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New Times Dirty 6 Mud Run, Phoenix, Ariz.

Snapshot: New Times Dirty 6 Mud Run

New Times Dirty 6 Mud Run is… 13 obstacles, BBQ, beer and, oh yeah, group outdoor showers!

It is a biannual event that has three courses, including:

  • a 6 mile, 3 mile and Kids 1K run riddled with obstacles,
  • a wall of water,
  • two river crossings,
  • a down-and-dirty mud crawl,
  • obstacle course,
  • giant slip ‘n slides and, of course, a dip in a HUGE mud pit on your way to the finish.

 

At the end of the run, you are encouraged to donate your dirty, muddy shoes to the homeless and shoeless.

My group met at Rawhide at 7 a.m. and hung out until 9 a.m. to begin the race. Our group started in wave 1, which is the ultra competitive group. Of course I am not a runner, but my plan was that the fast guys would be past all the obstacles by the time I got there. It worked. Most of the obstacles had only a few or no people present. Because I do a lot of canyoneering, I felt that the obstacles were fairly easy.

A few aspects of the race were done well, including plenty of parking space, the option to donate your shoes, a nice grassy area to sit and wait, free water and Powerade and a party-like atmosphere with a live band.

However, a couple of things could have been improved, including starting the race on time; it started 10 minutes late, both the 6-mile and the kid’s races. The race also could have offered more obstacles; it was too easy for my 8-year-old son. While the Mud Run could have been organized a bit better, it was still fun and a great workout.

There is another one in September. Visit New Times Dirty 6 Mud Run’s website to register.

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Canyoneers standing on frozen creek in front of frozen waterfall

Rappelling a Frozen Arizona Waterfall

A group of us canyoneers had been trying to get to a frozen waterfall near Mingus Mountain for quite a few years.

Last year the snow levels were too high and other years it was not frozen.

In February, Phoenix had a rare cold front go through and dropped the daytime highs into the mid-40s. I started noticing people posting pictures on Facebook of frozen fountains and water features around town.

A light bulb went off in my head…

Enjoy the pictures. The close up photos were taken by Kevin Hwang while he hung part way down the falls on a second rope.

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woman performing yoga pose on wood floor

Yoga: Pose of the Soul

Yoga is a form of exercise that uses slow movements and stretching. It is good for increasing flexibility & balance, relieving stress and relaxing. Yoga has been used as a meditation technique for thousands of years.

As you exercise, you meditate on what your body is feeling and try to be “one with the universe.” The following photos showcase some of the Arizona’s yoga instructors and students.

 

woman doing a yoga pose on the beach

Alicia Beale demonstrates Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose) — Photo: Edgar Cardenas

 

Alicia Beale’s love of movement as well as her spiritual longings have been constant threads throughout her life. She began practicing yoga at the age of 10 — learning from VHS tapes. Throughout her life, she has been involved in choreography, dance, and ballet and is also a certified teacher of Tai Chi.  Alicia teaches a blend of Ashtanga, Vinyasa and power yoga classes, infused with her own philosophy based on everything from Taoism to Wayne Dyer.

 

 

woman on railroad tracks doing yoga pose

Jenn Chiarelli demonstrates Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) — Photo: Sandey Tenuto

 

Jenn Chiarelli‘s journey began through the art of dance. She pursued her dream of becoming a professional ballerina when she joined the Cleveland San Jose Ballet as one of its youngest members. Jenn discovered yoga when one of her colleagues took her to her first class in California. Soon after, she began her study and practice of yoga. Jenn teaches a Vinyasa flow class that integrates her background as a dancer and her love of yoga.

Woman getting a shoulder massage with a red wall behind

Massage Envy: Getting Rubbed the Right Way

I’m standing in a dimly lit room with a table in front of me. There is soothing music emanating from my right. The question I’m asking myself is, “What exactly is my level of comfort?”

I quickly undress and fight to entirely cover myself with the sheet while I awkwardly climb onto the heated massage table before Rose returns. She begins by asking a few questions and massaging my back. I opted for the Swedish Massage — the most popular — with some deep tissue for the problem areas. She also works my legs, arms and face. Before I know it, 50 minutes have passed and Rose informs me she will wait outside with a glass of water.

This was my first experience at Massage Envy. I thought I should give them a try since, in my free time, I regularly beat myself up hiking, canyoneering and rappelling. Toting a load that weighs more than 50 pounds — for multiple days backpacking or canyoneering — full of wet ropes, webbing and gear tends to make one’s shoulders and back awfully sore.Man getting a massage

I was at the newest location in Tempe Marketplace. Massage Envy opened in 2002 with its first store at the Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road. It has or is planning on opening 862 locations with more than 600 already open. Arizona currently has 30 locations.

The International Spa Association (ISPA) confirms that Massage Envy is now the largest spa chain in the world. It performs more than 1 million services each month to more than 920,000 members. Despite a sluggish economy, membership is up 23% from 2009.

Massage Envy’s philosophy is three-fold:

  • Professionalism: 100% of its therapists are trained and licensed, where required;
  • Affordability: $49 a month in Arizona;
  • Convenience: Locations are open evenings and weekends so people can get pain or stress relief when they need it — often without even making an appointment.

 

Massage Envy is the world’s largest employer of licensed/registered therapists, with more than 16,000 therapists providing more than 250,000 massages every week. In March 2010, it performed its 20-millionth massage. In 2008, Massage Envy partnered with skin care giant Murad, Inc. to launch a new concept: Massage Envy Spa. Murad is one of the world’s most respected skincare companies and was founded by a professor of dermatology at UCLA.

New for 2011 are two signature services: the “Choices” program of:

  • AromaTherapy
  • Deep Heat Relief Muscle Therapy

 

Massage Envy is also active in the community. It has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and raised more than $1.8 million for the breast cancer organization.

Mission San Xavier del Bac is also known as the "White Dove of the Desert."

Southern Arizona Day Trips

Want to get away, but don’t have the time to plan a vacation? Then a short, fun day trip is the perfect option. Check out this list of southern Arizona attractions to plan a great day trip.

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson
    520-883-1380
    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place.

  • Bisbee
    1 Main St., Bisbee
    520-432-5421
    In the 1880s, this was once an important mining center. Today, it flourishes as a tourist town.

  • Chiricahua National Monument
    13063 E. Bonita Canyon Rd., Willcox
    520-824-3560 ext. 302
    The monument is a mecca for hikers and birders. Chiricahua plants and animals represent one of the premier areas for biological diversity in the Northern Hemisphere.

  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park
    16721 E. Old Spanish Tr., Vail
    520-647-7275
    Colossal Cave, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, had been used for centuries by prehistoric peoples when it was discovered in 1879.

  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site
    3203 S. Old Fort Bowie Rd., Bowie
    520-847-25004
    The site of the Bascom Affair, a wagon train massacre, and the battle of Apache Pass, where a large force of Chiricahua Apaches under Mangus Colorados and Cochise fought the California Volunteers. It stands as a lasting monument to the bravery and endurance of U.S. soldiers in paving the way for westward settlement and the taming of the Western frontier.

