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Wrangling Whitney

Wrangling Whitney

The snow is spotty, but the views from the highest point in the continental U.S. don’t quit

September 01, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Frances Short Pond and trails to close for two weeks

Frances Short Pond and trails to close for two weeks

Frances Short Pond and the trails surrounding it will be closed for the next two weeks while the city removes some of the reeds and weeds from it.

August 29, 2015 5:45 am Photos

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Trailheads: Let's keep McMillan Mesa special

,And a National Scenic Trail runs through it! And that my friends, isn't all the positive that happens along the Arizona Trail as it moves thr…

August 27, 2015 3:00 am(0)

Ask a Ranger: Happy trails, Tucson edition

Ask a Ranger: Happy trails, Tucson edition

A hiker who knows the Catalina Mountains breaks down some of its best hikes.

August 27, 2015 3:00 am(0)

Ask a Ranger: C. Hart Merriam's 'higher education'

Ask a Ranger: C. Hart Merriam's 'higher education'

The naturalist used the San Francisco Peaks to develop life zones based on elevation

August 20, 2015 5:30 am Photos

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Outdoors: Alaska proves to be a whale of a good time

Outdoors: Alaska proves to be a whale of a good time

The feeding frenzy by humpback whales in Alaska makes for a fascinating sight.

August 20, 2015 3:15 am Photos

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Outdoors photos: Wet season on the prairie

Outdoors photos: Wet season on the prairie

A wet spring and summer on upper Hart Prairie have produced a bumper crop of wildflowers, dominated by chest-high lupines.  Phlox, toadflax an…

August 13, 2015 5:00 am Photos

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NAU researchers study fungi's ability to help trees weather climate change

NAU researchers study fungi's ability to help trees weather climate change

In the shadow of Sunset Crater, a smattering of pinyon pine, juniper and shrubby Apache plume cling to a shallow layer of soil sandwiched betw…

August 13, 2015 4:30 am Photos

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Hiking in desert heat not to be taken lightly

Hiking in desert heat not to be taken lightly

Hiking in the searing heat of a southern Arizona summer is dangerous — in some cases deadly.

July 23, 2015 10:30 am(0)

Nature Notes: In praise of the Peaks

Nature Notes: In praise of the Peaks

I was fortunate to do a backpacking trip around the mountain in late June, and I have concluded that spending that kind of time is a must when…

July 23, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Three graphs to remind you how dangerous fireworks can be

Three graphs to remind you how dangerous fireworks can be

With the hot weather comes dry forests and high risk of fire danger. Because of the risk, many municipalities are banning fireworks outright j…

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Ask a Ranger: Reflections on G.A. Pearson

Ask a Ranger: Reflections on G.A. Pearson

“It was a sultry afternoon in August 1908. (Having) come to Flagstaff to select a location for what was to become the first forest experiment …

July 02, 2015 3:15 am Photos

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Wolf's Den: Excise taxes help wildlife programs

The Dingell-Johnson Act of 1937 and the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1950 were put into place at the insistence of hunters and anglers because the…

June 04, 2015 3:45 am(0)

Trailheads: Get ready for a Picture-perfect National Trails Day

On a cold day emphasized by frequently surging winds, only my friend Dave Sanders and myself showed up for a scheduled walk in Picture Canyon.…

May 25, 2015 1:00 pm(0)

MID-MAY BONUS

MID-MAY BONUS

Sunday's spring ski tour across upper Hart Prairie more than makes up for a nearly bare winter

May 19, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Spring Break in Vishnu Canyon

Spring Break in Vishnu Canyon

I looked up the steep, craggy rock surface from my narrow, foot-wide ledge. I only needed to get up about 10 feet. Even so, there were still m…

April 02, 2015 5:15 am Photos

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Deep into Flagstaff’s spring icebox

Deep into Flagstaff’s spring icebox

An early spring hike into Walnut Canyon finds parts of it still iced over and nary a spring bloom in sight

March 24, 2015 5:30 am Photos

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Outdoors: Catch the snow in Flagstaff while you can

Outdoors: Catch the snow in Flagstaff while you can

Ski touring in Flagstaff is a matter of knowing where and when to find the snow.

March 07, 2015 10:30 am Photos

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Outdoors: Thin air, thin snow -- but still skiable

Outdoors: Thin air, thin snow -- but still skiable

But upper Hart Prairie still has a skiable base, thanks to snowmobile tracks and the hardpacked Arizona Trail

January 20, 2015 6:00 am Photos

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Outdoors: Heard it through the Grapevine

Outdoors: Heard it through the Grapevine

Grapevine Canyon offers a charming hike through waterfalls and petroglyphs.

