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Upcoming Events

    • 10/23/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 72 W Rio Salado Parkway Tempe 85282
    • 0
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    Meet up with DA at Tempe Town Lake and go on a leisurely ride in an electric powered donut boat.

    We had so much fun in April on the pedal boats that we are going back and renting the Donut boat. The boat holds 10 people, but we need room for the ice chest so we are capping this adventure at 9. The waitlist will be open so if we have filled up the Donut boat, join the waitlist and if we get 9 more, we will rent a 2nd Donut boat.

    Since this is a water event, DA cannot be involved in the rental. Joe&Hans will be initially covering the rental of the Donut boat. As soon as you register, you can send your payment to them. ZELLE is the preferred method & you can send it to: 602-708-9691. You can also give them cash when you see them or send a check to: PO Box 10313, Phx AZ 85016.

    Cost is $25 or members/$26 for Non-Members

    The Donut boat has an electric motor so all you need to do is bring your lunch & NON ALCHOLIC, beverage in a non glass container and sit back and relax. We will have an cooler with ice blocks. You can store your NON ALCHOLIC beverage in the cooler. We will stop sometime around 11 am to drift & have lunch. There is a table in the middle of the Donut boat and an umbrella. Sorry, no pets or smoking on the Donut boat.

    Your event coordinators are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at    602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 10/24/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Barb's Place 85013

    This is where the club officers and committee chairs go over the details of running the club. We plan the schedule for upcoming adventures.  If you have an idea for a trip you want to lead you can present it to the officers at the activities meeting.

    Please bring an appetizer to share.

    Address will be supplied when you register.

    • 11/05/2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • 11/07/2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • 33.848101, -112.281323
    Registration is closed


    campground is booked out

    One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun,” this northwest Valley park is a recreationist dream. The park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.

    We have reserved 6 sites which have electric & water. The dump station is located within the park. There are 2 restroom/shower buildings. 

    The Discovery Center houses a remarkable display of interpretive exhibits for your viewing and inquisitive pleasure. Take a walk back in time as you wind your way through the historical journey of our museum-like exhibits, and learn about the natives and early settlers that called this place home. Come see some of our wildlife display animals.

    You can arrive anytime after 1pm on Thursday. Check out time on Sunday is 12 pm. 

    Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear & propane fire pitQuiet time is from 10 pm until 7 am. 

    Your event hosts are Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at or 602-7089691  (text only)

    • 11/19/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 15745 N Hayden Rd Sct 85260

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    We will be dining at The Preserve Tavern & Grille for a no host dinner.

    We are going on a Friday to partake in their All-You-Can-Eat-Fish-Fry. If you are not into that, you can just order what you want from the menu.

    Event hosts are Core Officers who can be reached at 602-708-9691 (text only) or

    • 11/20/2021
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 25062 S Meridian Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142


    Tour Arizona's only working olive farm & mill. You will learn about their products & farm, their unique olive tree varieties, see how Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made, the different classes of Olive Oil & the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

    Queen Creek Olive Millis home to one of the most exclusive gourmet marketplaces in Arizona. Inside, you will find our selection of signature Extra Virgin Olive Oils, tapenades, stuffed olives, and balsamic vinegars as well as our line of Olivespa products. In addition to our branded products, we also carry a wide variety of local and directly imported wines, specialty cheeses, imported Italian ceramics from Tuscany, and unique local treasures ranging from honey and chocolate, to jewelry, cookbooks and kitchenware.

    Christmas is next month, so shop for unique gifts & local foods. The Olive Mill’s unique gift boxes are perfect for those hard to shop for. The Queen Creek Olive Mill is the only producer of Arizona Extra Virgin Olive Oil & is used by top chefs in Arizona, so your gift will be uniquely Arizonan. They also have a nice array of wines.

    After the tour, we will be dining in the grove. We will order lunch at The Olive Mill’s del Piero Mediterranean café & dine in their olive grove. Shaded patio seating is also available. This is a no-host lunch.

    Your event hosts are Joe&Hans who can be reached at: or 602-708-9691  (text only)

    • 11/21/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Barb's Place 85013

    This is where the club officers and committee chairs go over the details of running the club. We plan the schedule for upcoming adventures.  If you have an idea for a trip you want to lead you can present it to the officers at the activities meeting.

    Please bring an appetizer to share.

    Address will be supplied when you register.

    • 11/25/2021
    • 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Barb's house 85013
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    Your Desert Adventures family will once again be serving home-cooked turkey and delicious honey glazed ham. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share, we‘ll have soft drinks and water.  Bring your own adult beverages.

    Side dishes that we have so far:

    • Southern Baked Candied Yams
    • Potato Salad
    • Mashed Potatoes
    • Cranberries
    • Cranberry ice cream
    • Green bean casserole
    • Dessert
    • Dessert
    • Jell-O Salad and Dinner Rolls
    • Dessert

    We want to manage our Thanksgiving feast the best way possible so please list what you are going to bring when you register.

    We need to limit the number of attendees to 25, including our host Barb so if you are interested in joining your DA family for this holiday, please REGISTER! If you cannot make it after registering, please let us know so we can ensure that anyone else who wishes can join us.

