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Tripadvisor.com gave the Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Happy Valley a certificate of excellence. Stay away from the nearby Motel 6 Suites and Extended Stay motel. They have security problems. The maids at the Motel 6 report to their gangbanger boyfriends which rooms have guns so they can steal them. At the Extended Stay I saw a drug dealer being evicted after he threatened hotel staff.
Enjoy WR. It is the best CAS match I've ever attended.
The south rim of the Grand Canyon is at about 8,000 feet elevation and can be covered with snow in February. The crowds are light then and it is a beautiful time to visit. However, I recommend a four wheel drive vehicle due to possible winter driving conditions. Only the south rim will be open in February. The north rim will be closed. Bring your winter clothes from Iowa. It may be colder on the south rim than Iowa.
BTW, WR is held during the peak of the grapefruit season in Arizona. Go to any fruit stand in Mesa and pick up crates of fresh citrus to haul home to Iowa. (Citrus less than two days off a tree is incredibly tasty.) While there visit Wild West Mercantile. My cowboy costumes are primarily from their bargain bins.
Safe travels and I hope to meet your an your daughter.