Phoenix 2009 Cattle Industry Convention Offers Fun in the Sun!

Published on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 12:23pm

It doesn’t get much better than when you can mix a little bit of work and a little bit of fun - all in the sun! The 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show scheduled for Phoenix, AZ, January 28-31, 2009 offers just that. Throughout this issue of American Cattlemen, readers have had the opportunity to learn about all of the activities and events organized to make the 2009 convention the best ever.

Making it even more enjoyable will be the chance to enjoy the Phoenix weather, where the average high temperature is 66 degrees and the sun shines on average more than 300 days per year!

The fifth largest city in the United States, Phoenix offers the new Convention Center and a downtown area with tremendous new development. Surrounding Phoenix are three major mountains that offer those who love the outdoors tremendous outdoor activities. In addition, the Sonoran Desert offers visitors the chance to see one of the most ecologically diverse deserts in the world.
Want a sneak preview of the conference? Go to and click on the 2009 Cattle Industry Annual Convention & NCBA Trade Show icon, and you will be able to view the online brochure and register right there. If you want to browse the Internet looking at background about Phoenix, check out the Greater Phoenix Arizona Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at

METRO Light Rail
The new $1.4 billion METRO Light Rail system opens in downtown Phoenix on Dec. 27 just in time for the convention and trade show. The initial 20-mile line will link Phoenix to the neighboring communities of Tempe and Mesa, and include stops at attractions such as Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, Chase Field and US Airways Center. Residents and visitors will be able to travel to and from points of interest via quiet, efficient, air-conditioned trains that will operate 20 hours per day, seven days a week. The light-rail system operates at street level and is powered by electricity from overhead wires. The trains will travel at the same speeds posted for automobiles (up to 55 mph), and fares will be $1.25 per ride or $2.50 for an all-day pass. The system will have 28 stations, and trains will stop at those stations every 10 minutes.
Station platforms can accommodate the boarding of 600 passengers onto a three-car train within 30 seconds.

Tour Opportunities
Many convention goers will arrive early and stay after to enjoy all that Phoenix and the state of Arizona have to offer. Several tours have been set up and can be found on the website. Some of the tours have limited space with registration accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tours include the NCBA Pre-Convention Agricultural Tour hosted by the Arizona Cattle Feeders’ & Growers’ Associations. A dinner is scheduled for Monday, January 26 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix from 6-8:30 p.m., with the tour taking place the next day from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The tour includes stops at the William J. Parker Agricultural Research Center, the Meat Science Laboratory, the High Sonora Desert setting of Tinaja Hills Demonstration and Learning Center for Caterpillar, a fully operational copper mine and the Santa Rita Ranch.
The Valley of the Sun Tour will take place on Wednesday, January 28 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will provide an introduction to the Valley’s history and its cultural and architectural landmarks. Included will be a visit to downtown Phoenix, the historic residential area of Paradise Valley, Camelback Mountain, a tour of the Wrigley Mansion and a final stop at Old Town Scottsdale.
The Treats & Treasures Tour will be held on Thursday, January 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be a special guided tour of the Cerreta Candy Company, a family owned hometown candy factory. Included on the tour is the chance to visit over 100 antique stores, shops and restaurants at the Glendale antique district.
The Red Rock Country Tour will take place on Friday, January 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Sedona experience offers the chance to see a panorama of vivid rock formations and scenery. Part of the tour includes a stop at the internationally renowned Tiaquepaque Village, authentically designed after a traditional Mexican village.
The Arizona Mills Shopping tour will take place on Saturday, January 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s the chance to shop till you drop with a host of feature retail outlets.
The Children’s Tour of the Phoenix Zoo will take place on Saturday, January 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Voted one of the nations Top Five Zoos for Kids, the Phoenix Zoo is the nation’s largest non profit zoological park and home to more than 1200 animals.
To sign up for any of the tours, just complete the tours section on the registration form.
Phoenix, of course, is gateway to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World: The Grand Canyon. Visitors are only a scenic, four-hour drive away from the canyon’s South Rim. For those looking for a truly dramatic view of the Grand Canyon, an aerial tour will provide a sweeping tour over the 277-mile geologic marvel.
Looking for more physical activity? How about hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking or horseback riding? The Phoenix website offers a view of the Greater Phoenix hiking trails and suggestions for a variety of hiking opportunities. The seven large lakes within a short drive of Phoenix offer great beauty and the chance for water recreation. Roosevelt Lake, in the Superstition Mountains, is popular for fishing, waterskiing and boating. Closer in, Tempe Town Lake attracts boaters, kayakers and canoeists, while the Salt River is a perfect place for a day of tubing.

