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Tonto National Forest In All Its Glory

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Living in any part of Maricopa County AZ means that you are very close to the beauty and serenity of Tonto National Forest. Its 3 million acres of protected land range from a beautiful pine forest along lakes and rivers to Saguaro cactus-laden desert scenery. Its stunning multi-colored stone canyons beckon tourists and Paradise Valley property owners alike to partake in its majestic beauty, while large sections of the Verde River are now considered Arizona’s first and only Wild and Scenic River Area.

Tonto National forest offers outdoor activities that rival other national forests in the nation, with not only camping, fishing, hiking, tubing and horseback riding, but geocaching, mineral prospecting, hunting and off-highway vehicle trail riding. Catch glimpses of unique wildlife and learn about indigenous plants and trees while enjoying the beautiful scenery on foot or by car, visit interpretive areas that tell about the landscape and ranger programs that delight those of all ages.

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San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

San Tan Mountain Regional Park is a great for day-use, with over 10,000 acres of beautiful Sonoran Desert to explore. Its numerous looping trails are anywhere from 1 to 5 miles long; the Moonlight Trail is perfect for families, is relatively easy with beautiful scenic views, while the San Tan Trail is for the more adventurous in spirit, as it winds all the way up to the top of Goldmine Mountain, ending with breathtaking views of the Valley of the Sun below. Easily accessible, most of the trails are friendly to hikers, mountain bikers and horse-riders. Each trail offers its own unique views of local wildlife such as coyotes and Gila monsters, beautiful flowering plants and cactus, and skylines that take the breath away. For horse owners, there is an equestrian staging area to ready the animals for riding. The visitor’s center offers a wealth of information on the area, as well as a plethora of outdoor events hosted by knowledgeable rangers, such as learning how to mountain bike or hiking through bat caves. San Tan Mountain Park gives residents a great place to spend an afternoon or an entire day.

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Mill Avenue District Downtown Tempe AZ

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Downtown Tempe Arizona has its own unique charm that is expressed in numerous ways. With its architecture that throws back to an older, simpler time, and its pedestrian friendly shopping and dining along distinctive red brick sidewalks and tree-lined streets, the Mill Avenue District exudes the feeling of a thriving college town. Appreciate contemporary art at the ASU Art Museum, buy locally grown produce at the Thursday Night Market, be mesmerized by all types of performing arts at ASU Gammage, and experience an unrivaled night life with fine dining and a plethora of shopping. While boasting some of the best entertainment in the area, there is also great opportunity for recreation within the downtown Tempe community parks. Many locals that have discovered this quaint oasis have even decided to make it home by purchasing or renting one of the fine downtown Tempe condos that also boast their own unique character. Mill Avenue District in Downtown Tempe AZ has the atmosphere of a small-town community that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

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Tempe Town Lake

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

In the midst of the bustling hubbub of the City of Tempe, where people scurry to work and school, it is surprisingly easy to find peace on any given day. Tempe Town Lake offers locals a relaxing oasis of outdoor activities to help unwind from a busy day, and even the space to learn a new sport. Take a Segway tour of the lake, go jogging, biking and even horseback riding along one of the many trails. Learn how to row, join the outrigger canoe club, or go dragon boating on the lake itself. For those who enjoy parks and picnics with beautiful views of the lake, there are picnic tables and volleyball courts at Town Lake Marina and Picnic Point. There is even a Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park where kids of all ages can enjoy getting wet while basking in the rays of the desert sun.

Throughout the parks and recreation areas, pieces of artwork such as tree sculptures, light fixtures and sidewalks have been specially created and placed as a tribute to the history and culture of the area. While a majority of people enjoy visiting the lake and all it has to offer, some even choose to buy one of the unique Tempe Town Lake condos for sale and take advantage of the setting year-round from their own home. In addition to being a great place for outdoor activities and works of art, comes a great deal of focus on conservation and habitat recovery. The City of Tempe has restored a number of the Salt riverbed landscapes back to their natural state, making it an inviting place for wildlife to flourish. All along Tempe Town Lake residents and visitors can be found enjoying the beautiful Arizona scenery and sunshine.

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