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Editor's Letter | Contributors | Letters to the Editor | Where Is This?
People, places and things from around the state, including the history of Arizona Snowbowl; a meteorite hunter who’s traveled the globe in search of space rocks; and Douglas, our hometown of the month.
Arizona is recognized around the world for its scenic beauty and unique adventure opportunities. The Grand Canyon, Sedona, Saguaro National Park … those are among the places people go. But they’re also crowded, which is why we went in search of some places that only a lucky few get to visit every year.
BY NOAH AUSTIN, KAYLA FROST, KATHY MONTGOMERY,
KATHY RITCHIE AND ROBERT STIEVE
A STORM IN THE DESERT
It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while, the Sonoran Desert gets hit with a winter storm. About a year ago, on February 20, 2013, it happened again. The temperature dropped, the winds kicked up, and snow fell on the saguaros.
A PORTFOLIO EDITED BY JEFF KIDA
A WINTER’S WALK
Not many people hike the Grand Canyon in January, but Craig Childs isn’t like most people. One January day, not too long ago, he hiked from the South Rim to the Colorado River, a route that’s biologically equivalent to walking from the Canadian Rockies to the state of Sonora, Mexico, in less than 10 miles.
AN ESSAY BY CRAIG CHILDS
NEAT LITTLE PACKAGES
In Spanish, burrito means “little donkey” — it’s the diminutive of burro. In Arizona, it means breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are a lot of great burrito places in our state. We’ve lined up 12 of the best.
EDITED BY KATHY RITCHIE
PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAUL MARKOW
OUTSTANDING IN HIS FIELD
When it comes to credentials, Bayard Brattstrom has plenty. The distinguished herpetologist, professor, photographer, consultant, author and artist spent more than 40 years teaching at Cal State Fullerton. When he left, he moved his giant lizards and his passion for anything reptilian to Nothing, Arizona, where, even at age 84, he still has plenty to do.
BY KATHY MONTGOMERY
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN BURCHAM
Red Cloud Mine Road: This 16-mile drive begins at Martinez Lake, near Yuma, and continues through the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, the landscape goes from lush to lunar
HIKE OF THE MONTH
Cochise Trail: In addition to granite boulders, mesic vegitation and all-around scenic beauty, this trail offers hikers a chance to walk in the footsteps of the great Apache warrior for whom it’s named.
Editor's LetterEditor Robert Stieve discusses the current issue. ...[more]
Where Is This?We've posted a new location to identify. Submit your answer for a chance to win. ...[more]
Photo PortfolioA Storm in the Desert It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while, the Sonoran Desert gets hit with a winter storm. About a year ago, on February 20, 2013, it happened again. ...[more]
Letters to the EditorIf you have thoughts or comments about anything in Arizona Highways, we want to hear from you. ...[more]
Hike of the MonthCochise Trail: This Dragoon Mountains route lets you walk in the footsteps of the Apache warrior for whom it’s named. ...[more]
Scenic Drive Empire Ranch Road: The real payoff on this 24-mile loop near Sonoita is the surrounding grassland. ...[more]