Backroads of Arizona: Your Guide to Arizona's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures

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The face of Arizona has changed dramatically over the centuries-but for those who know where to look, the coyote still howls, waterfalls still tumble into deep red rock canyons, and some of nature's finest handiwork is still to be seen along the backroads and byways of the state. For the open-road adventurer or the armchair tourist, Backroads of Arizona is the ideal guide to the state where antelope still roam, cowboys still ride the range, and mail is still delivered by mule train. Jim Hinckley's informative ...

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Overview

The face of Arizona has changed dramatically over the centuries-but for those who know where to look, the coyote still howls, waterfalls still tumble into deep red rock canyons, and some of nature's finest handiwork is still to be seen along the backroads and byways of the state. For the open-road adventurer or the armchair tourist, Backroads of Arizona is the ideal guide to the state where antelope still roam, cowboys still ride the range, and mail is still delivered by mule train. Jim Hinckley's informative text and Kerrick James' brilliant color photography reveal the Grand Canyon State as more than just desert and towering saguaros: It is a powerful land of compelling variety where a mere sixty-mile drive can transport you from scorching sands to dense evergreen stands where deer and elk roam. Continuing on Voyageur Press' successful travel series, Backroads of Arizona takes you on more than twenty trips to the state's most notable and underappreciated sites. The book covers Arizona's plethora of awe-inspiring natural areas and national parks as well as its many historic sites, including Native American Pueblos and ancient ruins, ghost towns and vestiges of the Old West, and more. It is a fitting celebration of one of the most scenic states in the country.

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Arizona's urban sprawl continues to extends its tentacles, but much of the state beyond Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson remains a pristine natural preserve. In Backroads of Arizona, outdoorsman writer Jim Hinckley and landscape photographer Kerrick James team up to present a colorful guide to wilderness and Native American sites of the Grand Canyon State. A spectacular invitation to Arizona's open roads.
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Phoenix Magazine, January 2007
“Backroads is chock-full of vivid images by Kerrick James … James’ artwork almost makes Backroads a better picture book than travel guide. Almost. With plenty of maps, directions and little-known facts about each region, Hinckley proves himself to be an excellent travel guide.  In addition, the drives are designed for all types of sightseer – from leisurely tourist to the adventuresome off-roader.”

 Arizona Republic, Dec. 1, 2006
“An unqualified joy, whether you intend to use it for practical route planning or simply for armchair exploration.”

Tucson Lifestyle, February 2007
“Hinckley, an auto enthusiast, knows the pleasures of the open road and proves that he’s an excellent source of info on everything from the topography to the history to the attractions of the state, giving a strong overview of the character of each region.”

Valley Guide Magazine, Spring 2007
“Perfect for the casual traveler and the experienced adventurer alike.”

Phoenix, January 2007
“From budding poppy fields in Bisbee to salmon-colored sunsets in Sedona and historic buildings across the state, James’ artwork almost makes Backroads a better picture book than travel guide. Almost. With plenty of maps, directions and little-known facts about each region, Hinckley proves himself to be an excellent travel guide.”

Kingman Daily Minor, Feb. 18, 2007
“The book is broken into regions with easy-to-follow directions accompanying fascinating stories on what to look for as you cruise across God’s country. Add in the vivid photography of Arizona’s natural and man-made treasures, and you’ve got a wonderful treat to thumb through on a Sunday afternoon, then to use as a guide as you enjoy the state’s many backroads.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760326893
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

About the author:Jim Hinckley moved to Arizona as a young boy in the summer of 1966. While his first impression of the state was that it reminded him too much of "a place warned about in Sunday school," he eventually fell in love with Arizona's colorful, rugged landscape.After spending time as a cowboy, miner, and truck driver, Jim became a regular contributor to the Kingman Daily Miner, writing columns about his two main passions: automobiles and travel. His work has also appeared in a wide variety of magazines, including Route 66, American Road, Old Cars Weekly, and Classic Auto Restorer. Jim is also the author of Checker: An Illustrated History and MBI Publishing Company's The Big Book of Car Culture.He lives in Kingman, Arizona, with his wife.About the photographer:Kerrick James has been a professional photographer for more than twenty years. He moved to Arizona in 1990, and since that time he has specialized in travel imagery. He is a regular contributor to Getty Images; Arizona Highways, Sunset, and National Geographic Adventure magazines; and the magazine for Alaska Airlines. Kerrick lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife, Theresa, and their three sons.

Kerrick James\u2019 images have appeared in such publications as Arizona Highways, Sunset, and National Geographic Adventure. He provided the photography for Route 66 Backroads, Backroads of Arizona, and Our Arizona. He lives in Mesa, Arizona.

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Table of Contents

Contents

  

Introduction

 

Part I                      The Northwest

Rediscovering the Main Street of America: Route 66 from Ash Fork to Topock

The Arizona Coast: Highway 95 through Yuma County

Search for Time Capsules: Highway 93 from Kingman to the Hoover Dam

Dry Lakes, Joshua Trees, and the Grand Canyon: Kingman to Grand Canyon West

To the Edge of the World and Back Again: Highway 18 to Supai

The Arizona Strip: Colorado City to Page

 

Part II                    The Northeast

The Fabled Land: Page Loop

The Land of the Hopi: Tuba City to Window Rock

Technicolor Dreamland: Kayenta to Chambers

The South Rim Loop: Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon and Back

 

Part III   Central Arizona

The Coronado Trail: Holbrook to Clifton

Cowboys, Miners, and Apaches: Holbrook to Globe

Lost Treasure, Ice Cream, and Pine-Scented Breezes: Apache Junction to Winslow

The Past, Present, and Future: Apache Junction to Tucson

The Road Less Traveled: Interstate 10 to Apache Junction

Red Rock Country and Ghost Towns: Flagstaff to Jerome

Under the Mogollon Rim: Camp Verde to Eagar

From the Forks of Ash Creek to Wickenburg: Ash Fork to Wickenburg

The Road North: Wickenburg to Kingman

 

Part IV                   Southern Arizona

Land of Legend: Benson to Douglas

Land of the Conquistador: Benson to Tucson

The Forgotten Land: Tucson to Gila Bend

Land of Apache Legends: Wilcox Loop

 

Suggested Readings

Index

About the Author and Photographer

 

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