  • Ironwood Forest National Monument
    BLM Tucson Field Office: 12661 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson
    520-258-7200
    The 129,000-acre monument contains significant cultural and historical sites covering a 5,000-year period. Possessing one of the richest stands of Ironwood trees in the Sonoran Desert, the area encompasses several desert mountain ranges including the Silver Bell, Waterman and Sawtooth, with desert valleys in between. Elevation ranges from 1,800 to 4,261 feet.

  • Kartchner Caverns State Park
    2980 S. Hwy. 90, Benson
    520-586-CAVE (2283)
    Discovered in 1974, these caverns just recently opened to the public and feature stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations.

  • Kitt Peak National Observatory
    Off of SR 86 on the Tohono O’odham Nation, Tucson
    520-318-8726
    Kitt Peak is the world’s largest working astronomical observatory. Open daily.

  • Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
    BLM Tucson Field Office: 12661 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson
    520-258-7200
    Designated by Congress in 2000, this 42,000-acre area consists of vast desert grassland and rolling, oak-studded hills with a diverse plant and animal life, including several threatened or endangered species. Las Cienegas contains cultural resources within its borders, such as Empire Ranch House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, mines and mining towns, and historic travel routes. Visitor activities include birdwatching, camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking and scenic drives.

  • Mission San Xavier Del Bac
    1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson
    520-294-2624
    Framed in the warm browns of the surrounding hills and the violet shadows of distant mountains, it rises, brilliantly white from the desert floor of dusty green mesquite and sage.

  • Old Tucson Studios
    201 S. Kinney Rd., Tucson
    520-883-0100
    Arizona’s Hollywood in the Desert since 1939. This world-famous working film location offers fun for the whole family — guided historical set tours, live stunt shows, gunfights, and saloon musicals, plus rides for the kids! While you’re here, enjoy a scenic trail ride in the unique and beautiful Arizona Sonora Desert.

  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
    10 Organ Pipe Dr., Ajo
    520-387-6849 ext. 0
    This scenic 516-square-mile preserve is filled with Organ Pipe Cactus, rare in the United States, scattered among mountains and plains.

  • Picacho Peak State Park
    Picacho
    520-466-3183
    Hiking, camping and picnicking 60 miles southeast of Phoenix, just off I-10.

  • Reid Park Zoo
    1100 S. Randolph Way, Tucson
    520-791-4022
    Come visit Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo and have a wild time. Meet more than 400 animals — rhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions and many more. Venture into the African, Asian and South American regions. Explore the Flight Connection — the full-flight, walkthrough aviary.

  • Saguaro National Park
    2700 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson
    520-733-5158
    This national park protects more than 3,500 acres of native plants and animals.

  • San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
    BLM Tucson Field Office: 12661 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson
    520-258-7200
    This 57,000-acre area contains 40 miles of the San Pedro River, which is home to more than 100 species of birds and more than 400 species of migrating and wintering bird species.

  • Tombstone
    Tombstone
    520-457-3929
    Truly a historical American landmark, Tombstone is America’s best example of 1880 Western heritage, with original 1880s buildings, artifacts featured in numerous museums, gunfight re-enactments and Wild West legends.

  • Tucson
    100 S. Church Ave., Tucson
    800-638-8350
    Surrounded by rugged mountain ranges, the Old Pueblo is an international travel destination alive with character, history, art, cultural diversity, outdoor adventure and charm.

  • Yuma
    201 N. Fourth Ave., Yuma
    800-293-0071
    A visit to this growing metropolis offers something for everyone, from outdoor adventures to historic sites and museums. Yuma is also a great base for easy day trips “South of the Border,” and boasts varied dining, shopping and multiple casinos.
bottle of wine and glass on a picnic table in a vineyard

Arizona Wineries: Southeast Arizona

map of southeast arizona wineries

Looking for a good idea for a weekend getaway? Then visiting the wineries of Southeastern Arizona is the perfect trip for you.

  1. Crop Circle

    3052 N. Fort Grant Rd.
    (888) 833-5951
    January 1 – May 31: Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    June 1 – Dec 31: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  2. Coronado Vineyards

    2909 E. Country Club Dr.
    (520) 384-2993
    Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  3. Keeling-Schaefer Tasting Room

    154 N Railroad Ave.
    (520) 824-2500
    Thursday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  4. Fort-Bowie Vineyards

    156 N. Jefferson St.
    (8880 299-5951
    Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  5. Colibri Vineyards

    2825 W. Hilltop Rd.
    (520) 558-2401
    by Appointment

  6. Carlson Creek Vineyards

    115 Railview Ave.
    (520) 766-3000
    Tuesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  7. Keeling-Schaefer Vineyard

    10277 E. Rock Creek Ln.
    (520)824-2500
    by Appointment

Phoenix is full of fun destinations for a short day trip.

Phoenix Day Trips

Want to get away, but don’t have the time to plan a vacation? Then a short, fun day trip is the perfect option. Check out this list of Phoenix attractions to plan a great day trip.

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum
    37615 U.S. Hwy. 60, Superior
    520-689-2811
    Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden, the arboretum is a living museum of thousands of plants from around the world — displayed alongside native Sonoran Desert vegetation.

  • Dolly Steamboat, The
    Apache Junction
    480-827-9144
    At Canyon Lake, 90-minute nature cruises and 2-1/2 hour twilight dinner cruises.

  • Wickenburg
    216 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg
    800-942-5242
    Just 60 miles northwest of Phoenix in the northern reaches of the great Southwest’s Sonoran Desert. Wickenburg is noted for its clean air, good country living, Western hospitality and all-around high quality of life.

  • Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
    16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park
    623-935-WILD (9453)
    Wildlife World Zoo has been an integral part of the West Valley for more than two decades, and with the opening of our new multimillion-dollar aquarium, we just keep getting better and better. The Zoo is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The aquarium is open to 9 p.m.) That means we are open every day and night of the year — even holidays!
The Grand Canyon National Park makes a great day trip.

Northern Arizona Day Trips

Want to get away, but don’t have the time to plan a vacation? Then a short, fun day trip is the perfect option. Check out this list of northern Arizona attractions to plan a great day trip.

  • Aravaipa Canyon
    BLM Safford Field Office: 711 14th Ave., Safford
    928-348-4400
    Home to unique plant and fish communities, mountain lions and bighorn sheep, the canyon is protected by the Nature Conservancy and is a federal wilderness area. Historic sites left from thousands of years ago still exist, so visitors should respect any archaelogical sites and artifacts.

  • Canyon de Chelly
    Chinle
    928-674-5500
    Cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly include architecture, artifacts and rock imagery.

  • Grand Canyon National Park and Monument
    Grand Canyon
    928-638-7888
    One of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most popular attractions in the nation.

  • Grand Canyon Railway
    233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams
    800-THE-TRAIN (843-8724)
    Following tracks constructed 100 years ago, the Railway offers four classes of daily train service between Williams and the Grand Canyon. Covering 65 miles of high desert plains, small arroyos and portions of the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest.

  • Hon-Dah Resort & Casino
    777 Hwy. 260, Pinetop
    800-929-8744
    Play indoors while in the White Mountains area at Hon-Dah Resort-Casino. This casino has 600 of the newest slot machines, Blackjack, poker, dining and accommodations are offered. The Indian Pine Restaurant, located in the casino, offers a full-service menu with a variety of tasty selections. From wood-fired pizzas to gourmet dinner entrees, there is something for everyone.

  • Lake Havasu
    314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City
    800-2- HAVASU (242-8278)
    Home to the world-famous London Bridge, Lake Havasu offers more than 400 miles of stunning coastline that is perfect for watersports, fishing, skiing, houseboating, camping, golfing and hiking.

  • London Bridge
    314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City
    800-2-HAVASU (242-8278)
    In 1962, the 130-year-old London Bridge was discovered to be sinking into the Thames. In 1968, the bridge was put up for auction and Robert P. McCulloch was the winning bidder. He spent $7 million to move the bridge to Lake Havasu City, which took three years.

  • Montezuma Castle
    Camp Verde
    928-567-3322
    A multistoried, 20-room ancient Indian cliff dwelling built more than six centuries ago.

  • Out of Africa
    3505 Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy., Camp Verdea
    928-567-2840
    Call us wild! Call us crazy! Just don’t call us a zoo. At Out of Africa, you get a different view of wildlife. Here, exotic animals roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Painted Desert/Petrified Forest
    One Park Rd., Petrified Forest
    928-524-6228
    A 160 million-year-old prehistoric flood plain. The largest and most colorful find of petrified wood in the world.

  • Payson
    303 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson
    928-474-5242
    Considered the Festival Capital of Arizona and situated in the world’s largest group of Ponderosa pines.

  • Red Rock State Park
    4050 Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona
    928-282-6907
    Arizona’s famous Oak Creek meanders through this scenic park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife.

  • Sedona
    331 Forest Rd., Sedona
    800-288-7336
    Surrounded by magnificent Red Rock formations, Sedona offers the best in accommodations, dining and shopping. Visitors come here for outdoor activities/adventures and top-notch galleries and arts.

  • Slide Rock State Park
    6871 N. Hwy. 89A, Sedona
    928-282-3034
    The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Open every day.

  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
    Wupatki Loop Rd., Flagstaff
    928-526-0502
    A once-active volcano, the crater is located 12 miles north of Flagstaff on Sunset Crater off Wupatki Loop Road.

  • Tonto National Monument
    Roosevelt
    928-467-2241
    Shallow caves overlooking the Tonto Basin in southeastern Arizona shelter masonry dwellings nearly 700 years old, which were home to the prehistoric Salado people.

  • Verde Canyon Railroad
    300 N. Broadway Clarkdale
    800-320-0718
    Offering one of the most beautiful views of Arizona you’ll ever see. Take a picnic or splurge for first-class cars with appetizers and drinks. However you go, this four-hour train ride takes you through a piece of “natural Arizona” that will take your breath away.
Bed and breakfasts can be the perfect option for those who'd like to get away while still enjoying the comforts of home.

Bed And Breakfasts Around Arizona

Getting away for the weekend can be fun, but sometimes it’s nice to have the comforts of home available even while away on vacation.  Bed and breakfasts can be the perfect option for those who’d like to get away while still enjoying the comforts of home. Here’s a list of bed and breakfasts around Arizona for when the average hotel just doesn’t cut it.

  • A Territorial House
    65 Piki Dr., Sedona
    800-801-2737
    A two-story, Western-style ranch adorned with old-fashioned furnishings, this comfortable and peaceful inn is charming and friendly. Outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces and a great desert landscape provide a serene situation.

  • Adobe Hacienda Bed & Breakfast
    10 Rojo Dr., Sedona
    800-454-7191
    A Spanish style hacienda with handmade Mexican furniture, antiques, Native American art, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and full breakfast is served.

  • Adobe Hacienda Bed & Breakfast
    10 Rojo Dr., Sedona
    800-454-7191
    A Spanish style hacienda with handmade Mexican furniture, antiques, Native American art, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Full breakfast is served.

  • Amado Territory Inn
    3001 E. Frontage Rd., Amado
    888-398-8684
    Situated near the Mexican border, this bed and breakfast is considered to be great birding country.

  • Apple Orchard Inn
    656 Jordan Rd., Sedona
    800-663-6968
    With an eclectic mix of natural wonders, skip around town enjoying music, festivals, shopping and contemporary art. Full breakfast is served on the patio. Rooms come furnished with great amenities.

  • Bed & Bagels of Tucson
    10402 E. Glenn St., Tucson
    520-760-5595
    This bed-and-breakfast, offering a pool, hot tub and five-course breakfasts, welcomes pets and children. Special diets are accommodated and Bed & Bagels is suitable for most chemically sensitive (MCS) guests. Especially well-suited for foreign visitors, as the owner speaks four languages.

  • Bedlam Bed & Breakfast
    15253 N. Skylark Crl., Fountain Hills
    480-837-9695
    High atop a hillside, this B&B offers breathtaking views of the vast desert and surrounding mountains, including Four Peaks and the Superstition Mountains. Each bedroom comes with its own private bathroom, TV, telephone and high-speed Internet access. Closed June, July and August.

  • Birders Vista Bed and Breakfast
    5147 S. Kino Rd., Sierra Vista
    520-378-2493
    Guests at Birders Vista B&B can enjoy a wide array of birds in the lush backyard. Amenities include a reading library with 1,500 books, high-speed Internet access, TV and a telescope for your birding pleasure.

  • Boots And Saddles Bed & Breakfast
    2900 Hopi Dr., Sedona
    1-800-201-1944
    Each room is decorated in unique Southwestern themes and feature air-jet tubs, private patios, telescopes for star gazing, fireplace, refrigerator, luxurious robes and free Internet access. A fresh, two-course breakfast is served every day.

  • Briar Patch Inn
    3190 N. Hwy. 89A, Sedona
    928-282-2342
    Stay in one of the 19 cottages nestled in Oak Creek Canyon and enjoy a peaceful, natural setting. Located 3 miles from shopping, dining and great views of the Sedona sunset.

  • Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast
    40 Canyon Circle Dr., Sedona
    800-453-1166
    This two-story Spanish Mission-style inn is luxurious, outstanding and relaxing. Take in the fresh flowers and the effortless entry to Oak Creek for a morning swim.

  • Casa Tierra Bed & Breakfast
    11155 W. Calle Pima, Tucson
    520-578-3058
    This Mexican-style adobe home makes resting easy, as it is located in an isolated area and is near many local accommodations.

