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Grand Fall aka “Chocolate Falls” Road Trip

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the chocolate falls from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you might want to take a spontaneous trip to Arizona’s painted desert. A rare natural occurrence only occurs a few times every year. A day trip to the Grand Falls, also known as Chocolate Falls, is only three hours from Phoenix, so grab that extra box of chocolate for the road and start planning this February.

Grand Falls Chocolate Falls

Normally, muddy water does not draw crowds, but when it resembles chocolate sauce and is larger than Niagara Falls, there appears to be an exception. It is intriguing enough to attract thousands of people each year, and we believe you will too!

The Grand Falls in Arizona only flow for a few months each spring. Planning now for your trip in late Feb-April is key. Record winter rainfall and snowpack fuels the flow, the Grand Falls should be at peak levels for the spring run this year.

Where Are The Grand Falls? Grand Falls aka Chocolate Falls are located about 39 miles northeast from the heart of Flagstaff, Arizona. It sits on the Navajo Nation land in the Painted Desert and dumps into the Little Colorado River.

DRIVE TIME:
From Flagstaff: 1 hour
From Phoenix: 3 hours
From Page: 2.5 hours

It is suggested to always use the south approach near Leupp because the road conditions- while still very wash-boarded and at times wet from rain- is easier than the north. From this direction, a high clearance 4×4 is not required but at the very least an SUV! Sedans can make it but the ride will be much less enjoyable.

Fun Facts: Grand Falls are 185 feet tall which makes them taller than Niagara Falls! They were formed by lava flow from the nearby Merriam Crater which erupted approximately 150,000 years ago. The lava flowed into the Little Colorado River which created a lava damn. The flow of the river was diverted to the northeast, then dropping back into its original channel thus forming Grand Falls.

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Return to Recess Spring Season

Fountain Hills Community Services is striving to get youth back outside and away from their screens! After a hugely successful run the past two years, Return to Recess is returning for the Spring 2023 season.! The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is proud to sponsor this youth program.

Recess

Return to Recess was recognized by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association as one of 2021’s “Outstanding Youth Recreation Programs in Arizona” for the creativity and originality of its concept.

Fountain Hills HS Beach Volleyball Team

A local specialist teaches the kids the foundations of a new sport each week. Skateboarding, pickleball, beach volleyball, soccer, and e-Sports are just a few examples. Every week’s recess experience is entirely unique.  A big thank you to the local Fountain Hills Clubs and HS Teams for sharing your skills with the young athletes.

New last season the Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club ? Participants learned how to scoop, pass, cradle, and shoot on goal while having fun!

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Youth Sports Lacrosse

Caleb Dassinger with Brilliant Victory Skateboards introduced and taught the participants the basics of skateboarding.

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Return to Recess Skateboarding

Don’t miss out and get signed up today! Spring season starts soon. February 14th and ending April 4th. Meeting every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Ages 8-14. Each participant receives a Return to Recess T-Shirt.

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, who sponsored the event, provided pizzas for the young athletes at the end-of-the-season party. For more information on Fountain Hills youth, activities CLICK HERE.

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WM Phoenix Open Begins February 6th

Dubbed “The Greatest Show on Grass,” The WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale has no problem living up to its name. In addition to playing host to the greatest players in the game, the tournament is the PGA TOUR’s best-attended event – drawing nearly 500,000 enthusiastic spectators each year. Tournament Week: February 6 – February 12, 2023

As one of the first events on the PGA TOUR calendar, The WM Phoenix Open kicks off the year with a bang. Unlike any other tournament in the world, spectators become central to the event – helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum” – and the loudest hole in golf.

Defending Champion Scottie Scheffler

The best golf players in the world come to TPC Scottsdale for a tournament that is broadcast worldwide. Some of the big names in attendance will include defending champion Scottie Scheffler, Rory Mcllroy, Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns, and many more.

Annexus Pro-Am

Michael Phelps, Albert Pujols, Emmit Smith

The most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, and one of only four members of MLB’s exclusive 700-home run club Albert Pujols are among the early list of celebrities set to appear in the popular Annexus Pro-Am at the WM Phoenix Open on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.

Birds Nest

For four nights every year, the hottest nightclub in Scottsdale is located inside a tent erected in north Scottsdale. It is, of course, the Coors Light Birds Nest. With great music, beautiful patrons, and enthusiastic partying, the Birds Nest has earned near-legendary status on the PGA TOUR. It offers a show all its own and is totally unlike anything else associated with professional golf. This year’s sold-out headliners included The Chainsmokers, Machine Gun Kelly, and Jason Aldean.

The tournament begins on February 6th, but the biggest events will be happening from the 10th through the 12th. You can see the full event calendar here.

