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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine January 2018

For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has delighted readers with award winning journalism and photography, reflecting Arizona’s stature as one of the top vacation destinations around the globe. Every issue showcases the most amazing photography and valuable information you need to enjoy the unique and diverse travel destinations in and around the state.

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we can all fit in a 4runner.

Or on a large chairlift. And when we go out to lunch at the Public Market or Matt’s Big Breakfast, there’s always a table that’s big enough. We’re not a big group. Just seven. That surprises some people, who imagine that all publishing houses are staffed by dozens of ink-and-paper aficionados huddled in a sterile room with bad fluorescent lighting. That’s not the case at Arizona Highways. Although we do have bad lighting, we’re just seven people. It’s a small editorial team, but, collectively, we have 188 years of experience. To give you some perspective on that, if you were to roll back the calendar 188 years, you’d end up in 1830. Andrew Jackson was the president then. City planners were sketching the grid for a place they’d call Chicago. And…

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BRIANNA COSSAVELLA We can’t seem to get enough of Brianna Cossavella, who again worked with Arizona Highways this past fall after two semesters as our editorial intern in 2016. For this issue, she compiled information on Arizona’s national forests, a key component of the state’s public lands (see Arizona’s Timbered Treasure, page 46). “The majority of my research was sifting through the forests’ websites, taking note of how many hiking trails, campgrounds and other recreational opportunities each forest has,” she says. “The assignment gave me a better understanding of the number of ecosystems thriving in this state — and of how much of Arizona I have yet to experience. Let’s just say I have a very long to-do list now.” Before Cossavella came to Arizona Highways, she envisioned a career in the…

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editor@arizonahighways.com November 2017 THE ARTICLE ABOUT SEDONA in your latest issue [November 2017] is the best I have ever read! Since living there in the ’60s and ’70s, I am always drawn back to the place of my best childhood memories. It was a joy to read of the way it was back then and even finding my house in the picture taken from the airport. The article by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger [A Woman by the Name of Sedona] was especially interesting. I always loved how Sedona got its name and even learned new facts. I often tell my grandchildren stories of growing up in Red Rock Country and watching old movies just to see the scenery. I can’t wait to share with them your excellent article. You mastered exactly how it…

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ornate box turtles

When it comes to reptiles with shells, Arizona is best known for desert tortoises, but the state has its share of other turtles, too — including this ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata), a small species of land turtle whose shell can reach about 6 inches in length. Box turtles get their name from a hinge on the bottom of their shell, which allows the shell to close like a box to protect the turtle. Distinguished by their dome-shaped shells and brightly colored eyes (red or orange-red for males, orange-brown or yellow for females), ornate box turtles inhabit low valleys, plains and bajadas in the southeastern corner of Arizona, usually between elevations of 3,000 and 6,500 feet. In regard to diet, these turtles can’t be boxed in — they’ll eat whatever’s…

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mule pass tunnel

For decades, Bisbee was a mining boomtown. But after the mines went bust in the 1970s, the Southeastern Arizona city needed a new source of revenue, and it found it in a tourism industry that’s still flourishing. However, Bisbee might not have lasted that long without the Mule Pass Tunnel, which 60 years ago bypassed an arduous route that motorists once took to get into town. Early settlers of the Bisbee area usually came from Tucson or Tombstone, and that meant traversing the steep, rugged slopes of the Mule Mountains. At first, travelers forged their own paths. Eventually, though, a narrow, winding dirt road over 6,033-foot Mule Pass took shape. It later became a section of U.S. Route 80, but even as a graded federal highway, it remained daunting for motorists…

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GRAPES IS APPROPRIATELY NAMED. For a place that revolves around wine, that might seem obvious. But just like its namesake, this Jerome restaurant took a while to achieve its final form. “Before this, we were the Jerome Brewery,” says chef Michelle Jurisin, who owns Grapes with her husband, Eric. “We decided that with the way things were changing up here — the [Verde Valley] wine country, all the tasting rooms starting to open — it was time to change our concept and start pairing wines with food.” Several years later, Grapes has become another successful endeavor for the Jurisins, who also own Jerome’s Haunted Hamburger and other area destinations. For Michelle, the success comes down to a simple but winning formula: spectacular food that’s expertly matched with local and regional wines. “We…