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about Timothy and Michael Riordan, along with brother Denis, prominent businessman who came to Flagstaff in the early 1900s to develop a large lumber operation and was credited for bringing electricity to Flagstaff. Denis later left for California... however, Tim and Michael remained active in Flagstaff’s civic affairs and Catholic Church. This contrasted rather dramatically, I would say, to our visit to and understanding of the Sinagua Indians as we visited the Elden Pueblo Archaeological Project in Walnut Canyon and at the Sunset Crater Volcano. I believe experiences first hand as I have expressed bring a different point of view into the lives we lead and the people we affect. Thus it becomes the “whole” us, which as we know is greater than the sum of our parts. We wish all who support and appreciate AZ Tourist News the very best of holidays. Ciao,



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Letter from the Publisher
As the seasons change, the impact on Arizona Travel is apparent to all those that do business in the hospitality/tourism industry here. Where folks in the Northland have just finished their high season and are getting ready for winter with its cold weather enthusiasts, we here in Southern Arizona are gearing up during our “shoulder” season to make way for another wonderful year of great business doing what we do best... showing people from all over the world why Arizona is indeed America’s NATURAL theme park. I was reading a review of Bill Cosby’s latest book “I am what I ate” and what came to mind was pretty timely as I sat to ponder this month’s letter. I was thinking that “we are what we experience.” In our never ending passion for inspiring visitors and residents to “Experience Arizona” I often reflect on how so many of us jump too quickly at choosing new friends, new experiences, new directions. We are busy making

new friends without knowing who our neighbors are. Many residents along with those who visit Arizona travel to experience the cultures of other peoples and places. Many of these same travelers choose to fly over, or drive past, Arizona landmarks. The reason is simple... they don’t have the information that AZ Tourist News works to provide in order to make alternative choices. We are challenged to supply information to those on the move who, unless they knew to look for it, would never know what they are missing. This month’s events speak volumes to the people that we are. As the holidays rapidly approach us we are looking at how diverse our cultures are in Arizona... from the twenty-one Indian nations that make up the indigenous peoples of Arizona, to the Mexican influence, to the trail blazers that came into this land hundreds of years ago from western Europe. In fact this month I experienced a wonderful Fam trip (see page 11) sponsored by the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau that gave me a taste of two of these diverse cultures. I visited the Riordan Museum where I learned

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Az Tourist News Begins Online Syndication
by J.R. McGowan “The new site allows us to syndicate our news to many different platforms worldwide, instantly providing up-to-date information for our readership of over 1.5 million,” remarked Anthony Venuti, publisher of Az Tourist News and CEO of Access Communications Team, LLC in Tucson. The site located at, which has for some years provided complete print edition downloads via PDF files, now streams its news and editorials via Extensible Markup Language (XML) a programming language allowing other webmasters and online news related agencies to stream the tourism related content into their websites providing reliable content for a specific market readership.

The software upgrade to the online edition of Az Tourist News was completed in partnership with J. R. McGowan of the McGowan Corporation ( “The content provided by Az Tourist News is extremely valuable to not only the readership but for the Chambers of Commerce throughout the Southwest. The importance of the use of technology such as XML with such specialized content gives Az Tourist News the ability to distribute valuable information to a larger audience in record time and at a lower cost. XML is a technology that binds content and distributes data to any platform with no compatibility issues whatsoever other than being able to parse the data. This is a huge step for Az Tourist News and for its continued growth over the next few years,” noted Mr. McGowan.

Az Tourist News Online syndicates its content via ( a Vertex Development which offers the world’s largest directory of syndicated news headlines, representing the collaborative efforts of nearly 500 participants worldwide. Syndic8 catalogs over 4500 sources of syndicated news headlines in 18 different languages. Additional features of the new site located at include online forums, chat, a reviews section allowing Arizona visitors to post and rate their visit to hotels, resorts, attractions, and events throughout all of Arizona and surrounding regions, a downloads section with community profiles of Arizona Communities, Native American Tribes, and many more features. Online at

Due to the demand for listing events, we have set the following guidelines. We hope that these will clarify our criteria. 1. Space Availability: We simply cannot list all the events we receive. We reserve the right to select appropriate event listings and when space is tight, we will give first priority to those who partner with us. 2. Length: 25-30 words in length or 180 characters. This should include the necessary information such as event title, date, venue, brief description of event, admission and public contact number for further information. The name of the city is not included in the word count. 3. Type: Tourism / Visitor related... typically this leaves out charitable events and events that would draw from only the participants’ family, friends and like demographic reach, unless these have a particularly “western” or Arizona theme. Events submitted on line at or e-mailed to will be given priority consideration. We have limited staff to retype, fax for approval/proofing, etc. If you can help us help you, it will be in your best interest to do so, for the time we can save will encourage us to choose your events.


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When we think of traveling for the holidays, images of snow-covered pastoral scenes and horse drawn sleigh rides may be the first things that come to mind, but Sedona’s Red Rock Fantasy, hosted each year by ILX Resorts, Incorporated’s Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, challenges that notion with its uniquely southwestern atmosphere. Now in its thirteenth year, Red Rock Fantasy has been bringing holiday cheer to Arizonans and visitors from all over the country for more than a decade. The festival was originally the idea of ILX Resorts Chairman, Joe Martori, Sr., to boost traffic to the resort during the sleepy winter months. Since its inception, however, it has grown to inspire many to rediscover Sedona’s beauty, garnered attention from local media, as well as CNN’s Headline News, and won the coveted Visa 2001 Stars of the Industry award from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Nestled within the world-renowned red rocks of Sedona, Red Rock Fantasy is a festival of more than a million lights providing a man-made marvel within the scenic beauty that has drawn visitors for the past one hundred years. Offering fan-

tastic hiking trails, breathtaking views, exotic resort living, and some of the finest shopping in the state of Arizona, Sedona has become the perfect holiday destination. But when the sun goes down and darkness descends on this small, remote town, the gazes of all generations turn from the panoramic displays and store fronts to the splendor of twinkling lights. With fifty displays, created by families from the southwest, every year promises neverbefore-seen marvels of light that leave children in wonderment and move adult minds to enjoy the holidays as they did when they were young. In addition to the festive surroundings, enjoy thousands of “Dancing Lights” on huge Sycamore trees synchronized to holiday and classical music, roasted chestnuts, free cider, holiday carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides and a visit from Santa. Red Rock Fantasy is an entirely new celebration each season, while surrounded by the beauty of Sedona’s towering red rocks, it’s an event visitors can count on to enhance their holiday year after year. This year’s beneficiary is the Institute

of EcoTourism. The Institute is dedicated to restoring our environment, conserving our resources, and preserving your vacation experience for generations to come. Explore the high desert region of Arizona from the skies to the depths of the Grand Canyon. Learn how desert wildlife adapts to the environment, and why nature deserves more respect and care. Those who visit will enjoy interactive exhibits for the whole family, The Explorers Club and Young Explorers Club activities, movie and video presentations in the state-of-the-art Sinagua Theater, internet access and an environmental resource library and bookstore. Red Rock Fantasy not only supports efforts to improve the environment, but is partnering with Arizona Public Service in a project to convert the energy used in lighting over one million lights each evening to alternative methods in the near future. Visitors can see and learn how a portable solar panel, donated by APS, is assisting in generating power for this year’s holiday displays. “We could only have dreamed that Red Rock Fantasy would gain the attention and renown that it currently enjoys when we first held it twelve years ago,” says Joe Martori, Sr. “But the real satisfaction comes from making the holidays so special for the thousands of people who visit each year. It takes a year’s worth of hard work and preparation, but the resort and its staff look forward to being able to provide this special event and we are rewarded with the smiles of those that we help put in touch with the holiday spirit throughout the event. It has been so successful, we are considering expanding the concept to some of our other properties.” The “Lights On Ceremony” for the

13th Annual Red Rock Fantasy will take place this year at 4:30 PM on November 21, 2003. The event will last through the new year, ending with “Lights Out” on January 4, 2004. The festival is open each evening (weather permitting) from 5PM to 10PM. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children aged 4-12 and is complimentary for children 3 and under. More information is on our website at Those interested in visiting Red Rock Fantasy can also phone our 24 hr. Info-HOTLINE: 928.282.1777 x7054 or toll free outside Arizona, 800-521-3131 to find out more about the event or the room packages offered at the ILX Resorts properties in Sedona. For more information about hybrid vehicles, solar power and other alternative technologies visit CORRECTION: Misprint in last month’s Red Rock editorial PLEASE NOTE: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the free carnival rides have been cancelled for this year’s Red Rock Fantasy.”


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Central Az Cities & Towns
Aguila Ahwatukee Apache Junction Arizona City Black Canyon City Buckeye Carefree Casa Grande Cave Creek Cedar Creek Chandler Chuichu Circle City Claypool Coolidge Dudleyville
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El Mirage Kearney Eloy Mammoth Florence Maricopa Florence Mesa Junction Miami Fountain Hills Mobile Friendly Corner Morristown Gila Bend New River Gilbert Oracle Gladden Oracle Jct. Glendale Palo Verde Globe Strawberry Pine Goodyear Hayden Payson Inspiration 87 Kaka Black Canyon City
Sun City West New River

Paloma Paradise Valley Payson Peoria Peridot Phoenix Picacho Pine Punkin Center Queen Creek Randolph Red Rock


Rio Verde San Carlos San Manuel Scottsdale Sentinel Strawberry Sun City Sun City West Superior Surprise Tempe Tonopah Tortilla Flat Wickenburg Winkelman Wintersburg Wittman Young
Cedar Creek

“The Country’s Coming to Town”
at the 56th Arizona National Livestock Show

by Charlis McVey

Morristown 74 Circle City Wittman

Cave Creek Carefree

Punkin Center
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Fountain Hills Tortilla Flat Scottsdale Glendale Mesa Apache Junction Goodyear Phoenix 60 Ahwatukee Tempe Buckeye Gilbert 60 Superior Chandler Queen Creek Florence
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Arizona’s largest livestock show offers much more than a look at over 2,200 of the nation’s best cattle, horses, sheep and swine. It opens a real window into the country lifestyle. Established in 1948 to serve a rural community, today the show helps educate city folks on the importance of agriculture - and everyone has a lot of fun in the process. From Dec 28-Jan 1 there are exciting events for all ages. The Sixth Annual Ranch Rodeo will take place on Dec 31st - no rhinestone cowboys here! The teams consist of genuine working cowboys and cowgirls. The Arizona Working Ranch Horse contest chooses a champion among real ranch horses. The Li’l Buckaroo Rodeo features young ‘uns aged 4-6 as they ride wild and woolly sheep. At the Cowboy Classics Western Art & Gear Show daily demonstrations and

workshops give a glimpse into the cowboy way of life. Nationally known artists exhibit and sell paintings, sculpture, photography, leatherwork, furniture and much more. You are sure to find a piece of western heritage to take home with you. Cowboy poets and musicians perform throughout the week long show. Kids of all ages will love the Farm Experience. Learn firsthand how to make a rope... cheer on one of Cook’s Racing Pigs... ride a pedal tractor... try roping a steer. Play Farmer for a Day and find eggs nestled under chickens or dig for potatoes. Enjoy a pony ride and the petting zoo. The Arizona State Fairgrounds are located at 1826 W. McDowell, show hours are 10-4 and admission is $3 with 10 and under free. For more information regarding the show schedule contact 602-258-8568.




Friendly Corner Kaka

Oracle Jct.

Mammoth San Manuel

Jamboree at the Fairgrounds
Pinal County Music, Craft and Car Show
The 18th Annual Fiddler & Bluegrass Jamboree, Arts & Crafts Bazaar & Car Show promises to be a foot stompin’ good time from Jan. 9-11, 2004 at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. For only $3.00 you can hear the famous fiddler & bluegrass musicians, browse through a hundred or more commercial and arts & craft vendors, explore the new RV’s on display and eat a delicious variety of foods.

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Casa Grande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 El Paso . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 430 Flagstaff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Gallup, N.M. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327 Globe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Grand Canyon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Lake Havasu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Lake Powell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275 Las Vegas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290 Prescott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 Nogales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Rocky Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 San Diego . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355 Sedona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Scottsdale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sierra Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Tombstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 Tucson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Wickenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Yuma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186

Open Fri. & Sat. - 10am-9pm Sun. - 10am-5pm FREE ADMISSION

You can also experience the nostalgic pleasures of our car show. “Cruise On In” takes place on the 10th & 11th of January with Classic Cars featured on Saturday and Antique Tractors on Sunday. This event takes place at the Pinal County Fairgrounds located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, 7 miles east of Casa Grande at 512 S. 11 Mile Corner Road. Hours are 9am-5pm. Children under 12 are Free. For more information call 520-723-5242.

Gift shops, train rides, carousel rides, country store, u-pick gardens and petting barn.

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Scottsdale: An Oasis of Art & Design
Scottsdale is a welcoming oasis for art and art lovers. A stroll along Main Street or Marshall Way, both with their wealth of galleries showcasing everything from Western realism to Soho contemporary, is enough to convince anyone of the city’s love affair with art. But Scottsdale’s passion for the arts cannot be contained even within the more than 125 galleries found in the city’s Downtown Arts Districts. Scottsdale also brims with displays of fine art found in resorts, parks and promenades, world-renowned festivals, museums and even a shrine of modern architecture, all thriving under the inviting Scottsdale sun. Following are just a few examples showcasing the many colorful experiences that confirm Scottsdale as a masterpiece in the making.
Scottsdale’s Downtown Art and Shopping Districts For those seeking the very best in worldclass art, Marshall Way is the place offering an exceptional collection of galleries and shops specializing in contemporary art and jewelry. Main Street is the core of Scottsdale’s famed art district, where more than 50 galleries and studios showcase something for everyone, from museumquality Remington bronzes to cutting-edge art and sculpture. Fifth Avenue’s shopping district boasts more than 80 upscale shops, restaurants and salons. And quirky, eclectic Old Town, where it all began more than 100 years ago, is the perfect place to find one-of-a-kind collectibles and gifts. Art and Music Festivals Since art is a celebration of life, it deserves its own festive framework. Scottsdale’s creative solution is a calendar full (25 and counting) of art and music festivals. Feted as one of the West’s premiere art events by Art & Architecture magazine, the Celebration of Fine Art is a perennial favorite in Scottsdale, bringing together 100 artists under white tents to display their talents from January through March annually. Other festivals include the Scottsdale Arts Festival (March), Indian Artists of America Show (February), and ArtFest of 5th Avenue (February). Noteworthy music fests include everything from traditional Native American music to Jazz and classical. The Paradise Valley Jazz Party, Music in the Garden series and the Annual Blue Grass Festival are a few of the favorites. Evening concerts under the stars beguile listeners at el Pedregal Festival Marketplace. Scottsdale ArtWalks The weekly Scottsdale ArtWalk, spearheaded by the Scottsdale Gallery Association, brings together gallery owners, artists and art fans every Thursday evening as it has for more than 20 years. At 7 pm when galleries reopen and cooler temperatures and starlit evenings set a picture-perfect backdrop for strolling, visitors are encouraged to chat with owners and artists, perhaps catching a live demonstration on brush technique while enjoying a glass of Chardonnay. Quarterly themed ArtWalks match important works from various genres with special extras, such as live bands and regional food sampling. Some of the Scottsdale area’s biggest events are incorporated into these anticipated themed ArtWalks, including the Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk (January), the Bon Appetit ArtWalk (May), the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk (July) and the Western ArtWalk (October). Icons of Architecture One of modern architecture’s most enduring shrines, Taliesin West, is Frank Lloyd Wright’s opus in the desert. It also has become one of Scottsdale’s most popular attractions. Wright began building his collection of visionary structures here in 1937. Visitors today can walk the grounds, which flow in harmony with the surrounding desert, and explore buildings that still serve their original purpose as an educational facility and architectural firm, choosing from a wide variety of tours. The desert also sparked the imagination of Paolo Soleri, the internationallyrenowned architect, artist and ceramicist, who studied for a time under Wright. Still living and working at Cosanti, the studio he built 50 years ago, Soleri continues to create his evocative wind bells, a favorite collectible of Scottsdale visitors. Art Seen With great foresight, the City of Scottsdale has made an incredible investment in public art, making it a dynamic part of the cityscape. The result is a masterpiece of urban aesthetics including distinctly Southwestern motifs that accent freeway walls. Today, magnificent sculptures, murals and other works of art are found throughout Scottsdale, beautifying the city. In addition to public art, area resorts are also a wonderful venue to enjoy Scottsdale’s art. Resorts incorporate such fine collections on their properties in order to give their guests a more complete experience, a sense of discovery, and education about the many cultures of the region. Fine Arts Find A Desert Home Scottsdale is a sophisticated center for the professional arts. Located in the heart of downtown, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) displays thought-provoking exhibits and tempts with truly unique items in the museum gift shop. Adjacent to the museum, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts presents a year-round performing arts season featuring nationallytouring performances in dance, music and theater. In the cooler months, the Center also features frequent free Sunday A’Fair concerts on the lawns of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. For more information, call the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800877-1117.

A Wonderland of Trains
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
by Charlis McVey The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale is a wonderland of miniature trains as well as historic buildings and rolling stock from Arizona’s past. Its 30 acres were once part of the McCormick Ranch. In 1967 the McCormicks donated land to the city and thanks to the efforts of their son, Guy Stillman, the Railroad Park was opened in 1975. One of the most popular features of the park is Stillman’s “Paradise & Pacific Railroad” - scale models of historic steam locomotives and diesel-electric engines - that offer daily public rides on a 15-inch gauge mile-long track. The park includes many more exhibits that will thrill kids and adults alike. The Scottsdale Live Steamers operate miniature locomotives of various scales on three tracks that run in and around the park’s Xeriscape Arboretum and offer rides on Sundays. The 1920’s ranch bunkhouse holds three model railroad setups, N scale, HO and O scale. Children will also love the 1950 carousel and playground areas. Train buffs will relish the Peoria and Aguila depots, both over 90 years old and used by the Santa Fe Railroad. One of the most interesting exhibits is the Pullman observation car Roald Amundsen. Built in 1928 and used extensively by Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Eisenhower, it was the locomotive era’s equivalent of “Air Force One.” Another unique bit of history is seen in the “French Gratitude Boxcar,” filled with gifts by the citizens of France to thank the U.S. for the help we gave during W.W.II. As you explore and experince the park, you’ll no doubt work up an appetite! Look out for the Snackstop, located in a bay-window caboose next to the playground, or head to Hartley’s General Store in the Aguila Depot, which serves hand-dipped ice cream along with other snacks. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is located on the corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Indian Bend Rd. It opens daily at 10 am and admission is free; rides are $1.00 per person. Children under 3 are free with paying adult. Advance reservation packages are available for private functions, including great birthday parties for children. Whether you come for the rides, the history or just for a lazy Sunday picnic, you’ll enjoy the friendly atmosphere at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. For more information call 480-312-2312.

Visitor Services Now at Scottsdale Fashion Square
The Scottsdale CVB now provides services of a visitor center concierge at the Scottsdale Fashion Square concierge desk from 1-6pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. The concierge will aid SFS customers seeking visitor information by providing brochures, itineraries, city and state maps, walking maps of the downtown area, and personal one-on-one help. In addition, the concierge will be able to assist customers with SFS questions. The Scottsdale CVB’s primary visitors center is located in the Galleria Corporate Centre, Suite 170, and is open 8am to 6pm weekdays. The Southwest’s largest shopping destination, Scottsdale Fashion Square offers premier shopping, dining and entertainment with 225 stores and restaurants, including 50 stores located nowhere else in Arizona. For more info call 800-805-0471.

C’mon. Take a train ride.
MCCORMICK-STILLMAN RAILROAD PARK 7301 E. Indian Bend Road (480) 312-2312

Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. & Cactus Rd. Scottsdale, Arizona

Recorded info: (480)860-8810 Phone:(480)860-2700

A broad range of guided tours are offered daily at this desert masterpiece which served as Wright’s personal home, studio and architecture campus.

Fun family event! More than 100,000 lights, Santa, train & carousel rides avail. Tree lighting ceremony and entertainment on 12/12. 6:30-9p every eve. but 12/24, 25, 31. Adm free, $1 rides. 480-312-2312.

DEC 12-JAN 3 Scottsdale Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park


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Native American Arts Festival
12th Annual Gathering in Litchfield Park
On Saturday and Sunday, Jan 10-11 two hundred of the Nation’s finest Native American artists will gather in Litchfield Park on the historic grounds of the West Valley Fine Arts Council to celebrate the 12th Annual American Express Invitational Native American Arts Festival. Come enjoy a unique opportunity to see, hear and fully experience Native American culture, heritage and art in a beautiful, relaxing outdoor setting in the West Valley. Visitors, collectors and anyone who enjoys the beauty and tradition of Native American arts and crafts will definitely want to purchase a weekend pass so you don’t miss a thing! Peruse a fabulous selection of quality artwork in a variety of media including carvings, sculptures, paintings, basketry, pottery, jewelry and more. Visit with highly acclaimed and important Native American artists and enjoy a rare opportunity to buy directly from the artist. It is important to remember that much of the Indian culture is passed on through their art and buying genuine goods supports this treasured tradition. Through their music, dance and arts and crafts, the Native American culture has a tradition of linking the present and the ancient past. Witness live artist demonstrations throughout the Festival and experience a tasty selection of Native American foods. On both Sat. and Sun. enjoy spectacular live performances by the Apache Crown Dancers and award winning Hoop Dancers, who are sure to provide a colorful visual experience. Also performing on Saturday will be two-time Native American Music Awards (NAMA) winners Brule, a contemporary Native American band. Brule has become one of the top selling Native American recording artists and recently performed at the world premier of Kevin Costner’s movie “Open Range” in Hollywood, CA. Hear performances with the five piece band as well as the full stage production with music and dance of “We the People” and “One Holy Night.” Then on Sunday enjoy an enchanting performance by Grammy award winning Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai. Nakai sees his role as a performer of the traditional flute not only to reiterate traditional sounds but to find new avenues of expression for the instrument in both the traditional and contemporary native cultures of the Americas. The festival hours are Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4. Admission for adults is $8/Weekend pass $12 and for juniors (1116 years) $5/Weekend pass $7.50. For more information email Candy Vermillion at or call the West Valley Fine Arts Council at 623-935-6384.

West Valley Art Museum
The Golden Age of Russian Impressionism
The exhibition waiting for you at the West Valley Art Museum is one of pure exuberance of color and expression. It will delight you and invigorate you. It will lift your spirits. If there ever was an art that has the potential to buoy us up it is probably Impressionism. Come in for some refreshments for your soul. This is the first time this collection of Russian Impressionist paintings has been seen in the United States. “Treasures of Russian Impressionism” opened October 21. The story of this collection is as extraordinary as are the artworks themselves. For some 30 years Elena Kohn’s father was an artist and leader in the Russian Union of Artists. During this time he collected more than 200 paintings by over 120 artists, which in subject and style are singularly different from the formally commissioned works approved by the government. Russian artists were able to follow their French and English counterparts- but only in secret, as government approval of “bourgeois” art was withheld during the first half of the 20th century. Artists were required to follow the party line creating propaganda art. The need to preserve these treasures became paramount to Elena Kohn, and when the risk became too great to keep the collection in the Soviet Union, the works were crated and sent to the US. The art is from the period around 1940 to 1960. West Valley Art Museum is open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday and is located at Bell Road and 114th Avenue (17420 North Avenue of the Arts) in Surprise, AZ. In addition to five exhibition galleries, there is a Museum Store and fine dining at Classic Cafe. Adm: $5.00 adults, $2.00 students, ages 5 and under are free. For more information call West Valley Art Museum at 623-972-0635 or visit on the Internet.

17420 N. Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, Az (114th Ave. & Bell Rd.)


Cool Things to See and Do
in the West Valley
Catlin Court Historical District Turn of the century storefronts framed by colorful awnings are filled with wonderful antique shops, exciting specialty stores and unique eateries. 623-930-4500 Lake Pleasant Regional Park The park’s 23,662 acres offer an ideal destination for boating and camping enthusiasts. Visitors can enjoy water skiing, jet skiing, sailing or fishing. Lake Pleasant offers more than 140 developed sites for RV and tent camping. 928-501-1710 Phoenix International Raceway In 1988, NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing came to Phoenix International Raceway. The annual Fall NASCAR weekend includes Winston Cup Busch, Craftsman Trucks and Featherlite Southwest Series races. 602-252-3833 West Valley Art Museum The primary art institution in the West Valley, featuring an extensive collection of ethnic dress, the works of more than 120 artists, traveling exhibitions and special events. The Classic Café offers contemporary American Cuisine. 623-972-0635 White Tank Mountains Regional Park With 29,000 acres, White Tank Mountains Regional Park is the largest county park in the United States. Amenities include 200 picnic areas, 40 miles of trails, a competitive track for mountain bikes, campgrounds and a visitor center. 623-935-2025 Wildlife World Zoo 50 acres of exhibits feature more than 320 species of exotic animals. Enjoy the safari train ride, Australian boat ride and kangaroo walk about, giraffe feeding station, tropics of the world, more than 40 species of exotic small animals, wildlife encounters shows, and more. 623-935-9453

• 200 of the Nation’s finest Native American Artists whose work reflects the spirituality and culture traditions of their heritage. • Grammy award winning Native American flutist: R. Carlos Nakai • Native American Music Award winners Brule • Award winning Hoop Dancers • Live Artist Demonstrations • Apache Crown Dancers • Native American Foods Adults: $8; Weekend Pass: $12 Juniors (11-16yrs): $5; Weekend Pass: $7.50
Tribal members with ID and children 10 and under are free

Cerreta Candy Company This family owned business offers guests an interactive candy shopping experience. Choices include gift baskets, fruits and nuts, English toffee, chocolate roses, Arizona/Western shapes assortments, sugar free syrup. 623-930-1000 Challenger Space Center One of only five in the nation, the center’s activities include simulated space flight missions, star gazing, solar gazing, an indoor planetarium, lectures, telescope classes, space storytelling and more. 623-322-2007 Historic Downtown Wickenburg Henry Wickenburg was the adventurer who discovered the Vulture Mine, where more than $30 million in gold has been dug from the ground. Enjoy tours of the mine and Wickenburg’s numerous antique shops, the Desert Caballeros Western Museum and area dude ranches. 928-684-5451 Historic Sahuaro Ranch Historic Sahuaro Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places. There is an onsite museum with tours of the ranch and many recreation activities. 623-939-5782

West Valley Fine Arts Council 387 Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, Az Information: 623-935-6384


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Luminarias Glow
At Besh-Ba-Gowah
Where will you go to see your luminarias this holiday season? The Southwest Christmas treat of softly glowing candles made golden by the paper bags in which they are set can be found adorning missions, botanical gardens and private homes, among others. For a special experience why not come to Besh-Ba-Gowah’s 16th Annual Festival of Lights on Dec 21st? Located in Globe, AZ, Besh-BaGowah Archaeological Park celebrates with some 1400 beautiful luminarias perched along the walls and walkways of this 13th century Salado Indian village. What a picturesque setting for an evening of enchanting lights, music, storytelling and refreshments. Starting at dusk, approximately 5pm, the luminarias will be lit and at about 5:30 the entertainment will begin. The Globe High JROTC Color Guard will perform opening ceremonies. There will be holiday music by local performers and tales told by Apache storyteller Herb Stevens. Mr. Stevens will also have some traditional Apache food to sample. The duo “Mo and Joe” will sing traditional Spanish Christmas music, accompanied by guitar, in the auditorium. Weather permitting, all performances will be in the central plaza lit by a large bonfire. Free hot cider, coffee, tea and cookies will keep you warmed as you wander the paths and enjoy the holiday atmosphere. Santa will make an appearance with the opportunity for children to have their picture taken with him for a $1 donation. If you have never visited this well preserved and restored site and museum, why not come for a day or two? You’ll enjoy not only the Park but also shopping for unique holiday gifts in Globe, the Apache Gold Casino and the Apache Stronghold Golf Course just 5 minutes east of Globe, as well as other nearby attractions. Regular admission will be suspended for the entire day of the Festival at Besh-Ba-Gowah. To find the park from Phoenix follow U.S. Hwy 60 to Globe, turn left onto Broad Street. Make a right turn onto Jess Hayes Road and the Park is on the right. From Tucson turn left off Hwy 60 onto Hill St, then right onto Broad St. and immediate left off Broad to Jess Hayes Rd. For further information about the area or accommodations, call the Chamber of Commerce at 800-804-5623. To contact the Park call 928-425-0320.

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Apache Gold Resort Casino offers more than slots and poker to its visitors. The combination of championship golf, award winning chefs, and special events holds appeal for all guests. The Apache Stronghold championship golf course was Golfweek’s top rated public course in Arizona in 2002. The Apache Stronghold PGA Professional, Dave Kluver, is offering his expertise in one to three day golf schools. His team recently won the Buick Scramble National Title, a PGA-sanctioned event which includes nearly 100,000 amateur golfers each year. The golf school will include up to six hours of professional golf instruction, daily golf, video analysis, equipment fitting, instruction manual, unlimited range balls and range use, Best Western accommodations, dinner and drink per night of stay, souvenir package and lunch for the two-and three-day schools. Other golf packages including room, greens fee, cart, sleeve of premium golf balls, token for

range balls, welcome drink and buffet dinner are available. For more information call 928-475-GOLF. Visitors will enjoy a variety of unique offerings at the casino’s two restaurants, which were featured in the Restaurateur of Arizona’s September 2003 issue. Apache Gold Executive Chef Mark Hudgins and Executive Sous Chef Terry Laguna Dagnino were recognized recently as Chefs of the Month by the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Taste their creations at the Wickiup Buffet or the Apache Grill, both of which offer gourmet dishes rich in authentic Apache and Southwestern cuisine. Apache Gold offers special events, exciting promotions and a variety of lounge entertainment. Football fans take note of Monday Night Football with prize giveaways, drink specials and the chance to win an all expenses paid trip for two to the Superbowl! For more information contact Apache Gold Resort Casino at 1-800-APACHE-8.

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Christmas Cheer in Globe-Miami
Head over to Globe-Miami for some Christmas cheer this December. The fun begins on Dec 12 as the Miami Small Town Christmas gets under way from 6-9pm. Groups decorate sections of the downtown Miami Memorial Park with a “small town” Christmas theme and prizes are awarded. On 10am Saturday, Dec 13, Sullivan Street - Miami’s historic downtown - will come alive with boys and girls enjoying entertainment, hamburgers, hot dogs, games and Santa. The event ends at 5pm to give everyone time to get over to Globe to participate in or spectate at the Annual Light Parade beginning at 7pm. Globe’s Light Parade has been called the “Biggest Little Town Light Parade in Arizona.” The shops and boutiques in downtown Globe will remain open until 9 and 10pm to accommodate families who would like to Christmas shop following the parade. On Dec 21st enjoy glowing luminarias at the Festival of Lights at Besh-BaGowah Archaeological Park. See the story this page for more information. Globe-Miami Regional C of C & Economic Development Corporation, 800-804-5623

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Winter Beauty in Rim Country
Unspoiled Forest and Champagne in a Hot Tub

Ready... Set... Shop!
Head On Up to Rim Country & Shop ‘Til You Drop
Arizona Rim Country is located in the geographic center of the State of Arizona. It is about 80 miles from Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Globe and Holbrook. No matter how you drive here you will find the trip to be beautiful, interesting and fun. We have terrific jewelry stores loaded with affordable diamonds, delicate crosses, popular watches and specialty jewelry. Payson Jewelers sells amethysts that are mined deep inside the “Four Peaks” of the Mazatzal range (about forty miles south of Payson). The stones range from a deep plumb and to smoked amber in color. Of the three museums in our area, try checking out the Museum of Rim Country Archeology (MRCA). Located on Main Street as you head to the town fishing lake, you will be in awe at the breadth of artisans that have displayed their wares. Rock painting on sandstone, bronze sculptures, startling silver items with semi-precious stones and nationally award-winning paintings are everywhere. The prices are low but the quality is very high.

by Bob Ware

Up here in Arizona Rim Country, there is a beauty to winter that is rather hard to convey. Lacking the youthful tree buds of spring, the towering thunderheads of a pending summer shower and the vibrant kaleidoscope of autumn’s breeze-blown leaves, winter speaks softly and always in muted tones. Ansel Adams would have loved to develop his craft in our forests. The snap and crackle beneath the traveler’s footfalls of a few months earlier have given way to winter’s muffled ambience. Views that were obscured by individual leaves and matted foliage are now easily observable. Go ahead - walk a bit, look around and keenly listen. Even in winter, the undulating landscape is full of wildlife. A far-distant family of coyotes may be heard singing in un-metered har-

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mony. If you are quiet and willing to wait, the photogenic elk and deer are everywhere and quite easy to observe. Winter is snow, too. Each flake is a guarantee that life will spring forth eternal. Every flake is also the beginning of a snowball, grease for a sled and part of the white backdrop to photograph your family. If you are a child, our snowflakes are calorie-free tongue treats that ensure perfect childhood memories. Your winter experience might require a crackling fire and a book in a rustic lodge, champagne in a hot tub under the stars or a delicious meal with friends. Perhaps you would rather have a commercial camp spot in a recreational vehicle campground. We have all of that and much, much more. The perfect time to see the Mogollon Rim, Tonto Natural Bridge, the newest American museum dedicated to archeology and the communities of Star Valley, Christopher Creek, Pine, Strawberry and Payson is now. Call the Visitor Center at 1-800-672-9766 or log on to We fax just ask.

In Strawberry it is worth the short drive to visit the Fossil Creek Trading Company. You will find humorous shirts, a broad array of hats, delicate clay pieces from South- and Central-America and furniture. Their Christmas Nativity scenes made of clay are quite a buy. In Pine you can rummage in about dozen antique stores and visitor-friendly shops. They have turn-of-the-century quilts, old wagon wheels, old metal soda and beer signs, and hand-wrought crafts. If you are a collector, ask the owners to see what’s inside the counter display. Though you may not have thought about it, we have some of the best smoked meats and specialty sausages in all of Arizona. Check out Charlie’s on Highway 87 in Payson. At the Swiss Village, there is the renowned candle factory and a candy shop that creates tasty sweets each day. You can buy one candle or a case and purchase one pound or a piece. They ship - so please ask. Visit the Chamber’s visitor centers for assistance or call 1-800 672-9766. We love to help.

