About James and Barbara…

We are two artists, James Cowlin (the photographer) and Barbara Kemp Cowlin (the painter), who drive the slow road, US Route 89, to explore and record the beauty of the West’s most scenic highway.

Join us to hear stories of our adventures and to enjoy our art and photographs. And let us help you plan your driving vacation with advice on places to visit and things to do along Highway 89.

The States of US Route 89

Jim’s Photography

  • Glacier National Park

US Route 89 Blog

Harmony in Reed & Water-painting by Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Painting Water—The Art of Barbara Kemp Cowlin

On many of our trips on US Route 89, Barbara and I have found ourselves camping and hiking near water. From Peña Blanca Lake near the Mexican border to the lakes of Glacier National Park, water in its many natural forms has been a part of our journey. So it was almost inevitable that water […]

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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 […]

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Tumacacori National Historical Park

Spanish Settlements in Southern Arizona

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 […]

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US Route 89 Road Trip Map Book

Road Trip Map Book-2015 Edition

The complete guide to exploring Highway 89 between Canada and Mexico

With nineteen maps, driving directions, details about special attractions and introductory essays by Wayne Ranney, you will have all you need to plan your next road trip. Our Road Trip Map Book is available in two editions—a magazine style printed book and a downloadable e-book.

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