Easter Sunday,
Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
Info: 602.251.0258 or 1.800.252.8344
Web: Heardshops.com

HEARD MUSEUM ONLINE SHOP
Web: Heardshops.com

DINING AT THE HEARD MUSEUM
COURTYARD CAFÉ AT THE HEARD MUSEUM
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily; Closed on Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and
Christmas
Info: 602.251.0204
Web: heard.org/cafe

COFFEE CANTINA AT HEARD MUSEUM PHOENIX
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; Closed on Easter Sunday,
    Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas

HEARD MUSEUM LIBRARY
HEARD MUSEUM BILLIE JANE BAGULEY LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Info: 602.252.0281
Web: heard.org/library

APache Spirit: Haozous/Houser Sculpture

Famed for both his paintings and sculpture, Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser shared his love of art and moving expressions of Apache culture to create a family legacy that extends to the distinctive work of his sons Bob and Phillip Haozous. This exhibit will highlight the different ways in which these three artists bring Apache spirit to their sculpture.

Ongoing Exhibits at Heard Museum Phoenix:

HOME: NATIVE PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHWEST

Experience the living cultures of the Southwest’s American Indian people in the 21st century. This signature exhibit presents art from the Heard’s permanent collection that tells many stories of “home” for Southwestern Native peoples. Organized by region and presented in first-person voice, HOME reveals the importance of family, community, land and languages in the lives of American Indian communities. Stories are told through interviews and recollections with artists and tribal members, commissioned works of art, photomurals, poetry, films, a media room and an indigenous plant garden. More Information: heard.org/home

AROUND THE WORLD: THE HEARD MUSEUM COLLECTION

Tour the global span of the Heard’s permanent collection. This exhibit focuses on more than 75 years of collecting and preserving Native art and cultures in the Southwest and beyond. Starting with examples of work collected by museum founders Dwight and Maie Heard, and including donations by artists and collectors such as Byron Harvey and Richard Faletti, the exhibit features objects and artwork from indigenous peoples of North and South America as well as Oceania.

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

Sponsored by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

This interactive, kid-friendly exhibit explores the meanings behind the designs and symbols depicted in American Indian artwork. Whirlwind, saguaro, lizard, maze and coyote track designs are displayed alongside image-laden artwork from the Northwest Coast and the Arctic tundra.

REMEMBERING OUR INDIAN SCHOOL DAYS: THE BOARDING SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, Intel Corporation, Mr. & Mrs. William Freeman, Bank of America, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Lynn and the Roger S. Firestone Foundation

This groundbreaking exhibit explores the controversial 1879 U.S. federal government mandate designed to “civilize,” assimilate and Americanize American Indian children by sending them to Indian boarding schools. Learn how Native children were separated from their families and often stripped of cultural identity and language.

Through sounds from the past, poignant black-and-white photomurals, and the voices and words of boarding school attendees, this moving exhibit traces the history and evolution of the American Indian boarding school experience.

WE ARE! ARIZONA’S FIRST PEOPLE

Sponsored by Virginia Ullman, The Arizona Republic, the Dorrance Family Foundation and Mr. & Mrs. William Freeman

Perfect for families and school groups, this interactive gallery invites visitors to learn more about the past, present and future of Arizona’s 21 federally recognized tribal communities. From the importance of land and family to the preservation of languages and traditions, We Are! opens a door on the contemporary worlds of Native America.

HISTORY AND COLLECTIONS OF THE HEARD MUSEUM

In 1929, Dwight Heard and Maie Bartlett Heard founded the Heard Museum, establishing what has become an internationally recognized center for Native cultures and art. This exhibit traces the museum’s history of more than seven decades, offering a glimpse into the Heard’s unparalleled collections of American Indian art and cultural materials with an emphasis on the Southwest.

Major Public Events

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) --

debuts a new exhibit dedicated to the beloved genre of jazz. The exhibit, located in the museum’s United States/Canada gallery, will be home to some of jazz history’s most noteworthy instruments and will be one of the largest genre exhibits at the museum. The jazz exhibit will include approximately 20 instruments, many played by jazz greats, as well as original, unreleased performance footage of Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Mann, and Lewis Nash from Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Some highlights from the exhibit include a cornet played by Louis Armstrong, clarinet played by Benny Goodman, trumpet played by Harry James, drum set played by Lewis Nash, and guitar played by Charlie Christian.

Hopi Land --

Get to know more about their art and culture by traveling on the Hopi Arts Trail. The Hopi Arts Trail is a cooperative effort of Hopi owned galleries, Hopi artists, and Hopi guides in the villages across the Hopi reservation. There are approximately a dozen galleries across Hopi, most of which are family-owned by the artists. Visit the galleries located in Hopi villages on the First, Second, and Third Mesas in northeastern Arizona to get a unique look at Hopi basketry/weaving, carving/katsinas, pottery, and jewelry and silverwork. The Hopi Arts Trail was conceived by the Upper Moenkopi Village to enhance opportunity for all Hopi. The Upper Village of Moenkopi is the Western Gateway to Hopi situated across from the Navajo community of Tuba City midway between the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. 

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)--

opens a new exhibit dedicated to the beloved genre of jazz. The exhibit currently open is located in the museum’s United States/Canada gallery, and houses some of jazz history’s most noteworthy instruments – This is one of the largest genre exhibits at the museum. The jazz exhibit includes approximately 20 instruments, many played by jazz greats, as well as original, unreleased performance footage of Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Mann, and Lewis Nash from Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. Some highlights from the exhibit include a cornet played by Louis Armstrong, clarinet played by Benny Goodman, trumpet played by Harry James, drum set played by Lewis Nash, and guitar played by Charlie Christian.