Things to Do in Rim Country
1. Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce/Visitor/Information Center Open 7 days a week - brochures, maps directions, area info. 1-800-672-9766 2. Mazatzal Casino Tonto Apache Reservation Slots, gaming activities, food, entertainment. 1-800-777-play(7529), 3. Historic Main Street Historic buildings, antiques, shopping, walking tour, restaurants. 928-468-6074 4. Museum of Rim Country Archaeology Tools of archeology, artifacts of Rim Country Risser Ranch ruins and Q Ranch, seminars and tours. 928-474-8392 7. Payson Golf Course 9 or 18 holes, driving range, golf carts, pro shop, light refreshments, lessons available. 928-474-2273 8. Rumsey Park Covered picnic areas, child play areas, soccer fields, skate park, ball fields, tennis courts, summer swimming, dog exercise park, Payson public library. 928-474-5242 ext. 268, 9. Payson Municipal Airport GPS approach, rotating beacon, fuel, maintenance, airport campground, food. Tower 928-474-2005; Scenic flights and charter service: Payson Air 928-474-5486 or CAVU Aviation 928-468-8888, www.cavuaviation.homestead 10. Strawberry Schoolhouse (c. 1885) Treasured landmark and registered historical site. Authentic demonstrations of pioneer life. 928-476-3547 or 800672-9766 11. East Verde Recreation Area Streamside and scattered campsites, trout fishing, hiking, birding, fall colors, photography, Payson Ranger Station. 92847497900 12. Shoofly Village Ruins Picnic area, BBQ facilities, hiking. Call Payson Ranger Station. 928-47497900 13. Tonto National Bridge State Park World’s largest natural travertine bridge, 183 feet high, 400 foot long tunnel. Hiking trails, ADA view points. 928-476-4202

5. Rim Country Museum/No. Gila County Historical Society Logging, mining, ranching and ancient history exhibits, Zane Grey memorabilia, gift shop. Oldest western Forest Service Ranger Station and 1905 Haught Cabin. 928-474-8392, 6. Green Valley Park 3 fishing lakes, ADA walking path, playground, summer concerts, picnic areas, barbecues, ducks, veterans memorial. 928474-5242,


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Savor the Season in Prescott
Arizona’s Official Christmas City
If you’re looking to capture the holiday spirit come up to Prescott, Arizona’s official Christmas City! The historic Courthouse Plaza gets dressed up for the season with the glow of many lights. There are heart-warming events you won’t want to miss and plenty of unique shops to take the worry out of buying gifts for your friends and family. On Dec 6 the Christmas Parade gets underway at 1pm with Grand Marshal Gov. Napolitano. That evening at 6pm the Courthouse Lighting ceremony includes carolers and the Christmas Story read aloud. Another favorite holiday event is the Acker Musical Showcase on December 12th. Festive luminaria lights surround Courthouse Plaza and local merchants host over 100 area entertainers for a downtown open house. If you miss these special weekends, the magnificent lights and decorations are yours to enjoy throughout the holiday period. Visit the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village at Prescott Resort. From Nov 22 - Dec 28 the resort lobby is adorned with over 100 gingerbread houses, gingerbread men residents and an LGB train that runs through the village. Various performances during the month highlight Christmas traditions... from the Yavapai College Symphonic Orchestra’s concert of Handel’s “Messiah” to the Arizona Classical Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol” with Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge. For great shopping, good times and gracious hospitality, the Prescott Area is the place to discover and savor the Holiday Season. For more information see or call 1800-266-7534.

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The Hampton Inn of Prescott
Your Comfortable and Friendly Home Base
Are you looking for a comfortable stay with top notch personalized service? Owners Shirley & Curt Henry welcome you to the Hampton Inn of Prescott, recipient of the Pride & Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row. Given by the Hilton Corporation, the awards are based on both guest satisfaction and meeting Hampton’s high standards. While exploring the town of Prescott, the Hampton Inn serves as a comfortable and friendly home base. The hotel has 76 sleeping rooms and meeting rooms. Amenities include HBO, free local phone calls, free USA Today newspaper in the morning, iron coffee pot, and microwaves. Some rooms have refrigerators. In the morning, there is a free deluxe breakfast bar. The lobby offers a front room setting with fireplace. Next door to the hotel is the Prescott Fitness Center, and free usage of the facility is included in your stay, although there is a small workout room on property as well. The Hampton Inn also has an indoor pool with whirlpool and kiddie pool, and to show how kid-friendly the hotel is, kids stay free! The Hampton Inn takes great pride and personal interest in their guests, as well as their employees. The hotel is also involved in local community events. Whether welcoming celebrity guests such as the Lettermen, local customers, or travelers visiting the area, their motto is “Personalized service with a smile.” The hotel is about a 90 minute drive from the Phoenix area. Winter is beautiful, along with all the other seasons here. There’s always something for the whole family to do. Prescott Gateway Mall is next door, and several restaurants are just minutes away. Prescott has antique stores, boutiques and galleries, and of course the famous Whiskey Row. Golf courses, lakes and Mt. Vernon Historic District... there is always something going on. Prescott is Arizona’s Christmas City. Numerous events take place during December, including the Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting the first Saturday of the month. During the holidays or anytime... Prescott is everyone’s hometown, and the Hampton Inn is the perfect place to hang your hat. For more information call 928-443-5500 or visit

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Jerome Holiday Festival
A Christmas Carol Town of the Past
Take a step into Christmas Past when you join us for your 11th Annual Jerome by Night Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 6, 2003 from 6-9 pm. Come spend the day and linger until evening in the old fashioned atmosphere of Jerome. Have breakfast before or lunch after Cottonwood’s Christmas Parade. Take your time enjoying Jerome’s quaint small town ambiance with over 50 shops offering truly unique gifts; open on only this one night until 9 pm. Feel like you have stepped out of modern, hectic, dot com time into a Christmas Carol Town of the past. Take your time choosing just the right holiday gift as you munch cookies

and other refreshments offered by many of our shops. There will be caroling and hayrides. Stay and take part in our Holiday Lighting Festival when we “Light Up the Mountain” at 7 pm with over 500 Luminaries. For more information please contact the Jerome Chamber of Commerce at 928-634-2900, or log on at

More Area Events
DEC 5-14 CLARKDALE Made in Clarkdale Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 9th & Main - Gala opening Dec 5, 6-9p: meet artists, enjoy music, dance, refreshments. Exhibit/sale through 12/14. M-F, 9a-5p; Sat & Sun 10a-5p, free. 928-634-338 DEC 6 COTTONWOOD Parade & 10th Annual Chocolate Lovers Walk Old Town - Xmas parade, Sat morning; Chocolate walk, 5-9p, $12 - get map at Civic Ctr. SW Country Christmas theme, entertainment, luminarias, raffle, Santa. 928-634-5575 DEC 13 PRESCOTT Lamplight Tour Sharlot Hall Museum - Travel through Prescott's Christmas past by lamplight, enjoy vignettes by costumed interpreters about the late 1800s Christmas celebrations, 5p, $5. 928-445-3122 DEC 13 CAMP VERDE Christmas Parade of Lights & Craft Bazaar Craft Bazaar, Community Center - Crafts, b'fast w/Santa, kids crafts, free, 9a-9p. Parade, Main St - Light parade, caroling, food, free, 6p. 928-567-0535 ext. 136

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Grand Canyon National Park Lodges
Fall is here, and winter is just around the corner. To take advantage of all there is to see and do, stay with Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, the only accommodations in the park at the South Rim. With 907 rooms in six distinctly different lodges, rooms are available with advance planning or if you plan your visit at the last minute. You will find more lodging options available at this time of year, fewer people too. Relax aboard a guided motorcoach tour with stops along the rim, or just watch the sunset and sunrise. Daily ranger programs help you discover 1.7 billion years of history embedded in the canyon walls. Watch condors soaring over the rim. It’s all waiting for you at the South Rim, and it’s open year-round. On the canyon floor, you can retire for the night at the legendary Phantom Ranch. Then head back to the rim and retreat to a rustic cabin at Bright Angel Lodge, or relax at Maswik Lodge, just a five minute walk from the rim. Or choose the elegance of the historic El Tovar, where you’ll find our gracious staff very accommodating. And if all of these adventures have you working up an appetite, you’re in luck. This is the home of the celebrated and historic El Tovar Dining Room and a legacy of fine food. Or order up a quick bite at Maswik or Yavapai cafeteria, a sizzling steak at the Arizona Room, or a casual family meal at the Bright Angel Restaurant. Have your favorite beverage at the Maswik Sports Bar or El Tovar Lounge. Try the new Canyon Coffee House at the Bright Angel Lodge for a Mocha or Latte, or just enjoy a good cup of coffee. The Coffee House opens early so you won’t miss the sunrise. At the South Rim, the choices are endless - and they’re all just outside your door. Take advantage of low off-season rates and packages and increased availability at the popular rim lodges. Effective November 30 through December 18, 2003, and again January 3 through March 11, 2004 a one night stay is only $68 at Maswik Lodge, two consecutive nights only $99. Or indulge in a romantic getaway at the historic El Tovar Hotel with the popular Romance Package. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges We’re not just close, We’re there. Call 303-29- PARKS (297-2757) or 888-29PARKS (297-2757) for reservations or visit our website at Xanterra Parks & Resorts is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service.

Low Off-Season Rates

Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to visit? South Rim and Tusayan facilities are open year round, but the heaviest demand on food and lodging is during the summer. Cooler temperatures and fewer visitors make Spring and Autumn an ideal time to visit, but scenery is at its best during the Winter season. Solitude along the Canyon Rim is easy to find at any time of the year. How Can I Plan a River Trip? Raft Trips through Grand Canyon on the Colorado River are available April-October. Three to 22 day motor, oar and paddle trips originate from Lee’s Ferry near Page Arizona. Reservations are recommended 6 months in advance, except for one-day trips, which include white-water rafting with the Hualapai Indian Tribe. Can I hike and camp inside the Canyon? Trails are open year round. Permits are required for overnight camping, available from the Back Country office. Are there ample lodging facilities? Over 2,000 rooms are available in Tusayan and Grand Canyon Village, but reservations are recommended in advance, especially in the summer months. Open year round. Are Grand Canyon Tours Available? Motorcoach tours and air tours by fixedwing aircraft or helicopter are readily available at all times of the day year round. What about restaurants? Most hotels have excellent full-service restaurants and there are numerous fast-food facilities, and a family restaurant, Cafe Tusayan. Are campgrounds and RV Parks available? Facilities are available year round both inside the Park and in Tusayan. Reservations are recommended, but some are available on a firstcome-first-served basis.

Hiking Do’s and Don’ts
• Tell someone where you are going. Don’t go alone. • Don’t deviate from your original plan. • Bring plenty of water and sports drinks for electrolyte replacement. • Bring salty snacks and carbohydrates. You need to eat even if hot. • Start early, don’t hike in the hottest part of the day - or lay low. • Don’t short cut trails. Doing so leads to accidents and causes damage to the land. • A broad brimmed hat is essential. A long-sleeved shirt with collar helps avoid sunburn. • Don’t forget sunscreen and sun glasses.

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Winter is a special time at the Grand Canyon. Not only are there spectacular seasonal landscapes to enjoy, but the accommodations at popular places like El Tovar and other rim lodges are easier to come by as well. Book your winter retreat online or by calling toll-free 1-888-297-2757.

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One night at Maswik or Yavapai Lodge, single or double occupancy.

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Festive Flagstaff
Holiday Cheer in a Winter Wonderland
Flagstaff is a wonderland of festive lights and fun events ranging from the first annual Pinecone Festival of Lights in historic downtown to tours of Riordan Mansion State Historic Park all decked out in holiday finery. Everyone is invited to come along and celebrate, browse the many unique gift shops, and make a trip to Flagstaff part of your holiday tradition. For the first time this year there will be a magnificent holiday light display in historic downtown - the Pinecone Festival of Lights. Buildings will be decorated with clear lights that will shine daily from 5pm to 1am through Monday, Jan 5. Gold bows, garlands and colorful street banners will also be a part of the downtown decor. Another popular light display celebrates its 10th anniversary... the Little America Hotel’s Holiday Lights Festival. In honor of the occasion special events will take place each Saturday through Dec 20 with free refreshments, holiday music and visits by Santa. The lights will shine nightly till the end of February. The holiday event calendar includes The Arboretum at Flagstaff’s sale of unusual houseplants, herbs and special gift bowls on Dec 6 and Sun Sounds 1st Annual Holiday Gift Show on Dec 7 at the Radisson with hand-made quality items and live entertainment. Then at 6pm on Dec 13, the Northern Lights Holiday Parade presents an extravaganza of floats, marchers and assorted animals bedazzled in holiday lights. Earlier that day from 9-11am the family will enjoy the Christmas Party & Crafts at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. You can visit Riordan Mansion every day except Christmas day itself. This is a great time of year to schedule a tour because the Mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery, and a towering fir tree trimmed with oldfashioned ornaments. In addition, the Coconino Quilters’ Guild presents an exhibit of antique and contemporary handcrafted quilts through New Year’s Day. Tours run hourly, beginning at 11 am and adm. is $6/$2.50. Please call for reservations: 928-779-4395 Round off your stay in Flagstaff with a visit to Lowell Observatory for the Holiday Star Fest. On various days there will be a discussion of the mythology and science of the winter sky, including the Star of Bethlehem, while on Dec 28 numerous telescopes will be set up for viewing throughout the campus. For more information visit or call the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-842-7293.

One Day in Flagstaff
A Publisher’s Trail... err Tale
by Anthony Venuti It all started with an invitation from the Flagstaff CVB to enjoy being part of their Fam trip. The 4-hour drive north from Tucson was well worth the effort. With my new friends I set out to enrich my knowledge of one of northern Arizona's premier destinations. Our stay was hosted by the Sled Dog Inn. Put up in grand style, just minutes off the freeway but seemingly light years away from any civilization. This well fitted mountain lodge has all the amenities that you would expect from a B&B... wonderful accommodations, excellent food, and great company. Open Road Tours transported us to our first stop at Walnut Canyon. This impressive National Monument contains Sinagua ruins dating back to the 12th century. You simply have to place this on your “must see” list when coming to Flagstaff... there is so much to view and absorb as you learn how prehistoric cultures in Arizona lived. For lunch we headed to Monsoons on the Rim in Downtown Flagstaff. This Pacific Rim style restaurant was unique as it combined the elements of a cafeteria and a restaurant, providing a swift transition from ordering to being waited on by a server. The food was better than good, it was excellent! Next stop on the itinerary was the Museum of Northern Arizona. With the new exhibit Treasures of MNA: 75 Years of Passion For Discovery we saw firsthand the work of development in bringing a new display into being. We capped off our visit with a stop at the museum shop, where affordability and choice made picking out some gifts very easy. Back on board with Open Road

Tours... and it was off to the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park. A tour of this impressive home built by Timothy and Michael Riordan, Flagstaff’s largest lumber mill owners, reveals the life of affluence in Northern Arizona in the early 1900s. After a short rest at Sled Dog Inn we proceeded to have a wonderful meal at Black Barts Steakhouse and dinner show. The food was excellent and the service was unlike any other for all of our server staff were singer-performers doing stage presentations en masse and individually. We learned from our host Gary Weiscoff that the servers are all students from Northern Arizona University’s music program. We finished off the evening with a visit to the live music venue The Museum Club. Once a taxidermist’s, this original Route 66 building evolved into a nightclub - was the name inspired perhaps by all the stuffed large game? For more information call the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-842-7293. I would like to offer Gina Prokopeak from the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau a heart felt thank you for a well planned tour of Flagstaff and its natural attractions. Thank you also to: Black Barts Steak House, 800-574-4718 Lowell Observatory, 928-774-3358 The Museum Club, 928-526-9434 Museum of Northern Arizona, 928-774-5213 Open Road Tours, 602-997-6474 Pioneer Museum, 928-774-6272 Riordan Mansion State Historic Park, 928-779-4395 Sled Dog Inn, 800-754-0664 Walnut Creek National Monument, 928-526-3367


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12 Days of Christmas
A Special Treat in Snowflake, Arizona
Do you wish you could recapture the simple pleasures of a hometown Christmas? Treat yourself to a break in the midst of the holiday from all the shopping, decorating, card writing, baking... head to Snowflake, Arizona and enjoy some or all of their 12 Days of Christmas Celebration. This showcase of Christmas Spirit features a different event each night throughout the first 12 days (nights) of December, bringing with it merrymaking and the warm glow of Christmas time. The festival begins with the Snowflake Town Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Trees on Dec. 1, 2003. A musical Christmas program, Kiddy Train, holiday arts & crafts show, free evening rides in a horse drawn carriage, millions of twinkling lights - including a series of gigantic snowflakes suspended from the Victorian street lamps that line Main Street - and more make this a very special evening. The Second Night of Christmas, Dec. 2nd, begins at 6 pm with the Heritage Jingle Bell Parade, a non-motorized electric light parade through the heart of Snowflake’s Historic District. Four of Snowflake’s Historic Homes will be open for tours, each decked out in their Victorian Christmas best. See the schedule below for more of the 12 Days of Christmas fun. For further information, including musical performances through Dec. 21, contact the Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce at 928-536-4331.
• 7th Day - 6 pm LDS Devotional at SNFK Stake Center 7:30 pm Our Lady of the Snow Performance • 8th Day - 7 pm Valley View Baptist Church presents A Child is Born • 9th Day - Temple District Choir Concert Outside Snowflake Temple • 10th Day- 7 pm Snowflake High School Concert at Lobo Auditorium • 11th Day - TBA • 12th Day - 7 pm Christmas Spectacular at Lobo Auditorium

“Gateway to the White Mountains”
Springerville-Eagar Welcomes You
Located at the “Gateway to the White Mountains,” the towns of Springerville and Eagar offer a variety of events over the year and wonderful recreational opportunities. If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of a big city for a relaxing break, this is the place to come. Visitors are minutes away from hiking, fishing, and trail bike riding in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Horseback riding, guided hunts, 4-wheel drive tours and photo shoots are offered at nearby ranches. Ski fans take note Springerville/Eagar is located only 20 miles from Sunrise Park ski resort, an easy drive... and comfortable, too, as you are not facing into the sun either going or returning.

If you prefer sightseeing to athletics, there are numerous attractions including the Casa Malpais Museum and Ruins with its Great Kiva, astronomical observatory and natural staircase; the Madonna of the Trail statue; and the Little House Museum with turn-of-the-century pioneer artifacts and a fascinating collection of old player pianos, a nickelodeon and more. Or take a drive to the Petrified Forest or historic Fort Apache. Shoppers will enjoy the antique and gift shops. A choice of excellent accommodations and dining options are available. For information about the area call the Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce at 928-3332123.


Snowflake Schedule
• 1st Day - 6 pm Snowflake Town Lighting 6-9 pm Festival of Trees • 2nd Day - 6-9 pm Pioneer Jingle Bell Parade & Heritage Home Tours 6-9 pm Festival of Trees • 3rd Day - 6 pm Taylor Town Lighting • 4th Day - 6-8 pm Illuminaries in Highland Park • 5th Day - 6-10 pm Movie Marathon • 6th Day - 6 pm Grand Ball at Taylor Stake Center 7 pm Community Choir at Lobo Auditorium

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Colors of the Past

by Dale Sloan

White Mountain Communities
Show Low Just 10 miles (15 minutes) north of Pinetop-Lakeside is Show Low, home to such recreational attractions as Fool Hollow Lake State Recreation Park, the Show Low Country Club, the White Mountain Stables, Thunder Raceway, Show Low Lake and the Pintail Lake wild game observation area. State Hwy 373, Greer is home to some of the best fly fishing in the state. In addition to hiking, horseback riding and camping, Greer offers fine dining and shopping opportunities. Springerville and Eagar A little further east on State Hwy 260 is Round Valley. The Little House Museum, the Madonna of the Trail statue, the Renee Cushman Art Museum, and the Casa Malpais Archaeological Park are some of the attractions in these communities. For more information see the following page. St. Johns An hour northeast of PinetopLakeside on State Hwy 61, the St. Johns Equestrian Center hosts horse shows, camps and clinics. Also in St. Johns is the Apache County Historical Museum with early pioneer settler, native and prehistoric exhibits. Snowflake/Taylor Located 30-45 minutes north of Pinetop-Lakeside on State Hwy 77, these towns were settled by Mormon pioneers in 1878. The Snowflake Historic Homes Walking Tour includes six homes on the National Historic Register. The architecture reflects Victorian, Greek, Gothic and Colonial Revival styles. Visitors can tour the Stinson Museum and the Smith Memorial Home.

Everywhere you look the ground is strewn with pieces of petrified wood ranging in size from tiny pebbles to entire tree trunks. Looking across the barren landscape, it is hard to believe that this area was once a place of flowing rivers and marshes. In earth’s early history, trees - some 6 to 10 feet in diameter and 200 feet tall were washed down from the mountains and became buried in the mud, sand, and volcanic ash at the bottom of the rivers. Gradually, over millenniums, minerals in the water replaced the wood and the drowned trees turned to stone - beautiful stone of quartz, agate and jasper. Now the area receives just 9 inches of rainfall per year. Where lush plant life once grew and dinosaurs roamed you will see prickly pear and cholla cactus. In spring delicate desert wildflowers make

their brief appearance. This is also a great place to see pronghorn antelope, jack rabbits, prairie dogs and many birds. Gaze across this amazing area at the multicolored hills in layers of earthen red, gray, orange, yellow and white. The colors come from the various minerals in the soil such as iron oxide. This red color is especially striking when viewed at sunrise or sunset. While you can’t take any souvenir rocks or petrified wood from the park, never fear - just outside the entrance there are tons of gorgeous specimens for sale at the shops. Some of these beauties, however, are almost as big as your car and since petrified wood weighs in at 168 pounds per cubic foot, you might need an 18-wheeler to get it home! The Park is located on I-40 approximately 25 miles east of Holbrook. For more information call 928-524-6228.

White Mountain Listings
ALPINE Mountain Hi Lodge 42698 US Highway 180, 928-339-4311 GREER Greer Art Emporium P.O. Box 120, 928-735-7212 Greer Lodge 44 Main Street, 888-475-6343 The Peaks At Greer PO Box 132, 928-735-7777 LAKESIDE Hidden Rest Resort 3448 Highway 260, 928-368-6336 OVERGAARD Timberline Trading Co. 1890 Highway 260, 928-535-6200 PINETOP Best Western Inn of Pinetop 404 E. White Mountain Blvd., 928-367-6667 Blue Ridge Motel & Cabins P.O. Box 74, 928-367-0758 Historic Coldstream Bed & Breakfast 3042 Mark Twain Dr., 928-369-0115 Holiday Inn Express 431 E. White Mountain Blvd., 928-367-6077, Hon-Dah Resort Casino 777 Highway 260, 800-929-8744 Woodland Inn & Suites 458 E. White Mountain Blvd., 928-367-3636 SHOW LOW Fool Hollow Lake Bed & Breakfast 2351 N. 22nd Av., 888-339-1144 SPRINGERVILLE Rode Inn & Suites P.O. Box 2039, 877-220-6553 White Mountain Motel 333 E. Main St., 928-333-5482

White Mountain Apache Reservation Hon-Dah Resort Casino is just minutes south of Pinetop-Lakeside. About 30 minutes south of Hon-Dah on State Hwy 73 is Fort Apache. Established in 1870 and abandoned in 1922, the fort boasts the remains of General Crook’s headquarters, officer’s quarters, barns and a cemetery. Also located on the grounds are prehistoric ruins, petroglyphs and the Apache Culture Center. Greer Less than an hour southeast of Pinetop-Lakeside off State Hwy 260 on


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Getaway... or Shop-Away?
Pinetop-Lakeside Offers Both in One
When you want to pick up an item quickly at the grocery store, you want a familiar place where you can dash right to the aisle. When you want to find a unique gift, however, a new store may spark just the right creative ideas with its unexpected selection of goods. Pinetop-Lakeside offers not only a relaxing destination away from crowded malls and heavy traffic but a variety of interesting boutiques and stores that actually make your holiday shopping a pleasure. For those on your list who believe heavenly guardians, Wings of Light offers angels galore. You may find the perfect choice for an antique lover at Unclaimed Treasures. Country arts and crafts are the theme at the Stencilled Apple, while Your

Sunrise Park Resort Gears Up for the Season
With the scheduled opening date of December 5th just around the corner and colder temperatures finally arriving, Sunrise Park Resort has started up the snow guns to get a good snow base ready for when Mother Nature does bring natural snow. Sunrise Park Resort, located only four hours away from Phoenix and Tucson, is the only Arizona Ski Resort that has snowmaking capabilities. Sunrise is also Arizona’s largest ski resort with 65 trails on three mountains. Sunrise Peak and Cyclone Peak rise to 10,700’ while Apache Peak reaches 11,000’ in elevation. The trails vary in difficulty with 40% at Beginner level, 40% Intermediate and 20% Expert. There are 10 chair lifts with the amazing lift capacity of 16,000 skiers per hour... including Arizona’s only high speed quad lift! Back by popular demand Sunrise will be offering night skiing five Saturday nights through the season starting on January 3rd from 4:30 to 9 pm. Lift ticket pricing for an evening of fun will be $21.00/adult and $15.00/junior (age 12 & under). Ski School lessons, Sunrise Cafeteria, Sunrise Rental Shop and Sunrise Lounge will be open for the evening. Sunrise Park Lodge located just minutes from the ski area offers ski and stay packages starting at $113.00 per person. Packages include skiing, lodging, breakfast and free shuttle service. After a day of action on the mountain you can work out the kinks at the spa and indoor pool and then relax in the restaurant. For updates at Sunrise check our website at Sunrise Park Resort is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe and is only a four hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson. For more information about Sunrise and winter events please call 800-772-7669 ext. 2303.

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Heart’s Desire offers candles and gifts. More gift ideas are found at the quaint Dolls Decor & More. Rustic mountain decor can be found at Wild Woods and Cabin Fever. Southwest gifts and furnishings can be purchased at the appropriately named Pueblo Southwest. Diamond West Art Gallery offers high quality Native American and Cowboy art, including pottery, jewelry, paintings and unique furnishings... imagine a coffee table that is a handmade Native American drum! So why not head out of town for a break... and bring your shopping list to Pinetop-Lakeside. For accommodations, see the lodging on this page and for more information call the chamber at 800-573-4031.

Charm, Convenience and Comfort

Hidden Rest Resort

by Melissa Cain

Looking for a place to stay with charm, convenience and comfort? The Hidden Rest Resort, nestled in the ponderosa pines of the White Mountains, is Lakeside, Arizona’s cabin community of choice for a relaxing, rustic experience that will bring you back to the days of your youth. Hidden Rest Resort offers private porch-covered knotty pine cabins of various sizes and price ranges. Fitted with individual BBQ, fully furnished kitchens, wood-burning stoves, a playground and cable TV, they are guaranteed to make your vacation cozy and relaxing. Soothing in-cabin two person spas will hit the spot after a day of skiing or reading on the cabin’s porch. The personalized touch and convenience of home that owners Karol and Paul Kammeyer give Hidden Rest Resort is apparent in their knowledge of the area

attractions, the foresight of mountain bike rentals, fish cleaning sinks, humidifiers, outdoor game equipment, boardgame check out, and the special little touches that are visible through out this comfortable resort. At 6,900 feet elevation the White Mountain Recreation Area is a land of many uses. It boasts 180 miles of developed trail systems for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. The 30 lakes, 3 championship golf courses, Sunrise Ski Resort, and the frequent festivals make the White Mountains a highly sought-after getaway for every season. To make reservations for Hidden Rest Resort please call 1-800-260-7378 or visit on the Internet at You will enjoy your stay as much as I did!

Best Western Inn of Pinetop
404 E. White Mountain Blvd, Pinetop

Holiday Inn Express - Pinetop
431 E. White Mountain Blvd, Pinetop

Central Reservations: 1-800-WESTERN

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Area Chambers of Commerce
Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce
102-C West White Mountain Blvd. (Hwy 260) Lakeside, AZ 85929, 928-367-4290, 800-573-4031

• 40 large guest rooms, 1 junior suite, with refrigerator, microwaves and private balcony • Complimentary continental breakfast • In-room coffeemakers • Indoor whirlpool • Individually controlled heat and air conditioning units • Cable TV with HBO • Non-smoking rooms available • Minutes from 25 trout filled lakes and 500 miles of streams • More than 20 restaurants within 2 mile radius • 5 minutes to golf • 10 minutes to Hon-Dah Casino • 10 minutes to the White Mountain Trail System • 30 minutes to Sunrise Ski Resort
On Highway 260 (White Mountain Blvd.) in Pinetop, 3 hours northeast of Phoenix

• 40 large guest rooms • 30 Non-smoking rooms available • Complimentary deluxe breakfast bar • In-room refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers • Indoor whirlpool, sauna, and exercise room • Individually controlled heat and air conditioning units • Cable TV with HBO • Meeting room - up to 30 people • Quiet, interior corridor rooms • 25 lakes & 500 miles of streams within minutes • More than 20 restaurants within 2 mile radius • 5 minutes to golf • 10 minutes to Hon-Dah Casino • 10 minutes to the White Mountain Trail System • 30 minutes to Sunrise Ski Resort
On Highway 260 (White Mountain Blvd.) in Pinetop, 3 hours northeast of Phoenix

Show Low Regional Chamber of Commerce
951 W. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ 85902 928-537-2326, 888-SHOW LOW,

Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce Our Spa-Cabins in the beautiful White Mountains feature Redwood Deck In-Cabin Spas, Fireplaces, Cable TV, Microwaves, BBQ’s and Knotty Pine Interiors.
110 North Main St., Snowflake, AZ 85937 928-536-4331,

St. Johns Regional Chamber of Commerce
180 W. Cleveland, St. Johns, AZ 85936 928-337-2000,

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Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce
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Upcoming Events
in the Colorado River Region
NOV 28-JAN 3 LAKE HAVASU CITY 8th Annual Festival of Lights English Village and London Bridge - more than one million lights on display, free, 6-10p. 928855-0888 or 800-2HAVASU DEC 8-13 BRENDA 2nd Annual Brenda JamFest Six day festival of music and fun. Nightly and daily jams, musical competition ($1000 first prize), booths, games & more. Special JamFest camping packages. 928-927-7800, 800-927-2101 DEC 12 YUMA Christmas Open House with Lite Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Main Street - Merchants on Main Street hold open house from 10a, parade and lighting from 5-7:30p. 928-782-5712 DEC 13 PARKER Parker’s Holiday on Main Street Downtown - Santa (10-2), arts/crafts/Christmas food specialties; sidewalk displays by local merchants, Mexican Posada w/ live animals, singers, 6p; tree lighting, entertainment, free adm, 10a-8p. 928-669-6333 For more area events see our event pages.

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Did you know that Yuma is considered one of the top places to live in the United States? What’s the secret? Lots of sunshine and mild winters are part of the picture - but many places in the southwest can offer the same. Not so many can also offer the range of recreational activities, cultural attractions, historic background, variety of events and warm community spirit that you will find in Yuma. People are choosing to settle here to raise their families, and retirees from around the nation are heading to this special city. RV’ers know a great wintering site when they see it - and Yuma has some 29 RV parks to cater to their needs. Others come for a vacation or weekend away because there is so much to see and do in Yuma. Whether for shopping or one of the many block parties or festivals, you’ll want to visit Historic Main Street in downtown Yuma. Huge old trees, shaded walkways, a refreshing fountain and numerous restored buildings housing a unique collection of shops and restaurants make this a popular gathering place. The restored Yuma Theater reflects the splendor of an earlier era and offers a variety of productions. Another big attraction in Yuma is the huge variety of recreational opportunities. The city operates 15 parks, 4 recreation centers, 9 athletic complexes and 3 swimming pools plus tennis courts and golf courses. Among the area’s numerous diverse and challenging courses are Desert Hills Golf Course and Mesa del Sol Golf Club. The once mighty Colorado River has been tamed by a series of dams that control flooding and provide water for irriga-

tion, making the valley around Yuma a farming paradise. Visit the Imperial Date Gardens for a large assortment of gift packs, and head to The Peanut Patch for all kinds of peanut delicacies. The dams have also turned the river into a series of lakes and scenic waterways. Recreational boating is offered at most of these sites. Fishermen come to these cool waters for Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Tilapia, Catfish andBluegill. Hunting is also available in the Yuma area. Day trips in the area include river tours with the Colorado King I Paddle Boat and Yuma River Tours; bird watching at the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge, Kofa’s Palm Canyon, Betty’s Kitchen and Cibola National Wildlife Refuge; and rockhounding adventures. Hiking and camping are also popular. A great place for entertainment and relaxation is Cocopah Casino, located on the corner of Avenue B and County 15th Street only 4 miles from Yuma, Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the facility houses a 300-seat bingo hall and has 475 slot machines of different types to please everyone. The casino also has a full-time snack bar, which serves a full breakfast for only 99 cents between the hours of 3am and 10am daily. Visitors and residents alike will find a variety of activities and festivals to enjoy throughout the year. See the event box on this page for some upcoming dates. The Yuma CVB operates a Visitor Information Center at 377 South Main Street where the friendly staff is ready to answer all your questions. Come and vist wonderful Yuma - you’ll soon be making plans to return! Yuma Visitor Information, 800-293-0071

150 Gunfighters Shootin’ It Up...
at Yuma Territorial Prison State Park
Sixteen Old West reenactment groups will ride into Yuma, Arizona for Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park’s Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters on January 10 and 11, 2004. Once their dust settles, these acting groups will begin their skits, set in the time period between 1876 to 1909, for coveted prizes sought over the five years of competition. The Desert Drifters, Legends of the American West, Tombstone Vigilantes, WesTroupe, Pistols & Petticoats AZ, Pistols & Petticoats CA, Southwest Legends Gunfighters, Pahrump Gunfighters, Wild West Pistoleros, and Fallbrook Outlaws are among those competing. The event draws thousands from around the Southwest to experience the old west lore in this historic territorial prison setting. The quiet streets of Yuma will once again fill with the anguished wails of innocent citizenry crying out: “They done robbed the bank!” A host of individual and group competitors from nasty outlaws, rough and ready cowboys, audacious saloon gals, to some just plain ol’

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low-down dirty, rotten characters will assemble for a day of fun, competition and mayhem. Serious Wild West enthusiasts and families looking for fun will enjoy the authenticity of the performers‚ clothing and firearms as well as the colorful and amusing skits. The competitors will perform skits judged on costume, plot continuity, dialogue, character portrayal, verbal expression, body language, use of weapons, stunts, timing, and entertainment value. Reliable judges deduct points for vulgarity, forgotten lines, just plain carelessness, and wearing that ‘dern’ modern apparel. The two-day event will be held on January 10th from 9 am to 4:30 pm and on January 11th from 11 am to 2 pm. Normal entrance fees will be in effect; $4 for adults 14 and over, $2 for children 713, and children 6 and under enter for free. Vittles, libations, and western wear will be available for edification and perusal! For more information on Gathering of the Gunfighters, call Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park at 928-7834771.


