Scottsdale Journals

Scottsdale, A Base for Varied Activities

A June 2003 trip to Scottsdale by janfw

Quote: Saguaro cactus, the Sonoran Desert, shopping, golfing, and Phoenix museums, gardens, and Capitol Building -- all this can be seen while staying in Scottsdale. A few hours away is Sedona and beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Ancient Native American ruins are within driving distance. There are several casinos in the area too.

Sheraton Desert Oasis

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Hotel | "Sheraton's Desert Oasis"

Best Things Nearby:Phoenix State Capitol Building, Casa Grande National Ruins, Saguaro National Park, The Sonoran Desert.Best Things About the Resort:There are activities every day for children and adults. I liked the wine tasting using the wines from an Arizona winery. They also have a quiet pool set off in a side court that is just for adults.Resort Experience:The setting is lovely with the different buildings set in courtyards. We were in the Palm Court and had a lovely fountain that you could sit by. The landscaping gives you an oasis feeling. There is a large family pool with a waterfall at one end, and a hot tub. The quiet pool is set off in an area that...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2003

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

Casa Grande is the large remains of a building in a village constructed by the Hohokum. There are two small openings that are set in the sides of the building -- on the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox, the rays of the sun shine onto the opposite wall inside the structure. There are remnants of some smaller buildings too.

The structure that covers and protects Casa Grande was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., and now it also has historical significance. From a distance, it reminded us of a space ship.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2003

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

This park is about two hours from Scottsdale on good roads. The park preserves the saguaro cactus. This is an interesting flora that only grows naturally in the Sonoran Desert. Other cacti can also be seen. The six-mile loop drive goes through dense growths of saguaro. It's just a graded dirt road. There are four picnic areas located along park roads. You can a walk on a nature trail or take a day long wilderness trek. Be sure to take enough water. The Visitor Center has an interesting well done video, as well as displays of animals that dwell in the desert.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2003

Saguaro National Park
3693 South Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, Arizona 85730
(520) 733-5158