  • Catalina Park Inn
    309 E. 1st St., Tucson
    520-792-4541Six guest rooms are strategically placed to provide privacy that opens to a walled courtyard. Built in 1927, this two-story Mediterranean-style mansion woos guests with its mahogany woodwork and architectural nuance.

  • Cozy Cactus Bed & Breakfast
    80 Canyon Circle Dr., Sedona
    928-284-0082
    This five bedroom bed and breakfast offers guests a choice of one- or two-bedroom suites with private entrances, Red Rock views and hiking access, plus many other amenities.

  • Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast
    11707 E. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson
    520-722-6879
    This Territorial adobe bed and breakfast is situated on four acres and nestled in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains near the Saguaro National Park East. Accommodations include great porches, polished colored concrete floors, open trusses, antiques and collectibles — all of which create a unique ambience.

  • El Portal Bed & Breakfast
    95 Portal Ln., Sedona
    800-313-0017
    Going beyond the ordinary, the architecture and adobe construction of El Portal is completely authentic. Nowhere else in Sedona will you find a luxury inn or hotel with 18-inch thick adobe walls that provide both quiet and history. All rooms feature free broadband cable high speed Internet, as well as free wireless access throughout the hotel, including the courtyard.

  • Full Circle Ranch
    40205 N. 26th St., Cave Creek
    623-465-7570
    A romantic hideaway nestled in the desert, complete with horse facilities, an observation deck, pool and heated spa.

  • Graces Secret Garden Bed & Breakfast
    1240 Jacks Canyon Rd., Sedona
    800-579-2340
    Pets are welcome to come along for the stay at Greyfire. Meet and greet with the four resident Arabian horses and enjoy your stay in the Southwestern ranch home decorated with antiques and positioned on more than two acres.

  • Graham’s Bed & Breakfast
    150 Canyon Circle Dr., Sedona
    800-228-1425
    Open all year, this contemporary, Southwestern inn offers a bountiful breakfast and beautiful views.

  • Grand Living Bed and Breakfast
    701 Quarterhorse Rd., Williams
    928-635-4171
    A two-story log cabin with a wrap-around veranda and country Victorian decor. Horseback riding, fishing lakes and hiking trails exist in the surrounding area.

  • Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast
    11770 E. Rambling Trl., Tucson
    800-982-1795
    Award-winning Spanish hacienda on 16 secluded acres next to National Park. Four luxury accommodations, three with kitchenettes. TVs, business center, garden, patios, views, nature trail, birding, outdoor hydrotherapy spas.

  • Heritage Inn
    161 N. Main St., Snowflake
    866-486-5947
    Has 12 rooms with full baths, Jacuzzi tubs, gas log stoves, cable TV, wireless Internet and daily gourmet breakfast specials.

  • Hidden Meadow Ranch
    620 County Road 1325, Greer
    928-333-1000
    Includes 12 luxuriously furnished log cabins, dining room, lounge and library. There is also a spring-fed trout pond for fly-fishing and canoeing.

  • Hotel Vendome
    230 S. Cortez St., Prescott
    928-776-0900
    A quaint 1917 inn, the Hotel Vendome is nestled in the beauty of the Prescott wilderness amid Victorian architecture. A shot away from the famous Whiskey Row and a charming small town, experience the settlement and then enjoy a glass of wine in the quietly shaded veranda while watching the sun go down.

  • Inn at 410 Bed & Breakfast
    410 N. Leroux St., Flagstaff
    800-774-2008
    The Inn at 410 Bed & Breakfast is an oasis of peace and serenity amidst our stressful world. The Inn’s spacious parlor is a relaxing place to sip hot cider and curl up with a book in front of the fireplace. The gazebo and perennial gardens offer summer guests an intimate retreat for afternoon iced tea or morning breakfast. A scrumptious, healthy breakfast and afternoon tea with homemade cookies are just two of the ways our innkeepers accomplish the task of making The Inn at 410 the “Place with the Personal Touch.”

  • Inn at Castle Rock
    112 Tombstone Canyon Rd., Bisbee
    520-432-4449
    Now remodeled, it was once an 1890s boarding house for miners. Full breakfast is served and a glass of wine is offered in the evening to enjoy on the patio under the starlit sky. Dinner and lunch are available at the restaurant located on site.

  • Inn on Oak Creek, The556 Hwy. 179, Sedona
    800-499-7896
    Private creekside decks, gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, full breakfast.

  • Jenny Kent’s B & B
    450 S. Orange Ave., Yuma
    928-783-4520
    Stay in a charming, historic house — Jenny Kent’s Bed and Breakfast — moderately priced and conveniently located off Interstate 8. Jenny’s is nestled in the the historic Century Heights District of Yuma.

  • Jeremiah Inn Bed & Breakfast
    10921 E. Snyder Rd., Tucson
    520-749-3072
    Guest rooms feature private baths, queen beds, and other amenities.

  • Lodge at Sedona, The
    125 Kallof Pl., Sedona
    928-204-1942
    Located in the heart of Sedona, this four diamond bed & breakfast has gardens, mature pines, waterfalls, majestic red rock views, a fitness center, and many other amenities that provide a serene relaxing place to stay.

  • Log Cabin Bed & Breakfast
    3155 N. U.S. Hwy. 89, Prescott
    888-778-0442
    This three story rustic log cabin is open year-round and is located near Watson Lake/Willow Lake Recreation Area in the Granite Dells. Enjoy hiking out their back door or enjoy looking at the stars from the deck or the hot tub.

  • Maricopa Manor Bed & Breakfast
    15 W. Pasadena Ave., Phoenix
    800-292-6403
    Built in 1928, the Spanish Mission-style home offers seven suites with private facilities.

  • Noftsger Hill Inn
    425 North St., Globe
    928-425-2260
    The front rooms provide a panoramic view of the ruggedly beautiful Pinal Mountains. Rear rooms face the Old Dominion Mine, offering a picturesque view of historic mining operations.

  • Oakwood Inn Bed & Breakfast
    6558 Wagon Wheel Ln., Pinetop-Lakeside
    800-959-8098
    Oakwood Inn offers guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy common areas for their convenience. Guest rooms offer traditional decor with private baths. Home-cooked breakfasts are served family-style in the dining room.

  • Pinetop Country Bed & Breakfast
    2444 W. Jan Ln., Pinetop
    888-521-5044
    Romantic and charming, this B&B offers candlelit dinners and wine-and-cheese parties every Saturday night. The Victorian suite proves to be the most popular with its fireplace, private balcony overlooking a pond and a fire pit.

  • Pleasant Street Inn, The
    142 S. Pleasant St., Prescott
    928-445-4774
    Unwind in a 1906, two-story Victorian home with traditional English furnishings. Beautiful views and fresh flowers make this inn an enjoyable weekend getaway. Four rooms are available with private amenities.