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Day Trip Views Hoover Dam and Black Canyon
Right at the base of the Hoover Dam, just 50 miles south of Las Vegas and 4 hours northwest of Phoenix, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view one of the seven man-made wonders of the world from a motor-assisted raft. Begin your leisurely journey down the lush Black Canyon at the base of the mighty Hoover Dam, the largest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere. Your adventure continues for 3 - 3 1/2 hours as you meander 12 miles south through a gorgeous colorful canyon carved over eons by the Colorado River. This unique day trip invites visitors to safely enjoy and share in the sheer beauty of the Black Canyon, marveling at walls that rise nearly 2,000 feet from the river’s edge. During the excursion an experienced and knowledgeable river guide shares the history of this magnificent geological area. Passengers float on calm, crystal blue water and compete to catch glimpses of Desert Bighorn Sheep, Great Blue Heron, spring blooming cactus and various other desert flora and fauna. The rafts sojourn along the shore, giving you a chance to hike, swim or play in the cool clear water. Or, just relax. Sit back and enjoy the box lunch that is provided as part of the trip and let your soul absorb the sights and sounds of your desert experience. Your outing terminates on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach. Here you have an opportunity to shop for distinctive remembrances of your trip before boarding a comfortable tour bus for the ride back to the ticket office located at the Hacienda Hotel & Casino in Boulder City, NV. We can also provide 2-way transportation from various hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. If you are rafting during the summer, the temperatures are extremely hot, so dress accordingly. During the winter months, you may want to bring a sweater. Sunscreen and hats are advisable year round. The all-inclusive raft trip allows you to experience first-hand the desert canyons of the Southwest in comfort and style. Of course, you’ll want to bring a camera and lots of film. Groups are invited to plan catered, customized excursions where specific meals and agendas are accommodated. For information about Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures, call our ticketing office at 1-800-455-3490 or visit our website at

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“Jamming” in Brenda
Grass Roots Music Fest
Located in La Paz County on Hwy 60 approximately 20 miles east of Quartzsite, Brenda, Arizona is home to a unique musical event - the Brenda Jamfest. For six days, December 8-13th, contestants come from far and wide to participate in a grass roots musical competition that offers the winners cash prizes and a chance to show off their musical talents in a variety of categories. The contest is open to any group of 4 or more members, and they can play almost any type of music but must be versatile enough to compete in at least two genres. Be it Latin/Cajun, Rock/Gospel, Country/Jazz matters not, as long as they include a vocal performance and a novelty number in their repertoire. The festival draws the majority of its contestants and musicians from the local area and winners are chosen on the basis of showmanship, adherence to format and musical expertise. It is not so much how well you play the piano or sing, but how entertaining you are while on stage that will ultimately garner you the $1,000 grand prize. Judges are professional musicians, and this year they are three members of the Blue Grass band Strings Attached. For more information on the Brenda Jamfest call 928-927-9090 or email:

Route 66 Attractions
Look out for these... and more in western Arizona: “Almost” Ghost Town of Oatman, Kingman’s Route 66 Museum, Grand Canyon Caverns, Seligman’s old Harvey House, and Ash Fork’s Settler’s Cemetery. The Route 66 Association recently published a new map featuring all the Route 66 Communities in Arizona. The

association is located in the Powerhouse Visitor Center in Historic Downtown Kingman. Phone 928-753-5001 or email

Upcoming Laughlin Events
JAN 10-19 LAUGHLIN 3rd Cloud’s Jamboree Various Laughlin Hotel/Casinos - A rock, gem, jewelry, bead and mineral show, exhibits, 100’s of dealers, food, free RV camping, shuttles to shows. 866-5587719 JAN 13-16 LAUGHLIN Winter Break 2004 Celebrates life for the 50+ age group, will educate, stimulate & offer non-stop entertainment/activities. Dancing, bingo & slot tournaments, seminars, entertainment, more. Adm $39 w/optional tours, golf outings.; 480-926-5547 JAN 15-18 LAUGHLIN Score Laughlin Desert Challenge Laughlin Events Park - Desert race cars/exotic race trucks, 11-mile off-road loop Sa/Su. Th/Fr: Pit Crew Competition, “Laughlin Leap” jump contest. Tickets: 800-227-5245

Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau
It’s official. The new name of the Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau is now the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau. And it’s not just all in the name. “We’re excited to have a new look, and an added focus,” said Dan Cunning, President & CEO of the CVB. He added, “We feel it’s important that our name communicates our direction and intent.”

New Name, Added Focus

That intent is to attract more midweek guests to Lake Havasu City, through increased number of conventions and meetings. Lastly, the name change will align our bureau with our counterparts from across the state and nation, who more often than not have “Convention and Visitors Bureau” as a part of their name. For inquiries, call the CVB at 800-242-8278.


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Quartzsite: Winter Time...
Where the Livin’ is Easy
TRAVEL by Cate Mueller Born to browse? Here is an opportunity to actually shop until you drop. Every WRITER winter the tiny town of hunQuartzsite plays host to dreds of vendors from all over the world, and hundreds of thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the clean air, sunshine, and great deals. Quartzsite is truly a shopper’s paradise and a bargain hunter’s dream. There are two dozen seasonal swap meets open from November through March, and nearly as many organized rock, gem, mineral, art, and craft shows. Wholesalers bring internationally-traded merchandise. Motorhome manufacturers proudly display their newest in king-sized luxury RVs. Side streets hold yard sales and discount grocers, and all this in a town where Main Street is less than three miles long. Three permanent grocery stores on Main Street offer bargains on everything from beef to beer, but the real deals are on back streets. Snyder’s Discount Groceries sells an endless supply of canned foods, cereal, pasta, pet food, and gourmet goodies for pennies-on-the-dollar. Snyder’s is located north of the Main Street Quartzite Business Chamber, across from the Post Office parking lot.
“Fresh Arizona produce at discount prices,” boast the folks at Lamm’s Junction, which also sells eggs, dairy products, pickles, and their own jams and jellies. Lamm’s is on Hwy 95, south of the I-10 overpass, between Prospector’s Panorama and La Posa. Drinking water dispensers are plentiful along Main Street. Bring your own empties; filtered water costs $.25 per gallon. Winter vacationing in Quartzsite is extremely economical. RVers will find free 14-day dry-camping at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Scaddan Wash, two miles east of Rice Ranch swap meet on East Kuehn Street. It is an easy bike ride into town on a paved, little-traveled lane. Closer to the action is the BLM La Posa Long-Term Visitor Area. The season rate (September 15 to April 15) is $140.00 for all seven months and includes water, a central dump station, and trash bins. Shorter stays cost $30.00 for 14 days. Boondockers can stay near town or as far from civilization as they like on government land. Affordable groceries, wholesale prices. Trinkets, treasures, and trophies. Quartzsite is truly a shopper’s paradise, and perhaps the most economical escape you will ever take.

Unique and Historic Attraction
Monument-Grave of Hadji Ali (Hi Jolly)
There is a scattering of old landmarks around Quartzsite, but the big attraction is the grave of Hadji Ali (Hi-Jolly), the Arab camel driver. In 1935, the Governor of Arizona dedicated the pyramid which marks his gravesite. This is one of the most visited spots in the Southwest. Hi Jolly (that is how the foreign name sounded to the desert people) came here from his native Syria during the mid-1850s with a score or more North African camels. They had been ordered by the U.S. Army for a desert experiment, and Hi Jolly was hired as the chief camel driver. The Army hoped that camels would make excellent beasts of burden in this desert country. But, camels were not compatible with the Army’s mules, and the entire plan was junked in 1864. Hi Jolly kept a few camels and tried to operate a freighting business between Colorado River port cities and the mining camps to the east. Although the camels could carry up to 600 pounds of goods and travel more than 60 miles a day without water, his plan, like the Army’s did not work out. In 1868, Hi Jolly turned his last camel loose near Gila Bend, Arizona. Hi Jolly went to work prospecting, and scouting on the side for the government. He died in 1902. When you visit, you will find a large pyramid made of stones from the area and topped by a copper camel. You can find the grave of Hadjii Ali approx. one mile west on Business Loop 10, from the intersection of SR 95 and B10. Quartzsite Chamber: 928-927-5600

Quartzsite Winter Season Show Schedule
• Seasonal Swap Meets November 2003 - March 2004 • Prospector’s Panorama Christmas Gold Rush Days November 1 - December 31, 2003 • Desert Gardens 4th Annual International Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show January 1 - February 28 • Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show January 2 - 11 • Prospector’s Panorama Gold Show January 2 - 14 • Rice Ranch Round Up 17th Annual “Yawl Come” Show January 3 - February 18 • Hi Jolly Daze Parade January 10 • Four Corners Swap Meet January 14 - February 15 • Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama January 16 - 25 • Big Tent 21st Annual Sports, Vacation & RV Show January 17 - 25 • Main Event Rocks, Gems, Arts, Crafts & Year Round Swap Meeting January 17 - February 1 • Prospector’s Panorama Gem & Mineral Show January 17 - February 2 • Q.I.A. 38th Annual Pow Wow January 28 - February 1 • Big Tent 6th Annual Hobby, Craft, Gem & Car Show January 28 - February 1 • Big Tent 6th Annual Rock & Roll Classic Car Show January 31 - February 1 • Tyson Wells Arts & Crafts Show January 30 - February 8 • Prospector’s Peddler’s Fair February 5 - 16


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16 DAY EVENT: January 17th - February 1st, 2004
Grounds Open All Year for Vendors

Jan. 17th • Opening Day • Hot Air Balloons • Vendors - Antiques, Indian Jewelry, Books, Tools, Rocks and Much More • Fireworks • • • • Hillbilly Zeke & His Model T Show Hit & Miss Antique Engine Show Horseshoe Pitchers Lots of Shopping

For more information contact the chambers listed below.

Quartzsite Information
• Where is Quartzsite: In Arizona’s West Coast area, at the intersection of Interstate Highway 10 and Arizona Highway 95; approximately 15 miles east of California, 120 miles west of Phoenix, 70 miles south of Lake Havasu City, and 80 miles north of Yuma. • What to do: Sunbathe, stargaze, take a class, go to a dance, hike, bike, rockhound, sit in on music jams, watch hot air balloons, enjoy the laid-back lifestyle, and shop... till you drop! • When it happens: Sales start in midNovember and build to the busiest in January and February. One million people are in Quartzsite then, and you will be glad you brought a bicycle. • What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, a sense of humor, patience, your “want” list, and a canteen for drinking water - you will want both hands free for shopping. A bicycle with a basket is a good idea, but anything forgotten can be purchased here. Remember the Quartzsite Quotation, “If you can’t find it here, it doesn’t exist.” For more information, visit these websites or call: • • • Quartzsite Business Chamber of Commerce, 101 W. Main Street, Quartzsite, AZ 85346; 928-927-9321 • Quartzsite Chamber of Commerce, 1495 Main Event Lane, 928-927-5600

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Jan. 31st

• Hillbilly Zeke & His Model T Show • Horseshoe Tournament • Still Lots of Shopping!

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Centennial of Flight Open House
Tucson Airport Authority Celebrates
On Dec 17 the Tucson Airport Authority will cap off a yearlong celebration of the Centennial of Flight with an Open House in the airport’s newly expanded terminal building. It was on this day 100 years ago that the Wright brothers made their historic first flight - lasting 12 seconds and 120 feet - at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. All are invited to this free event, which will feature a display of private, commercial and military aircraft along with an exhibit of historic photographs and live entertainment. Tours of the airport will be available. The celebration also serves as an opportunity to experience the new look and feel of the expanded center of the terminal, completed in early October. Work on the two ends of the building is in progress and will be complete in 2005. The airport’s art gallery will be showing the exhibit “Airplanes! Airplanes! Airplanes!” in December. Admission to the art gallery is always free. For more information about the Open House, which lasts from 10am to midafternoon, call 520-573-4868. Visitors can park for free in front of the terminal (parking validations will be available at the event.).

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Tucson’s Family Arts Festival
Much More in 2004
An expanded Family Arts Festival will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2004 from 11am to 5pm. The Festival will take place in the heart of downtown Tucson spanning the Tucson Convention Center, through La Placita Village, and across the Congress Street pedestrian bridge into Presidio Park. The fourth annual Family Arts Festival, a celebration of the arts and the rich cultural heritage of the Sonoran Desert, is free to the public. The festival is coordinated by the Tucson Pima Arts Council to appeal to all ages. The Family Arts Festival will have five stages presenting live theater, dance and instrumental music ranging from Scottish bagpipers to traditional Japanese dance to youth-produced theater and local bands. The Tucson Pima Arts Council is partnering with Tucson’s Sister Cities Association to highlight artists, craft demonstrations and food from around the world. More than 60 artists and arts groups will be showcased throughout the day-long celebration. New this year is Kids Fest, featured on the La Placita staging area with entertainment and hands-on fun for children and their families. The Friends of the Tucson Pima Public Library will pioneer a book swap and other activities in the nearby Literary Arts Market. Exhibits and handson activities bridging science, technology and the arts will be available for older children and young adults. As you cross the bridge over Congress Street you will encounter a showcase of local nonprofit organizations and their services. As you walk through Presidio Park you will hear the music of the “phat” generation, be greeted with the aromas of fresh foods from around the world, and see Edible Art demonstrations by students. The new Festivals Stage will preview the music of Tucson’s biggest music festivals, with information booths presenting dates and music samplers for sale. For more information call the Tucson Pima Arts Council at 520-6240595, ext 10.

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17th Annual Luminaria Nights
Southwest Treat at Tucson Botanical Garden
Tucson Botanical Garden kicks off the holiday season for the whole family on Dec. 5, 6, & 7 with its 17th Annual Luminaria Nights in the Garden event. People of all ages can stroll the garden paths lit by over 2,000 traditional twinkling luminaries. Enjoy hot-spiced cider and cookies provided by Trader Joe’s, and listen to music provided by over 30 different musical groups. Entertainment by such diverse groups as madrigal singers and classical musicians will delight visitors as they round each corner into a new garden. Decorated historic Porter House greets visitors as they enter the Gardens. Punched tin luminaries and Christmas Cacti will be available to purchase. Returning in an even more elaborate display will be the Garden Railways exhibit, combining two of our most popular hobbies - gardens and trains. With help and creativity from the Tucson Garden Railway Society, visitors will have the opportunity to see model trains as they meander through TBG’s Shade Garden and tunnel under cactus and mesquite. There are two - maybe even three trains and one trolly running complete with true to life sounds and towns in scale format. In December, the train will have a holiday theme, and for Luminaria Nights there will be extended features, such as the North Pole. Tucson Botanical Gardens is located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. Luminaria Nights begins at 5:30pm and goes to 8pm each evening. Admission is $5/adv, $6/door, $2.50 Children 3-12, free to children 2 and under. For more information call 520-326-9686 x10.

Sabino Canyon
A Tucson Playground
With over a million visitors of all ages each year, Sabino Canyon is one of Tucson’s “must see” attractions. It is also a beloved recreation area for residents, providing hiking trails and the cool sound of running water during the rainy seasons. Located in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Sabino Canyon offers spectacular landscapes and glimpses of unique desert wildlife, yet is only minutes away from shopping, dining, entertainment, and accommodations. You can take a narrated 45-minute, 3.8 mile tour into the canyon that is full of information about the area’s ecology and history... not to mention the Hollywood films made here over the years. If you are feeling energetic, walk back down the paved road! The Visitor Center is a good place to start. There you will find information on hiking as well as maps, books, and mementos of the Southwest. There is excellent self-guided nature trail at the center that identifies many desert plants. Facilities at the canyon include restrooms and picnic areas. Sabino Canyon offers a variety of trails ranging from short, easy walks to strenuous hikes. You might catch a glimpse of roadrunners, javelinas or snakes. Leave your pet at home, though only service dogs are allowed in the park. No private vehicles are allowed in the canyon, only the shuttles, providing peace and safety for walking or horse riding. You can ride bikes before 9am and after 5pm, except for Wednesdays and Saturdays. Directions: From Tanque Verde Rd. take Sabino Canyon Rd. north to the recreation area. Turn right into the parking lot. A Day Pass costs $5, (Week Pass $10, Annual Pass $20). The Shuttle prices are $6/Adults, $2.50/children 3-12, under 3 free. December events at Sabino Canyon include Saturday talks - a children’s story, a presentation on the winter night sky, a tale of the Mexican Gray Wolf in Arizona and information about the US Border Patrol. The popular annual outdoor holiday concert “Music in the Canyon” on Dec 12 features over 600 luminarias and the world famous Tucson Boys Chorus. The Visitor Center is open 8am4:30pm and can be reached at 520-7498700.

Spanish Trail Outfitters...
A Ride to Remember

by Kate Seymour

Image riding across desert streams while experiencing the cooling shade of the mesquite woodland, climbing a desert plateau and looking out over the land with the giant saguaros, feeling the power of the ancient and mysterious Hohokam villages... Don’t leave it as a dream! Let the experienced, informative and entertaining wranglers at Spanish Trail Outfitters make the dream a reality as they allow you the chance to delve into the secrets of Tucson’s distinctive and diverse desert region.

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Spanish Trail Outfitters has provided horseback tours since 1992. The owners, Nancy & Richard Gray, have been in the same location by the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, since their opening. They provide guided trail rides, horse boarding, western cookouts, riding lessons and host horse clinics. There is also “Shinbone Town Site,” which is perfect for parties or group meetings small or large. The site depicts the old western town of “Shinbone” and even boasts a saloon, cantina, bank, mercantile, sheriff’s office, city court, jail and Boot Hill Graveyard. They also offer the option of “Mock Trials & Hangings” to really complete your group’s Wild West experience. The doomed individual is “secretly” selected, arrested, and escorted to Shinbone’s City Court while the rest of the guests follow. The “accused” then goes to trial and usually ends with a noose around their neck and a sign reading “NEXT STOP - BOOTHILL.” So for all of you or just one of you Spanish Trail Outfitters provides great opportunities to learn about Tucson’s natural surroundings and to experience the true Wild West. For more information call them at 520-749-0167.


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Fiesta Mexicana
San Carlos Welcomes You
The San Carlos Office of Tourism invites you to come and spend the afternoon at a Fiesta Mexicana! On three different days winter visitors and residents in Tucson, Green Valley and Sierra Vista are welcomed to party with us while learning more about Sonora, Mexico. We want to welcome the Americans and Canadians that come every year to spend the winter in our region, and we want you to know a little more about our culture and what we have to offer tourists. You can also meet the people in the Sonora tourism industry and talk to them about your plans for traveling to Sonora. The Fiesta Mexicana is a free event open to the public. The Tucson fiesta will be held Saturday, December 13th at Reid Park in the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center from 2 to 5 pm. On offer will be information about the RV Parks, hotels, restaurants and other attractions in the State of Sonora. You will have the opportunity to enjoy live Mariachi music, folkloric dances, Mexican food, and arts & crafts. Door prizes such as free hotel nights and free dinners in some of our restaurants are some of the reasons to come and know us. The Green Valley Fiesta takes place on Friday, December 12th, at the Best Western Hotel on 111 S. La Canada. The Fiesta Mexicana in Sierra Vista takes place on Sunday, the 14th of December at the Lake Side Salon on Fort Huachuca. Both of these events last from 2-5pm. For more information you can visit the Sonora Tourist Center, located at 4625 E. Broadway, Suite 100-B. Or, call us at 520-784-0551 or 520-784-0559. At our office we can provide information about all the state of Sonora, beaches like Rocky Point, San Carlos or Kino Bay, or typical cities such as Alamos or Magdalena. We can also handle the paperwork needed for your tourist visas and car permits to make your trip easier and worry-free when you cross the border.

Holiday Art Market
Tubac Center of the Arts Expands Offerings
A change is in the air this holiday season at Tubac Center of the Arts (TCA). Since 1982, TCA has presented its annual Holiday Art Market featuring handcrafted holiday gifts and collectibles from around the nation. This season fine art will fill one of the three exhibit galleries featuring the work of regional artists with all paintings priced at $1,000 or below. TCA invites artists from all over the country as well as the Southwest to the juried invitational exhibit. Over 80 artists will be featured - returning participants as well as those artists exhibiting for the first time. Members’ work of the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society (TPAPS), the Painting Society of Southern Arizona (PaSSA) and the Sonoran Arts League, Carefree, will be featured. Concurrently, many of these same artists’ work will hang in the “Little Treasures” exhibit at the Karin Newby Gallery, Tubac. TCA Executive Director Colleen Lester and Education Coordinator Mary Helen Watson are co-curating the event. “We’ve extended our concept for this special exhibit and sale,” says Lester. “We’re changing our mix of items. And with the addition of paintings and fiber art pieces, we hope to appeal to a broader audience.” Works in wood, ceramics, fiber and metal also will be exhibited along with dolls, clothing, jewelry, baskets, and more. The annual exhibit is an important fund raising vehicle for TCA and helps support arts education for children and adults. The exhibit runs through Dec. 28th. Admission to the Holiday Art Market is free and opens to the public at 10 am Saturday, Nov. 22nd. Hours are 10 am-4:30 pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 1-4:30 pm. Tubac Center of the Arts is located at 9 Plaza Road, Tubac. For more information please call 520-398-2371.

La Fiesta de Tumacacori
A Southwest Cultural Experience
The 33rd annual Tumacacori Fiesta will be held free to the public from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, 2003, at Tumacacori National Historical Park. The two-day event will feature some fifty booths of Indian, Mexican, and Southwest food and crafts, as well as all-day continuous free entertainment from local dance and music groups. Look at all you can experience here! There will be puppet shows, pinatas and hands on native crafts for children, “living history” to see, paper flowers, Mexican pottery, demonstrations of prehistoric cotton spinning and pottery making, O’odham basket weaving, rawhide braiding, blacksmithing and more. During the Fiesta there will also be guided tours of the mission and guided walks along the Santa Cruz River. Sunday will begin with a traditional Mariachi Procession and Mass in front of the old Mission Church. Tumacacori National Historical Park is located 45 miles south of Tucson and 15 miles north of Nogales. Take exit 29 off of I-19. For more information call 520- 398-2341.

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Southwest Treat in Ajo
Don’t miss Las Posadas in Ajo on December 20. This Christmas festival originated in the Hispanic tradition and dramatizes the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging before the holy birth. See this re-enactment in Ajo - and join in the candlelight procession down an old street in town - as Joseph and Mary search for shelter in Bethlehem accompanied by a live donkey. Carols are sung throughout the walk. There will be cookies, hot chocolate and spiced apple cider for everyone at the Inn (Ajo Federated Church) as well as more Christmas music and a pinata for kids. This free event begins at 6p. 520-387-7742

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Holiday Art Market
Fine art paintings, wearable art, ceramics, furniture, Christmas collectibles, jewelry, metalwork and more.

November 22 - December 28, 2003 Tubac Center of the Arts
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P.O. Box 995 - Tombstone, AZ 85638 1-888-457-3929 - 1-520-457-9317 • email:

Check out the Christmas Crafts Show running through December 31 in Tombstone. Held at the Tombstone Art Gallery, 317 Allen Street, the show displays the work of 50 artists/crafters. Decorating your tree, home and packages with these unique treasures will surely put you in the cheerful spirit of Christmas! Open 9:30a4p daily (closed 25th), free admission. 520-457-2380


“Jingle All the Way to Tombstone”
Holiday Festival Lasts All Month


by Halsy-Taylor

Holiday shopping offers a special Old West flair during the entire month of December, when Tombstone decks the halls (and itself) in true festive fashion to greet would-be cowpokes and city-slickers alike. Where else will you find a leather holster reproduction from the 1800s alongside a punch bowl full of eggnog? Plan to bring your shopping list to Tombstone... you’ll find everything from Native American arts & crafts and zesty southwestern food specialties to a taste of mining heritage with minerals and fine silver jewelry on offer. Are you wanting to send a family photo to Grandma? How about something a little different... a photo shoot of you all dressed in oldtyme gear! Activities and displays are going on all over town creating fun for the whole family, beginning just after Thanksgiving with the Annual Christmas Craft Show at Tombstone Art Gallery, which will be open daily from 9:30am to 4pm. On December 6, Friends of Tombstone Historic Courthouse conduct a holiday Historic Home Tour from 12-5pm. $10 donation is suggested for each adult, children (7-13) $5. On that same weekend, December 6 & 7, Frontier Floral & Finery presents an Art Fair, Open House, Talent, Tea & Treats from 104pm, both days. December 12 at 6pm Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park festivities kick off, with the “Lighting of the

Luminaries” taking place at 6:30. The Tombstone Restoration Commission will provide light snacks, while the Mariposa String Quartet plays traditional Victorian Christmas carols. The event is free of charge. Always a popular eye treat, the official “Tree Lighting Ceremony” takes place on December 13 at Fifth & Allen Streets at dusk. Tombstone Chamber of Commerce, the City of Tombstone, Tombstone Fire Department, Churches of Tombstone, the OK Cafe and the Tombstone Woman’s Club join together December 19 in City Park to welcome the jolly old man-in-thered-suit, himself, at the annual “Santa in the Park” event. Hot chocolate, cookies, and horse-drawn caroling make it easy for everyone to get into the spirit of the season. To keep the holiday atmosphere alive, on December 27 Kip Calahan provides “Music in the Fountain Courtyard,” located in the Allen Street shopping area and sponsored by the Courtyard Merchants from 2-4pm. A New Year’s Eve celebration, starting with dinner at The Longhorn restaurant at 6pm followed by a party at Big Nose Kate’s, which will open at 7pm, close out the holiday festivities. RSVP required. (457-3405) Tombstone is located southeast of Tucson, off Route I-10, Exit 303. For more information contact the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce at 520-4579317 (888-457-3929) or the Tombstone Visitor Center at 520-457-3929.

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The most famous honky-tonk in America in 1881. The New York Times referred to it as the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast. For 9 years it was open 24 hours a day and was the site of 16 gunfights. It has 140 bullet holes and is Tombstone’s only historic landmark preserved in its original state. A Nostalgic Trip Into Tombstone’s Past. An Unforgettable Memory of the Old West.

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Boothill Graveyard
When tempers flared in Tombstone the results usually were a burial in Boot Hill. Many notorious gunslingers are buried here including the losers of the OK Corral gun battle. The grave sites are authentic. ~ Visit the Original Boot Hill Graveyard Final Resting Place Of The Good, Bad, And Innocent. They Died With Their Boots On, In The Old West.

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Willcox, A Great Little Town
History and Nature Abound
Willcox is an excellent starting point for the Cochise Circle, offering opportunities to get closer to nature and history. Founded in 1880 when the Southern Pacific Railroad made its path through the area, Willcox has honored and remembered this beginning with the renovated Southern Pacific Depot, one of the many downtown attractions. Willcox celebrates Rex Allen, “last of the silver screen cowboys” and the town’s most famous son, in the Rex Allen Museum and the Cowboy Hall of Fame. These museums also pay tribute to the role ranching played in the town’s history. Another great place to visit is the Chiricahua Regional Museum which celebrates another kind of history. While there are many artifacts and exhibits from the area, there is a focus on the Chiricahua Apache Indians, their famous Chief Cochise and the infamous Geronimo. Willcox is also world famous for its bird watching, with thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrating to Sulphur Springs Valley every winter. The Cochise Lakes provide a home for ducks, migratory shore birds and many others. Arizona’s only winter birding festival, Wings Over Willcox, will take place this year on January 16-18, with three exciting days of tours and seminars about the area’s natural and cultural history. The Circle of Cochise will lead you through Dos Cabezas ghost town, Apache Pass, and the Ft. Bowie National Historic Site. Visit the breathtaking Chiricahua National Monument with over 20 miles of trails and majestic rock formations for rock climbing and petroglyph viewing opportunities. The Monument also provides various picnic and camping areas. So go soak up the beauty, history and wonder. With a variety of hotels and restaurants in town you can make this trip into a vacation package. For more information please contact the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture at 1-800-200-2272.

The Villas at Shadow Mountain
An A+ Golf Lifestyle and More...
If you want to re-locate where you can golf nearly every day because you live on a golf course AND enjoy some of the best year round climate in the world, then you better take a look at The Villas at Shadow Mountain in Pearce, Arizona. Constructed right smack dab in the middle of the Shadow Mountain Golf Course, this is a golfer’s dream come true for retirement, offered for a more than affordable price. With a new bank in town and great shopping available nearby in the towns of Benson and Willcox, there is a spacious, beautiful lifestyle waiting here for those who seek it. The Villas’ owner Larry White has developed a planned community of deluxe, two bedroom, 2 bath, Santa Fe Style Patio Homes on the golf course, complete with nice sized lots. The model homes are currently available for show. Each home includes a large living room area, kitchen, an extra large one car garage with special space for your own golf cart, two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, one with shower, one with tub, large closets, linen and laundry spaces and a covered porch area, with a total living area of 1020 sq. ft. to 1360 sq.ft. Features include all underground utilities, R-19 insulation in the exterior walls and R-38 in the ceilings with wood frame construction and stucco exterior, covered rear porch with cement tile roofing, double glazed windows, 9 foot ceilings, choice of gas or electric stove, separate golf cart and car garage doors, dishwasher, garbage disposal, fenced back yard and rock landscaping. The numerous standard features include microwave, central vacuum system, water softener, reverse osmosis system, overhead cabinets in the laundry room, garage door openers and custom etched glass in the front door. Larry is even giving away 2 free 18 hole rounds of golf, when you tour the models. Free golf - for anyone who is serious about taking a peak at the opportunity he is offering to own one of these sweet little golf casitas. So hurry up and give him a call today at 520-826-5411 for your free personalized tour of The Villas. To get to The Villas, go east on I-10 from Tucson to exit 331, then south 18 miles to Ironwood Road, turn right and an 1/8th of a mile on the left is the Villas. Make sure that you check out his website, too, at

Natural Wonders in Cochise County
• Kartchner Caverns State Park Unique "living" cave. 520-586-CAVE (2283) • Chiricahua National Monument Large expanses of volcanic rocks eroded into dramatic pinnacles and spires. 520824-3560 • San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area Protects the lush riparian ecosystem along 40 miles of the San Pedro River. 400 species of birds, 82 of mammals, and 45 of reptiles and amphibians. BLM, 520458-3559 • Ramsey Canyon Preserve (Nature Conservancy) Renowned for its 14 species of hummingbirds and wide variety of habitats. 520378-2785 • Muleshoe Ranch (Nature Conservancy) Watershed area for seven permanently flowing streams, recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. 520-507-5229

Oldest Senior Olympics in Az!
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Approximately twenty-three years ago, the Department of Community Services (now Parks and Leisure Services) announced with much excitement and enthusiasm they would be hosting the 1st Golden Olympics. This special day would be both a competitive and social event, combining sports and games, fellowship and fun. Now, twenty-three years later, still filled with that same excitement and enthusiasm, we announce the 23rd Annual Senior Games on January 9-18, 2004. In addition to being the oldest Senior Olympic event in the state of Arizona, we are also the fastest growing event, having grown over 400% in the last six years. Registration for the Senior Games begins November 1, 2003 and continues through December 26, 2003. Brochures are now available and may be requested by calling 520-417-6980 or e-mail We invite you to challenge yourself, and even a friend or neighbor, to join in the fun. There are sixteen events offered, so there is certain to be something for everyone. Although the body may show the years or wear, we know the spirit of youth and vitality never diminishes in the majority of our senior adults. Plan now to join us in January for the 23rd Annual Sierra Vista Senior Games, where every “body” wins.

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Scenic Byways

by Charlis McVey

Driving can be a pleasure when the road takes you through magnificent scenery and along historic routes. Recognizing this, the Arizona Transportation Board began a program in 1982 to preserve certain roadways for their visual and cultural qualities. These road segments have been designated as parkway, historic or scenic. Most of them begin away from population centers and are marked by a special sign. They can be combined with ordinary highways to form loops that provide hours of enjoyable exploration. This month we will describe Scenic Byways in Central and Eastern parts of the State. CENTRAL • Apache Trail Historic Road State Route 88 Apache Junction to Tortilla Flat and Roosevelt Dam and Lake, 42 miles Some highlights: Goldfield Ghost Town - a reconstruction of a Western mining town, Lost Dutchman State Park and Canyon Lake with marina. About 9 miles from Tortilla Flat (pop. 6!) begin 25 miles of graded road with magnificent views of Apache Lake and Tonto National Forest along to Roosevelt Dam. • Gila-Pinal Scenic Road US Route 60 Globe-Miami to Superior and Florence Junction, 39 miles Some highlights: Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe, the Pinal Mountains, steep canyons with unusual rock outcroppings, sweeping views of the Sonoran Desert, Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum State Park. • From Desert to Pines Scenic Byway State Route 288 and Forest Route 512 to State Route 260 Desert south of Roosevelt Lake to Mogollon Rim, 80 miles. Some highlights: Tonto National Forest, most of the road is unpaved and in places is corrugated like a washboard

from days gone by, but can be driven in an ordinary car with care along the hairpin turns. Sparsely populated, unspoiled forests and streams, the small town of Young - scene of a feud fictionalized in Zane Grey’s To the Last Man. EASTERN • White River Scenic Road State Route 73 Hon Dah to Whiteriver, 11 miles Some highlights: Fort Apache Reservation, Williams Creek and Alchesay Fish Hatcheries, Apache Cultural Center and old Fort Apache. • White Mountain Scenic Road State Routes 260, 273 and 261. A loop from Hon Dah to Sunrise Park Resort to Big Lake and back, about 80miles Some highlights: Perfect choice for viewing fall colors, green meadows, beautiful lakes, Sunrise Park Resort in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Mount Baldy. About 16 miles is unpaved road, passable by ordinary car except in winter. • Coronado Trail Scenic Road US Route 191 and US 191/180. Springerville to Clifton and Morenci, 123 miles. Some highlights: follows part of the route of Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado with Nelson Reservoir, Alpine, Blue Range Primitive Area with stunning rock formations and dense forests, Hannagan Meadow, down to desert and the Phelps Dodge Morenci open pit copper mine, world’s 2nd largest. Slow drive with hairpin turns. • Swift Trail Parkway State Route 366 Begins at US Route 191 about 7 miles south of Safford, 35 miles Some highlights: from desert floor through the heart of the Pinaleno (also called Graham) Mountains to 9,400 feet, with panoramic views of valleys and canyons, Hawk Peak waterfall, Coronado National Forest. The upper portion of the road closes for the winter on Nov 15.

