Where To Stay Near Willcox

Cochise Stronghold B& B (finds Set on 15 acres of private land within Coronado National Forest's Cochise Stronghold area, this remote and beautiful inn is one of my favorite B& Bs in the state. The inn is a straw-bale, passive solar home with two housekeeping suites, and it makes a superb base for hikes amid the area's fascinating rock formations and for excursions farther afield in Cochise County. Owners John and Nancy Yates are a great source of information both on solar-home design and...

Getting Outside in Northern New Mexico

BIKING Some of the best biking is in Farmington, where the Durangatangs come during the winter to train and ride (Durango is a mountain-biking mecca). Bicycle Express, 103 North Main Ave., Aztec (& 505 334-4354), will give trail directions, as will Cottonwood Cycles, 4370 E. Main, Farmington (& 505 3260429 www.cottonwoodcycles.com). Cottonwood also rents bikes. Be sure to check out the Lions Wilderness Park you'll find its renowned Road Apple Trail on the north end of town. Bikers are...

Acoma Pueblo

The spectacular Acoma Sky City, a walled adobe village perched high atop a sheer rock mesa 367 feet above the valley floor, is said to have been inhabited at least since the 11th century. It's the longest continuously occupied community in the United States. Native history says it has been inhabited since before the time of Christ. Both the pueblo and its mission church of San Esteban del Rey are National Historic Landmarks. When Coronado visited in 1540, he suggested that Acoma was the...

By Train

Amtrak has two routes through the region. The Southwest Chief, which runs between Chicago and Los Angeles, passes through the region once daily in each direction, with stops in Flagstaff, Gallup, Grants, Albuquerque, Lamy (for Santa Fe), Las Vegas, Raton, Trinidad, La Junta, and Lamar. A second train, the Sunset Limited, skims through the southern part of the region three times weekly in each direction between Los Angeles and New Orleans, with stops in Tucson, Benson, Lordsburg, Deming, and El...

Planning Your Trip to the Southwest

With any trip, a little preparation is essential before you start. This chapter provides you with a variety of planning tools, including information on when to go, how to get there, and how to get around once you're there. Four Corners This region is the bull's-eye for this book. Containing some of the world's most cherished archaeological sites, the Four Corners area is the home to not only ancient cultures such as the Anasazi (or ancestral Puebloans), but also their modern-day descendants and...

Cultural Chow

If you get hungry while visiting the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (all located together, southeast of the Plaza), you can now feast on more than your fingernails. The Museum Hill Caf (& 505 820-1776) is open Tuesday through Saturday for beverages and snacks at 10am, and a tasty lunch from 11am to 3pm it serves Sunday brunch from 11am to 3pm. Look for...

El Malpais Exploring The Badlands

Designated a national monument in 1987, El Malpais (Spanish for badlands) is considered one of the outstanding examples of volcanic landscapes in the United States. El Malpais contains 115,000 acres of cinder cones, vast lava flows, hundreds of lava tubes, ice caves, sandstone cliffs, natural bridges and arches, Anasazi (ancestral Puebloan) ruins, ancient Native American trails, and Spanish and Anglo homesteads. GETTING THERE Two roads, NM 117 and NM 53, lead to El Malpais. NM 117 has an exit...

Horseback Riding

Adventurers come from all over the world to horseback ride in the Southwest. Some of the most notable Western historic moments took place here, and many Westerns have been filmed. There's a great variety in the types of riding a person can do in the Southwest, so do some research and choose carefully. If you're content with a nose-to-tail kind of ride, you'll be happiest riding in the mountainous regions such as the White Mountains or in more controlled environments such as through Monument...

The Grand Canyon South Rim fff

60 miles N of Williams 80 miles NE of Flagstaff 230 miles N of Phoenix 340 miles N of Tucson Whether you merely stand on the rim gazing in awe, spend several days hiking deep in the canyon, or ride the roller-coaster rapids of the Colorado River, a trip to the Grand Canyon is an unforgettable experience. A mile deep, 277 miles long, and up to 18 miles wide, the canyon is so large that it is positively overwhelming in its grandeur, truly one of the great wonders of the world. Layers of...