  • Prescott Pines Inn
    901 White Spar Rd., Prescott
    928-445-7270
    Austrian lace curtains, white picket fence and grand flagstone porch create the feeling of Victorian elegance. The entrance to the guesthouse welcomes you with ivy and beautiful pink flowers.

  • Ramsey Canyon Inn Bed & Breakfast
    29 Ramsey Canyon Rd., Hereford
    520-378-3010
    A modern country inn that offers hiking trails through the hummingbird capital of the world. This B&B offers serene settings for a chance to relax amid its antiques and country furnishings.

  • Red Garter Bed & Bakery
    137 W. Railroad Ave., Williams
    928-635-1484
    A beautifully restored 1897 saloon in a Victorian Romanesque brick building with 12-foot ceilings, skylights and antique furnishings. Located in the heart of downtown Williams; sight-seeing is nearby.

  • Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast Inn
    204 S. Scott Ave., Tucson
    877-670-9022
    An 1878 adobe Victorian mansion, located on a quiet street in historic Downtown Tucson. Enjoy colorful gardens, heated pool, spacious guest suites, period antiques, private baths and the services of a fine resort.

  • Sleepy Hollow Bed & Breakfast
    5522 E. Tapekim Rd., Cave Creek
    480-488-9402
    On a small knoll above a gently rising hollow, Sleepy Hollow is the perfect place to relax.

  • Spur Cross Bed & Breakfast
    38555 N. School House Rd., Cave Creek
    480-473-1038
    Offers four suites with amenities such as separate outside entrances, private baths, upgraded Southwestern furnishings, satellite TV, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker.

  • Sunglow Guest Ranch
    14066 S. Sunglow Rd., Pearce
    520-824-3334
    Located in the foothills of the Chiracahua Mountains, this ranch offers birding, hiking, biking, stargazing and the Sunglow Cafe for refreshing teas and mouthwatering desserts. Yoga classes available.

  • The Commons at White Mountain Lodge
    140 Main St., Greer
    928-735-9977
    The Commons at White Mountain Lodge provides guests with a choice of freestanding cabins or cottages in the historic main lodge. Both cabins and cottages in the main modge provide guests with spectacular views of the Greer Valley Meadow, Little Colorado River or Aspen Grove.

  • Touch of Sedona Inn & Retreat
    595 Jordan Rd., Sedona
    928-282-6462
    Located in the heart of uptown Sedona, and within walking distance to a wealth of fine art galleries, restaurants and easy hiking trails.

  • Valley O’ the Sun
    Scottsdale
    480-941-1281
    An authentic Irish bed-and-breakfast captured within a 1960s-style ranch home with traditional furnishings. Located near Arizona State University in Tempe.
photo of vineyard

Arizona Wineries: Eglin & Sonoita

Looking for a good idea for a day trip? Then visiting the wineries of Eglin and Sonoita South of Tucson is the perfect activity for you. Below is a list of the wineries in Elgin and Sonoita in southern Arizona.

MAp of Elgin and Sonoita Wineries

  1. Charron Vineyards

    18585 South Sonoita Hwy
    (520) 762-8585
    charronvineyards.com
    Fri–Sun: 10-6
    Open Daily by Appointment

  2. Dos Cabezas WineWorks

    3248 Hwy 82
    (520) 455-5141
    doscabezaswinery.com
    Thurs–Sun: 10:30-4:303

  3. Wilhelm Family Vineyards

    21 Mountain Ranch Drive
    (520) 455-9291
    wilhelmfamilyvineyards.com
    Fri–Sun: 11-5
    Open Daily by Appointment

  4. Rancho Rossa Vineyards

    32 Cattle Ranch Lane
    (520) 455-0700
    ranchorossa.com
    Fri–Sun: 10:30-3:305

  5. Callaghan Vineyards

    336 Elgin Road
    (520) 455-5322
    callaghanvineyards.com
    Fri–Sun 11-3

  6. Canelo Hills Winery

    342 Elgin Road
    520) 455-5499
    canelohillswinery.com
    Fri–Sun: 11-4

  7. Kief-Joshua Vineyard

    370 Elgin Road
    (520) 455-5582
    kiefjoshuavineyards.com
    Daily: 11-5

  8. Village of Elgin/Four Monkey

    471 Elgin Road
    (520) 455-9309
    elginwines.com
    Daily: 10-4

  9. Sonoita Vineyards

    290 Elgin Canelo Road
    (520) 455-5893
    sonoitavineyards.com
    Daily: 10-4

  10. Lightning Ridge Cellars

    2368 Hwy 83
    (520) 678-8220
    lightningridgecellars.com
    Fri–Sun: 11-4

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Arizona On The Silver Screen 2000-2010 (Part 7)

Here’s Part 7 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 2000-2010.

  • South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 Benson
  • Nurse Betty 2000 Kingman, Grand Canyon
  • Price of Glory 2000 Nogales
  • Traffic 2000 Nogales
  • Flintstones-Viva Rock Vegas 2000 Page
  • Titan A.E. 2000 Phoenix
  • What Planet Are You From? 2000 Phoenix
  • The Cactus Kid 2000 Prescott
  • Almost Famous 2000 Tucson
  • Route 66: Main Street America 2000 Williams
  • Evolution 2001 Page
  • Aftermath 2001 Phoenix
  • Impostor 2001 Phoenix, Tempe
  • South of Heaven, West of Hell 2001 Tucson
  • The Forsaken 2001 Yuma
  • Interstate 60 2002 Globe, Phoenix
  • Waking Up in Reno 2002 Grand Canyon
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 Nogales, Tucson
  • The Banger Sisters 2002 Phoenix
  • Eight Legged Freaks 2002 Superior
  • Groom Lake 2002 Tucson
  • The Scorpion King 2002 Yuma
  • Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle 2003 Page
  • Hulk 2003 Page
  • Mona Lisa Smile 2003 Parker
  • Blue Collar Comedy Tour 2003 Phoenix
  • Raise Your Voice 2004 Flagstaff
  • Bride and Prejudice 2004 Grand Canyon
  • Border Warz 2004 Nogales
  • Taxi 2004 Phoenix
  • Eating Out 2004 Tucson
  • Never Been Thawed 2005 Mesa
  • Transamerica 2005 Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale
  • Alien Invasion Arizona 2005 Superior
  • Jarhead 2005 Yuma
  • Desperation 2006 Bisbee
  • Sasquatch Mountain 2006 Flagstaff, Williams
  • Zoom 2006 Kingman
  • Little Miss Sunshine 2006 Phoenix
  • Glory Road 2006 Tucson, University of Arizona
  • What Would Jesus Buy? 2007 Flagstaff
  • Next 2007 Grand Canyon
  • Into the Wild 2007 Grand Canyon, Page, Yuma
  • Transformers 2007 Hoover Dam
  • Futureshock Comet 2007 Mammoth
  • The Kingdom 2007 Mesa, Phoenix
  • The Savages 2007 Phoenix
  • Uncross the Stars 2008 Apache Junction
  • Jake’s Corner 2008 Jake’s Corner
  • Management 2008 Kingman
  • Bi the Way 2008 Page
  • Little Canyon 2008 Williams
  • The Informant 2009 Mesa
  • Away We Go 2009 Phoenix, Tucson
  • Public Enemies 2009 Tucson
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 Tucson
  • The Canyon 2009 Williams
  • Piranha 3D 2010 Lake Havasu
  • Everything Must Go 2010 Phoenix
  • Eight Days and Six Hours 2010 Williams

Bonus: Currently in Production
  • Kids in America 2011 Phoenix, Scottsdale
  • One the Road 2011 Phoenix

luxury movie theater lobby

Luxury At UltraLuxe Scottsdale Theater

Going to the movies will never be the same thanks to the newly remodeled luxury theater UltraLuxe, owned by San Diego-based UltraStar Cinemas. Located on Indian Bend Road and the 101 in Scottsdale, the renovation of the former United Artists theater was completed by DeRito Partners, an Arizona brokerage firm specializing in retail.

