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“Rim Country is perfect for families coming up to each other in the green meadows below Escudilla
from the Valley,” says John Stanton, manager of the Mountain.
Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We’re “If you go out just before dawn or dusk, you can
90 minutes and a half tank of gas away, and we have hear them bugling,” says Sitko. “It’s an incredible sight
something for everyone.” and sound.”
Stanton notes this is a perfect time of year to visit
the area since fall foliage is at its peak, and Rim Rustic luxury
Country also has many family-friendly events on its Visitors who prefer luxury accommodations to
calendar. The offerings include ongoing programs camping will fi nd an array of hotels, ranches and
like a farmers’ market in Payson and “shop-hops” in upscale cabins in the White Mountains to make their
nearby Pine as well as larger events. stay even more memorable.
“The Heritage Festival is Sept. 26 and 27 at Green “The changing of the seasons here is wonderful,”
Valley Park in Payson,” says Stanton. “There will be says Amy Fairbanks, reservationist with Hidden
three 1800s-era villages people can visit – a pioneer STSN photo Meadow Ranch in Greer, a luxury accommodation
town, a ranch and a Native American community –
LEAF PEEPERS: Get out and see the fall colors around the state.
surrounded by national forest and recently featured
that celebrate Payson’s cultural history. And of course on the television series “Great Escapes.” “We have
we’ll have singing, games, great food. And, admission cool temperatures and the leaves are gorgeous – lots of
is free.” “The aspens are just beginning to get that yellow beautiful golds and reds and yellows. It’s a great way
Other autumn events include a rock and mineral tinge,” says Bruce Sitko, manager of education and to experience autumn.”
show in October and a quilting exposition in November information programs for the Arizona Game and From Hidden Meadow’s sumptuous cabins, guests
featuring 120 quilts. Fish Department’s (AZGF) Pinetop offi ce. “By mid- can view an extensive display of natural wonders from
For visitors looking to stay longer, Rim Country October, the colors will be full blown. As it gets cooler the fall foliage to the woodland critters that make their
boasts a wide variety of accommodations. The Ranch at and the leaves change, we’ll also be seeing migratory home in the expansive forest.
Fossil Creek in Strawberry offers llama hikes and tours birds, water fowl and hummingbirds in the area. “We routinely see bald eagles by the lake and
of its goat dairy operation. Payson’s Pine Victorian Inn There are a number of different habitats clustered elk grazing in the meadows here in the evenings,”
provides luxurious rooms with spectacular mountain together where people can see a variety of species.” Fairbanks says. “We even see some black bears from
views. And nearby Kohl’s Ranch offers a cowpoke Sitko says the region is well-known for its trout time to time.”
version of bed and breakfast aptly named Bunk and fi shing and that many area streams and tributaries are For more information on Rim Country, visit
Chow. stocked each week throughout the season. or call 928-474-4515.
“This time of year, you want to fi sh at as high an To learn more about the White Mountains, check
Majestic White Mountains elevation as possible,” suggests Sitko. “Places like Luna out Visit AZFG’s
Further to the northeast are the towns of Greer, Lake, Alpine Lake, the Black River, Little Colorado website at
Pinetop, Show Low, Alpine, Whiteriver and Eager, River. And there’s some great camping around those WildlifeViewingAreas.shtml for more information on
nestled deep among the aspens in Arizona’s White places too.” White Mountain nature trails and visitor centers.
Mountains. The lush, unspoiled region’s elevation Nature lovers are encouraged to hike the trails and
tops 8,600 feet and is a favorite among those who visit the AZGF information centers throughout the
Miriam Van Scott of Kerby Estates is a freelance writer and
enjoy fi shing, hiking and horseback riding, as well as region. Sitko especially recommends visitors tour the
Chandler transplant from the Washington, D.C. area. She can be
reached at
nature lovers interested in bird watching or outdoor Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area just southeast of
photography. Eager, where during early autumn, elk gather and call
CFD teaches emergency preparedness
In recognition of National Preparedness Month and maintain emergency plans that refl ect what must Rd. Students in this course learn how to treat minor
in September, two free emergency planning training be done before, during and after a disaster to protect injuries, turn off gas leaks, report terrorist threats and
courses are offered to the community by the Chandler people and their property. Included is information on more.
Fire Department. how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains Both courses are free and open to all adults. To
Holistic Urgent Response Team facilitator training the food, water and other supplies in suffi cient register for either course, call 480-782-2116 or email
is held from 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Sept. 19 at the quantity for individuals and their families to survive.
Chandler Fire Training Facility located at 3550 S. The Chandler Fire Department also offers For more emergency planning info, visit
Dobson Rd. The program teaches the “Are You Ready? a Community Emergency Response Team course re or
An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness” course beginning Wed., Sept. 23 and continuing from 6:30
developed by the Federal Emergency Management to 9:30 p.m. Thursday evenings through Nov. 5 at St.
Administration. Focus is on how to develop, practice Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church at 3450 W. Ray
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