To celebrate Arizona’s Centennial--

and more than a quarter century of cultural achievements by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, the City of Phoenix has opened “The Gallery @ City Hall,” a newly renovated gallery on the first floor of City Hall. The gallery, open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., is free to the public and features key works from the city’s nearly 100 years of collecting art. The current exhibit, "Place: Images of the West," features 23 works of art including paintings, photographs and prints that highlight the landscape-inspired vision of artists working in the west.

Hayden Flour Mill --

An old friend is being welcomed back to the Mill Ave neighborhood – after being closed for nearly 15 years, the historic Hayden Flour Mill has reopened to the public. Tempe City Hall and Mayor Hugh Hallman took up the cause and renovated the facility with private and public sector dollars. The public is encouraged to take a step back into history and tour the facility that was built in the late 1800s.

PLAY GOLF

The Boulders Resort, home to one of Golf magazine’s “Top 10 Golf Courses,” is offering exceptional summer values and golf instruction at the Boulders Golf Academy. New for summer is the “Family Golfers Guide”—ideal for families, new golfers or golfers who need help with approach shots—which allows participants to play the new and innovative "Pebble Tee's" with hole lengths between 60 and 200 yards with tees. The “Summer Bonus Golf Series” is perfect for the avid golfer to build consistency in the game and it includes added value. “Summer Vacation Fix” includes two days of instruction (a total of 4 hours), personalized full swing diagnosis; short game finesse shots; and two 9-hole rounds. 

Relax -- Go To A SPA

Golden Door Spa -- In order to help with the physical and psychological ailments of daily stress, the Golden Door Spa has introduced a new “Desert De-Stress Package,” including a vacation package and meditation classes. The package includes a 50-minute therapeutic massage, 50-minute Vitamin C facial, and a relaxing lunch at the Spa Café. Additionally, the Spa has expanded its meditation sessions so guests can take advantage of a variety of programs designed to help them address stress in their lives. In private meditation, guests learn techniques for stress reduction, including visualization and connection of the mind, body and spirit. Meditation takes place in the Spa’s labyrinth, the organic garden, on a meditative walk or in the Spa’s authentic Tipi – a structure that stands 18 feet in diameter and 26 feet in height and is used for guided meditation sessions by the Spa’s resident “shamanic ceremonialist”. Astrological Soul Readings and the Spa's Wellness Series presented by a Buddhist Monk are other programs offered at the Golden Door Spa that can help ease stress and promote spiritual healing and wellness.

With age comes wisdom, but also sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles. So, the legendary Golden Door® Spa at the Boulders Resort will introduce a new Natural Face Lift treatment a signature Plant Stem Cell Serum, which is a highly effective combination of both corrective and protective antioxidants. This facial gently exfoliates and deeply hydrates, helping erase fine lines and wrinkles for visibly firmer, more toned skin.

Where to Eat

Federal Pizza --

The soul of North Central Phoenix is about to run a little deeper as Upward Projects, a group of locally-focused restaurateurs headed by Craig & Kris DeMarco and Lauren & Wyatt Bailey, prepares to open their latest vision, Federal Pizza, in the historic First Federal Savings & Loan building originally designed by famed architect Al Beadle. When the restaurant opens to the public in early October, diners can look forward to a menu of big healthy salads, sharable appetizers, and perhaps most exciting of all, wood-fired pizzas designed by master baker MJ Coe.

Del Frisco’s Grille--

(which opened locally June 9th, 2012 at the Camelback Esplanade) has been named one of this year’s “Hot Concepts” by Nation’s Restaurant News. Del Frisco’s Grille serves contemporary American cuisine and features an approachable menu, a vibrant atmosphere, an expansive wine list, hand-crafted cocktails and genuine hospitality. Nation’s Restaurant News’ 18th annual Hot Concepts Awards recognize four emerging companies showing innovation, bold tactics and tremendous potential for growth. 

Province Restaurant in The Westin Phoenix Downtown --

invites guests to “travel” throughout Latin American this fall by enjoying a culinary adventure in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Executive Chef Randy Zweiban created a Latin Passport Dinner Series that guides Province patrons on a rich and exciting tour of flavors, dishes and cultures. With a stamp of satisfaction, guests will feel as though they embarked on a Latin-inspired culinary journey. This fall, each "Latin Passport Dinner Series" will begin on the first Saturday of the month and each country represented will be featured every Saturday throughout the month. All dinners will feature a four-course menu for $35 per person with supplemental beverage pairings available.

Market Street Kitchen --

James Beard Award-winning chef Robert McGrath is putting his apron back on and joining owner Paul Keeler and Keeler Hospitality Group to create a socially-focused neighborhood restaurant. Market Street Kitchen features McGrath’s signature western cooking, but with some new twists including rotisserie meats, charcuterie and cheese, and backed by an all-star kitchen team including chef de cuisine Matt Taylor (previously the Executive Chef at NOCA). Market Street Kitchen also offers rustic, American fare centered on wood-fired cooking techniques. 

Rusconi's American kitchen --

The chef known for putting Arizona’s treasured resorts back on the culinary map is now set to upgrade the north Valley dining scene. Award-winning Chef Michael Rusconi has carefully plotted his comeback with the launch of an entirely new dining experience all his own, aptly named Rusconi’s American Kitchen. Rusconi’s new venture opens early September – bringing major foodie relief to an affluent area currently dominated by national chain restaurants.

Humble Pie --

It’s lucky number five for Humble Pie, which has opened a fifth restaurant in the Valley. The new location offers the same comfortable, social setting with a slight contemporary design. There are 80 seats in the main dining area including the bar, a display kitchen and 50-seat patio. The 10-foot-glass doors in the main dining room open up to the patio creating an open-air dining experience creating a polished, unpretentious environment and high-quality dishes that continue to earn Humble Pie its reputation as a neighborhood favorite.

