There are so many great things to do in Scottsdale while you are at the show. If you need a break from all the beautiful horses, check out the article "Experiencing Scottsdale" in Issue 1. It lists lots of great experiences - enough to fill your time and then some.
For example, try the evening Stargazing Tours by Stellar Adventures. See the dark desert landscape and gaze upon the greatest wonders of the galaxies. In February, you should be able to see Orion the Hunter in the southern sky; the star Sirius (it’s blueish and twinkles violently); and the Pleiades (the Seven Sisters). The moon will be in the first quarter, and the Big Dipper will be rising in the northeast. You’ll also have a chance to spy nocturnal animals through night vision devices. Of course, with anything that relies on Mother Nature, your experience may vary. 3102 S. Roosevelt St., Tempe. https://stellaradventures.com/arizona-stargazing-tours. (602) 402-0584.
February is also great hiking time in Scottsdale and one beautiful place is the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. You have a choice of 195 miles of trails, some easy and some more challenging, all well-signed. The Preserve has a total of 30,580 acres and the trails are open to walkers, joggers, horseback riders, and bikers (not motorized). Chose from morning walks or sunset strolls (stay for the star show). Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. Bathrooms are available at the visitor center. Fur babies, on a leash, are welcome. Check the website for scheduled lectures, hikes, and other events. 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale. www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve. (480) 312-3111.
Want more ideas? Then check out the full article in Issue 1 of Arabian Horse Life magazine!