The grand opening was Nov. 16 with former Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzales serving as the guest of honor to cut the “film” to open the theater.

The theater, know as UltraLuxe, is located in the Scottsdale Pavilions Shopping Center just behind the new Diamondbacks spring training facility in Scottsdale. It will feature 11 auditoriums showcasing state-of-the-art Pure Digital Cinema, which UltraStar Cinemas describes as the crispest motion picture technology available. Each house will have stadium or luxury VIP seating in high-back reclining chairs.

UltaLuxe also will include special D-BOX enhanced motion chair technology, which moves the seats with the motion of the screen. For example, if there is an explosion in the movie that occurs on the left side of the screen, the seats move to the right to simulate the blast — creating a true movie experience.

There will also be five “Star Class” auditoriums, which will include seating reserved for guests 21 and older, special VIP viewing rooms with extra large leather chairs, menus and a call button for servers. Menu items include flavored popcorns, hummus, pizza and a selection of panini sandwiches. Specialty coffees, Italian sodas, beer and wine, and desserts will also be available in the Café and Star Class auditoriums.

If these delicious incentives and exciting amenities don’t get you into the theater, maybe the affordable prices will further entice you. Ticket prices are $7.50 for an adult matinee; $9.75 for an adult evening ticket; $7 for seniors and ages 12 and under; $8.75 for students and military with I.D.; and $5.50 for “early bird” tickets to the first matinee showing of each movie. 3-D, D-BOX seats or star class auditoriums add $2 to $8 to each ticket price.

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Arizona On The Silver Screen 1990-1999 (Part 6)

Here’s Part 6 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1990-1999.

  • A Home at the End of the World 1990 Phoenix
  • Days of Thunder 1990 Phoenix
  • Fire Birds 1990 Tucson
  • Madhouse 1990 Phoenix, Tucson
  • The Grifters 1990 Phoenix
  • Young Guns II 1990 Tucson
  • Grand Canyon 1991 Grand Canyon
  • Thelma and Louise 1991 Grand Canyon
  • Baraka 1992 Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson
  • Beyond the Law 1992 Phoenix, Scottsdale
  • Nemesis 1992 Tucson
  • Stay Tuned 1992 Tucson
  • The Vagrant 1992 Phoenix
  • Universal Soldier 1992 Prescott, Sedona
  • Wayne’s World 1992 Mesa, Scottsdale
  • Arizona Dream 1993 Douglas
  • Benefit of the Doubt 1993 Camp Verde
  • Forrest Gump 1993 Flagstaff
  • Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 Tucson
  • Suture 1993 Phoenix
  • Tombstone 1993 Tucson
  • A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 Scottsdale
  • Blind Justice 1994 Apache Junction
  • Boys on the Side 1994 Tucson
  • Clear and Present Danger 1994 Fort Huachuca
  • In the Army Now 1994 Yuma
  • Lightning Jack 1994 Tucson
  • Maverick 1994 Grand Canyon, Page
  • Natural Born Killers 1994 Holbrook, Winslow
  • Pontiac Moon 1994 Cochise County
  • Speechless 1994 Williams
  • Star Trek: Generations 1994 Green Valley
  • Stargate 1994 Yuma
  • Terminal Velocity 1994 Douglas, Phoenix, Tucson
  • The Getaway 1994 Phoenix, Prescott, Yuma
  • The Quick and the Dead 1994 Sedona, Tucson
  • The Shawshank Redemption 1994 Yuma
  • Dead Man 1995 Flagstaff, Sedona
  • The Fantasticks 1995 Arizona
  • The Prophecy 1995 Superior
  • Waiting to Exhale 1995 Fountain Hills, Phoenix
  • Broken Arrow 1996 Tucson, Page, Sedona Flirting with Disaster 1996 Carefree
  • Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man 1996 Tucson
  • Jerry Maguire 1996 Arizona State University, Phoenix, Tempe
  • Mars Attacks 1996 Kingman
  • Ruby Jean and Joe 1996 Bisbee
  • Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Green Valley
  • Tin Cup 1996 Tucson
  • Anastasia 1997 Phoenix
  • Breakdown 1997 Sedona
  • Contact 1997 Canyon de Chelly
  • Fools Rush In 1997 Grand Canyon
  • Los Locos 1997 Benson, Tucson
  • Perdita Durango (Dance with the Devil) 1997 Nogales, Tucson
  • U Turn 1997 Superior
  • Vegas Vacation 1997 Mesa
  • Wild America 1997 Sedona
  • Arizona Summer 1998 Prescott
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 Kingman
  • Jane Austen’s Mafia 1998 Yuma
  • No Code of Conduct 1998 Goodyear
  • Psycho 1998 Phoenix
  • Three Kings 1998 Casa Grande
  • Dill Scallion 1999 Grand Canyon
  • Held Up 1999 Grand Canyon
  • Jesus’ Son 1999 Tucson
  • Seven Girlfriends 1999 Flagstaff, Page, Phoenix
  • The Mummy 1999 Glen Canyon
  • Wild Wild West 1999 Canyon de Chelly
  • Northern Arizona wineries grapes on the vine

    Arizona Wineries: Northern Arizona

    Do you have a penchant for wine and travel? Then visiting the wineries of Northern Arizona is the perfect activity for you. Below is a list of the wineries in Northern Arizona.