Arizona Parkways, Historic and Scenic Roads
U.S. 89A S.R. 82 S.R. 83 S.R. 67 S.R. 88 U.S. 60 S.R. 179 S.R. 66 Oatman Rd. Mohave Co. Hwy (Topock) Yavapai Co. Hwy (Cookton Rd.) B-40 (Ash Fork) B-40 (Williams) U.S. 89/B-40/U.S. 180 (Flagstaff) Flagstaff City Hwy - Walnut Canyon Rd. U.S. 89/B-40/U.S. 180 (Flagstaff) Coconino Co Hwy - Winona Rd B-40 (Winslow) B-40 (Joseph City) B-40 (Holbrook) U.S. 191 U.S. 180 U.S. 180 U.S. 93 U.S. 89A U.S. 89A U.S. 89A S.R. 73 S.R. 260 S.R. 261 S.R. 273 S.R. 366 U.S. 89A U.S. 163

Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Road Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway Apache Trail Historic Road Gila-Pinal Scenic Road Red Rock Scenic Road Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Historic Route 66 Coronado Trail Scenic Road San Francisco Peaks Scenic Road Joshua Forest Scenic Road Dry Creek Scenic Road Jerome, Clarkdale, Cottonwood Historic Road (includes Main St., Cottonwood) Mingus Mountain Scenic Road White River Scenic Road White Mountain Scenic Road Swift Trail Parkway Fredonia-Vermilion Cliffs Scenic Road Kayenta-Monument Valley Scenic Road

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News from Az Game & Fish Department Urban Lakes Getting Rainbow Trout The Arizona Game and Fish Department will stock rainbow trout in the Phoenix area urban lakes on Nov. 24 and the Tucson area lakes on Nov. 25. Department biologists will stock 7,600 trout ranging from 10 to 12 inches long. The trout will be stocked at rates of 80 to 100 fish per surface acre at the urban lakes. 30 Desert Bighorn Sheep Captured and Relocated The Arizona Game and Fish Department captured 30 desert bighorn sheep in southwestern Arizona and relocated them south of Superior as part of an ongoing effort to repopulate bighorns into their historic range. Game and Fish Department biologists, working with the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground and the ASARCO Mine captured eight rams and 22 ewes from mountains in southwestern Arizona and relocated them to the Mineral Mountain area south of Superior. Bighorns are believed to have occupied the Mineral Mountain area historically, but disappeared around 100 years ago. “This excellent block of bighorn sheep habitat has been sheep-less for nearly a century. Not any longer. Restoring Arizona’s native wildlife to historic habitat is one of the most rewarding things we do,” says Jim Heffelfinger, a biologist in the Tucson regional office. “We fitted 11 of the bighorns with radio telemetry collars so we can monitor them via aerial flights over the areas. In addition, sheep from the separate sources were given different colored ear tags to monitor how well bighorns from different sources commingle in their new home,” Heffelfinger says. For more information from Game and Fish, visit their website at

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Organ Pipe Cactus Nat’l Monument
Welcome to Our Holiday Open House
Come to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and celebrate the Sonoran Desert. With dramatic views of mountains and plains and a wealth of wildlife and plants (including the rare organ pipe cactus) the Monument is a great place to get in touch with nature. Take a scenic drive, hike a backcountry trail, camp under the stars, or just enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. This December 13th the Monument invites you to join them for their free Annual Open House from 2-5 pm. Enjoy music and refreshments and browse through the park’s bookstore. During the event, visitors will receive a 15% discount on all purchases made at the bookstore. The Open House takes place in the Visitor Center.

January begins the busy visitor season at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Throughout the day a variety of Ranger programs, guided walks and talks are provided for park visitors to attend. There is always something special and wonderful to see! For more information please call the visitor information number: 520-3876849. The park is located south of Ajo, AZ on Hwy 85. Please note: The Puerto Blanco Scenic Drive will be closed for construction through January 2004. This includes both entrances and Senita Basin. The Ajo Mountain scenic drive will remain open during the construction.

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Garlands, Greenery...
and Handcrafted Quilts at Riordan Mansion
Take a step into Christmas Past as you enter the historic 1904 Riordan Mansion this December. The Riordan brothers’ thirteen thousand squarefoot log “cabin” bursts with holiday decorations such as fruits, gourds and pine boughs. Within minutes of entering the home, the rich scent of winter’s greenery nestled on windowsills and along the mantle-shelf wafts through the air to visitors. The Mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours include glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present. In addition, a variety of antique and contemporary handcrafted quilts are on display from the Coconino Quilters’ Guild. This year, ring in your holidays with a visit to this unique Arizona treasure. The Riordan families’ original furnishings remain on display yearround, but the holiday decorations and quilting exhibit will be gone by the New Year. Handmade quilts and quilted ornaments made by the Coconino Quilters Guild will be available for purchase in the Visitor Center. The park is open daily except for Christmas Day. Regular admission to tour the mansion is $6 adults, $2.50 youth ages 7 to 13; children age six and under are free. Tours leave on the hour, beginning at 11 am. Please call park rangers for reservations at 928-779-4395.

Chiricahua National Monument Fort Bowie Historical Site Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Saguaro National Park (TMD - West) Saguaro National Park (RMD - EAST) Tumacacori National Historical Park

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park Fort Verde State Historic Park Homolovi Ruins State Park Jerome State Historic Park Lyman Lake State Park Red Rock State Park Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Slide Rock State Park Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Christmas at Az State Parks
DEC 1-31 FLAGSTAFF Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Holiday Tours The Mansion is festively decorated in turn-of-the-century style with wreaths, garlands, greenery and a towering fir tree trimmed with old-fashioned ornaments. Guided tours include glimpses of folklore and traditions of Christmas, both past and present. Reservations recommended. 928-779-4395 DEC 6 TUBAC Tubac Presidio State Historic Park Victorian Christmas Enjoy this old fashioned Christmas Program. Begins at 7pm. 520-398-2252 DEC 6-7 LAKE HAVASU Lake Havasu State Park 21st Annual Parade of Light Boats 50+ boats all decorated with lights will go through the London Bridge Channel. One of many viewing areas is the park’s Windsor #4 area (please no pets or glass). Approximate start time is 7pm. LHC C of C: 928-453-3444 DEC 13 FLAGSTAFF Riordan Mansion State Historic Park Christmas Party and Crafts Santa will be on hand to give out candy and Mrs. Claus will read Christmas stories to the children. There will be crafts for the children to make and take home, as well as Christmas music and general good cheer. Hot cider and cake will be served. Free, 9-11am. 928779-4395 DEC 13 YUMA Yuma Crossing State Historic Park Christmas at the Depot Special Tours 10am, 1pm and 3pm. Sidewalk chalk art contest 11:30 am - 12:30pm. Yuma’s String Ambassadors 2-3pm. Depot Buildings in Ginger Bread or sugar cubes submitted by local students. FREE hot chocolate and cookies. Regular park fees apply. 928329-0471 DEC 17-JAN 5 CAMP VERDE Fort Verde State Historic Park Frontier Military Christmas The Fort will be decorated for the holidays. Visitors can glance into the past and see how Victorians celebrated. 928-567-3275

Catalina State Park Kartchner Caverns State Park Patagonia Lake State Park Roper Lake State Park Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Apache/Sitgreaves National Forest Coconino National Forest Kaibab National Forest Prescott National Forest Tonto National Forest Springerville Flagstaff Williams Prescott Phoenix 928-333-4301 928-527-3600 800-863-0546 928-445-1762 602-225-5200

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DEC 6-7 LAKE HAVASU CITY 22nd Annual Boat Parade of Lights Bridgewater Channel - Lake Havasu Yacht Club hosts this event, 6p, free to spectators, $25 to enter a boat. 928-855-8857 or 800-242-8278 DEC 6-7 SURPRISE Northwest Valley Art Festival Surprise Stadium - Fine arts & crafts, original works only, food vendors, 11a-6p, free adm. 623-583-0692 DEC 6-7 PARKER PIRA Rodeo Rodeo and Mohave Rd - 200 contestants, 1p. 928-669-1378 DEC 6-7 SURPRISE Surprise Party Fine arts show and carnival w/rides & games both days. Sat - Seasonal music, party!, clowns, sand sculpting, pics w/Santa, fireworks after dusk, free adm. 623-5830002 DEC 6-7 PRESCOTT Christmas Around the Kiva Smoki Mus. - Native American Guest Artists with jewelry, pottery, weavings; live music, refreshments, hand-crafted gifts. Sat. 10a-4p & Sun Noon-4 p. 928445-1230 DEC 6-7 PHOENIX Food City Tamale Festival Patriots Park - Showcases Hispanic traditions through musical entertainment, dancing, fun activities for kids and the holiday tradition of “Tamales.” 10a-8p, free. 602-279-4669 DEC 6-7 CASCABEL San Pedro River Christmas Fair Milepost 15 on Cascabel Rd - Milepost 21: Furniture, jewelry, pottery, gourds, carvings, glass, fine art, books, toys, plants, fiber art; food, music, raffle,10a-4p. 520212-5000 DEC 6-20 AHWATUKEE Hayrides & Luminary Hike Altadena Middle School - On 3 Saturdays, ride incl’s neighborhood light displays and luminary hike on a paved desert path, community entertainment, 5:30-8p. 480-460-6169 DEC 7 SIERRA VISTA Ft. Huachuca Holiday Tour of Historic Homes Visit the artistically decorated historic homes on Fort Huachuca, 2-5p, tickets $5 advance/$8 at door. 520459-0358 DEC 7 SCOTTSDALE Holiday Harmony Civic Center Mall - A celebration of different countries & cultures, food, arts & crafts, entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, free, 3-6p. 480-312-2330 DEC 7 WINSLOW Annual GFWC Winslow Woman’s Christmas Tour of Homes Homes decorated for Christmas often with unusual collections, fundraiser for educational seminar for H.S. students, 1p-5p, $6. 928-289-5404; 928-289-4705 DEC 7 FLAGSTAFF Sun Sounds 1st Annual Holiday Gift Show Radisson Grand Ballroom - Gift shopping, live entertainment incl. Santa, 9a-3p. $1 entry benefits Sun Sounds of AZ, ticket may be redeemed at any gift table for equal value! 928-779-1775 DEC 8-13 BRENDA 2nd Annual Brenda JamFest Six day festival of music and fun. Nightly and daily jams, musical competition ($1000 first prize), booths, games & more. Special JamFest camping packages. 928-927-7800, 800-927-2101 DEC 12 PRESCOTT Acker Musical Showcase Downtown Prescott - Merchants open for the public to enjoy performances by the area’s best entertainers. Free live jazz, country, tap-dancing, clogging, etc, 5:30-7p. 800-266-7534 DEC 12 WICKENBURG Christmas Light Parade Historic Downtown Wickenburg - Enjoy the beautiful lights on wagons, horses, automobiles & more plus Santa! Parade starts at 6:30p.; 928-684-5479 DEC 12 YUMA Christmas Open House with Lite Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Main Street - Merchants on Main Street hold open house from 10a, parade and lighting from 5-7:30p. 928782-5712 DEC 12 FLORENCE Pinal County Courthouse Lighting and Holiday Light Parade Courthouse - Official lighting ceremony 6p, Light parade after to Town Hall, then at 7p live musical entertainment & holiday food. 520-868-9433 or 800-4379433 DEC 12-13 MIAMI Miami Small Town Christmas Downtown - Memorial Park Fri, 6-9p, exhibits decorated with a “small town” Christmas theme, prizes awarded. Sullivan St. Sat, 10-5, games, Santa, entertainment. 800-804-5623 DEC 12-14 TUCSON 33rd Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair Fourth Ave - 400 booths of arts & crafts, food vendors, entertainers from around the US. Please be kind to your pets and leave them at home. 10a-dusk, free. 520-6245004 DEC 12-14 CHANDLER Christmas Holiday Wine & Gifts Kokopelli Winery - Presentation of 1999 & 2000 wines, gifts for the holidays, live music, art, food & wine tasting, free adm, $7 souvenir wine glass, 10a-6p. 480-7926927


December Events
DEC 6 CHANDLER Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights Dr. A.J. Chandler Park - Live entertainment, food, kids area, arts & crafts, free pictures w/Santa at his house, 4:30-8:30p, Parade 6:30p, free. 480-782-2735 DEC 6 FOUNTAIN HILLS Lighting & Stroll the Avenue Santa will visit Ave of the Fountains, tree lighting, musical ceremonies, food. Merchants will stay open late for the public. 480-837-1654 DEC 6 SPRINGERVILLE/EAGAR Christmas Electric Light Parade & Holiday Celebration Eagar to Springerville - Parade of 30+ floats decorated w/lights, free, starts 6p. Christmas activities at Springerville Town Hall follow. 928-333-2123 DEC 6 COTTONWOOD Parade & 10th Annual Chocolate Lovers Walk Old Town - Xmas parade, Sat morning; Chocolate walk, 5-9p, $12 - get map at Civic Ctr. SW Country Christmas theme, entertainment, luminarias, raffle, Santa. 928634-5575 DEC 6 HOLBROOK 17th Annual Parade of Lights Festival Navajo County Historic Courthouse - Begins 8a, arts, crafts, food booths. Noon time visit from Santa w/free photos 12p-2p, parade begins 6p “Christmas Dreams”, free. 800-524-2459 DEC 6 JEROME Jerome Holiday Festival Caroling, hayrides, hot cider, refreshments, all shops stay open late. Over 500 Luminaries, from 6-9p w/official lighting ceremony at 7p.; 928-634-2900 DEC 6 PRESCOTT Christmas Parade & Courthouse Lighting Courthouse Plaza - Visit from Santa in parade at 1p w/bands, floats, Grand Marshal is Gov. Napolitano. Lighting ceremony 6p, the Christmas Story read, carolers, free. 800-266-7534 DEC 6 PINETOP-LAKESIDE Woodland Holiday Tree Lighting Festival Woodland Lake Park covered bridge - Entertainment, Jingle Walk, tree lighting at 5p, drinks, Santa. Raffle tickets w/canned food don., 2:30p-5:30p. 928-368-6700 DEC 6 PHOENIX APS Electric Light Parade The parade’s theme is “Toyland on Central.” Begins at 7p, will travel south on Central Ave from Missouri to Thomas Rd. 602-534-FEST or 602-262-4627 DEC 6 CASA GRANDE Electric Light Parade Downtown - Musical entertainment, tree lighting ceremony and parade w/theme of “Yesterdays, Tomorrows” as kickoff for town’s 125th Birthday Celebration, 6-8p. Free. 800-916-1515 DEC 6 KINGMAN Kingman’s Very Merry Parade of Lights Beale St. from First to Fourth to Spring St - 9th annual parade, begins at 7p, children’s activities. 928-7537077, 928-753-9095 DEC 6 MESA Camino de Luminarias Usery Mountain Rec Area - Cowboy poets at 3p & 6p, candle lighting at 5p, campfire, music, readings, refreshments ‘til 8p. Hwy 60 N. on Ellsworth 7.5 mi & look right. $5/vehicle. 480-984-0032 DEC 6 SIERRA VISTA 45th Annual Holiday Parade Starts 7th St & Fry Blvd - Largest and longest running Holiday parade in Arizona, incl. Santa with sleigh & reindeer, decorated floats, marching units, bands, etc, 10a. 800-288-3861 DEC 6 CLIFTON Festival of Lights Chase Creek Street - Parade of lights, arts, crafts, entertainment, food, free, 10a-10p. 928-865-3313 DEC 6 PHOENIX Christmas & Kwanza Expo Heritage Square - Arts and crafts, food and entertainment, free, 10a-4p. 602-262-5071 DEC 6 SAFFORD Festival of Lights Parade Main Street - Dressed up cars, trucks, boats, floats, bikes, free, 7p. 928-348-8514 DEC 6 PAYSON Main Street APS Electric Light Parade Main Street, from Green Valley Park to Sawmill Crossing - town tree lighting, Santa, parade follows, 5060 entries, all have lights, 6p. 928-474-6115/928-4686074 DEC 6-7 TUMACACORI La Fiesta de Tumacacori Tumacacori Nat’l Historical Park - Celebrate Santa Cruz Valley history/culture. 50 food, crafts & info booths, stage entertainment, kids activities, 10a-5p, free, Sunday Mass 10a. 520-398-2341 DEC 6-7 PHOENIX Celebration of Basketweaving Festival & Marketplace Heard Museum - 200+ fine Native American basketweavers from N. America display, sell work. Music/dance performances, native foods, 10a-4p, $7, $6/65+, $3/4-12. 602-252-8848

Holiday Light Displays
NOV 21-JAN 4 SEDONA 13th Annual Red Rock Fantasy of Lights Los Abrigados Resort - Million+ lights create 60 themed displays, holiday music synchronized “dancing lights” show, $6, $4 sen., $3 ages 4-12. 800-5213131 NOV 24-JAN 3 GLENDALE 6th Arizona Celebration of Lights Community Church of Joy, NW corner of Loop 101 & 75th Ave - 5,000,000+ lights, 300+ holiday scenes, largest in AZ, Mo-Th 6-9p, Fr-Su 6-10p. $12/car, discounts w/food donations. 623-561-0500 NOV 27-DEC 30 PRESCOTT VALLEY Valley of Lights Fain Park - Animated lights on 1 mi. loop featuring large-scale patriotic/holiday displays (ie Snowflake Tunnel), free, donations accepted. 6p-midnight. 928772-8857 NOV 27-JAN 4 PHOENIX ZooLights “Enchanted Storybook” Phoenix Zoo - 2 mill. + lights, dragon’s nest, jumping dolphin, music, & more. Petting zoo & mule rides. 610p. Advance $6, gate $7. 602-273-1341 NOV 28-JAN 2 MESA Temple Garden Christmas: A Celebration of Lights and Music 525 E. Main St - 600,000+ lights in the garden & lighted reflection pool, special music performances thru Dec 31 - 5:30-10p, music at 7p, free. 480-9647164 NOV 28-JAN 3 LAKE HAVASU CITY 8th Annual Festival of Lights English Village and London Bridge - more than one million lights on display, free, 6-10p. 928-855-0888 or 800-2HAVASU NOV 28-JAN 8 LITCHFIELD PARK Wild Winter Nights Wildlife World Zoo - 500 live animals, 200,000 theme lights, train/boat rides, merry-go-round, petting zoo. 5:30-9p, $6. 623-935-9453 NOV 28-JAN 17 GLENDALE Glendale Glitters Holiday Light Display Downtown - 58th & Glendale Avenues. One million multi-colored lights shine brightly from 6p-10p, free parking/adm. 623-930-4500

NOV 29-JAN 1 AHWATUKEE Annual White Light Holiday Display Chandler Blvd, 24th St to Desert Foothills Pkwy 5:30p-11p, 1 mill.+ lights. Voted best volunteer display by AZ Republic readers in ‘99. 480-460-6169 DEC 6-21 TUCSON ZooLights Reid Park Zoo - Zoo decorated with holiday lights, featuring entertainment, refreshments & fake snow on Fri, Sat, Sun. 6p-8p, adm. $5, $4 Seniors, $2 for 2-14. 520-791-3204 DEC 11-28 PHOENIX Las Noches de las Luminarias Desert Botanical Garden - Weekends, 6,000 luminarias, entertainment, free cookies, food pavilion, 5:309:30p. Must purchase tickets in advance: $15 adult, $7.50 ages 3-12. 480-941-1225 DEC 12-JAN 3 SCOTTSDALE Holiday Lights McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park - Holiday season fun family event! Activities, holiday music, entertainment, Santa, tree lighting ceremony. Adm free, $1 rides. 480-312-2312 DEC 13-27 TUCSON Winterhaven Festival of Lights Winterhaven - Drive dusk-10:15p on Dec 15, 16, 18, 22 & 23, streets closed to cars other nights - walk or hire horse-drawn carriages. Adm: can of food. Call for directions. 520-327-0111

DEC 1-12 SNOWFLAKE 5th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Various locations - Each night during the first 12 days of Dec. a different holiday activity is planned, beginning with the Town Lighting Ceremony & Festival of Trees on Dec 1. 928-536-4331 DEC 1-28 TUBAC Holiday Art Market Tubac Center of the Arts - Juried, nationwide artists. Sale of wearable art, jewelry, ceramics, furniture & more. Mon-Sat 10a-4:30p; Sun 1-4:30p. Free adm. 520398-2371 DEC 5 COOLIDGE Christmas in San Carlos Park Starts at 4p with a visit from Santa Claus. Children get free candy and picture taken with Santa for $2. Christmas carolers & 8th Annual Parade of Lights. 520723-4551 DEC 5 APACHE JUNCTION Holiday Light Parade Light Parade plus live entertainment, Santa, arts & crafts for children, 6:30p. 480-982-3141 DEC 5 BULLHEAD CITY Holiday Boombox Parade & Extravaganza Riverview Mall - Christmas parade, entertainment, Santa, lighting community Christmas tree, free, 6p. 928754-4121, 928-763-7983

DEC 5-6 TUBAC Luminaria Nights/Fiesta Navidad The village is illuminated by thousands of candles and the shops serve food to their customers as a thank you for visiting Tubac. Enjoy holiday music. Sunset-9p. 520-398-2704 DEC 5-6 GLENDALE Christmas at the Ranch Historic Sahuaro Ranch, 59th & Mountain View Luminarias will light pathways through the Ranch. Free tours of main house, Santa & Christmas music, Christmas tree exhibit, 6-8p. 623-930-4200 DEC 5-7 TEMPE Annual Fall Festival of the Arts Downtown - One of largest juried art shows in US, over 500 artists, food, entertainment. 480-967-4877 DEC 5-7 WICKENBURG Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering Southwest cowboy poets, singers, musicians, Fri-Sat 7:30p at Del E. Webb Cen, adm $20, $25 at door. Free “day sessions” 9a-4p Sat at Comm. Cen. & Museum, B’fast 7a-9a. 928-684-5479 DEC 5-7 TUCSON Luminaria Nights Tucson Botanical Gdns - 2,000 luminarias, music, hot cider, cookies, holiday decorations, entertainment. 5:308p. $2.50 children 3-12, $5 non-members in adv; $6 at door. 520-326-9686 x10 DEC 5-7 YUMA 9th Annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival Main Street - Arts & crafts, food, entertainment, and visits from Santa throughout the weekend, 10a-5p. 928782-5712 DEC 5-7 PHOENIX 18th Annual Poinsettia Festival Gardener’s World - Poinsettias covering nearly 2 football fields, photo opportunities, live music & entertainment, kids zone, food, wagon rides, 10a-5p. 602-4370700 DEC 5-14 CLARKDALE Made in Clarkdale Clark Memorial Clubhouse, 9th & Main - Gala opening Dec 5, 6-9p: meet artists, enjoy music, dance, refreshments. Exhibit/sale through 12/14. M-F, 9a-5p; Sat & Sun 10a-5p, free. 928-634-3382

Different Activities Each Night!

December 1-12th
Highlights Include: Town Lightings! Horse-Drawn Parade! Christmas Spectacular! Victorian Homes Decked in Vintage Style!

DEC 5-20 FLAGSTAFF Holiday Star Fest Lowell Observatory - Dec. 5th & 6th, 13th, and 19th & 20th. Discuss the mythology & science of the winter sky, incl. a discussion of the Star of Bethlehem, 7:30p. 928-774-3358 DEC 6 WILLIAMS Mountain Village Holiday Light parade, Christmas Craft Fair, live entertainment, lighting displays, free, 10a. 800-863-0546

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December Events
DEC 13-14 PHOENIX Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market Steele Indian School Park - 500 + Native Americans from 60 + tribes will display/sell their jewelry, pottery, Kachina dolls & more, live entertainment, 9a-5p. $7 (under 12 free). 602-495-0901 DEC 13-14 ANTHEM Anthem Holiday Classic Festival Anthem Community Park - Up to 200 arts & crafts booths, Int’l Food Court, entertainment, Kids Fun Zone, real snow, Santa. Free, 10a-5p. I-17 N to Anthem Way exit & go R. 480-488-2014 DEC 13-14 PHOENIX Antique Market & Craft Fair Az State Fairgrounds - Wide range of antiques, free wine tasting, verbal appraisal clinic. Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a4p, Gen adm $3. 602-717-7337 DEC 13-14 YUMA Desert Holiday A’fair/Arts & Crafts Bazaar Yuma County Fairgrounds - Classic Community Celebrations event and some of the best arts & crafts in the West. Free, 10a-5p. 928-472-7892 DEC 13-28 VAIL Christmas Hayrides Colossal Cave Mountain Park’s La Posta Quemada Ranch - Rides on 13th-14th, 20th-21st and 26th-28th from 2-4p. 520-647-7121 DEC 17 TUCSON Centennial of Flight Open House Tucson Int’l Airport - Visit newly expanded terminal bldg, display of aircraft, live entertainment, art exhibits, airport tours. Free adm & parking, 10a-mid afternoon. 520-573-4868 DEC 18 CAREFREE Christmas in the Gardens - A Carefree Christmas Celebration Carefree Town Center - See Santa come down the Gila Monster slide; live music, help light the star on the town tree, refreshments, prizes, free, 6:30-8:30p. 480488-3381 DEC 20 AJO Las Posadas Candlelight procession down old street of Ajo - reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem, 6p. Christmas music, cookies for everyone at the Inn (Ajo Federated Church) & pinata for kids. 520-387-7742 DEC 21 GLOBE Festival of Lights Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park - Celebrate the holidays with hundreds of glowing luminarias along walls/walkways, holiday music, free drinks & adm., 5:30-8:30p. 928-425-0320 DEC 26-31 PHOENIX Holidays at the Heard Heard Museum - Performances of Native American music, dance; artists demos of traditional art forms; frybread; 10a-3p. $7 adults; $6/65+, $3/4-12. 602-252-8840 DEC 28-JAN 1 PHOENIX Arizona National Livestock Show AZ State Fairgrounds - Livestock, exhibits, High School/Ranch/Li’l Buckaroo Rodeos, Art & Gear show/sale, Jan 1 auction. 10a-4p. $5, under 10 free., 602-258-8568 DEC 31 PHOENIX Fiesta Bowl Parade Central Ave. - AZ’s largest one-day spectator event w/balloons, floats, bands & equestrian units. 11a, presented by Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, free w/adm for reserved seats. 480-350-0911 DEC 31 FLAGSTAFF New Year’s Eve Pinecone Drop Historic Weatherford Hotel - Big countdown at 10p & 12a, free. 800-842-7293 DEC 31-JAN 11 TUCSON Thunder in the Desert Rillito Raceway Park - Largest gathering of native peoples in the world covering 9 acres; parades, fashions shows, pow-wows, concerts, traditional foods, arts & crafts, more.


January Events
JAN 9-11 YUMA Old Time Fiddler’s Contest Yuma County Fairgrounds - Public welcome, jam sessions Fr & Sa, 7-11p. Adm $1. Competition Sa & Su from 10a. Adm $4. 928-344-5451 JAN 9-11 TEMPE Arizona Rockfest & Earth Science Fair Tempe Diablo Stadium - 100+ dealers, $500 gem & mineral giveaway, activities, 9a-5p. $5 ages 13+, $3/712, 6 and under free. 602-923-7802; 602-684-7381 JAN 9-11 TUCSON The AZ State Home Show TCC Exhibition Hall - 500+ displays of everything for the home: home improvement, decorating, design, etc. Fr-Sa 10a-8p, Su 10a-5p. $7 adults, under 16 free. 800690-1993 JAN 9-11 FOUNTAIN HILLS Annual Fountain Hills Eagle Mtn. Marketplace Winter Arts and Crafts Show SE corner of Shea Blvd & Eagle Mt Parkway - Over 75 select exhibits of fine art and crafts, 10a-5p, free. 480488-2014 JAN 9-18 SIERRA VISTA 23nd Annual Senior Games Various locations - 16 events, 3 socials. Competition open to seniors 50+. Registration $10 + $4/event. Opening ceremony Jan 9, 6:30p at the Ethel H. Berger Center. 520-417-6980 JAN 10 QUARTZSITE Hi Jolly Daze Kick-Off Parade & Festivities Parade begins at noon, entertainment & BBQ follows. The theme for this year is Legends of the West. 928927-5600 JAN 10 PHOENIX Strong Beer Festival Scottsdale Stadium - 30+ primarily AZ brewers, food, live music, $10 at the door, $1/per sample, 1-7p, cab services available. JAN 10-11 YUMA Annual Gathering of the Gunfighters Territorial Prison State Park - 16 different old west reenactment groups. Sat 9a-5p; Sun 10a-2:30p, 14+ $4, 7-13 $2, under 6 free. 928-783-4771 JAN 10-11 PHOENIX Mountain Man Rendezvous Pioneer Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Rd Historical reenactments. Dry camping available, booths. 9a-5p. 623-465-1052 JAN 10-11 LITCHFIELD PARK 12th West Valley Native American Arts Festival Across from Wigwam Resort- 200+ Native American artisans, dancers, musicians; demonstrations, food. 10a-5p. $8 adult, $5 6-12, under 5 free. 623-935-6384 JAN 10-11 OATMAN The Great Oatman Parade and Bed Races Parade of funny nightwear, Chamber Pot Band, 10a. After parade, teams push a bed down Hwy 66 & back. Oatman Ghostrider Gunfighters perform 1:30 & 3:30p. 928-768-6222 JAN 11 TUCSON Family Arts Festival La Placita Village, TCC Courtyard & El Presidio Park 5 stages, theater, dance, music, crafts & food from around the world, 60+ groups. Exhibits. New: Kids Fest, book swap. 11a-5p, free. 520-624-0595 x10

DEC 13 APACHE JUNCTION Canyon Lake Parade of Lights Watch from shore or join the Dolly Steamboat’s Dinner Cruise at 6:30p as she leads the parade of lighted boats. Cruise reservations req’d: 480-827-9144; Marina 602944-6504 DEC 13 SALOME Annual Off-Road Vehicle Light Parade Lighted off-road vehicles parade through Salome, meet at dusk on Centenial Park Rd, ATVs, SUVs, motorcycles, 4 x 4s. Watch or parade your lighted vehicle. 928859-3846 DEC 13 ST. JOHNS Christmas in St. Johns Main Street - Home tour, entertainment, Santa, annual lighting of historic Apache County Courthouse, lighted parade, free, 6:30p. 928-337-2000 DEC 13 FLAGSTAFF Northern Lights Holiday Parade Historic downtown - An electric-light extravaganza featuring floats, marchers and assorted animals bedazzled in holiday lights, 6p.; 928-7744505 DEC 13 LITCHFIELD PARK Christmas in the Park Downtown Litchfield Park - Arts, crafts, entertainment, snow! 9a-5p, free adm & parking. SW Valley Chamber of Commerce: 623-932-2260 DEC 13 SEDONA Festival of Lights - Lighting 6000 Luminarias Tlaquepaque - Also carolers, musicians, dancers, Santa, apple cider, 3-8p. Free adm, free shuttle by Sedona Trolley from Uptown Municipal Parking Lot. 928-2824838 DEC 13 SEDONA Christmas in the Park Sedona Heritage Museum - Free museum adm 11a-3p; 1p Sedona Concert Band, hot cider, holiday cookies, gift shop sale, old-time holiday decorations. 928-2827038 DEC 13 AJO Holiday Open House Organ Pipe Cactus Nat’l Monument - Park Rangers, guest speakers present various programs. Display by local artist guild, musical entertainment, refreshments, free, 2-5p. 520-387-6849 DEC 13 PARKER Parker’s Holiday on Main Street Downtown - Santa (10-2), arts/crafts/Christmas food specialties; sidewalk displays by local merchants, Mexican Posada w/ live animals, singers, 6p; tree lighting, entertainment, free adm, 10a-8p. 928-669-6333 DEC 13 CAMP VERDE Christmas Parade of Lights & Craft Bazaar Craft Bazaar, Community Center - Crafts, b’fast w/Santa, kids crafts, free, 9a-9p. Parade, Main St Light parade, caroling, food, free, 6p. 928-567-0535 ext. 136 DEC 13 TEMPE “Light Up a Luminaria” & Holiday Boat Parade Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake - “Light Up a Luminaria” 5-9p, lighted boat parade 7p, free. 480-3505180/894-8158 DEC 13 GLOBE 7th Annual Light Parade Downtown - “Biggest Little Town Light Parade in Arizona”, 7p. Shops remain open till 9and 10p for Christmas shopping after the parade. 800-804-5623 DEC 13 YUMA Christmas at the Depot Yuma Crossing State Historic Park - Tours: 10a, 1p, 3p. Sidewalk art contest 11:30a. Yuma’s String Ambassadors 2p. Free refreshments. Park admission. Info: 928-329-0471 DEC 13 TUCSON Fiesta Mexicana Reid Park - Free Expo and party, 2-5p, to learn about all that San Carlos, MX has to offer. Mariachi music, folkloric dances, arts & crafts, door prizes. Also in Green Valley 12/12, Sierra Vista 12/14. 520-784-0551

JAN 2-4 MESA Flagg Gem & Mineral Show Mesa Community College, Dobson & Southern - 100 dealers with exhibits of minerals, fossils, & gems; free mineral samples for children & teachers, free adm & parking. 480-575-5214 JAN 2-11 QUARTZSITE Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show SW corner of I-10 and Hwy 95 - Largest show of its kind, vendors with gems, rocks, jewelry, silver, goldsmithing, equipment, supplies and more! Free! 928-9276364 JAN 3 SCOTTSDALE Fiesta Bowl ArtWalk Scottsdale Arts District - Dozens of SW’s great art galleries open to the public, many opening receptions w/premier U.S. artists, live music, food samples, prizes! Noon-4p. 480-990-3939 JAN 3-4 YUMA 30th Annual Yuma Antique Show & Sale Yuma Convention Center - Antiques and collectibles, free wine tasting, silent auction to benefit Yuma Historical Society. Sa 9-5, Su 10-4, $3, Srs $2. 602-7177337 JAN 3-15 QUARTZSITE Quartzsite Prospector’s Panorama Gold Show Prospector’s Panorama - Equipment, jewelry, hobbies/crafts, fine arts, antiques, great food, live music, free. 8a-5p. 928-927-6467 JAN 4 VAIL Sunday in the Park Colossal Cave Mtn Park - Featuring traditional SW games & folklore based on O’odham traditions, Old Pueblo Archaeology, $3/car, 2-4p. 520-647-7275; 520647-7121 JAN 7 YUMA All States Picnic Yuma Civic & Convention Cnt. - Winter visitors from all states and provinces invited for lunch and entertainment. 928-344-3800; 928-373-5243; 928-782-5554 JAN 7-11 SCOTTSDALE 2004 Arizona National Horse Show & 4H/FFA Horse Show WestWorld - Events include cutting horse competition, Quarter Horse show, 4H/FFA Horse show, 8a-6p. 602258-8568 JAN 9-10 BUCKEYE Vintage Power Show Eagle Mtn Ranch - Classic cars and tractor displays, rusty iron swap meet. Benefits Children’s Organ Transplant Assc. 10-4; Fri- kids free Seniors 1/2 price, Sat- adult $5, teen $3. 623-386-2316 JAN 9-10 CAVE CREEK Antique Appraisal Day Cave Creek Musuem - Sean Morton returns; anecdotal descriptions, histories and approximate values of those whatsits, precious heirlooms, 10a-4p. $15/ item. 480488-2764 JAN 9-11 CASA GRANDE Old-Time Fiddlers Bluegrass Jamboree, Country Store Bazaar & Car Show Pinal County Fairgrounds - Music, arts & crafts, car show, food vendors, Budweiser Clydesdales scheduled, 9a-5p, $3, under 12 free. 520-723-5242 JAN 9-11 YUMA Old Town Jubilee Arts & Crafts Fest Historic Main Street - Arts and crafts, live entertainment and food. Fr 10a-6p; Sa 10a-5p; Su 10a-4p. Free. 928782-5712


