A SOPHISTICATED RESORT TOWN TEN MILES FROM DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, SCOTTSDALE IS A HAVEN FOR ARTISTS AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS YEAR ROUND.

Backed by an army of rugged mountain peaks with names like Superstition and Camelback, native succulents stand tall as an enduring symbol of the Sonoran Desert. At the heart of this fabled frontier, Scottsdale shines like a gleaming star in the Valley of the Sun. Deeply influenced by the customs of the Hopi, Apache, and Navajo nations and a source of inspiration for artists, this is where the Old West and New West converge.

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ARCOSANTI ARTIST STUDIO
13555 S. CROSS L RD. MAYER, AZ
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Forward-thinking and fascinating, the Arcosanti project is an urban design center in the desert from visionary artist Paolo Soleri. Visit the ceramic studio, bronze foundry and futuristic buildings on a guided site tour.

CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN
4925 E. MCDONALD DRIVE
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Echo Canyon Recreation Area is a quintessential Sonoran Desert landscape of layered sandstone and granite. Ascend trails trimmed in saguaro and pincushion, jumping cholla, staghorn, and prickly pear cacti that lead to rewarding views. Watch for cottontail rabbits, lizards, Harris antelope squirrels and rattlesnakes that might skitter across the path. Head out early in advance of the heat and come prepared with plenty of water and sunscreen for the hike.

CHASE FIELD
401 E. JEFFERSON
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Cheer on the Arizona Diamondbacks, the state’s first major league baseball team, at Chase Field. Built in 1998, the open-air multi-purpose stadium also hosts football, soccer and basketball games as well as concerts.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TALIESEN WEST
12621 N FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT BLVD
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Natural elements, geometrically aligned are the foundation for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sonoran Desert masterpiece and winter residence Taliesin West. Tours of the 600-acre compound built in 1937 reveal a dwelling, constructed entirely of native sand and stone, that blends into the landscape with sublime harmony. Rooms, like the one where Wright designed the Guggenheim Museum in New York, lead to distinctive gardens and terraces in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains.

HEARD MUSEUM
2301 NORTH CENTRAL AVENUE
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Gain a deeper understanding of American Indian art and history at the comprehensive Heard Museum. Founded in 1929, the museum tells the stories of American Indian people through artwork in the permanent collection, dynamic exhibitions, festivals and events such as film screenings and dance performances.

SCOTTSDALE OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET
3806 N. BROWN AVENUE
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Sample fresh-baked Amish friendship breads and spicy jams or admire row after row of exotic fruits and vegetables at the Scottsdale Old Town Farmers Market. This five-year-old market features local growers and specialty food purveyors on Saturdays in every season except summer.

WILDERNESS HORSEBACK TOUR
5440 EAST PEAKVIEW ROAD, CAVE CREEK
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An extraordinary way to witness this dramatic landscape of saguaro and agave, desert rock and wildflowers is on horseback. Experienced equestrian guides from Windwalker Expeditions lead personalized adventures, through desert, mountains, or wilderness trails, tailored specifically to the rider’s level of skill and interest.

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ARIZONA COWBOY COLLEGE

FOLLOW THE LEAD OF AN AUTHENTIC COWBOY AND LEARN ABOUT ROPING AND RIDING IN A SESSION AT THE ARIZONA COWBOY COLLEGE.
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