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Vol. XXVIII, Number 2
Fall, 2017
Completing a remarkable turnaround, Arizona State Parks takes top honors for 'best managed' in the nation. During the depths of the recession just a few years ago, Arizona parks were looking at closures. But after reorganizing their business model and partnering with communities, Arizona Parks are now a net revenue generator for the State and its taxpayers. New parks are opening, new trails being built, and visitation is at all time highs. Several quality parks are regularly used by our clients; feel free to contact us for details.

Grand opening for Cliff Castle Casino's new hotel now set for 2018, after a number of construction delays push back the date. The 6-story 122-room property adjoins the gaming facility owned by the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The lodge features a 5,000 square foot multi-purpose meeting room, and a parking garage for 300 cars. The new hotel is designed to meet Four Diamond criteria, and includes an indoor swimming pool in the hotel's atrium.

New hotel proposed for West Sedona. The Vllages at SaddleRock
is planned as a 6-acre mixed use project, consisting of a hotel and restaurant, plus residential and commercial space. The property is owned and will be developed by the privately held Oxford Suites hotel chain. Now in the preliminary planning stages, no completion date has yet been set.

Sedona Hilton restaurant gets $2 million renovation. The Grill at Shadow Rock will get a complete makeover, with a focus on reflecting the surrounding environment, using copper accents, natural woods and earth tones. The project is scheduled for completion this fall.

Second jaguar spotted in Arizona, a big male near Fort Huachuca. This is in addition to El Jefe, as he's known, another big male spotted in 2015. Although these magnificent cats are more common in South and Central America, they at one time roamed and bred in larger numbers farther north. By the 1960s jaguars were thought to be extirpated from Arizona, but they now appear to be making something of a comeback.

Element by Westin coming to former VOC Factory Outlets. The 3-story, 120-room hotel will be located in the north end of the existing outlet mall, and will include group meeting space in addition to some longer stay units with kitchenettes. New dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities are planned to complement the hotel. The new complex will be called Sedona Vista Village. Opening is expected by the end of 2018.

For further information on any of these activities, to request an information kit, or just to ask a question, feel free to contact us .
Trail cam photo of second known jaguar in Arizona, this taken in the vicinity of Fort Huachuca. Photo credit:
Arizona Game and Fish Dept.