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Our world-class shooting range is a city of Phoenix Point of Pride. It has received a 5 Star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges, meaning that it is the best of the best at providing a quality recreation experience. Turf Paradise offers a place for everyone. From our fine dining, VIP, Directors & Turf Club to our Grandstand & Park Pavilion filled with concessions, there's fun for all! Nestled in our lushly landscaped grounds and surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, you'll be thrilled by the heart-pounding excitement of live Thoroughbred racing and think you truly are in Paradise.One of the best ways to see Arizona's natural beauty is on horseback. Our horseback rides introduce you to one of the most unique environments in the world; there is only one Sonoran Desert, with its towering saguaros and bold mountains...... Enjoy the world famous hot air balloon flight over the Sonoran Desert. The crisp morning air in The Senoran Desert provides for the best flight oportunities. Flights are typically 1 hour in duration if not longer. After the flight you will enjoy a champagne celebration with continental breakfast and presentation of a first flight certificate suitable for framing.Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Northern Arizona in luxurious comfort. Climb aboard our rugged, all-terrain Tour Trekker, custom built to be the ultimate tour vehicle. Equipped with extra large windows for unparalleled viewing, plush leather captain chairs, and a flat-screen DVD player for the ultimate in grand touring style Whether you live in Northern Arizona or you plan to visit soon, come on by! We listen to what you are asking for and provide functional cycling equipment and friendly advice that will make all of your rides your best rides. Come ski Arizona! The Goal of Arizona Snowbowl is to provide a quality recreational experience with a devoted commitment to the sensitive environment that surrounds us, and, to be responsive to guests' needs and provide them with an enjoyable, high value experience. Quietly nestled beneath the Sonoran Desert, it took nature millions of years to sculpt these majestic cave formations. Accidentally discovered in 1974 and recently opened to the public in1999, Kartchner Caverns is rated one of the World's Top 10 Caves by experts for its vast and incredibly unique mineral formations. It's the only one of the ten open for public viewing in the United States. 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. Since then it has been the object of interest and attention by people ranging from train robbers to a President of the University of Arizona. The MTM Ranch provides more than a trailride, it provides an experience. Enjoy one hour to all day tours departing directly onto the Willow Springs Conservation Area trailsystem. Each ride is more spectacular than the last. The longer you care to participate, the further into the mountains you will ride. The further from civilization you go, the more pristine the habitat that you will witness becomes. Arizona Hot Air Balloons is the premier Arizona balloon ride service, serving the Phoenix Metropolitan Area including Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Anthem, Cave Creek, Carefree, Apache Junction areas. Also, Sedona and the high country in the northern part of the state. Welcome to Saguaro National Park! Enormous cacti, silhouetted by the setting sun, for most of us the Giant Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American West. And yet, these majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States. Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants, on the edge of the modern City of Tucson. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. The swim area is located on National Forest land which is jointly managed by Arizona State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. Together these areas have seen the making of many Hollywood movies such as "Broken Arrow" (1950) with James Stewart, "Drum Beat" (1954) with Alan Ladd and Charles Bronson, "Gun Fury" (1953) with Rock Hudson and Donna Reed, and a scene from "Angel and the Badman" (1946) with John Wayne. We invite you to spend the day or an afternoon tubing the Lower Salt River rapids in the beautiful Tonto National Forest. Just a short drive from Phoenix, the Salt River is a recreational paradise that offers "chills and thrills" while floating on the cool and refreshing mountain-stream waters.Grand Canyon National Park is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a designated World Heritage Site, and one of the Crown Jewels of the National Park System. Declared a national park in 1919, the mile-deep, 277-mile long gorge draws nearly five million visitors annually to the lofty rims and world-class whitewater that await the active traveler. Lake Pleasant is Arizona's second largest lake and offers a wide variety of recreational activities. General camping, RV accommodations, boating, sailing, water and jet skiing, and fishing are just some of the activities offered at the lake. The Desert Outdoor Learning Center offers excellent opportunities to learn more about the lake as well as the surrounding desert area. With one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood, multi-hued badlands of the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites, native grassland environment, and displays of over 200-million-year-old fossils, this is a surprising land of scenic wonders and fascinating science. The park offers a beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables & grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, a marina, and the Lakeside Market. There is a campground, boat-in camp sites, restrooms, showers, and a dump station. The Lakeside Market offers boat rentals, fishing licenses, bait, ice, and more.Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley is located in Mt. Lemmon, Arizona, with 21 ski trails served by three lifts. Mt. Lemmon is located about an hour from Tucson and is typically open from December until mid-April. As you walk the grounds of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, imagine the once-bustling grounds teeming with military life, preparing to travel to all parts west. The Yuma Quartermaster Depot was used by the U.S. Army to store and distribute supplies for all the military posts in Arizona, and some in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas. Guided tours of the Mansion given daily, at the top of the hour. Your guide will lead you through a pristine historic home filled with original artifacts, handcrafted furniture, and personal mementos of the Riordan families. The impressive home contains an exceptional collection of Craftsman furnishings with appointments by Edison, Stickley, Ellis, and Steinway. Travel to Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, Arizona's first State Park and enjoy the grounds of Arizona's oldest European community. Visit the underground exhibit of the Presidio ruins, tour the museum, see Arizona's first printing press, or visit the furnished 1885 schoolhouse. Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point.Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring, overlook a sea of wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for its unique geological significance, outstanding and varied desert growth, and historical importance.The natural hot springs at Roper Lake State Park are inviting and invigorating. Enjoy desert vegetation, an accessible fishing dock, and stunning views of Mount Graham. Roper Lake is stocked with Largemouth bass and Rainbow trout its a great place for kids to catch their first fish! Boats are limited to small electric motors, creating ideal conditions for a sail board or a canoe.Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The scenic shoreline of Lake Havasu State Park is an ideal place to enjoy beautiful beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites. This spot is truly a watersport haven located near the famous London Bridge of Lake Havasu City. Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. Depending on the years rainfall, you might be treated to a carpet of desert wildflowers in the spring. Enjoy a weekend of camping and experience native wildlife including mule deer, coyote, javelina and jackrabbit.Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The fort was a base for General Crooks U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. The park is the best-preserved example of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. Several of the original buildings still stand and living history programs are scheduled periodically, giving visitors a glimpse into Arizonas history.Alamo Lake State Park is one of Arizona's best kept secrets. The stark desert beauty is reflected off the water. Cacti dot the mountainous landscape that surround the lake. Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Alamo Lake State Park offers outdoor fun, premier bass fishing, rest and relaxation. Imagine camping among 100-foot pine trees beside a quiet lake watching majestic great blue herons at a cool 6,300 feet in elevation. Year-round camping, fishing, picnicking, boating and wildlife viewing opportunities make Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area a popular place. Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, or just wading in the cool water.Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. The 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams invites camping, picnicking and bird watching more than 150 species of birds call the park home. The park provides miles of equestrian, birding, hiking, and biking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. Mountains line the river on both the Arizona and California sides, and the wildlife is as varied as the recreational opportunities along the river. This picturesque park provides a scenic respite, mountain hikes, a desert escape and fun-filled water adventure. Come enjoy all the park has to offer! Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is the place to discover the intricate beauty and many faces of Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. Featured are plants from the world's deserts, towering trees, captivating cacti, sheer mountain cliffs, a streamside forest, panoramic vistas, many natural habitats with varied wildlife, a desert lake, a hidden canyon, specialty gardens and more. At Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park walk through the actual strap iron cells and solitary chamber of Arizona Territorys first prison. Now a museum, the building houses photographs and colorful exhibits of those who once involuntarily stayed there and the prison life they had to endure. A total of 3,069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls during the prisons 33 years of operation. Arizona Raft Adventures has core values which provide the foundation for an incredible Grand Canyon rafting trip experience for our Guests. As you explore your options in choosing a Grand Canyon outfitter, we hope you can identify with and appreciate our values, too. AzRA prides itself on: putting safety first, creating a personal experience for every Guest, sharing a passion for Grand Canyon, exceeding Guest expectations and constantly striving for improvement. From the moment you step aboard the fully-restored vintage train, you are whisked back to a time of luxurious and leisurely train travel. FP7 locomotives, two of only 12 remaining in North America, are the muscle that pulls the renovated consortium of cars. Indoor cars are climate-controlled, have restrooms which may be utilized throughout the trip, and the train meets ADA requirements. Nearly 30,000 acres makes this the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. The range, deeply serrated with ridges and canyons, rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash floodwaters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name. Nestled in the foothills of South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona, Ponderosa Stables has provided horseback riding to the public since 1985. With over 40 miles of trails covering 18,500 acres, South Mountain Park is renowned as the largest municipal park in the world. This historic desert mountain preserve is an extremely popular Arizona attraction, ranking second to the Grand Canyon based on the number of visitors each year. There is so much to do at Saguaro Lake! Visit Precision Marine and rent a runabout, fishing or pontoon boat, or take a relaxing Desert Belle Paddleboat tour, then eat at the yummy Lakeshore Restaurant. Saguaro Lake is great fun for everyone! We generally fly close to the ground, usually under 400 feet. At this altitude you are able to see the sights and sounds of desert life. We commonly see jack-rabbit, quail, roadrunner and coyote. From time to time, we encounter deer, javalina and other desert animals. Your pilot will point out exotic desert plant life below and descend to within inches of trees and cacti, much to everyone's delight. A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country's ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the ASCEW. Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. Marveling at this enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture reveals a people surprisingly similar to ourselves. Crowning a desert hilltop is an ancient pueblo. A child scans the desert landscape for the arrival of traders. What riches will they bring? What stories will they tell? From the roof top of the Tuzigoot Pueblo it is easy to imagine such a moment. 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