This year marks the 91st Anniversary of the creation of the Phoenix Open Tournament, so surely the Thunderbirds have big plans in store. You can buy your tickets for the Open by clicking here. First Responders, Military Members, and Veterans get in for free!

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Top Golf Courses in Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, is home to world-class golf courses. Visitors and residents surely won’t want to miss out on these spectacular mountain view courses built into the Sonoran Desert. These Fountain Hills courses are unlike any other desert golf experience in the Valley of the Sun.

 Five of Arizona’s finest 18-hole courses are located in the Fountain Hills area surrounded by the scenic vistas of the McDowell Mountains and the Tonto National Forest. Designed by some of the most recognized names in golf club design, each course reflects the spirit of its designer and offers a unique blend of challenges to the golfer.

DESERT CANYON GOLF CLUB

Address: 10440 Indian Wells Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.837.1173 Website: www.desertcanyongolf.com

This scenic 6,415-yard, par-71 championship course is known for its narrow fairways and canyons. Signature hole #7 was voted one of Arizona’s best. Fountain Hills’ oldest course, Desert Canyon hosts a variety of tournaments

EAGLE MOUNTAIN GOLF CLUB

Address: 14915 Eagle Mountain Pkwy, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.816.1234 Website: www.eaglemtn.com

Located just a chip shot away from Scottsdale, Arizona, The Golf Club at Eagle Mountain provides golfers with a stunning desert golf experience highlighted by scenic vistas, dramatic elevation changes and award-winning course layout. The Scott Miller-designed, 18-hole course (par-71 and 6,800 yards from the back tees) incorporates the property’s natural box canyons and native Sonoran Desert into the design of the golf course.

FIREROCK COUNTRY CLUB (PRIVATE)

Address: 16000 E Firerock Country Club Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.836.3435 Website: www.firerockcc.com

Apart from the natural beauty of the area, the FireRock Country Club golf course is one of the finest in the state and an incredible pleasure to play. FireRock has it all…elevated tees, raised greens and challenging approach shots. As the course winds around mountain views, each hole presents a unique challenge, governed by its own set of circumstances. No matter how many times you play, there’s always something surprising and new to look forward to as you golf FireRock.

SUNRIDGE CANYON GOLF CLUB

Address: 13100 Sunridge Dr, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Phone: 480.837.5100 / 800.562.5178 Website: www.sunridgegolf.com

SunRidge Canyon’s 6,823-yard, par-71, Keith Foster-designed golf course unfolds around the rugged ridges and shady canyons unique to the Sonoran Desert mountains that divide Fountain Hills from Scottsdale, Arizona. This rugged golf course gradually descends on the way out before doubling back to climb up the slope on the way in. This subtle elevation change lies at the heart of a dramatic golf experience.

SunRidge Canyon is the home of the “Wicked Six,” the half-dozen holes that are among the most memorable and dramatic closing holes to be found anywhere. Golfers also discover that SunRidge wasn’t so much created by a bulldozer as it was carved out over eons by the relentless pressure of wind and water. Foster had the good sense to follow Mother Nature’s lead, and in the end, the beauty and challenge of SunRidge Canyon.

WE-KO-PA GOLF CLUB

Address: 18200 E Toh Vee Cir, Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 Phone: 480.836.9000 / 866.660.7700Website:www.wekopa.comThis 7,225-yard, par-72 course was featured in the April 2004 Wall Street Journal as one of 12 global courses that is beyond the reach of civilization. We-Ko-Pa is the Yavapai pronunciation for “Four Peaks Mountain.” The course features a 21,000-square-foot clubhouse and dramatic scenic views.

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Where to See the Salt River Wild Horses

If you’re wondering where you can go to see wild horses near the Salt River in Arizona, here’s everything you need to know before you go. The short scenic drive from Fountain Hills or Scottsdale alone is worth the visit as you are surrounded by the Sonoran Desert. You’ll see parts of the Goldfield Mountains, Stewart Mountain, and Red Mountain on your way to see the Salt River wild horses. And, after this winter’s dramatic storms, the wildflower season will be stunning!

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Best Places to See The Salt River Wild Horses

The Salt River is fantastic because there are various locations where you can observe the horse up close without having to travel very far into the desert. You may park, stroll down to the river, and try your luck sighting the horses at one of the several recreation areas that are located right beside the river. Here are some suggestions on where to go and view the horses.

These are the 7 recreation sites where you can see the wild horses:

  1. Granite Reef
  2. Phon D Sutton
  3. Coon Bluff
  4. Blue Point
  5. Pebble Beach
  6. Saguaro Lake
  7. Butcher Jones

These 7 recreation sites are all within 13 miles of each other, only taking 20 minutes to get from the first (Granite Reef) to the last (Butcher Jones).

