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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine June 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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4 min.
editor’s letter

I don’t know why I looked out the window — in that exact moment. I’d just started reading an interesting story from our July 1958 issue. It was a story about Sycamore Canyon, and the writer was describing tales of buried treasures, man-eating grizzlies, marauding Apaches, gunmen and thieves. The narrative had me hooked. Plus, I was reading from an original copy of the magazine. Everything about that moment — the feel of the old pages, the peace and quiet, the nature of the story — was captivating. So, I don’t know why I looked out the window. But I did, and when I did, there it was: Sycamore Canyon, spreading out for miles, 33,000 feet below the Alaska Airlines jet that was taking me from Seattle to Sky Harbor. What…

2 min.

MARK SMITH Mark Smith lives in the United Kingdom and has never been to Arizona, but after illustrating Annette McGivney’s story on the 1956 plane crash in the Grand Canyon (see June 30, 1956, page 48), he says the state is at the top of his “next places to visit” list. “The Grand Canyon is one of those places in the world that I think everyone has at least some familiarity with, even if that’s just through pictures or TV documentaries,” he says. “I think the closest thing we have in the U.K. to that scale of landscape are the Scottish mountains — they always leave me awestruck.” Smith wasn’t familiar with the 1956 accident, and he says that while he’s often asked to “solve” a story and make sure readers…

4 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com ON THE OPENING page of your story about saguaros [This Is Different, April 2016], you wrote, “In the interest of full disclosure, we aren’t sure how many saguaro photos we’ve published over the past 91 years.” The answer? Not enough! Karl West, Walpole, Massachusetts Thank you for the article titled Cutting It Down to Size [April 2016]. As a young woman I observed the Black Forest in Germany and thought it was gorgeous. When I moved from Quebec to British Columbia, I witnessed clear-cutting. Where was the replanting, the fauna? Then, in Colorado, I saw unkempt forests, slumping into decay. My happy moment was when I visited the Kaibab National Forest and saw actual management — pretty, lovely, happy woodlands. My heart soars when I see that the forests in Northern Arizona…

1 min.
glen canyon national recreation area

EDITOR’S NOTE: In August, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Leading up to that milestone, we’re spotlighting some of Arizona’s wonderful national parks. GLEN CANYON NATIONAL Recreation Area encompasses 1.25 million acres from Lees Ferry in Northern Arizona to the western border of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. The landscape’s most popular feature is the 186-mile-long Lake Powell, which was formed in 1963 when Glen Canyon Dam was completed on the Colorado River. Colorful geologic formations — including slot canyons, buttes, hoodoos and natural bridges — are plentiful in Glen Canyon, which is known for its spectacular scenery and recreational activities. Visitors could spend weeks in Glen Canyon and not run out of things to do. Guided boat tours and ranger-led hikes and talks are available, as are many…

3 min.
sedona arts center

George and Helen Jordan weren’t the first owners of the Sedona Arts Center property. But longtime residents remember the spread as Jordan Farms, with today’s Art Barn serving as the operation’s fruitpacking center, and apple and peach orchards spreading out behind it. Frank and Nancy Owenby homesteaded the property, building an irrigation ditch and a house made of hand-cut native stone in 1910. Water from nearby Oak Creek ran through the ditch and right into the house. The Jordans moved into the home in 1928, and George built the two-story wooden barn, hauling timbers from a mill near Mormon Lake. George and Helen retired in 1958, the same year Egypt-born sculptor Nassan Gobran formed Canyon Kiva, an organization to solicit support for a cultural center. In 1961, the Jordans moved into a…

2 min.
q&a: adriel heisey

JK: You’re an accomplished pilot and aerial photographer. How did you get started? AH: My chosen career was as a pilot — I figured I could make a better living than as a photographer. After flight school, I put in a lot of hours on the Eastern Seaboard before moving to the Southwest, where I began doing charter flights on the Navajo Nation. After three or four years there, I began to get serious about aerial photography in regard to the gear I used and the plane I was flying. JK: In your new book, Oblique Views: Aerial Photography and Southwest Archaeology, you retrace the 1929 flights that Charles and Anne Lindbergh made over the Southwest. How did this idea get its start? AH: I’d been working with a group called Archaeology Southwest,…