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Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Flowing Well, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Flowing Well, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Flowing Well, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Flowing Well, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Even less water is now forecast to flow into Lake Powell this year, report says

The amount of water predicted to flow into Lake Powell this year is down slightly from the previous month, according to the May report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Colorado Basin River Forecast Center.“The last couple months have steadied out a little bit,” Cody Moser, a senior hydrologist with NOAA forecast center, said during a recent web briefing to review the most recent report. “But generally below-normal precipitation the last several months after a very wet December.”...

The amount of water predicted to flow into Lake Powell this year is down slightly from the previous month, according to the May report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Colorado Basin River Forecast Center.

“The last couple months have steadied out a little bit,” Cody Moser, a senior hydrologist with NOAA forecast center, said during a recent web briefing to review the most recent report. “But generally below-normal precipitation the last several months after a very wet December.”

The NOAA forecast center begins releasing monthly water supply forecasts for the Colorado River Basin in December. The May report, released last week, is the final runoff prediction for the season. The forecast estimated that the amount of water that will flow into Lake Powell this spring and summer will be about 59% of average, based on 30 years of data from 1991 to 2020. In January, following the wet December Moser noted, the NOAA forecast called for 98% of the 30-year average to reach Powell.

It wasn’t just the Powell number that dipped, although the amount of runoff that makes its way to Powell each year is considered a good barometer for conditions basinwide. “Water supply forecast volumes decreased across most of the region,” Moser said during the webinar.

A 59% flow into Powell translates to about 3.8 million acre-feet. That spring runoff is critical to irrigated agriculture, domestic water supplies, and the recreation industry in Colorado and the West. About 40 million people rely on the Colorado River for domestic use and farmers and ranchers use water from the river to irrigate more than 3 million acres of farmland.

“By May 1, the spring-summer runoff outcomes are pretty well locked in, which means there’s virtually no escape from a third poor runoff year in a row,” Jeff Lukas, an independent water and climate researcher based in Lafayette, said in an email. “Across most of the streams and rivers of the Upper Basin, forecasted runoff ranges from very poor (50% of average) to mediocre (80% of average).”

Both Moser and Lukas said that dry soil moisture conditions across the Colorado River Basin, which can sponge off valuable runoff before the water makes it into rivers and streams, won’t be quite as bad as last year but will still be a negative factor.

“Soil moisture conditions have improved over the last year across most of Colorado’s Western Slope, but that’s not necessarily saying much because of how bad soil moisture conditions were heading into last year’s snowmelt runoff season,” Moser said.

He said the soil moisture conditions were still well below normal across western Colorado, particularly in the southwest part of the state.

Lukas noted that the dry soil conditions are factored into the NOAA runoff predictions from the get-go so there shouldn’t necessarily be any big surprises with that particular variable.

Federal and state water managers have watched the water level in Lake Powell closely this year. Last week, the Bureau of Reclamation announced “extraordinary action” to keep the water level at Powell from dropping too low, which could threaten hydropower production at Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam.

The bureau, in consultation with tribal nations and the seven Colorado River Basin states, decided to keep nearly 500,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Powell that had originally been planned to be released to the Lower Basin states of Nevada, Arizona and California this year. The bureau also announced it would release an additional 500,000 acre-feet of water from Flaming Gorge reservoir in Wyoming to further raise the water level at Powell.

How Pearl Jam reconnected with the electrifying spirit of their youth in metro Phoenix

Unlike the Clash, whose music Eddie Vedder clearly idolizes, Pearl Jam were never touted as the Only Band That Matters.But to those who gravitated to what Pearl Jam were doing in the ‘90s, that’s exactly what they had to feel like, from the life-affirming power of their music to the death-defying antics of a singer known for executing stage dives from perilous heights.It’s been a minute since he’s done that sort of thing.But Vedder's vocals are no less impassioned at 57 than they we...

