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A Grand Canyon Grand Event

Grand Canyon National Park turns 100, and several new Arizona resort experiences beckon.

Grand Canyon National Park celebrates its centennial with events throughout 2019 and a birthday party on February 26—its opening date a hundred years ago. L’Auberge de Sedona is marking the anniversary year with a three-night package that includes aerial and ground tours of the Canyon. Meanwhile, for those who’d prefer to stay around Phoenix or Tucson, several new resort experiences beckon:

Mountain Shadows (Paradise Valley). Blending contemporary and mid-century modern style, this boutique property hails back to its 1950s roots as a hideaway for Hollywood stars. Completed in 2018, the totally rebuilt boutique resort includes a high-tech fitness center. It offers wellness weekends, photography classes, guided hiking, moonlight rooftop yoga, and paddleboard yoga in two 75-foot pools, with Camelback Mountain as a backdrop. The resort boasts Arizona’s only 18-hole, par-3 golf course, which is playable in under three hours. And at the end of the day, you can opt for master sommelier dinners, sunset Champagne sabering, or Cocktails under the Cosmos (with telescope). 

Under Canvas Tucson (Tucson). One of the newest of the Under Canvas properties offers winter and springtime glamping at America’s oldest dude ranch, Tanque Verde. Featuring 26 safari-style tents, this outpost provides daily housekeeping, king-size beds, the option for en-suite bathrooms and showers, wood-burning stoves, and private decks for late-night stargazing. Adjacent to Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest, Tanque Verde Ranch offers spectacular views of the high desert landscape. Under Canvas guests have access to ranch amenities, including dining, La Sonora Spa, tennis, horseback riding, mountain biking, and jeep tours.

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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North (Scottsdale). Set amid towering cacti, this rocky mountainside retreat recently completed a $13 million renovation that gives a contemporary look to its cozy casitas; you’ll also discover spa enhancements and a reimagined Spanish-inspired restaurant. The resort offers horseback riding, hot-air-balloon rides, sunset hikes up Pinnacle Peak, and aerial Grand Canyon tours. There’s also a guided trip called Sip, Cycle, and Soar that includes a 10-mile bike ride, an aerial tour of Sedona, a wine tasting, lunch, and a nature walk in Red Rock State Park.