Backroads of Arizona

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 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 213.4 x 276.9 x 12.7mm | 476.28g
  • Motorbooks International
  • Wisconsin, United States
  • English
  • 130 colour illustrations
  • 0760326894
  • 9780760326893
  • 1,560,349

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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. "
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Backroads of Arizona" guides you into the heart of the state's natural sun-scorched beauty and fascinating history. Here are scenic drives and adventures taking you off-the-beaten path to stunning landscapes and breathtakingly beautiful country--the multi-colored buttes of the Painted Desert, the snowcapped San Francisco Peaks and forests of majestic ponderosa pines near Flagstaff, the deep blue waters of Lake Havasu on the state's western border, and the rolling grasslands where antelope and cattle roam free. With twenty-three driving tours in all corners of the state, this book also offers insight on the Arizona's rich history, from when Spanish conquistadors sought the legendary cities of gold to the Wild West shootouts in Tombstone's OK Corral. With maps and directions to the Grand Canyon State's most unique geographic, historic, and cultural attractions, you can explore Anasazi cliff dwellings, hike to see a mountainside of cacti in bloom, or get your kicks on Route 66.
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About Jim Hinckley

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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