Unlike the Clash, whose music Eddie Vedder clearly idolizes, Pearl Jam were never touted as the Only Band That Matters.

But to those who gravitated to what Pearl Jam were doing in the ‘90s, that’s exactly what they had to feel like, from the life-affirming power of their music to the death-defying antics of a singer known for executing stage dives from perilous heights.

It’s been a minute since he’s done that sort of thing.

But Vedder's vocals are no less impassioned at 57 than they were back when Pearl Jam's earliest triumphs — the 13-times-platinum breakthrough “Ten” and the seven-times-platinum “Vs.” in particular — were doing so much to define what a huge swath of '90s “alternative rock” acts would do their best (or worst) to sound like.

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And he still knows how to work a crowd, as he displayed with the seemingly effortless charm and command of a natural entertainer while sipping red wine from a bottle Monday night at Gila River Arena during Pearl Jam's first metro Phoenix concert since 2013.

He's just using his words more these days.

As a wise man sang before the show was through, "It's evolution, baby."

Josh Klinghoffer opened Pearl Jam's show

He even clocked in early to open his own concert, strolling out before the scheduled opener, Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Klinghoffer is pulling double duty on this tour — a utility player for the headliners, he's also opening as the one-man solo project Pluralone.

After telling the crowd "you definitely win" the award for most people who showed up early, Vedder said, "My name is Ed. I'll be playing with the band later."

Then, he treated the early arrivals to a crowd-pleasing acoustic rendition of "Far Behind," a solo song from the soundtrack to "Into the Wild" before saying "I take pride in this privilege" of introducing Klinghoffer.

The multi-instrumentalist was joined by Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard on "Buttercup," a song by one of Gossard's other projects, Brad, in a set whose highlights ranged from Pluralone's "Rat Bastards at Every Turn" to "Backwater," a song by Tempe's Meat Puppets chosen to honor the show's proximity to their hometown.

"I heard that it's what they call Victory Day today in Russia," Klinghoffer said before ending his set with a cover of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance," encouraging the crowd to keep it going for half an hour until Pearl Jam came out on stage.

He even joked that he'd play Jane's Addiction's "Jane Says" if they did.

Suffice to say, he didn't end up singing any Jane's Addiction songs.

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Eddie Vedder talks about his Arizona connections

Pearl Jam opened their powerful headlining set with a moody rendition of "Wash," the B-side to their anthemic first single, "Alive," before following through with the mainstream-rock-radio chart-topper "Given to Fly" from 1997's "Yield."

Then, Vedder shared the first of several lengthy monologues, this one concerning a trip he took in 1988. He was driving from San Diego to Phoenix when his car broke down in Gila Bend, where a friendly couple took him in for a few days.

"If you've ever seen Gila Bend, you see it for about 90 seconds as you're driving through at 80 miles an hour," Vedder said. "And it was almost like life forced me to stop. I was broke, I was stuck and I was not going anywhere."

At the story's conclusion, he launched into "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town," the first of many massive singalongs.

Vedder peppered the set with local references. He thanked the Coyotes "for lending us this space tonight" and noted that two of his favorite Coyotes — Christian Fischer and Clayton Keller — were in the house.

He also talked about spring training games and visiting the Musical Instrument Museum, which he highly recommended, with a favorite uncle who lived in Arizona.

And he took great joy in bringing up the ADOT sign he noticed on his way to the arena: "Even flow on the gas; left to pass."

He thought he was having an acid flashback, Vedder joked before sharing a message for the person who designed those signs: "That's incredible; keep eating the edibles."

Digging into the Pearl Jam catalog for crowd pleasers

He and his bandmates are ostensibly touring the States in delayed support of 2020's "Gigaton," an album released in the early days of the pandemic.

And the setlist did include four songs from that one, all of which were well-received and seemed to hold their own surrounded by the songs on which their legacy has come to rest.

