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In Depth

It’s a Monday afternoon in August 2020, and rain is hitting the Black River in drops as big as bullets. Willows choke the trail that leads to the river. On the slope across the water, the grass and ferns and adolescent aspen trees drink. They drink because the summer has been viciously dry. Rain is relief to this elegiac landscape.

The ponderosa pines, however, those that line the ridge above the aspens, are nearly a decade dead. They are but some of the charred remains of the Wallow Fire, which burned more than 538,000 acres in the forests of Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico from May 29 to July 8, 2011. Still, those ponderosas drink on this day, if only because they are upright still, unfelled by the wind that carried the fire and the watery erosion that followed it.

Science tells us that fire is both an end and a beginning, that it is destructive and beautifying. Death. Rebirth. To some, fire is biblical in its stories of both rage and redemption.

There is perhaps no better illustration of this, scientifically or philosophically, than the landscape...

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Sunset view of a large bend in the Black River

History, Nature & Culture


The Phoenix area's resort industry can trace some of its roots to the base of Camelback Mountain, just inside the grounds of The Phoenician in Scottsdale. That’s where a...

Jokake Inn, courtesy Evans Family Collection


The gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) is one of only two members of the dog family capable of climbing trees. (The other is the common raccoon dog, which is native to Asia...

Photograph by Bruce D. Taubert


FOR MOST OF MY YOUNG LIFE, I’ve traveled U.S. Route 160 to my family homestead in Teec Nos Pos...

Photograph courtesy of the Kady family.


The Town of Tusayan is your gateway to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Just 12 minutes...

Multi-hued and majestic, Sedona’s red rock pinnacles reach heavenward to blue skies by day and starry vistas by night,...

As summer fades, we invite you to come and cool down in Globe-Miami, where you can find excellent autumn adventures...

At Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, the sky is not the limit, just the starting point — to a universe of...