more about: southwest

Where to go this weekend: Cottonwood, AZ

Top-notch restaurants and tasting rooms bring a touch of sophistication to a historic town in the heart of the Verde Valley.

Aztec Ruins: Holiday lights in an ancient setting

New Mexico’s Aztec Ruins National Monument is not as well known as the state’s Chaco Culture National Historic Park, but it’s more easily accessible and has just as much Native American cultural history to share. And every December, Aztec Ruins’ 900-year-old masonry walls are lit up for the holidays. Established by the Ancestral Pueblo in the 12th century and thought to be […]

Phoenix lights up the night this winter

Making a virtue of these long winter nights, British artist Bruce Munro is bringing his light-art installations to the greater Phoenix area as part of a project he calls Desert Radiance. Since early November, Blooms, a bouquet of splash-shaped fiber-optic sculptures, has been floating on a Scottsdale stretch of the Arizona Canal, but the most ambitious part of the project takes place among the cactus […]

Where to go this weekend: Duncan, AZ

A cottonball’s throw from New Mexico, this tiny town delights with gorgeous vistas, homespun shopping, great bird-watching, and even better people-watching.