Lowell Observatory breaks ground on new $40 million
Visitor Center, planned to be the centerpiece of the facility's public
outreach program. The new visitor center is 6 times the size of the
existing one. Our groups have long enjoyed the historic observatory,
especially viewing night skies through Percival Lowell's original 24"
refracting telescope. Completion of the new center is scheduled for
Former Sedona Cultural Park in escrow, buyer plans a mixed
use development for the prime 40 acre parcel. Preliminary plans are
for a combination of rental housing, resort lodging, retail, and
conference meeting space. The former concert venue has sat vacant
for over a decade.
Sedona lodging recovers, Phoenix Sky Harbor passenger
counts near pre-pandemic, signaling a robust recovery underway
in the individual travel market. Occupancy rates in Sedona have now
recovered to their pre-pandemic levels, as individual travelers seek
experiences in smaller destinations away from cities. Phoenix Sky
Harbor traffic continues a near complete recovery, according to the
Phoenix Aviation Department
Grand Canyon water pipeline to be replaced, leading to some
closures. The $120 million project replaces the 60 year old Roaring
Springs pipeline, which is prone to breaks and leaks, with a shorter 7
mile and stronger steel line from Phantom Ranch. Some trail and
facility closures will occur during the construction, scheduled to begin
in January 2023 and will last about 2 years. We'll keep you posted on
the best way to avoid impacts during your visit.
Sedona air tour "no fly zones" established. The agreed-upon
routes for helicopter and other air tours from the Sedona airport
avoid developed areas in the community and surrounding areas.
Routes are designed to minimize noise impacts and protect the natural
quiet in backcountry areas.
Unusual new "landscape hotel" coming to prime West
Sedona parcel. Construction continues on Ambiente, located on a
3.1 acre parcel on highway 89A, on Cook's Hill, with a spectacular red
rock view to the north. The project consists of 40 cube-shaped
atriums, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, and designed to blend
with the natural landscape.
Verde Valley Archeology Center receives $4.7 million and
prepares to break ground in Camp Verde. The Center owns 15
acres in Camp Verde that protect a number of pre-Columbian ruin
sites, and this is where their new wide-ranging museum facility will be
located. Plans are to include classrooms, offices, a repository, and a
200-seat auditorium with catering facilities that can be rented out as a
group venue. Contact us for more information about using this new
venue for your next visit.
Sedona's Amara Resort gets multimillion dollar renovation.
The renewal project includes rooms and public spaces, using a
"treehouse" theme. Completion is scheduled for later this year.
For further information on any of these activities, to request an
information kit, or just to ask a question, feel free to contact us .