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JAN 24-25 SEDONA Sedona Arts & Crafts Show Bell Rock Plaza - Wonderful, exciting new art from about 35 artists and craftsmen, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. 10a-5p. 928-284-9627 JAN 27 MESA Canadian Snowbird Celebration Mesa Convention Center - Entertainment, keynote speakers, information, products, services geared toward snowbird lifestyle, free. 800-265-3200 JAN 28-31 SCOTTSDALE Bird’s Nest Music Fest WestWorld - Acts range from country to rock ‘n roll, these party nights during the FBR (Phoenix) Open golf tournament are open to public. Tickets $10 & up at gate or; 602-843-6378 JAN 28-FEB 1 QUARTZSITE 6th Annual Hobby, Craft & Gem Show 3/4 mi south of I-10 on Hwy 95 - Entertainment, seminars, and food in the center of town. 9a-5p, free adm. 928-927-6888 JAN 28-FEB 1 QUARTZSITE Pow Wow Gem & Mineral Show Pow Wow Building - The largest operating display of lapidary equipment in the country; more than 500 dealers displaying, buying & selling. 8a-7p. Free. 928-927-6325 JAN 28-FEB 1 PHOENIX Kruse International Collector Car Auction & Show Phoenix Int’l Raceway- Classic & celebrity-owned autos. Auction Wed 5p, Thu-Sun 10a. Adm: $20 WedThu, $25 Fri-Sun, Kids 4-12 $15. Also 1st Phx Historic Grand Prix. 800-968-4444 JAN 28-FEB 1 PHOENIX Winter Range 2004 Ben Avery Shooting Range - Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assn competition, western vendors, costume contest, $3 parking fee, 9a-4p. 480-471-0485 JAN 29-FEB 1 SACATON Mul-Chu-Tha Gila River Indian Community - Rodeo, Jr. Rodeo, Pow Wow, BBQ, parade, carnival, gospel, arts/crafts, traditional games, battle of the bands, sports. $5 adults, $3 kids/seniors. 520-562-6092 JAN 30 AJO R. Carlos Nakai Concert Dicus Auditorium - Well-known Native American flutist and his group perform evening concert, time & price TBA. 520-387-7742 JAN 30-31 PEORIA Annual Peoria Stadium Arts & Crafts Fest Peoria Stadium (83rd Ave 1/4 mi S of Bell Rd) - 100+ displays/sale: paintings, metal art, jewelry, pottery. Live music, food, Kids’ Fun Zone, 10a-5p, Free. 480-488-2014 JAN 30-FEB 1 YUMA American Indian & Southwestern Art Show Civic Center- Annual show and sale of Indian and southwestern arts, crafts and jewlery. Fri & Sat 11a-9p, Sun 11a-7p, Free adm. 928-699-1914 JAN 30-FEB 15 TUCSON Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase World’s largest show of its kind w/ locations throughout town, 30 shows, dates vary, some wholesale, some open to public.; 800-638-8350 JAN 30-FEB 18 TUCSON 33rd Annual Book Sale Friends Book Barn - One of the largest book sales in the SW! 85% under $3! Also CDs, books on tape, videos, DVDs & more! Special prices some days. Closed Feb 45th & 10-12th. 520-795-3763 JAN 30-FEB 28 WILLCOX Sulphur Springs Valley International Miniature & Small Works Show Cochise Visitor Center on Circle I Road - Displays tiny works of art from all over the US & several European countries. 520-384-2272 JAN 31 SCOTTSDALE Jaycees’ Parada Del Sol Rodeo Parade Palm Lane to Indian School - 1000’s of horses/riders, longest horse-drawn parade, 10a. Trail’s End Party after parade w/entertainment, music & food. Free. 480-9903179 JAN 31 PICACHO Picacho Peak Trail Ride & Cowboy Poetry Picacho Peak State Park - Ride, lunch/dinner, campfire, cowboy poets/musicians. Non-riders come for entertainment/dinner. $. Camping. 520-466-3183; 520-466-3411 JAN 31-FEB 1 QUARTZSITE Annual Rock & Roll Classic Car Show Under and around the big top - Hot rods, street rods, muscle and classic cars. 9a-5p, free admission. 800-9695464 JAN 31-FEB 26 TOMBSTONE Annual Quilt Show & Sale Tombstone Art Gallery - Quilts, quilt tops, small articles, free weekday morning classes, free adm, 9:30a4:30p. 520-457-3476/(Feb)2380

The Pat Hughes Sierra Stampede

January Events
JAN 14-18 PHOENIX AZ National Boat Show Phoenix Civic Plaza - 500 boats, displays, activities, accessories, personal watercraft. Live Action River & Fly Tying Theater, fishing tanks, seminars, prizes. 602230-7660 JAN 14-FEB 14 QUARTZSITE Annual Four Corners Swap Meet Swap Meet, food, free, 9a-5p. 928-927-5219 JAN 15-16 MESA Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale Mesa Centennial Hall - Grand Canyon State Woodcarvers, tables for carvers to sell their work-$25. Prizes, demos, raffles. Sat 9-5 & Sun 9-4 , donation $4. 480-345-1309; 480-471-7231 JAN 15-18 TUCSON Southern AZ Square Dance Festival Tucson Conv Ctr - Square dance w/T Miller, B Harrison, & J Jestin, round dance w/the Nobles, clogging w/J Briggs. Dance vendors, overnight parking. Register. 520-885-6273 JAN 15-25 MESA 17th Annual Senior World Loving Life Expo Mesa Centennial Hall - Entertainment, booths, services/products of interest to the active 50+ pop. Free continental b’fast, $100 hourly giveaways, 9a-3p. 602438-1566 JAN 16-18 CAREFREE 29th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival World-class festival. Collector’s show of 165 strictly juried fine artists, wine tasting & live entertainment. 10a-5p. Fr free, Sa/Su $2. 480-837-5637 JAN 16-18 WILLCOX Wings Over Willcox Birding Festival - Sandhill cranes, hawks, sparrows, more; Ft. Bowie history, Playa geology, bats, astronomy; tours, seminars, trade show, banquet. Reserve early! 800-200-2272 JAN 16-18 GLOBE/MIAMI 47th Annual Gila County Gem & Mineral Show Gila County Fairgrounds - Precious and semi-precious gems and minerals, vendors from around the country, adults $2 donation. Fri & Sat 9a-5p, Sun 9a-4p. 928425-3459; 800-804-5623 JAN 16-18 LAKE HAVASU Buses by the Bridge VIII Windsor State Pk - 200+ vintage Volkswagen buses, auction, raffle, camp-out, kids activities. $2 spectators, call for show fees. Noon Fr-Noon Su. Benefits AZ Children’s Assoc. 928-854-1221 JAN 16-18 TUCSON Tucson Quilters Guild Quilt Show TCC Showroom A - Over 300 quilts on display, demonstrations, guest speaker- Marti Michelle, quilt appraisal, vendor mall, quilt raffle, Fr-Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a-4p, $5. 520-882-1968 JAN 16-18 LAKE HAVASU CITY PRCA Turquoise Circuit Rodeo SARA Park - Bull, bronc & bareback riding, team & calf roping, barrel racing, more; food/souvenir vendors. Gates open 3:30p Fr - rodeo 5:30p; open 11:30a on Sa/Su - rodeo 1p. Tickets: gate or 520-975-6325 JAN 16-18 SCOTTSDALE Annual Made in Arizona Festival 5th Avenue District - 100+ booths of art, food, furniture, clothing & more that are made in Az. Among 100+ unique shops carrying many AZ products. 1-888-ARTFEST JAN 16-18 PHOENIX Phoenix Antique Market AZ State Fairgrounds - Az’s #1 largest collectors’ show & sale. Az Toy & Advertising Round-up. Verbal appraisal clinic ($5/item), harpist, Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a4p. $3. 602-717-7337 JAN 16-19 FOUNTAIN HILLS Mitch Silver Car Auction Ft. McDowell Casino - 500 classic and antique cars auctioned in the big tent, cars & buyers from all over the US & Canada, live entertainment Fr & Sa night. 480837-1654; 800-255-4485 JAN 16-25 QUARTZSITE Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama SW corner of I-10 and Hwy 95- 2.2 miles of RockGem-Arts-Crafts Show, Sale of everything under the sun - hobbies, antiques, coins, tools, food! Free! 928927-6364 JAN 17 CHANDLER Friends of the Library Multicultural Festival Chandler Public Library, 22 S Delaware St - Multi-cultural dance performances, visual art demos, music, children’s activities, 9a-4p, free. 480-782-2771 JAN 17 GLENDALE Glendale Glitter & Glow Downtown - 3 dozen illuminated tethered hot air balloons, 12+ bands, street performers, 5-10p. Free, shuttle buses from 59th Ave & Olive. 623-930-4500 JAN 17 CHLORIDE Annual Snowbird Dinner Dance Yesterdays Restaurant - Out of state license and receive a free appetizer; live entertainment, 6p-closing. 928565-4251 JAN 17-18 SIERRA VISTA The Pat Hughes Sierra Stampede SV Riding Club - “Rodeo of the Year” by WPRA ‘01’03. Cowgirls bareback & bull ride, calf rope, barrel race, more. Kid’s rodeo 1p, Grand Entry 2p, women’s drill team, mounted shooting expo. Adm $7, under 6 free. 800-288-3861 JAN 17-18 CASA GRANDE 4th Annual Heritage Tourism Days & Street Fair Florence St & 2nd St - Antique/classic car show, Historic Home Tour, 4-Wheel Drive show, museums, more. Free except for Historic Tour ($5). 520-836-8744 JAN 17-19 MESA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Sat. A Night of Tribute, 6:30p, Dobson HS. 480-6445040; Mon: Parade Robson/Main Str.,11a. Free; MLK Festival - Mesa Amphith, music, food, more, Noon-5p. 480-644-EVENT JAN 17-25 QUARTZSITE 21th Annual Quartzsite Vacation and RV Show 3/4 of a mile south of I-10 on Hwy 95 - One of the nation’s largest consumer RV Shows. 9a-5p, free admisssion. 714-377-7940 JAN 17-FEB 1 QUARTZSITE The Main Event I-10, Milepost 17 - 100’s of world-wide dealers in minerals, gems, jewelry, antiques. Hot air balloons, fireworks on 1/17; model T show, horseshoes, antique engines on various days. 928-927-5213 JAN 18-FEB 3 QUARTZSITE Prospector’s Panorama Gem & Mineral Show Prospector’s Panorama - unique gems and minerals, free adm. 928-927-6467 JAN 23 TUCSON 17th Annual Senior World Loving Life Expo Rodeway Inn Conf. Center - Entertainment, booths, services/products of interest to the active 50+ pop. Free continental b’fast, $100 hourly giveaways, 9a-3p. 602438-1566 JAN 23-24 SCOTTSDALE Legends of the Wild West Show WestWorld - Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp & others! World Champion trick ropers, daredevil trick riders, Indian dancers, singing cowboys, Wild West stagecoach, 6p. $6-10. 877-730-0212 JAN 23-25 YUMA 6th Annual Lettuce Days Old Main St - Arts & crafts, food, entertainment, farm equip and agricultural displays, cabbage bowling and more. Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-3, free. 928-782-5712 JAN 23-31 SCOTTSDALE AZ Sun Country Circuit Quarter Horse Show Westworld - Signature AQHA point show, team and calf roping, working cow horse, barrel races, reining, hunter, driving, jumping. Vendor sales. 602-228-4846 JAN 24 SUPERIOR Australia Day Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Paul Taylor, Aussie folklorist, with stories, poems and music. Also a class on the didjeridoo, must pre-regis $35, mbr $25. Activities 911a, open 8-5. 520-689-5248 JAN 24 SIERRA VISTA Senior Expo Ethel Berger Center - Business expo for Senior Citizens. Information booths from local hospitals, non-profit groups, nursing homes and insurance companies. For times: 520-417-6980 JAN 24-25 MESA 14th Annual High Noon’s Western Americana Show & Auction Centennial Hall - Over 230 dealers. Spurs, chaps, saddles, textiles, art, photos, rawhide, Wild West Show items. $7 Sat, 9a-5p Auction 4:30 sharp; $6 Sun, 10a4p. 310-202-9010

JAN 17-18 SIERRA VISTA For a real taste of the west come along to the Pat Hughes Sierra Stampede on Jan 17-18. This 6th annual celebration of women’s rodeo is a PWRA/WPRA sanctioned event. Watch the cowgirls perform in Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Breakaway Roping, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. See why it was voted “Rodeo of the Year” by the WPRA for 2001, 2002 and 2003! A Kids’ Rodeo adds to the fun at 1pm Sat. and Sun. The Grand Entry is at 2pm each day. “The Quadrille de Mujeres” all women’s professional drill team, the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Expo, Team Penning, B-Troop, plenty of vendors and a petting zoo round out the fun. Join us at the Sierra Vista Riding Club, S. Hwy 92 & Martin Luther King. Gates open at 10am, admission is $7 per day with children 6 & under free. For more information call 800-288-3861.

PRCA Turquoise Circuit Championship Rodeo
JAN 16-18 LAKE HAVASU CITY Join top cowboys and cowgirls from across Arizona and New Mexico at the PRCA Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo on Jan 16-18, 2004. All the sanctioned rodeo events will be part of each day’s performance, including team roping, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling and bull riding. Cowgirls compete in the barrel racing event. Come along to SARA Park, 1 mile south of Lake Havasu City on Hwy 95. Gates open 3:30 on Friday, 11:30 on Sat and Sun. Pre-rodeo entertainment at 4pm on Fri is followed by the rodeo at 5:30. On Sat and Sun the rodeo takes place at 1pm with more entertainment at noon. Bring your family for a fun day out. For tickets and information on-line visit For more information call 520-975-6325.
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ARTS & CRAFTS BAZAAR & CAR SHOW Pinal County Fairgrounds January 9, 10, 11, 2004 • 9am-5pm
Gate Admission: $3.00
Foot Stompin’ Fun at the Fairgrounds! For Only Three Dollars, you can hear the Famous Fiddler & Bluegrass Musicians, browse through a hundred or more commercial & arts and crafts vendors, explore the new RV’s on display, eat a delicious variety of foods, and also experience the nostalgic pleasures of our car show.

January 16th-18th, 2004

For more information call 520-723-5242.
Pinal County Fairgrounds is located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, 7 miles east of Casa Grande, Arizona

Tours • Seminars • Trade Fair •
For reservations and information contact: Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture

512 S. 11 Mile Corner Rd.

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FEB 21 AJO Sonoran Shindig Bud Walker Park - Sonoran desert celebration, activities, live music, displays, info booths, raffles, sale, food, & fun for the kids. 10a-3p, free. 520-387-7742 FEB 21 ARIZONA CITY Arizona City Western Daze Fire Dept. complex, Sunland Gin Rd - Parade 9:30a, festival immediately after w/arts & crafts, live entertainment, car show, games, food vendors. Free adm. 520466-5141 FEB 21 VAIL Annual Unsanctioned Anything Goes Chile Cook-Off Colossal Cave Mountain Park - Chile competition, cowboy poetry, fashion show, sluicing for gold, live music. $3/car, $3.50/tasting. 10a-2p. 520-647-7121 FEB 21-22 CASA GRANDE Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival Pinal County Fair Grounds- Gourds Galore! Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. 520-723-4432


February Events
FEB 7 MESA Teddy Bear Show and Sale Rendezou Center, Superstition Ballroom - Excellent show for collectors as well as people of all ages that just love teddy bears. 815-464-3470 FEB 7-8 DOUGLAS Pinata & Mariachi Festival 8th Street Park - Mariachi bands, handmade pinatas, folklorico dancers & an international soccer tournament. 12p-7p. Free adm. 520-364-2496 FEB 7-8 PHOENIX 2004 Hoop Dance World Championship Heard Museum - Native hoop dancers from US, Canada compete for cash prizes/title; indiv’s w/as many as 50 hoops. Fry bread, other trad. foods, 10a-5p. Adm $7-3. 602-252-8848 FEB 7-8 PHOENIX Annual VNSA Used Book Sale State Fairgrounds - 500,000+ books, Sa 8a-6p, Su 8a4p, free adm. 602-252-6771 or 602-265-6805 FEB 7-8 LAKE HAVASU CITY 19th Annual Winterfest Main Street - Outdoor festival featuring arts & crafts, business sevices, boat & car displays, state pride booths, great food & fun. Sa 10-5, Su 10-3, free. 928-855-4115 FEB 7-MAR 28 APACHE JUNCTION AZ Renaissance Festival US Hwy 60 - 100’s of costumed participants entertain & educate. Music, theater, comedy, food, drink, crafts, games, jousting. $6-16, 5 & under free, weekends, 10a6p. 520-463-2700 FEB 8 YUMA YRMC Health Fair Yuma Civic & Convention Center - Health screenings, educational seminars, exibits, kids activities. 928-3443800 FEB 12-15 TUCSON Tucson Gem & Mineral Show 50th Anniversary Tucson Conv Ctr - Theme is “Gold.” Mineral, gem, fossil, bead, jewelry, etc. Earth Sciences maze for kids. ThSa 10-6; Su 10-5. $5.50. Under 14 free w/adult. 520322-5773 FEB 13 SAFFORD Winter Preview “Tales & Tunes” Safford HS - Cowboy music & poetry, after the show enjoy refreshments and visit with artists, doors open 6:30, concert 7p. Tickets 888-837-1841; Info 928-348-9371 FEB 13-15 SUPERIOR Language of Flowers Show & Chocolate Tasting Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Plants, blossoms & interpretation of their meanings. Gourmet chocolate sale, tasting tickets avail. Open 8-5, $6 adults, $3/5-12. 520689-2811 FEB 13-15 WICKENBURG Gold Rush Days Sr pro rodeo, gold panning, carnival, western dance, arts/crafts, entertainment, BBQ, gem show. Fr: classic car show, Sa: parade, Su: mucking & drilling contest. For times/etc: 928-684-5479 FEB 13-15 YUMA Yuma River Daze Arts & Crafts Fair Historic Downtown - 2 blocks of vendors display and sell their arts & crafts. Live entertainment, food booths, free, 10a-5p, Su 10a-4p. 928-782-5712 FEB 13-15 CAMP VERDE Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival Community Center, Main St. - Pecan judging, wine tasting from 4 wineries, jazz entertainment, 25+ antique booths, hay rides, spinning/blacksmith demos, more! 928-567-0535 FEB 13-15 CAVE CREEK 5th Annual Tribune Spring Arts & Crafts Festival Downtown - 150+ juried artists/crafters, contemporary & SW art, fashions, jewelry, more! Food, Kids Zone. 10a-dusk, free adm & parking. 623-842-8434 FEB 13-15 YUMA 59th Annual Yuma Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo & Parade Yuma Co. Fairgrounds - Parade Sa 8-Noon; Rodeo Performances: Fr 1p, Sa 1p & 7p, Su 1p. Gen adm $9, box seats avail. 928-344-5451 FEB 13-15 LAKE HAVASU 22nd Annual Home Show High School on S. Palo Verde - Find everything for your home! Bigger than last year! Colorado River Building Industry Assoc. Free! Fri 4p-7:30p, Sat 9a-5p, Sun 9a-3p. 928-453-7755 FEB 13-15 SCOTTSDALE ArtFest of 5th Avenue 5th Ave District - Fine artist tents, unique shops, live entertainment and food. Free admission, 10a-6p. 480968-5353 or 1-888-ARTFEST or visit FEB 13-15 SCOTTSDALE 13th Annual Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival Scottsdale Pavilions - Juried show of 180+ artists & chocolate from 25+ chocolatiers, some sweet sampling. Taste, look, purchase. $2. 10a-5p. 480-837-5637 FEB 13-15 SCOTTSDALE Arizona Statehood Days Celebration Rawhide - Parades, live entertainment, fireworks, kids games, prize drawings, food booths, desert cookout and live country western music. Free adm. 480-502-5600 FEB 13-16 CASA GRANDE 37th Annual O’Odham Tash Indian Festival Ceremonial Dances, Queen’s Pageant, arts/crafts, AllIndian Rodeo, carnival, fast pitch softball, parade, dance, concert, food booths. 520-836-4723 or 800-916-1515 FEB 13-22 SCOTTSDALE Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show Westworld - Most prestigious N. American Arabian horse show. 2000 horses, 300+ vendors, 25 eateries. 8a5p daily plus 6-9p Fr-Sa, $10 gen, $7 Srs, under 12 free. 480-515-1500 FEB 14 FLORENCE Tour of Historic Florence Florence has more homes on the National Historic Register than any other town in AZ. Free shuttle, 10a4p. $8 advance, $10 day of. Tickets avail at Chamber. 800-437-9433 FEB 14 LAKE HAVASU Winter Blast Rotary Beach - Annual Western Pyrotechnics Convention: public pyrotechnics display, free. 800-242-8278 FEB 14 BOUSE WWII Camp Bouse Memorial & Military Display Hwy 72 at Monument Site - All invited to come learn about Camp Bouse, top secret training area in 1942-43. 11a w/ lunch to follow. Free adm w/small lunch fee. 928-851-2498 FEB 14 BISBEE 12th Annual Chocolate Tasting Copper Queen Library - Delectable deserts combined with the group “Cool Jazz” makes this event a must for lovers of fine things. $10 adm, 7p. 520-432-5421 or 520-432-4232 FEB 14 PARKER Roy Clark in Concert BlueWater Resort & Casino Amphitheater. Two shows 6:30p & 9p, prices from $25-30. 888-243-3360 ext. 7035 FEB 14 CHLORIDE Annual St. Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance Yesterdays Restaurant - All couples receive a free appetizer; dancing to live music, 6p-closing. 928-565-4251 FEB 14-15 SAFFORD Eastern AZ Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest Graham County Fairgrounds - National fiddlers jam, dance & compete for over $4000 & other awards. Dance Sa night. RV parking, dump station. $4, under 12 free w/adult. 928-428-3413 FEB 14-15 GLOBE/MIAMI Historic Home Tour, Antique & Quilt Show Historic homes, buildings & shops incl’d in tour. From 9a, last tour 3p. $7 adults, $4 children, Sr. citizens $5. Antique Show free w/tour, Copper Rim School. Quilt Show free, Cobre Valley Center forArts. 800-804-5623 FEB 14-15 BENSON Territorial Days City Park - Celebrate AZ statehood. Merchants’ famous hamburgers, entertainment, arts/crafts, carnival, children’s games, 10a-5p, free. 520-586-9706 FEB 14-15 GLENDALE AZ Early Days Gas Engine & Tractors Sahuaro Ranch Park - Classic & pedal tractors, gas engines, raffles, hay rides, kid’s events, silent auction, parade, food, historic homes, 9a-4p, $. 602-451-8969 FEB 14-15 SCOTTSDALE 8th Annual Scottsdale Indian Artists of America Show Center for the Arts -100+ award-winning American Indian artists, entertainment, fashion show, HawkQuest, auction, more. $8, under 12 free. 866-398-2226; tickets: 480-994-ARTS FEB 14-15 PHOENIX Phoenix Antique Market AZ State Fairgrounds - Arizona’s #1 largest collectors’ show & sale, incl’s verbal appraisal clinic ($5/item), harpist, Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. $3. 602-717-7337 FEB 15-16 SCOTTSDALE First Pitch Softball Game & All-Star Concert 2004 Rawhide Pavilion - Concert Sun, John Michael Montgomery will join Trick Pony. Celebrity softball game Mon. Ticketmaster: 480-784-4444; info: 480-5025600 FEB 20 DOLAN SPRINGS “The Diamonds” Mt Tipton Auditorium - Call to dine with group before concert. Concert at 7:30p-9:30p. 928-716-3362 FEB 20-22 GOODYEAR Goodyear Rodeo Days Estrella Mountain Regional Park - Sr pro rodeo, Fr 9a: Slack Day, free with park adm. Sa & Su, 2p, $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 ages 5-12; under 5 free. 623-932-2260 FEB 21 SALOME Great AZ Outback Chili Cook-Off Indian Hills Airpark - Chili & salsa competition/tasting; Poker Runs incl 4-wheel, air & horse runs; aircraft contests, classic cars, 9a-5p. Free. 928-859-3846 FEB 21 CASA GRANDE Downtown P’Art’Y Children’s arts & crafts, Casa Grande Valley Historical Society museum tours, art show, food, bake sales and entertainment, free, 10a-2p. 520-421-8677 FEB 21 PHOENIX Prospector’s Family Day AZ Mining & Mineral Museum - Museum/AZ Prospectors’ Assoc, learn to pan for gold, detect metal, make jewelry, identify minerals/rocks, mineral sale. 10a-4p, adm $2 adults. 602-255-3795x10 FEB 21 YUMA 42nd Annual Yuma Air Show Marine Corps Air Station - Learn and experience the objectives of the Marine Corps, view military & vintage planes, military hardware, enjoy appetizing food. Gates open 8a.

FEB 1 SAN CARLOS Super Bowl Party Apache Gold Casino/Convention Center - Really HUGE screen, complimentary All-U-Can-Eat buffet, drink specials, giveaways, door prizes, more! 800APACHE-8 FEB 1-15 TUCSON American Indian Exposition Tucson Bargain/Expo Center, 3750 E. Irvington Rd (I-10, exit 264B) - Native American arts & crafts, 10a-5p Su-Th, 10a-6p Fr-Sa. 520-622-4900 FEB 1-29 FLAGSTAFF Winterfest 100 events incl skiing, ice skating, snow softball, concerts, theater, art, historic tours, workshops, star gazing. Most are free. 800-842-7293 FEB 4-8 TUBAC 45th Annual Festival of the Arts Art & craft booths, music & food from all over the SW. Celebrated Native American artist Amado Pena will be signing the official poster he designed. 10a-5p, free. 520-398-2704 FEB 4-17 QUARTZSITE Prospector’s Panorama Peddler’s Faire Prospector’s Panorama - General merchandise, unusual finds, free adm. 928-927-6467 FEB 5-8 PARKER Parker Women’s Civic Club Potpourri Western Park on Riverside Dr - Large craft show & swap meet, food vendors, round-the-clock security, 8a5p. 928-667-2109 FEB 6-7 AJO Annual Piece Makers Quilt Show Curley School - Historical quilts to view, contemporary quilts and quilting supplies for sale, 10a-3p. 520-3875953 FEB 6-7 BOUSE Desert Brushes Art Show & Town Wide Yard Sale Community Hall - Art in various media, lunch on at the hall, EVERYONE in town participates in the sale. Come have fun! 928-851-2498 FEB 6-8 SIERRA VISTA Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering Buena Performing Arts Cnt - 60+ storytellers, poets, singers/musicians, concerts, jam sessions. Fr 7:30p, Sa all day, Su 2p. For prices: 520-458-5647, 800-288-3861 FEB 6-8 BUCKEYE Senior Pro Rodeo Rodeo Grounds - Fr 7a Cowboy Breakfast ($2), Sa 10a Helzapoppin’ Days Parade, Sa-Su Mutton Bustin’ 1p & rodeo 2p. $6 adults, $3 kids. Sa night DARE benefit Dinner/Auction, $7.50. 623-386-2727 FEB 6-8 GLENDALE Chocolate Affaire Downtown - Chocolate, romance, gourmet cuisine, beverage, horse-drawn carriage rides, entertainment, tours of Cerreta Candy Co. Fr 5-9p, Sa 10-9p, Su 10-5p. Free. 623-930-2299 FEB 6-8 SCOTTSDALE Jaycees’ Parada del Sol Concert & Rodeo Rawhide - Rodeo each day, Concert w/ music by “The Emerson Drive” on Fr, Sa nights, Kid’s activities. For tickets: 480-990-3179 or 480-784-4444 FEB 6-8 PARKER BlueWater Resort & Casino Parker 425 “The Legend Lives On” An array of trucks and buggys will race from downtown to the Bluewater Resort & Casino. The Best in the Desert for more information: 702-457-5775 FEB 6-8 AJO Old Time Fiddlers Contest Ajo Country Club - Contests and jamming. Call for times and prices. 520-387-5011 FEB 7 WELLTON Pioneer Day Parade & Fiesta Westside and Butterfield Parks - Parade at 10a. BBQ, games, arts and crafts, golf tournament, entertainment and carnival. 10a-3p. Free. 928-785-3348 FEB 7 MESA Territorial Day Festival Sirrine House Museum - Demonstrations, weaving, carving, blacksmithing, buttermaking, quilting; trolley tours, re-enactments, music, food vendors, free, 10a-3p. 480-644-2760 FEB 7 TUCSON La Reunion de El Fuerte Old Ft Lowell Neighborhood - Self-guided walking tour to historic sites, free shuttle, B-Troop Ft. Huachuca Cavalry, mariachis, Mexican food, old time fiddlers, 12:30-4p. 520-318-0219 FEB 7 LAKE HAVASU CITY Western Outdoor News Bass Fishing Tournament Lake Havasu State Park - Expecting 45 boats. Weigh-in at 3p. 928-855-2784 FEB 7 YUMA Hospice Annual Roping Roundup and BBQ Gwynn Ranch - Team roping, barrel racing, chili cookoff, kid’s games, Blake Shelton headlines!, steak dinner, $100 per family (incl food), or $45 dollars per single adult. Noon- 10:30p. 928-343-2222 FEB 7 FLAGSTAFF Winterfest Arboretum at Flagstaff - Animal tracking walking tours, lectures, children’s activities, storytelling, refreshments, 9a-5p. Adm: $4, seniors $3, children $1. 928-774-1442

Feb 21-22 CASA GRANDE Wuertz Farm Gourd Festival - “Running of the Gourds”
Pinal County Fairgrounds - AZ Gourd Society judged show, classes, vendors, entertainment, food, thousands of gourds! Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4. Adm: $3 (520) 723-4432
FEB 21-22 PHOENIX Pioneer Bluegrass Days Pioneer Living History Museum - Workshops, kids’ activities, all-night jams, 9a-5p Sa, 9a-4p Su. Dry camping, Th-M. For prices: 623-842-1102 FEB 21-22 SEDONA Sedona Arts & Crafts Show Bell Rock Plaza - Presents wonderful, exciting new art from about 35 artists and craftsmen, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. 520-284-9627 FEB 21-22 BULLHEAD CITY Quilts on the River Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce, 1251 Hwy 95 All kinds of quilts, raffle, vendors, boutique, door prizes, quilters’ garage sale, $5, Sa 9-5, Su 9-4. No strollers please. 928-768-9308 FEB 21-29 TUCSON La Fiesta de los Vaqueros PRCA Winter Tour Rodeo, the largest outdoor winter rodeo in the US. Tickets $10-19 according to seating, 2p-5p. 520-741-2233 FEB 24 GREEN VALLEY Annual Green Valley Health Fair West Center - Health expo with over 90 vendors and providers, testing/screening provided, 9a-1p. 520-625-2273 FEB 26-29 APACHE JUNCTION Lost Dutchman Days Community celebrates Lost Dutchman legend w/ professional rodeo & rodeo dance, carnival, entertainment, arts & craft show, wild horse & burro adoption, themed parade on 28th. 800-252-3141 FEB 27-28 SIERRA VISTA African-American Culture Celebration Ethel Berger Ctr - African-American Expo; performance by martial arts group Capoeira; World Culture party. For times/prices: 520-417-6980 or FEB 27-29 PHOENIX Tramonto Marketplace Leap Year Festival of Arts & Crafts Carefree Hwy east of I-17 at Albertson’s Center - Up to 100 select exhibits of fine art & crafts. Live music, food, Kids’ Fun Zone, 10a-5p. Free. 480-488-2014 FEB 27-29 MESA Polka Festival Valle del Oro RV Resort - Dancers and spectators will enjoy a variety of polkas, waltzes and Mexican music, 2p-11p. $14/day or $38 for 3 days. 602-237-4024 FEB 27-29 FOUNTAIN HILLS Fountain Hills Great Fair Ave of the Fountains - 515 artists/crafts people, juried show. 10a-5p Fr-Sa, 8a-5p Su. Entertainment on 2 ministages, food booths & carnival. Hot air balloons on Su. 480-837-1654 FEB 27-29 MESA 53rd Phoenix Gem & Mineral Show - Gems Galore Mesa Centennial Hall - Minerals, rocks, lapidary, beads, gold panning. $5, under 12 free, Fr/Sa 10a-5p, Su 10a4p. 602-818-8869 FEB 28 SUPERIOR World Desert Fair Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Foods, crafts, entertainment, features foods/plants from deserts all over the world, 11a-3p. Open 8-5, $6 adults, $3 kids 5-12. 520689-2811 FEB 28 YUMA Yuma Crossing Day Historic Downtown/state parks - Re-enactments, gunfights, Buffalo Soldiers, train rides, tours, dancers, exhibitions, Southwestern music. 10a-4p. 928-783-2423 FEB 28 PEORIA FanFest Sports Complex - Kick off Major League baseball Spring Training, meet the San Diego Padres & Seattle Mariners. Autographs, practice, sports memorabilia, food, free adm & parking, 9a-3p. 623-773-7315 FEB 28 CAMP VERDE Exodus Day Commemoration of the Yavapai-Apache Indian people’s forced march away & returning home to the Verde Valley. Dancing, food, arts & crafts, re-enactment walk. Free adm, 6a-6p. 928-567-1006 FEB 28-29 TUCSON SW Indian Art Fair AZ State Museum (UofA) - 200 of the finest regional Indian artists, award-winning arts/crafts, music, dance, native foods. Sa 10a-5p, Su 10a-4p. $7 gen, $5 members, $3 ages 6-12. 520-626-8381


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MAR 20-21 PHOENIX Phoenix Antique Market AZ State Fairgrounds - AZ’s #1 largest collectors’ show & sale, live entertainment, Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a-4p, $3. $1 off coupon on; 602-717-7337 MAR 20-21 MESA Archaeology Expo Mesa Southwest Museum - Part of Archaeology Awareness Month! Hands-on programs, 40+ special displays/booths, make crafts, play games, see history reenactors, more! Sa 9-4, Su 10-4. 602-542-4009 MAR 20-21 YUMA San Diego Padres Baseball Spring Training Games Ray Kroc Complex/ Desert Sun Stadium; 928-343-1715 MAR 21 YUMA Yuma Vigilante Chili Cook-Off Old Town Yuma, Main St. - 138th Anniversary, gunfighters from across the nation, chili and salsa cook-off. 928-329-1717, 928-783-2423 MAR 21 PHOENIX Annual Sunday on Central Presented by APS - Multicultural street festival with a host of national & local entertainers, APS circus stage features kids entertainment, free, 11a-5p. 602-262-4627 MAR 21 TUCSON Country Fair Lew Sorensen Comm Ctr - Desert Bluegrass Assoc will play; planting, native plant care & organic gardening demos, fancy poultry show, arts & crafts, flea market, BBQ, 10a-4p. 520-232-1201 MAR 21-22 COTTONWOOD Verde Valley Gem & Mineral Show Mingus Union H.S. - Exhibits, demos, info on gems, minerals, lapidary & geology, raffles, dealers, silent auction, kid’s exhibit & more. $3, Sa 9a-5p, Su 10a-4p. 928-649-0669 MAR 24-28 CASA GRANDE Pinal County Fair Pinal Co. Fairground- live entertainment, Hispanic Concert, arts, crafts, wrestling, 4H & FFA livestock, carnival rides, petting zoo. Adults $5, kids $2. 9a-10p, Sat 9a-11p. 520-723-5242 MAR 26-28 TEMPE Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts Mill Avenue - SW’s 2nd largest arts & entertainment festival, 600 national artists & craftspeople, ethnic foods, entertainment on 3 stages, Ecotopia & special kid’s area, free, 10a-6p. 480-921-2300 MAR 26-28 GLENDALE Thunderbird Balloon & Air Classic Glendale Airport - 29 yr old event now in Glendale w/major airshow added. 60+ balloons: AM Liftoffs, evening Desert Glows. Warbirds, current military jets, aerobatics, more. $10/$5. 602-940-9005, x 2 MAR 26-28 PHOENIX Agave on the Rocks Desert Botanical Garden - Basket-making and cooking demos, agave pit-bake, tastings of roasted agave buds. Music, entertainment and kids’ activities. Call for pricing. 480-947-1225 MAR 27 OATMAN Clark Gable & Carole Lombard Weekend Anniversary Party celebrating their 1939 wedding. They stayed at Oatman Hotel on their wedding night. Timeperiod related activities & Look-A-Like Contest. 928768-6222 MAR 27 SCOTTSDALE AZ Artists Guild’s ARTStravaganza Kerr Cultural Center - Silent & live original art auctions, cheese table, no-host bar, “artist demos” also auctioned, 6:30p, preview: 3/1-3/27. Free. 928-427-4565 MAR 27-28 GLOBE Gila County Spring Rodeo & Parade Gila County Fair Grounds - IPRA sanctioned rodeo w/local & professional cowboys. Parade Sa morn & rodeo dance Sa eve. $5/adv, $7.50/gate, under 12 free. 928-425-0066 MAR 27-28 PHOENIX Great Arizona Beer Festival AZ Center - 100 brewers, 450 different beers. Designated driver program ($15) & also cabs avail. Benefits Sun Sounds of Arizona. 2p-6p. $30-$35. MAR 27-31 PHOENIX Heard Museum Guild Native American Student Art Show & Sale Heard Museum- Artwork by 1,700+ students from the US & Canada on exhibit & for sale. Price includes show and gallaries, 10a-4 p. 480-488-9817 MAR 27-APR 4 SAFFORD Graham County Horse Races Graham County Fairgrounds - 2 weekends 3/27-28 and 4/3-4. Horse racing excitement. Gates open at 11, races from 1-5p. Refreshments available. 928-428-7180 MAR 30-APR 4 YUMA Yuma County Fair Yuma County Fairgrounds - Celebration w/live entertainment, concerts, demolition derby, 4H & FFA exhibits (8p), livestock show & auction, carnival rides (12p). 8a-midn. 928-726-4420

