Arizona ROCKS this fall in the Northern Arizona communities of Flagstaff, Williams, and Page. Enjoy the season change with cooler weather, festivals, and vibrant fall colors as the aspen and high country foliage begin to change. A tour of the area with overnight stays puts the Grand Canyon right in the middle of a very memorable vacation. To find out more about the ROCKS region of Arizona, visit the ROCKS website at www.ArizonaRocks.com. Just some of the things you can experience in the ROCKS communities this fall include:
1. Extreme Fun Extravaganza – Bed racing, Parade of Bands and Beds, food, kids zone and craft fair. A whole weekend of family events "“ come join the extreme fun and support your Flagstaff Community Toys for Tots Organization! Sept. 16-17 12th Annual Toys for Tots Extreme Fun Extravaganza, Wheeler Park, 212 E. Aspen Ave., 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., free, 928-556- 9573, www.toys4totsflagstaffaz.org
2. 3rd Annual Celebraciones de la Genta – The Museum of Northern Arizona comes alive for Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, an ancient Meso-American holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the United States. This ritual plays homage to lost loved ones by inviting them back to enjoy their favorite music and foods, and to remember the contributions they made during their lives. More than a dozen Flagstaff families will display altars from their homes lit by luminarias during a special nighttime viewing that highlights each family’s history. 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd. $7 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students, $2 children ages 7-17. Museum members free. 928-774-5213, www.musnaz.org Oct. 28-29, 9:00 – 5:00
3. Trappings of the American West Exhibition – 17th annual exhibition featuring 75 cowboy artists. Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., $5 adults, $4 seniors 65+, $3 students, $2 children 7-17, 928-774- 5213, www.musnaz.org or www.drycreekarts.com. Oct. 1- Dec. 3
4. It's Elemental Fine Craft Exhibition – Northern Arizona's finest crafts in clay, wood, metal, glass and more! Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., free, 928-779-2300, www.culturalpartners.org. Nov. 18- Dec. 22
5. Halloween Festivities – This special evening program includes our popular guided tour and storytelling at the Riordan Mansion State Historic Park with tales of the fantastic and the factual. The mansion makes a great backdrop for Halloween festivities. 409 W. Riordan Rd., 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m., $7 per person, 928-779- 4395. www.azstateparks.com. Ages 12 and older. (Reservations recommended.) Oct. 27-30
6. Smithsonian Culturefest – Experience the true cultural treasures of Arizona when Smithsonian's Culturefest 2006 comes to Flagstaff to showcase of the Smithsonian's best and brightest scholars and experts. Outstanding musical performances, delightful cuisine, compelling photography and art workshops and many other special events create an unforgettable journey for the whole family. Various locations and times in Flagstaff, http://www.smithsonianmagazine.com/ culturefest/articles/schedule-flagstaff.php Nov. 10-11
7. Holiday Lights Festival Kickoff – The traditional start of the holiday season in Flagstaff when the Master of Ceremonies flips the switch on over a million lights. Come enjoy choirs, refreshments, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Little America Hotel, 2525 E. Butler Ave., 6:30 p.m., free, 928-779-7979, www.littleamerica.com. Nov. 25
8. Go Camping, Hunting or Fishing – Williams is located in the heart of the Kaibab National Forest, over 1.6 million acres pine, aspen, oak and spruce forest for you to choose your perfect camping spot. Enjoy one of the many lakes including Cataract, Dogtown or White Horse. The Williams Grand Canyon Visitor Center, located in the historic train station on old Route 66 has maps & guides for the area 1.800.863.0546.
9. Take a Hike – Williams is a great place for hiking. The Kaibab National Forest has trails for every level of hiker. There are trails for the experienced hiker (including a fantastic hike to the top of Bill Williams Mountain) and there are short, easy to walk trails for a leisurely stroll through the forest & meadows. The area is home to pine, spruce, oak, and piÃ±on forests, deep canyons, historical sites and scenic vistas. For more information call the Visitors Center at 1.800.863.0546.
10. Williams Historic Walk – Take an afternoon or a day to discover the historic district of downtown Williams. You'll take a step back into history as you follow the footsteps of the mountain men, cowboys, sheepherders, miners, lumberjacks, and farmers of the Old West. Enjoy the shops, restaurants and beautifully preserved architecture that line the main street of Williams, the Mother Road – Route 66.