TQÒA --

Prepare to indulge your senses with a blend of Southwestern, Mexican and Southern cuisine when TQLA, the newest addition to Mesa's culinary and mixology communities. Celebrating one of the fastest growing spirits in the world, TQLA which was voted one of the best Tequila Bars in USA Today, features a collection of tequilas on tap, hyper-cooled to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. TQLA will also be using locally sourced and organic products along with a wood fired grill to enhance the flavor profile of its food.  

Squash Blossom--

the latest eatery to inhabit the area around First Street and McKinley in downtown Phoenix, has officially opened. An affordable breakfast and lunch spot courtesy of caterers Brian and Carrie Lester, Squash Blossom features a traditional menu of breakfast and lunch favorites using an array of locally sourced products. Don’t miss out on the pumpkin pie pancakes for only $6, or the AZ Chipotle Chicken Salad, topped with tender strips of chipotle-seasoned grilled chicken, for just $8. Plus, stop for a sweet snack on your way out at the counter near the entrance and peruse a selection of homemade bakery items.

Songbird Coffee & Tea House --

has opened on the historic Roosevelt Row inside the MonOrchid Building in Downtown Phoenix. Owned by husband and wife team Erin and Jonathan Carroll, this industrial yet modern corner shop offers a unique beverage menu consisting of locally roasted Cortez coffee, served pour-over style, and Tucson-based Maya Tea Company selections. Other options include Thai tea, espresso sprinters, and Cubano style sweetened espresso shots. The shop also offers sweets from Bertha’s Café, danishes and bagels from Smart Cookie, and gourmet burritos from Mi Comida. Apart from serving gourmet coffee and tasty treats, the married duo also hope to work with the monOrchid manager, Wayne Rainey, to book concerts in the common area, along with eventually hosting free movie nights, art displays and poetry readings.

Quiessence --

a favorite hidden dining spot nestled in the Farm at South Mountain, is back and ready to get the season started after its annual summer hiatus. Open for dinner service Tuesday through Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. until close. Take advantage of the cooling weather and come experience one of the one of the Valley's only true "daily menus."

Province restaurant in The Westin Phoenix Downtown --

invites guests to “travel” throughout Latin American this fall by enjoying a culinary adventure in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Executive Chef Randy Zweiban created a “Latin Passport Dinner Series” that guides Province patrons on a rich and exciting tour of flavors, dishes and cultures, including Puerto Rico, Argentina and Brazil. This fall, each “Latin Passport Dinner Series” will begin on the first Saturday of the month, and each country represented will be featured every Saturday throughout the month. All dinners will feature a four-course menu for $35 per person with supplemental beverage pairings available. The beverage pairings will highlight the cocktails and wines of the corresponding country.

That’s A Wrap! --

is offering a new summer-inspired menu featuring refreshing salads, wraps and cocktails, perfect for those craving a satisfying and easy summer meal. Get your green on with the new vegan “Earthly” wrap or a salad, or indulge in “The Rocky” steak salad, now with a power punch of marinated flank steak. Or, gear up for a night on the town with the new “Shandy,” a perfect mix of pale lager and house made lemonade for only $1, available on Friday and Saturday evenings all summer. That’s A Wrap! is located on Camelback Road and serves the wrap, salad and bowl menu from open to close each day.

Searsucker Scottsdale --

is serving a menu of New American Classic cuisine emphasizing unpretentious dishes paired with craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of one-of-a-kind wines from all over the world. Located on Camelback Road, next to The Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, Searsucker will serve lunch during the week, dinner daily, and brunch on Sundays with a late night menu and upbeat music playing until 2 a.m. on weekends. The launch of Searsucker Scottsdale is the sixth restaurant to open in just under two years from Enlightened Hospitality Group, the San Diego-based hospitality-development company founded by Malarkey and Brennan in 2010.

Cask 63 American Eatery and Wine Bar --

in Scottsdale introduces a new summer menu featuring lighter fare and seasonal ingredients including summer squash, pears, tomatoes, apples, lemons and more! Some of the new dishes include the Red Crab Salad, Grilled Summer Squash Panini and the Granny Smith Apple Salad. Don’t miss out on Cask’s other cool summer specials, with 1⁄2 priced bottles of wine on Mondays (with the purchase of an entrée), buy one appetizer, get the second one at half price on Tuesdays, and “Cosmo Day” Wedensdays, offering 1⁄2 priced Cosmopolitans all night long.

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails --

at CityScape Phoenix has announced the newest “bar star” to the team mixologist Shel Bourdon – to spearhead one of the state’s most ambitious cocktail programs at the soon-to-open restaurant. A 24-year old protégée deemed one of the top five female mixologists in Los Angeles by Urban Times before relocating to the desert last July, Bourdon took Scottsdale by storm, earning considerable local and national attention as the winner of the Last Slinger Standing Ultimate Shake Off competition during February’s Arizona Cocktail Week. Bourdon’s menu will be an integral part of Blue Hound’s gastro lounge concept, treating Phoenix restaurant-goers to artfully designed cocktails paired with Chef Stephen Jones’ contemporary American shared plates. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, located at Hotel Palomar, opened in June 2012.

Fuego CityScape

Downtown diners will have yet another local restaurant favorite to frequent this summer as CityScape Phoenix prepares to welcome Fuego CityScape. Opening its doors the first week of June, Fuego CityScape will offer modern Mexican cuisine with a colorful, vibrant atmosphere and a casual yet intimate vibe. The menu will highlight local ingredients and small plates of Mexican favorites including quesadillas, nachos, and Fuego’s award-winning Pernil tacos with mango salsa. A variety of lunch options will include sliders and the Sangria Salad. On the cocktail menu, look for Fuego’s esteemed house-made sangria and craft mojitos. Fuego CityScape will offer happy hour food and drink specials from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturday.

