One of the oldest continually operated ski areas in the U.S., Arizona Snowbowl turns over a new leaf from late May through mid October. One of the park's ski lifts remains open to whisk visitors to the top of an 11,500-foot-tall peak, where they take in views of land features up to 70 miles away and get a rare chance to see the Kokopelli shape that the Grand Canyon makes from above. During this bustling summer season averaging a temperature of 80 degrees, area experts host interpretive talks, and hikers trek through the Kachina Peaks wilderness on high-altitude trails. The Snowbowl is also open to skiers from mid-December through April. After a day of outdoor activities, adventurers can sip cocktails, scoop up green-chili chicken stew, and munch sandwiches at Peak Side Café —featuring live music on the weekends—, located in Agassiz Lodge at the base of the slopes where guests can also shop for souvenirs.