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Arizona Highways is proud to partner with Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West on a new exhibition titled The Art of Our Photography, which features the work of 10 artists who were given access to our extensive photo archive. The gist of the project was simple: Select any one of the 120,000-plus images we’ve published since 1925, set up an easel and paint away. Their interpretations are spectacular. What’s more, each artist agreed to donate at least half of the proceeds...


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In Depth

Desert View Watchtower looks as if it’s been standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon for 1,000 years. Rising 70 feet, the circular stone structure appears to emerge straight out of the Earth, as naturally as the junipers growing nearby along the rim.

The watchtower is perfectly imperfect, the product of architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter’s obsessive attention to detail and her use of uncut stones found nearby, each placed just so to create the shadows and textures she was seeking. “Time, the lost principle in much modern construction, was taken to select each rock for the outer walls,” Colter would write in her Manual for Drivers and Guides, a detailed document she created to answer questions Grand Canyon tour guides might have about the tower.

Colter bristled at the notion that the tower was a reproduction, replica or copy of any single structure. Nor did she want visitors to think it was a restoration of an existing Ancestral Puebloan building that had stood on...

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Photograph by Claire Curran

History, Nature & Culture


Running a family business has been in the Basha family’s blood for centuries. After emigrating from Lebanon, the family operated a store in New York before moving to the...



There’s no mistaking a North American beaver (Castor canadensis) for another semi-aquatic mammal, such as an otter. Beavers are bigger, beefier and, of course, more dentally...

North American Beaver


KEN LIGHT pulled on a pair of cotton gloves and gently lifted a prehistoric flute...

Illustration by Davide Bonazzi


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

#MyCochiseAdventure — Cochise County invites you to head southeast to Arizona’s lower right corner. Discover a just-...

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

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