Step away from the hectic hustle of the city and enjoy the quiet solitude of the desert on our trusty horses, attended by our very informative, professional wranglers. View our Welcome Video and learn about all that Spur Cross has to offer!!
Arizona Musicfest enriches the quality of life through the presentation of world-class performances and outstanding music programs for youth.
Arizona Musicfest—America’s Premier Winter Music Festival—presents top artists of classical orchestral, chamber, opera, jazz, Broadway, country-western, blues, and pop music in exceptional programs (created especially for Arizona Musicfest) at venues throughout the scenic desert foothills of Scottsdale and Carefree.
At the heart of the Festival is the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Robert Moody, and comprised of musicians from the nation’s finest orchestras, including; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, and others. In addition, the Festival features the 100-voice Arizona Musicfest Chorus; and the Arizona Musicfest Chamber Players. A recent Chamber broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” caused the announcer to exclaim, “You gotta love those folks from Arizona!”
The Arizona Republic recently recognized Arizona Musicfest as “The Best Classical Music Festival” and regularly features its concerts in “Top Ten” Lists.
Arizona Musicfest Youth Education
Equally impressive, Arizona Musicfest is committed to broadening our musical footprint through extensive programs which enrich our area’s music education offerings, inspire our youth, and provide valuable and lasting investment in our community. Each year, 6,000 school children experience classical music exposure through Musicfest Minutes, a daily curriculum-based music lesson in area classrooms. Utilizing the emerging trend of using ukuleles to teach the fundamentals of music, Musicfest Strummers provides string instruments to 3rd through 6th graders throughout the Valley. In the fall of 2012, Musicfest Music Makers made its debut, introducing third and fourth graders to string, wind and brass instruments. Through the Festival’s exciting Katzen Jazz Program, area elementary students are provided with unique exposure to the Jazz repertoire, history and performance practice. The Arizona Musicfest Orchestra Outreach Program provides master classes for promising music students and music education forums for school assemblies. The Orchestra also introduces thousands of students each year to the experience of an orchestra rehearsal through a Festival Orchestra open rehearsal. Additionally, Arizona Musicfest maintains an Instrument Rental Program; hosts an annual children’s concert by the Phoenix Youth Symphonette; and sponsors the annual Cave Creek Unified School District’s One Voice concert.
Arizona Musicfest Programs for Young Musicians
In addition to providing accessibility to music instruction and exposure to classical music, performance opportunities for exceptional young Valley musicians (grades seven through twelve) are provided through the Young Performers Recital Series, the annual Young Artists Concert and the highly regarded Young Musicians Competition. Celebrating the talent of our area’s outstanding young musicians and investing in their future is also key to Musicfest. This commitment is best recognized through Arizona Musicfest Scholarship funds which annually help to underwrite the college education of outstanding student musicians pursuing degrees in music performance.
Please check out the other sections of the Arizona Musicfest website for the concert schedule/buying tickets; donation opportunities; attending special events; and information on our education and performance youth performance programs.
Located just 55 minutes from Tempe Town Lake on beautiful Bartlett Lake in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Lake Marina’s family atmosphere and beautiful surroundings makes it a wonderful location for your friends and family to enjoy an unforgettable Arizona day on the water.
Our marina offers a range of well equipped and comfortable rental boats. All safety gear and full instructions are included. We welcome novices! We also offer a variety of options from full day rentals, to weekend rental packages. You can trust our rental boats to keep you and your family safe while exploring the beautiful waters of Bartlett lake.
BE CAREFUL if you use GPS. Some units will take you to Rio Verde which is 2 hours out of the way.
20808 E BARTLETT DAM RD
TONTO NATIONAL FOREST
Located north of Phoenix, this 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert.
The Desert Foothills Family YMCA opened its doors in October 2009 to serve the communities of North Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree and North Phoenix. This Y sits on the beautiful backdrop of the North Sonoran desert and is a part of the Black Mountain Campus – a partnership with Paradise Valley Community College and the Foothills Community Foundation.
As a true multi-generational facility, the Desert Foothills YMCA supports offerings and services for the entire community – from the youngest member at 3 months and their siblings to adults and active seniors in their 90s! In addition to the health & fitness offerings (including equipment, group fitness classes and personal training), the facility has a heated outdoor pool with zero-depth entry, gender specific and family locker rooms, separate spaces and programs for youth and teens, racquetball courts and a gymnasium. DFFY is a very popular place for the teens in the area with a dedicated teen center and associated programs, many of which are free to the community. It has the largest Teen Leaders Club in the association.
The Desert Foothills success can be accredited to a dedicated leadership team that exemplifies the core values of the YMCA. You’ll often see firefighters playing racquetball, the gym full of adults playing Pickleball, or the buses dropping kids off at the branch after school. The Desert Foothills Family YMCA is proud to be part of the Valley of the Sun YMCA and the surrounding community.
Fitness Center, Cardio Equipment, Strength-Training Equipment, Circuit Training, Outdoor Pools, Family Warm-Water Adventure Pool, Warm-Water Lap Pool & Whirlpool, Gymnasium, Racquetball Courts & Aerobics Studio, Rock Climbing Wall, Amazing Kids Child Watch & Outdoor Play Area, Teen & Technology Center & Recording Studio, Locker Rooms & Family Changing Area, Youth Fitness Room/Equipment
Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a group of volunteers who assist the Forest Service in its mission of natural and cultural resource management. We promote public understanding of the Tonto National Forest’s policies, programs and projects through community outreach, projects and outings. Recent projects include planting native milkweed as a part of the monarch butterfly migratory waystation program, adoption of Sears-Kay Ruin interpretive site on the Cave Creek Ranger District, mapping and removal of invasive plant species, and taking repeat photography of over 800 streamside sites. This last project is a 35-year program begun by the Tonto National Forest and now managed by Friends of the Tonto. Change over time at some of these sites can be remarkable. Check out our website to use the interactive map of streamside photo sequences, and to access our calendar of events.
MacDonald’s Ranch is the premier horseback riding stable in the Valley of the Sun! Located in the tranquil Sonoran Desert just north of Phoenix in the City of Scottsdale, Arizona.Who comes out to MacDonald’s Ranch? Everybody! From families and corporate groups, to single horseback riders, girl scouts, churches, and “Wild West” seeking tourists! We can host events for small parties and large groups – our venue can easily accommodate several guests at once! Our professional staff can customize services and amenities to fit most any situation!MacDonald’s Ranch offers guided Horseback Rides, Stagecoach Rides, a Petting Zoo, Pony Rides for young children, Hayrides, Cowboy Cookouts, Rehearsal Dinner Sites, Bachelorette Rides, Team Building Activities, Public Events such as our Pumpkin Patch in October, Kid’s Birthday Parties, and so much more!Our location is close to all modern conveniences! We are minutes away from most valley resorts, hotels, airports, and local events such as the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, the Waste Management Phoenix Open – PGA Tour, the Barrett Jackson Car Show, and the Scottsdale MLB Spring Training Facilities. We are open year around but due to Arizona’s seasonal weather and our private events we recommend that you call and inquire about our hours in advance!Come horse around with us!
Family owned and operated for 40 Years.
Remember – Everybody rides free on their Birthday!
VISIT ONE OF ARIZONA’S MOST SCENIC GOLF COURSES IN HISTORIC CAVE CREEK
Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in historic Cave Creek, Arizona, Rancho Manana Golf Club features a par 70 championship course with dramatic elevation changes and unspoiled desert terrain. Our stunning, high desert course invites you to match your skills against nature while enjoying the unparalleled and unforgettable surrounding desert.
Located along a scenic drive east of Carefree, within the Tonto National Forest, the Sears Kay ruin is one of the area’s best examples of ancient Hohokam structure. The ruins contain 40 rooms and was home to more than 100 native peoples before it simply vanished. Remains include hand placed walls and paths of stone, carvings and glyphs. The view from the top is spectacular – Four Peaks, Weaver’s Needle, and the Superstition Mountains are easily visible on clear days. The hike to the top is about a 1 mile loop with an elevation change of 300 feet. It is not wheelchair accessible.
From Carefree, take Cave Creek Road/Seven Springs Rd./Forest Road (FR) 24 for 14 miles north to Sears Kay.
One of the best kept local secrets for hikers and nature lovers, Spur Cross is one of the newest additions to Maricopa County Regional Park System. The conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. The north Valley location, accessible from the town of Cave Creek (Spur Cross and Cave Creek Roads), contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring. The abundant vegetation present in the conservation area provides a rich habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife. Spur Cross is a hiker’s dream – there are many miles of terrain from easy to extremely difficult. Consult the ranger maps for details. Horseback riding and foot traffic on all paths, biking on limited paths – no ATVs or other motorized vehicles. Open year round Sun – Thurs 6am-8pm; Fri-Sat 6am-10pm.