November 27, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Canyons, deserts still offer late chance of datura blooms

Canyons, deserts still offer late chance of datura blooms

Note: This article first appeared in the October issue of Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine, a sister publication of the Arizona Daily Sun.

October 29, 2014 8:43 am Photos

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Trailheads: Murals make for fine walk

I have always admired well-planned, outdoor wall art rendered on a suitable surface featuring serious thought as to subject matter. Not that I…

September 30, 2014 6:50 am(0)

Outdoors: Watchable wildlife near Flagstaff goes audio

Outdoors: Watchable wildlife near Flagstaff goes audio

Audio guides to stream or download are now available for 17 sites near the city

September 30, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Outdoors: Lily pads and long vistas

Outdoors: Lily pads and long vistas

A loop hike along the rim of Sycamore Canyon reveals a diverse and scenic landscape.

September 26, 2014 7:09 pm Photos

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Nature Notes: The summer of the goldfinch

Nature Notes: The summer of the goldfinch

I finally put together the call of the lesser goldfinch with its form this summer. What a thrill. For the longest time, I could only hear them…

September 20, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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The call of the Mother Road: The allure, legacy and ongoing history of Route 66

The call of the Mother Road: The allure, legacy and ongoing history of Route 66

Note: A version of this article first appeared in the September edition of Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine.

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Skate swap in Flagstaff Saturday

Interested in ice skating or hockey and want to gear up for the season? Well, then, the city’s Recreation Services can help.

September 03, 2014 5:00 pm(0)

Ask a Ranger: Happy trails: As weather cools, take opportunity to hike in lower elevations surrounding Flagstaff

Ask a Ranger: Happy trails: As weather cools, take opportunity to hike in lower elevations surrounding Flagstaff

In the coming months, Flagstaff folks can seize the opportunity to explore and enjoy lower-elevation landscapes, so close to us and yet so dif…

August 27, 2014 6:45 am(0)

Ask a Ranger: 50 years of wilderness

Ask a Ranger: 50 years of wilderness

Sept. 3 — two weeks from today — will mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. On that date in 1964, Lyndon Johnson signed legislation…

August 20, 2014 5:00 am(0)

Ask the Ranger: Living with Fire Triangles

Ask the Ranger: Living with Fire Triangles

Dear Ranger: How is it that we put forest fires out earlier in the summer, but now the fires are left burning?

August 13, 2014 5:30 am(0)

Ask a Ranger: Where does Flagstaff water come from?

Ask a Ranger: Where does Flagstaff water come from?

Dear Ranger: Whenever I come to the high country, the water tastes so much better than the swill I get out of the tap in the big city. Where d…

July 30, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Mormon Mountain: Mountain on the move

Mormon Mountain: Mountain on the move

There were four of us — Chuck, John, myself, and a newbie just moved to Flagstaff from the Valley. Chuck describes our new companion as quite …

July 22, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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Outdoors: Mount Elden: A force of nature

Outdoors: Mount Elden: A force of nature

Mount Elden is a true force of nature — it even has a trail at its southern base named just that.

July 12, 2014 7:30 am(1)

Ask a Ranger: Name that peak

Ask a Ranger: Name that peak

Dear Ranger: Who was the Humphrey that Humphreys Peak is named for? And what about the names of the other peaks? By the way, how do you say “A…

June 25, 2014 6:00 am(2)

High Country Running: Cleaning out the closet

Nothing like a move to force a person to reevaluate who he is.

June 22, 2014 5:00 am(0)

Higher groundsel: A rare plant in the upper climes

Higher groundsel: A rare plant in the upper climes

Note: This story originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Northern Arizona’s Mountain Living Magazine.

June 20, 2014 3:30 pm(0)

Ask a Ranger: Get to know Flagstaff's black birds

Ask a Ranger: Get to know Flagstaff's black birds

Ravens and crows aren’t the only black birds that call Flagstaff home.

June 18, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Northern Arizona Fishing Report for June 14, 2014

Fishing at Lower Lake Mary for folks using bait slowed over the weekend but fly anglers continue to catch large numbers of fish in the early m…

June 14, 2014 5:00 am(0)

Historic Grand Canyon Railway still chugging

Historic Grand Canyon Railway still chugging

The Grand Canyon Railway offers an entertaining alternative to driving to the South Rim — and parking.

June 11, 2014 11:56 am Photos

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Ask a Ranger: The Great Dying

Ask a Ranger: The Great Dying

Arizona Daily Sun readers are generally familiar with the Kaibab and Moenkopi formations, the two main sedimentary rock types around Flagstaff.

June 11, 2014 5:00 am(0)

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