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Az Tourist News - July 2003

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 JULY-SEPTEMBER 2003
StatewideAttractions
Page 34-35
StatewideFestivals
Page 27-31
WhiteMountains
Page 12-13
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Casinos
Page 37
RV Resorts &Campgrounds
Page 43-46
Mexico
Page 39
Four CornersRegion
Page 22-23
 
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July in Arizona offersa mid-summer extravagan-za of wonderful, colorfulevents. This month’s issuewill guide you through themyriad of entertaining fes-tivals that our state’s citiesand rural areas bring youthroughout the month.Also this July, theOffice of Tourism will con-duct the Governor’s Conference onTourism. Each year, over 300 Arizonatourism business people and officialsgather to consider the state of the indus-try, review recent accomplishments, anddiscuss ideas and goals for the future.And this year, we all have reason to cel-ebrate. Attempts to cut crucial fundingand downsize Arizona’s Office of Tourism were unsuccessful - to the greatbenefit of tourism throughout our state.The theme of this year’s conference is“One Vision, One Voice, One Future.”AZ Tourist News will be there, and weinvite you to come visit us and learnhow we make AZ Tourist News avail-able to 160,000 readers every month.We plan to use this opportunity toencourage Arizona’s Office of Tourismto revise the manner in which they allo-cate matching promotional funds. Thecompetitive bidding process on whichthey rely is, of course, a common modelin the public sector. However, I believeit is contrary to the very purpose of pub-lic tourism funding, as well as thisyear’s conference theme of “OneVision, One Voice, One Future,” whichcalls for a cooperative, synergisticapproach to promoting tourism in ourstate. I propose that, in the biddingprocess, AOTaward credits to market-ing plans which foster cooperationamong neighboring local and regionalcommunities. This will be a much moreeffective investment of our tax dollars,even as it will promote cooperation(One Vision, One Voice, One Future),helping us all make working togetherthe order of the day, in a very practicalway.Our hearts go out to the residents of Mt. Lemmon’s Summerhaven, as theyare challenged by the recent fires. As along-time resident of Tucson, I amproud to see Tucson citizens pullingtogether as a community to come to theaid of the victims of this fire. We at AZTourist News wish everyone affected bythese tragic events all the best andeagerly anticipate the rebuilding andrevitalization of this beautiful area. Ourorganization is committed to doing allthat we can to help businesses andtourism venues in the area survive andthrive.
Ciao,Anthony Venuti,Publisher
Letter from the Publisher
To reach an account executive, associate editor or tocontact the editor or publisher, call (800) 462-8705. Anyeditorial portion of AZ Tourist News may not be dupli-cated without written permission from the Publisher. AZTourist News © 2003. 60,000 copies distributed monthly.Look for us at visitors centers, hotels, resorts, movie the-aters, restaurants, major attractions, major events, andeverywhere else in Arizona!
Submissions of Articles & PressReleases: Deadline July 15, 2003.Fax (520) 622-7275. Press releases,etc. are always welcomed.
