Los Cedros USA, (pronounced los said-rows) could be – for the unsuspecting anyway-- thought of as a mirage in the expansive Sonoran desert north of Scottsdale, Arizona between Cave Creek and Pinnacle Peak.
Up until June the word ‘Scottsdale’ conjured up images of the Old West: blue jeans, checked shirts and tablecloths, boots, and cowboys and cowgirls and work horses, of course.
One heat-draped afternoon, during our Scottsdale stay we visited Los Cedros USA; a visit that felt as if we’d walked into one of Scheherazade’s stories from 1001 Arabian Nights.
As we stepped through the enormous intricately carved entry doorway we found ourselves in. . .well, a modern replica of some 2,500 year old Moroccan citadel right there in Arizona USA.
We’d sought out this Moroccan ‘mirage’ after seeing a cover photo of it on Experience Scottsdale’s tourist publication. The small print “about the cover” told us it was open to the public – free of charge, in fact. Yet, we were the only visitors on the week day we visited.
The entryway led us to an enormous (15,000 square-foot ) courtyard.
There wasn’t a sound to be heard as we continued our explorations, but it didn’t take long to realize that’s because the Los Cedros ‘residents’ were resting . . . they took little note of their visitors.
Los Cedros USA is an elegant multi-purpose development, first and foremost, a luxurious home for performance horses. Those large open spaces when not being used by horses and their trainers, are cleaned up and used for hosting human events that can range in size from 50 – 500 people.
We were winding down our self-guided tour of the horses (petting is allowed) and their ultra-luxe accommodations which include a modern spa-like shower room and therapy pool, (pictured to the right) when we went in search of someone who could tell us about the place.
Dawn M. Green, the general manager, upon learning that I planned to write about Los Cedros USA, said, “Well, then you need to see the Throne Room!” and led us down a hall, to this:
I couldn’t help but think as I wrote today’s post, just what Scheherazade could have done with this Arabian ‘tail’!
That’s it for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday; check out Budget Travelers Sandbox for more photo journeys. And thanks for your visit – we appreciate the time you spend with us and hope you’ll be regulars here!
If You Go:
Los Cedros USA, 8700 East Black Mountain Road, Scottsdale, www.loscedros.com