    Location:       Barbara Hanson’s Home in Phoenix

    Exact Address to be provided with Registration

    Contact:        Barb @ 602-319-2922

    Cost:               Members: $10.00 / Guests: $12.00

    • 12/04/2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 1418 N Central Ave Phx 85004
    • 8

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    The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Phoenix resides in an old historical building that was once two houses. The two properties, the Baker House and the Cole Mansion, were constructed in 1921. A renovation was done to the houses in 1940 and joined them as one building.

    We will have a private room and everyone can order what they want from the menu. The room is limited to 24 people so be sure to register to reserve your seat.

    Event hosts are the CORE officers who can be reached at

    • 12/18/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 7380 E 2nd St Scottsdale 85251
    • 3


    We have 3 tickets left, after that, join the waitlist if you would like to join us & we will see if any tickets are still available & get back to you.

    The hilarious comedy team of Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett are off their walkers once again in Assisted Living: The Musical® — THE HOME…for the Holidays, an all-new, hysterical holiday sequel to the runaway hit about the nursing home and beyond. Christmas and retirement will never be the same! 

    It’s the Holidays at Pelican Roost Wellness Center, the party school of retirement communities. From Nutcracker tutus and Peppermint Mocha Ensure® to golf cart parades and pharmaceutical-based activities, it’s all part of the Pelican Roost Annual Holiday Extravaganza! The 18 characters are portrayed by the show’s two actors in this vaudeville-esque musical revue, featuring numbers like “Chili Today and Hot Tamale,” “The Peril of the Bells,” and “Wrapper’s Delight.” 

    Your trip leaders will once again be Joe&Hans who can be reached at or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 12/19/2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 5595 Karsten Phoenix 85008

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    This is where the club officers and committee chairs meet to reminisce about the past year & congratulate each other for their hard work.

    • 12/30/2021
    • 2:00 PM
    • 01/02/2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • 33.602353, -112.503851
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    campground is booked out

    Nearly 30,000 acres makes this the largest regional park in Maricopa County. Most of the park is made up of the rugged and beautiful White Tank Mountains on the Valleys west side. 

    The range, deeply serrated with ridges and canyons, rises sharply from its base to peak at over 4,000 feet. Infrequent heavy rains cause flash flood waters to plunge through the canyons and pour onto the plain. These torrential flows, pouring down chutes and dropping off ledges, have scoured out a series of depressions, or tanks, in the white granite rock below, thus giving the mountains their name.

    We have reserved 4 sites which have electric & water. The dump station is located within the park. There is a restroom/shower building centrally located. Once we fill the 4 sites, you can join the waitlist. Someone will confirm that there are still sites available and contact you. 

    You can arrive anytime after 2pm on Thursday. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am. 

    Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear & propane fire pitQuiet time is from 10 pm until 7 am. 

    Your event hosts are Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at or 602-7089691  (text only)

    • 01/01/2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 16335 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park 85340
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    In order to make reservations in a timely manner, registration will close for this event on December 25th

    Dillon's at the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium allows you to dine with the sharks! That’s right! You’ll be eating beside a beautiful 60,000 gallon shark tank. Be inventive and enjoy a new experience today. And, don’t worry, no entrance fee is required for dining!

    View the menu via the above link and see all they have to offer. Once you register, we will add you to the reservation list so we can all sit together. Dillon's is a busy place so please register so that we can include you in our reservations. If you need to cancel at the last minute, please be courteous and contact the trip leaders.

    There is no DA fee for this event

    Your trip leaders will once again be Joe&Hans who can be reached at:

    (text only) 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 01/16/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 2501 East Telawa Trail Phx 85016
    • 5

    Reservations will be made on October 24th to ensure we get a room for those who have registered & paid. After that, registration for this event will close.

    The Wrigley Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. The Wrigley Mansion is a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. It sits atop a 100-foot knoll with spectacular views of greater Phoenix to the south.

    Our private room is limited to 12 paid registrants. There are 3 steps to enter our private room.  

    -Brunch fee INCLUDES tax & tip-

    Brought family style to the table:

    • Freshly baked breakfast breads
    • freshly sliced fruit
    • assorted mini desserts 

    Served at our table & can be ordered at any time:

    • Pickled shrimp
    • Imported/domestic cheese & charcuterie
    • House hickory smoked salmon
    • Panzanella salad 
    Order these individual entrees:
    • Lemon blueberry Belgian waffles
    • calamari & shrimp
    • Beef hash
    • Garden omelet
    • House made biscuits & gravy
    • Slow roasted prime rib
    • WM bacon breakfast sausage scrambled eggs

    In addition, you can purchase these fee based extras:

    • Black River Caviar $90
    • Seared Foie Gras $30
    • Grilled Hanger Steak & Eggs $20
    • Endless Cava or Mimosa $10

    -Brunch fee INCLUDES tax & tip-

    602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 02/12/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 2757 E Guadalupe Rd Gilbert AZ 85234

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    The Preserve is organized into various vegetative zones ranging from marshlands to native riparian & upland vegetation areas.

    Approximately 298 species of birds have been identified on the site, and many insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals have found homes there as well. There are interpretive education panels on wildlife and vegetation throughout. Viewing blinds have been established at various locations near the edge of several ponds to further enhance the visitor’s experience. A floating boardwalk crossing the northern end of the lake allows visitors a close up view of the fish and ducks on the water. The preserve also includes restroom facilities.

    Join us for a leisurely stroll on approximately 1 mile, passing by all 7 ponds and ending at Water Ranch Lake. There are many benches to rest on and watch the critters. The site has ADA accessible trails. There is no DA fee for this event but please register so that we can expect you.

    If the preserve parking lot is full, there is parking at the library to the west which has a connecting trail to the preserve. We will meet at the head of the giant snake wall just S of the preserve parking lot.

    After our stroll, join us  for lunch aCasanova Brothers Pizza located @ 959 N Val Vista Dr Gilbert 85234. 1.5 miles W of preserve.

    Trip leaders are Joe&Hans who can be contacted at or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 02/26/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 52 E Harrison St, Gilbert, AZ 85295

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    Goats w/Horns Animal Sanctuary takes in & nurtures for life critters that are unwanted, abandoned or need rehoming. Their mission is to strengthen the bond between humans and animals.

    First, we go on a tour of the sanctuary and hear some stories about the animals. Then we can interact with the animals & feed them snacks that you brought. A list of what snacks you can bring for the animals is in the link above. Also look at their wish list and see if you can help them out.

    Besides goats there are: Cows, Pigs, Sheep & Birds. To be able to interact with the animals, please fill out the release form & bring it with you. -release form-

    After our visit join us for lunch at Nurdberger, 235 E Warner Rd Gilbert 85296. Just 2 miles N on Warner. -map-  -menu-

    Your event hosts are Joe&Hans who can be reached at: or 602-708-9691  (text only)

    • 03/05/2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 1201 N. GALVIN PARKWAY PHOENIX, AZ 85008


    • 03/11/2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 03/13/2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • 3939 N Usery Pass Rd Mesa 85207

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    The park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Along the most popular feature of the park, the Wind Cave Trail, water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of Rock Daisy. The Wind Cave is formed at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite on Pass Mountain. Breathtaking views from this 2,840-foot elevation are offered to all visitors. 

    Our Group site, A, has water, a large Ramada containing six tables, large patio, a grill and restrooms with showers. An RV dump station is near the entrance. When checking in at the main entrance, say that you are at Group Site A with Desert Adventures.

    The Ramada has power for crockpots & phone charges. A kettle will be available to make hot water, so bring your coffee, cocoa or tea.

    The members party will be held at our site on Saturday. The members party is a separate event. If you are camping, you still need to register separately for the members party. It is free for members.

    Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear and firewood. Quiet time is from 10 pm until 6 am. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome.

    For questions, contact your hosts Joe&Hans at: or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 03/12/2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 03/13/2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • 3939 N Usery Pass Rd Mesa 85207

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    Our Members Party will be at the Ramada at group site, A. There are restrooms nearby. When checking in at the main entrance, pay the $7 entry fee & proceed to group site A. DA is camping in group site A, so please be mindful of where you park.

    DA will be suppling hamburger and brats along with condiments, plates, utensils, dessert & bottled water. Please bring a side dish. Here are the side dishes being brought so far:

    This is a members party which is free for members. The event fee for Non-Members is $7 but if you join DA within 1 month of this event, you will receive $7 as a credit toward the joining fee.

    The Ramada has power for crockpots & phone chargers. 

    For questions, contact your hosts DA Core at:

    • 03/26/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 2600 E. Elwood St. Phoenix, AZ 85040

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    Join us on a private tour that includes information about the organization’s history, a look into the Non-Eagle Feather Repository, details about their hospital and a visit to the Interactive Lab and Educational Trail.

    Liberty Wildlife assists the state of Arizona with rehabilitation of native species, specializing in avian, reptile, amphibian and small mammal species. They care for between 7,000 - 8,000 animals every year with a release rate over 50%, above the national norm. 

    We’ll get to look into the windows of their working hospital and see new patients being worked on. Then, on their education side, we’ll meet with volunteers who take the birds of prey out of their enclosures for up close visits. They also have a reptile room where some of their team can take out a few of those animals to let our group learn more about each of them.

    Consider donating something from their wish list, which can be view via the link above.

    Join us afterwards for lunch at JL Smokehouse just a 1.2 mile drive southwest of the tour.

    Your trip leaders will once again be Joe&Hans who can be reached at or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 04/23/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 9160 E Shea Blvd Scts 85260

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    Glow Putt Mini Golf is an indoor, glow-in-the-dark, miniature golf course.  The jungle-safari theme surrounds a challenging 18-hole course that is illuminated with special UV lighting. Even the golf ball is special as it glows brilliantly each time it passes through one of the many custom-made CHARGERS located throughout the course. The layout is designed to challenge and please all skill levels as you make your way through the air-conditioned course.

    Balls & putter are supplied & they have water & soft drinks for sell.

    Be sure to wear something that GLOWS.  

    After our 18 holes, join us for Lunch at: Fate Brewing Co.

    7337 E Shea Blvd Scottsdal85260 (map)

    Event hosts can be contacted at: or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 05/21/2022
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • North Scottsdale

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    The Phoenix Herpetological Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is a statewide facility that includes a surrender facility, education program, summer camps and rescue and rehabilitation.

    Interact with some of our special animals, which for many people is a once in a lifetime experience. Guests will get to learn about endangered species, how we contribute to conservation of those animals, some of the considerations we must contemplate when having these reptiles in Arizona, which reptiles are good pets for children or adults, adaptations of animals from across the world, and much more! This educational, hands-on, and exciting adventure is definitely one to remember!

    Consider donating something from their wish list, which can be view via the link above. The exact address will not be supplied to us until we make the reservation, but is in N Scottsdale. You will receive an email with the exact address closer to the event.

    Join us afterwards for lunch at Jalapeno Inferno just a 4 mile drive south of the tour.

    Your trip leaders will once again be Joe&Hans who can be reached at or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 06/02/2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 06/05/2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • 34.285065, -110.240217


    Lewis Canyon Campground is located at 6,600 feet in a beautiful ponderosa pine setting with a large open field nearby. Wild turkey, elk and deer are often seen in the vicinity. The trailhead to the Juniper Ridge Trail #640 is located at the group campground. This trail is open to non-motorized vehicles, hikers, horses & mountain bicycles. The trail is a pleasant 14 mile loop through ponderosa pines, juniper and manzanita county. A shorter 7-mile loop trail is also marked.

    Last day to pay is May 30th

    You can arrive: anytime after noon on Thursday, June 2nd. On Saturday, dinner will be served at 5 pm and will feature extra-lean burgers. We gather around the eating area at 4 pm for appetizers. Please bring an appetizer to share. Side dishes & dessert will be provided. Homemade Apple pie Moonshine will be available each night. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am.

    The site features: Picnic tables, fire rings, 4 large group barbecue grills, dumpster & vault toilets. The only water on site is non-potable and for drowning the fire. Remember to bring food, drinking water, hiking gear & firewood. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome.

    Directions: Driving on AZ-260, turn S onto Pinedale Rd, (+34.317769, -110.247561). Drive through Pinedale and the covered bridge to the U.S. Forest Service work center, (+34.3053, -110.2465). Continue south 2.3 miles on Pinedale Road, which becomes Rim Road. Follow the signs to Lewis Canyon Group Site and turn right onto FR 130A, which goes directly to Lewis Canyon Group Campground (+34.285065, -110.240217).

    Nearest full commercial services are 15 miles in Show Low. 

    Your trip leaders will once again be Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at or 602-708-9691 (text only)

    • 07/01/2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 07/04/2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Mt Lemmon Coronado NF AZ 85619


    Mt.Lemmon Campout


    Friday July 1st thru Monday July 4th

    ARRIVAL time is 1PM Friday, Check Out 11AM Monday! Just an hour northeast of Tucson!

    Beat the heat camping on Mt. Lemmon near 8000 ft. surrounded by the cool pines above Tucson.

    We have Whitetail site #1 reserved. It's more cozy but still has a large Ramada, electricity, water, grills and terraced tent sites along the hill.

    Getting to the campsite is a memorable trip up the Sky Island Scenic Byway, a recently improved road that has changing vegetation from the desert floor to the fir tree forest above. Figure about two hours from Phoenix to Tucson and another hour up the hill.

    It's just a short walk to a dramatic view of Tucson. Great hiking trails are all around. If there is interest an organized hike will be planned. In addition there are many things to explore up on the mountain. The Mt. Lemmon ski area operates its lift year round. The Iron Door Restaurant is open for lunch. There’s the little vacation village of Summerhaven only 4 miles up the road where you can find eats, ice cream and a small general store for ice. There is a restaurant open for brunch and dinner called Sawmill Run. You might want to explore the Marshall Gulch picnic area at the Lemmon Summit Trailheads. Hopefully you’ll also have time for a quiet afternoon in the cool air.

    The campsite is optimized for tent camping. Because of space limits expect to share your terrace with at least one other tent. Each terrace is a good size. Parking space is strictly limited to 8 vehicles. Carpooling is recommended. When we reach 8 vehicles it will be necessary to park across the highway along a side road.

    A BYOB is planned for Saturday from 5pm till 6pm. Please bring something to share for the cocktail hour. A Saturday meal will be provided for 6:00 PM and those wishing to come for the meal only are welcome. We will provide coffee and snacks for the mornings. Please bring firewood. (A number of time there have been fire restrictions but near the 4th there usually has been rain.) (The camp host usually has some for sale.) We hope that people from Phoenix and Tucson will join us for the hikes and meal.


    From the 10 take Ina Rd. east. Following the main road bear right as it turns into Skyline then Sunrise Dr. Turn right at Kolb Rd. and follow it about four miles to Tanque Verde Rd. Turn Left on Tanque Verde Rd. and follow it to the Catalina Highway (Last chance shopping center). Turn left on Catalina and follow it up the mountain. Do not pay at the fee station. Watch carefully at about the 21 mile marker and turn left into the campground. You will likely have to open the gate. Proceed to the camp host and then down to the first site on the left.

    • 08/14/2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 1160 S Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296


    Lets Roll through the summer with a little bowling fun

    Join your fellow Desert Adventurer’s at Bowlero in Gilbert for some friendly bowling competition, some pizza, and a chance to visit with everyone.

    Registration is required to attend this event and will close on Wednesday, August 11th @ noon. We will purchase for those who have indicated they will be bowling. You must be registered by August 11th to bowl.

    Plan to arrive on Sunday, August 14th before 1 pm to get your fancy shoes on and pick out a ball. We've paid for 2 hours of bowling starting at 1 pm until 3 pm.

    This is one of Desert Adventure’s annual members party.  If you're a current member, bowling & shoes are free. The club will also pick up some pizza and sodas. You're on your own for major food and beverages.

    Guests are welcome to join us at a cost of $15

    If you have any questions.

