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People, places and things from around the state, including a story about spilled milk; where to find the best doughnuts in Yarnell; and Kingman, our hometown of the month.
Wildflowers have been the focus of our March issue for decades. There aren’t many subjects that can maintain that kind of run, but there’s something special about seeing owl’s-clover, goldpoppies and Indian paintbrush in the Sonoran Desert. They’re unexpected, they’re spectacular and, once again, they’re the focus of this month’s portfolio. As always, we feature some impressive images, but this year we also include some insight into the photographers who make the photos.
Peter Busnack was a carpenter and a logger. He traveled the globe, swam the width of the Yellowstone River and walked across the Sonoran Desert during a legendary trek that resulted in his name: Bigfoot. But he never really found himself until he stumbled upon a piece of land in the Superstition Mountains.
By Kelly Vaughn Kramer
Photographs by Rick Giase
The Verde River is a perennial waterway that courses for 195 scenic miles through Central Arizona. A stretch of it has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River, but unless significant steps are taken, parts of the river could dry up in less than 20 years. That said, this is not a story about despair. It’s a story about grit, hope and collaboration spurred by a new sense of urgency.
By Terry Greene Sterling
IT’S A DIRTY JOB ...
Something unique is happening in Patagonia, where a few farmers are working to preserve heirloom seeds of crops adapted to the arid conditions of the Southwest. The name of their organization is Native Seeds/SEARCH, and their ultimate goal is to get the seeds into the hands of people who want to plant them.
By Kathy Montgomery
Photographs by John Burcham
Brad Richter never made it into Guinness World Records, one of his early goals, but the classical guitarist from Tucson is achieving something more important through Lead Guitar, the nonprofit program he founded to bring high-quality music instruction to at-risk students in Arizona schools.
By Matt Jaffe
Photograph by John Burcham
Pinery Canyon: Despite having been hit by a major wildfire in 2011, this drive, which runs along Cave Creek in the Coronado National Forest, through a tunnel of overarching oaks and sycamores, is still especially scenic.
HIKE OF THE MONTH
Sixshooter Canyon Trail: There are several great trails in the Pinal Mountains. This one, which goes from manzanitas to aspens with a few coatimundis and cow pies in between, is perhaps the best.
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 PortfolioWildflowers 2014 Wildflowers have been the focus of our March issue for decades. There aren’t many subjects that can maintain that kind of run, but there’s something special about seeing owl’s-clover, goldpoppies and Indian paintbrush in the Sonoran Desert. ...[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 MonthSixshooter Canyon Trail: There are several great trails in the Pinal Mountains. This one, which goes from manzanitas to aspens with a few coatimundis and cow pies in between, is perhaps the best. ...[more]
Scenic Drive Carefree to the Verde River: This drive, which used to be a route for moving sheep, retraces a portion of the Great Western Trail and offers a unique look at the Sonoran Desert. ...[more]