New public venue set for Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. Our
groups have thoroughly enjoyed viewing the night skies at Lowell, and
now we have a new venue -- the Giovale Open Deck Observatory. This
will be a circular outdoor deck with a rolloff building that reveals a
suite of 6 public telescopes. The deck will be staffed by 4 to 6 Lowell
educators on site to assist, and has a capacity of several hundred.
Slated to open next Spring, the project is just one part of what
eventually will be a 24,000-square-foot "Astronomy Discovery
Center" on Mars Hill. Feel free to contact us to include Lowell on your
next trip to Northern Arizona.
Historic Castle Hot Springs reopens. The 1896 resort was once
cutting edge, attracting the rich and famous of its era, including names
like Rockefeller, Kennedy, and Wrigley. It was also one of Territorial
Arizona's first developments with electricity and telephone. Now a
multi-million dollar renovation brings back 32 cottages and cabins to
the public on seasonal basis. Three swimming pools, filled by the hot
springs, are in addition to the several natural hot pools. The healing
water is also piped into roughly half the cottages. The resort is open
from about mid-September through mid-June.
Marriott Residence Inn coming to West Sedona. The 85-room
hotel sits on a 3-acre site across from the high school, and adjoins the
existing Courtyard by Marriott. The new project includes a mix of
studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Feel free to contact us
for insight on all your excellent lodging options in Sedona.
Flagstaff adds nonstop flights to Denver in 2019. United
Airlines will begin daily service in March. These new flights are in
addition to the nonstops from Flagstaff to Dallas-Forth Worth and LAX
started in 2018 by American Airlines.
Enigmatic Roden Crater may finally open to the public, after
a management agreement is reached between Arizona State Univeristy
and artist James Turrell. Mr. Turrell has been developing the extinct
cinder cone volcano as a perception art experience for some 40 years.
Located northeast of Flagstaff, the interior of the cinder cone has been
shaped to manipulate light and space, challenging the viewer's real
world perception in the process. For more information, feel free to
Zipline opens at Grand Canyon West, on the Hualapai
Reservation. The cumulative length of the steel cables run over a
half-mile, and soar about 1,000 feet over a side canyon off the main
gorge. Four people can run simultaneously at speeds up to 50 mph.
This development is located about 100 miles west of the park
headquarters in the South Rim Village.
Phoenix Sky Harbor rated best airport in nation for
reliability, third overall by the Wall Street Journal. The rankings
are based on both a survey of readers and objective metrics. With
generally fine snow-free winter weather, Phoenix was rated especially
desirable both as a destination and as a reliable connecting stop.
For further information on any of these activities, to request an
information kit, or just to ask a question, feel free to contact us .
Interior of Roden Crater, an art and
perception experience currently being
designed by artist James Turrell.