But every other song they played from their own catalog was from the '90s, including such first-album highlights as "Even Flow" and "Black," the "Vitalogy" standout "Corduroy" and a heartfelt rendition of "Daughter."

"Even Flow" featured an epic guitar lead from the awe-inspiring Mike McCready that started with him playing wah-guitar behind his head and only got better from there.

He's an electrifying musician to witness, at times recalling the reckless abandon of Neil Young.

As much as Vedder tends to dominate a spotlight, the talent has always run deep in this band, from drumming powerhouse Matt Cameron to bassist Jeff Ament, who did a brilliant job of channeling John Entwistle on "Leaving Here," to guitarists McCready and Gossard.

Vedder prefaced "Daughter" with an urgent plea for reproductive rights, saluting local politicians Gabby Giffords and Sen. Mark Kelly.

"At the same time," Vedder said, "you have a governor who has just signed a bill that outlaws a woman's freedom to choose even in the event of rape or incest."

We're in America, Vedder said. "In America, we believe in freedom, liberty and privacy. And people should have the freedom to choose."

By that point, he'd already referenced the senator's twin brother, fellow astronaut Scott Kelly, who was also in the house and put in a request for "Black," which featured more extreme guitar heroics from McCready.

After bringing the set to a spirited close with "Porch," Vedder twirling his mic like Roger Daltrey in his prime and leaping off a PA speaker during the guitar break, Pearl Jam returned for an extended encore.

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The encore version of 'Alive' was a raucous celebration

The encore started with the singer paying tribute to his niece, Molly Vedder, who's set to graduate from Arizona State University this week and blew off a graduation event to see her uncle rock a sports arena.

After launching the encore with "Smile," Vedder ceded the spotlight to McCready for a finger-tapping tribute to "another legend that we miss," Eddie Van Halen, on "Eruption."

That gave way to a raucous "Do the Evolution," followed by an emotional reading of "Better Man," which Vedder sent out to a woman he met who shared the story of losing her sister to COVID-19.

"Better Man" built to a cathartic climax, Vedder doing a flurry of windmills on guitar before kicking the mic stand over. Then they dusted off their cover of the Motown classic "Leaving Here" (in the style of the Who), which Vedder dedicated to "all the badass women out there and all the badass men who support them."

The encore ended with two classics from the early days — a version of "Alive" that couldn't possibly have felt more like a celebration, Vedder gleefully tossing tambourines to the audience, and a truly transcendent "Yellow Ledbetter."

It was the perfect ending to a night that found one of the most beloved rock acts of the past three decades reconnecting with their fans after being sidelined for two years by the pandemic.

As Vedder noted early in the set, "My friend Tom Petty used to say, 'The waiting is the hardest part.' Thank God the waiting is over."

Pearl Jam's Phoenix setlist


"Given to Fly"

"Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town"


"Quick Escape"

"Why Go"

"Superblood Wolfmoon"


"Even Flow"

"Dance of the Clairvoyants"

"Black" (with "We Belong Together" tag)

"I Got Id"

"Red Mosquito"

"Sleeping by Myself" (Eddie Vedder song)

"Daughter" (with "W.M.A." tag)



"Eruption" (Van Halen cover)

"Do the Evolution"

"Better Man"

"Leaving Here" (Eddie Holland cover)


"Yellow Ledbetter"

Reach the reporter at or 602-444-4495. Follow him on Twitter @EdMasley.

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Arizona's best outdoor dining: 8 restaurants for beautiful views, cool breezes, good food

Special for The RepublicCombine good food with ideal weather and remarkable views and you’ve got the makings of a memorable meal. And Arizona has all these things. The state could very well have been designed for dining al fresco.Who wants to stay inside when you can grab a table out on the patio? Enjoy vistas of red rocks or tall mountains or sparkling water or even shiny vintage trailers beneath a big Arizona sky. Treat life like a stylish and comfortable picnic by eating outside at every opportunity....

