With less than a month to go before it hits bookshelves, 100 Greatest Photographs to Ever Appear in Arizona Highways Magazine has already made its live debut — sort of. The Arizona Highways staff has seen an advanced copy of this beautiful book, and let’s just say you really need to pre-order your copy ASAP, because this book is destined to fly off shelves. Featuring 100 magnificent images, chosen by Photo Editor Jeff Kida and Editor Robert Stieve, we’re calling these images the best to have ever been published in Arizona Highways. This elegant book celebrates those stunning photographs and pays tribute to the men and women who made them.
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Sneak Peek: 100 Greatest Photographs to Ever Appear in Arizona Highways Magazine (And Why You Should Pre-Order Your Copy Today)
By now, you’ve likely heard about our latest book project, 100 Greatest Photographs to Ever Appear in Arizona Highways Magazine, but how exactly did this book come to life? In the preface of this stunning book (The proof? Click on the above image), Arizona Highways Editor Robert Stieve writes:
“This isn’t something we did lightly. It didn’t happen overnight. And not everyone on our staff agreed with the final cut. But we did it. We took a stack of more than a thousand issues, poured over tens of thousands of images, and put together a portfolio of the 100 best photographs to ever appear in Arizona Highways. It’s a simple concept, but nothing about it was easy.”
Scheduled to hit bookshelves in September, 100 Greatest Photographs to Ever Appear in Arizona Highways Magazine, features 100 magnificent images, chosen by Photo Editor Jeff Kida and Stieve, which we’re calling the best to have ever been published in Arizona Highways. This elegant book celebrates those stunning photographs and pays tribute to the men and women who made them.
Happy birthday Arizona Highways! Today we’re celebrating 92 years (and counting), and we’re still going strong. As you may know, Arizona Highways is synonymous with stunning photography and stories that are both beautifully written and rich in history … and every individual who touches this publication is mindful of that, which is why, with every issue, we strive to give you, our readers, even more.
“For more than 90 years, Arizona Highways has been telling the compelling stories and showcasing the people and places that make the Grand Canyon State such a desirable, diverse and distinctive destination,” says Arizona Highways Publisher Win Holden. “While much has been written about the economic value of the magazine and its array of related products, perhaps its greatest asset remains the nearly century-old treasure trove of Arizona history found inside each and every issue.”
Though we published the very first magazine edition of Arizona Highways in 1925, we actually ran our first pamphlet in 1921. The first couple of paragraphs of “The Whyfore,” or what we would consider to be the Editor’s Letter today, read as follows:
Millions of dollars thru legislative appropriations, county and city bond issues are being expended yearly in Arizona in the construction of highways either directly or indirectly under the supervision of the State Highway Department.
The taxpayers of Arizona have a right to know how the money is being spent. They have a right to know all there is to know about this department for our highway program is coming to be regarded secondary in importance only to our public school system.
Below are the first few pages of Arizona Highways. It’s truly an honor to work for an organization so steeped in Arizona history — and we hope you’ll help support and preserve our magazine for decades to come.
Pre-Order Your Copy of Our New Book: 100 Greatest Photographs to Ever Appear in Arizona Highways Magazine
No matter what the occasion — your best friend’s birthday, Christmas, your wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Administrative Professionals Day — we’ve got the perfect gift for you or the favorite person in your life. Scheduled to hit bookshelves in September, our newest book, 100 Greatest Photographs to Ever Appear in Arizona Highways Magazine, features 100 magnificent images, chosen by Photo Editor Jeff Kida and Editor Robert Stieve, which we’re calling the best to have ever been published in Arizona Highways. This elegant book celebrates those stunning photographs and pays tribute to the men and women who made them.
Our June issue showcases not only the amazing illustrations by artist Larry Toschik, but also 10 of our favorite places to hit the trail, including Bismarck Lake Trail in Flagstaff, which is a must-hike this summer. For more spectacular hikes, such as the one below, pick up the June issue of Arizona Highways on newsstands now. Trust us: You’re going to love this issue.
BISMARCK LAKE TRAIL
3 reasons to hit this trail
1. It’s one of the easiest hikes on the Coconino National Forest — Coconino, by the way, is the word the Hopis use for Havasupai and Yavapai Indians.
2. The road to the trailhead passes Hart Prairie Preserve, one of the state’s premier Nature Conservancy properties.
3. The views of the San Francisco Peaks are as good as it gets.
Foot Notes: Bismarck Lake isn’t a lake — at least not by Minnesota standards. It’s more like a pond or a lagoon or a big mud puddle, and it functions as a stock tank, which makes it an important source of water for the resident elk and mule deer. It also serves as a milepost that identifies the end of this trail. Like the route into Sandys Canyon (page 24), this is a short hike that hooks up with the Arizona Trail. If you’re interested in more distance, the latter extends for 817 miles to the north and south, but if you need a spur-of-the-moment fix of an evergreen forest, this will hit the spot. The trail begins with a gradual uphill climb through a world of ponderosas and aspens. After five minutes, it arrives at a small meadow, where you’ll catch your first glimpse of the San Francisco Peaks. It won’t be the last, and the best is yet to come. From there, the trail dips back into the woods, and the aspen quotient increases. It stays like that for another 15 minutes, until the dirt path leads to another meadow and the payoff views of the peaks. There, the trail splits. To the right is the Arizona Trail, and to the left is Bismarck Lake. Go left, and keep your eyes peeled for thirsty ungulates.
Length: 3 miles round-trip
Elevation: 8,589 to 8,817 feet
Trailhead GPS: N 35˚21.793’, W 111˚44.082’
Directions: From Flagstaff, drive northeast on U.S. Route 180 for 10 miles to Forest Road 151, turn right and continue 6.3 miles to Forest Road 627. Turn right onto FR 627 and drive 0.75 miles to the trailhead.
Vehicle Requirements: None
Dogs Allowed: Yes (on a leash)
Horses Allowed: Yes
USGS Map: Humphreys Peak
Information: Flagstaff Ranger District, 928-526-0866 or http://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
Talk about a blast from the past… or at least a blast from last summer. I was going through our blog archives and I found these photos taken by Arizona Highways Editor Robert Stieve on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. These photos are fantastic and now that summer is right around the corner (unless, of course, you live in cities like Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson or Lake Havasu… then summer has already found you), I thought I might tempt you to book your trip to the Grand Canyon — North Rim or South Rim, both are fantastic!