Once you do spot the horses along the Salt River, you’ll typically see a group together. As you continue to stay, more horses tend to come out and join them.

Spend some time just observing them, if possible. It’s fascinating to watch them play, roll in the water, run around, eat plants along the shoreline, and communicate with one another.

Other Ways To Experience The Wild Horses

If you’re a little more adventuresome, you can also see by kayaking the Salt River. Saguaro Lake Ranch, which as you can probably guess, is on the Saguaro Lake Recreation Site and offers kayak rentals (including a shuttle ride back to your car).

Kayaking on the salt river

Another popular way is to tube the Salt River. This is available with Salt River Tubing from April or May (depending on weather) through September. If you go tubing, you’ll want to go earlier in the morning to give yourself the best chances. Mid-day weekend tours with lots of people have lesser chances of seeing the horses but you’ll still have a great time tubing!

When to Go

The Tonto National Forest offers the horses a sizable amount of space to explore. To give you the best opportunity to see them in their native environment, they do, however, occasionally come down toward the water.

The best time to see the horses is within 2 to 3 hours of either sunrise or sunset when the horses are most active. They typically come down to the water to drink, eat and play in the water around that time.

Passes & Prices

The Salt River is within the Tonto National Forest which has its own fees. So in order to visit, you will need a recreation pass.

There are several types of recreational passes you can use:

  • Tonto Daily Pass
  • Tonto Discovery Pass
  • America the Beautiful Pass

Tonto Discovery Passes and some America the Beautiful Passes are sold via the phone and shipped directly to you. You can also order online here.

A Tonto Daily Pass costs $8 at retailers and $12 on-site. If you purchase on-site (credit card only), the cost is $12 and a receipt will print that expires in 24 hours.

When you purchase at a retailer, you will receive a hangtag where you can scratch off the day and time of your visit.

You can purchase the Tonto National Forest daily pass online here.

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Cruisin’ Car Show @ Phil’s

Roll-In every Sunday from now until May 21st, 2023, Phil’s Filling Station is the home of a free-to-attend car show! John Weil went to the car show in the video above to talk about it. The shows run from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and the only cost of admission is to be a customer of Phil’s!

Phil's car show

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Concours in the Hills -Greatest Car Show

Get Ready for the Greatest Car Show on Grass at Concours in the Hills.

Car show

Every year, Concours in the Hills gets bigger. Today, Fountain Hills’ whole lakeside park is filled by the event. This event is known as “The Greatest Car Show on Grass” because of the breathtaking setting. On February 4, 2023, Concours in the Hills will return for its ninth year. We hope you will join us for a day of great cars, food, and music in the spectacular setting of Fountain Park. 

Phoenix Children’s Hope Fund

Attendance is free, but donations are welcome. All proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hope Fund, a critical source of funding for the hospital’s areas of greatest need. For the February 2022 event, Concours in the Hills raised over $430,000 for Phoenix Children’s. These funds finance innovative research, cutting-edge technology, recruitment of leading physicians, and child-friendly programs that make the hospital environment more comfortable for young patients.  

 The Park will be split into sections based on the continent of origin, make, and model. Some of the cars are predicted to be worth upwards of $10 Million.

There are always a few twists at each Concours event. Famous race drivers, surprise displays of brand-new Ford GTs, and military helicopters are just the icing on the cake at Fountain Park in the past few years.

Why enthusiasts and amateurs alike love Concours in the Hills

  • The spectacular lake view and rolling hills setting 
  • An enormous variety of vehicles on display 
  • Contemporary and classic race cars 
  • Exotic foreign and domestic high-performance cars 
  • Muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods, off-road and military vehicles 
  • Military and civilian helicopters 
  • Motorcycles
  • Over 100 dealer and aftermarket tents 
  • Lots of tasty food and refreshment trucks 

Concours in the Hills makes a point of noting that it’s not a formal, “white gloves” Concours. Everyone is invited to visit and peruse the extensive variety. Food vendors of all varieties scattered throughout Fountain Park will ensure that no one is admiring cars while starving.

For more information about how you can get rolling to the 2023 Concours in the Hills, go to Concoursinthehills.org.

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January is Car Month in the Valley!

The last week of January in particular is known as “Arizona Car Week” to enthusiasts and is going to be jam-packed with auctions across the Scottsdale area.

