Let Scottsdale Rock Your World
- Where to Go
- The Best of the Valley of the Sun
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- Let Scottsdale Rock Your World
- Finding Water in the Sonoran Desert
- Spring Training
- Arizona Family Road Trip
- Phoenix Points of Pride
- Southwestern Culture and Heritage
- Nocturnal Scottsdale
- Exploring Phoenix’s Architecture
- Unexpected Arizona
- Desert Chic
- Chilly Drinks and Cool Eats in Scottsdale
There’s no better way to get in touch with the rocky Sonoran Desert than with these quintessential Scottsdale experiences.
Hike Camelback Mountain’s Echo Canyon Summit Trail for an up-close look at the 80-foot-tall Praying Monk rock outcropping.
Enjoy a margarita, on the rocks, of course, at the Fairmont Scottsdale’s Stone Rose Lounge (7575 E. Princess Dr., 480/585-4848). The swank bar by nightlife guru Rande Gerber (a.k.a. “Mr. Cindy Crawford”) features two bars, including an open-air lounge that seems to float over a pool of water and white stones.
Tee off at Boulders Golf Club. The South Course’s signature fifth-hole green sits at the base of a dramatic 12 million-year-old rock formation, which beckons rock climbers of all skill levels.
Catch a rock concert at Martini Ranch. Coldplay, Kid Rock, Mandy Moore, and the French pop band Phoenix have all played the nightclub’s intimate Main Stage. If there isn’t a touring act in town, house band Rock Lobster covers retro Top 40 hits on the weekends.
Relax with a Signature Massage at The Spa at Camelback Inn, which combines aromatherapy, reflexology, and a hot-and-cold stone massage. The Native American–inspired treatment places semiprecious stones on the chakras while cold aquamarine stones are used to massage facial contours.
Snack on the Baja flatbread at Kazimierz World Wine Bar, a pizza-like appetizer topped by chipotle-orange rock shrimp, buffalo mozzarella, and pepitas. The walls of the wine bar–speakeasy are covered with stone, and the lounge’s 3,000 vintages wow connoisseurs.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition