Summer Savings and Special Activities
Camp Out In The Wild June 3rd
Meet Baby Marmoset Sampson
Come see and learn about raptors and other native Sedona wildlife at the Verde Canyon Railroad depot and on the train. It’s great event for nature lovers of all ages. Handlers, presenting a variety of raptors and native “critters”, will answer questions and pose for photos during the depot patio presentation.
Presentations are all open to the public and are from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. By partnering with Arizona’s Liberty Wildlife, Verde Canyon Railroad provides visitors the opportunity to see majestic owls and wild raptors at the depot and onboard the train.
Liberty Wildlife shares the beauty of a rescued bald eagle, our nation’s noble bird, with visitors to the depot and on the train on select Saturdays throughout the year. Get up close to Sonora, the only bald eagle in the world that regularly enjoys a train ride.
RAPTOR PRESENTATION ONBOARD THE TRAIN:
April 1, May 6, June 3, July 4, August 5, September 2, October 4, November 4, December 2
RAPTOR & REPTILES AT THE DEPOT:
April 13, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 24, September 21, October 18, November 16, December 20
Visit LibertyWildlife.org to learn more about these amazing creatures and their terrific rescue work.
Love is in the air, so make your reservations now for the 4th annual “Vittles, Vines and Valentines” special at the Blazin’ M Ranch February 14th to February 18th, 2017. Bring your sweetie for a special Valentine’s price that includes two adult dinner and show tickets for $60, plus tax (limit of six per party).
Blazin’ M, a Cottonwood tradition for the past twenty years, always keeps the customer at the top of their minds in terms of service and entertainment so it’s no surprise that the good folks at the Ranch are offering such an amazing deal. “We always like to kick-off our new season in February, with a special promotion of some kind” says Lori Mabery, Managing Partner for Mabery Ranch Company. “What better way, than with a unique experience to celebrate Valentine’s week? Vittles, Vines and Valentines has become extremely popular with our guests who are looking for something different and festive to do to surprise their significant other.”
No Valentine’s Day should be spent without chocolate and wine, so also included in the special price is a miniature Chocolate Walk featuring tasty homemade treats from Sedona Fudge Company to enjoy as you stroll through the shops at Blazin’ M before dinner.
To top off your special evening, select bottles of wine will be offered at 50% off during that week at the Copper Spur Saloon located in the courtyard. Sip and stroll the museum, hop aboard the tractor ride or visit the Old-Tyme photo studio to take home a lasting memory of your Valentine’s visit. Don’t miss this chance to share a one-of-a-kind experience with someone you love. Make your reservation now.
From December through May, the annual Eagle Watch season is on at Verde Canyon Railroad. Whether you choose coach or first-class seating, adjacent open-air viewing cars offer the best spotting opportunities.
Soaring over their winter habitat along Arizona’s perennial streams and rivers, Bald Eagles inspire all with their majestic appearance and graceful acrobatics. Nesting season along the Verde Canyon Railroad begins in November with the return of migratory raptors expanding the resident population during the winter months. This prime-time eagle season features an abundance of high-flying activity as the birds jockey for position, mates and nesting locations. Most of the access points to the Canyon are closed to the public during the breeding season, the exception being Verde Canyon Railroad. The train has rumbled through this ravine for over 100 years and poses no distraction to these avian inhabitants, their many generations accustomed to the iron horse’s daily appearance along the river.
Catch a glimpse of our national symbol in its natural landscape, flying free in the big western sky along red sandstone cliff faces and diving into the cool green river to snatch a fat fish to feed its eaglets. Eagle watchers can snag some treats of their own during the rail trip, enjoying freshly-made hors d’oeuvres washed down with local favorites like our classic prickly pear margarita.
Make this holiday season truly magical: reserve your tickets for the Blazin’ Magic dinner and show on December 16 (or 31st), as accomplished illusionist Kevin Barnes returns to the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood.
With over 11,000 performances at Las Vegas’ Excalibur Hotel, Kevin’s act is a unique combination of magic, comedy and audience participation. He’s appeared throughout the world, including on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines, theaters in Asia, and even with the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. He’s also appeared at events for Jay Leno, Pavarotti, and Tiger Woods.
