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James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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Bisbee, Arizona by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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“Queen of the Copper Camps”

Set in the Mule Mountains in Southeast Arizona near the border Bisbee boasts the longest highway tunnel in Arizona and what was (and may still be) the largest open pit mine in the world at 300 acres by 900 feet deep.

The Lowell area of Bisbee is slowly falling in to it.

There are also over 2,000 miles of mining tunnels under and around Bisbee.

The North American Monsoon by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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The 2016 Monsoon has officially begun!

The North American Monsoon, otherwise known as the Mexican Monsoon or the Arizona Monsoon, is a pronounced weather pattern change over the Southwestern United States. It generally starts in early July and continues through mid-September.

This seasonal pattern change brings moisture up from the Gulfs of California and Mexico. This departure from the normal west to east flow decreases rain on the Great Plains and increases rain on the east coast. But most importantly, it brings the rains that bring the mountains and the deserts of the Southwest to life.

Average Dates of Colorado Aspen Peak Color by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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The only thing better than the regular Rocky Mountains is the Rocky Mountains in full aspen autumn gold.

Hovenweep National Monument, Utah by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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Named from the Ute Indian word for ‘deserted valley’ Hovenweep National Monument is a set of six Ancestral Puebloan village ruins dating from AD 900-1300 on the Great Sage Plain where Utah and Colorado meet near the Four Corners.

Wonderfully remote and quiet (no cell phone coverage, no wi-fi, one paved road) the monument averages only around 25,000 visits a year and the majority of them only to the Square Tower Group built around Little Ruin Canyon.

Some photos and a little history: http://goo.gl/P9kElI

Canyonlands National Park, Utah by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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500+ square miles of silent desert and deep canyons country where the Colorado and Green Rivers meet.
To quote Edward Abbey: ""the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere."".

Utah by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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New Mexico by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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Now that everything is substantially less on fire and the monsoon has started it is time to road trip New Mexico to take in some of the Centennial events.

Arizona: Dawn to Dusk by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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Start at the low desert border weirdness of Nogales and drive north. Finish in the high desert serenity of Page at the Lone Rock Beach campground.

Canyon Largo, New Mexico by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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Canyon Largo is a giant piece of BLM/public land 4 times the length of Manhattan, 50+miles long from the beginning (Blanco, NM) to the end where it meets up with the state highway.

The canyon is full of the remains of 3 cultures, the Anasazi /Pueblo people (1200 B.C. to A.D. 1300), Navajo and early Hispanic settlers. This is my favorite hiking spot. Quiet, endless, remote, surprising, harsh, beautiful and none of it paved.

Colorado - Gates of the West by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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"where mountain and prairie meet and the west begins" (in collage!)

I-40 through Arizona & New Mexico by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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The long stretch of I-40 through the Arizona and New Mexico desert is a trip into America’s great cultural dumping ground.

Ruins Tour of Four Corners, USA by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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As you drive down Highway 64 near Bloomfield, New Mexico and approach the Salmon Ruins you can hear an very old loop tape on your AM radio of Ricardo Montalbán explaining the mysterious history of the Ancestral Pueblo peoples (Anasází) of the Southwest.

Kauai, Hawaii: The Garden Isle by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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The best Hawaiian Island! Mahalo!

Napa Valley of Beer, Durango, CO. by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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Durango ♥ craft beer. A lot.

Monument Valley by James Orndorf

Cochise County, Arizona, US

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AKA Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii (valley of the rocks). In the classic postcard/Arizona Highways photo-illustration style.