The Center Stage Bar --

at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa is doing its part to help “save our planet” by introducing its new “Wines on Tap,” offering a wine product that is at its peak, right from the barrel and into the keg. With wine on tap, there is no waste; there are approximately 26 bottles worth of wine in a keg, which saves more than two cases worth of glass, cork, cartons and labels. Empty kegs are returned for washing, sterilization and refilling, and there is a short travel time in temperature controlled containers. Offering quality, value and a sensitivity to our environment, the “Wines on Tap” is a welcomed complement to the bar’s 375-label Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. The current offerings include: Gotham Project – Columbia Valley, Washington and Monterey, California; Copain – Mendocino, California and Imprint Cellars – Alexander Valley, California.

Del Frisco’s Grille --

is a new concept for the Texas-based restaurant group, also known for its award-winning brands Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. The new-kid-on-the-block Grille concept combines a comfortable and social atmosphere with exciting cuisine, an expansive wine list and hand-crafted cocktails. Welcoming guests with genuine hospitality, Del Frisco’s Grille takes the classic bar and grill to new heights, with Executive Chef Kevin Wemlinger's menu featuring a selection of appetizers, innovative flatbreads, hearty salads, fresh selections from the sea, two-fisted sandwiches and “knife and fork” entrees, as well as Del Frisco’s award-winning Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and renowned signature hand-cut prime steaks. Del Frisco’s Director of Wine, David O’Day, has crafted a mammoth wine list with more than 400 selections. For those looking for something other than wine, Del Frisco’s Grille will feature a selection of hand-crafted cocktails, such as the Apt. 5D, skinny cocktails and signature shots on tap, like the Honey Badger. The bar will also feature a curated selection of draft and bottled beers including local favorites and sought-after craft beers. Del Frisco’s Grill will occupy 7,379 square-feet of space, plus an additional 3,000 square-feet of rooftop patio and bar space. The restaurant opens to the public on June 9th with daily lunch and dinner service. 

For more information on any of these events or updates, please contact the
Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau Media Department.

Where to Stay

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s --

Green Committee adopts a Valley METRO Light Rail station to help keep the neighborhood clean and beautiful. The METRO light rail is a project developed on behalf of and with the support of its community. Now the Central Avenue and Van Buren Street light rail station will be monitored and cared after by the hotel’s committee. As part of a bigger initiative, this effort will foster new relationships amongst the surrounding areas. The Green Committee has been actively working on connecting with the downtown Phoenix community, supporting the Phoenix sustainability efforts and making an overall sustainable difference.

The Arizona Biltmore --

is preparing 10 incredible epicurean evenings for the resort’s 23rd season of “Winemaker Dinners”. They will feature original menus paired with specially selected wines, spending time with the creators of the wines, after-dinner drinks and cigars, and special showings of luxury products. The first dinner, on September 20, featured a jewelry showing by Hyde Park Jewelers, with guests also offered the opportunity to wear the jewelry during dinner. For each dinner, Arizona Biltmore Executive Chef Todd Sicolo and Executive Sous Chef Conor Favre will create a unique menu of four-to-six courses, each paired with an appropriate wine of the evening’s featured winery. The winemaker or other representative of the winery will participate, talking about the wines, answering questions and socializing with guests.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa --

celebrated 10 years of luxury in the Valley. The property features 950 recently remodeled guestrooms, 10 dining experiences, the renowned Revive Spa, eight tennis courts and four acres of shimmering pools and waterways including the celebrated Lazy River with a serpentine slide, and two championship golf courses.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort--

announces its new organic and seasonal children’s menu created exclusively for Hyatt by renowned food pioneer and chef, Alice Waters. The new menu, featuring a three-course organic meal, marks the first hotel project for Waters and complements Hyatt’s groundbreaking “For Kids By Kids” menu, providing children more nutritious, fresh and interactive offerings. The new children’s food and beverage offerings will be offered in all full-service Hyatt hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. To add another layer of fun to mealtime, Hyatt will launch a Flavor Journey online experience in September where kids and parents can learn more about organic foods, the “For Kids By Kids” menu and enjoy games and activities.

Hotel Valley Ho --

has added a new meeting room and an adjoining hospitality suite to its event space. The meeting room offers 760 square feet of space, which is divisible into two 380-square-foot rooms and features a 320-square-foot patio. The setup will be customized for each event. Amenities include high-definition TVs and WiFi and cable modem connectivity. The new meeting room and suite are abundant with natural light, featuring floor-to-ceiling glass and mid-century-modern style. They bring the hotel’s offerings to 12,500 square feet of indoor meeting space and over 25,000 square feet of sunny outdoor space.

Proof at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale --

presents homestyle comfort fare sourced exclusively from the 50 states. Embark on a cross-country road trip through the main street of America, tapping into the nation’s rich heritage and the historic days of Route 66. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in this relaxed American canteen, featuring menu items such as fried green tomatoes, shrimp and oyster po’boys, and chicken and waffles with bacon and bourbon syrup. Guests can take in the outdoors from every angle with walls that open to views of Pinnacle Peak and extensive patio dining. Televisions, games and a bustling bar bring buzzing energy to the restaurant on a nightly basis.

The Phoenician

welcomes Cactus League Spring Training fans with two exclusive packages designed to make the most of their 2012 Cactus League experience. The “Diamond Package” starts at just $749 per night and includes: AAA Five Diamond accommodations, a shuttle service to/from Old Town Scottsdale (located one block from Scottsdale Stadium), a Spring Training welcome amenity, one appetizer after games, with a ticket stub, at the Relish Burger Bistro, and one round of golf at The Phoenician Golf Club. Starting at $639 per night, the “Rookie Package” includes the above plus admittance to the Funician Kids club half-day activities program and one complimentary in-room family movie.

