A visitor to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park looks through a telescope during the Grand Canyon Star Party. Photograph by John Burcham.
When you’ve been driving for seven hours in search of a starry sky, there are a few things you don’t want to see near the end of the trip. Clouds are one of them. My wife, Jen, and I are…
Illustration by Chris Gall of cowboys leaning over corral fence with pot of beans in the foreground..
Cowboys learn early that they are showoffs, but they also learn that to show off without style, or to make a brag, is no good. Besides that, no matter how much of a flash a cowboy is, he won’t look…
A Grand Canyon motor rafting trip prepares to launch into the Colorado River at Lees Ferry. Photograph by Dawn Kish.
The boats might be dories, jumbo motor rigs or modest rowing rafts, and the groups might be large or small. But one thing is constant when it comes to rafting trips through the Grand Canyon: After…
Dave Foster casts up and across the Colorado River at Long Bar. Photograph by Scott Baxter.
As the sun dips behind the sandstone walls of Marble Canyon, the temperature dips, too. It’s 4:15 p.m., and Dave Foster stands in waders in the middle of the Colorado River, water up to his waist. We…
Hanging foliage grows along a perennial spring that feeds  East Clear Creek. Photograph by Joel Hazelton.
Delicate wildflowers bloom among the leaves of corn lilies in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona. As a “sky island” range, the Chiricahuas harbor many…
Evening light illuminates the rolling foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains along Gardner Canyon Road, an ideal route for exploring the range.  Photograph by Norma Jean Gargasz.
Before You Go Each of these drives includes travel on unpaved roads that sometimes don’t see a lot of traffic, so make sure you have the right vehicle and are aware of weather and road conditions…
Diver in emerald-colored water inside a sea cave on the Colorado River. Photograph by Kerrick James.
In the mid-1990s, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation opened Black Canyon, on the Colorado River below Hoover Dam, to wider public recreation. Day trips became possible via the dam’s access road, and…
Melody Frazer in community kitchen with cooking ingredients. Photograph by John Burcham.
After losing everything they owned in the 2020 Creek Fire in Central California, Melody Frazer (pictured) and her husband traveled all over the West, looking for a place to land. “We took a whole…