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Mooney Falls: Adventure and Lore at the Mother of Waters

Mooney Falls: Adventure and Lore at the Mother of Waters

Of all of Grand Canyon’s waters, Mooney Falls is perhaps the most impressive.

At a place where Havasu Creek cascades straight off a 196-foot cliff, Mooney is a perennially-flowing free-falling behemoth. At this convergence of earth, water, and gravity: grace meets power and danger meets beauty.

Barring a helicopter ride into Supai Village, reaching Mooney Falls is no cakewalk. From the trailhead at Hualapai Hilltop, it’s a ten-mile hike one way to reach the overlook facing the fall’s grand tumble.

Even after passing numerous other world-famous waterfalls along the way, including the 115-foot Havasu Falls, reaching the lip of Mooney is a one-of-a-kind experience. And to complete the nerve-wracking scramble down the neighboring cliff face and stand at the foot of the falls is equal parts terror, exhilaration, and satisfaction.

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Beyond the Interstate: An Interview with the Author of Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

Beyond the Interstate: An Interview with the Author of <em>Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips</em>

Arizona’s a big ass place. A network of Interstates, more than 50 State Routes and 20 US Highways courses over its 113,000+ square miles, and even those stretches can only get you so far.

The amount of open space between our Interstates and highways is staggering, and for those willing to roam, ripe for exploration.

“People who live in Arizona have easy access to some of the most extraordinary landscapes on the entire planet,” says Rick Quinn, “and I’m continually amazed by how few Arizonans take advantage of more than a tiny fraction of their options.”

Rick is the author of the new book Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, a guide to road trips that start and end at Interstate highways but take travelers into the heart of what makes the Southwest so captivating.

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