Az Tourist News, P.O. Box 5083,Tucson, AZ, 85703. (800) 462-8705Toll Free (520) 624-2897, (520) 622-7275 Fax, email info@aztourist.com,www.aztourist.com
MAIN OFFICE -TUCSON
Publisher/EditorAnthony VenutiManaging EditorCharlis McVeyArt DirectorAlaena HernandezAssociate EditorPam MarloweAssociate Editor-Tric OrtizTravel DirectorAssociate EditorDeb McQueenAssociate EditorJessica FieldingTravel CoordinatorListings EditorKate SeymourWebmasterSteve WillisDistributionJack DeRapsThe Blue Ghost
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• Ajo C of C• Arizona City C of C• Arizona Tourism Alliance• Ahwatukee Foothills C of C• Black Canyon C of C• Benson/San Pedro Valley C of C• Bisbee C of C• Bouse C of C• Buckeye C of C• Bullhead Area C of C• Camp Verde C of C• Carefree/Cave Creek C of C• Chino Valley Area C of C• Chloride C of C• Clarkdale C of C• Coolidge C of C• Copper Basin C of C
• Cottonwood/Verde Valley C of C
• Dolan Springs C of C• Douglas C of C• Ehrenberg C of C• Eloy C of C• Flagstaff C of C• Globe-Miami C of C• Golden Valley C of C• Graham County C of C• Grand Canyon C of C• Greater Florence C of C• Greenlee County C ofC• Green Valley C of C• Holbrook C of C• Jerome C of C• Kingman C of C• Lake Havasu C of C• Marana C of C• Metropolitan Tuc. CVB• McMullen Valley C of C• Oatman C of C• Page/Lake Powell C of C• Pearce/Sunsites C of C• Phoenix C of C• Pinetop-Lakeside C of C
• Rim Country C of C• Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon C of C
• Seligman C of C• Snowflake/Taylor C of C• Southwest Valley C of C• Springerville C of C• St. Johns C of C• Tombstone C of C• Wickenburg C of C• Willcox C of C• Williams C of C• Winslow C of C• Yarnell-Peeples Valley C of C• Yuma C of C
WE ARE PROUDTO BE MEMBERS OF:
Astronomy....................................................................................................33Attractions..............................................................................................34-35Az Tourist News Partners..........................................................................47Birdwatching................................................................................................33Casinos..........................................................................................................37Central Arizona..........................................................................................5-7
Colorado River Region...................................................................................8
Contest..........................................................................................................31Events, Featured..........................................................................................24 July Events..............................................................................................28August Events.........................................................................................29September Events.................................................................................30
A Month of Sundays.................................................................................31Ongoing Events..........................................................................................31Sports Events.............................................................................................32Four Corners Region................................................................................22-23Globe/Miami....................................................................................................7Grand Canyon............................................................................................14-15Guest and Dude Ranches.............................................................................42Lodging............................................................................................................26Mexico.............................................................................................................39Native American Culture.......................................................................36, 38
Northland..................................................................................................9-17
Public Lands..............................................................................................40-41Rim Country.....................................................................................................6RV Resorts & Campgrounds...................................................................43-46Statewide Map.........................................................................................24-25Southern Az...............................................................................................18-21Tombstone......................................................................................................20Travel Briefs - International, National & Regional....................................4Tucson..............................................................................................................19 Visitors Centers..............................................................................................47White Mountains.......................................................................................12-13
Contents
by Steve Willis
We have a whole bunch of newthings in the works for the AzTourist News web site(www.aztourist.com). Many of them willnot be visible to you, our visitors, butwill greatly enhance our ability to deliv-er the latest and greatest news concern-ing what is fun and educational to doand see in our beautiful state.One that is already in place is anupgraded search capability for quicklyfinding the pages containing the topicsyou are most interested in.Of the future changes the most visi-ble will be a complete makeover of the“look and feel” of our web site, withnew visuals as well as simplified andimproved navigation. We also will beadding an online store for the purchaseof TravelPacks, Tucson AttractionsPassports, and subscriptions to our vari-ous publications.So keep coming back and checkingus out - we’re just getting started andwe’re already on a roll!
www.aztourist.com
AzTourist.com
YourOnline ArizonaTourist Guide
EVENT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Due to the demand for listing events,we have set the following guidelines. Wehope that these will clarify our criteria.
1. Space Availability:
We simply can-not list all the events we receive. Wereserve the right to select appropriateevent listings and when space is tight,we will give first priority to those whopartner with us.
2. Length:
25-30 words in length or180 characters. This should include thenecessary information such as eventtitle, date, venue, brief description of event, admission and public contactnumber for further information. Thename of the city is not included in theword count.
3. Type:
Tourism / Visitor related... typ-ically this leaves out charitable eventsand events that would draw from onlythe participants’family, friends and likedemographic reach, unless these have aparticularly “western” or Arizona theme.Events submitted on line at
www.aztourist.com
or e-mailed to
Charlis@acttucson.com
will be givenpriority consideration. We have limitedstaff to retype, fax for approval/proofing,etc. If you can help us help you, it willbe in your best interest to do so, for thetime we can save will encourage us tochoose your events.
