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Arizona Highways Magazine August 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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editor's letter

AS SOON AS I SAW our cover photo, I knew what quote I wanted as a skyline — that’s the text above the masthead. I couldn’t remember the exact words, but I remembered the scene. Gus and Newt were on their horses, seeing Montana for the first time. It was one of so many memorable moments in Lonesome Dove. Although I’ve read the book eight or nine times, I wasn’t thinking about page 744 when I saw the photo. I was picturing Robert Duvall, who played Augustus McCrae in the miniseries based on the book by Larry McMurtry. I scribbled down a best guess for the quote, something we could use as dummy copy when designing the cover, and then I started watching the six-hour Western. Somebody had to do it. About…

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JILL RICHARDS Photographer Jill Richards grew up around horses. “My grandfather was a cowboy in Southern Arizona, and my dad worked for a feed lot in California’s Central Valley,” she says. But until she visited Phoenix’s Rancho Ochoa (see Charros y Charras, page 30), she had never been to a charreada, or Mexican rodeo. “I was there as part of a tourism project for Visit Phoenix,” she says. “I was actually there to assist other photographers who were in town from other parts of the country. But when that was done, I couldn’t resist getting out my own camera.” The participants, Richards says, were gracious enough to show off their riding and roping skills, and the sunset light was ideal for making portraits. “This was a quick shoot, but a very memorable…

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letters THANK YOU for documenting all of the beauty that is our amazing state [Somewhere Where It’s Quiet, June 2018]. We have to keep a record of its beauty so that we know what we’re trying to preserve. A simple photograph can inspire many to want to be more thoughtful and spur the idea of preserving our beautiful country, which is for everyone. Even those who cannot physically wander out into the landscapes that you feature can still enjoy them.Julie Gorman, Wild Iris Coffeehouse, Prescott, Arizona I was 22 years old and had spent most all of my life in Rhode Island. I wanted a change and applied to volunteer as a park ranger at Canyon de Chelly in the heart of Navajo Country. My application was accepted, and so began my…

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NOAH AUSTIN One of Arizona’s most distinctive rattlesnake species, sidewinders (Crotalus cerastes) often are called horned rattlesnakes, and it’s easy to see why. But these reptiles’ “horns” actually are enlarged, upturned scales above their eyes. Sidewinders also are known for their method of sideways locomotion, which allows only a few points on their bodies to touch the hot desert sand at a time. Like other rattlesnakes, sidewinders dine on lizards, mice, birds and smaller snakes that wander within striking distance. And, like other rattlers, they should be left alone if encountered in the wild. Three sidewinder subspecies are found in the state, but the most widespread are Sonoran sidewinders, which inhabit Sonoran Desert areas in Central and Southern Arizona. ADDITIONAL READING: To learn more about Arizona’s wildlife, pick up a copy of the…

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hacienda del sol

In the late 1920s, Tucson builders John and Helen Murphey had a vision: to develop the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains into a residential haven for wealthy snowbirds. But to sell land and homes in the area, which was remote at the time, they knew they needed more than pleasant weather and spectacular desert views. So the Murpheys created Hacienda del Sol, an exclusive boarding school for the daughters of elite families. In promotional pamphlets, the Murpheys solicited students who wanted to “don chaps, sombrero and boots” — and they weren’t joking. Every girl was outfitted with Western wear upon arrival and had to buy a horse and saddle as part of the school’s robust riding program. The Murpheys played up the Western experience, which enticed girls from big Eastern…

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violette’s bakery café

It’s easy to think Violette’s Bakery Café is all about the waffles. “I love waffles!” gushes Amber Godina (pictured), who owns and operates the bakery from a caboose in Clarkdale. “When my brother and I were kids, it was what you ordered when you went out. It was the best treat you could get.” The compulsion to order waffles every time Godina went to breakfast led to many disappointments. That started the self-taught baker on a crusade. “I wanted a waffle that was crisp on the outside [and] soft on the inside, that held up to syrup and would not crumble, and [that] would taste just as good an hour later,” she says. One day, while she was out to eat, it hit her. “I figured out the secret ingredient,” she says. “My…