Heritage Park and its volunteers are dedicated to the conservation and protection of wildlife, caring for more than 150 indigenous and exotic mammals, reptiles, and birds in a 10-acre haven. Many of Heritage Park's animals were previously injured, abandoned, or marked with a human imprint that prevents them from rejoining their packs without bringing personalized coffee mugs for everyone. While prowling through the sanctuary, visitors might spy a mountain lion that was kept as a pet, a black bear that was orphaned by his mother, or a fox rescued from a swimming pool. Emus, tarantulas, and ring-tailed lemurs also run free in their habitats, serenading onlookers with their wild cries.
Heritage Park also plays an important role in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, granting asylum to critically endangered Mexican gray wolves, which are being reintroduced into the wild after a 20-year absence. The zoological sanctuary is open every day, with extended hours from May 1 to October 31 to give guests a chance to see animals that are usually out running errands during business hours.
Grapes don't usually grow in the desert's dry heat, but the owners of Oak Creek Vineyard and Winery found a way. They nourish vines of syrah, merlot, zinfandel, and chardonnay grapes with pure water from an aquifer 425 feet beneath the earth's surface. Moisture isn't everything, though; western Arizona's brilliant sunlight helps the grapes to develop ideal sugar content. The combination of warm days and chilly nights further brings flavor to life beneath the grapes' dusk-purple skins.
White curtains swirl around the outdoor patio of an adobe tasting room, where visitors pair sips of wine with meats and cheeses. A jaunt through the grounds reveals views of flowering cacti and tumbleweeds wearing pearls on the sun-browned hills.
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At the age of six, when most kids are learning how to tie their shoelaces, Grand Canyon Adventures owner and guide Andrew Moore went on his first backpacking trip with his family to the Grand Canyon. Years later, Moore is still exploring the scenic gorge. But nowadays, he shares his expertise with the tour groups on Grand Canyon Adventures' day trips, hikes, and bike tours. And it’s still a family affair. Andrew’s nature-loving dad, Bob Moore, drives the air-conditioned vehicle and shares his vast knowledge about the Grand Canyon on guided excursions.
There are hiking expeditions to suit all skill levels. One is the Grand View Trail to Coconino Saddle, a 2.5-mile trek that runs along a 100-year-old former mining trail and climbs 1,200 feet in elevation. Or, opt for a bike tour along the historic Hermits Rest Road, a former pioneer trail that winds along the canyon rim—keep an eye out for Colorado River rapids below or a napping Wile E. Coyote.
Generally, adulthood forces people to give up childish pleasure, robbing them of the joy associated with playing in puddles, throwing dirt clods, and eating clay. The organizers behind Mad Mud Run Phoenix want grownups to regress, if only for a day. Held in the Sonoran desert, the race challenges participants to sprint and frolic through a dirty and deliciously fun outdoor obstacle course. Racers aged 12 and up bound over manmade obstructions such as cargo nets, hills of hay bales, monkey bars, and slimy mud pits. The boot-camp style odysseys stretch anywhere from three to five miles in length, and can be run individually or in groups of two or five. Racers are encouraged to compete in costumes of all types save for gremlins, which multiply in water and unfairly dominate the timed results.
On Arizona Safari Jeep Tours' year-round forays, guides pilot Jeeps throughout Sedona's high desert surroundings while sharing factoids about the area's distinctive wildlife, flora, and geological features. Their total of 10 customizable tours range from this low-key jaunt to high-octane off-road adventures, which draw on the Jeeps' hardy suspensions and wheels to navigate the rugged terrain. Guides well versed in anthropology, biology, and conservation lead each tour, sharing nuggets of knowledge as their Jeep caravans motor to the Sedona energy vortexes, traverse the pine forest of the Colorado Plateau, and race overly competitive roadrunners.