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Thousands of bird lovers will flock to Monte Vista, Colorado this weekend for a three-day festival filled with tours, lectures, live-bird exhibits and photography classes Photos by David C. Jones, courtesy of the Monte Vista Crane Festival Every spring, tens of thousands of sandhill cranes descend upon Colorado’s scenic San Luis Valley…(Read More)

From Frida to film, you won’t want to miss these art exhibitions this season By Ellen Ranta Olson Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera April 11–Aug. 20 • Heard Museum, Phoenix More than 30 works by the famed Mexican artists — and sometimes spouses — will be on display in Phoenix this year, offering viewers a…(Read More)

Take to the skies at the best little winter festival this side of the Atlantic Story and photographs by Aaron Heirtzler If you’re not familiar with Durango’s Snowdown Festival, you should be. Now 39 years running, the festival leans on creative themes like Steampunk Snowdown, Surf’s up Snowdown, Intergalactic Snowdown and Once…(Read More)

The Art of the Sled


Two Colorado sledding fanatics are reintroducing Americans to the joys of zooming downhill with hand-shaped toboggans, flyers and kicksleds By Jen Murphy | Photography by Andrew Maguire Sledding shouldn’t be a pastime relegated to childhood memories. And thanks to a duo of grown men, the art of the sled is re-emerging as a…(Read More)

Take a trip down the Dorado memory lane as we look back at some of our favorite moments from the past year >>See more photos from this story >>See more photos from this story >>See more photos from this story >>Get the recipe >>See more…(Read More)

Have a seat in the Oval Office, take a spin through history, and — if you act quickly — catch the Pearl Harbor exhibit open now through Dec. 31 at the Bush Presidential Library By Laurie Davies  It turns out the Secret Service doesn’t like anyone moving too quickly toward the President. From a football field…(Read More)

Photographer Kurt Markus brought a modern Western aesthetic to the world of fashion and film. Today, he’s turning his lens closer to home By Will Grant Kurt Markus doesn’t buy into the oft-quipped belief that the Wild West ended with barbed wire or the coming of the railroad or any other damn…(Read More)

From mastering the art of tamale preparation to cutting down your own Christmas tree, here are five Southwestern holiday traditions to spruce up your celebrations Tackle tamale-making. A Southwestern staple at holiday parties, tamales are filled with meats, cheese, vegetables and chiles. Sometimes super-spicy and always labor-intensive to prep and wrap, this…(Read More)

A few old and a few new, these 4 essential Southwestern books belong on your bookshelf right now By Laurie Davies Take it back a minute to a time when books — as fast as their pages could be turned — formed our composite of an untamed Western frontier. Books inspired free spirits to go West.…(Read More)