Special for The Republic

Combine good food with ideal weather and remarkable views and you’ve got the makings of a memorable meal. And Arizona has all these things. The state could very well have been designed for dining al fresco.

Who wants to stay inside when you can grab a table out on the patio? Enjoy vistas of red rocks or tall mountains or sparkling water or even shiny vintage trailers beneath a big Arizona sky. Treat life like a stylish and comfortable picnic by eating outside at every opportunity.

Here are eight of the best restaurant patios in Arizona, from casual to sophisticated, that serve up a side of the great outdoors with every meal.

More:Here are 3 of the most scenic drives in Arizona and how to do them

Jerome: Haunted Hamburger

Eating at the Haunted Hamburger is a highlight of any Jerome visit. This former boardinghouse clings to the side of the mountain, sneering at gravity. The dining room offers big picture windows but snag a seat outside if possible, either on the covered deck or at the back-side View Bar where big vistas stretch across the entire Verde Valley.

The menu features chicken, fish, ribs and salads but come on — you’re sitting in a place called the Haunted Hamburger. Treat yourself to a generous slab of ground beef cradled on a cushiony bun baked fresh on the premises.

The Haunted Burger is piled high with an unholy combo of bacon, green chiles, grilled onions, guacamole and Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Or stick with the basic cheeseburger and drag it through the well-stocked toppings bar.

Details: 410 Clark St., Jerome. 928-634-0554,

Cottonwood: Pizzeria Bocce Patio Bar

This swank pizzeria in Old Town Cottonwood helped define the city's rising culinary scene, creating a spot that is sophisticated and authentic.

Chef Michelle Jurisin traveled to Italy to become certified by Verace Pizza Napoletana. Pizzas are made the traditional way, using imported Caputo flour to form crusts that are hand-stretched. They’re topped with fresh ingredients and cooked in a wood-burning oven.

The most popular is the Cire’s with house-made Italian sausage, pepperoni, ricotta, mushrooms, basil and fresh mozzarella. The Meat Pie comes heaped with pepperoni, prosciutto, soppressata, Italian sausage and mozzarella.

A beautiful stone patio with benches and comfy couches surrounds a fire pit and bocce ball court. It’s a great place to relax with a specialty cocktail.

Details: 1060 N. Main St., Cottonwood. 928-202-3597,

Lake Havasu City: Burgers By the Bridge

Nestled at the base of London Bridge, this open-air restaurant serves as Lake Havasu City’s unofficial rec room.

Sitting right at the water’s edge, diners enjoy beautiful views of the boats, the bridge and palm trees from their shaded tables, along with a cool vacation vibe. Even though you’re a long way from the islands, you almost expect to see Jimmy Buffet waiting in line at Burgers By the Bridge.

A full bar keeps the cocktails flowing and everything in the kitchen is made fresh. The juicy Black Angus burgers are tasty, and the lightly battered fish and chips may be the best in town.

Details: 401 English Village, Lake Havasu City. 928-302-6780,

Sedona: Mariposa Latin-Inspired Grill

This upscale restaurant is an exquisite melding of art and architecture. Natural stacked stone, rusted metal panels and walls of windows are part of the décor that’s unlike anyplace else in Sedona.

Yet it’s almost impossible to resist that expansive patio where you’ll find soothing water features, a colorful garden keeping the kitchen supplied with fresh herbs and some breath-snatching scenery.

Sitting atop a bluff, Mariposa provides a panorama of red rock views to accompany the excellent South American-inspired food. It’s especially dazzling at sunset. Most dishes are prepared on a wood-fired grill or in a wood-burning oven. Start with the flaky handmade empanadas. Dress is resort casual.

Details: 700 State Route 89A, Sedona. 928-862-4444,

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Show Low: The House

Dining at The House feels like you’re hanging out at a friend’s backyard barbecue.