    Email DA at

    • 09/08/2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 09/11/2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • Mather Group site


    Join our DA Family for a fabulous time at the Grand Canyon

    This is weekend after Labor Day

    The weather’s been perfect the past few years, so we’re due for rain, so bring your EZ ups and hopefully we’ll stave off the rain.  We’ll follow the same schedule, Thursday night we’ll do a mixer, so everybody gets to meet everybody, Friday everybody’s on their own to hike, shop, nap, or some combination thereof.

    Saturday evening we’ll have TBD and something vegetarian.  Happy hour at around 5ish.  We’ll provide some kind of happy hour adult beverage, and ask that everybody bring some kind of side or desert to share.

    If you’re new to this, or can’t remember anything anymore, here are the basics.  The site we’ve reserved is for tenters.  If you have an RV, you need to reserve your own spot; check out or call 877-444-6777.  The closest hotel rooms are located at the Yavapai Lodge, which also has a mediocre restaurant and free Wi-Fi. 

    There is a pretty decent general store that has an amazing selection of food and liquor and a decent snack bar. Elk and deer have frequently wandered through the neighborhood.  Decent toilets, mud sinks to do the dishes are nearby and showers are available nearby—bring quarters and flip-flops or river shoes.

    This is not roughing it.  There are people who bring no food and just a cooler for adult beverages who manage not to starve.

    We ask everybody to RSVP as usual.  Please bring firewood.

    • 09/23/2022
    • 1:30 PM
    • 09/25/2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Playground Group Site


    The Playground Group Site is located in the pines at 7,500 feet atop Mingus Mountain in the Prescott National Forest. The site is shaded by sycamore & located near many trails. The site has tables, grills, trash dumpster, vault toilet, is fenced in but does not have water.

    Plan to arrive anytime after 1:29 pm on Friday, September 23rd. The gate will be locked before that time. Once we arrive, we keep the gate closed. Just lift the right side, in the middle and push it open. Drive in & pick a place to camp. Our campsite is near Jerome, Sedona & Prescott Valley. Check out time on Sunday is 11 am.

    Coffee will be brewed each morning starting at 6 am. Please bring your favorite mug. Sugar & creamer supplied.

    Hans is coordinating a Saturday evening potluck. He will contact you once you register & pay to manage the menu. 

    Not into camping? Join us on Saturday & stay for the potluck. Be sure to register & pay and Hans will contact you about the potluck.

    Remember to bring food & drinking water. Your well-behaved dogs are welcome.

    Some things to do: Mingus lake is a short walk away and a little farther is a lookout from the side of the mountain where you can see the Verde Valley.

    Things to know in advance: Quiet time is from 10 pm - 6 am. The hosts will be connected to the only 30 amp outlet. You are welcome to use their microwave. A power outlet is available for phone charging, skillets & crock pots.

    • 10/07/2022
    • 2:00 PM
    • 10/09/2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 675 Dead Horse Ranch Road Cottonwood AZ 86326

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    This north-central Arizona park is located in Cottonwood and within the Verde River Valley corridor. The spacious campgrounds give quick access to most of the park features like trails, playground, lakes, and the Verde River. Dead Horse Ranch is a great place to stay while you explore the natural beauty and rich history of this popular Arizona region. 

    Each site has water, electricity, fire pit & picnic table. There are restroom facilities with hot showers close by. A dump station is at the entrance & the park has several trash bins.

    If you want a tent site, (non electric & no water), for a lower price, contact the event host. Water can be obtained at the nearby restroom facilities. Tent sites have a fire pit & picnic table.

    You can arrive anytime after 1 pm on Friday. We are in the Cooper's Hawk Loop. Remember to bring food, water, hiking gear & firewood. Your moderately behaved dogs are welcome. Please follow park rules.

    On Saturday, we gather around the eating area at 5 pm for a potluck dinner. Participation is not mandatory. DA will provide plates, utensils, napkins & water. Your hosts will provide some sides. Remember, there is power so bring your crockpot.

    So far we have:

    • Potato Salad
    • Assorted cheeses

    Want to join us just for Saturday & the potluck, there is a registration for that! A separate day visit park fee of $7 will be charged at entry. Also, join us on Saturday for a visit to Tuzigoot National Monument which is a separate event & requires separate registration.

    Your event hosts will once again be Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at

    Or text only - 602-708-9691

    • 10/08/2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 25 Tuzigoot Rd Clarkdale 86324

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    Visit Tuzigoot National Monument to immerse yourself in the presence of people who lived in the Verde Valley a thousand years ago. Set aside twenty or thirty minutes to explore the Tuzigoot museum, which highlights ceramics, textiles, and tools found during the excavation of Tuzigoot pueblo, and was developed with help from descendants of the people who lived here. 

    Trails on site will take you through the Tuzigoot pueblo and Tavasci Marsh. Spend time with a ranger and learn about the Sinagua and the lives they led in the Verde Valley.

    There is no DA event fee but there is a $10 park entrance fee unless you have a America The Beautiful pass which gets you & 3 other adults in for free. We have a pass & the first 2 people who register can be included in ours. Let us know when you register if you also have a pass. 

    Join us afterwards for lunch at The Tavern Grille in Cottonwood.

