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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine March 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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4 min.
editor’s   letter

I was 9 when the river broke its bank and trespassed into my backyard. In hindsight, the big flood is just a footnote to my childhood, but at the time, it was eventful, and it reinforced the power of water I’d seen a year earlier, in The Poseidon Adventure. Of course, a surging river isn’t as dramatic as a 90-foot tidal wave, but for a few weeks in 1973, my brother Jeff and I watched anxiously as the water crept unabated toward our back door. First past the tire swing, then the clothesline, then the bird feeder. Around the time it got to the back patio, the high water had also flooded the mile-long dirt road that leads to our home. Other than the river itself, that road was our only…

2 min.

RUTH RUDNER Ruth Rudner returns to the pages of Arizona Highways this month with The Advent of Spring (see page 36), an essay about spring snowmelt. It’s a familiar topic for Rudner, who wrote the following in her 1978 book, Forgotten Pleasures: “One day the ice breaks up, the melting snow swells the beginnings of streams that pour foaming and new down the sides of mountains, transforming gentle brooks into swift rivers, paths into streams and woods into swamps — a great, wild rush of life. … A sleeping world awakes; everything on Earth is born.” Rudner, an accomplished nature writer, is the author of more than a dozen books, some of which are collaborations with her husband, photographer and longtime Arizona Highways contributor David Muench (whose mother, the late Joyce…

4 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com Thank you, thank you, thank you for celebrating public lands for what they are: for everyone [Open to the Public, January 2018]. Allow me to add that the “everyone” includes the special life forms found at these wonderful places. We live in a confluence of riches in Arizona, and we need to not only enjoy them, but also to respect them, from ponderosas to saguaros, rattlesnakes to leopard frogs, solar energy to mineral wealth, and the Grand Canyon to the “sky islands.” All of it is wonderful. Thank you for pointing it out to us. Carol Brown, Tucson I was first introduced to both the awe-inspiring and staggeringly beautiful landscape of Arizona and your magazine at a very young age by my grandmother and my mother, both of whom lived there and…

1 min.
white-nosed coatis

White-nosed coatis (Nasua narica) look like the kind of mammal you’d expect to find in Mexico or Central America, and those areas constitute most of the species’ range. But that range also includes parts of the American Southwest, such as Central and Southeastern Arizona woodlands, canyons and grasslands. White-nosed coatis, also known as coatimundis, are relatives of ringtails and raccoons, but unlike those animals, they’re active during the day. Their long tails come in handy for climbing trees — or agave stalks, in the case of this coati near Madera Canyon — in search of fruits, insects or bird eggs. On the ground, they rely on their snouts and claws to turn over rocks and find snakes and lizards. And while female coatis have a nose for sociability, traveling in…

2 min.
zane grey’s lees ferry

Author Zane Grey set nearly 60 novels in the American West, spinning stories of rugged landscapes, courageous cowboys and noble Native Americans. His 1912 novel Riders of the Purple Sage sold millions of copies and was part of the Library of Congress’ Books That Shaped America exhibition. Many of Grey’s works were adapted into movies or television episodes, adding to the lore of the Wild West. In all the West, Grey’s biggest love was almost certainly the Colorado Plateau — many of his best-selling tales take place there. In particular, Lees Ferry, on the Colorado River, endlessly captivated Grey. As the only place in hundreds of miles where the Colorado River isn’t flanked by steep canyons, Lees Ferry was a key crossing for Arizona’s early settlers. And after Grey’s first visit,…

1 min.
this month in history

▪ The Colorado River Indian Reservation is established on March 3, 1865. Today, the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ land is nearly 300,000 acres. ▪ Tucson announces on March 7, 1922, that its firefighters will get new uniforms: olive drab, with black ties and brass buttons. The firemen are expected to pay for the uniforms themselves. ▪ The front page of the March 18, 1950, issue of the Arizona Daily Star features a photo of a steam engine that jumped the tracks in Tucson. “A beached whale has nothing on this Southern Pacific locomotive as far as helplessness is concerned,” the caption reads.…