Furniture

Ernest Thompson Furniture (g Original-design, handcrafted furniture is exhibited in the factory showroom. Thompson is a fifth-generation furniture maker who still uses traditional production techniques. 4531 Osuna Rd. NE (A block west of I-25 and V2 block north of Osuna Rd.). & 800 568-2344 or 505 344-1994. Strictly Southwestern You'll find nice, solid pine and oak Southwestern-style furniture here. Lighting, art, pottery, and other interior items are also available. 1321 Eubank Blvd. NE....

Especially For Kids

In addition to the following suggestions, kids are likely to enjoy the Arizona Science Center, the Mesa Southwest Museum, and the Phoenix Zoo all described in detail above. Arizona Museum for Youth Using both traditional displays and participatory activities, this museum allows children to explore the fine arts and their own creativity. It's housed in a refurbished grocery store, and the highlight is Artville, an arts-driven kid-size town. Exhibits are geared mainly to toddlers through...

Tempe Mesa Moderate

Blue Adobe Grille & & Finds MEXICAN Wedged between a Taco Bell and an aging bowling alley, this restaurant looks like just the sort of place you should drive right past. Don't Despite appearances, this New Mexican-style restaurant serves deliciously creative Southwestern fare at very economical prices. To get an idea of what the food here is all about, order the Tres Santa Fe plate with tenderloin burrito, a shrimp enchilada, and carne adovada. Of course, there are great margaritas, but...

Watersports

Watersports in the Southwest Absolutely You'll find a variety of activities, ranging from white-water rafting to pleasure boating. WHITE-WATER RAFTING The most notable white-water rafting experience is down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. If it's one of your dreams, plan well ahead. Companies and trips are limited, and they tend to fill up early. For a discussion and list of companies that run trips down the canyon, see chapter 16, The Grand Canyon & Northern Arizona. For 1-day...

Phoenix Scottsdale the Valley of the Sun Dining

Alice Cooper'stown 8 Arcadia Farms 36 Bandera 37 Barcelona 22 Bloom 26 Glory Caf & Bakery 43 5 & Diner 4 Fry Bread House 1 Garlic's Pasta and Bread Company 27 Geordie's at the Wrigley Mansion Club Grazie 31 House of Tricks 41 La Grande Orange Pizzeria La Hacienda 20 Lori's 13 Los Dos Molinos 9 Los Olivios 35 Los Sombreros 38 MacAlpine's Restaurant and Soda Fountain 5 Marquesa 20 Mary Elaine's 17 Monti's La Casa Vieja 40 Old Town Tortilla Factory 34 Organ Stop Pizza 45 Pane Bianco 2...

The South Rim Drive

The South Rim Drive climbs slowly but steadily, and at each stop you're a little bit higher above the canyon floor. Near the mouth of the canyon is the Tunnel Overlook, where a short narrow canyon feeds into Chinle Wash, which is formed by streams cutting through the canyons of the national monument. Tsegi is a Navajo word meaning rock canyon, and at the nearby Tsegi Overlook, that's just what you'll see when you gaze down from the viewpoint. The next stop is the Junction Overlook, so named...

Central Taos Accommodations Dining

Adobe Sun God Lodge 16 Best Western Kachina Lodge Carson National Forest 3 Casa del las Chimeneas 15 Comfort Suites 18 El Monte Sagrado 12 Fechin Inn 7 Hacienda del Sol 2 The Historic Taos Inn 10 Hotel La Fonda de Taos 11 Indian Hills Taos Plaza 13 Little Tree Bed & Breakfast 3 Sagebrush Inn 18 The Apple Tree 9 Bravo 17 De La Tierra 12 Doc Martin's 8 Gypsy 360 3 Joseph's Table 11 Lambert's of Taos 14 Michael's Kitchen 5 Momentitos de la Vida 3 Old Blinking Light 3 Orlando's New Mexican Caf 1...

