The Top 5 Uniquely Arizona Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:


1324 Jess Hayes Rd.,
Globe, AZ 85501
(928) 425-0320
Visitors walk through a 700-year-old Salado Culture pueblo, climb ladders to second story rooms and view the typical furnishings of the era. Artifacts are also displayed in the Besh-Ba-Gowah Museum.

Hubbell Trading Post

1 mile west of Hwy. 191,
Ganado, AZ 86505
(928) 755-3475
Feel the old wooden floor give slightly and squeak beneath your feet as you enter the oldest, continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. As your eyes adjust to the dim lighting of the “bullpen,” you might catch the trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist for their art.

Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

5700 W. North Loop Rd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 502-5600
Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.


HC 74, Box 4136,
Mayer, AZ 86333
(928) 632-7135
In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. When complete, Arcosanti will house 5,000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth.

Mystery Castle

800 E. Mineral Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(602) 268-1581
This unusual piece of architecture, built from recycled bottles, granite and bricks in the 1930s, is a tribute from a father to his daughter. Largely constructed of native stone, the 8,000-square-foot castle contains 13 fireplaces, 18 rooms and various features of interest. Southwestern antiques furnish this unique facility.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012