Montelucia Resort and Spa

has announced Michael Cairns as its new executive chef. Cairns, who was the former executive chef at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, will be overseeing all aspects of dining including the Monetlucia Resort and Spa’s signature restaurant, Prado, as well as the ROQ Poolside Bistro, room service, catering and special events. In his new role, Chef Cairns plans to add a renewed focus on tapas, featuring grilled meats and steaks. At Prado, Chef Cairns will concentrate on simplicity and incorporate family-style options to the menu.

The Boulders Resort

has added a new interactive feature to its room service menu: a complete “Grill Your Own” meal for guests to prepare themselves on the privacy of their own patio. The resort will deliver a deluxe picnic basket with an array of “Grill Your Own” foods that guests can fire grill to their own personal preferences right on their private patio overlooking the stunning Sonoran Desert. The menu features a variety of prepared courses, including: Watercress & Arugula Salad with Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette, Signature Waldorf Salad, Rustic Bread and Butter, Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, assorted grilled vegetables and an assortment of mini pastries. The grill your own entrees include a 10 oz. New York Steak with Signature BBQ Sauce and a choice of Marinated Breast of Chicken with Sautéed Mushrooms and Onions or a King Salmon Filet with Cilantro Lime Butter Sauce. The $90 per person menu is available for a minimum of four people, and is only available to guests staying in one of the resort's residentially-appointed Villas or Haciendas.

The Hermosa Inn

Plan a “Spring Escape” at The Hermosa Inn. Guests visiting from now thru April 30 can stay a minimum of three nights or more or in Casita, Deluxe Casita or Granda Casita accommodations and receive a $50 credit per day. The credit can be applied to the room rate, food and beverages, or used at the spa.

Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau | 400 E Van Buren Street STE 600 Phoenix, AZ 85004 | 602-254-6500

SCOTTSDALE

Where to Stay

Chef's Kitchen and Herb Garden Debuts at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia has introduced a newly constructed 4,000 square foot Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden. Not only will the garden provide fresh, local produce and herbs for use at the resort’s culinary outlets, including its flagship restaurant Prado, but the space will also serve as an exceptional venue for high-end experiential events focusing on indigenous cuisine, fitness, wellness and spa-related activities. Offering sweeping views of Camelback Mountain, the Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden will also be ideal for private dinners, intimate weddings, executive-sized meetings, banquet events, charity receptions, and more.

Complementing the new venue, guests will be invited to expand their horizons and enjoy a variety of daily experiential events in the Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden, including indoor hot yoga classes, mediation sessions, wine and tapas tastings, cooking demonstrations, and wellness packages – inclusive of a juicing class – under the expertise of Executive Chef Michael Cairns and Chef de Cuisine Tom Vykulil. Opportunities for exclusive and romantic couples activities such as “Dinner Under the Stars” and “Dinner and a Movie” will be offered in the new space as well.

The Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden joins the property’s multiple outdoor venues, including Camelback Suite, Valencia Lawn, Kasbah Patio, Cortijo Plaza, and the Andalusian Suite. The space has the capacity to welcome up to 75 people for catered receptions, encompassing both the indoor and outdoor areas. Saturated by natural light from the custom Spanish doorways, the large indoor Chef’s Kitchen features a display induction cooking island, custom millwork, hammered brass finishes, and Sub-Zero & Wolf appliances.

The 2,500 square-foot outdoor Herb Garden will grow its own citrus trees and herbs such as sage, rosemary, basil, cilantro, and a variety of exotic mints, including chocolate mint. Seasonal plantings in the garden will bear summer squashes, heirloom tomatoes, and fall root vegetables as well, and will be utilized in the property’s cuisine including their signature wood-fired dishes, daily paellas, and tapas. Omni Scottsdale Resort’s in-house horticulturist and landscaper will oversee seasonal plantings at the Herb Garden in conjunction with Executive Chef Cairns. The Herb Garden will also serve as an ideal location for intimate wedding ceremonies between 25 and 30 guests, with Camelback Mountain as the backdrop and the interior acting as the reception area.

About Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Ranked 6th on Travel + Leisure's 500 "Best U.S. Hotels List" in Arizona and one of Condé Nast Traveler's "Best Spas" in 2014, Omni Scottsdale Resort is an exclusive oasis inspired by the exotic locales of Morocco and Andalusia in Southern Spain. Nestled at the base of picturesque Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the resort boasts 293 spacious guest rooms, including 38 luxury suites and two presidential suites, and award-winning culinary experiences including the critically-acclaimed Prado restaurant. Omni Scottsdale Resort’s crown jewel - Joya Spa is home to Scottsdale's only Hammam treatment spa – a rejuvenating Moroccan-inspired hot and cold bathing ritual. Located just 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), the resort’s meeting facilities include more than 100,000 square-feet of modern luxury banquet and event space, including 27,000 square-feet of indoor meeting space, along with eight outdoor gardens, courtyards, and lawns perfect for conventions, board meetings and weddings.  A member of the Omni Hotels & Resorts portfolio, the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is a privately owned and debt-free legacy purchase. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com/scottsdale or call 1-480-627-3200.

\Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

A trip to Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Spanish-inspired luxury resort, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, where travelers and locals alike are treated to a host of unique experiences, exclusive to this Omni property. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia has a plethora of summer dining and wellness programs, activities, and events designed to keep guests and locals alike cool as temperatures rise, while nodding to the resort’s unique Spanish heritage.

Taste of Montelucia Package
Indulge in exquisite culinary options at the helm of Executive Chef Michael Cairns in this Spanish-infused summer package. From chilled melon gazpacho with a prosciutto crisp and to refreshing cocktails such as the Montelucia Sangria featuring Rioja, aged balsamic and strawberries, this summer food and beverage menu celebrates the resort’s Spanish heritage with light and refreshing options. Whether enjoying the award-winning cuisine at Prado restaurant, innovative bites at CENTRO or the light, healthy plates on offer at Joya Spa Terrace, guests will savor the freshest, local ingredients and marvel at the inspiring Andalusian atmosphere.

