Mountain Island in a Desert Sea: Exploring Southern Arizona Sky Islands

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Arizona truly is a land of extremes. Temperatures vary from place to place and even day to night. Few geographic formations in the world illustrate this stark climactic contrast—and its importance to biodiversity—better than Sky Islands. Visitors to Southern Arizona are often struck by these vast mountain ranges rising suddenly out of the desert and […]

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Beauty of The Desert: Arizona in Bloom

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Growing up in Alberta I always feuded with winter, a cantankerous, disagreeable season that seemingly lasted forever. As a snowbird, I take great delight in rambling around the desert in shorts and T-shirt searching for signs of wildflowers. Many people consider Arizona to be a land of two seasons, summer and the absence of summer. But us […]

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4 Favorite “Only in Arizona” Experiences

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Every now and then, you experience a moment and think, “Only in Arizona.” Perhaps it’s a particularly gorgeous sunset framed by giant saguaros or cheering on the Oatman Bed Races as they propel beds through Oatman streets at breakneck speeds. There are places around the state where such moments reliably occur and they all share […]

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The Winds of Organ Pipe: Diverse Sample of the Sonoran Desert

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Located 35 miles south of Ajo on Highway 85, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument preserves a diverse and relatively undisturbed sample of the Sonoran Desert. Mountains surround the park on all sides, some near, some distant, with colors changing from one hour to the next. Ninety-five percent of the monument is designated as wilderness area, […]

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A Small Town With A Big Back Yard

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“A Small Town With A Big Back Yard”, the tiny Arizona burg of Ajo (ahh-ho) is situated deep in the Sonoran Desert, 42 miles south of Gila Bend and 37 miles north of the Mexican border. A discovery worthy of Lewis and Clark, Ajo just might be the “best kept secret in Arizona.” This is the place where the  “Summer spends the […]

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Best Bet For Arizona This Winter

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You have read about it, heard about it and dreamed about it. Now experience Arizona this winter! Home to saguaros, prickly pears, rattlesnakes, the Grand Canyon, roadrunners, the world’s oldest rodeo, and the bolo tie, the state is rich in attractions that entertain the cultured, the curious, the wild, and untrammeled. When you go out to […]

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Exploring The Parks: Saguaro National Park In Spring

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As the snow continues to pile up in the northern U.S. and Canada, thoughts not surprisingly turn to warm weather settings. Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is a great place to explore in early spring. The saguaros are the highlight of this national park, of course. The scenery is spectacular and captures the beauty that […]

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