Where To Stay In Around Carlsbad

Most properties are along the highway south toward Carlsbad Caverns National Park (see Carlsbad Caverns National Park, below). Only the Best Western Cavern Inn is near the national park. The downside to staying there is that your restaurant and activity options are limited. Best Western Cavern Inn If you'd like to be close to the caverns, this is the place to stay. The lobby is in an Old West storefront, and the accommodations are across the street. The staff seems to be overworked, so you may...

The Club Music Scene

Packed into a couple of dozen blocks surrounding Old Town Scottsdale, near the corner of Camelback and Scottsdale roads, there are dozens of trendy dance clubs and chic bars. This is where the wealthy fashionistas (and the wannabes) come to party. The crowd is young, affluent, and attractive. Cruise along Stetson Drive, which is divided into two sections (east and west of Scottsdale Rd.) to find the latest hot spots. Although Scottsdale is the nexus of nightclubbing for the fashion conscious,...

Exploring The Park

This is big country, and, like the Grand Canyon, is primarily a point-and-shoot experience for most visitors. Because this is reservation land and people still live in Monument Valley, most backcountry and off-road travel are prohibited unless you're with a licensed guide. So basically, with one exception, your options for seeing the park are limited. You can take a few pictures from the overlook at the visitor center, drive the park's Valley Drive (a scenic but very rough 17-mile dirt road),...

The Desert Its Native Cultures

Deer Valley Rock Art Center Located in the Hedgepeth Hills in the northwest corner of the Valley of the Sun, the Deer Valley Rock Art Center preserves an amazing concentration of Native American petroglyphs, some of which date back 5,000 years. Although these petroglyphs may not at first seem as impressive as those at more famous sites, the sheer numbers make this a fascinating spot. The drawings, which range from simple spirals to much more complex renderings of herds of deer, are on volcanic...

Grand Canyon Village Vicinity

Grand Canyon Village is the first stop for the vast majority of the nearly four million people who visit the Grand Canyon every year. Consequently, it is the most crowded area in the park, but it also has the most overlooks and visitor services. Its many historic buildings, while nowhere near as impressive as the canyon itself, add to the popularity of the village, which, if it weren't so crowded all the time, would have a pleasant atmosphere. For visitors who have entered the park through the...

Where To Roll The Dice

What You didn't come to Las Vegas for the Liberace Museum We are shocked. Shocked. Yes, there are gambling opportunities in Vegas. Let's not kid ourselves gambling is what Vegas is about. You should casino-hop at least once to marvel or get dizzy at the decor spectacle and the sheer excess of it all. Beyond decoration, there isn't too much difference. All the casinos have slot and video poker machines and offer games such as blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, Pai Gow, keno, and baccarat. If...

What To See Do Near Lordsburg

Visitors to Lordsburg can go rockhounding in this area rich in minerals of many kinds. Desert roses can be found near Summit, and agate is known to exist in many abandoned mines. Mine dumps, southwest of Hachita, contain lead, zinc, and gold the Animas Mountains have manganese. Volcanic glass can be picked up in Coronado National Forest, and you can pan for gold in Gold Gulch. Rodeo, 30 miles southwest on I-10 and NM 80, is the home of the Chiricahua Gallery amp 505 557-2225 , open Monday...

Where To Stay

Room taxes add about 10 to the total cost. Best Western Ruby's Inn Kids This large Best Western provides most of the beds used by tired park visitors. The lobby is among the busiest places in the area, with an ATM, liquor store, beauty salon, 1-hour film processor, and activities desks where you can book excursions of all sorts, from horseback rides to helicopter tours. Off the lobby are a restaurant, an art gallery, a post office, and a huge general store. Outside are car rentals and two gas...