Viva la Vida
Every day at Omni Resort Montelucia, guests ‘live the life’ by being whisked away to the Andalusian region of Spain. This summer is no different with Spanish-infused activities based on traditions and customs that will turn guests into wine connoisseurs and traditional Spanish cooks. From extensive weekly Spanish wine tastings and how to make a refreshing batch of traditional Sangria and the best zesty salsa in Arizona, discerning guests will be transported with these bespoke offerings.

Soothe into Summer
The resort’s crown jewel – Joya Spa, home to Scottsdale’s only Hammam treatment spa –encourages guests to unwind and relax with a new special summer treatment: the Desert Aloe Soothing Body Wrap. Infusing characteristics of the Arizonian desert, the Desert Aloe Soothing Body Wrap is a cooling, hydrating and skin healing treatment with aloe, cucumber, organic lavender, and seabuckthorn berry. A rejuvenating body wrap is followed by a moisturizing application of aloe and shea body butter. To book the 50-minute Desert Aloe Soothing Body Wrap, call 480-627-3020.

Gear up with Bocce Ball
Learn the popular European sport on the resort’s very own Bocce Lawn and enjoy some friendly competition. Omni Resort Montelucia will have a Bocce Ball expert teach the fundamentals of the game to resort guests seeking a different type of sporting venture. The Bocce Ball fun takes place on Saturday’s and is complimentary for resort guests all summer long.

About Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Ranked 6th on Travel + Leisure's 500 "Best U.S. Hotels List" in Arizona and one of Condé Nast Traveler's "Best Spas" in 2014, Omni Resort Montelucia is an exclusive oasis inspired by the exotic locales of Morocco and Andalusia in Southern Spain. Nestled at the base of picturesque Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the resort boasts 293 spacious guest rooms, including 38 luxury suites and two presidential suites, and award-winning culinary experiences including the critically-acclaimed Prado restaurant. Omni Resort Montelucia's crown jewel - Joya Spa is home to Scottsdale's only Hammam treatment spa – a rejuvenating Moroccan-inspired hot and cold bathing ritual. Located just 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), the resort’s meeting facilities include more than 100,000 square-feet of modern luxury banquet and event space, including 27,000 square-feet of indoor meeting space, along with seven outdoor gardens, courtyards, and lawns perfect for conventions, board meetings and weddings. A member of the Omni Hotels & Resorts portfolio, the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is a privately owned and debt-free legacy purchase. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com/scottsdale or call 1-480-627-3200.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants, Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options. Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain announces plans for an ongoing “Artists in Residence” series recently launched. During the month of March, guests and spa members can mingle with artists (and explore their own creativity) during special events, ranging from wine and cheese receptions to demonstrations and interactive sculpting classes, all offered compliments of Sanctuary. The “Artists in Residence” series will feature visiting artists of an assortment of styles and mediums, from stone and bronze sculptor Upton Ethelbah to visual artist and urban muralist Jaque Fragua. Those who want a full art immersion may opt for Sanctuary’s three-night travel package, available throughout March. Starting at $1,649 with tax and gratuity, the package includes: accommodations in a mountain vista casita, breakfast for two each morning, and VIP access to “Meet the Artist” wine and cheese receptions and artist demonstrations.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is one of the country's most lauded luxury resorts, and is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. The resort enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary has been recognized as the 'top resort' in the United States by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, and has been a Conde Nast Traveler "Gold List" and "Readers Choice" winner since opening in 2001 and is regularly included in Travel Leisure's "T L 500" list of World's Best Hotels.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North --

presents “Lunchbox Lessons” this Labor Day weekend, teaching children secrets to preparing a healthy lunch and snacks just in time for the new school year. The class will involve hands-on instruction in the basics of kitchen safety, how to follow a recipe, and simple preparation of a variety of lunchbox favorites and healthy snacks. All participants will receive an apron, recipe book and a lunchbox, as well as lunch and snacks. Games and other “recess” activities will be available for kids during the class, including fun with rolling pins and dough, and kitchen utensil guessing games. The cost for the class is $40 per participant, and it will be offered Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. The class is geared toward children ages 5 – 12.

What to See & Do

Heard Museum (Scottsdale)

Heard Museum North Scottsdale opened a new facility at the Summit at Scottsdale in June 2007. The space features two exhibition galleries, an interpretive garden with sculpture, a Heard Museum Shop and the Arcadia Farms at the Heard Museum North Café.

Events at the Heard Museum Scottsdale

Heard Museum North Scottsdale
The Summit at Scottsdale
32633 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85266
480.488.9817; Website www.heard.org/north

Costs: $5 adults; $4 seniors (65+); $2 students with ID; children under 6 years, American Indians, and

            Heard Museum members receive free admission.

Heard Museum North Scottsdale Opens New Exhibit -- Illustrious: American Indian Artists, Books and Illustrations.

Illustrious: American Indian Artists‚ Books and Illustrations, will showcase established and emerging artists who are making innovative and sometimes unconventional art with books.

American Indian illustrators have made art to accompany books and other media for more than a century. Artists‚ books are one-of-a-kind or small edition works of art that explore the boundaries of printed and bound books. The combination of American Indian picture and word based on personal experience and cultural heritage create imaginative narratives.

Artists‚ books by Frank Lapena, Wintu-Nomtipom, Brian Miller, Mohawk and Fritz Scholder, Luiseño --along with original illustrations by Michael Lacapa, Apache, Mary Morez, Navajo, and Pablita Velarde, Santa Clara and many other works will be on display. Work by local artists Michael Chiago, Tohono O‚odham, Jacob Medders, Mechoopda, and Dallin Maybee, Seneca/Arapaho, are also featured in the exhibition.

WHERE: Heard Museum North Scottsdale
The Summit at Scottsdale
32633 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.