 Be Sure To Fill Out Our Contest Form on Page 31 for a Chance to Win a Free Trip!
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September1997
Founded as Tucson TouristNews in Tucson by Anthony Venuti,Publisher, with a circulation of 50,000 read-ers.
June 1998
evolved to AZ Tourist News withcirculation reaching 125,000 readers.Expanded distributed throughout all of Az atover 1,000 locations including hotels, visitorcenters, visitor destinations, etc.
April 1999
- AZ Tourist News ON-LINEwas established. Currently receiving over500,000 verifiable hits monthly. Over 700pages of information on Arizona destinationtravel.
May 2001
AZ Tourist Visitor Center opensin Tanger Outlet Mall. Between Phoenix andTucson on I-10 providing valuable and time-ly visitor information as needed 7 days aweek.
April 2002
- AOTawards contract to AZTourist News to publish The Arizona EventGuide Quarterly. Published now 4 times ayear, 10,000 glossy guides are made avail-able to visitor centers, chambers, and cvb’sthroughout the state.
Formore information ortoadvertise call 1-800-462-8705
AZ Tourist NewsFASTFACTS
 
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Visit one of America’s LargestCollections of High-Country Wildflowers
 July is the Peak of the Season!
• 2,500 species of wildflowers, trees, herbs, and shrubs• 200 acres of gardens, greenhouses, and natural habitats• Guided tours daily at 11am and 1pm• Spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks
Purchase Two Adult or Senior Admissionsfor the Price of One!
With this ad, valid through 2003.Open daily from 9am to 5pm • Adults: $4 Seniors: $3 • Youth: $1
Located four miles south of Route 66on scenic Woody Mountain Road in West Flagstaff 
928-774-1442 • www.thearb.org
OK, you’re ready to take aweekend break... or maybe you’replanning for your summer vaca-tion. There are so many choices inthis great state of ours, all promis-ing a unique experience. There isone town that delivers with charm,character and distinctive appeal -and that is Flagstaff!Surrounded by natural wonders,with world class attractions, festi-vals and cultural performances,Flagstaff offers something of inter-est to all visitors. Outdoor enthusi-asts, history buffs, culture vulturesand day trippers just out to enjoythemselves all rave about this small townwith big appeal.There are more than two hundredrestaurants and plenty of affordableaccommodations in Flagstaff. The townhums with energy and bustle. Those witha yen to shop will find gallery art,antiques, Native Americana and muchmore. Colorful night spots provideevening entertainment.While Flagstaff provides year-roundenjoyment, the summer is especially richin events of all types. Amerisuites, one of our cover sponsors, is the host hotel forthe
6th Annual Arizona Highland CelticFestival on July 19
. Bagpipe bands, ath-letic demonstrations including the cabertoss, Scottish and Irish dancers, tradition-al foods and vendors of quality Celticmerchandise make this an event not to bemissed.
Amerisuites
is providing a FREEShuttle Service to and fromthe festival at Thorpe Park.This All Suite Hotel isaffordable and family friend-ly and offers a free BountifulBreakfast Buffet. Amenitiesinclude an indoor swimmingpool and whirlpool and 24 hr.Universal Fitness Center.Amerisuites is convenientlylocated close to many restau-rants and shops.Other events duringJuly and early August includethe
Flagstaff IndianDays
Celebration,
TheArboretum at Flagstaff’s freeOpen House
, the
Festival in thePines
with 150 country-wide juriedartisans and entertainment, theMuseum of Northern Arizona’s
Navajo Marketplace
, the
Madein the Shade BeerTastingFestival
with 100+ micro-brews,and the
Southwest RenewableEnergy Fair
with the latest ingreen building and alternative fuelvehicles.One of the unique things aboutFlagstaff is that there is plenty to dowhether or not a special event is on whenyou are visiting. The selection of top classattractions is quite astonishing for such arelatively small city and will keep youbusy exploring for days.July is a great time to visit
TheArboretum at Flagstaff 
. This is the peak of the wildflower season. Despite havingthe highest elevation of anyarboretum in the US with only70 days in the growing season,some 2,500 species of plantsgrow here.
