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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine August 2016

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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2 min.
i watched the sun set with one

of the richest men in the world. We met by chance. At the Grand Canyon. I was up there to hike the Hermit Trail. It was about 6:30 p.m., the night before my hike, and I was lingering with the masses outside El Tovar. I still had about 15 minutes before sunset, so I went inside the old lodge, where I saw Superintendent Dave Uberuaga standing with a dignified but nondescript gentleman. I had no idea who he was, but Dave waved me over anyway and introduced us. The name was vaguely familiar, and then it came to me. Turns out, the dignified but nondescript gentleman was one of the five richest men in the world. I don’t know where he ranks now, and I didn’t bother to look, because it’s…

7 min.
the sound of fallen trees

“As the earth erodes, the fossilized trees cannot hold their weight and they break into pieces. Calling it a forest is not quite correct. Nothing is standing. This is what became of a forest, each tree resting, continuing to fall, the energy of its life given up.” FREIGHT TRAINS THUNDER through Holbrook, windowsills rattling day and night. They come through without slowing, and when you stand nearby, their wind screams and buffets you. What I enjoy is the silence that follows, the Dopplering whoosh of the last car as it disappears down the tracks. The sound of the desert closes back in, the quiet grumblings of a population-5,000 town in a windswept corner of Arizona. A couple miles away from the interstate, cars and trucks become less audible and soon nothing can…

3 min.
what’s new?

IN FEBRUARY, President Barack Obama used his power under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create three national monuments in California. Here in Arizona, proponents are hoping that three more monuments will be established, either by the president’s pen or congressional approval. Like national parks, national monuments can be formed only on federal land; however, they’re less restrictive than national parks, allowing existing recreational activities such as hunting and fishing to continue. GREATER GRAND CANYON HERITAGE NATIONAL MONUMENT Arizona Representative Raúl Grijalva has fought for years to protect land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park, a vital watershed area peppered with cliffs, grasslands and forests. In 2008, he introduced a bill to ban new uraniummining claims on more than a million acres around the Canyon. Multiple versions of that bill failed in Congress.…

1 min.
national parks timeline

1892 Casa Grande Ruins (prehistoric and cultural reserve) 1893 Grand Canyon (forest reserve) 1906 Montezuma Castle (national monument) 1906 Petrified Forest (national monument) 1907 Tonto (national monument) 1908 Grand Canyon (national monument) 1908 Tumacácori (national monument) 1909 Navajo (national monument) 1915 Walnut Canyon (national monument) 1918 Casa Grande Ruins (national monument) 1919 Grand Canyon (national park) 1923 Pipe Spring (national monument) 1924 Chiricahua (national monument) 1924 Wupatki (national monument) 1930 Sunset Crater (national monument) 1931 Canyon de Chelly (national monument) 1933 Saguaro (national monument) 1937 Organ Pipe Cactus (national monument) 1939 Tuzigoot (national monument) 1941 Coronado (international memorial) 1952 Coronado (national memorial) 1960 Fort Bowie (national historic landmark) 1961 Saguaro (western district added to national monument) 1962 Petrified Forest (national park) 1964 Lake Mead (national recreation area) 1965 Hubbell Trading Post (national historic site) 1972 Fort Bowie (national historic site) 1972 Glen Canyon (national recreation area) 1990 Sunset Crater Volcano (“Volcano” added to name of national monument) 1990 Tumacácori (national historical park) 1994 Saguaro (national park) 2000 Grand Canyon-Parashant (national monument)…

1 min.
canyon de chelly national monument

“A LOT OF PEOPLE make connections to this place,” says Deputy Superintendent Wilson Hunter, who grew up in Canyon de Chelly and still calls it home. Maybe it’s the layered canyon walls, monumental rocks and prehistoric pueblos, or maybe it’s the place’s spiritual history — many Navajo ceremonies originated at the canyon. “The Holy People are here,” Hunter says. Navajo people still bring offerings and prayers. Some live in the canyon, tending to farms and livestock. But most visitors never see the best the canyon has to offer — primitive areas, beyond the roads, where motorized tours don’t go. Authorized Navajo guides offer walking and horseback tours of these parts. “It’s beautiful back there,” Hunter says. The canyon walls grow taller, there’s more wildlife and it’s quiet. There are unique…

1 min.
casa grande ruins national monument

CASA GRANDE REMAINS one of archaeology’s biggest cold cases, despite being the nation’s oldest archaeological preserve. That’s what Diane Garcia, an interpretive ranger, likes about it. “There’s a lot of mystery still,” she says. “People are always coming up with new ideas.” Thought at different times to be a fort, a granary, a temple or a watchtower for the complex canal system that surrounds it, the four-story house stands apart in the context of a large city and surrounding villages. “What we had here is more like Tucson,” Garcia says. “It was a city. For all we know, the ‘great house’ was a hotel for people who were passing through.” Formerly one in a series of “great houses,” only Casa Grande remains. When you listen, Garcia says, you can hear…