In Arizona, the majestic Grand Canyon grabs the spotlight and takes center stage, drawing more than 5.5 million tourists each year. Named one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, this breathtaking gorge qualifies as a national treasure, yet there are other magnificent vistas in the Copper State. Arizona is home to a multitude of America’s greatest landscapes, from Monument Valley and the Sonoran Desert to the Vermillion Cliffs and Antelope Canyon. Diamond Resorts reviews two of the state’s hidden gems, each of which provides visitors with a taste of Arizona’s natural wonders.
Approximately 45 miles from Phoenix, Cave Creek delivers a slice of the Old West, replete with open spaces, wildlife habitats, and 5,000 welcoming residents. Nestled in the desert foothills, Cave Creek’s Rancho Mañana Resort was a U.S. Cavalry camp in the mid-1800s and a ranch in the mid-1940s. Today, Diamond Resorts reviews Rancho Mañana Resort as a lush, green oasis that provides guests with the ideal home base for their back-to-nature adventures. Visitors can be found enjoying miles of trails on horseback, bicycles, and mountain bikes. Families succumb to the lure of gold mining stamp mills and rich historical sites, while others are simply drawn to the unspoiled landscapes of the nearby championship golf course. Those wishing to experience Arizona vistas from above can be found delighting in hot air balloon rides. After spending a day basking in the unforgettable Arizona mountain views, guests unwind in their spacious villas, which feature two bedrooms, two baths, a whirlpool jet tub and a full kitchen. Visitors can also be found grilling dinner in the resort’s barbecue area or taking a dip in the outdoor heated pool or hot tub.
A second captivating Arizona landscape can be found in the heart of the state, in Tonto National Forest. Just two hours from Phoenix and Flagstaff, the town of Payson is a stone’s throw from the Mogollon Rim’s spectacular limestone and sandstone cliffs and dramatic canyons, which served as inspiration for Western novelist Zane Grey. Home to the world’s oldest continuous rodeo, Payson has a rich history of ranching that is surpassed only by its Tonto Apache Native American heritage. Visitors wanting to experience the flavor of the Old West feel at home at Kohl’s Ranch Lodge, with its massive stone fireplaces, A-frame log exterior, and cozy mountain lodge accommodations that offer something for everyone. Guests can choose from studios, one- or two-bedroom cabins, and suites that sleep up to eight. When they’re not enjoying hiking, fishing, and horseback riding, families can be found on the lodge’s basketball, volleyball, and bocce ball courts. Children and adults also appreciate the lodge’s ping-pong tables, horseshoe pit, and mini-golf. During daylight hours, adults tee off at one of the three nearby golf courses, while in the evenings, they slip away for fun at the Tonto Apaches’ Mazatzal Casino.
Diamond Resort Reviews believes Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon, and recommends that travelers wanting to truly experience the state’s variety of magnificent landscapes start by visiting the Rancho Mañana Resort in Cave Creek and Kohl’s Ranch Lodge in Payson.