  • Barrett-Jackson, 1/21- 29: This is the big one, “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction!” People from around the world gather in Scottsdale to see one-of-a-kind vehicles, celebrities’ cars, and memorabilia of all sorts. It is known for its celebrity visitors and huge donations to philanthropic efforts. This year’s Barrett-Jackson auction will be located at West World, 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale.
Barrett Jackson car week
  • Russo and Steele, 1/26-1/30: At the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction, you’ll find the primary destination for automobile enthusiasts to buy and/or sell the very best in European Sports, American Muscle, Hot Rods, and Customs. Not only that, but renowned memorabilia dealer Kevin Martin is bringing his collection of autographed and historical items signed by stars of music and film. Russo and Steele is hosted at 7722 East Gray Road, Scottsdale.
  • RM Sotheby’s, 1/26: Formerly known as the RM auction, RM Sotheby’s is a well-established event that will play host to a wide variety of marques and eras across all different price points, making it a big destination for Arizona Car Week. This year, it will be hosted at the Arizona Biltmore Resort at 2400 E Missouri Avenue, Phoenix.
  • Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, 1/27: Now in its 12th year, Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction is a major highlight on the international Motoring Auction Calendar. We are pleased to return to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for a live auction of exceptional motorcars. 2023 promises a carefully selected line up, which will be painstakingly promoted to the largest worldwide audience in the business. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is located at 6902 East Greenway Parkway, Phoenix.
  • MAG Auctions WeKoPa, 1/27-1/28: Formerly known as the Silver Car Auction, the MAG Collector Car Auction at WeKoPa is a great place for new car collectors to get started. You can get some amazing deals at a smaller, more personalized auction like this. This year, the MAG Auction will be hosted at the WeKoPa Resort & Casino, 10438 N Fort McDowell Rd, Fort McDowell.motorsportsauctiongroup.com
  • AZ Concours D’ Elegance On 1/22: at The Scottsdale Civic Center. The Concours invites roughly 100 select rare and exotic automobiles to be considered for judging and exhibition, with the best among them awarded class prizes and the coveted Best-of-Show. Scottsdale Civic Center Park939 N Drinkwater Blvd Scottsdale, AZ https://arizonaconcours.com/

Concours in the Hills

All of these January events are a prelude to the spectacular Concours in the Hills on February 4, 2023, in Fountain Park.

Concours in the Hills continue to grow every year. The event now takes over the entire park around the lake in Fountain Hills. Because of the spectacular venue, this event is deemed “The Greatest Car Show on Grass.”  

Cars come from all over Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico to participate. The event is supported by leading car clubs of Arizona representing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Corvette, Viper, Ford GT, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mustang, Jaguar, Cadillac, Lotus, and others. https://phoenixchildrensfoundation.org/signature/concours/

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The November concert series has wrapped.

The November concert series is over, but we can’t wait for next spring. Here’s a taste of the last concert of the season for 2022.

Copper State Blues Band
Copper State Blues Band

The night of November 30th, 2022 saw the final night of three Concerts on the Avenue for the Fall. This series of events has become a tradition, taking place on three evenings in November and three evenings in April every year. The Copper State Blues band is a town favorite performing everyone’s favorite upbeat music from Clapton, Stevie Ray, Fabulous T-Birds, Santana Bob Seger, B.B., ZZ Top, The Stones, and more.

This Fall’s concerts had a great showing, with hundreds of people gathered around the two performances happening on either side of the Avenue of the Fountains.

Fall Concerts

The loyal followers gathered early for the best seat for the live music, and others came to our office for charcuterie cups and SonoraRitas. Overall, everybody had a blast spending time with friends and family at this free event proudly sponsored by The Sonoran Lifestyle Team with RE/MAX Sun Properties.

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Cornhole League Fall Season is Wrapping Up

Fountain Hills Corn Hole League
Fountain Hills Corn Hole League

The Fountain Hills Cornhole League has been a huge hit once again this fall, and there are only a few weeks left until the December 6th Final Tournament. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is happy to be the Premier Sponsor for the Fall Corn Hole League hosted by the Town of Fountain Hills!

This is the second year of the Cornhole League, and it has turned out to be the hot spot in town over the past few months. The spring season was a blast and a great place to make new friends in town, but this fall season has undoubtedly been a major win for outdoor recreation in Fountain Hills.

According to Fountain Hills Parks and Rec coordinator, nightly participation at the Fountain Hills Cornhole League has ranged between 20 and 30 players.

The players have been engaging in weekly tournament-style games, perfecting their skills in preparation for the final competition on the evening of December 6th.

Feel free to head over to Desert Vista Park that evening, beginning at 6:00 PM, to be a part of the audience for this final set of matches. It’s sure to be a night of great competition and season rivalry in the history of Fountain Hills sports.

Interested in joining the Cornhole League? Their spring season is set to begin mid-February, 2023. Go to fountainhillsaz.gov to see more information and to check for developments on the specifics for the Spring 2023 Cornhole Season.