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Editor's Letter | Contributors | Letters to the Editor | Where Is This?
People, places and things from around the state, including the 45th anniversary of Diné College; Steller’s jays; and Peeples Valley, our hometown of the month.
A LOOK BACK
For a place that’s evolved over millions of years, it’s probably an overstatement to refer to a collection of photos as “historic.” However, in terms of the Grand Canyon as a national park, these old black-and-whites offer an interesting glimpse of the good old days.
A Portfolio Edited by Robert Stieve & Kelly Vaughn Kramer
SOMETHING TO CALL OUR OWN
California barely has any. New Mexico doesn’t have any. Neither does any other state in the United States. In fact, with the exception of a handful of saguaros south of the border, Arizona is essentially the only place on Earth where the giant cactuses live.
An Essay by Craig Childs
CAN REALLY FLY
Although cheetahs and pronghorns are lightning quick, they can’t touch the speed of peregrines, which have been clocked at more than 200 mph. To give you a little perspective, Tony Kanaan set an Indy 500 record this year with an average speed of 187.433 mph. Now you see me, now you don’t.
A Portfolio by John Sherman
IN SO MANY WORDS
For a long time now, we’ve been showcasing the best of Arizona with words and photographs. It’s something we do in every issue, but it’s been a while since we featured any poetry. This month, by popular demand, the metrical writing is back. And we even managed to dig up a few photos to go with it.
By Sherwin Bitsui, Alberto Ríos & Ofelia Zepeda
GETTING HER HANDS DIRTY
When she started school at Arizona State University, Christina Akins studied nutrition. It would lead to a career, she figured, but not a dream job. What she really wanted was to play in the mud. So, she changed majors, and today she’s protecting frogs as a wildlife specialist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
By Kathy Ritchie
Photograph by Rick Giase
Empire Ranch Road: You might see pronghorns, mule deer and bobcats along this scenic drive, but the real payoff is the surrounding grassland.
HIKE OF THE MONTH
Secret Canyon Trail: It’s not easy to get to, but this hike in the Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness is worth the effort, especially in November, when there’s still a hint of Fall in the air.
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 PortfolioA Look Back Black-and-white photographs offer a glimpse of how Grand Canyon National Park looked in the first part of the 20th century. ...[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 MonthSecret Canyon Trail: It’s not easy to get to, but this Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness hike is worth the effort. ...[more]
Scenic Drive Chinle to Cove: The route isn’t just around the corner, but the panoramas make the drive time worthwhile. ...[more]