The wood-paneled building is simple inside and framed by a patio. Out back, there’s a big grassy lawn that’s dotted with picnic tables, cornhole board and a yard bar that’s like a neighborhood lemonade stand with a liquor license.

The menu is a mix of salads, sandwiches, chili and some impressive burgers. Try the House Burger, a half-pound fresh patty topped with a roasted poblano chile, pepper jack cheese, fried onion strings and chipotle aioli — a nice combo of textures and flavors, a bit crunchy with a little spice on the back end. It’s served with homemade chips.

Details: 1191 E. Hall, Show Low. 928-537-9273,

Flagstaff: Lumberyard Brewing Company

A great overview of Flagstaff can be gained by spending time on the patio of Lumberyard Brewing Company. First, you’re outside in the cool pine-scented air gazing up at Mount Elden.

And you’re sitting on the edge of the historic downtown in one of the last remaining timber company buildings adjacent to the railroad depot. Traffic flows along Route 66 and trains rumble past. It’s like a geography, civics and history lesson washed down with a smooth pint of Railhead Red, brewed on the premises.

The menu is elevated pub fare with appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Start with the wings, which are plump and meaty and can be swabbed with a variety of sauces. A burly grilled split sausage plate pairs nicely with a cold brew and the mountain views.

Details: 5 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff. 928-779-2739,

Bisbee: Dot’s Diner

This pint-size Valentine diner is tucked away at the Shady Dell, a vintage trailer court, where it’s a perfect fit alongside shiny Airstreams and a few classic cars from the '50s. It feels like a spot where an "I Love Lucy" episode might break out.

You can no longer squeeze inside Dot’s to snag a stool at the counter. Only outside seating is available with several tables beneath red and white umbrellas.

Dot’s menu is not extensive but doesn’t need to be when they serve such delicious burgers. Meat is so tender you wonder how it ever kept a cow upright. Fresh veggies are piled high, perfectly proportioned to complement that blast of beefy goodness. They grind their own Angus chuck each weekend and cradle it on a cushiony brioche bun. Every bite dances across your taste buds.

Dot’s is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Details: 1 Douglas Road, Bisbee. 520-432-3567,

Sedona: Creekside American Bistro

Just like the name promises, this stylish restaurant perches on the edge of Oak Creek with an intimate view of Snoopy Rock rising above the sycamore and cottonwood trees.

Serving eclectic American cuisine, the place bustles all day long starting with the popular breakfast. Try the eggs benedict or the breakfast tacos with soft corn tortillas filled with chorizo chicken, cheddar, scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, cilantro, jalapeños and fire roasted salsa.

Executive Chef Mercer Mohr, winner of the James Beard Award, regularly changes the menu at Creekside to take advantage of seasonal ingredients. Along with a full slate of tantalizing entrees, they’re also known for their innovative Happy Hour menu that includes Lamb Chop Lolli-pops with pesto dipping sauce.

Details: 251 State Route 179, Sedona. 928-282-1705,

Plan your summer road trips with Roger Naylor

Arizona Republic contributor and author Roger Naylor will be coaxing residents outdoors with presentations from his award-winning book, "Arizona’s Scenic Roads & Hikes." Each presentation is free and will include a slide show and Q&A.

Payson: 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the Rim Country Museum, 700 S. Green Valley Parkway. 928-474-3483,

Phoenix: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N. Seventh St. 602-343-5125.

"Arizona’s Scenic Roads & Hikes" features all 27 of Arizona’s state-designated scenic and historic roads. The stunning drives are arranged by region and include starting and ending points, mileage, vivid photos, full descriptions, nearby hiking trails and suggestions on locally owned places to eat and sleep.

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Water shortages on Colorado River could eventually hit California, Arizona warns

In another sign of trouble for California’s scarce water supplies, Arizona’s top water officials said the worsening depletion of the Colorado River’s reservoirs will require serious action to combat the effects of a 22-year megadrought that shows no sign of letting up.Federal projections show Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the country’s two largest reservoirs, will keep on decl...