COST:           
Adults: $5, Seniors (65+): $4, Students: $2, Under 6 years: free, American Indians: free, Heard Museum Members: free. Second Sunday of the month: free for Arizona residents with ID.

Ongoing Exhibits at Heard Museum North Scottsdale:

CHOICES AND CHANGE: AMERICAN INDIAN ARTISTS IN THE SOUTHWEST

This long-term exhibit features paintings, sculpture, jewelry, baskets, katsina dolls and pottery from the renowned Heard Museum collection. The show contains a wide-ranging selection of pieces that reveal how individual artists create work that changes in response to new stimuli. See how work from multiple generations of artists bridges both a past rich in tradition and a dynamic and changing American Indian culture..

·       ·         Choices and Change: American Indian Artists in the Southwest (ongoing)

All events included with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Heard Museum · North Scottsdale at the Summit
Location: 32633 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, every day except Dec. 25, Easter Sunday and July 4.
Cost: $5 adults, $4 for seniors (65+), $2 for students with a valid student ID. Children 5 and younger,
Heard Museum members and American Indians receive free admission.
Information: Call 480.488.9817 or visit www.heard.org/north

GARDEN CAFÉ AT HEARD MUSEUM NORTH SCOTTSDALE

The Summit at Scottsdale

32633 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Hours:     October 1 through April 30: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily

               May 1 through September 30: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday

Info:        480.344.3385

SEDONA

Where to Stay

Orchards Inn Completes Renovation

Orchards Inn, one of Sedona’s hilltop hotels in the heart of Uptown, recently underwent a complete facelift. The inn, which is best known for unparalleled views of Sedona’s famous Red Rocks, now offers the latest contemporary amenities sure to please any traveler.

Orchards Inn has been updated inside and out to truly give this classic property an upscale contemporary feel. However, the stunning Red-Rock views still remain Orchard Inn’s most distinguishing feature. Oversized framed mirrors, strategically placed to reflect these spectacular views, are the most impressive new addition to the guestrooms. These mirrors invite the majesty of Sedona’s natural surrounding into every freshly updated room. Travelers can also take in these awesome views from the privacy of their balconies or patios which directly face Sedona's Red Rocks and the valley.

Guestrooms have been fully upgraded, from the custom designed dark oak furniture and beds with leather upholstered headboards to new carpeting and bathroom fixtures. Other recent additions include flat screen televisions, new luxurious bedding and individual climate controls in each room. Additional amenities include complimentary locally ground coffee and local and regional newspapers available daily in the lobby. The exterior of the hotel has also been enhanced to reflect the beauty of its environment. Decorative red and brown rocks line the pathways while indigenous plants add subtle elements of natural beauty.

Sedona’s natural wonders such as Snoopy Rock and Cathedral Rock dominate the view from Orchards Inn’s sundeck. Guest can enjoy the hotel’s pool, hot tub and plenty of comfortable new lounge chairs amidst one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world. As the sun sets, guests are invited to stay on the sundeck to enjoy Sedona’s unspoiled night sky.

Orchards Inn’s amazing location and commitment to quality and service remain unchanged. Orchards Inn is centrally located, walking distance from the shopping and dining area of Uptown Sedona and minutes away from Tlaquepaque Arts Village and the scenic Oak Creek.

The friendly Orchards Inn staff are always happy to help guests plan a sightseeing or Jeep tour or recommend their favorite Southwest dish at the hotel’s popular restaurant, The Orchards Bar and Grill. Front desk staff can even secure reservations at the nearby contemporary Hundred Rox Restaurant at the Amara Resort and Spa, or at the ultra-romantic L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona.

The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa --

has been awarded AAA's Four Diamond Rating and is one of Arizona's Best. To obtain the AAA Four Diamond rating, hotels must have refined and stylish surroundings and an extensive array of amenities combined with a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.  More than 50,000 establishments throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean are inspected each year and yet, of those, only three percent of the lodgings are recipients of the Four Diamond Award.

Centrally located, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is minutes from Uptown Sedona, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and Gallery Row. Sedona Rouge is also the ideal home base for exploring Sedona’s world of outdoor adventures where 1.8 million acres of the adjacent Coconino National Forest offer unlimited opportunities.

Each of Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa’s 77 richly appointed guest rooms, suites and spa rooms have been designed in the spirit of Andalusian luxury, with dramatic colors and richly textured fabrics. Rooms are appointed with custom king or double queen beds, goose down feather duvets, a chaise lounge, ornate desk and Syrian chest. Additional amenities include 32” LCD flat screen televisions and spacious walk-in showers with overhead rain-shower sprays. Many rooms feature vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and balconies with delicate ironwork from Tunisia.  Complimentary wireless and high-speed Internet access are available throughout the property. 

Additional amenities include the lavish Spa at Sedona Rouge, set apart from the main hotel, where guests can create their own custom treatments from cutting edge modalities in a luxurious setting.  

Reds
is Sedona Rouge’s cosmopolitan American bistro and bar known equally for its gourmet cuisine as for its delicious comfort foods. The extensive wine list features new and old world wines that will please the most discriminating of palates. Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa offers conference and event planners 4,400 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event facilities, including a fully appointed executive boardroom, a 2,000 square foot conference room, and a raised observation deck offering stunning Red Rock views, that can accommodate receptions of up to 50 people. 

Additional event spaces, such as the Terrace and the Column Garden, have been designed as private oases for smaller gatherings, from business mixers to family parties, enhanced by dramatic vistas of brilliantly sunlit Red Rock outcroppings and lush green canyons. An executive chef and banquet and catering staffs are available to prepare full course breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa is located at 2250 West Highway 89A in Sedona, Arizona. The hotel can be reached by calling 928-203-4111 or toll free at (866) 312-4111. E-mail inquiries can be sent to info@sedonarouge.com. Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa or check web site www.sedonarouge.com.

