What's New in the Grand Canyon State for 2021 . . .

The Town of Camp Verde and the Coconino National Forest announce the completion of trails based out of the new Camp Verde Sports Complex. The Verde Vista Loop, is a 5.5-mile non-motorized loop out of a trailhead located in the Sports Complex. The trail climbs about 500′ to the top of the White Hills overlooking the Equestrian Center and Sports complex. In addition to the Verde Vista Loop, the 1.6-mile Perimeter Loop Trail is located around the perimeter of the Sports Complex. The 10′ wide trail is a more stabilized surface, making this trail easier for casual walkers, bikers and people with strollers.

  –Bearizona, a popular wildlife park devoted to providing homes for wild animals in need, just announced the completion of Kinder Cubs, a new 29,000-square-foot habitat for the recently rescued grizzly bear cubs, Hanna, Sky and Crockett. Located in Williams, as the healthy bear cubs continue to grow, Bearizona is moving them into a bigger and better habitat, which will serve as an interim home while the park finalizes The Grizzly Encounter exhibit, coming in early 2022.

: Escape Adventures offers a five-day winter cycling retreat in America’s Southwestern prize – Tucson, Arizona. Rated as the country’s second most bike-friendly city, this velo dreamscape offers an ideal escape with seemingly endless backroads through vast expanses of desert and world-class ascents like Mount Lemmon.

One of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World”, the Grand Canyon attracts nearly five million visitors each year and Monument Valley’s sandstone monoliths have served as the breathtaking backdrop for many classic western films. This state with a tumultuous past was also the home of Geronimo and Cochise and set the scene for the “Gunfight at the OK Corral” where the score was finally settled between the Earps and the Clantons.

Long before the Wild West. Even before the extinction of saber-toothed cats and the mammoth. As far back as 12,000 years ago, indigenous cultures made their home in what, today, we affectionately call Arizona. These early inhabitants settled into villages throughout the diverse regions of Arizona, giving formation to tribes such as the Ancestral Puebloans, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Patayan people.

From the stirring beauty of the rugged Sonoran Desert to luxury resorts, chef-driven restaurants, and exciting activities or attractions, Scottsdale is bursting at the seams with the makings of a memorable extended weekend getaway. Spend a day in “old town” Old Town’s Rusty Spur offers live music every day and night by local talent like the Psychobilly Rodeo Band. >MORE

Find sanctuary in the Sonoran Desert this Spring.  From its mountain perch high above Scottsdale, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa is perfectly poised for travelers drawn to the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert landscape. Camelback Mountain hiking trails beckon just beyond the resort grounds, while guests who venture a farther can explore the spectacularly varied terrain of Tonto National Forest—from cacti-dotted flat lands to cool pine forests. For water enthusiasts, the Lower Salt River offers calm-water rafting, tubing, kayaking, SUPing, canoeing and fishing surrounded by stunning views of cliffs, wetlands and desert wildlife. Insiders know it’s also a great spot to glimpse wild horses and bald eagles, just 30 miles from Scottsdale. >MORE ON SCOTTSDALE…

Train excursions on Arizona’s historic railroads

Free Spirit Vacations and Events introduces a new way to explore Arizona’s historic railroads in two days and one night. The “Arizona Rails Package” offers transportation to and from Phoenix, classic train excursions on the Grand Canyon Railway and the Verde Canyon Railroad, a one night stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, and transportation and guided visits to the Grand Canyon and the Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale. Priced at $660 per person and $550 per person for a group of two, the package is offered on September 9-10, 2021 and February 2-3, 2022. Reservations can be made by emailing or calling (480) 926-5547.

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