In another sign of trouble for California’s scarce water supplies, Arizona’s top water officials said the worsening depletion of the Colorado River’s reservoirs will require serious action to combat the effects of a 22-year megadrought that shows no sign of letting up.

Federal projections show Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the country’s two largest reservoirs, will keep on declining in the coming months, reaching a shortage level likely to trigger larger water cuts in 2023 for Arizona, Nevada and Mexico — and which could also eventually force similar reductions in California.

“The gravity of the immediate situation is serious,” said Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. “We expect further significant actions to reduce water use will be required.”

The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 40 million people, flowing to cities, farmlands and tribal nations from the Rocky Mountains to Southern California. The river has for decades been chronically overused. So much water is diverted that the river’s delta in Mexico largely dried up decades ago, leaving only scattered natural wetlands in an otherwise dry river channel that runs through farmland.

State and federal officials spoke at a meeting in Phoenix on Friday, three days after the federal Bureau of Reclamation announced plans to reduce the amount of water released from Lake Powell this year to reduce risks of the reservoir’s water level falling too low at Glen Canyon Dam. Last year, the dam generated enough power to meet the needs of more than 300,000 homes — something it would not be able to do if the water levels plummet so badly that it can no longer generate electricity.

Buschatzke added that more needs to be done to protect water levels in Lake Mead, which releases water that flows to Arizona, Nevada, California and Mexico.

Lake Powell, which straddles the Arizona-Utah state line, has declined to just 24% of full capacity, the lowest point since it was filled in the 1960s following the construction of Glen Canyon Dam.

The water that is released from Lake Powell flows through the Grand Canyon and reaches Lake Mead near Las Vegas. Lake Mead has dropped to 30% of full capacity, its lowest level since it was filled in the 1930s during the Great Depression.

The latest projections, Buschatzke said, show the reduced releases of water from Lake Powell will result in a roughly 22-foot drop in Lake Mead’s level.

“It’s about maintaining flows in the Colorado River, including through the Grand Canyon,” Buschatzke said. Because if the flows were to be severely restricted, the declines in Lake Mead would accelerate.

Buschatzke noted that the surface of Lake Mead now sits just under 1,054 feet above sea level. If the reservoir were to drop to 895 feet, he pointed out, it would reach “dead pool” — the point at which water would no longer pass through Hoover Dam.

The federal government’s latest plan will involve releasing about 500,000 acre-feet of water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir, which is located upstream, and holding back an additional 480,000 acre-feet in Lake Powell.

California, Arizona and Nevada used 6.8 million acre-feet of Colorado River water in 2020. (Each acre-foot is enough water to cover a football field about 1 foot deep.)

If Lake Powell were to drop to lower levels, below elevation 3,490 feet, water could still be routed through four 8-foot-wide pipes, the dam’s river outlet works.

“However, if the lake were to decline, that capacity to release water lessens,” said Daniel Bunk, chief of the Boulder Canyon Operations Office for the federal Bureau of Reclamation. “There’s a lot of uncertainty with operating below that level.”

Over the last several years, state and federal officials have repeatedly negotiated deals to try to reduce risks of the Colorado River’s reservoirs falling to critically low levels.

In 2019, representatives of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin signed a set of agreements called the Drought Contingency Plan, which included a pact between California, Arizona and Nevada to take less water from the river. Mexico has agreed under a separate deal to contribute by leaving some of its water in Lake Mead.

With the reservoirs continuing to drop, water officials from California, Arizona and Nevada signed another deal in December to again take less water from the river.

Despite those efforts, the reservoirs have continued to drop.

Scientists have found that higher temperatures caused by climate change are making the drought much worse than it would otherwise be in the watershed. They say the warmer atmosphere is effectively “thirstier,” drying out the soils and evaporating moisture off the landscape, reducing flows in streams and the Colorado River.