What to See & Do

Sedona is Seeing Red (Rocks) -- Explore Some of the Most Scenic Hiking Trails in the World Right in Arizona’s Backyard

There are plenty of reasons to make hiking part of a daily activity routine in 2015. With Sedona as the backdrop, visitors will rush to the illustrious trails spanning the red rock terrain, with jaw-dropping views of Sedona’s landscape and topography. Taking advantage of the backdrop, mountain-goers can bask in the sunshine while keeping their resolutions to be fit in the new year.

The perfect way to jump start a healthy routine is with an unforgettable experience, and Sedona promises just that. There are a few off-the-beaten-path trails that are not only breathtaking, but also range in difficulty for someone just starting out, or experienced pros looking for the next great challenge. These trails offer options ranging from biking and trail running to horseback riding and climbing and much more.

With hidden gems and tried-true favorites, there’s something for everyone looking to explore. A local favorite, “The Crack,” can be found at the end of Bell Trail. By branching off the main trail, hikers are led to a swim hole with several places to jump off small cliffs into glistening pools of water. This destination is a favorite for locals, with great spots for pictures. These treasures and more are just a few of the wonders that await you, in addition to the ones below.

V-Bar-V (West Clear Creek)

Difficulty: Novice

Location: The trailhead is located near the V-Bar-V Heritage Site, which is southeast along Beaver Creek Road to the west of the I17.

Description: As one of the shortest trails, just spanning a one-mile round trip, the V-Bar-V Trail should not be underestimated. In addition to its ease, it also provides amazing views and petroglyph sights from the Sinaqua culture and the V-Bar-V Heritage Site.

Deadman’s Pass Trail

Difficulty: Novice

Location: The trailhead begins at the intersection of Boynton Canyon Road and Boynton Pass Road, just a couple miles north of the 89A.

Description: This trail features easy walking on open trails next to the wilderness’ canyon, between the Long Canyon Trail and the Boynton Canyon Trail. The trail also features single-track riding over some of the rocks along the path.

Jim Thompson Trail

Difficulty: Medium

Location: This trail can be hiked from the Wilson Canyon trailhead, the Jordan Park trailhead or along the road past the Midgely Bridge parking area.

Description: As a 6-mile round-trip trail, the path passes through a cattle gate, becoming more narrow and shaded as it descends into Mormon Canyon. At the bottom, the trail turns into Brin’s Mesa Trail, just north of the Jordan Road trailhead, with certain sections of the trail requiring moderate climbing.

Cibola Pass

Difficulty: Medium

Location: The trailhead is located just north of the Jordan Park subdivision, a couple miles north of the 89A and Airport Road.

Description: Cibola Pass is a connector trail between the southern end of Brin’s Mesa Trail and the Jordan Trail, which passes through backwoods for views of the Mitten Rock Formation and leads visitors to the Seven Sacred Pools, a series of descending creek bed pools.

Loy Canyon

Difficulty: Hard

Location: Exiting on Dry Creek Road off the 89A, visitors will follow Dry Creek Road west 13 miles until arriving at the trailhead.

Description: With an elevation change of 1,700 feet, and spanning 10 miles round trip, this trail is reserved for adrenaline junkies and challenge seekers. The trail completes a 1,680-foot climb to a high saddle that overlooks the Secret Mountain mesa, with stunning views of the landscape to be appreciated at the top.

For more information about what to do in 2015, visit www.visitsedona.com, call (928) 204-1123 or view web site www.dropbox.com/Sedona

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What to See & Do

Stroll the Mother Road

-- Take a walking tour along the historic district in Williams and step back in time. See Pete's Route 66 Gas Station Museum, Twisters and the Route 66 Place (with a real working soda fountain), Wild West Junction, and much more. Pick up the Historical Walking Tour map at the Williams & Forest Service Visitor Center located in the original train depot right on the Mother Road.  www.WilliamsChamber.com

Lava Caves Williams

is located in a gigantic volcano field and one of its most interesting features is a lava cave. This mile-long lava cave was formed roughly 700,000 years ago from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. While hiking in the lava cave you are able to see first hand how it was formed by the small wave-like undulations on the floor to the stone icicles hanging from the ceiling. The Lava Caves are located northeast of Williams off I-40 at exit #185. Take the frontage west to FR171 and follow the signs. www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/peaks/lava-river-cave.shtml

Take the High Road

In addition to being The Gateway to the Grand Canyon®, Williams is a mountain town. The Bill Williams Mountain Top Drive is noted as "one of the finest scenic drives in Arizona". Just head out of town on Fourth Street and suddenly you are in the Ponderosa Pine Forest climbing high above the town of Williams. The forest road is passenger car friendly and hiking and biking trails are abundant. Pick up your map or Guidebook at the Williams and Kaibab National Forest Visitor Center. Picnic along the way and enjoy the gorgeous trees & sites to explore.

WINDOW ROCK

Navajo Nation Zoological & Botanical Park

Navajo Nation Zoological & Botanical Park -- Is the only tribally owned zoo in the country that has had indigenous wild animals since 1962. Here animals reside in truly natural habitats surrounded by native vegetation and rock scenery. Most animals here are native to the Navajo Nation and a part of the zoo's dedication to exhibit animals and plants important to the history and culture of the Navajo people. Free admission Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm, closed Sundays and holidays. 928-871-6574 www.navajozoo.org 

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

The oldest continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. Purchased by John Lorenzo Hubbell in 1878, this historic spot on Navajo Nation supplied new things to the Navajo years ago. Now operated by Western National Parks Association, a non-profit co-operating Association they carry-on the trading business the Hubbell family established. Open in the summer 8am-6pm daily and in the winter 8am-5pm daily, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day. Located on state highway 264 between Window Rock and the Hopi Villages. For information call 928-755-3475 www.nps.gov/hutr 


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