See the ad below for a 2-for-1 admission.
The
Museum of NorthernArizona
, recognized world-wide for its collection of Native American art, is cele-brating 75 years of “Bringing theColorado Plateau to the World.” Visitorscan view exhibits relating to anthropolo-gy, biology, geology and fine art, as wellas enjoy the summer Heritage Program.Another not-to-be-missed Flagstaff attraction is
Lowell Observatory
, found-ed in 1894. From this spot, the planetPluto was discovered in 1930, and astro-nomical research continues today. Onclear evenings peer through the historictelescope used by Percival Lowell. Daytours are also available.Part of the charm of anycity is its history. Learnabout turn-of-the-centuryFlagstaff at the
RiordanMansion State HistoricPark
. The guided tour fea-tures original furnishingsand personal items of theprominent Riordan family.Another kind of historycan be explored alongRoute 66 where the
Museum Club
, an originalroadhouse on the “Mother Road,” is stillfrequented by celebrities.Those looking to escape summer’sheat can take a cool day trip on theScenic Skyride at the
Arizona Snowbowl
for spectacular views from 11,500 feet, orstay overnight at one of the 25 cozy cab-ins.Slightly further afield is one of Arizona’s most incredible sights - theGrand Canyon. Fly overthis wonder of the natur-al world with
GrandCanyon Airlines
. Theirroomy “Vistaliner” is astable, powerful airplanedelivering a smooth,quiet ride. With climatecontrol, narration in 7languages and the largestwindows of any tour airplane in theworld, this is a “once in a lifetime” expe-rience.As you plan your Flagstaff vacation,consider the
Radisson Woodlands Hotel
with its 183 newly renovated sleepingrooms and elegant lobby adorned withItalian marble. Aheated swimming pool,whirlpool spa, soothing steam room,sauna and fitness center are on thepremises. The Woodlands Cafe andLounge serves Continental cuisine, whileJapanese dining can be found at theSakura Restaurant and fresh Sushi Bar.Campers and Rv’ers will find a greatchoice in the
Woody MountainCampground and RVPark
with its 148large, tree-shaded sites, large pull-thrusand full hookups. There is a general storeand Sandwich Shoppe, bath houses andhot showers, playground, video rental andthe only outdoor heated pool at an RVsitein the area. Woody Mountain is found atExit 191 off I-40.For more details on Flagstaff eventsplease see the listings on page 10. Tolearn more about the attractions or oursponsors, see their ads on the Flagstaff pages or call the
Flagstaff Conventionand Visitors Bureau at 800-842-7293.www.flagstaffarizona.org.
Cover photo credits: Flagstaff CVB, LowellObservatory, Celtic Festival/Betsey Bruner,The Arboretum at Flagstaff, and the Museumof Northern Arizona/Marinella.
POW WOW • ALL INDIAN RODEOJR. RODEO • INDIAN MARKET
FORT TUTHILL,I-17 SOUTH,EXIT 337,FLAGSTAFF,AZ
 ALL INDIAN RODEO
FridayJr.Rodeo10am1st Performance7pm#6 Roping after 1st PerformanceSaturday2nd Performance1pm3rd Performance7pmSlack after 3rd PerformanceSundayFinal Performance1pm
CONTEST POW WOW
FridayGourd Dance6pmGrand Entry7pmSaturdayGourd Dance10am & 6pmGrand Entry1pm & 7pmSundayGourd Dance10 amGrand Entry12pm
INDIAN MARKET
Open Daily 10am to Closing
 ACCOMMODATIONS
Days Inn Route 66800-422-4470Days Inn West Flagstaff800-523-5534
 ADMISSION
3-Day Pass (limited amount)$15.00General Admission$7.00Seniors (65+) and Children 7-12$5.00Under 6 YearsFree
INFORMATION
Event CoordinatorArt Singer,928-214-9348 AllIndian RodeoVictoria Randall,928-475-5837Jr.RodeoCarolyn Begay,928-697-3293Pow WowPam Saufkie,928-522-7001Indian MarketChristina Littlesunday,928-607-4266

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