    1. Granite Creek Vineyards

      2515 Road 1 East – Chino Valley
      (928) 636-2003
      granitecreekvineyards.com
      Fri–Sun: 1-5

    2. Jerome Winery

      403 Clark Street – Jerome
      (928) 639-9067
      jeromewinery.com
      Mon-Thurs: 12-5 Fri-Sun: 11–5

    3. Caduceus Cellars

      158 Main Street – Jerome
      (928) 639-WINE
      caduceus.org
      Sun-Thurs: 11–6 Fri-Sat: 11–8

    4. Bitter Creek Winery

      240 Hull Street – Jerome
      (928) 634-7033
      bittercreekwinery.com
      Daily: 11-6

    5. Pillsbury Wine Company

      North 1012 N Main Street – Cottonwood
      (928) 639-0646
      pillsburywine.com
      Mon-Thurs: 11-6 Fri-Sat: 11-9 Sun: 12-6

    6. Arizona Stronghold

      1023 Main Street – Cottonwood
      (928) 639-2789
      azstronghold.com
      Mon/Thurs/Sun: 12-7 Tues/Wed: 12-5 Fri/Sat: 12-9

    7. Alcantara Vineyard & Winery

      7500 Alcantara Way – Verde Valley
      (928) 649-8463
      alcantaravineyard.com
      Daily: 11-5

    8. Page Springs Cellars

      1500 Page Springs Road – Cornville
      (928) 639-3004
      pagespringscellars.com
      Sun-Thurs: 11-6 Fri-Sat: 11-9

    9. Oak Creek Vineyards

      1555 Page Springs Road – Cornville
      (928) 649-0290
      oakcreekvineyards.net
      Daily: 11-5

    10. Javelina Leap Vineyard

      1565 Page Springs Road – Cornville
      (928) 649-2681
      javelinaleapwinery.com
      Daily: 11-5

    11. Art of Wine

      101 N. Hwy 89A #B-9 – Sedona
      (877) 903-WINE
      artowine.com
      Mon-Thurs: 10-6 Sat-Sun: 10-8

    12. San Dominique Winery

      I-17 & Cherry Road (Hwy 169) – Camp Verde
      (602) 549-9787
      garlicparadise.com
      Daily: 10-5

    13. Juniper Well Ranch

      10080 W Tough Country Trail – Skull Valley
      (928) 442-3415
      juniperwellranch.com
      By Appt Only

    Source: Arizona Vines and Wines

    Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure - three people in a phone booth

    Arizona On The Silverscreen 1980-1989 (Part 5)

    Here’s Part 5 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1980-1989.

    • Stir Crazy 1980 Florence, Tucson
    • Used Cars 1980 Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson
    • Tom Horn 1980 Tucson
    • Let’s Spend the Night Together 1981 Arizona State University
    • Private Lessons 1981 Phoenix
    • The Cannonball Run 1981 Tucson
    • Hanky Panky 1982 Grand Canyon
    • Koyaanisqatsi 1982 Grand Canyon
    • National Lampoon’s Vacation 1983 Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona
    • Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi 1983 Yuma
    • Roadhouse 66 1984 Kingman
    • Starman 1984 Meteor Crater, Sedona
    • The Karate Kid 1984 Sedona
    • Cannonball Run II 1984 Tucson
    • Revenge of the Nerds 1984 Tucson, University of Arizona
    • Murphy’s Romance 1985 Florence
    • Just One of the Guys 1985 Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
    • The Zoo Gang 1985 Prescott
    • Lost in America 1985 Safford
    • The Postman 1985 Sahuarita
    • Poltergeist II: The Other Side 1986 Canyon de Chelly
    • American Anthem 1986 Flagstaff, Phoenix, Sedona
    • Nobody’s Fool 1986 Prescott
    • ¡Three Amigos! 1986 Tucson
    • Bodies, Rest and Motion 1986 Tucson
    • The Wraith 1986 Tucson
    • Campus Man 1987 Arizona State University, Tempe
    • Near Dark 1987 Casa Grande
    • Raising Arizona 1987 Florence, Tempe, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Scottsdale
    • White of the Eye 1987 Globe
    • O.C. and Stiggs 1987 Phoenix
    • Creepshow 2 1987 Prescott
    • Can’t Buy Me Love 1987 Tucson
    • Spaceballs 1987 Yuma
    • U2: Rattle and Hum 1988 Arizona State University
    • Midnight Run 1988 Globe, Sedona, Casa Grande, Flagstaff, Williams
    • Rambo III 1988 Yuma
    • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure 1989 Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
    • Major League 1989 Tucson
    Chewbacca and Han Solo aiming blasters at the viewer - Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 Yuma

    Arizona On The Silver Screen 1970-1979 (Part 4)

    Here’s Part 4 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1970-1979.

    • The Great White Hope 1970 Globe
    • Billy Jack 1971 Prescott
    • Bless the Beasts and Children 1971 Prescott
    • Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 Flagstaff, Kingman
    • Joe Kidd 1972 Tucson
    • Junior Bonner 1972 Prescott
    • Night of the Lepus 1972 Tucson
    • Ulzana’s Raid 1972 Nogales
    • Electra Glide in Blue 1973 Carefree, Phoenix, Sedona
    • Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore 1974 Tucson
    • Death Wish 1974 Tucson
    • Harry and Tonto 1974 Sedona
    • The Trial of Billy Jack 1974 Canyon de Chelly, Grand Canyon, Phoenix, Tucson
    • A Star Is Born 1976 Tempe, Tucson
    • Hawmps! 1976 Tucson
    • The Gumball Rally 1976 Flagstaff, Prescott
    • The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 Tucson, Page, Patagonia
    • Damnation Alley 1977 Meteor Crater
    • Exorcist II: The Heretic 1977 Page
    • Haunted 1977 Apache Junction
    • Kingdom of the Spiders 1977 Sedona
    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 1977 Yuma
    • The Gauntlet 1977 Phoenix, Superior
    • Comes A Horseman 1978 Flagstaff
    • The Frisco Kid 1979 Mescal
    • The Villain 1979 Tucson
    • Wanda Nevada 1979 Prescott
    One Lexington

    Snapshot: Downtown Phoenix Buildings

    Gallery of downtown Phoenix buildings. HDR (High Dynamic Range) technique was added to the photo to give a more dramatic effect.


    Luhrs Tower


    HDR is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.


    CityScape



    Phoenix City Hall


    The two main sources of HDR imagery are computer renderings and merging of multiple photographs, the latter of which in turn are individually referred to as low dynamic range (LDR)[2] or standard dynamic range (SDR)[3] photographs.


    Chase Tower


    Tone mapping techniques, which reduce overall contrast to facilitate display of HDR images on devices with lower dynamic range, can be applied to produce images with preserved or exaggerated local contrast for artistic effect. —Description courtesy of Wikipedia


    Bank of America


    Creepy image of the Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff

    BOO! Arizona’s Most Haunted Hotels

    • Bisbee Inn
      45 OK St., Bisbee
      520-432-5131
      www.bisbeeinn.com
      Ghosts reside in several of the rooms at Bisbee Inn, including a cat ghost in Room 23, a handsome cowboy in Room 11 and Abigail of Room 12, who leaves behind the fresh scent of lavender.

     

    • Connor Hotel, The
      164 Main St., Jerome
      928-634-5006
      www.connorhotel.com
      A number of ghost stories are sported today including tales of whispers and laughing in Room 1 and objects moving on their own accord in Room 2.

