Looking Westward: Tucson

Located in a high valley (2,410 feet in elevation), Tucson, Ariz., is ringed by five mountain ranges. The dry, warm, desert climate features 350 days of sunshine each year, making it a natural winter getaway. The sprawling metropolis has much to attract today’s traveler.

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Sedona, Arizona, Day Hikes

Sedona lies at 4,500 feet in Arizona’s high desert country. This climate supports lush greenery amid striking erosion-chiseled red rock formations. Hiking the area was an unforgettable experience.

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Visiting Arizona’s Amazing San Carlos Lake

Located in southeastern Arizona, San Carlos Lake is 25 miles long, and has a wide variety of fish to chase including largemouth bass (a 16-pounder was caught in 1996), channel catfish up to 22 pounds, and flathead catfish up to 65 pounds.

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Bowhunting Coues Deer

A few years ago I traveled to the desert southwest in January to bowhunt rutting Coues whitetails and I’ve never been the same since. Pursuing the “gray ghost” brought me a new, higher level of bowhunting challenge then I’d ever experienced before.

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Chasing Lake Powell Stripers

My wife, Jo, and I are going for stripers with a guide on Lake Powell, which is on the Arizona/Utah border. We start hooking stripers immediately. They are great fighters on our medium action rods and 10-pound test line. Frequently we have three fish on at a time!

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Trout Fishing Can Be Hot On The Colorado River

Our guide cautioned us about the chances of a golf ball striking us, since we were to fish just below the Page, Ariz., golf course. We were getting ready to fish the mighty Colorado River, 1/8-mile below the 710-foot Glen Canyon Dam. The trip turned out to be very successful.

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Bowhunting Desert Pigs

I had moved to within 20 yards of the javelina I’d been stalking when the Arizona sun sprang from behind the clouds, temporarily blinding me. Regaining my focus, I noticed that the log on which my prey had been resting had started to shift and make grunting noises. My “log” was actually a pile of pigs. From a Midwesterner’s perspective, the Southwest is a paradise in January!

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Camping Is Awesome In Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the world’s seven natural wonders and is enjoyed by 5 million visitors per year. Carved out by the Colorado River, with the help of wind, rain, ice and gravity, the spectacular Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep. It is truly the most uniquely beautiful park in the world!

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