    Your trip leaders will once again be Joe&Hans who can be reached at or 602-708-9691 (text only)

Past events

10/18/2021 Dining w/DA at Sushiholic
10/08/2021 Mingus Mountain Campout
09/23/2021 River Island Campout
09/18/2021 Members Pool Party
09/18/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
09/13/2021 Dining w/DA at Miracle Mile Deli
09/09/2021 Grand Canyon Campout
08/26/2021 Bull Pen on West Clear Creek Week Day Hike
08/23/2021 Dining w/DA at California Fish Grill
08/21/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
08/12/2021 Long Valley Campout
07/31/2021 Xmas in July Pool Party
07/19/2021 Dining w/DA at Joyride Taco House
07/18/2021 Core & Activities Meeting
07/02/2021 Mt. Lemmon Campout
06/27/2021 The Birdcage - 25th Anniversary
06/26/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
06/07/2021 Dining w/DA at California Pizza Kitchen
05/20/2021 Lewis Canyon Campout
05/16/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
05/15/2021 Potluck w/DA
05/08/2021 Liberty Wildlife Private Tour
04/30/2021 Houston Mesa Campout
04/24/2021 Audit & Core Meeting
04/24/2021 Tempe Town Lake Pedal Boats
04/17/2021 Dining w/DA at Angry Crab Shack
04/02/2021 Candlelight Open Air: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
03/26/2021 Usery Mountain Campout
03/22/2021 Dining with DA
03/14/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
02/27/2021 Potluck w/DA
02/21/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
02/13/2021 Casa Grande Neon Sign Park
02/13/2021 Dining w/DA at Chili's
02/13/2021 Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
01/30/2021 Sabino Canyon Crawler
01/25/2021 ZooLights
01/10/2021 Core/Activities Meeting
01/04/2021 Dining with DA @ Doughbird
12/14/2020 Core Holiday meeting @ Bar Louie
12/05/2020 Holiday Party
12/05/2020 Japanese Friendship Garden
11/26/2020 Thanksgiving Dinner
11/15/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
11/14/2020 Glow Putt Mini Golf
11/07/2020 Wild Rising @ Desert Botanical Gardens
11/02/2020 Strange Encounters: Halloween Scavenger Hunt
10/30/2020 Usery Mountain Spooky Campout
10/25/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
10/24/2020 Wine & Cheese Party
10/10/2020 Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake
10/03/2020 SW Conservation Center Wildlife Sanctuary
09/20/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
09/10/2020 Grand Canyon Campout
09/05/2020 Bat Cave Viewing
09/03/2020 Sycamore Creek / Parson’s Trail Weekday Hike
08/16/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
08/15/2020 SanTan Brewery/Distillery Tour
08/09/2020 Members Party @ Let It Roll
07/26/2020 Dinner w/DA @ Coco's
07/25/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
06/14/2020 Audit & Core Meeting
06/13/2020 Dinner w/DA @ Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
05/31/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
04/26/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
04/13/2020 Drive In Double Feature
03/22/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
03/20/2020 Dinner with DA canceled
03/15/2020 Brunch @ Wrigley Mansion
03/08/2020 Call of the Wild
03/07/2020 LA Cage Aux Folles @ Herberger
02/29/2020 Downtown Phoenix Urban Hike
02/22/2020 Lunch with DA @ Cook & Craft
02/15/2020 Spur Cross Dragonfly Loop Hike
02/09/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
02/08/2020 Western Spirit Museum
02/02/2020 Superbowl Party
01/25/2020 Lunch & Art tour @ The Found:re
01/19/2020 Ornament Exchange Dinner
01/17/2020 ZooLights
01/10/2020 Lights of the World
01/07/2020 Cats
01/05/2020 Core/Activities Meeting
01/04/2020 Dinner with DA @ Dillon's KC BBQ
12/18/2019 Core/Activities Dinner @ Keegan's
12/07/2019 Holiday Party @ Cucina Tagliani
12/07/2019 Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour
11/28/2019 Thanksgiving Dinner
11/23/2019 Ironwood Pig Sanctuary
11/21/2019 Picacho Peak Campout
11/16/2019 Blue Man Group Speechless Tour
11/10/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
10/26/2019 Pioneer & Military Memorial Park
10/13/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
10/12/2019 Haunted Phoenix Bus Tour
10/10/2019 Phoenix Zoo Roars & Pours
10/06/2019 Members Party @ Let It Roll
09/26/2019 Roper Lake Campout
09/05/2019 Grand Canyon Campout
08/27/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
08/17/2019 Glow Putt Mini Golf
08/10/2019 Arizona Distilling Company Tour
08/06/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
07/31/2019 Long Valley Campout
07/23/2019 The Lion King
07/20/2019 Dinner with DA @ Wandering Horse Buffet
07/20/2019 OdySea Aquarium
