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Fire restrictions lifted on Coronado, but fireworks never OK in Arizona's national forests

Coronado National Forest administrators have lifted fire restrictions ahead of the July 4 weekend but fireworks remain prohibited year-round. ... Read more»

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Sustainable in Sedona: As tourism rises, city’s free shuttles ease parking problems

Tourists looking for socially distanced outdoor activities flocked to Sedona during the pandemic, adding to traffic congestion, noise and air pollution in red rock country - in response, the city launched the Sedona Shuttle to get hikers to popular trailheads.... Read more»

Don’t hike so close to me: How humans can disturb wildlife up to half a mile away

Millions of Americans are traveling this summer as pandemic restrictions wind down, and a recent review of hundreds of studies covering many species found that the presence of humans can alter wild animal and bird behavior patterns at much greater distances than most people may think.... Read more»

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Photo: A tree in winter

A photograph of a cottonwood tree in a Southern Arizona riparian area, resplendent in its winter glory just before New Year's, sent to us by reader Leslie Ann Epperson, a documentary filmmaker. ... Read more»

Heat may have killed hiker found in Saguaro Nat'l Park

A hiker from Illinois was found dead on a trail near Tucson on Saturday, and authorities said the heat and dehydration may have been factors. ... Read more»

Missing hiker found dead in Ventana Canyon

Four people have died from heat-related causes following a record-breaking heat wave in the Tucson-area. On Tuesday morning, search and rescue teams found the body of Marcus Turowkski, 33, who disappeared during a hike along the Ventana Canyon trail on Sunday morning. ... Read more»

Record heat kills 3, rescuers continue search for missing hiker

Three people died, and one man remains missing, in separate incidents as record-breaking heat in the valley made outdoor activities dangerous in the Tucson area. Sheriff Chris Nanos said, "We're asking people not only to avoid outdoor activity to the morning, but just to avoid it entirely." ... Read more»

Update: 2 hikers die, 1 missing, on Tucson trails as temps spike to 115-plus

A man and woman died in separate incidents while hiking just north of Tucson on Sunday, as authorities conducted three heat-related search and rescue operations in the desert. Temperatures hit 115 degrees at the airport, with other area thermometers reading 116 — just a single degree shy of the all-time record.... Read more»2

How hikers can avoid a bee attack, and what to do if it happens

Recent bee attacks have turned normal summer outings into a deadly encounters. But there are precautions that hikers can take to avoid an attack, and appropriate ways to react if one happens. ... Read more»

Man killed by more than 1,000 bee stings in Mesa park

A 23-year-old man who set out for a peaceful hike in an Arizona park died after being stung by more than 1,000 bees, a swarm so threatening it thwarted rescuers' repeated attempts to reach him. ... Read more»

Reward offered in slashing of 9 Tucson saguaros

Federal officials are offering a reward for information about the vandal who cut down iconic cacti in Saguaro National Park, and damaged other protected plants — including a saguaro that could be hundreds of years old. A young man was seen waving swords near the site, and likely injured himself, authorities said. ... Read more»

9 saguaros vandalized in Tucson national park

After several of Southern Arizona's iconic cacti, including one that could be hundreds of years old, were hacked apart this weekend, authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the vandals. Two smaller plants in Saguaro National Park were chopped down, with others deeply slashed. ... Read more»1

Hiker charged with felony after dog's paws are burned

A 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with a felony after a dog's paws were severely burned during a Monday hike at Tanque Verde Falls in Redington Pass, authorities said.... Read more»

Woman dies on Picacho Peak hike

A 29-year-old Texas woman died while hiking on Picacho Peak on Wednesday. The tourist, who was with her fiancé' and became disoriented, appears to have died from heat-related causes.... Read more»

Taking a hike: Arizonans work out longer than people in most states

People in Arizona work out longer than those in almost any other state, according to an analysis of data from millions of users of a popular fitness app. Arizona ranked fifth among states, with an average weekly workout of 79 minutes. California was first, at 87.4 minutes per week on average, followed by Colorado, Washington and Oregon.... Read more»

Poll: Hispanics overwhelmingly support conservation and tourism

A new survey claims that Latino voters in Western states believe the government should protect public lands and they want to be consulted on land-policy issues. Pollsters attributed that sentiment to the generations-long ties many Hispanic families have to the region... Read more»

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