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Arizona Highways MagazineArizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine December 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arizona Department of Transportation
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IN THIS ISSUE

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it seemed like such a simple

question: How many canyons are in the state of Arizona? As simple as it seemed, it wasn’t so easy. In fact, we never did get a definite answer. Just a ballpark from the Bureau of Land Management. Our first call was to the Arizona Geological Survey, but they couldn’t give us a number. They did, however, connect us with Sarah Scott, a GIS specialist with the BLM in Phoenix. GIS stands for “geographic information system,” and because of what she does for a living, Sarah was able to access a geographic names database that was built by the U.S. Geological Survey. After running a search, she learned there are 2,631 canyons in Arizona. Or, there might be 2,631 canyons in Arizona. There could be more. There could be less. We really…

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arizona is gorges

ANTELOPE CANYON It’s no mystery why photographers can’t get enough of Antelope Canyon near Page. When the sun is in the right place, the narrow slot canyon’s Navajo sandstone walls come alive with color and texture. It’s named for the herds of pronghorns (not antelopes) that roamed the canyon long ago. There are two sections: Upper Antelope Canyon is easier to access (and thus more heavily visited), while Lower Antelope Canyon requires climbing in and out. The canyon is part of Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, and access is limited to guided tours. Information: Navajo Parks & Recreation, www.navajonation.comparks.org PHOTOGRAPH BY SUZANNE MATHIA ARAVAIPA CANYON The rugged Galiuro Mountains of Southern Arizona cradle Aravaipa Creek and its namesake canyon, which protect an array of plants and animals. The creek is home to seven species…

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