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Arizona Highways Magazine

Arizona Highways Magazine May 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

There’s an old theme in our new issue — it’s old, in the literal sense. We didn’t plan it that way, but all five of our feature stories focus on old subjects, including one of the last remaining one-room schoolhouses in Arizona, old aspens near Flagstaff, and even older ponderosas on the Kaibab National Forest. We have a couple of stories about the Grand Canyon, too. Of all the subjects inside, the Canyon is the oldest. The rock layers at the bottom have been around for about 1.5 billion years, and the gorge itself is anywhere from 6 million to 70 million years old. There’s renewed debate about the exact timeline, but most everyone agrees that the Canyon was carved by the Colorado River, which has been the subject of many…

2 min.

JOHN BLAUSTEIN The Grand Canyon has been John Blaustein’s passion since 1969, when he met conservationist and river runner Martin Litton. The next year, he became a dory guide for Litton’s company. He’s been running the Colorado River through the Canyon ever since, and his book The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey features Blaustein’s photographs from the vantage point of the Colorado. “Last year, [Photo Editor] Jeff Kida and I were talking on the phone, and I told him there was going to be a new edition of The Hidden Canyon with more than two dozen previously unpublished photographs,” Blaustein says. From that conversation came this month’s portfolio (see Deep Down Inside, page 16). In the 1970s, Blaustein did six 18-day trips through the Canyon each summer, and though the trips…

4 min.

IF ANY ANCIENT dwelling site of the past has stood the test of time, it’s Canyon de Chelly [March 2016]. As a child, I was always drawn to that place for its intrigue and beauty, history and culture. The great Anasazis, whose life story is depicted in the petroglyphs and art they left behind, built a civilization that defies even the arrow of time. Dan Aquino, King City, California My sister, Nell, who lives in Winslow, gives out gift subscriptions to Arizona Highways, and I’m fortunate to be one of the lucky recipients on her list. I was especially excited to see a photograph of Canyon de Chelly on the cover of the March 2016 issue. More than 20 years ago, my sister and her husband, Sam, took me there, and I…

2 min.
the journal

Splash! In morning light, the blue-green water of Havasu Creek, a Colorado River tributary, flows over Havasu Falls. The waterfall is one of several in Havasu Canyon, home to the Havasupai Tribe. For information about visiting Havasu Canyon, call the Havasupai Tourist Office at 928-448-2121 or visit www.havasupai-nsn.gov. 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. Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument GRAND CANYON-PARASHANT National Monument is located in the remote northwest corner of Arizona, far from paved roads and nearly untouched by modern human existence, although archaeologists have found evidence that people inhabited the area as long as 11,000 years ago. There are very few hiking trails in Parashant, and no developed campgrounds. The monument does not…

3 min.
united verde & pacific railway

Although the United Verde & Pacific Railway is little remembered today, Jerome owes a great debt to William A. Clark and the railroad he built over Mingus Mountain, which helped make the United Verde’s operation there the largest copper mine in the Arizona Territory. Early prospectors knew there was a fortune to be made in the Black Hills, but getting supplies in and ore out was tough. The wagon road from Jerome to the railroad was long and punishing, even in good weather. In winter, it became impassable. Clark bought the United Verde Copper Co. in 1888 and built a narrow-gauge railway after a drop in copper prices made hauling ore by mule teams unprofitable and an aerial tramway proved troublesome. It was a proposition too expensive for previous owners, but the…

2 min.
q&a: john blaustein

JK: You made most of your photographs of the Grand Canyon (see Deep Down Inside, page 16) while leading boat trips down the Colorado River in the 1970s. Were you a shooter or a boatman first? JB: I was making photos before I became a river guide, but — no pun intended — I really developed as a photographer during my time in the Grand Canyon. We would always run big rapids in two groups, and I’d always go second so I could photograph the other group going through the rapids. Then I had an idea: shooting photos from the boat while going through the rapids. JK: How did you pull that off? JB: These photos show an ammo can that I used to hold my Nikon F and make photos remotely. I…