MAR 1-31 STATEWIDE Archaeology Awareness Month Special events about archaeology in towns across Arizona. 602-542-4009

March Events
MAR 12-13 BOUSE Spring Fever Days Community Hall - Experience the Arizona Outback during Spring Fever Days in Bouse w/arts, crafts, swap meet, BBQ and other good food! 9a-5p. Free, fee for lunch. 928-851-2498 MAR 12-14 CHANDLER The Ostrich Festival Tumbleweed Park - “One of the Top 10 Unique Festivals in the U.S.” Ostrich & exotic animal races, live music by national headliners, carnival rides, food & drink. Fun for the whole family! 480-963-4571 MAR 12-14 MARANA Founders’ Day Friday team roping, Sat parade 9-11, mayor’s brunch 11-1, activities in park 1-9. Equestrian opening 9:30 youth events all day, Sunday team penning and open barrel racing all day. 520-682-3324 MAR 12-14 PARKER IWSRA World Qualifier Water Ski Races BlueWater Resort & Casino - High speed water ski marathon, join in the fun! 928-669-2174 MAR 12-14 BUCKEYE Blue Grass Festival Eagle Mountain Ranch - 15-20 bands, featuring Goldwing Express. Crafts, workshops, food, nightly jam sessions. 10a-6p, daily. $10 adult, $3 7-17. 623-386-2727 MAR 12-14 SCOTTSDALE Scottsdale Arts Festival Civic Center grounds - Featuring nearly 200 artists, juried art, gourmet food, live musical entertainment, children’s art activities, $6, 12 & under free. 480-994-ARTS MAR 12-14 SAN CARLOS Intertribal Pow Wow Apache Gold Casino - Competition dancing, gourd dancing, authentic arts, crafts & traditional Apache food. Grand Entry Fr- 8p, Sa- 1p & 7p, Su- 12p. Free adm, bring own chair. 800-APACHE-8 MAR 13 CHLORIDE Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration Parade, gunfighter reenactments, corned beef & cabbage, vendors, live music, Irish Step dancing. 928-565-2204 MAR 13 PHOENIX Ancient Technology Day Pueblo Grande Museum - Learn how people made tools and obtained food before hardware & grocery stores. Agave roast, tours, demos, hands-on activities. 10a-3p. 602-495-0901 MAR 13 SIERRA VISTA St. Patrick’s Day Parade 7th St & Fry Blvd to Veterans Memorial Park - 40 floats, HS & army bands w/color guards, Grand Marshalls: different service reps from Ft. Huachuca. 12p. 800-288-3861 MAR 13 SEDONA 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade From Jordan Historical Park - Named the 2003 AZ State’s best special event, starts 10a. Also 6th Annual one-mile run/walk & 5K run on the parade route at 8a. 928-204-2390 MAR 13-14 LAKE HAVASU CITY 25th Annual Juried Spring Art Show Community Aquatic Center, 100 Park Ave - Havasu Art Guild, show & sale of fine arts & crafts. Sa 10a-5p, Su 10a-3p. Free adm. 928-855-8078 MAR 13-14 TOMBSTONE Ed Schieffelin’s Territorial Days City Park area - Honoring the prospectors that laid out the plans for the town, pan for gold, Firemen’s muster w/ championship hose cart races, Pet Parade. 888-4573929, 520-457-3826 MAR 13-14 TUCSON Wa:k Pow Wow San Xavier Del Bac Mission - Native American intertribal dancing, contests, booths w/Native American food/arts & crafts, $6/adults, $4/age 7 & up. 520-294-5727 MAR 13-14 TUCSON Open Studio Tour 275 downtown artist’s studios open to the public, 12-5p. Free shuttles available, map $5. 520-624-9977 MAR 13-14 APACHE JUNCTION Antique Tractor & Engine Show Rodeo Park - See the 65hp 1915 Case Steam Traction Engine in action! Tractor Parade 1p, tractor pulls, antique gas engines. Food/vendors. 9a-4p. Adults $5, under 12 free. 623-435-3955 MAR 13-14 GLENDALE Get Back to the Past “A Gathering of Cowboy Poets” Sahuaro Ranch - Cowboy poets, musicians, re-enactors, storytellers. Demos & home tours. Free. 10a-4p. Eve concert, for ticket info call: 623-939-5782 MAR 13-14 PICACHO Civil War in the SW Picacho Peak State Park - Re-enactments of Civil War battle for Pichaco Pass & 2 other SW battles. Period costumes, music & encampments of late 1860s. $6/car, 10a-4p. 520-466-3183 MAR 13-14 GOODYEAR Tres Rios Nature Festival Estrella Mountain Regional Park - Celebrate the area’s rich wildlife and culture. Incl’s historical tours, canoe trips, hikes, bird watching, children’s crafts & more. $10/car, 9a-4p. 623-204-2130 MAR 13-28 SUPERIOR Spring Plant Sale Boyce Thompson Arboretum - 1000s of drought-tolerant plants, see mature species on grounds. Horticulturists on hand to answer questions on weekend days, lead tours. $6, $3/kids. 8a-5p. 520-689-2811 MAR 14 APACHE JUNCTION Dons of AZ Lost Dutchman Gold Mine Superstition Mountain Trek 1, 3 & 5mi hikes. Popovers, BBQ & legendrama. Pan for gold, craft demos, Indian & Mexican dances, 8:30a10p, $45/adults, $25/kids. 602-258-6016 MAR 17-20 LAKE HAVASU CITY Everride Everstart Fishing Tournament Lake Havasu (Windsor) Park - Western Division professional bass fishing tournament, open to public, safe light to 3p weigh-in. 270-252-1582 MAR 18-21 SCOTTSDALE Pro Celebrity Match WestWorld - Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assn. event Old West stars come out & shoot- in conjunction with the Festival of the West, gen adm $12, over 60/$11, 12 & under/$4, 10a-5p. 480-471-0485 MAR 18-21 SCOTTSDALE Bison Communities National Festival of the West WestWorld - Western film celebrities, cowboy poetry, costume contests, mounted shooting competition, huge retail show w/all things Western, $12 adults, $11 srs, $4/12 & under, 10a-dusk. 602-996-4387 MAR 19-21 SCOTTSDALE Chicago Fest Scottsdale Downtown - Food & music fest w/2 continuous live stages. A celebration of jazz, blues, and food from the Windy City, free, F 5-10p, Sa 12p-10p, Su 12p-5p. 480-968-5353 or 1-888-ARTFEST MAR 19-21 AVONDALE Copper World Indy 200 Weekend Phoenix International Raceway - Fri-$10 gen adm; Sat $25-$35; Sun $40-$60 602-252-2227 MAR 19-21 CHANDLER Kokopelli Spring Wine & Art Festival Kokopelli Winery & Boston St - Art, live music, wine, free admission, $8 for wine tasting/souvenir wine glass, Fri 5-9p, Sa 11a-9p, Su Noon-5p. 480-792-6927 MAR 19-21 TUCSON Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair 450 arts & crafters, food, musicians, 3 stages, street performers, kids fun area. 10a-dusk. Fr: Snr Appreciation Day w/free parking for shuttle vans & buses. 520-6245004 MAR 19-21 BUCKEYE AZ West PRCA Rodeo Helzapoppin’ Rodeo Arena - All rodeo events incl. team roping & bull riding. Downtown street dance-Haywire. Rodeo Sat 1p & 7p, Dance Sat 9p, Sun 1p. Adults $10, Children $5, Dance $5. 623-386-2727 MAR 20 SUPERIOR Welcome Back Buzzards Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Welcome back the resident flock of Turkey Vultures. Bird watching, rehabilitated birds & animals, refreshments. 7a-3p, $6/adults, $3/kids. 520-689-2811 MAR 20 LAKE HAVASU CITY Desert Hills Annual Spring Fling Street Fair Corner of London Bridge Rd & Chenowith Dr - Come to this free event featuring vendors, food and entertainment. 10a-3p. 928-764-3333 MAR 20 PHOENIX Alternative Racing Day Turf Paradise Race Course - Camel, ostrich, water buffalo, pig, thoroughbred races, family activities, $2-$4. Opens 11:30, 1st race 1:30, goes til 5p. 602-942-1101 MAR 20 AJO O’odham Day Celebration Organ Pipe Cactus Nat’l Monument - Exhibits of traditional O’odham basket weaving, pottery, storytelling, dry land farming; children’s booth, food, music, more, 10-4. Free. 520-387-6849 MAR 20 MESA A Night in the 40’s AZ Wing CAF - Live band, USO show, jitterbug contest. Dance in the shadow of a vintage B-17 WWII bomber, fundraiser for museum. 4:30p, $25/adv, $32/door. Food extra. 480-924-1940 MAR 20 SIERRA VISTA Boys and Girls Club Car Show The Mall at Sierra Vista - Antique & modified cars & trucks, street rods, sports cars & low riders. 8a-3:30p, no admission fee. 800-288-3861 MAR 20 YARNELL Spring Art Walk-A-Bout Yarnell Art Assoc. members will open gallery & studio doors. 16+ artisans at about 12 locations will show their work. Maps available for $2 at Two Dogs Pottery & Trading, Hwy 89. 10a-4p. 928-427-4565 MAR 20-21 PHOENIX Folk Traditions Music Festival Encanto Park - 200 musical artists performing folk, country, blues, cowboy, old-time & Celtic music, storytelling, workshops, jam sessions, FREE, 10a-4p. 602261-8993 MAR 20-21 SUPERIOR Superior Apache Leap Mountain Festival Old Town - Parade, Baile Folklorico, mining competitions, southwest food, music, crafts, carnival. Free, Sa 10a-9p, Su 10a-6p. 520-689-0200 MAR 20-21 ANTHEM Anthem Days Anthem Comm Park - over 200 arts & crafts booths, Int’l Food Court, entertainment, kiddie zone, kite flying competition, 5K race, more. Free, 10a-5p. Take I-17 N to Anthem Way exit & go R. 480-488-2014

MAR 4-6 PARKER Blue Grass Festival La Paz County Park - Featuring some of the country’s best talent including the US Navy Blue Grass Band, great vendors and an RV Show from Mesa RV. 928-6692174 MAR 4-7 COOLIDGE Cotton Days San Carlos Park - Parade, arts, crafts, food, car show, carnival, 10K run, volleyball, horseshoes, cotton bale rolling contest, street dance. 520-723-3009 MAR 4-7 SEDONA Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop Documentaries, shorts and features from around the world, incl new programs for 10th anniv; Workshop: Sound Thinking; fabulous parties. 877-733-3662 MAR 5-7 YUMA Midnight at the Oasis Festival Desert Sun Stadium - Step back in time, featuring 50’s/60’s cars & music, show & shine, rock n’ roll concerts, arts, crafts, dances. free.; 928343-1715 MAR 5-7 WINTERHAVEN, CA Annual Pow Wow Early Spring Celebration Quechan Tribal Singing & Dancing Fr, Pow Wow on Sa-Su w/Gourd Dancing & Grand Entry, 10a. For more info contact San Pascual School: 760-572-0222 ext 2228 MAR 5-7 ORACLE Annual Oracle Fine Art Weekend Artists will open studios & share techniques, demos, and provide a self-guided driving tour, 10a-4p each day. 520-896-9200 or 800-699-3043 MAR 5-7 CASA GRANDE 46th Annual Cactus Fly-In Municipal Airport - Will include antique, classic, experimental & military warbirds, vendors & fly-bys. $5/person or $10/car, 8a-5p. 520-426-3616 MAR 5-7 CAREFREE 30th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Downtown - Collector’s show of 165 strictly juried fine artists, wine tasting & live entertainment. 10a-5p. Fr free, Sa/Su $2. 480-837-5637 MAR 6 MESA Mesa Day Miniature Parade Center & Main, downtown - Parade w/miniature floats, bands, dance troupes and more, 10a-11a. Parade applications at 480-644-EVENT MAR 6 CASA GRANDE 9th Annual AZ State Open Chili Championship Dave White Regional Park - Cookoff, car show, arts & crafts vendors, plus live entertainment. Adm free. 10a6p. 800-916-1515 MAR 6 SCOTTSDALE Exclusively Little McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park - This special day is just for children 6 and under. Child-sized games, arts and crafts, clown face-painting and entertainment. 11a2p, free adm. 480-312-2312 MAR 6 CASA GRANDE 17th Annual La Grande Tour Peart Park - Fundraiser for AZ Parks & Recreation Assoc. 100k at 8a, 50k at 8:30a, 10mi at 9a. $15-25 plus regis. fee. Register online free at; or $10/day of. 800-335-PARK MAR 6 LITCHFIELD PARK 11th Annual Diamond Ball Wigwam Resort - Black tie gala features dining, dancing and a silent auction, Cocktail Hour 6p-7:30 (reserv. req.), doors open 7:30p. Benefit, $200/person. 623-9356384 MAR 6-7 PHOENIX 46th Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Heard Museum - 500 of the nation’s finest Native American artists -jewelers, sculptors, painters, potters, weavers. Music, dance, food. $10. 9:30a-5p. 602-2528848 MAR 6-7 PHOENIX AZ Game & Fish Dept Open House Adobe Mtn Wildlife Rehabilitation Ctr - Activities, fishing clinic, booths, raffle, food, games, wildlife. Picnic tables avail. Free, 10a-3p. 623-582-9806 MAR 6-7 SEDONA Sedona Arts & Crafts Show Bell Rock Plaza - Wonderful, exciting new art from about 35 artists and craftsmen, paintings, photography, jewelry, pottery and more. 10a-5p. 928-284-9627 MAR 6-7 TUBAC Art Walk Tubac - Walking tour of studios and galleries, including artists’ demonstrations of works in progress. Simply admire or discuss works with the artists. free. 520-3982704 MAR 6-7 PARKER River Cities Art & Craft Bazaar Western Park - Classic Community Celebrations event, 10a-5p, free. 928-472-7892 MAR 11-14 PARKER La Paz County Fair Manataba Park - 4-H exhibits, carnival, entertainment, Miss La Paz County Scholarship Pageant. Season passes available. For prices: 928-669-2174

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Pet Friendly Accommodations
Finding a Woof Over Their Heads
One of the ongoing traumas for pet owners when traveling is how to find lodgings not only for themselves, but their furry friends as well. Many hotels simply do not want to deal with pets period, and pet lovers are sometimes forced to find ingenious ways of circumventing the front desk to get Rover into the room. If caught, this can turn into a messy scene with fines and harsh words spoken or someone having to spend the night sleeping in the car with their critter. Increasingly, however, many hotels are making allowances for accommodating man’s best friend. Some, like the Lodge at Sedona, go out of their way and offer special bedding, doggie bowls complete with treats, walking trails and even photo ops for Fido to remember it all by. The Carefree Resort & Villas takes it a step further and offers a Deluxe Doggie Package and a Furry Feline Package complete with fresh baked gourmet doggie treats and cat nip toys. There usually are terms and conditions for hotels to accept pets, such as limiting the size and weight of the animal. For instance the Ramada Inn & Suites Foothills in Tucson only accepts pets

Dog Parks in Arizona
Please observe all posted rules and clean up after your dog. Chandler Shawnee Park 1400 W. Mesquite, Alma School north of Warner, 6a-10:30p. Fenced, benches, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, lights, water, and trash cans. 3 acres of grass and desert landscaping, lots of room for dogs to run. Snedigar Bark Park 4500 S. Basha Rd., Alma School Road & Ocotillo, 6a-10:30p. Fenced, benches, dog fountain, handicap access, poopbags, parking, restrooms, lights, water, and trash. Training obstacles such as a see-saw, balance beam, tunnel, and hurdles. Chandler Parks Division, 480-782-2750 Flagstaff Thorpe Bark Park 600 N. Thorpe, Dawn - Dusk. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, water, and trash. About 1 acre park in the pine trees, park for small dogs as well. Bushmaster Park 3150 N. Altavista, Dawn - Dusk. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, trees, parking, water, and trash. About 1 acre park in the pine trees, park for small dogs as well. Flagstaff Parks & Recreation, 928-779-7690 Fountain Hills Desert Vista Park 11800 N. Desert Vista Dr., Saguaro Blvd., Dawn - Dusk. Fenced, benches, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, water, and trash. About 3.5 acres of turf and a 1/2 acre fenced area for smaller dogs. Fountain Hills Parks & Recreation, 480-816-5152 Gilbert Dog Park at Crossroads 2155 E. Knox Rd., west of Greenfield, south of Warner, 6a - 10p. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, poopbags, parking, lights, water, and trash cans. Separate fenced areas for active and timid dogs. No shade, early morning or evening is best for summer. Tables and rest area. Gilbert Parks & Recreation, 480-503-6200 Glendale Foothills Dog Park 57th & Union Dr., next to baseball field 6a - 10p. Fenced, benches, poopbags, trees, parking, lights, water, and trash cans. Access is from North Glendale Library parking lot. Agility toys for practice and play. Trails nearby. Sahuaro Ranch Park 63rd Ave. & Mountain View, 6a - 10p. Trees and benches. Enclosed off-leash area within park, almost an acre. Glendale Parks & Recreation, 623-930-2820 Kingman Lewis Kingman Park Route 66/Andy Devine, Louis, & Harrison, Dawn - 10p. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, poopbags, trees, restrooms, parking, lights, water, trash cans, and shelter. 2 acre park, plenty of shade, some agility equipment, and beautiful lawn. Kingman Parks & Recreation, 928-757-7919 Lake Havasu City Lion’s Dog Park 1340 McCulloch, 6a - 10p. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, lights, water, trash, and shelter. Over 1/8 acre, fire hydrant water fountain that sprays onto a concrete pad for dogs to play on. Lake Havasu Parks & Recreation, 928453-8686 Mesa Quail Run 4155 E. Virginia, Greenfield & Virginia, Sunrise - 10p. Fenced, benches, poopbags, trees, restrooms, lights, water, and trash cans. About 3 acres of grass, lots of new trees. Mesa Parks & Recreation, 480-644-5040 Oro Valley James D. Kriegh Park 23 W. Calle Concordia, NE corner 6a - 10p, Sun-Sat. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, restrooms, and trash. 14,000 sq. ft. with water fountain for both people and dogs. Oro Valley Parks & Recreation, 520-229-5050 Payson Payson Off-Leash Park McLane Rd., next to Library, 1 mile north of McLane and Longhorn, Dawn - Dusk. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, water, and trash cans. Over an acre, small dog fenced area. Payson Parks & Recreation, 928-747-5242 Prescott Willow Creek Dog Park 3181 Willow Creek Rd., Commerce Dr., 7a 10p. Fenced, benches, tables, trees, parking, restrooms, water, and trash cans. Separate 1/2 acre area for small dogs. Prescott Parks & Recreation, 928-777-1122 Scottsdale Chaparral Park 5401 N. Hayden Rd., dog park located at SE corner of McDonald Dr. and Hayden Rd. Dawn - 9p, 2.2 acres, fenced, passive & large dog areas, shade, water, benches, and restroom. Horizon Park 15444 N. 100th St., Thompson Peak Parkway & 100th St., Dawn - Dusk. Fenced, benches, tables, disposal bags, parking, phones, restrooms, and trash cans. Some shade, fountains for both people and dogs. Vista del Camino Park 7700 East Pierce St., west on Pierce St. from Hayden Rd., Sunrise - 10:30p. Fenced, benches, mutt mitt stations, some light, and drinking fountains for both people and dogs. Just under an acre with restroom facilities nearby. Scottsdale Parks & Recreation, 480312-2331 Tempe Creamery Park 1520 E. 8th St., west of McClintoch, south of University, 6a - Midnight. Fenced, benches, disposal bags, handicap access, trees, parking, lighted, water, and trash cans. Mitchell Park Mitchell Dr. & 9th St., 6a - Midnight. Fenced, benches, disposal bags, handicap access, trees, parking, lighted, water, and trash cans. Papago Parks 1000 N. College Ave., south of Curry, 6aMidnight. Fenced, benches, disposal bags, handicap access, trees, parking, lighted, water, and trash cans. Tempe Parks & Recreation, 480-350-5200 Tucson Christopher Columbus Park (city park) 4600 N. Silverbell, between St. Mary’s & Speedway, Dawn - Dusk. Fenced, benches, tables, poopbags, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trash, and shelter. 1/3 of an acre. McDonald Park (county park) 4100 N. Harrison Rd., Tanque Verde, Dawn - Dusk. Fenced, benches, tables, handicap access, poopbags, trees, parking, restrooms, water, trash, and shelter. 1.25 acres, two fenced areas for small and larger dogs. Reid Park Dog Park (city park) Alvernon & 22ND St., near zoo entrance - old baseball field, 7 a-10p. Fenced, trees, parking, lights, water, and trash. In a converted ball field within Reid Park, grassy with trees. Tucson Parks & Recreation, 520791-4873. Pima County Parks & Recreation, 520-877-6000

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under 25 pounds. Or, the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel in Los Angeles limits the number of dogs on site to a couple at a time. Frequently deposits are required, some of which may be refundable, partially refundable or non-refundable. Deposits can range from $10 at the Ramada Limited West in Flagstaff to $150 for the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. The Ghost Ranch Lodge in Tucson has guests register their pets and fill out a “pet responsible” card for any damages but do not require a deposit. The Iris Garden Inn, A Touch of Southwest Suites in Sedona, the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, the Tubac Golf Resort, TempeTravelodge and the Ghost City Inn in Jerome all allow pets for those traveling Arizona. And, the Residence Inns, San Diego Mission Valley and Anaheim Resort Area, Embassy Suites in Downey, as well as the Victorian Inn in Monterey are places to park the pooch in California. We invite other pet friendly properties to email us at so we can create an ongoing listing of properties that welcome the pitter-patter of four paws.

Pet Friendly Hotels
CAREFREE Carefree Resort & Villas SCOTTSDALE The Phoenecian Resort TUBAC Tubac Golf Resort SEDONA The Lodge at Sedona Iris Garden Inn Touch of the Southwest Suites TEMPE Tempe Travelodge JEROME Ghost City Inn Bed & Breakfast FLAGSTAFF Ramada Limited West TUCSON Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Ramada Foothills Inn & Suites Ghost Ranch Lodge 37220 Mule Train Rd 800-949-1994 6000 E. Camelback Rd 888-625-5140 One Otero Road 125 Kalloff Place 390 Jordan Rd. 410 Jordan Rd 1005 E. Apache Blvd 541 N. Main Street 800-848-7893 800-619-4467 800-321-8988 800-309-7883 800-831-4667 888-634-4678

2755 Woodland Village 877-703-0291

10000 N. Oracle Rd 800-325-7832 6944 E. Tanque Verde Rd 800-2-RAMADA 801 W. Miracle Mile 800-456-7565

LOS ANGELES Farmer’s Daughter Hotel MONTEREY Victorian Inn DOWNEY Embassy Suites Hotel SAN DIEGO Residence Inn Mission Valley 115 S. Fairfax Ave 487 Foam St 8425 Firestone Blvd 800-334-1658 800-232-4141 800-EMBASSY

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Desert Museum Debunks Reptile Myths
What? Live and (sort of) on the Loose Where? The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum When? Every day at 12:15 crossing a road, to living in the southwest and you can avoid most accidental encounters with venomous animals. Stop and let your eyes and ears tell you that you’re getting too close to or about to step on one of them before you move. Then, step back and observe. You’d be amazed what you can learn and how easy it is to form a positive relationship with animals that you formerly thought had no place in your world. Consider giving “live and let live” a chance to work. Ah - but living in harmony does require a bit of knowledge. Want to know more? Perhaps you’re wondering where you might acquire it. The answer is simple - visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and attend the new daily program Live and (sort of) on the Loose! Come and learn separate myth & misconception (truly scary stuff!) from reality. Get as close as you safely can to a live Gila monster or rattlesnake and learn how to live safely among these true natives of the desert southwest. After all - surely it’s been too long since your last visit... The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is located 2021 N. Kinney Rd. It’s open every day of the year! Hours Oct-Feb are 8:30 am-5 pm. Admission is $9 Adults ($12 Nov-Apr), $2 Kids age 6-12 ($4 Nov-Apr) and free for children under age 6. For more information: 520-883-2702 or

Nature & Ecology

Fleischer Museum
17207 N.Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale 480-585-3108

Arboretum at Flagstaff
4001 S. Woody Mt. Rd. 928-774-1442

Grand Canyon Caverns
Peach Springs, 928-422-3223

Great Arizona Puppet Theatre
302 W. Latham St., Phoenix 602-262-2050

Navajo Nation Zoological & Botanical Park
Window Rock, 928-871-6573 Space, Science & Technology

Mesa Arts Center & Galeria Mesa
155 N.Center, Mesa 480-644-2242

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central, Phoenix 602-257-1222

Lowell Observatory
1400 Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff 928-774-3358

Rattlesnake, Gila monster, fangs & venom - their mere mention turns most of us into screeching sopranos and sends us running for cover. Fear and paranoia reign supreme, leading people to squish every bug and decapitate every snake that they encounter. But, it need not be so! After all, these animals are the natural predators of a suite of other unhuggable beasts (rodents, cockroaches, ants, etc.) that are more of a problem for us to deal with and are much more likely to harm us. So, wouldn’t it be better for us if we left their enemies around? Reptiles are never aggressive or looking for a fight. We tend to misinterpret their defensive reactions to our, often unintended but still careless, blunderings into their lives. They see us as large, hairy and aggressive predators (which we often are)! As dangerous as they can be, they are all preyed upon by other animals. They don’t usually sit out in the open. Instead, they hide in or under logs, rocks, leaves and low growing plant life. Remember the old adage “Stop, look and listen”? Apply this simple rule, that we instructed our children to use when

Phoenix Symphony
455 N.3rd St., Phoenix 602-495-1117

Colorado River
Arts & Music

Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix 602-254-2151

Scottsdale Center for the Arts
7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale 480-994-2787

Dury Lane Repertory Players
P.O. Box 1727, Lake Havasu City, 86405 928-453-9466 History and Heritage

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
7380 E. 2nd St, Scottsdale 480-994-2787

Arizona Historical Society Century House Museum
240 Madison Avenue, Yuma 928-782-1841

Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra
3817 N.Brown, Scottsdale 480-945-8071

Hi-Jolly Monument
Bus. Rte. 1-10, Quartzsite 928-669-2174

Southwest Shakespeare Company
P.O.Box 30595, Mesa 480-641-7039

Mohave Museum of History & Arts
400 W. Beale St., Kingman 928-753-3195

West Valley Museum of Art
17420 N. Ave. of the Arts, Surprise 623-972-0635 History and Heritage

Lake Havasu Museum of History
320 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City 928-854-4938

Arizona Hall of Flame Museum
11010 W. Washington St., Phoenix 602-255-2110

Central Arizona
Arts & Music

Arizona Historical Society Museum
1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, 480-929-0292

Arizona State Capitol Museum
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix 602-542-4581

Arizona Opera
4600 N.12th Street, Phoenix 602-266-7464

Arizona State University Art Museum
Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tempe 480-965-2787

Arizona Wing of Commemorative Air Force Museum
2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa, 480-924-1940

Bead Museum
5754 W. Glenn Dr., Glendale, 623-930-7395

Arizona Theatre Company

Northern Arizona
Arts & Music

Grand Canyon Railway Museum
233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams 800-843-8724

502 W. Roosevelt, Phoenix 602-256-6899

Cave Creek Museum
P.O. Box 1, Cave Creek, Arizona, 480-488-2764

ASU Art Museum, Matthews Center & New Fine Arts Center
ASU Campus, Tempe 480-965-2874

Chandler Historical Museum
178 E. Commonwealth, Chandler, 480-782-2717

Jerome Historical Society
200 Main St., Jerome 928-634-5477

Flagstaff Symphony
113A E. Aspen, Flagstaff 928-774-5107

Ballet Arizona
3645 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix 602-381-0184

Casa Grande Historical & Archaelogical Museum
110 W. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande, 520-836-2223

John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum
6 N.Lake Powell Blvd., Page 928-645-9496

Phippen Art Museum
4701 Highway 89 North, Prescott 928-778-1385

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
21 North Frontier St., Wickenburg 928-684-2272

Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler 480-786-2682

Little House Museum
Springerville, 928-333-2286

Prescott Fine Arts Association
208 N.Marina, Prescott 928-445-3286

Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff (3 miles north of downtown Flagstaff), 928-774-5213

Cobre Valley Center for the Arts
101 N. Broad St., Globe 928-425-0884

Sedona Arts Center
N.Hwy 89A, Sedona 928-282-3809

Navajo County Museum
100 E. Arizona, Holbroook 928-524-6558

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Sedona Cultural Park
1725 W. Hwy Sedona, 800-780-2787 History and Heritage

Sharlot Hall Museum
415 W, Gurley St., Prescott 928-445-3122

Show Low Historical Society Museum
541 E. Duece of Clubs, Show Low 928-532-7115

Bisbee’s Legendary Queen Mine Underground Tours Van Tours of Surface Mines and the Historic Bisbee District

Apache County Historical Society Museum
180 W. Cleveland, St. Johns 928-337-4737

Smoki Museum Inc.
147 N. Arizona St., Prescott 928-445-1230


You are what you experience…

White Mountain Apache Museum
Fort Apache, 928-338-4625

Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum
2340 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff 928-774-6272

Located immediately south of Bisbee’s Historic District, off the U.S. 80 Interchange.

Clemenceau Heritage Museum
1 N. Willard St., Cottonwood 928-634-2868

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Casa Malpais Archaeological Park & Museum
Come Visit this Premier Archaeological Site in the scenic White Mountains. Tours daily at 9 & 11am, 2pm. Admission: Adults $5; Students 10-18 & Seniors $4. Under 10 $3 Call to confirm. 318 Main St., Springerville, Az 85938

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Central Arizona
History and Heritage

Space, Science & Technology

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
1502 W. Washington, Phoenix 602-255-3791

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Az Tourist News is pleased to offer the new Tucson Attractions Passport. Costing only $10 and valid through September 15, 2004, the Passport offers shopping discounts and 2for-1 admissions to 20 major Pima County attractions, including: • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum • Pima Air & Space Museum • Titan Missile Museum • International Wildlife Museum • Old Tucson • Biosphere 2 • Reid Park Zoo • Arizona Opera • Tucson Symphony • Tucson Raceway Park • Tucson Sidewinders Using your Passport is simplicity itself. Present it for stamping when you purchase one admission to an attraction and receive your second admission FREE. Many discount coupon books contain coupons redeemable only on certain days, offering insignificant discounts, or-worst
Family Fun

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright, Scottsdale 480-860-2700

Gila County Historical Museum
1330 N. Broad, Globe, 928-425-7385

Southern Arizona
Arts & Music

Gilbert Heritage Market Museum and Science Park
Gilbert & Page Rds, Gilbert 480-644-2178

Arizona Theatre Company
330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson 520-622-2823

Glendale Historical Society
9802 N. 59th Ave, Glendale 623-931-3668

Center for Creative Photography
Univ. of Arizona, Tucson 520-621-7968

Goldfield Ghost Town And Mine
Highway 88, Apache Jnct, 480-983-0333

Heard Museum
22 East Monte Vista Road, Phoenix 602-252-8840

Pima Comm. College, Center for the Arts
2202 W. Anklam Rd., Tucson 520-884-6988

Tubac Center of the Arts
9 Plaza Rd., Tubac 520-398-2371

Heritage Square
115 North 6th Street, Phoenix, 602-262-5071

Lost Dutchman Museum Superstition Mountain
4650 Mammoth Mine Rd., Apache Junction 480-983-4888

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus
P.O.Box 12034, Tucson 520-296-6277

Tucson Museum of Art
140 N. Main Ave., Tucson 520-624-2333

Mesa Historical Museum
2345 North Horne, Mesa 480-835-7358

Tucson Symphony Orchestra
443 South Stone Ave., Tucson 520-792-9314

Mesa Southwest Museum
53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa 480-644-2230

University of Arizona Museum of Art
Tucson, 520-621-7567 History and Heritage

Museum of Rim Country Archaeology
510 W. Main St, Payson, 928-469-1128

Amerind Foundation Museum
P.O. Box 248, Dragoon 520-586-3666 Space, Science & Technology

Phoenix Museum of History
105 N. Fifth St, Phoenix, 602-253-2734


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West Museum

Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington, Phoenix 602 -716-2000

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Pine-Stawberry Museum
Rt. 87 (Beeline Highway), Pine-Strawberry 928-476-3547

Arizona Historical Society Museum
949 E. 2nd St., Tucson 520-628-5774

Old Tucson Studio
201 S Kinney Road, Tucson 520-883-0100

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
I-19 & Pima Mine Rd., Tucson 520-798-7798,

Pima County Fairgrounds
Home to Tucson Raceway Park, Southwestern International Raceway 520-762-9100

Pioneer Arizona Living History Village
3901 W. Pioneer Rd., Phoenix, 623-465-1052

Arizona Ranger Museum
The 1904 Old Courthouse, Nogales, Az 520-281-8675

Biosphere 2 Center
Oracle Rd., Tucson 800-828-2462

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 East Washington St., Phoenix 602-495-0900

Reid Park Zoo
1100 S. Randolph Way, Tucson 520-791-3204

Discovery Park
1651 Discovery Pk Blvd, Safford 520-428-6260

Arizona State Museum
U Of A Campus, Tucson 520-621-6302

Tucson Children’s Museum
200 S Sixth Ave., Tucson 520-792-9985 Nature & Ecology

Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
University of Arizona, Tucson 520-621-STAR

Rim Country Museum
700 Green Valley Parkway, Payson 928-474-3483

Bird Cage Theatre
6th and Allen, Tombstone 800-457-3423

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
Amado, AZ 85645 520-670-5707

Scottsdale Historical Museum
7333 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale 480-945-4499

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson 520-647-PARK

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum
Bisbee, 520-432-7071

Kitt Peak National Observatories
Hwy 86 Tucson 520-318-8726

Colossal Cave Mountain Park
4660 E. Colossal Cave Rd, Tucson 520-647-7121

Sirrine House
160 North Center, Mesa, 480-644-2760

Pima Air and Space Museum
6000 E. Valencia, Tucson 520-574-0462

Tempe Historical Museum
809 E. Southern Ave. Tempe 480-350-5100 Family Fun

The Douglas-Williams House Museum & Genealogical Library
(Registered National Historic Landmark.) Corner of 10th St and D Ave. Built in 1908 by James Douglas, home of Douglas Historical Society. Open Tues, Wed, Thurs, & Sat from 1pm-4pm. Admission in free, donations accepted.