“We are so excited to be sharing Kevin’s incredible talent on stage at the ranch”, states Lori Mabery, Managing Partner for Mabery Ranch Company, the family entity that founded Blazin’ M, “Finding something fun and family-friendly for the holidays can be challenging, and this show will have it all.”
The evening features the Blazin’ M’s chuck wagon meal as well as courtyard activities and attractions. Gates open at 5:00PM, dinner bell rings at 6:30PM and the Blazin’ Magic show follows.
In addition to Kevin Barnes’ Magic Show, Blazin’ M Ranch also offers a family-festive holiday show. Featuring an abundance of comedy and music, it’ll put patrons in the spirit of the season from November 25th to December 31st. With nearly a million people entertained (and fed!) over the past 20 years, Blazin M’s holiday show sells out year after year, so book your tickets today!
Tickets will disappear like magic, so book the Blazin’ Magic show and the holiday show at (928) 634-0334 or online at blazinm.com. Adults $39.95+tax, Seniors (65+) $34.95+tax and Children (5-12) $19.95+tax.
Meet Mogie and Blue. Born in January of 2016, Mogie and Blue were rescued as young cubs after their mother was killed at the Blue Ridge Reservoir, located in Arizona’s scenic Mogollan Rim area. Too young to survive without a their Mom, they were picked up by the Arizona Department of Game and Fish. The cubs were then relocated to their permanent home at Out of Africa Wildlife Park. They warmed up to park staff and visitors surprisingly fast. As with all young bear cubs, they are highly food-motivated and always playful.
Despite their name, black bears show a great deal of color variation. Individual coat colors can range from white, blond, cinnamon, or light brown to dark chocolate brown or jet-black, with many intermediate variations existing. Mogie is brown in color while Blue sports a black coat. These two siblings each display wonderful and unique personalities in very entertaining fashion.
Plan a visit now to Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde to meet Mogie and Blue!
Three young African lions now call Out of Africa Wildlife Park home. Ted, Kayla and Lady are part of a lion breeding program to promote lion conservation. African lion populations have drastically fallen in the last twenty years primarily due to habitat fragmentation, loss of prey, human-lion conflicts and poaching. Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the US Fish and Wildlife Service recently listed two subspecies of lions as endangered, and these new arrivals, Ted, Kayla, and Lady are on the list.
The new arrivals will provide the basis for a new pride and contribute to their kind as important genetic stock in the years ahead. The lions were all born at Lion Habitat Ranch near Las Vegas, Nevada. They were transported via climate-controlled truck, arriving at the park Tuesday afternoon, June 26, just as the area’s first seasonal monsoon subsided. The male is 2 ½ years old and the female sisters are 3 ½ years old. The three lions will receive more African-friendly names to be introduced over time using variations of their existing names until they clearly recognize and respond to their new names solely.
They are adjusting to their spacious new habitats. For a short while the male will be separate but viewable by the lionesses adjacent to him. When the time is right, one or both of the females will come into season. That will be the moment to introduce them so they can become a pride. Acceptance is a crucial part of the process.
About Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Since 1988 Out of Africa Wildlife Park has been dedicated to promoting the discovery and appreciation of wildlife for all ages and creating an experience steeped in fun, immersed in learning, and inspired by the living and colorful world of astonishing wildlife. Showcasing exotic animals from around the world, the 104-acre Park provides its visitors a unique and interactive way to see and experience beautiful creatures and their natural behavior up-close. The Park supports and promotes conservation awareness and action, practices exemplary animal care, provides education and learning experiences, and establishes broad community support—all through a peaceful and interactive relationship with our animal friends who touch all of our hearts.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park is located three miles west of I-17 on SR-260 at 3505 W. SR-260, Camp Verde, AZ 86322. Only 90 minutes north of Phoenix and 30 minutes south of Sedona, the Park is open year-round, seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the exceptions of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Children two and under visit for free. Parking is free. For more information call 928-567-2842 or visit OutOfAfricaPark.com.