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This desert masterpiece, the winter home, studio and architectural campus of architect Frank Lloyd Wright in northeast Scottsdale, observes its 75th anniversary in 2012.

You can plow the waters of Saguaro Lake aboard the new Desert Belle, a two-level cruise boat capable of accommodating 143 passengers. The lower level has an air-conditioned section and includes two bathrooms and a snack bar.

Looking for an authentic cowboy experience? Real western adventures unfold at Fort McDowell Adventures on North Hiawatha Hood Road. The destination provides horseback riding, jeep tours, cattle drives and wagon rides for 10 to 2,000. Spanish mission ambience at La Puesta del Sol includes a d…

Fort McDowell Casino, located off the Beeline Highway at Fort McDowell Road, has become known for its 24-hour gaming and live entertainment.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation (the People of the Four Peaks) is one of three Yavapai tribes in Arizona. The 40-square-mile Nation, created by Executive Order on Sept. 15, 1903, is home to 600 community members, while another 300 live off the reservation.

The River of Time Museum shares a building at 12901 N. La Montana Blvd. with the local branch of Maricopa County Library. Exhibits recount the captivating past and present of the desert valley through multi-media displays and personal, docent-guided exhibits.

Tubing down the Salt River is a popular summer activity. It is accessible from Fountain Hills on the Bush Highway from the Saguaro Lake turnoff on State Route 87 (Beeline). Cost includes all-day tube rental, shuttle bus ride and free parking call (480) 984-3305 or visit www.saltrivertubing.com

This is one of four man-made lakes on the Salt River supplying irrigation water and hydro-electric power to central Arizona. The lake is surrounded by magnificent cliffs and offers boating, water skiing and fishing, full-service marina; several swimming areas and picnic grounds. The Desert B…

Located just north of Fountain Hills, the 21,000-acre park is part of the Maricopa County Regional Park system. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors enjoy more than 50 miles of multiuse trails and views of the su…

Also called Red Mountain, this 2,550-foot high landmark is just southeast of Fountain Hills and can be seen from almost anywhere in town. Commonly called Red Mountain for its distinctive coloring, the official name, however, is Mount McDowell on USGS topographic maps. It is named after Gen. …

The forest road to Four Peaks is located about 15 miles northeast of Fountain Hills on the Beeline (State Route 87). Take the gravel road about five miles north of the Saguaro Lake intersection (about 10 miles north of Shea Boulevard), which leads to a four-wheel drive trail that goes all th…

One of the hiking trails in McDowell Mountain Regional Park leads to the historic Dixie Mine, located on the western edge of the park. The trail access within McDowell Park is off the Pemberton Trail about three miles from the trailhead staging area. It is an additional 2.2 miles on the Dixi…

An educational and hiking destination began in 1975 and was restored in 2006 as a wildlife preserve and garden along Emerald Wash between Kingstree Boulevard and Inca Drive. Sonoran Desert plants are identified along a half-mile meandering trail on the desert slopes with an elevation of 1,69…

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