International Wildlife Museum
4800 W. Gates Pass Rd, Tucson 520-617-1439

InterInterTitan Missile Museum
Duval Mine Rd, Green Valley 520-625-7736

Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, 520-326-9686

Arizona Museum For Youth
35 N. Robson, Mesa 480-644-2468

Graham County Historical Society Museum
Hwy 70 & 4th Ave, Thatcher, 928-348-0470

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McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale 480-312-2312

Muheim Heritage House
207 Youngblood Hill, Bisbee, 520-432-7071

The Phoenix Zoo
455 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 602-273-1341

Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum
136 N. Grand Ave., Nogales, 520-287-4621

Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum
150 N. Railroad Ave., Willcox, 520-384-4583

Wildlife World Zoo
16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park 623-935-WILD Nature & Ecology

San Pedro Valley Arts & Historical Society Museum
180 S. San Pedro, Benson 520-586-3070

Boyce Thompson Arboretum
P.O. Box AB, Superior 520-689-2811

San Xavier del Bac Mission
1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson 520-294-2624

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Deer Valley Rock Center
P.O. Box 41998, Phoenix 623-582-8007

Desert Botanical Gardens
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 602-941-1225

Slaughter Ranch Museum
Original 1880’ Ranch (part of the San Bernardino Spanish land grant of 1730). 15 miles outside of Douglas on Geronimo Trail. Admission Adults $3, Children under 14 free. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am3pm. Closed Mon & Tues, Christmas & New Years., email:

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Head up the Beeline for Gaming on the Rim

Mazatzal Casino

CENTRAL Apache Gold Casino Resort
5 miles E. of Globe, Hwy 70, San Carlos 928- 475-7800, 800-APACHE-8
• Slots: 500 • Other Games: Poker, $50,000 Keno, 200seat Bingo Hall, Blackjack • Eating Places: 1 Liquor: Yes Buffet: yes • Special Features: Best Western Hotel, Stay and Play Packages, 18-hole golf course w/ driving range, golf school, Pro shop. RV Park with full hookups and dump station. Convenience store. All-purpose Outdoor Pavilion.

Paradise Casino
450 Quechan Drive, Yuma 760-572-7777, 888-777-4946 Paradise Casino California Off I-8, Exit 524/ adjacent to AZ casino

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The Mazatzal (MAD’ uh-zell) Casino is a Native American Casino in Payson, Arizona owned by the Tonto Apache Tribe. It is located on the south end of Payson, Arizona, on Highway 87 (Mile Marker 251), also known as the Beeline Highway. The 38,000 square foot casino is situated on tribal land with beautiful views of the Mazatzal Mountains and the Mogollon Rim. Mazatzal Casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with FREE parking no matter what time you come by. In the casino there are over 360 slot, video slot, video poker & video blackjack machines. Many of you will be pleased to know there is a non-smoking slot room. It houses 70 assorted machines. The casino also has 6 blackjack tables open every day with minimum bets starting at $3, as well as games of Seven Card Stud and Texas Hold’em. Mazatzal Casino offers live KENO (win up to $50,000) and 6 BINGO sessions a week (matinee and evening). Mazatzal Casino has 3 restaurants: Apache Spirits (Sports Bar); Cedar Ridge Restaurant (Fine Dining); and

the Cedar Snack Bar. The Cedar Ridge Restaurant seats over 250 serving a big menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll enjoy the tasty food at casino prices. The Apache Spirits Sports Bar features a dance floor and great drink prices with plenty of TVs to catch all major sports, including boxing. Soft drinks inside the gaming rooms are always FREE. Also inside the casino, you’ll find arcade games for children of all ages including a video arcade. Live entertainment is offered on select weekends and holidays. For you rodeo fans, there are exhibitions presented in the spring and fall. Planning an event? There are banquet facilities for up to 200 people. Looking for some nice souvenirs to take with you? The Dream Catcher Gift Shop offers a selection of items and sundries for your convenience. No matter what you may have in mind, Mazatzal Casino offers a bevy of entertainment pleasures. Coming in 2004-2005 a new casino and hotel will provide even more for visitors to Rim Country! For more information about Mazatzal Casino call 928474-604 or toll-free at 1-800-777-PLAY (7529) or visit the website:

Spirit Mountain Casino
8555 South Highway 95, Mohave Valley 928-346-2000, 888-837-4030

NORTHERN Bucky’s Casino & Resort
530 E. Merritt, Prescott 928- 776-1666, 800-SLOTS-44
• Slots: 300 • Other Games: Poker (7 Card Stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha) • Eating Places: 2 Liquor: Yes • Special Features: Next to Prescott Resort Hotel. Free on-site shuttle service. Free busing from Phoenix.

Casino Arizona - 101 & McKellips
524 N. 92nd Street, Scottsdale 480-850-7777, 877-7-24-HOUR

Casino Arizona - 101 & Indian Bend
9700 E. Indian Bend, Scottsdale 480-850-7777, 877-7-24-HOUR

Fort McDowell Casino
Hwy 87 & Ft. McDowell, Fountain Hills 602-837-1424, 800-THE-FORT

Cliff Castle Casino
& The Lodge at Cliff Castle 555 Middle Verde Road, off I-17, Exit 289, Camp Verde 928-567-7900, 800-381-SLOT

Gila River Casino - Vee Quiva
6443 N. Komatke Lane, Laveen 520-796-7777, 800-WIN-GILA

Hon-Dah Casino

Gila River Casino - Wild Horse
5512 W. Wild Horse Pass, Chandler 520-796-7727, 800-WIN-GILA

Gila River Casino - Lone Butte
1200 S. 56th St., Chandler 520-796-7728, 800-WIN-GILA

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Indigenous Peoples of the World Gather in Tucson

Thunder in the Desert 2004
by Halsy-Taylor

Showcase of Native Culture
Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market
The 27th Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market will take place at Steele Indian School Park from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, Dec 13 and Sunday, Dec 14, 2003. Steele Indian School Park is located at the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix. The Market has been named one of the “10 Best Markets in the Nation” according to both Cowboys & Indians and Native Peoples magazines. Over 500 Native American artisans representing more than 60 tribes will be on-site displaying and selling their authentic paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, Kachina dolls and other arts. The event will also feature a variety of food and daily entertainment by Native American performers. Proceeds from the Market help the Pueblo Grande Museum preserve artifacts of an ancient civilization as well as educate the public about these early inhabitants of the Southwest. Admission is $7 for adults; children under 12 are free. There is plenty of free parking. For additional information call 602-495-0901; toll free 1-877-706-4408.

At midnight on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2003, the thunder will once again roll across the Sonoran desert as the indigenous peoples of the world gather in the city of Tucson to celebrate the continuation of their respective cultures and traditions. “THUNDER IN THE DESERT 2004” is the second in a series of four events planned through the year 2012. The entrance into the 21st century was marked by the original millennium celebration, which took place on the brink of Y2K. Over 187 tribal nations from Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and the United States of North America joined together to greet the first sunrise of the new year. People from around the world watched as live television coverage documented the largest native peoples’ gathering ever recorded by the media. The elders and their tribal communities had asked for the historic event to be recreated an additional three times, to fulfill the traditional sacredness that they attribute to the number “four.” The four races of mankind - red, yellow, black, and white from all four directions will share the experience of ten thousand years of cultures joining together in a recommitment to the strength, beauty, and endurance of their traditions and spirituality.

“Thunder in the Desert 2004” will continue through January 11 with all activities taking place at Tucson’s Rillito Raceway Park. The event will feature parades, concerts, equestrian events, and birds of prey, as well as special Dedication Days for elders, veterans, children, and indigenous peoples of the world. Pow-wows will be held throughout the event. A special ceremony launching this year’s celebration culminates in a “Friendship Dance” at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Sponsors and volunteers are welcomed to participate. Many dance groups, musicians, spoken word artists, and handcraft artisans representing numerous tribes are scheduled to be in attendance. Four generations of pipe carvers from Minnesota will be represented. And an “Arrowhead Knap-In” will be conducted by 8 worldrenowned flint knappers. Dance performances will include: Comanche Warrior; Australian Aboriginal; Polynesian; and the Aztec Nu Olin Fire Dancers. Star of Walt Disney’s “Pocahontas” Irene Bedard will make a special appearance. In addition, a traditional Zuni Sunrise Blessing also will be featured. Everyone is welcome to attend this educational and inspiring experience presented from an indigenous point of view. Info: 520-622-4900/

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Don’t Miss This!
JAN 10-11 LITCHFIELD PARK 12th Annual American Express Invitational Native American Arts Festival
Come enjoy a unique opportunity to see, hear and fully experience tribal culture, heritage and art in a beautiful, relaxing outdoor setting in the West Valley. There will be 200 of the nation’s finest Native American artists and award winning musicians and dancers. Performers include flutist R. Carlos Nakai and Brule, a contemporary Native American band. Read the full story on page 6. 623-935-6384

Tips for Purchasing Native American Arts & Crafts
• Buy what you really like. Any piece that is handmade with quality workmanship and materials will always give the owner much enjoyment and personal satisfaction. • Buy from an established dealer or reputable artisan who can provide a guarantee of authenticity and/or respond to questions about the item (how it was made, meaning of symbols, etc.). • Ask the vendor to identify the maker, if at all possible - for example, jewelry will usually have a hallmark. Any other information about tribal origin, probable age of the item, origin of the materials such as turquoise, should be documented at the time of the purchase on the receipt. • Ask the salesperson for certification of authenticity. P.L. 100-644, the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, makes it unlawful to offer or display for sale or sell any good, with or without a Government trademark, in any manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian tribe or Indian arts and craft organization, resident within the United States. Those who are members should be able to produce official tribal documentation acknowledging them as members. Additional Information can be obtained from the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, 4215 Lead S.E. Albuquerque, NM 87108, or the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, Room 4004, Washington, D.C. 20240.

Holiday Bargains in Winslow
Indian Arts & Crafts Christmas Bazaar
Now’s the perfect time to treat yourself or a loved one to a quality piece of Native American art. The Arizona Indian Artists Cooperative in Winslow, Arizona is holding a Christmas Bazaar from Dec 1-19. Authentic traditional and contemporary art is available here for prices below market value! You buy directly from the artists with no middleman to raise the costs. The cooperative has a membership of more than 60 American Indian artists and craftspeople, the majority of whom are from the Hopi and Navajo tribes. They will be offering pottery, hand woven rugs, sandpaintings, beadwork, Kachinas and jewelry worked in silver. On any one day during the Bazaar, 10-15 artists will be present to meet with you, demonstrate their skills and offer a fair price for their art. Traditional Indian food will also be available. The Bazaar takes place at the Winslow Indian Center in the historic Lorenzo Hubbell Co. Trading Post, 523 West 2nd Street, from 9am - 8pm Monday through Friday for 3 weeks. Bring along your holiday shopping list! If you miss the Christmas Bazaar,
Pick up your copy of Az Tourist News at many Village Inn Restaurants statewide.

don’t worry... the Co-op gift shop and gallery is open year round. The Arizona Indian Artists Cooperative provides a valuable service to its members by enabling them to receive a greater share of the profits for their work. In the US the American Indian art industry surpasses $1.5 billion a year but generally only a small percentage of these sales makes its way back into the pockets of the artists. For more information about the Christmas Bazaar or the Artists Cooperative call 928-289-3986.

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Native American Tribal Attractions
1. Kaibab-Paiute Tribe 350 miles north of Phoenix on Highway 389 and 14 miles west of Fredonia • Pipe Spring National Monument • Full hook-up RV & General Store • Museum (Arts and Crafts) • Grand Canyon-North Rim • Cedar Breaks National Monument • Hiking & hunting • Coral Pink Sand Dunes • Zion & Bryce Canyon National Park Fredonia, Arizona 86022 Phone 928-643-7245 2. Hualapai Nation 250 miles northwest of Phoenix on Route 66 and west of Grand Canyon National Park • Grand Canyon West • Trophy Elk • Desert Big Horn Sheep • White water rafting Peach Spring, Arizona 86434 Phone 888-255-9550 928-769-2216 (Tribal Council)





12. Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation 23 miles east of Phoenix on Highway 87 Verde River Water Recreation • Fort McDowell Casino • We-Ko-Pa Golf Club and Course • Fort McDowell Adventures Fountain Hills, Arizona 85269, Phone 480-837-5121 13. White Mountain Apache Tribe Approximately 4 hours from Phoenix and 46 miles south of Show Low on Highway 73 • Sunrise Ski Resort • Fort Apache Cultural Museum • Hunting • Hon-Dah Resort-Casino Conference Center • Fishing & Camping Ft. Apache, Arizona 85926 Phone 928-338-1230


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• Navajo fairs, rodeos & pow-wows Window Rock, Arizona 86515 Phone 928-871-6436 6. Hopi Tribe 250 miles northeast of Phoenix on Highway 264 and 67 miles north of Winslow • Stone Pueblos Villages • Ancient ceremonial dances • Cultural Center • Arts & Crafts Guild • Walpi Village Tour • Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant & Inn Second Mesa, Arizona 86043 Phone 520-734-2401 (Cultural Center) 928-734-2441 7. Fort Mojave Indian Tribe 236 miles northwest of Phoenix and located along the Colorado River near Needles, CA on Highway 95 and interstate 40 • River recreation • Avi Casino • Golf, Ghost towns • Spirit Mountain Casino • Hikin & rock hounding • Winter National Sand Drag Races Needles, California 92363 Phone 760-629-4591 8. Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe 102 miles northwest of Phoenix and adjacent to the City of Prescott on Highway 69 • Bucky’s Casino • Frontier Village Mall • Historic Prescott • Fishing, camping, hunting Prescott, Arizona 86301 Phone 928-445-8790 9. Yavapai-Apache Nation Tourism 95 miles north of Phoenix off of Interstate 17 at Camp Verde • Cliff Castle Casino • Montezuma Castle National Monument • Native Visions horseback riding, van tours, & gift shop • Montezuma Wells and Tuzigoot National Monuments Camp Verde, Arizona 86322 Phone 928-567-3035 10. Tonto Apache Tribe 93 miles north of Phoenix and adjacent to Payson on Highway 87 • Mazatzal Casino • Winter recreation • Mogollon Rim • Tonto Natural Bridge Payson, Arizona 85541 Phone 928-474-5000 11. Colorado River Indian Tribes 189 miles west of Phoenix and along the AZ-CA border at Parker on Highway 95 • Lake Moovaly • Poston Memorial Monument • Aha’Khav Tribal Preserve • Hunting & Fishing • Colorado River Tribe Museum • Blue Water Casino Parker, Arizona 85344 Phone 928-669-9211 ext. 1324


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3. Havasupai Tribe 310 miles northwest of Phoenix off Route 66 at the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park • Pools of turquoise water • Spectacular waterfalls • Camping & hiking Supai, Arizona 86435 Phone: 520-448-2237/2141 (camping) 928-448-2111 (lodge) 4. San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe 200 miles north of Phoenix at Willow Springs and Paiute Canyon/Navajo Mountain • Paiute Canyon native basket weaving Tuba City, Arizona 86045 Phone 928-283-4589/4587 5. Navajo Nation 260 miles northeast of Phoenix, located in northern Arizona, New Mexico, & Utah - in Coconino, Navajo, & Apache Counties, Az • Monument Valley • St. Michael’s Historic Museum • Canyon De Chelly • Hubell Trading Post • Four Comers National Monument • Navajo Museum, Library, Visitor’s Center • Ten Recreational Lakes • Window Rock & Shiprock natural formations

14. San Carlos Apache Tribe 115 miles northeast of Phoenix and east of Globe on Highway 60 • Hunting & Fishing • San Carlos Lake • Apache Gold Casino • San Carlos Apache Cultural Center • Salt River Canyon San Carlos, Arizona 85550 Phone 888-275-2653 15. Gila River Indian Community 40 miles south of Phoenix off interstate 10 Gila River Heritage Theme Park • Wild Horse Pass Casino • Vee Quiva Casino • Japanese Internment Camp • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Sacaton, Arizona 85247 Phone 928-562-6000 16. Ak-Chin Indian Community 58 miles south of Phoenix on Highway 347 • Him-Dak Museum • Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino • Casa Grande Ruins Monument • Farming, Basketry • St Francis Church Feast Maricopa, Arizona 85239 Phone 928-568-2227 17. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 10 miles east of Phoenix and adjacent to Scottsdale • Hoo-Hoogamiki Museum • Talking Stick Golf Course • Pavilions Shopping Center • Cypress Golf Course • Casino Arizona at Salt River Scottsdale, Arizona 85256 Phone 480-850-8000

18. Cocopah Indian Tribe 211 miles southwest of Phoenix and 13 miles south of Yuma on Highway 95 • Tribal Museum • Cocopah Indian Casino • 18 hole golf course with swimming pool & tennis courts • Tribal cultural Center • Full hook-up RV Park • Agriculture Somerton, Arizona 85350 Phone 928-627-2102


19. Fort Yuma Quechan Tribal Council 185 miles southwest of Phoenix, Adjacent to Yuma off interstate 8 and located along the AZ-CA border • Historic Fort Yuma • Paradise Casino • Fort Yuma Museum (Arts & Crafts) • Water recreation • RV Parks, Fishing, camping & hunting • Port-of-Entry (U.S. & Mexico) Yuma, Arizona 85366 Phone 760-572-0213/0214 20. Tohono O’Odham Nation 136 miles south of Phoenix, 58 miles west of Tucson on Highway 86 and near the U.S. & Mexico border • San Xavier Mission Del Bac • Desert Diamond Casino • Baboquivari Mountain Park • Kitt Peak Observatory Sells, Arizona 85634 Phone 520-383-2221 ext. 285 21. Pascua Yaqui Tribe 135 miles south of Phoenix and 15 miles west of Tucson off of Interstate 19 • Casino of the Sun • Mt. Lemmon • Old Tucson Studio • Saguaro National Monument • Santa Catalina Mountain • Sonoran Desert Museum Tucson, Arizona 85746 Phone 800-572-7282 or 520-883-5000




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Santa Fe, the “City Different”
A Potpourri of Attractions to Sample
Santa Fe, NM is located at 7000 feet and is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Known as the “City Different,” Santa Fe is America’s oldest capital city, founded in 1607 by Spanish explorers. Recognized internationally for its contemporary sophistication, unsurpassed ambiance and wealth of activities and attractions, Santa Fe provides a desirable location for conventions, conferences or just your next vacation. Year round activities in the area include skiing, camping, hiking, golfing and much more. The Santa Fe Southern Railway is a real hit for people of all ages. The train is 120 years old and offers tours from Santa Fe to Lamy through the countryside. The train depot is located downtown and has day trips, cocktail trains, BBQ trains and also special event rides. The Scenic Day Train rides are offered Nov-March. 888989-8600 Known for its variety of tours, the Santa Fe Guiding Company, LLC provides cultural & historical tours, multi-day wilderness adventures, custom fishing adventures, ecological tours, and winter skiing tours. 505-466-7964. Another great tour company is Far Flung Adventures, which offers rafting and kayaking adventures ranging from 2-hour tours to multiday wilderness experiences - not only in New Mexico but also Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Mexico. 505-758-2628 There are 6 wonderful public golf courses in the area. The Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe Golf Complex provides 18-and-19-hole golf courses and is open 7am-sunset, year-round (weather permitting). The Santa Fe Country Club, founded in 1946, and is a wide-open, 18hole, par 72 course. Also of great interest to most of the visitors to the area are the wealth of Museums to visit. Santa Fe is home to the famous Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, the most visited museum in the state. Through January 25, 2004 the museum is proud to host the works of Alfred Stieglitz, who was a photographer and champion of the art for 50 years in the 1880’s. 505-946-1000 The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum boasts contemporary Native American arts and features a store and café. 505-983-1222. The Awakening Museum is the permanent home of Jean-Claude Gaugy’s monuments, a work of art composed of over 400 wood panels, carved and painted by this international artist over a 15-year period to express his love of God it has been called the modern Sistine Chapel. 505-989-7636 As you can see Santa Fe is home to something for everyone. This is just a small view of what the “City Different” has to offer. For more information contact the Santa Fe C of C at 800-777-2489.

Our Special Getaway
Durango, Colorado Was Just the Ticket
by Andrea Buehner We wanted to take a special getaway trip for my husband’s birthday and WRITER decided on Durango, Colorado. We were not disappointed. Durango has something to offer everyone all year round. The city’s heritage first began with the ancient Puebloans. The surrounding areas retain the flavor of the Spanish explorers and the miners who followed. Today Durango’s riches are in the opportunities to experience its history, unique shopping and varied recreation activities. We stayed at The Lodge of Tamarron. This destination resort has 11 types of lodging varying in size from 500-1500 square feet along their acclaimed golf course on 800 acres. These ownership units with views of the golf course or the San Juan Mountains can accommodate 4-12 persons by using adjoining suites and lofts. Some of these luxuriously appointed condos have fireplaces, lofts and balconies. In addition to the Main Lodge, there are 3 separate residence and rentals areas adjacent to “one of the top 50 resort golf courses in the country”. (Golf Digest) Book your reservations at 800-678-1000. There is no shortage of dining in Durango. Locals recommended the Steam Works Brewing Company at 801 East Second Avenue. The building once housed the Pittman Motor Company. This unique microbrewery offers a wide selection of seasonal beer offerings. The large bar area has a beer sampler set (6 styles for $6.95), lagers, ales, bocks, stouts and other brews. Another dining highlight of the trip was Augie’s, located at Tamarron. It is the only restaurant in Durango that offers prime quality beef (the highest quality and only available in the most prestigious restaurants). The servings at Augie’s are generous and served on tables with linen and candles, a very special place to dine. The restaurant has an extensive wine list to accompany their varied menu. House specialties include prime steaks, chicken, seafood, pork chops, lamb, and elk. Augie’s offers a nice dessert menu along with liqueurs and desert wines to end your exquisite meal. Tamarron offers casual meals in the Antlers Bar & Grill. It serves soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees. It has a large balcony for summer dining. The restaurant area at the resort has five fireplaces, which are nice to sit by and enjoy a drink. There is a well stocked bar with views of the San Juan Mountains. The resort also has an Emergency Coffee Café that offers fresh baked pastries, breakfast items, lattes, pizza, sandwiches, and deli fare so you do not have to leave the grounds for anything... story continued online.

BIO: Andrea Buehner was a traveling auditor and accountant who retired to Arizona in 2000 but never gave up her love of the road. She and her husband have traveled extensively in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean, New Mexico, England and Europe.

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Telluride - Pet Friendly Town
Telluride, Colorado... A land where people and their pets come to play! Telluride paves the way for pet friendly destinations. From “pet pickup” boxes filled with plastic “pooper scooper” bags strategically positioned throughout the town, to “puppy parking”, to milk bones at checkin; you’ll find pets and people conveniently coexist in this quaint Mountain town. Pets even have designated cars on the free gondola that connects the historic town of Telluride with the town of

Mountain Village. To ensure you and your pet receive the royal treatment, stay at the Mountain Lodge at Telluride - where pets receive a complimentary Telluride Frisbee, Evian Water, and Gourmet Pet Treats at check in. The Mountain Lodge at Telluride provides rustic elegance in slope-side accommodations featuring lodge rooms, condominiums and luxurious cabins. For more information visit or call 866-368-6867.

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Birdwatching in Graham County
Brochure Features Map and Checklist
Graham County features habitats ranging from Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts to sprucefir forests and elevations from 2,400 to 10,720 feet. Numerous lakes and ponds as well as miles of rivers and streams provide excellent riparian areas for the native and visiting winged creatures. Because of its location less than 100 miles from the border with Mexico, the area attracts many migratory birds from Central and South America. The combination of habitats and locations results in a great diversity of birds - everything from American Avocets to Zone-tailed Hawks can be found. The region has the highest breeding species count in recent Arizona Breeding Bird Atlas studies. A recently published free brochure listing the more than 300 species of birds that have been seen and recorded in southeastern Arizona’s Graham County is now available on the internet. The color brochure can be viewed and downloaded at, the tourism information site for the Graham County Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Safford, Az. The brochure contains a checklist of the birds found in the area and is coded to show the seasonal occurrence of each species as well as its abundance in its preferred habitat. The brochure also includes a map and descriptions of eight major birding habitat areas within the 3 million acres of Graham County: Cluff Ranch, Discovery Park, Haekel Road and Ponds, Aravaipa Canyon and Turkey Creek, Bonita Creek, Gila River, Roper Lake State Park and Dankworth Pond and the Swift Trail up Mt. Graham. For further information about birding as well as other area attractions, upcoming seasonal events and the variety of accommodations available for visitors, call the Graham County Chamber of Commerce at 928-428-2511 or toll free at 888-837-1841.

Stargazing with Binoculars

by Charlis McVey

Useful Birding Contacts
The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, 520-432-1388 Huachuca Audubon Society P.O. Box 63, Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 Tricia Gerrodette, President Maricopa Audubon Society, 480-968-5614 Laurie Nessel Northern Arizona Audubon Society, 928-639-0491 Herb Henderson, President Prescott Audubon Society,, P.O. Box 4156, Prescott, AZ 86302, Jim Morgan, President Sonoran Audubon Society P.O. Box 8068, Glendale, AZ 85312 Chuck Kangas, President Tucson Audubon Society 300 East University Blvd. #120, Tucson, AZ 85705, 520-628-1730, Sonja Macys, Executive Director, Roger Wolf, President White Mountain Audubon Society 928-367 - 2462 Mary Ellen Bittorf, President Yuma County Audubon Society P.O. Box 6395, Yuma, AZ 85366-6395 John King or Cary Meister

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It might surprise you to learn that you don’t need a telescope in order to explore the wonders of the night sky... at least, not initially. Of course, there are many deep sky objects that can only be seen through a telescope, but binoculars are ideal for learning your way around as you take your first steps in astronomy. By encouraging a wide view rather than a narrow focus on individual objects, binoculars help you make sense of the seemingly impossible jumble of stars, until soon the constellations become familiar signposts and navigational aides. It was by using binoculars that I first began to glimpse the fascination of exploring the stars. What was just a fairly uninteresting and dull - to my mind patch of sky exploded into brilliance when I looked at it through binoculars. I was amazed at what I could see! An incredible number of stars suddenly filled the sky. You can also see craters, seas and mountains on the Moon. Even more impressive, I discovered that nebulae and galaxies are actually visible without a telescope! One of the wondrous objects of the winter sky is the Orion Nebula. The constellation of Orion is prominent in the eastern sky in the evening, and the 3 stars that comprise his “sword” are easy to spot. However, the middle “star” is actually not a star at all, but a gaseous “star factory,” a nebula. Binoculars will clearly reveal thousands of newly born stars and the remnants of their birth.

How to get started with binocular astronomy? Binoculars come in many styles, sizes, powers, field widths and prices. Your local astronomy shop will not only have a suitable selection but will often let you “test drive” prospective binoculars. Considerations include image quality, field of view and power of magnification. Stars should be clear and sharply defined with both barrels perfectly aligned so that you see a single bright image with no overlapping. Some binoculars come with an extra wide field of view; these are excellent for constellation hunting, as the whole pattern of stars can be seen at once. In choosing the power of magnification it’s important to remember that the higher the power, the more difficult it is to hold the binoculars steady against the natural tremor of your hands or gusts of wind. A magnification of 7x or 8x is easily managed. Binoculars can come as high 25x; anything over 10x should be set upon a tripod. Armed with your binoculars, you are now set to learn your way around the night sky. Kitt Peak Observatory southeast of Tucson offers a Nightly Observing Program that provides a great orientation as well as viewing many exciting objects through the 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff also provides stargazing workshops. So, what are you waiting for? Grab those binoculars and head outside to enjoy the beautiful winter sky.

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Special Astronomy Events
Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff
• DEC 5-20 Holiday Star Fest Dec. 5 & 6, 13, and 19 & 20. Discuss the mythology & science of the winter sky, incl. a discussion of the Star of Bethlehem, 7:30p. • DEC 12 Geminid Meteor Shower Programs focus on meteor showers like the upcoming Geminids, open 7:30p. • DEC 28 Holiday Star Fest Celebrate the holidays at this special event featuring numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the campus, 7:30p. Adm: $4 adults; college students, srs, AAA mem. $3.50; ages 5-17 $2. See ad on page 11 for a 2-FOR-1 discount coupon. 928-774-3358

Junk Bond Observatory, Hereford (near Sierra Vista)
DEC 13 Huachuca Astronomy Club Public Star Party View through member’s telescopes (large and small) or bring your own. Great for families. 7p weather permitting. 520-366-5788

Tours • Seminars • Trade Fair •
For reservations and information contact: Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture

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Annual Birdwatching Events
JAN WILLCOX Wings Over Willcox, 800-200-2272 MAR SUPERIOR Welcome Back Buzzards htp://, 520-689-2811 APRIL TUCSON Hummingbird Festival 800-529-3699 APRIL YUMA Yuma Birding & Nature Festival, 800-293-0071, 928-376-0100 APRIL COTTONWOOD Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, 928-634-8437 MAY BISBEE Fiesta De Las Aves 520-432-1388 AUG BISBEE Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival, 520-378-0233 SEP SUPERIOR Bye-Bye Buzzards, 520-689-2811


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Sea and Sun in Rocky Point and San Carlos
Just a few hours south of the Arizona border lies the sandy beaches of Puerto Peñasco and San Carlos. Treat yourself to a getaway of sun and sand while indulging in everything that Mexico has to offer: Relaxing resorts, water sports, warm sun and good times. Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) is located on the Sea of Cortez about 65 miles south of the U.S. border. This once sleepy fishing village is quickly developing into a tourist hot spot suited to every budget with gorgeous vacation rentals, high-end resorts, an active nightlife, clear waters and wonderful weather. Puerto Peñasco is a scenic, fourhour drive from both Phoenix and Tucson. The area is known for its giant shrimp, fresh seafood and white sand beaches. San Carlos, located on the Sea of Cortez, is a lovely Mexican resort community near Guaymas, Sonora and offers something to appeal to everyone. Numerous restaurants featuring seafood, Sonoran beef, Mexican dishes and American cuisine are located throughout the town. Prime real estate is available for sale and there are motels, hotels, RV Parks, condominiums and private home rentals to fit every group and budget. For water sports enthusiasts there are beautiful sand beaches, spectacular

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Mexico Facts
General The capital of the country is Mexico City with a population of about 20 million, making it one of the world’s most populated cities. The population of Mexico as a whole is about 95 million. Mexico covers an area of about 760,000 sq. miles, making it about three times the size of Texas. Mexico has a democratic form of government with a president, a bicameral legislature, and an independent judicial system. The country is politically subdivided into 31 states and one federal district. Currency Mexico’s official legal currency is the peso. U.S. dollars and other foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks and currency exchange offices (casas de cambio) which may remain open after the banks close, especially in tourist areas. Many larger hotels offer money exchange, but the rate is often less favorable than that offered by banks. It is also possible to obtain pesos through ATM machines. Payments by credit cards or travelers checks are widely accepted throughout Mexico. Tipping Generally, tipping for services is about 15%. It is customary to tip a gas station attendant. Usually, you are not expected to tip a cab driver. Tip the hotel service people (maids, bellhops, waiters, concierges) what you normally would when traveling elsewhere. Legal Drinking Age The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18. Grocery stores sell beer, wine and liquors. Many of these stores are open 24 hours a day. Taxes Mexico imposes a 15% IVA (valueadded) sales tax on most goods and services consumed in Mexico. In most cases the tax is included in the posted price. Mexico also imposes a departure tax of about $11.50 U.S. on every visitor leaving the country. Time Zone Most of Mexico is on Central Standard Time. The states of Sonora, Sinaloa, and parts of Nayarit are on Mountain Standard Time, while the state of Baja California Norte is on Pacific Time. Mexico observes daylight saving time.

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kayaking, snorkeling, diving and offshore fishing. Those with boats will find marinas with ample facilities for repairs, dry storage, or slip rental at reasonable rates as well as launch ramps and fuel docks. San Carlos also offers an 18-hole championship golf course, bowling and shopping galore. San Carlos is only 250 miles from the Arizona/Mexico border on Hwy 15, a four-lane divided highway. For more information, call the Sonora Tourist Center 520-784-0551 or 1-800-4SONORA. Some things you’ll need to know: • Auto Insurance: Mexican Auto Insurance is required by law. U.S. Insurance Policies are not recognized in Mexico. • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Residency: It is strongly recommended that you bring proof of Citizenship with you to make border crossing easier. This includes a passport, birth certificate or voter registration card. A driving license or ID card is NOT sufficient proof of citizenship.

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Average Air Temperatures San Carlos, Mexico
January ........................70° February .....................70° March ..........................75° April ............................80° May ..............................85° June .............................90° July ...............................95° August .......................100° September ................105° October ......................90° November ..................80° December ...................70°

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SOUTHERN White Stallion Ranch 9251 W. Twin Peaks Rd., Tucson 888-977-2624

COLORADO RIVER REGION Stagecoach Trails Guest Ranch 19985 S. Doc Holliday Rd, Yucca 866-444-4471

Ranches Aren’t Just for the Dudes
“Women Only” Retreats and Stays

• Open Sept 1 thru May 31 • Accommodations for 70 people • Heated pool, hot tub, petting zoo, full bar, billiards. • Varied horseback riding excursions for different levels of experience, team cattle penning, rodeos, cookouts, barbeques, hayrides, tennis, evening entertainment.

• 10 rooms • Swimming pool, Daily maid service, general store, basketball hoop, pool table, horseshoe pit, hot tub, tack room, completely handicapped accessible. • Guided hikes, Hayrides, Specialty rides., Stables, Horse arena, Go karts.

