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Arizona Highways Magazine May 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

“Skirts up, zippers down.” That’s one of the first things you learn on the river. Most of what you need to know is spelled out at orientation, the night before. But where to pee, that’s something you learn when the time comes. Women go upstream, men go downstream, modesty goes out the window. At first you think you’ll never get used to it. After a few times, though, it’s just part of the routine. Everything about rafting the Colorado is routine. It’s a sequence of repeated actions, whether it’s standing downstream, shooting the rapids, setting up camp or sleeping under the stars. A year ago this month, I made my first trip down the river. It was a long time coming — I’d been to the Grand Canyon 126 times before…

2 min.

STEVE LARESE When Steve Larese was preparing to hike the Grand Canyon’s Nankoweap Trail (see This Isn’t Going to Be Easy, page 42), he came across a 1996 Arizona Highways story about a trek on the same trail. The author of that piece had to turn back before reaching the Colorado River, and Larese sees this month’s story, his first for the magazine, as “closing the loop” for Arizona Highways on the remote, strenuous trail. As you’ll read, Larese, an Oklahoma native who now lives in New Mexico, has hiked many of the Canyon’s trails, but he says this one left a notable impression on his psyche. “I can’t say my life flashed before my eyes, but when I returned home, colors were more vibrant and my kids got sick of…

3 min.

editor@arizonahighways.com I AM A WHEELCHAIR-DEPENDENT quad. The photographs you published about “Springtime in Arizona” [March 2018] take me to places I could never otherwise access. The images of flowers, cactuses and mountains feed my soul. Thank you. I love Arizona and I love your magazine. Denise Fox-Auvil, Phoenix I’ve just finished reading Pilgrimage Into Spring by Joyce Rockwood Muench [March 2018], and I feel as though I’m sitting in the hushed shadows under a pine tree overlooking an enchanting sunlit meadow as the last harmonious notes of a symphony fade away. There was poetry, too. And a light show. Each issue of Arizona Highways contains a gem or two of surprise and delight. This one gave us a delightful, sweeping encore. Jean Hutton, Scottsdale, Arizona Hello. I’m a longtime subscriber and a first-time writer. I…

1 min.
snowy egrets

These two snowy egrets (Egretta thula) likely are two males engaging in a time-honored ritual: a fight over a female. It’s one of the hallmarks of these birds, some of which live in parts of Arizona year-round. They’re drawn to marshy areas with thick vegetation, and their slim bills and long legs are ideal for stalking and catching fish, frogs and other aquatic animals. And although demand for their feathers, formerly used to decorate women’s hats, nearly drove the species to extinction, snowy egrets didn’t go down without a fight. Thanks to protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, their numbers have recovered.…

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the salvation army in arizona

The Salvation Army is more than donation-based thrift stores and ringing bells at Christmastime. Founded in London in 1865, the organization quickly expanded to the United States. In 1893, it brought its messages of faith and service to Territorial Arizona, and in the 125 years since, the Salvation Army has been serving the most pressing needs of the state’s people with programs that have evolved throughout the group’s history. Arizona’s first Salvation Army barracks was a converted saloon called the Road to Ruin, which used to be on the corner of present-day Central Avenue and Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix. “The dirt and tobacco juice was about three inches deep on the floor before what used to be the bar,” wrote Captain William McIntyre, who established the Salvation Army in Phoenix. After…

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this month in history

▪ The first legal hanging in Territorial Arizona is said to have taken place on May 2, 1873, in Yuma. A teacher at a nearby school dismisses her students early to keep them from witnessing the event. ▪ On May 17, 1910, Phoenix’s Hotel Adams, built in 1896, burns to the ground, leaving two people dead. The hotel’s tenants include Territorial Governor Richard Sloan and his wife; both escape the fire without injury. ▪ Picacho Peak State Park, which protects its namesake mountain along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, is dedicated on May 30, 1968.…