5 hidden gems to see in Scottsdale

There is no shortage of high-profile events and attractions in Scottsdale, many designed to lure tourists from other parts of the country and world.

But not as obvious are many hidden gems that exist in Scottsdale that offer the public an experience that can be just as fulfilling.

Here is a look at five of those gems:

Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden

The enclave of water-friendly desert plants is located at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road.

Hidden from the street, the 5½-acre garden boasts more than 7,000 plants and 200 species, according to the city.

An art piece, “Terraced Cascade,” by artist Lorna Jordan is designed to harvest storm water.

The garden is free and open to the public from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

Parking is off Hayden Road south of McDonald Drive.

Details:Scottsdaleaz.gov/Water/Conservation/Garden.

House of Broadcasting, 7150 E. Fifth Ave.

The museum, located above Silverland Kachinas Pottery in downtown Scottsdale, is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the personalities, history and memorabilia of electronic media.

It celebrated its 17th anniversary this year.

Memorabilia includes country singer Buck Owens’ red, white and blue guitar, Wallace and Ladmo items and a costume worn by Mary Jo West, Phoenix’s first female TV-news anchor.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Details: houseofbroadcasting.com.

George “Doc” Cavalliere Park

The 34-acre park, at 27775 N. Alma School Parkway, celebrated its grand opening in 2012.

Tucked away in north Scottsdale, the park has picnic areas, basketball courts, a playground and a 1-mile loop hiking trail, which encircles a mountain to the east, park manager Reed Pryor said.

Pryor said the park has no painted surfaces. For example, “the lines on the basketball court are etched into the concrete,” not painted on, he said.

“The park uses all natural colors to blend in to the Sonoran desert,” Pryor said.

Hours are sunrise to 10:30 p.m. daily.

Details:scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/cavalliere.

Marcus Landslide Trail

The three-mile hike has an optional small loop, according to the Scottsdale-based McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. It features a geologic array of tilted rocks and boulders and informational signs.

The trail takes visitors to a remote area of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It is named after the Marcus Landslide, believed to be the second largest landslide in Arizona. Geologists estimate it happened about 500,000 years ago.

Details:Mcdowellsonoran.org.

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Ellie Michael Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Center Museum

The Fiesta Bowl Museum at downtown Scottsdale’s SouthBridge has some of college football’s most prestigious award trophies, including the Fiesta Bowl, Heisman and National Championship Coaches’ trophies, spokeswoman Shannon Williams said.

The museum, at 7135 E. Camelback Road, contains video highlights and images of the bowl’s most memorable games.

A conference room has all 120 college football helmets from the football bowl subdivision schools, and features the weekly top 10 college football teams in the front windows.

On Sept. 13, Fiesta Bowl Charities will have a volunteer kickoff party at the museum. Attendees can learn about current volunteer opportunities for the 2014-15 Fiesta Bowl, Cactus Bowl and other events. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

RSVP by Sept. 10 to Sharon Brooks at volunteers@fiestabowl.org or 480-517-6292.

Details:fiestabowl.org/about-us/fiesta-bowl-museum.php.

Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/scottsdale/2014/09/05/little-known-scottsdale-attractions/15139953/