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Northern AZ Must Do's - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Northern AZ Must Do's (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Northern AZ Must Do’s — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas Tours

100 Lakeshore Dr.,
Page, AZ 86040
(888) 896-3829
lakepowell.com
Whether you’re a seasoned houseboater or a first-timer, Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas provides everything you need to have the vacation of a lifetime — from instruction and advice to sheets and towels.


Hoover Dam

Nevada-Arizona border
(702) 494-2517
usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam
The Bureau of Reclamation started conducting tours through the Hoover Dam in 1937. Today, close to one million visitors a year take the tour and millions more drive across the dam. Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the U.S.


London Bridge

314 London Bridge Rd.,
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
(800) 242-8278
golakehavasu.com
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.


Navajo National Monument

End of State Highway 564 off US Highway 160,
Tonalea, AZ 86044
(928) 672-2700
nps.gov/nava
The monument preserves and protects three large ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. At the largest cliff dwellings in Arizona, experience first-hand the museums, picnic areas, campgrounds and short trails.


Antelope Canyon

5975 E. Hwy. 98,
Page, AZ 86040
(928) 698-2808
navajonationparks.org
Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed areas of Northern Arizona and one of the most popular slot canyons. The upper canyon is translated as “the place where water runs through rocks” and the lower canyon as “spiral rock arches.” The canyon can be visited when accompanied by authorized tour guides.

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Top 5 Cultural Attractions (Spring-Summer)

Top 5: Cultural Attractions (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Cultural Attractions — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Biosphere 2

32540 S. Biosphere Rd., Oracle, AZ 85623
502-838-6200
b2science.org
The $150 million facility opened in 1991 as a massive closed system that would last for 100 years to test nature, technology and human endurance. Opened to the public in 2002, visitors to Biosphere 2 can explore inside the 3.15-acre structure on a fully-guided tour.


Hoover Dam

Nevada-Arizona border
702-494-2517
usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam
The Bureau of Reclamation started conducting tours through the Hoover Dam in 1937. Today, close to 1 million visitors a year take the tour and millions more drive across the dam. Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the U.S.


London Bridge

314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
800-242-8278
golakehavasu.com
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.


Mount Lemmon SkyCenter

933 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721
520-626-8122
skycenter.arizona.edu
Mount Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory’s “sky island” observing site. The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9,157 feet summit of Mt. Lemmon and on the extensive knowledge base at the University of Arizona to deliver educational adventures.


Navajo National Monument

End of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160, Tonalea, AZ 86044
928-672-2700
nps.gov/nava
The monument preserves and protects three large ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. At the largest cliff dwellings in Arizona, experience first-hand the museums, picnic areas, campgrounds and short trails.

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Things to Do in Arizona: Navajo National Monument

Navajo National Monument is very close to my heart as my wife is both Navajo and Yavapai. Her grandfather resides in Tuba City, a short 60 miles southwest of the monument, and every year we take our Labor Day trip up north, staying at Navajo National Monument. If you enjoy camping in Arizona either by tent or RV, Navajo National Monument offers one of the best outdoor experiences blending both solitude and beauty of Arizona.

Navajo National Monument has several unguided hikes along short paths that yield breath-taking views that take you back in time to when the prehistoric Puebloan Ancestors built villages within the natural sandstone canyons. These villages date back to 1250 to 1300 A.D. While walking these paths, you are immersed in a state of calmness and serenity as you contemplate and attempt to imagine what it would have been like almost 1,000 years ago.

The amazing Aspen trail is .8 miles round trip and dips down 300 feet into a perfect spot to view the ancient aspen forest. Here overwhelming cliffs surround you as you take in one of the most unique Arizona views that our great state has to offer its visitors.

The Sandal trail is a 1 mile round trip that offers a paved path to an overlook with views of the Betakin/Talastims cliff dwelling. Make sure and bring some binoculars so you can view the cliff dwellings and their unique architectural traits.

Navajo National Monument offers several strenuous hikes ranging from 3-17 miles that bestow close up views of these amazing cliff dwellings. Reservations must be made in advance and are subject to cancelation due to the weather.

Navajo National Monument is open year round. However, if visiting in the winter, be prepared for snow and ice, as the elevation is over 7,000 feet. I personally enjoy this area because it is not very well known being near more popular sites such as the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. You can always find a camping spot: my favorite being the Canyon View campground which offers breath taking sunset views of the canyons. As of Labor Day 2011, there were no fees to camp but donations are always encouraged.

Make a weekend trip up to Navajo National Monument and experience one of  Arizona’s TOP 5 Cultural Attractions as voted by the readers of Experience AZ.

Visit www.nps.gov/nava/index.htm for more information on Navajo National Monument.