"The Preserve is organized into various vegetative zones ranging from marshlands to native riparian and upland vegetation areas. Approximately 298 species of birds have been identified on the site, and many insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals have found homes there as well. Over 4.5 miles of trails weave through the park, and there are interpretive education panels on wildlife and vegetation throughout."
Listed on the National Register of Historical Places and known as the “Showplace of the Valley,” the Historic Sahuaro Ranch offers activities, exhibits and guided tours—keeping the history of early settlement in the Valley alive. Read more about Sahuaro Ranch Park's history, or view historic photos of Sahuaro Ranch at Glendale's History Project.
Artists are invited to paint outdoor scenes throughout Glendale, including the historic downtown area, which will be filled with all kinds of chocolate, people and entertainment on Saturday, Feb. 10, during the Plein Air Painting Competition held during the Glendale Chocolate Affaire.
City of Glendale
2018 Plein Air Painting Competition
Saturday, February 10, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Promenade on Palmaire in downtown Glendale
The event is open to artists (18 years of age & older) who paint using the Plein Air technique in oil, watercolor, acrylic or pastel. Plein Air (open air) paintings are executed outdoors.
Paintings must be done within Glendale city limits. Canvas size not to exceed 18x24. All artists must bring their own materials and easels and register prior to any work being done. Registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on event day at the Promenade on Palmaire in downtown Glendale.
Between 3:30 to 4:00 p.m., artists will line up with their artworks on easels along the Promenade on Palmaire for judging to begin at 4:00 p.m. Award categories are purchase awards and the winning
paintings will be accessioned into the City of Glendale’s permanent art collection. The award categories are:
• Council Choice Award - $1,000 award
• Best of Show - $1,000 award
• Second Place - $500 award
• Third Place - $250 award
This event is presented by the City of Glendale Public Art Program in conjunction with Special Events and the Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire, which takes place on February 9-11, 2018.
The Jewel of the Creek is a desert oasis filled with towering cottonwood and willow trees along Cave Creek, at the northern edge of the Town of Cave Creek and bordering the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. This property holds one of the last remaining perennial streams in Maricopa County. The unusual year-round presence of water supports a myriad of plant and animal species.
Open sunrise to sunset.
No entrance fee.
Meet at the gate.
This neighborhood park is just over 4 acres and is located on Northern Avenue. The parking lot is on the west side of 51st Avenue just south of the businesses at Northern Avenue.
Built in 1897 by a wealthy lumber baron from Wisconsin named Herbert W. Hamilton, Manistee Ranch began as a 320-acre spread along what is now Northern Avenue. Hamilton sold the place to Louis M. Sands, a prominent Arizona businessman and rancher, in 1907, and it stayed in the Sands family until it was sold to the Glendale Historical Society in 1996.
Today the ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places, and its four buildings – a garage, office, barn, and house – can be visited by anyone who wants to get a little taste of Glendale history.
Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land in 1910 under the Homestead Act. He succeeded where others failed by establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. This allowed Pendley to plant his first apple orchard in 1912, beginning the pattern of agricultural development. The site was also instrumental to the development of the tourism industry in Oak Creek Canyon. The completion of the canyon road in 1914 and the paving of the roadway in 1938 were strong influences in encouraging recreational use of the canyon. Pendley followed suit and in 1933, built rustic cabins to cater to vacationers.
The Bisbee Plein Air Festival returns the second week of October! Join other artists in painting Old Bisbee’s historic architecture and colorful homes set amidst picturesque hills to compete for $700 in prizes. You also have the opportunity to sell your Festival pieces to the public in a well-organized venue at the Wet Paint Sale. Locals and visitors are already in town enjoying gallery openings as part of the Bisbee After 5 Artwalk.
Join Founding and Signature APAP Member Cody DeLong for an adventurous plein air trip through the Grand Canyon. For years Cody has lead 8 and 10 day river trips through the Grand Canyon for artists who want to paint along the way...it's an experience you'll never forget!
Welcome to White Tank Mountain Regional Park.Nearly 30,000 acres makes this the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. Read Less
Exact meetup location to be announced.
Located on the Valley’s east side, this park takes in 3,648 acres set at the western end of the Goldfield Mountains, adjacent to the Tonto National Forest.
The park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Along the most popular feature of the park, the Wind Cave Trail, water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy. The Wind Cave is formed at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite on Pass Mountain. Breathtaking views from this 2,840-foot elevation are offered to all visitors.
The Hassayampa River Preserve consists of approximately 770 acres along the Hassayampa River, just south of Wickenburg, AZ. The Hassayampa River is one of the few undammed rivers in Arizona which flows above ground creating an oasis in the Sonoran Desert.
Hosted by Linda Curtis
Fee $7. Restrooms and Ramadas. 6109 Apache Trail, . US Hwy 60 to Rt 88 (Idaho Rd) in Apache Junction. It is 7.5 miles to Lost Dutchman. I will be at the Cholla day use area. Good views just a little up the Treasure Loop Trail... access by the restrooms. Linda Curtis
"The north Valley location contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring. The abundant vegetation present in the conservation area provides a rich habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife." - Maricopa County Regional Parks
Arizona Plein Air Painters . . . This is a great opportunity to paint some southwest mission style architecture! We have permission to paint in certain places around the church. One, the far southeast corner of the parking lot, where this photo was taken, in the courtyard, or west of the church. Please, bring a tarp if you want to paint in the courtyard. Don't go early. There is a school on campus and they don't want anyone there until the children are gone. Besides, the traffic when school is released is chaotic, from what I was told. Hope to see you there!
The sun rises at 7:09 am. So, set your alarms and coffee pots early and join us for Sunrise in the Park at Papago Park in Phoenix. Park by the Ranger Station and meet up at Ramada #7, circled in red. There are restrooms available. Hope to see you there! (Photo by Matt Sterbenz)