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Getting to Page, Arizona, on US 89T

Getting to Page, Arizona, on US 89T

Since the Big Slump closed US 89 in northern Arizona in February 2013, I have received numerous requests for information about alternative roads. At first, a detour route was established between Flagstaff and Page, Arizona, that took travelers 50 miles out of their way adding at least an hour to the trip. A much shorter alternative existed in Navajo Route 20 which parallels US 89 for 44 miles from The Gap to Page. The... [Read more...]

The Painted Desert Project

The Painted Desert Project

The last place you would expect to find street art is along US Route 89 on the Navajo Reservation. But there it is. You can’t miss it as you head north from Flagstaff. It’s on tanks and roadside jewelry stands. Big black and white photographs pasted up there for all to see. We first saw these works of public art four years ago. While we were curious about their origin we didn’t pursue it further. Then a link to... [Read more...]

Spanish Settlements in Southern Arizona

Spanish Settlements in Southern Arizona

1705 Map Shows California as an Island In this day of Google maps and GPS’s everywhere, it is hard to imagine how the world looked to the Spanish explorers when they arrived in the region we now call Arizona. Early explorers had mistakenly believed that California was an island and the territory between the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers was a blank on their maps. The first attempt to create permanent Spanish settlements... [Read more...]

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  • Event of the Week: Oct. 20-26

    Chiles, Chocolate and Salsa! at Tohono Chul Park, Tucson, AZ
    Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Treat yourself to an homage to the cult of the fiery chile – and decadent chocolate – two of the ingredients that define life in the Southwest! During the day, vendors feature chile- and Southwest-inspired crafts and chile- and chocolate-enhanced foodstuffs and culinary delights — everything from hand-ground moles and chile-flavored beers to chile shaped pottery and chile print aprons; chile roasters and ornamental and edible chile plants for sale, too. Food trucks featuring everything from ice cream and hot dogs to pizza and mesquite waffles will be seasoning things up with chiles and chocolate. And there’s music! From youthful mariachis to soothing Native American Flutes.
    To find your way to Tohono Chul, go to the Tucson to Apache Junction Road Trip Guide on the US Route 89 Appreciation Society website.

  • Website of the Week

    Museum of Northern Arizona
    Founded in 1928, the mission of the Museum of Northern Arizona is to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage. MNA works in collaboration with native peoples of the Southwest to protect and foster the cultures, traditions and beliefs of the Colorado Plateau by encouraging artistic expression and supporting, empowering, and educating visitors about the art and cultures of Southwestern Native people.