Riding Arizona
Learning about Native American culture is part of the fun at Phoenix's Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, located on 2,400 acres of Sonoran Desert and owned by the Pima and Maricopa tribes. A waterslide tower is shaped like Casa Grande, a nearby archaeological site; a gallery displays the art of Native American children; and the tribes' creation story is told in a hand-painted mural on the lobby ceiling. The Koyote Kids program—storytelling in an olas'ki (a round tribal dwelling), music lessons using traditional instruments like gourds—leaves time for Mom and Dad to relax at the Aji spa, sample Southwestern dishes made with produce grown on tribal land at the resort's Kai restaurant, or tee off on two championship golf courses. Wild horses (for whom the resort is named) gallop across the grounds. But not to worry: the steeds keep their distance, and gentler mounts are used at the resort's Old West-style Koli equestrian center. Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd.; 800/325-3535 or 602/225-0100;; doubles from $229.
—Edie Jarolim