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In Depth

At first glance, the Esplanade doesn’t stun the senses the way a Grand Canyon view from the South Rim does. There is no perfect layer cake of multicolored rock, no glimpses of the magical Colorado River sneaking through a gap far below. No, the Esplanade looks like a rather typical Southwestern scene: a red-rock valley beneath a rampart of buff cliffs. But as one looks more closely, the gauzy expanse begins to reveal itself in layers of detail. There is a dome, a pinnacle, a pile of stone billiard balls 200 feet tall. The sheer scale of the landscape begins to sink in as you discern fingers of canyon slicing through the orange plateau. Soon, the pedestrian red-rock valley has morphed into a 3D world of sculpted amphitheaters, plazas of rock, draws of piñon pine, razorbacks of sandstone. Just as your eyeballs become lost in this endless jungle gym, there appears, at the far edge, a vague shadow — an awful and mysterious gash plunging into darkness, toward some distant underworld.

Photographer Bill Hatcher and I schlepped heavy packs as we stepped off the rim into this...

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Writer Tyler Williams navigates around sandstone formations on the Esplanade below Fishtail Mesa. By Bill Hatcher

History, Nature & Culture

History

With some 25 percent of returning soldiers facing “shell shock” after World War I, the U.S. embraced a new model of care, greatly expanding convalescent facilities for the...

The Red Cross house at Fort Whipple, near Prescott, is shown around 1919. Photograph: Sharlot Hall Museum

Nature

Elk

Elk (Cervus canadensis) are commonly seen in Northern Arizona’s subalpine zones, ponderosa pine forests and piñon-juniper forests, where they dine primarily on grasses and...

Bull elk with rim lighting in a forest clearing. Photo by Mike Buchheit.

Culture

Arizona boasts purple mountain majesties like no other, but when it comes to amber waves of grain, we’re probably not the first — or even the fifth — state that comes to...

Jeff Zimmerman's hand is seen sifting through a pile of wheat. By Jacques Barbey

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