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Parts of it are the desolate desert of Wile E. Coyote, but it has stunning variety. This region is home to the red-rock country of Sedona, which hosts a thriving arts scene and recreational opportunities, from hiking to hot air balloon riding. In the higher regions lie the quaint city of Prescott and the old mining town of Jerome, now an arts community. To the southwest, one of the nation’s best-kept secrets lies along the Mexican border. It’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, with outlandish desert plant, bird, and animal life.
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American Southwest by Lesley S King; Karl Samson