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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: April 14-20

    Free Entrance to National Parks
    Saturday & Sunday, April 19 & 20
    Several times a year the National Park Service waives the entrance fee for visitors to the parks. This weekend marks the start of National Parks Week. Plan a visit to one of the seven national parks or fourteen national monuments along US Route 89. You’ll find travel directions in the Road Trip Guides on the US Route 89 Appreciation Society website and links to the parks and monuments websites for information on activities happening this weekend.

  • Website of the Week

    Commuity Guide to Oracle
    Oracle is a small, unincorporated, Arizona mountain town dating from 1880. Its population was 3686 in the 2010 census, not including cattle, horses, llamas and wild critters. The town is located in Pinal County, 30 miles north of Tucson city limits. Situated on the northeastern slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Oracle lies at an elevation of 4500 feet. Visitor attractions include the Acadia Ranch Museum and Oracle State Park. There are also five restaurants serving a variety of cuisines from Mexican to Italian for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complete information to make a visit to Oracle special is on the website and available at the Visitors Center.

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