Get Out's Worth the Trip: Family Farm Day, Scenic Skyride, Cowgirls with a Camera - East Valley Tribune: Outdoors

Get Out's Worth the Trip: Family Farm Day, Scenic Skyride, Cowgirls with a Camera

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Posted: Monday, May 27, 2013 9:00 am


Family Farm Day

When East Valley peaches peak, there’s a farther afield option for old-fashioned fun and fresh produce. Tolmachoff Farms will host children’s train rides, corn-husking and watermelon-eating contests, crafts and farm-themed games on June 1. The fourth-generation farm originally grew cotton, wheat and corn but started selling plums in the early 1970s. The pick-your-own produce selection has grown to include tomatoes, watermelon, eggplant, peas, peppers, squash and more — so plan on making dinner around what you pick that day in the garden.

DETAILS >> 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1. Tolmachoff Farms, 5726 N. 75th Ave., Glendale. $5 per person age 2 and older; a $1-off coupon is available online. (623) 386-1301 or


Scenic Skyride

Arizona Snowbowl’s Scenic Skyride chair lift opens for the summer over Memorial Day Weekend, shuttling visitors to an elevation of 11,500 feet atop the San Francisco Peaks. From there, 70-mile panoramic views include Grand Canyon and downtown Flagstaff. The ride takes about 25 minutes in each direction, and it’s cooler at the top than it is at the bottom. Be prepared for changing weather conditions. The Peak Side Cafe offers food and drink indoors or out before or after your ride, and it hosts live music, weather permitting, on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

DETAILS >> 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, and holiday Mondays, through mid-October. Arizona Snowbowl, 9300 N. Snowbowl Road, Flagstaff. $10-$15 per person ages 8-69, free for kids 7 and younger and seniors 70 and older. (928) 779-1951 or


Cowgirls with a Camera

From wild mustangs and working ranch life to stunning landscapes of the American West, this fine photography show features work by some of the most talented women photographers working in the Western genre.

If the images inspire you to see a little more of the West yourself, pair your visit with a shady stroll through the nearby Hassayampa River Preserve, where you or the kids can look for animal tracks around the river and four-acre pond.

DETAILS >> On view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through June 2. Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg. $7-$9 for adults, free for children 17 and younger. (928) 684-2272 or

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