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Leisure and travel;
Arizona Highways, June 2005
02 LETTERS & E-MAIL
03 ALL WHO WANDER
04 TAKING THE OFF-RAMP Explore Arizona oddities, attractions and pleasures
08 TRAVEL Quiet Retreat to Greenlee County: In far-eastern Arizona, this forested mountain region is official a “frontier” - and its superb scenery and serenity create a tonic for what ails you. By Douglas Kreutz Photographs by jack Dykinga
18 ARCHAEOLOGY Did Heads Really Roll on Ancient Ball Courts? No one knows for sure if these ruins found around the state were used for deadly games or rituals, but some clues remain in art. By Anne Montgomery
20 COVER/PORTFOLIO Time for a Swim in the Great Outdoors: If you love our deserts and mounts, you’ll be full of bliss when you take a dip in any of our world-class backcountry swimming holes. By Carrie M. Miner
32 NATURE Look in the Rocks for Desert Critters. A community of intriguing creatures thrives happily and safely between piles of boulders, where human “crevicers” shine reflected light to glimpse a hidden world. Written and photographed b Kim Wimann
36 RECREATION City Folks Saddle Up for a Trail Adventure: Down in southern Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains, city dwellers get a feel of the Old West on an overnight horseback escapade. By Sam Negri. Photographs by Kerrick James
40 ALONG THE WAY The searing heat of lightning and the watchfulness of man combine to chart the course of a forest
42 BACK ROAD ADVENTURE Ironwood Forest National Monument: The loop drive around this desert region proves rustic and lonesome, with superb distant views and reminders of early mining days.
46 HIKE OF THE MONTH Buck Mountain Trekkers can visit a 1939-vintage wooden lookout tower listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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