Arizona’s New Attractions

What’s New, what’s hot, what’s not for your next weekend getaway.

Off the Beaten path at Petrified Forest National Park‘Off the Beaten Path’ Hiking Excursions at Petrified Forest National Park
Discover secluded areas within Petrified Forest National Park with eight new Off the Beaten Path guides that direct hikers away from busier areas to explore the park’s hidden gem trails. Adventures include following old roadbeds, trekking into the wild badlands of the Painted Desert and hiking a path made by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The trails are open all year round and range from four to eight miles. The new guides are available at the park’s visitor center.


New Rockin’ River Ranch State Park to Open in Camp Verde
On February 9, be one of the first to visit and explore Rockin’ River Ranch State Park in Camp Verde. Spend the day at Arizona’s newest state park and enjoy hiking trails, kayaking or fishing while you take in remarkable views of the cottonwood tree-lined Verde River. Then, have a picnic at this day-use-only park. After visiting, take the opportunity to explore the surrounding Verde Valley for even more outdoor adventures such as visiting Montezuma Castle National Monument and touring the area wineries.


The Waste Management Phoenix Open: The Largest Zero-Waste Sporting Event in The World
Close up of someone's feet with a golf club and ball. The WM Phoenix Open held in Scottsdale on Feb 5-11, 2024, is not only the best-attended golf tournament in the world but for 11 consecutive years, has been recognized as the largest zero-waste sporting event in the world. The WM diverts 100% of the tournament’s waste from landfills through recycling, composting, donating and energy conservation. All money raised for the tournament’s new WM Phoenix Open Working For Tomorrow Fund will benefit local sustainability charities and a dollar will be donated for every fan who wears green on Saturday’s Green Out Day.


A Taste of Melanin schedule of eventsCelebrate Black History Month at ‘A Taste of Melanin’ Event 
Held throughout February, the Taste of Melanin event in Tempe immerses attendees in Black culture through performances, exhibits and educational workshops. Support Black-owned businesses at the event’s market and when dining at Black-owned restaurants during the Taste of Melanin Restaurant Week. The overall event highlights the influence African Americans have on culture and is designed to empower the Black community.


Cactus League Spring  Baseball Training at  Sloan Park2024 Cactus League Spring Training Begins in February
The 2024 Cactus League Spring Training season starts in late February 2024 with baseball games occurring daily across central Arizona through late March. Watch 15 Major League teams compete while enjoying Arizona’s sunny spring weather and affordable ticket prices. After a thrilling day at the ballpark, explore the endless adventures across the state’s diverse landscapes including the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and Chiricahua National Monument. Here are a few trip ideas to create the ultimate vacation for any fan.


Arizona’s First Lighted Golf Course
Rolling Hills Golf Course lit up at night with a sunset in the backgroundGrass Clippings Rolling Hills in Tempe is offering golfers an exciting nightime golf experience. As one of only 20 lighted courses in the country, golfers can enjoy playing 18 holes on the executive golf course late into the night with the course open until midnight on the weekends. Whether playing during the day or at night, enjoy this pristine golf course with remarkable views of the Papago Buttes.

The New York Times Names Arizona’s Newest National Monument A Top Travel Destination for 2024
Arizona’s newest monument, Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument, was recognized as a top travel destination in The New York Times 52 Places to Go This Year for its conservation of 900,000 acres surrounding the Grand Canyon including sites sacred to several American Indian tribes in Arizona.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Partners with REI CO-OP for Exclusive Arizona Adventures 
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown is offering new and exclusive guided outdoor activities with REI Co-op Adventures. With a wide variety of adventures to choose from, guests can enjoy biking around Tempe Town Lake, hiking South Mountain, rafting down the Salt River, visiting S’edav Va’aki Museum and going on a bike tour around Downtown Phoenix. Visitors who book the Arizona Exploration Package receive a $50 gift card to REI Co-op towards outdoor gear or attire that will help guests explore Arizona’s diverse landscapes.

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