Coastal cities and towns are sometimes known for their charming lighthouses, which help guide boats and keep people safe as they go into and out...

Claire Harlin was entering unfamiliar territory when she decided to pursue a career in fashion. It wasn’t part of her master plan, but after losing her job as a newspaper editor in California,...
Scenic Drives

It sounds like something out of the Wild West: a remote desert outpost, without electricity or running water, at the end of a rocky dirt road. The...
Hiking

The debate about the “north” and the “south” usually centers on Mid-Atlantic battlefields, but sometimes, it spills over into Arizona, too. In...
Lodging

Nicole Dahl, executive director of the Hotel McCoy, says she knew there was a lot of potential in the property that later became the hotel. But calling it a blank canvas, she says, doesn’t quite...
Dining

Swordfish might be among the coolest creatures in the sea. The largest one ever caught weighed a whopping 1,182 pounds, and they have those incredibly long, pointed bills. They’re also...

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of Arizona Highways, and some of the contacts quoted here have since moved on...

Covering an area of 25,000 square miles of sunburnt, sandy desert, grizzly, phantom-like cacti, varicolored, naked buttes and hills, and blackened...