If you want to book your own pre or post convention trips, here are two recommended tour sites:
DETOURS of Arizona
P.O. Box 11956
Tempe, AZ 85284
Toll-free: (866) 438-6877
Phone: (480) 633-9013
Fax: (480) 633-8687

Open Road Tours - a division
of Creative Travel Management LLC
522 E. Dunlap Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Toll-free: (800) 766-7117
Phone: (602) 997-6474
Fax: (602) 997-2276

Golfing under the sun
So you say you want to do a little golfing? With weather in the 60s and over 200 courses in the Greater Phoenix area, who wouldn’t? Plus, the choices are endless ranging from desert target style to links courses and alpine fairways. Many of the courses have been designed by golfing legends such as Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

Listed below are three courses linked
to the website:

Ocotillo Golf Resort
3751 S. Clubhouse Drive
Chandler, AZ 85248
Phone: 480-917-6660
Toll Free: 1-888-624-8899 Fax: 480-786-0401
NCBA special golf rate:
$99.00 + tax for golf Monday – Thursday
$129.00 + tax for Friday - Sunday (Regular Golf Rate $175.00 + tax)
For this special rate contact: Mike Friend, PGA • Director of Sales at 480-917-6660

Legacy Golf Resort
6808 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Toll-free: (888) 828-3673 Phone: (602) 305-5500
Fax: (602) 305-5501

Raven Golf Club at South Mountain
3636 E. Baseline Road
Phoenix, AZ 85040
Phone: (602) 243-3636
Fax: (602) 232-9925

Shopping opportunities in the Greater Phoenix area includes seemingly every kind of shopping venue “under the sun.” Listed below are prominent Greater Phoenix shopping opportunities.

Biltmore Fashion Park
2404 East Camelback Road, #100E
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 955-1963

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 990-7800

Kierland Commons
15044 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 348-1577

Old Town Glendale
Glendale Avenue east of 59th,
and north and south of Glendale Ave.
Between 58th Dr. to 55th Drive
(623) 435-0556

Caitlin Court
Downtown Glendale Caitlin Court Area
(877) 800-2601

Old Town Scottsdale
N. Scottsdale Road from Drinkwater
to Camelback
7233 E. 1st Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 945-5601
The Borgata of Scottsdale
6166 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 994-8048

Greater Phoenix Spas
Yes, Phoenix is home to some of the most luxurious full-service day spas and resorts in the country. If you are looking for a little pampering and relaxation, you might want to check out one of the many spas that offer its customers a rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit. Many of the spas have received national recognition. Some of the highly acclaimed spas include The Phoenician’s Center for Well-Being, The Arizona Biltmore Spa, The Phantom Horse Spa and Athletic Club, The Alvadora Spa, The Arizona Spa at Westin Kierland, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort’s Revive Spa, The Red Door Spa and the Golden Door Spa. These are just a few of over 30 in the area.

Casinos and Gaming
Several casinos complete with a variety of gambling opportunities, along with lounges, dining and entertainment opportunities are located in the Greater Phoenix area. They include Casino Arizona 101 & Indian Bend, Casino Arizona 101 & McKellips, Cliff Castle Casino, Fort McDowell Casino, Gila River Casinos and Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort.

Nighttime in Phoenix is a great time to explore the night spots in Phoenix or your own stargazing. The incredibly clear night sky opens up the world of stars above.
So come early and stay late. There’s definitely a little something for everybody. Check out to learn more about the convention and what the Greater Phoenix area has to offer.