THINGS TO DO AROUND ARI­ZONA

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His­toric Mil­ton Walk­ing Tour

Take part in this 90-minute guided walk from Rior­dan Man­sion to ex­plore the Ari­zona Lum­ber and Tim­ber Com­pany prop­erty and the town site of Mil­ton. Look at the build­ings that re­main and see his­toric pho­tos of what was once there. Rec­om­mended for age 12 and older. Call for reser­va­tions: 928-779-4395.

De­tails: 2:30-4 p.m. Sun­day, Nov. 11. Rior­dan Man­sion State His­toric Park, 409 W. Rior­dan Road, Flagstaff. $15 (does not in­clude reg­u­lar tour ad­mis­sion to Rior­dan Man­sion). azs­tateparks.com/rior­dan -man­sion.

Lake Havasu City Gem and Min­eral Show

Ful­fill a fas­ci­na­tion with gem­stones, or fig­ure out what it is about shiny rocks that at­tract so much at­ten­tion, at this an­nual show. Vis­i­tors will find min­er­als, fos­sils and more in their nat­u­ral state. Those look­ing for some­thing with a lit­tle bling can check out the hand­made jew­elry and art ob­jects. There also will be demon­stra­tions, hourly raf­fles and kids’ games.

De­tails: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 10; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun­day, Nov. 11. Lake Havasu Aquatic Cen­ter, 100 Park Ave., Lake Havasu City. $2. 510-872-7070, www.lake­hava­sugms.org/show.html.

Colorado River Cross­ing Hot Air Bal­loon Fes­ti­val

Come see some of the most col­or­ful and one-of-akind bal­loons from across the West and South­west at this fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val. The three-day event fea­tures a mass as­cen­sion each morn­ing and a Desert Bal­loon Glow on Satur­day night.

De­tails: Fri­day-Sun­day, Nov. 16-18. Times vary; check web­site for full sched­ule. Lo­ca­tions: Yuma West Wet­lands Park, First Street and 12th Av­enue; Desert Sun Sta­dium, 3500 S. Av­enue A; and McGraw/Gila Vista Prac­tice Field, Kennedy Lane and 24th Street, Yuma. Morn­ing launch ad­mis­sion is one or more non-per­ish­able food items. Glow ad­mis­sion is $2 per per­son and one or more non-per­ish­able food items. cr­cbal­loons.com.

El Tour de Tuc­son

Held each year on the Satur­day be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, El Tour is a fundrais­ing event that at­tracts about 9,000 cy­clists of all ages and skill lev­els. Choose from main-event dis­tances of 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles or a Fun Ride of 1, 4 or 10 miles; the 1/4-mile ac­tiv­ity course is an­other op­tion.

De­tails: Race times vary; first race starts at 7 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 17. Start lo­ca­tions also vary, check reg­is­tra­tion link for info. Regis­ter at perime­ter­bicy cling.com/el-tour-de-tuc­son.

Flag Re­tire­ment Cer­e­mony

Fort Verde State His­toric Park and Amer­i­can Le­gion Post #135 will be host­ing the an­nual flag re­tire­ment cer­e­mony on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17, 2018. This cer­e­mony re­spect­fully dis­poses of Amer­i­can flags that have served their pur­pose and can no longer be flown. Feel free to drop off flags to be re­tired at the park.

De­tails: 11 a.m.-noon Satur­day, Nov. 17. Fort Verde State His­toric Park, 125 E. Hol­la­mon St., Camp Verde. $7 per ve­hi­cle. azs­tateparks.com/fort-verde.

Sand, Wa­ter, RV Expo

Lake Havasu City is a mecca for fans of off-road­ing, RVing and boat­ing. The 2018 Sand, Wa­ter, RV Expo cap­tures the spirit of these ac­tiv­i­ties and of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to shop for the lat­est off-road ve­hi­cles, trucks, sand rails, ATVs, UTVs, 4x4s, bug­gies, golf carts, mo­tor­cy­cles, elec­tric ve­hi­cles, mo­bil­ity scoot­ers, RVs, toy haulers, travel trail­ers, fifth wheels, power boats, pon­toons, per­sonal wa­ter­craft, kayaks, pad­dle­boards, bi­cy­cles and camp­ing/hunt­ing equip­ment.

De­tails: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 17, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun­day, Nov. 18. Lake Havasu State Park, 699 Lon­don Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City. $5 per per­son, free for age 6 and younger. azs­tateparks.com/ lake-havasu.

El Tour de Tuc­son’s main event routes fea­ture vis­tas of Tuc­son’s beau­ti­ful moun­tain ranges.

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