Arizona Highways

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Arizona Highways
Frequency Monthly
First issue July 1921
April 15, 1925
Company Arizona Department of Transportation
Based in Phoenix, Arizona
ISSN 0004-1521

Arizona Highways is a magazine that contains travelogues and artistic photographs related to the state of Arizona. It is published monthly in Phoenix by a unit of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The magazine began in July 1921 by the Arizona Highway Department (now the Arizona Department of Transportation) as a 10-page pamphlet designed to promote "the development of good roads throughout the state."[1] Publication of the pamphlet ended on December 30, 1922, after nine issues. The publication was relaunched on April 15, 1925 as a regular magazine.[1] In addition to the engineering articles, cartoons and travelogues were also included in the early issues. Over the next two decades the magazine reduced, and then stopped, inclusion of the road engineering articles and dedicated itself to the present format of travel tales, historical stories, and humor about the state of Arizona, always enhanced by the now-legendary photography.

In 1946, photographer Ansel Adams started to contribute prints for the magazine. Photographs include Arches, North Court, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona, 1968 and Saguaro Cactus, Sunrise, Arizona, 1942. Since this time, the magazine has become known for its photography. Today, Arizona Highways' monthly circulation surpasses 200,000 copies, with readers in 50 US states and in two-thirds of the world's countries.

Although known primarily for its magazine, Arizona Highways also publishes books, calendars, and other Arizona-related products.[2] Arizona Highways TV began production in 2004.[3]


  1. ^ a b Cooper, Thomas C. (Spring 1974). "Arizona History in Arizona Highways: An Annotated Bibliography (Part I)". Arizona and the West. Journal of the Southwest. 16 (1): 33–64. JSTOR 40168225. 
  2. ^ "Arizona Memory Project: Arizona Highways Online". Arizona Memory Project. Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records. Archived from the original on February 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ 'Arizona Highways' good for business

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