07/07/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
07/06/2019 Christmas in July Pool Party
06/15/2019 Ice Cream Social Pool Party & Core
05/25/2019 Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
05/19/2019 Audit & Core Meeting
05/17/2019 Fish Fry @ The Horny Toad
05/11/2019 Plum Creek Alpacas tour
05/09/2019 Lynx Lake Campout
05/01/2019 Avengers: Endgame
04/27/2019 Wine & Cheese Party
04/20/2019 Easter Wine Hunt & Brunch
04/16/2019 Social & Core meeting
04/13/2019 Biosphere 2 Under the Glass Tour
03/31/2019 Tovrea Castle Tour
03/24/2019 Arizona Bao Fest
03/23/2019 Game Night
03/16/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
03/15/2019 Usery Mountain Campout/Members Party
03/12/2019 Captain Marvel
03/03/2019 Mystery Castle Tour
03/02/2019 Mardi Gras Party
02/24/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
02/23/2019 Game Night
02/20/2019 Alita: Battle Angel
02/15/2019 Kartchner Caverns Campout
02/03/2019 Superbowl LIII Party
01/26/2019 Game Night
01/20/2019 Core/Activities Meeting
01/02/2019 ZooLights
12/31/2018 White Tank Mountain Hike
12/30/2018 Dinner with DA @ Dillon's KC BBQ
12/28/2018 White Tank Campout
12/19/2018 Mortal Engines
12/18/2018 Officer/Core dinner @ King's Fish House
12/16/2018 Lucidi Distilling Co. Tour
12/06/2018 Holiday Party @ Wandering Horse
11/25/2018 Core/Activities Meeting
11/24/2018 Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour
11/19/2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
11/07/2018 The Nutcracker & the Four Realms
10/28/2018 Core/Activities Meeting
10/25/2018 Materials Recovery Facility Tour
10/20/2018 Game Night
09/27/2018 Grand Canyon Campout
09/09/2018 Core/Activities Meeting
08/23/2018 Bull Pen Hike
08/19/2018 Members Party @ Let It Roll
07/29/2018 Core/Activities Meeting
07/28/2018 Intro to Archery
07/21/2018 Christmas in July Pool Party
07/12/2018 Ant-Man & the Wasp
06/22/2018 Mingus Mountain Campout
06/13/2018 Eddie Basha Art Collection Tour
06/06/2018 Deadpool 2: The Second Coming
06/05/2018 Social @ Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
05/31/2018 Mt. Lemmon Campout
05/30/2018 SOLO: A Star Wars Story
05/26/2018 Audit & Core Meeting
05/10/2018 Lynx Lake Campout
05/08/2018 Core/Activities Meeting
05/05/2018 Adult Puppet Slam
04/28/2018 Glow Putt Mini Golf
04/13/2018 Lake Pleasant Campout/Members Party
04/10/2018 Core/Activities Meeting
04/07/2018 DaVinci's Secret (Escape Room)
04/03/2018 Social @ Attic Ale House
03/31/2018 Butter Making Class
03/21/2018 Herberger Tour
03/17/2018 Core Meeting @ Elly's Brunch & Cafe
03/13/2018 A Wrinkle in Time
03/04/2018 Tovrea Castle Tour
02/24/2018 Granite Mountain Hotshots/Journey Trail Hike
02/17/2018 Four Peaks Brewery Tour
02/04/2018 Superbowl LII Party
01/09/2018 General Membership Meeting
12/27/2017 Core Dinner Meeting @ sauce
12/20/2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
12/09/2017 Holiday Party @ Sierra Bonita Grill
12/09/2017 Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour
11/18/2017 Ironwood Pig Sanctuary
11/17/2017 Picacho Peak Campout
11/07/2017 Core Group Meeting
11/05/2017 Wrigley Mansion Tour
11/05/2017 Brunch @ Wrigley Mansion
10/28/2017 Mystery Castle Tour
10/19/2017 Reynolds Creek Campout
10/12/2017 Blade Runner 2049
10/07/2017 Glow Putt Mini Golf
08/31/2017 Bell Trail Hike
08/27/2017 Members Party @ Let It Roll
08/12/2017 North Phoenix Pool Party
08/12/2017 Core Group Meeting
08/04/2017 Mingus Mountain Campout
07/08/2017 Christmas in July Pool Party
07/01/2017 Members Party in Prescott
06/25/2017 Dinner with DA @ Fogo de Chão
06/17/2017 Glow Golf
06/11/2017 BUNCO
06/07/2017 Wonder Woman
06/04/2017 Audit & Core Meeting
05/28/2017 Book of Mormon @ Gammage
05/19/2017 Bartlett Lake Bash
05/11/2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 3D
05/04/2017 Lynx Lake Campout
04/30/2017 Dinner with DA @ The Mining Camp
04/27/2017 Dining out for Life
04/14/2017 Fish Fry @ The Horny Toad
04/14/2017 Core Group Meeting
04/06/2017 Alamo Lake Campout
04/05/2017 Social Meeting
04/02/2017 Pride Parade with DA
03/17/2017 Lake Pleasant Campout & Chili Cookoff
03/15/2017 Kong: Skull Island
03/12/2017 Core Group Meeting
03/11/2017 Southwest Conservation Center Wildlife Sanctuary
03/07/2017 Social Meeting
02/18/2017 Lucidi Distilling Co. Tour
02/15/2017 The Lego Batman Movie
02/12/2017 Core Group Meeting
02/05/2017 Superbowl LI Party
01/11/2017 Social Meeting
01/08/2017 Core Group Meeting
12/30/2016 White Tank Campout
12/21/2016 Rogue One
12/13/2016 Core Group Meeting
12/10/2016 Holiday Party @ Christo’s Italian Restaurant
12/06/2016 Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour @ Gammage