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Lazy K Bar Ranch 8401 N. Scenic Dr., Tucson 800-321-7018

FOUR CORNERS REGION La Garita Creek Ranch 38145 County Road 39 Del Norte, CO 81132 888-838-3833

• 24 Casitas , Open year round • Heated pool, horseback riding (instruction avail.), rappelling, cookouts, hayrides, dancing, nature programs.

Grapevine Canyon Ranch P. O. Box 302, Pearce Reservations: 800-245-9202

• Open year round • 11 rooms • Swimming pool, Hot tub, Recreation room, Meeting space, Daily maid service, Bar, Gift shop, Laundry facility. • Cookouts, Guided hikes, Fishing, Sightseeing tours, Riding lessons, Cattle roundups • Cattle/ranch work, Specialty rides/trips.

• Accommodations for 40 people • Western riding lessons, trail rides, arena games (i.e. team cattle penning), hiking, mountain biking, fishing, volleyball, ping pong, horseshoes, archery, target & skeet shooting, hot air ballooning, swimming pool, sauna, outdoor hot tub, horse drawn hay rides, country western dancing, story telling, cowboy music, children’s programs (2000 Parent’s Magazine top as a "Top Ten Resort to Take Your Family" • Off-site activities: White water rafting, technical rock climbing, golfing.

Rex Ranch P.O. Box 636, Amado Reservations: 520-398-2914

• 30 rooms , Open year round • Historic casitas, unheated pool, hot tub, 2 page spa treatment menu, conference rooms, special events facilities. • Horseback riding, restaurant (open for dinner Wed-Sun by reservation), mountain bike rentals, hiking & biking trails.

Chico Basin Ranch 22500 Peyton Hwy. South Colorado Springs, CO 80928 719-683-7960

Muleshoe Ranch RRI, Box 1542, Willcox 520-586-7072

• Accommodations for 2 families or equivalent, Open Year round • Emphasis on learning about herding, raising cattle, natural horsemanship, cowboy traditions, range management, and wildlife. • Horseback riding, branding, weaning and shipping calves, fishing, swimming, hay rides, birdwatching, fossil & arrowhead hunting, canoeing, archery & rifle range.

• 5 rooms • Guided nature trails, birding, "cowboy" hot tubs.

Circle Z Ranch P.O. Box 194 Patagonia 888-854-2525

Wind Walker Guest Ranch 11550 Pigeon Hollow Rd Spring City, UT 84662 888-606-9463

In my never ending quest to find new and/or exciting things happening in the world of Guest and Dude Ranches, I came across several who offer women’s weeks. Most ranches get a high number of single female visitors on a regular basis due to the fact that each ranch makes efforts to have all of their guests, regardless of age or sex, feel included and comfortable in participating in the many activities they offer. The following, however, are ranches who offer SPECIFIC, female-only retreats where women can come and meet other women from all over the world and get a chance to dabble in the rancher’s way of life or just relax. The Kay El Bar Guest Ranch has two upcoming Women’s Weeks; January 11-18th and February 1st-8th. The week includes personalized horseback riding instruction for all guests, entertainment by local singers, poets and authors, cattle sorting, ground work catching, grooming, and tacking horse, home-cooked meals, cookouts, desert brunch, and lunch on the trail. The Kay El is known for its charm, history and small friendly atmosphere. 928-684-7593 Nestled amongst beautiful trails and wonderful streams, the 4UR Ranch in Creede, Colorado, is not only known for the fly fishing you can do in those streams, but also for the natural hot

springs and majestic views. The ranch offers instruction and guided fly fishing trips, horseback riding, hiking, rafting, clays course, horse drawn surrey and hayrides, heated pool, sauna and more! In early June the 4UR offers “Women’s Fly Fishing Week” where women can come and get their own training and tours away from the men. Imagine that - fishing without a man around! 719-6582202 Your mouth will water over the Dutch oven cooking AND the majestic views when you come for the Wind Walker Guest Ranch’s “Women’s Rejuvenation & Retreat Weekend” in Spring City, UT. The next retreat will be March 19th - 21st and gives women the chance to “rejoice with your own spiritual essence again.” The weekend includes meditation, a sweat lodge, massage, your choice of a facial or hot stone massage treatment, Tai Chi each morning, horseback riding, a wagon ride to the sacred ground, the chance to create your own intention bundle, free time (the ranch has many other things you can do, or not do), and entertainment. 888-606-9463 One of the greatest things about these weeks isn’t just the fact that women get a chance to relax and reconnect themselves with nature, but these getaways are all inclusive - meals, lodging, etc. - and very reasonably priced. The ones at the ranches mentioned in this story are priced $395 and up.

• Accommodations for 40 people • Ranch-bred horses for all levels of riding experience, riding twice daily on 6100 acres, trailer rides, lunch & breakfast rides, team penning & games on horseback, hayrides, bonfires, bird ing, tennis hiking, heated pool.

Sunglow Ranch 14066 South Sunglow Rd, Pearce 520-824-3334

• 9 rooms • Casitas, Cafe, Full meal service. • Stargazing, Birding, Hiking, Biking.

• Accommodations for 36 people, Open year round • Horseback riding instruction, daily rides, grooming & saddling lessons, wagon rides, roping lessons, rounds ups, archery, horse shoes, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, jogging, bird watching, snow-mobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, swimming pool, hot tub, Tai Chi, meditation, stretching, breathing & relaxation classes, drumming, day trips to the parks of Utah. • Evening activities include billiards, karoke, music, dancing, entertainment.

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An Exercise in R & R

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CENTRAL Bumble Bee Ranch HC34 Box 5075 Mayer, AZ 86333 Reservations: 623-374-0002

You are what you experience…

• Open year round, Tues-Sun • 2 guest houses that sleep 10 plus campgrounds • Weddings, Special events, corporate & private programs, retreats, Catering Department, live entertainment & Native American Dancers for Group Events • Cattle drives, horseback riding, Hummer tours, ATV adventures, target shooting, helicopter tours, gold panning, nature hikes.

NORTHERN 26 Bar Ranch 26 Bar Ranch Rd., Eager 928-333-2102

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Welcome to the Wind Walker Guest Ranch, located in beautiful Spring City, Utah, where you will be subject to beautiful vistas, top of the line accommodations with all the extras, mouth-watering cooking and a personal, hospitable staff. Now this is a way to enjoy life! All of the guest quarters provide seclusion and wonderful views while still granting accessibility to the ranch amenities and activities. The Ranch offers 1bedroom units with sitting area and bath, 2-bedroom units with kitchenette and living room, 3 bathrooms one with a jetted tub, and single room units with bath, all beautifully decorated and designed for optimum comfort. Wind Walker also offers their guests a wide variety of activities including sport activities such as horseback riding and instruction, round-ups, archery, fishing, cross country skiing - and relaxation “activities” such as Tai Chi, meditation, relaxation courses, bird watching, and more. The Ranch provides a recreation hall with puzzles, pool, ping pong and

karaoke and also a swimming pool and hot tub. Evenings are filled with campfires, music, dancing and entertainment, and each day is full of fabulous things to eat. Chefs prepare all three meals a day accented with fresh baked bread, fruits and desserts. There are also outdoor grill buffets and mouth - watering Dutch oven cooking. In other words, the wonderful meals equal the grandeur of the scenery. Wind Walker Guest Ranch also offers children’s programs that vary according to the group, with an effort made to tailor the activities to each child and the desires of the group and to incorporate outdoor sporting activities and games that help children learn. Open year round, Wind Walker is located 107 miles from Salt Lake City, with Salt Lake International Airport only 90 minutes away; the Ranch offers shuttle service for an additional fee. Depending on season, length of stay and ages of the group, rates range from $250 to $1384 and include meals and activities - you not only get a great experience, but a great rate as well! For more information please call 888-606-9463.

• Cottage, Suites & Rooms Available • Horseback riding/instruction, hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing.

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Apache Junction Apache Gardens Home Communities 1617 N. Ironwood Dr., 480-288-0311, 105 spaces. Pets allowed. CATV Cherokee Village 205 40 E. Apache Trail, 480-986-4132, 97 sites. Pets allowed. Cable TV, Internet hookup, rec hall, game room, restrooms, showers, laundry, handicapped access, LP gas. Age restrictions Country Villa Home Community 2325 W. Virginia, 480-982-2521, 70 spaces. Age restrictions, pets allowed. LP gas, showers, restrooms, laundry, rec hall, game room, handicap access, heated pool, horseshoe court. Gold Canyon RV and Golf 7151 E. US Highway 60 480-982-5800, 877-465-3226 754 RV sites, full hookups. Age restrictions, electric, water and sewer hookups, laundry, snack bar, pets OK, CATV, wireless internet available. LP gas, instant phone hook-up, internet, game room, billiard room, recreation hall, classrooms, swimming, handi-access, organized activities, computer lab, modem friendly, restroom, showers, sauna, & steam room. Plus, 9 hole Golf Course & Golf shop. Melrose Home Community 355 N. Delaware Dr., 480-982-2521, 25 spaces. Age restrictions, pets allowed. LP gas, handicap access, restrooms, showers, laundry, internet hook-up, game room, rec hall. Sundowner Home Community 105 N. Delaware Dr., 480-982-2521, 114 spaces. Age restrictions, pets allowed. LP gas, showers, restrooms, laundry, handicap access, CATV, game room, rec hall, heated pool, horseshoe court, shuffleboard. Sunrise RV Resort 1403 W Broadway Ave, 480-983-2500 877-633-3133, 501 RV spaces, full hookups. Age restrictions. Full hookup units only - 24 ft. length unit minimum. Modem hookup. Laundry, exercise room, library, woodshop, billiard room, game & craft room. Tennis, shuffleboard and pickleball courts. Recreation hall. Planned activities. Heated pool and hot tub. Pets allowed in pet area.

Wickiup Home Community 2015 E. Old West Hwy, 480-982-6604, 111 spaces. Age restrictions, pets allowed. LP gas, handicap access, showers, restrooms, laundry, internet hook-up, game room, pool tables, bingo, cards, rec hall, shuffleboard, planned activities, beautiful view of the mountains. Casa Grande Casita Verde 2200 N. Trekell Rd., 520-836-9031 192 spaces. Pets allowed. Age restriction. Cable TV, LP gas, showers, handicapped accessible, dump station, internet hook up, restrooms, pool, game room, laundry and rec room. Activity director on property and park model rentals available. Fiesta Grande-An RV Resort 1511 E. Florence Blvd 520-836-7222, 888-934-3782 767 sites. Age and pet restrictions, no tents. Patios, full hookups, city water, modem hu/site. Wireless internet access. Restrooms, showers, laundry. Heated pool, spa, adults room, shuffleboard, horseshoes, security, public phone, rec hall, game room, planned activities. Park model rentals and sales. Foothills West RV Resort 19501 W. Hopi Drive, 520-836-2531 192 sites, full hookups. Laundromat, public phone, On-line access, water and pop machine, individual computer tutoring, outdoor heated pool and spa, shuffleboard, bingo, card games, horseshoes, bocce ball and putting green. Wireless internet access available. Palm Creek Golf & Resort 1110 N. Hennes Blvd 520-421-7000, 800-421-7004 1600 RV sites, active adult (55+), luxury resort. All amenities - 18 hole golf course, pro shop, headed pool, spa, clubhouse, baseball diamond, rec hall, lawn bowling, 8 tennis courts, shuffleboard, billiards, exercise room, game room, crafts rooms, computer center, wireless internet access, planned activities. Gravel sites, patios, full hookups (30/50 amps), city water, CATV, laundry, 24 hour security. Sunscape Resort 1083 E. Sunscape Way 520-723-9533, 866-678-6722 Full hookups, large lots, heated pool/spa, no age restrictions, all amenities and activities, handicapped access, restrooms and showers, pets allowed with restrictions, laundry.

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Caravan Oasis or Las Quintas Oasis RV Parks
We are certain that Caravan Oasis RV Park or Las Quintas Oasis RV Park will make your RV experience the wonderful pleasure it should be. We offer all the advantages of a large park while maintaining an atmosphere which promotes the comfort and well being of all our guests. Make new friends playing bingo or cards in one of our gaming rooms, or better yet, experience a Yuma starlit night enjoying a barbecue under one of our bougainvillea laced gazebos. We want you happy, content and comfortable... Our 3 full-sized pools and whirlpools, shuffleboard courts and horseshoe pits will no doubt fill your days. Our social directors promise to fill your nights with sing-a-longs, cabarets and dances held in our 5,000 square foot recreation hall. We will highlight your season here with our Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts put on by the park and shared families and friends. We also have a large community kitchen. We, of course, offer the necessary amenities to insure your comfort, including 4 fully equipped laundry facilities, full mail service, shower facilities, high speed wireless internet connection, and a complete satellite television hookup for all you movie and soap fans out there. Close proximity to convenient stores... Shopping and dining facilities are all within walking distance from both locations. Downtown Yuma is a short distance away, where a multitude of historic and cultural activities await you. Located in the Southwest Corner of Arizona, Yuma is blessed with an average of 360 days of sunshine each year! The Arizona sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, even breathtaking. And, our winter climate is perfect for our wonderful visitors. Unlimited concern for our guests... Our management and staff care about your comfort. We will make your park experience memorable, not only by offering fine service, but also by creating an atmosphere where friendships abound. Please join us, and let Caravan Oasis RV Park or Las Quintas RV Park entertain you in “your home away from home.” For more information, please call 800-342-1480, or visit

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El Mirage Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort 11201 N. El Mirage Rd. 623-583-0464, 800-445-4115 1075 site. Full hookups. 95 mobile home sites. In-park manager, social director, elegant club house with lounge, library and billiards, 18 hole Fuzzy Zoeler championship golf course, driving range and putting green, rec center, 2 jacuzzis and 2 saunas, large swimming pool, lawn bowling green, tennis and shuffleboard. Mesa Ambassador Downs 2345 E. Main St., 480-964-8315, 167 spaces. Cable TV, rec hall, game room, laundry, restrooms, showers, LP gas, handicapped access. Age and pet restrictions. Deserama Mobile Ranch 2434 E. Main St., 480-964-8850, 140 spaces. Age restrictions. Showers, restrooms, laundry, handicap access, game room, rec hall, heated pool, hot tub, shuffleboard. Good Life RV Resort 3403 E. Main St., 480-832-4990 800-999-4990, 1163 RV sites, age restrictions, pet restrictions, 24 rental units, patios, full hookups, city water and sewage, cable TV available, restrooms, showers, public phone, laundry, security. 2 heated pools and spas, shuffleboard, horseshoes, putting green, tennis courts, rec hall, computer lab, health club, silversmith and ceramics, library, pool hall, weekly entertainment and dances. Post office on site.

Park Place Community Resort 306 S. Recker Rd., 480-830-1080, 287 spaces. Pets allowed, age restriction, LP gas, showers, restrooms, game room, laundry, rec hall, handicap access, internet hook-up, heated pool, hot tub, shuffleboard, putt-putt golf. Phoenix Desert's Edge RV Village 22623 N. Black Canyon Hwy 602-789-6903, 888-633-7677 210 RV sites, full hook-ups (30/50 amps) No age restrictions! Pet restrictions, no tents, gravel, patios, city water, modem hu/office. Restrooms & showers, ATM, laundry, public phone, limited RV supplies, LP gas. Satellite TV, heated pool, spa, rec hall, game room, & planned activities. San Carlos Apache Gold RV Park P.O. Box 1210 928-475-7800, 877-APACHE-8 60 sites, full hookups. Pets welcome! Cable TV, showers, laundry, heated pool and jacuzzi, within walking distance of the casino.

Bullhead City River City RV Park 2225 Merrill Ave., 928-754-2121 We offer 132 spaces for the value conscious traveler. Utilities and cable are free, as well as the heated pool, rec hall, exercise room, games, clean showers and restrooms, and outside picnic area. Horseshoes and mini golf are also free. Laundry facilities, phones, vending machine, ice machines and propane service is available at a small cost. 30 and 50 amp service. Free email service is available in the office. Hope Ramblin Roads RV Resort 60650 E. Hwy. 60 928-859-3187, 800-569-6027 178 full hookup RV spaces. Laundry, showers, restrooms, telephone hook-up available, recreational facilities, minimart, gas/diesel/propane. 18 hole desert golf course. Shuffleboard, horseshoes, putting green. Lake Havasu City Havasu RV Resort 1905 Victoria Farms Rd. 928-764-2020, 877-407-2020 NEW!! Opening January 2004. Views of lake and mountains. 169 oversized lots for purchase or rent. Spacious Clubhouse with many amenities and large covered patio adjacent to game area. Heated pool and jacuzzi overlook the 9 hole putting green with water feature. We have it all including 100 amps, big rig sites, internet hookups, and pet friendly. Our city caters to our RV visitors. Many activities including a new senior center are in town. Yuma Cactus Gardens RV Park 10657 S Avenue 9 E, 928-342-9188 480 space park, shopping within 5 min, heated pool & jacuzzi, activities galore and great staff. Yuma Foothills. Computer rooms and wireless internet access. Park model rental and sales available. Capri Mobile Park 3380 S. 4th Ave., 928-726-0959 203 RV spaces. cable TV, phones, sewer & water, outdoor swimming pool & spa, showers, club house with kitchen, lighted shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, card room. Activity director on site. Caravan Oasis Resort 10500 E. Frontage Road 928-342-1480, 800-342-1480 460 RV sites. Pets allowed. Internet hookups, red hall, game room, restrooms, showers, handicapped access, laundry.

Desert Paradise RV Resort 10537 S. Ave. 9E, 928-342-9313 260 spaces, pull thru spaces with 50 AMP service. Full hookups. Heated pool and spa, paved roads, pets welcome, rec hall, full kitchen, restrooms & showers, laundry, phone hookups, propane delivery, shuffleboard, horseshoes, pool tables, planned activities w/activities director on property, entertainment. Computer rm & wireless internet access. Park model sales. Las Quintas Resort 10442 E. Frontage Road 877-975-9005, 928-305-9005 460 RV sites. Age restrictions, pets allowed. Cable TV, Internet hookups, red hall, game room, restrooms, showers, handicapped access, laundry. Mesa Verde RV Park 3649 S 4th Avem 928-726-5814 262 sites, laundry, restrooms, showers, 2 swimming pools and jacuzzis, 6 shuffleboard court, rec hall. Activities. Suni Sands RV Resort 1960 E 32nd Stm 928-726-5941 320 RV spaces. Pull thrus available. Large clubhouse, swimming pool and therapy spa, activity and computer center with wireless internet access, shuffleboard, horseshoes, golf practice cage. RV rentals available. Westwind RV and Golf Resort 9797 E.S. Frontage Rd. 928-342-2992, 866-440-2992 1075 sites. Laundry, showers, restrooms, 3 par 9 hole golf course, pro shop, activity office, library, email station, craft room, billiard room, lounge, ballroom, fitness center, shuffleboard court, volleyball court, cafe.

Welcome Back Winter Visitors Fiesta Mexicana
The San Carlos Office of Tourism invites winter visitors to a Mexican Fiesta! Come party with us while learning more about Sonora, Mexico. Enjoy live Mariachi music, folkloric dances, Mexican food, and arts & crafts. Win Door Prizes such as free hotel nights and free dinners in some of our restaurants. For raffle ticket and the full story turn to pages 18 and 19. For more information call 520-784-0551/0559.

Free Camping & RV Resources
• Near Canyon de Chelly National Monument is Cottonwood Campground, just 1/2 mile south of the Visitor Center. There are 104 RV and tent sites available on a first come, first served basis. Facilities are open from April to October and there are flush toilets, picnic tables and drinking water available. No fee required to stay here. Adjacent to the Thunderbird Lodge on the North Kaibab Trail. Chinle, Arizona • Unless posted, many Wal-Mart stores allow RVers to spend the night for free in their parking lot. Please look for signs indicating otherwise. • Sedona/Cottonwood Area - There is government land located between Sedona and Cottonwood that permit up to two weeks for RVers and campers to stay in the middle of desert range land with the occasional cattle herds crossing. Dump stations and groceries are available in nearby Cottonwood. • Globe - Apache Gold Casino, 7 1/2 miles east of Globe on Highway 70 permits free overnight parking in the parking lot. The RV Park charges a fee; there is a dump station available there. • Kayenta - Free camping is available at Navajo National Monument, located only 30 miles from Kayenta. The primitive campsite has 30 paved sites to accommodate RVs up to 25 feet. Facilities are limited but offer a bathroom and drinking water. • Phoenix - Harrah’s Ak Chin Casino just south of Phoenix permits overnight stays in the parking lot. • Yuma Public Lands - Contact the Bureau of Land Management, 2555 Gila Ridge Road, Yuma, AZ 85365 or call 520-317-3200.

Camp Verde Distant Drums RV Resort 583 W. Middle Verde Rd. 928-554-0444, 877-577-5505 158 sites. Full hookups, level concrete pads. Cable TV, phone / internet, landscaped grounds, pool / spa, convenience store.

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Zane Grey RV Park 4500 E. Highway 260 928-567-4320, 800-235-0608 From I-17 (exit 287) east on Hwy. 260 9 miles, Entrance on left after bridge. Extra large, level, shaded pull thrus and back ins; big rig sites; meticulously clean, well landscaped. Full hook ups 20-30-50-amp, new laundry, spa, showers, restrooms, modem friendly, LP gas, on running creek. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Flagstaff Black Barts RV Park 2760 E Butler Ave, 928-774-1912 174 RV spaces with full hook-ups. Pull through sites. Pets allowed, no age restrictions. Restrooms, showers, dump station, laundry room. Internet hook-up, steakhouse, market, general store and antique store on premises. RV supplies available. Credit cards accepted. Pinetop Hon-Dah RV Park 777 Hwy. 260, 928-369-7400 800-929-8744, 198 spaces, no age restrictions, pets allowed, satellite TV, LP gas, showers, handicap access, dump station, internet hook-up, restrooms, laundry, recreational hall. Adjacent to Hon-Dah Resort Casino featuring 500 slots, poker, great food, and live entertainment.

Show Low Venture In RV Resort 270 N. Clark Rd., 928-537-4443 Billiard room, shuffleboard courts, therapy pool/jacuzzi, craft room, large rec (and Bingo) hall, beautiful outdoor park and play area, computer room with wireless internet access. Park model sales and rentals available. Activity director on property.

Clifton North Clifton RV Park 210 N. Coronado Blvd. 928-865-4146, New! 55 paved spaces with BBQs, tables, electric and water, dump station, showers, restrooms, landscaped, pets ok. Located on the banks of the San Francisco River in the historic mining town of Clifton and the south end of the Coronado Trail. Mild year round climate. Quiet setting. Huachuca City Mountain View RV Park 99 W. Vista Lane 520-456-2860, 800-722-4103 96 RV sites. Full hookups. Bath houses with showers and laundry, modem hookups, pay phones, clubhouse, cable TV, pet allowed.

Tombstone Territories RV Park 2111 E. Highway 82 520-457-2584m 877 316-6714 102 HUGE pull-through lots w/full hookups. We love pets! Large rec room with kitchen, table tennis, shuffleboard, billiards, darts and more! Pool, spa, and BBQ. Miles of hiking/riding/biking trails. Good Sam, Passport America, Happy Camper members welcome. Very competitive rates. Top Rally Site. 102 (40’ x 80’) sites with FHU w/cable, 20/30/50AMPS. 2 laundry rms, showers, modem friendly, propane, & many more amenities. Wonderful views, see our ad in this issue. Tombstone Trail Riders Motel & RV Park 13 N. 7th St. 520-457-3573, 800-574-0417 Motel Mini RV park, 10 spaces available, free morning coffee, CATV, large clean rooms, phones. Tucson Cactus Gardens Home Community 2333 W. Irvington Pl., 520-883-4771, 75 spaces. Pets allowed. Laundry, CATV, beautiful mountain setting.

Vista Del Rey Mobile Home Park 3405 N. Romero Rd., 520-888-1707 866-847-8777, Friendly 55+ community. Cozy park with shade trees and grass. Clubhouse with cards, books, TV, laundry. Full hookups. Small pets allowed. Convenient to Tucson Mall, shopping, restaurants, downtown. Great rates. Permanents welcome. From I10 take Prince exit east to Romero Rd., south on Romero Rd. Voyager RV Resort 8701 S. Kolb Rd., 520-574-5000 800-424-9191, From Jct. of I-10 and Kolb Rd. (Exit 270), S. 0.5 mi. on Kolb Rd. (L). 1,576 full hookup sites with patios, includes backins, big rig sites, and 100 foot pull thrus, modern hu/site. Telephones available at sites. Restrooms and showers, dump, security, public phone, laundry, groceries, RV supplies, food service. Heated pools, spa, rec hall, activities, 9-hole golf course, tennis & shuffleboard courts, 36 room Inn, Day Spa, Massage Center, and planned activities. Willcox Grande Vista RV & MH Park 711 Prescott Ave., 520-384-4002 34 spaces. Full hookups. Mobile home rentals & self-storage. Pets allowed. No age restriction. Cable TV, internet hookup, restrooms, showers, laundry, handicapped access, dump station, rec hall, heated pool.

Truck Stops in Az
Casa Grande - I-10 exit 200 Petro Truck Stop 5235 N. Sunland Gin Rd., 520-836-3983 Iron Skillet Restaurant, deli with premium coffee. ATM/Check Cashing, 14 showers, travel and convenience store, mail services, internet kiosks, arcade, movie theater, laundry room, lighted parking, phones. Eloy - I-10 exit 203 Travel America Travel Center 2949 S. Toltec Rd., 520-466-7363 Country Pride Restaurant, Taco Bell, A & W. Parking, showers, RV dump, laundry room, travel store, driver’s lounge. Gila Bend - I-8 & Hwy 80 exit 115 Love’s Travel Stop #296 928-683-2210 Taco Bell. Parking, showers, RV dump, ATM, phone banks, calling cards, mail services, driver rest area, trucking supplies, convenience store. Phoenix - I-10 exit 137 Flying J Travel Plaza 6700 W. Letham, 480-963-1118 The Country Market, Pepperoni’s, Magic Dragon. ATM and phone room. Tonopah - I-10 exit 103 Rip Griffin Travel Center 1010 N. 339th Ave., 623-386-6443 Country Fare Restaurant, Subway, Pizza Hut. Parking, showers, travel store, phones, lounge, game room, laundry.

Kingman - I-40 exit 53 Flying J Travel Plaza 3300 E. Andy Devine Ave., 928-757-7300 The Cookery Restaurant. ATM and phone rooms. Petro Truck Stop - I-40 exit 66 Blake Ranch Road, 928-757-2799 Iron Skillet Restaurant, deli with premium coffee, Pizza Hut Express, Baskin Robbins. travel/convenience store, filling station, ATM/check cashing, showers, video game arcade, movie theater, laundry room, AT&T/SmartStop phones, mailing services, internet kiosks, lighted parking Quartzsite - I-10 exit 17 Pilot Travel Center #328 928-927-7777 Parking, showers, ATM, public laundry, convenience store.

OPEN 24 HOURS • RV Parking, Parts & Accessories • Propane & Diesel • Shower & Laundry Facilities • The Cookery / Country Market Restaurant Full menu, buffets, pizza and deli

EHRENBERG........................I-10 Exit 1 ELOY ..............................I-10 Exit 208A KINGMAN ..........................I-40 Exit 53 PHOENIX..........................I-10 Exit 137 WINSLOW........................I-10 Exit 255

Winslow - I-40 exit 255 Flying J Travel Plaza 400 Transcon Lane, 928-289-2081 Country Market Restaurant. ATM, phone rooms.

Rio Rico - I-19 exit 12 Pilot Travel Center #279 520-377-0001 Parking, showers, ATM, public laundry, convenience store. Willcox - 1-10 exit 340 Rip Griffin Travel Center 1501 Fort Grant Rd., 520-384-5311 Arizona Taco, Country Fare, Subway. Store, lounge, laundry, phones, showers, parking.

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APACHE JUNCTION Gold Canyon RV and Golf 7151 E. US Highway 60 877-465-3226 Electric, water and sewer hookups, laundry, snack bar, pets OK, CATV, LP gas, instant phone hook-up, internet, game room, recreation hall, swimming. BENSON Cochise Terrace RV Resort 1030 S. Barrel Cactus Ridge, 800-495-9005 520-586-0600 CASA GRANDE Palm Creek Golf & Resort 1110 N. Hennes Blvd, 520-421-7000



1089 RV sites, 55+, no tents, gravel, patios, full hookups, (30/50amps), city water, modem h/u site, CATV, restrooms & showers, security, public phone, laundry, heated pool, spa, adult’s room, horseshoes, shuffleboard & rec hall, game room, planned activities.

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FLAGSTAFF Black Barts RV Park 2760 E Butler Ave, 928-774-1912 MESA Fiesta RV Resort 3811 E. University Dr., 480-832-6490 877-506-0071 336 full hookups, 23 pull-throughs, Cable TV, restrooms, showers, laundry, recreational facilities, library, shuffleboard, horseshoes, billiards, driving cage, ceramics, heated pool & spa, and golf nearby. HON-DAH Hon-Dah RV Park 1 Highway 73, 928-369-7400, 198 spaces, no age restrictions, pets allowed, satellite TV, LP gas, showers, handicap access, dump station, internet hook-up, restrooms, laundry, recreational hall. Adjacent to Hon-Dah Resort Casino featuring 500 slots, poker, great food, and live entertainment. LAKE HAVASU Havasu Landing RV Park & Campground 760-858-4593, Full hook-ups, laundry, showers, deli, security, boat launch, swin beach.






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50202 Ehrenberg-Parker Highway 928-923-7483, 866-226-4641 Rrec room, handicapped access, pool, spa, restrooms, showers, full hookups, cable. Open year round.
TOMBSTONE Tombstone Territories RV Park 2111 E. Highway 82, 520-457-2584 Trail Riders Motel & RV Park 13 N. 7th St., 800-574-0417






TUCSON Vista Del Rey Mobile Home Park 3405 N. Romero Rd., 520-888-1707 866-847-8777, Friendly 55+ community. Cozy park with shade trees and grass. Clubhouse with cards, books, TV, laundry. Full hookups. Small pets allowed. Convenient to Tucson Mall, shopping, restaurants, downtown. Great rates. Permanents welcome. YUMA Westwind RV 9797 E.S. Frontage Rd. • 866-440-2992 WINSLOW Meteor Crater RV Park I-40 Exit 233, 35mi east of Flagstaff. 928-289-5898, 800-478-4002 71 gravel sites, 71 pull-thrus (30x60), big rig sites, tent sites, modem hu/office, restrooms, showers, clean-out station, security, phone, laundry, limited groceries, limited RV supplies, rec hall, playground. Clifton RV Park 210 N. Coronado Blvd., 928-865-4146 Camping and RV spaces, pull thrus, dump station, showers.

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29 Palms 29 Palms RV & Golf Resort 4949 Desert Knoll Ave. 760-367-3320, 800-874-4548 197 full hookups sites. Max. 70'. 30/50 AMPS. Two miles to Joshua Tree National Park Visitor's Center. High desert with smog free air, beautiful sunsets and open spaces. Rich in local history and gateway to Joshua Tree National Park. Modern conveniences in a peaceful rural setting, friendly atmosphere. Tennis, indoor pool, shuffleboard, game room, spa, clubhouse and dancing, convenience store, par 72 golf course. Weekly special $229 including GOLF. Blythe Rancho Ventana RV Resort 4410 N. Arrowhead Blvd., 760-921-3600 Country club living at a fraction of the price! Located on 18 hole golf course, gated community. 212 sites, 30/50AMP, sewer, water, cable TV, internet hook-up, natural gas, telephone. Laundry, restroom, showers, clubhouse with kitchen, heated pool, jacuzzi, pool table, ping-pong, horseshoes, golf tournaments. Age restricted, open October - April.

El Centro Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort 1589 Drew Rd. 760-352-7061, 800-545-6481 500 sites. Cable TV, cafe, country store, heated pool and spa, laundry room, shuffleboard, library, clubroom, billiards room, golf course and golf shop, horseshoes, lakes Niland Bashford's Hot Mineral Spa 10590 Hot Mineral Spa Rd. 760-354-1315, 143 full hookup sites. Adult park. Open October through May. Quiet, relaxing, friendly. By scenic Chocolate Mtns. Hot mineral water baths. Showers, rec room, dances, bingo, other activities, RV storage. Pay fishing ponds. Church services. Horseshoes, billiards, card room.

Southwest RV Shows
ARIZONA JAN 17-25, 2004 21st Annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation, & RV Show Quartzsite Show Fairgrounds Quartzsite, AZ (800) 969-5484 FEB 26-29, 2004 Arizona Sportsmen’s Vacation & RV Show Phoenix Civic Plaza Phoenix, AZ (602) 230-7660 APR 22-25, 2004 Scottsdale’s 2nd Annual Boat and RV Sale-A-Thon Westworld, Scottsdale, AZ (602) 230-7660, CALIFORNIA JAN 9-19, 2004 16th Annual Manufacturers RV Show & Sale Alameda County Fairgrounds Pleasanton, CA. (925) 931-1890 FEB 13-16, 2004 Sacramento Sports, Boat & RV Show California Exposition & State Fairgrounds, Sacramento, CA (916) 965-9653 FEB 26-29, 2004 Big Valley RV & Boat Show San Joaquin County Fairgrounds Stockton, CA (209) 956-2111 MAR 25-28, 2004 Spring RV Show Cal-Expo, California State Fairgrounds Sacramento, CA. (800) 782-7469 MAY 14-23, 2004 12th Annual Spring RV Show & Sale Almeda County Fairgrounds Pleasanton, CA (800) 782-7469 OCT 10-19, 2004 51st Annual California RV Show Fairplex, Pomona, CA. (909) 274-0696 COLORADO MAR 3-7, 2004 Colorado RV, Sports, Boat & Travel Show National Western Complex Denver, CO (303) 892-6800 NEW MEXICO MAR 16-18, 2004 FMCA’s 71st International Convention New Mexico State Fairgrounds Albuquerque, NM (513) 474-3622 TEXAS JAN 8-11, 2004 2004 San Antonio Sport, Camper & RV Show Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center San Antonio, TX (800) 574-9650 FEB 19-22, 2004 Austin RV Show Austin Convention Center Austin, TX (210) 979-8080 FEB 19-22, 2004 Dallas County RV Show Dallas County Market Hall Dallas, TX (512) 327-4514 APR 2-4, 2004 Waco RV, Boat & Sports Show Heart of Texas Fairgrounds Waco, TX (254) 235-2507 UTAH FEB 19-22, 2004 39th Utah Sportsmen’s Vacation & RV Show South Towne Expo Center Salt Lake City, UT (602) 230-7660 NEVADA FEB 5-8, 2004 32nd Annual Northern Nevada Boat, Sport, RV Show Reno-Sparks Convention Center Reno, NV (775) 852-7469

Las Cruces Sunny Acres RV Park 595 N. Valley Dr. 505-524-1716, 877-800-1716 80 sites, full hookups. Clubhouse, showers, laundry, modem hookups, large park area. Good Sam, FFMCA, AAA, Passport America, Escapees discounts.

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