Scottsdale Journals

A Week at Sheraton's Desert Oasis

An October 2002 trip to Scottsdale by J&J Reid

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District Photo, Tombstone, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Sheraton's Desert Oasis in Scottsdale Arizona provided the perfect home base to explore this beautiful and diverse state.

A Week at Sheraton's Desert Oasis

Overview

Cactus at Sunset. Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Arizona is a great place to vacation. It is incredible how much there is to see and do. The resort itself was fantastic and allowed us to wind down and relax after a long day of exploring. Of course, the highlight of our trip was the Grand Canyon. How could it not be? It would probably be a highlight in almost anyone’s lifetime. Other sights we enjoyed were the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Parks, and our trip to Tombstone. Just driving through this diverse state was a highlight. Within a few hours, you can go from barren deserts to dense forests and even see snow capped mountains.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Even if you are not planning on leaving Scott...Read More

Sheraton Desert Oasis

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Hotel | "Sheraton's Desert Oasis"

Sheraton Desert Oasis Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Best Things Nearby:Best Things About the Resort:One of the best things about this resort was the location. It is conveniently located a couple of minutes off of highway 101. This allows for easy access to both downtown Phoenix and the surrounding areas.Resort Experience:We were extremely pleased with our accommodations at Sheraton’s Desert Oasis. The resort offers three sizes of rooms, standard one bedroom, deluxe one-bedroom, and two-bedroom. The two bedroom condominiums contain a lock out feature giving you access to both a one-bedroom deluxe and a one-bedroom condo. Even though we were in one of the smaller rooms offered at this resort, we still felt that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2002

Sheraton Desert Oasis
17700 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
(480) 515-5888

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Photo, Coolidge, Arizona
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We decided to stop at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument after noticing road signs advertising it on our return trip from Tombstone. I would highly recommend stopping here. The park is located about an hour south east of Phoenix and is easily accessible off of the I-10 highway. The Casa Grande Park contains the ruins of a walled farming community once inhabited by the Hohokam tribe but now long deserted. By far, the most eye-catching structure in the park is the Great House. The structure is approximately 4 stories high and was completed prior to 1350. The large steal roof built above the Great House was constructed in the 1930s to protect the ruins from the elements.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 27, 2002

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
1100 W. Ruins Drive
Coolidge, Arizona 85228
(520) 723-3172

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District

Attraction | "Tombstone"

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District Photo, Tombstone, Arizona
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The first day trip we took during our week’s stay in Arizona was to Tombstone. I am a pretty big fan of Western movies so this was one place that I wanted to make sure we visited. Unfortunately, the town itself was a little disappointing. The only way to describe it is to say that it is too touristy. The town consists of a few blocks of historic buildings complete with cowboys, on every corner, trying to peddle their gunfight shows to each passer-by. Of course, each cowboy claims the one that they are advertising is the best show in the whole state. We went to one of these shows and afterwards wished we hadn’t. The trip here was not a complete disappointment though. The drive itself was worth ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 27, 2002

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District
326 East Allen Street
Tombstone, Arizona
(520) 457-3456

Petrified Forest National Park

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Petrified Forest National Park Photo, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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Our trip to the Petrified Forest National Park took an entire day but I would say that it was well worth it. To get there, we took the I-17 highway to Camp Verde. There, we exited and took highway 87 to Winslow after taking a break to see Montezuma’s Castle. Highway 87 is a bit of a scenic route and is probably a bit longer than staying on the I-17 to Flagstaff, but it was very beautiful. The highway winds through Coconino National Forest before hooking up with the I-40 at Winslow. We stopped for lunch in Winslow and had an opportunity to "stand[] on the corner in Winslow, Arizona" just like the Eagles sang about in their famous "Take it Easy". From Winslow it is a fairly short distance to the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2002

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 86028
(928) 524-6228

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Attraction | "Montezuma Castle"

Montezuma Castle National Monument Photo, Camp Verde, Arizona
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We stopped at Montezuma Castle National Monument on our way to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. It is located just a little off of the I-17 highway, about an hour north of Phoenix. If you are headed in this direction it is worth the stop. It should not take much more then a half hour to view the ruins and continue on your way.

The castle itself is five stories high and is built in the side of a cliff. The Sinagua of the Verde Valley built the 600-year-old structure. The ruins of a second cliff dwelling, simply called Castle A, are also visible but in far worse condition.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 1, 2002

Montezuma Castle National Monument
2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy Off Highway Southeast Of Oak Creek
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322

Grand Canyon National Park

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Attraction | "Day Trip to the Grand Canyon"

Grand Canyon National Park Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
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The Grand Canyon was one of the main reasons we decided to come to Arizona, so there was no way we were going to leave without seeing it. This was a very long day with lots of time in the car, but it was well worth it. As funny as it might sound, the drive to the Grand Canyon and back was almost as awe-inspiring as the canyon itself. Arizona is so varied in elevations and scenery that there is always something new to see. We left early in the morning, from our resort in Scottsdale, taking the Interstate 17 to Flagstaff. During this section, you will constantly be going up hill, from a desert environment, through lush forests until you see the snow capped mountain, Humphrey's Peak. From Flagsta...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 1, 2004

Grand Canyon National Park
P.o. Box 129
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888