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.

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US Route 89 Blog

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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2015 Calendar-Photographs Along America’s Most Scenic Highway

My 2015 calendar features fourteen photographs taken in some of my favorite places along US Route 89. Click through the slide show below to see the photos I’ve chosen for each month. The format is 11×17 with each month displaying a landscape photograph above the calendar. Major US holidays are indicated and there is space […]

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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 […]

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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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