     

    • Copper Queen Hotel
      11 Howell Ave., Bisbee
      520-432-2216
      www.copperqueen.com
      Originally built in 1902, Julia Lowell, a former prostitute that killed herself, is the most famous ghost here. She, an older gentleman, complete with top hat, and a young boy, have all been seen at this historic inn.

     

    • Gadsden Hotel
      1046 N. G Ave., Douglas
      520-364-4481
      www.hotelgadsden.com
      At the Gadsden Hotel guests and employees have seen the ghost of an elderly woman, a young woman, a soldier and a boy named Jonathan. Room 333 is said to be especially haunted.

     

    • Ghost City Inn
      541 Main St., Jerome
      888-634-4678
      www.ghostcityinn.com
      This site is said to be haunted by a woman in the Cleopatra Room who lived there for more than 60 years. It has been reported that the woman covers sleeping guests with blankets and strokes their hair.

     

    • Hassayampa Inn
      122 E. Gurley St, Prescott
      800-322-1927
      www.hassayampainn.com
      In the 1930s, a newlywed couple stayed at the Hassayampa Inn. One day the groom went out for a pack of cigarettes and never came back. Some three days later, the new bride hung herself. Today, the inn is said to be haunted by her spirit. No one is sure about the husband.

     

    • Hotel Monte Vista
      100 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff
      800-545-3068
      www.hotelmontevista.com
      This historic hotel has several ghostly visitors including a “phantom bell boy” who knocks on doors announcing “room service” in a muffled voice, but when the door is opened, no one is there.

     

    • Hotel San Carlos
      202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
      602-253-4121
      www.hotelsancarlos.com
      Built on an Indian reservation, this hotel is reported to be visited by several different spirits. Witnesses have claimed to see a woman’s figure surrounded by a white haze. Other figures have been seen throughout the hotel and unexplainable sounds of children laughing and televisions turning on and off have been reported in the rooms.

     

    • Oatman Hotel
      181 Mainstreet, Oatman
      928-768-4408
      The Oatman Hotel is said to be home to numerous ghosts. Oatie lived there for many years, and drank himself to death outside the hotel. Oatie reportedly lurks around and knocks things over. Also, the ghost of a piano player from the town has been seen there. Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their honeymoon at the Oatman Hotel in 1939. Guests claim to hear their laughter and whispering in room 15.

     

    • Oliver House
      26 Sowle Ave., Bisbee
      520-432-1900
      Strange footsteps have been heard late at night and the sound of water running has been reported at the Oliver House. A man named Nat Anderson was shot and killed in the hallway of the inn near room 13 where most of the haunting is said to take place.

     

    • Amberian Peaks Lodge and Restaurant
      One Main St., Greer
      1-800-556-9997
      www.peaksaz.com
      Zeke is at the “Peaks.” Guests and employees alike have felt Zeke’s spirit watching over this by-gone ski resort, now a modern-day mountain lodge. Believed to be the son of the original owners, (a promising alpine skier tragically killed in an auto accident), Zeke whimsically moves objects and opens windows as he floats about his family lodge. Guests from far and wide have acknowledged his benevolent presence, particularly in the one-bedroom penthouse of the lodge.

     

    • Downtown Prescott Inn
      129 N. Cortez St., Prescott AZ 86301
      928-778-1776
      On the second floor of the hotel, guests have heard doors slamming and on the third floor, it has been reported that lights have mysteriously turned on and off. Two guests were murdered there years ago and it is said that their spirits still haunt the hotel.

     

    • El Tovar Hotel
      Grand Canyon AZ
      928-638-2631
      www.grandcanyonlodges.com
      The ghost of a man named Fred Harvey apparently walks the halls of the El Tovar Hotel during the holidays and invites guests to the annual Christmas gathering. Also, a black-caped figure can be seen lurking around the grave of one of the Harvey girls, outside the hotel.
    Men on choppers driving across the desert

    Arizona On The Silver Screen 1960-1969 (Part 3)

    Here’s Part 3 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1960-1969.

    • Cimmaron 1960 Tucson
    • Guns of the Timberland 1960 Williams
    • Psycho 1960 Phoenix
    • The Comancheros 1961 Sedona
    • How the West Was Won 1962 Prescott, Superior, Tucson
    • Rio Lobo 1962 Tucson
    • Captain Newman, M.D. 1963 Fort Huachuca
    • Lilies of the Field 1963 Tucson
    • McLintock! 1963 Nogales, Tucson
    • The Nutty Professor 1963 Arizona State University, Tempe
    • Arizona Raiders 1965 Tucson
    • The Flight of the Phoenix 1965 Yuma
    • The Greatest Story Ever Told 1965 Page
    • Beau Geste 1966 Yuma
    • El Dorado 1967 Tucson
    • Hombre 1967 Tucson
    • The Trip 1967 Yuma
    • Planet of the Apes 1968 Page
    • A Boy and His Dog 1969 Phoenix
    • Charro! 1969 Apache Junction
    • Easy Rider 1969 Flagstaff, Tucson
    • Mackenna’s Gold 1969 Monument Valley
    Space ships flying over a crashed plane

    Arizona on the Silver Screen 1950-1959 (Part 2)

    Here’s Part 2 of Arizona On The Silver Screen, which looks at movies filmed in the Grand Canyon State. These films span the years 1950-1959.

    • Copper Canyon 1950 Sedona
    • Winchester ‘73 1950 Tucson
    • David and Bathsheba 1951 Nogales
    • Arena 1953 Cottonwood
    • The War of the Worlds 1953 Florence, Phoenix
    • Apache 1954 Sedona
    • Johnny Guitar 1954 Sedona
    • Oklahoma! 1955 Nogales
    • A Kiss Before Dying 1956 Tucson, University of Arizona
    • Bus Stop 1956 Phoenix
    • Motorama 1956 Page
    • Pardners 1956 Phoenix, Apache Junction
    • 3:10 to Yuma 1957 Sedona
    • Aces: Iron Eagle III 1957 Tucson
    • Battle Hymn 1957 Nogales
    • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral 1957 Phoenix, Tucson
    • The Big Country 1958 Canyon de Chelly
    • Rio Bravo 1959 Tucson
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    Snapshot: Tombstone, “The Town Too Tough to Die”

    The name of the town of Tombstone evokes strong imagery of what the Wild West really was — something right out of an old western with its dusty streets, wooden plank storefronts and faded paint wooden buildings.

    It also lived up to its reputation of being one of the deadliest towns in the West. It was relatively isolated from everyone including the railroad. The surrounding countryside was controlled by the Apaches and the town had its share of gunfights including the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral between Wyatt Earp and the “Cow-boys.”

    Tombstone was also the home to the Bird Cage Theatre which, in 1882, the New York Times reported was the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast. It was also visited in 2006 by the Syfy channel’s paranormal sleuths on an episode of “Ghost Hunters.”

    Today, Tombstone is a tourist destination with approximately 450,000 visitors it a year.

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