11/24/2016 Thanksgiving Dinner
11/23/2016 Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
11/19/2016 Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
11/18/2016 Picacho Peak Campout
11/06/2016 Core Group Meeting
11/05/2016 "Just Like Us" Documentary Private Screening
10/15/2016 Rainbows Festival DA Booth sign up
10/12/2016 Gay Night at AZ State Fair
10/05/2016 Core & Social @ Joyride
09/27/2016 Magnificent Seven
09/25/2016 Pairing Social
09/11/2016 Labyrinth 30th Anniversary
09/09/2016 Core Group Meeting @ Grand Canyon
09/08/2016 Grand Canyon Campout
08/23/2016 Kubo and the Two Strings
08/21/2016 Members Party @ Let It Roll
08/17/2016 Florence Foster Jenkins
08/11/2016 Long Valley Campout
08/07/2016 Core Group Meeting
08/06/2016 Dive in Movie
07/26/2016 Star Trek Beyond
07/23/2016 Christmas in July Pool Party
07/17/2016 Core Group Meeting
07/02/2016 Central Phoenix Pool Party
06/29/2016 Independence Day: Resurgence
06/26/2016 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
06/18/2016 Thumb Butte Distillery Tour
06/18/2016 Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Hike
06/16/2016 Lynx Lake Campout
06/12/2016 Core Group Meeting
06/01/2016 Alice Through the Looking Glass
05/27/2016 Mt. Lemmon Campout
05/22/2016 Spring Concert: Bustin' Out All Over!
05/14/2016 Vortex!
05/10/2016 Captain America: Civil War in 3D
05/08/2016 Audit & Core Group Meeting
05/08/2016 Tovrea Castle Tour
05/07/2016 Butterfly Wonderland
05/04/2016 Fate Brewing Co. Tour
04/30/2016 Tough Mudder Arizona
04/28/2016 Dining out for Life
04/26/2016 The Huntsman Winter's War
04/21/2016 Alamo Lake Campout
04/20/2016 Social & Greet New Officers
04/16/2016 Jeff's Mid Spring Morning Wildflower Abbondanza Meander
04/09/2016 Southwest Conservation Center Wildlife Sanctuary
03/30/2016 Batman vs Superman - Dawn of Justice
03/25/2016 Burro Creek Campout
03/20/2016 Core Group Meeting
03/19/2016 BUNCO
03/13/2016 Arcosanti Tour
03/12/2016 Badger Springs Trail Wash Trek
03/02/2016 Gods of Egypt
02/12/2016 Kartchner Caverns Campout
02/09/2016 Core Group Meeting
02/08/2016 Hail, Caesar!
02/07/2016 Superbowl 50 Party
02/03/2016 Kung Fu Panda 3
01/16/2016 Phoenix Ale Brewery Tour
01/13/2016 Social & Core at Los Diablos Bar
01/01/2016 White Tank Mountain Hike
12/23/2015 Star Wars The Force Awakens in 3D
12/19/2015 Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens Luminarias
12/19/2015 Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour
12/12/2015 Holiday Party @ Christo’s Italian Restaurant
12/09/2015 Core Dinner @ Barrio Urbano
11/28/2015 Jeff's Way Better Than Last Time Hike
11/26/2015 Central Phoenix Thanksgiving Dinner
11/21/2015 Picacho Peak Hike
11/20/2015 Picacho Peak Campout
11/15/2015 Grand Canyon Backpacking 2.0
11/04/2015 Core Group Meeting
11/03/2015 The Importance of Being Ernest
10/30/2015 Halloween Campout @ Lake Pleasant
10/24/2015 Dos Arroyos Trail Hike
10/20/2015 Social at Los Diablos Bar
10/17/2015 Rainbows Festival
10/10/2015 Pool Party
10/02/2015 Gay Days at Disneyland
09/26/2015 Arizona Distilling Company Tour
09/20/2015 Dinner with DA @ Wandering Horse Buffet
09/11/2015 Core Group Meeting @ Grand Canyon
09/10/2015 Grand Canyon Campout
08/29/2015 BUNCO
08/12/2015 Sequoia and Kings Canyon Campout
08/09/2015 Members Party @ Let It Roll
08/01/2015 Central Avenue Pool Party
07/18/2015 Christmas in July Pool Party
07/08/2015 Social & Core Meeting at Hula's Modern Tiki
07/02/2015 Long Valley Campout
06/13/2015 Members Pool Party
06/07/2015 Core Group Meeting - June
05/29/2015 Mt. Lemmon Campout
05/15/2015 Bartlett Lake Bash
05/10/2015 Tovrea Castle Tour 2015
05/09/2015 Core Meeting & Annual Audit
05/01/2015 Kartchner Caverns
04/30/2015 Dining out for Life
04/18/2015 Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park
04/11/2015 Phoenix Pride Parade and Festival
04/08/2015 Social at Joyride Taco House
04/04/2015 Easter Eve Morning Hike
03/27/2015 Lake Pleasant Members Party Campout
03/15/2015 LGBT Day at the Renaissance Festival
03/10/2015 Core Group Meeting March 2015
03/07/2015 Melrose on 7th Avenue Street Fair
02/27/2015 Cave Creek Chili Cookoff Campout
02/14/2015 Valentines Day Lunch at The Landmark
02/01/2015 Superbowl XLIX Party
01/21/2015 Social Meeting Stacys at Melrose
01/18/2015 Core Group Meeting January 2015
12/20/2014 Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour 2014
12/06/2014 Holiday Party 2014
11/27/2014 Thanksgiving Dinner 2014
11/10/2014 Grand Canyon Backpacking
10/04/2014 October Member's Pool Party 2014
09/19/2014 Lynx Lake Campout 2014
09/14/2014 Core Group Meeting Sept. 2014