“We’re getting way less runoff than we’re getting precipitation, which is a very disturbing trend, and something that will be challenging for us managing the river moving forward,” Buschatzke said.

Last year, the amount of inflow into the reservoirs was the second lowest on record, just 32% of average. This year, the snow was just a little below average but the inflow from it is projected to be just 62% of average, Bunk said.

“We do seem to be getting the precipitation, but other factors such as warmer temperatures, the dry soil conditions … they all seem to be conspiring, to some extent, against the actual runoff,” he said.

Buschatzke said the Southwest needs to adapt.

“Our future is probably what we would now call living with shortages,” he said. “We all have to come together to help solve these Colorado River issues.”

Arizona gets an estimated 36% of its water from the Colorado. Farmers in parts of the state are coping with drastic cutbacks in Colorado River water, drilling wells to try to partially make up for the shortfall.

This year, the reductions in water deliveries in Arizona total more than 800,000 acre-feet, about one-fourth of the state’s total apportionment.

So far, the cutbacks largely haven’t affected Arizona’s cities, but officials said the state could eventually seek to reduce outdoor water use.

“We need to dig a little deeper, be even more innovative and creative,” said Ted Cooke, general manager of the Central Arizona Project. “Additional voluntary conservation is necessary and may delay larger mandatory shortages.”

Buschatzke said the state is preparing to deal with additional cuts next year, and even larger cuts could come across the region in 2024.

He noted that California is on track to use more than its apportionment of 4.4 million acre-feet this year because the state’s agencies are withdrawing some water that they have saved in Lake Mead, as allowed under the 2019 drought agreement.

California has stored 1.3 million acre-feet in Mead, and will take out about 250,000 acre-feet of that water this year to help as the state’s other supplies have shrank during the drought, said Bill Hasencamp, manager of Colorado River resources for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

“We’re only taking a small portion of the water that we put in Lake Mead,” he said.

“We’re asking our customers to increase conservation this year. But despite the increased conservation, we need that extra Colorado River water,” Hasencamp added. “We put it in there for a dry day, a dry year like this year, and that’s why we’re having to take it out.”

Nearly two weeks ago, the water district declared a shortage emergency and ordered restrictions on outdoor watering to conserve limited supplies from Northern California that are delivered via the State Water Project. The restrictions, which will vary for each water agency, are set to take effect June 1 in parts of Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties.

Other areas of Southern California that rely mainly on Colorado River water aren’t subject to the restrictions. But the Metropolitan Water District has urged everyone across the region to reduce water use by 20%.

Buschatzke, the Arizona water official, said his state wants to avoid the severe restrictions currently being implemented in California.

“We don’t want to be living on health and safety allocations of water in our state. And we may be in that place at some point in the future,” Buschatzke said. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to avoid that outcome.”

Tucson's latest and largest mural is now completed

--> Sorry, we're having issues playing this video.In the meantime, try watching one of the videos below.TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The latest mural by Joe Pagac is not just his largest, but the city's as well.The mural on the side of Zion City Flowing Wells church on Ruthrauff Road near I-10 depicts the Lion of Judah and has symbols of life depicted in a desert landscape.$8,000 of paint and two months later, the mural is now complete. He typically uses blue and orange colors, but this one uses a lot of pink....


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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The latest mural by Joe Pagac is not just his largest, but the city's as well.

The mural on the side of Zion City Flowing Wells church on Ruthrauff Road near I-10 depicts the Lion of Judah and has symbols of life depicted in a desert landscape.

$8,000 of paint and two months later, the mural is now complete. He typically uses blue and orange colors, but this one uses a lot of pink.

"It's different," Pagac said. "Ended up going a totally different direction but it was good because I had all these pinks in storage forever that I never used so it was a good chance to pull them out."

The painting is 6700 sq. ft. large and is highlighted by a 47 ft. tall lion.

Pagac will now be taking a bit of a break from murals as he goes to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.



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