11. Golf at Elephant Rocks Golf Course – In the shadow of Bill Williams Mountain and nestled 7,000 feet above sea level, the Elephant Rocks Golf Course meanders its way through stands of large Ponderosa pines. The course was built in the 1920's and was reconfigured by Gary Panks in 1990. Enjoy 18 holes of a true championship challenge on one of the most scenic courses in the nation. For more information call 1.928.635.4935 or see www.elephant-rocks.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
12. Fall Colors and Scenic Drives – Have your breath taken away by the magnificent fall colors of the Kaibab National Forest. Deep orange oak leaves and bright yellow aspen leaves contrast magnificently with the evergreen Ponderosa Pines. Take a scenic drive down Spring Valley Loop, or Williams Loop Road for great picture-taking opportunities. For more information contact the Williams and Forest Service Visitor Center at 1.800.863.0546. National Park Passes are also available at the Visitor Center.
13. Planes, Trains & Horse-Drawn Carriages -Visit the Planes of Fame Air Museum, located just a half hour north of Williams on the road to the Grand Canyon. Experience the place where aviation history comes to life with vintage aircraft from WWI, WW II, and the Korean War. For more information see www.planesoffame.com or call 1.928.635.1000. The Grand Canyon Railway now offers special departures on the "Sunset Limited". You can now ride the rails to the South Rim of the Canyon and view one of the Seven Wonders of the World and see a beautiful fall sunset. For more information see www.thetrain.com or call 1.800.The.Train. Relive a by-gone era with Cowboy's Carriage Company. They can give you a tour of beautiful historic downtown Williams, including stories of its past with a western flare, and you might want to stop off at Wild West Junction. The old west is brought to life here with historical reenactments, food and a good old fashion time! For information, 1.928.635.2152 www.azcarriagecompany.com or 1.928.635.4308 www.wildwestjunction.com
14. Swim, Skate, and Play! Williams has an aquatic center open year-round that offers indoor swimming for the entire family. There is also a recreation center for kids and an indoor skate park known as “The Shed.” Fore more information on these family activities, call 928.635.1496
15. Pumpkin Festival- Join in the Jack-o-lantern fun as Page again attempts to break their record of 2,000 carved pumpkins on display- the largest in the state! All day there will be fun, performances, vendors, and pumpkin related activities. Oct. 28
16. Page/Lake Powell Hot Air Balloon Regatta – This premier event features three days of lift-offs, a pilot competition, a street fair and a balloon glow along Lake Powell Boulevard, the main street of Page. The stunning scenery and the addition of colorful balloons floating over the landscape make this event a visual memory! Visit www. cityofpage.org/events.html for more details. Nov. 3-5
17. Take a HUMMER TOUR! Slot Canyon Hummer Tours will convey you in leather luxury over red slickrock, sand dunes, and rocky slopes to 3 exclusive slot canyons! Don't hesitate to experience this new product offered by Vance Swarz in Page. 928-645-2266.
18. Do you like Dinosaurs? – Try the new Lake Powell Escalante Tours offered by Glade and Angel Smith. 928-645-9099, www.smithworkz.com. Their tours take you into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to various paleontological sites as well as stunning scenery and views of Lake Powell that most people do not get to see!
19. Go Fishing! Enjoy the beautiful weather of early fall out on the water of Lake Powell. Fall is a great time to fish for Large and Small-mouth bass, as well as Striped bass. For more information on fishing within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, visit www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
20. Kayak on Lake Powell – Warm water temperatures, smooth as glass surfaces, and over 96 major canyons to explore make this season a Nirvana for Kayakers! Spend a day or a week, Lake Powell makes every paddle stroke worth it! For guided tours, visit www.kayaklakepowell.com.
21. John Wesley Powell Museum – Come see the spectacular dioramas of the Powell Expeditions, and the displays and memorabilia of early and recent river runners. On display is a boat used by the Nevills, the first to make commercial trips down the Colorado River. As an added bonus, there are exhibits about the recent dinosaur discoveries, geology, culture, and Page! 928- 645-9496 www.powellmuseum.org