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Quotations about
Arizona Forests
& Northern Arizona

Welcome to my page of quotations about northern Arizona and pine forests. Oh how beautiful is that part of the state! Flagstaff is one of my favorite places on earth — the trees, the stars, the weather! It's common to hear Phoenicians talk about going "up north" to get out of the heat for a while, whether that's Prescott, Pinetop, Sedona, Flag, Williams, or the like. Some of these places are actually more central or east than north, but if it's not 120° then it's all the same heaven to us!  —ღ Terri

Then the wind blew cool through the pinyons on the rim. There was a sweet tang of cedar and sage on the air and that indefinable fragrance peculiar to the canyon country of Arizona. ~Zane Grey, The Call of the Canyon, 1924

Northern Arizona... surrounded by a fragrant piney forest under a peaceful turquoise sky... what a perfect retreat, he thought, from the pace and pressure of modern living. ~Paul Harvey, "The Ghost and Don Dedera," December 1972

Flagstaff... situated in the grand pine forests of Arizona. The beautiful scenery from this point at sunset, snow-capped mountains whose sides are all clothed in tall pines upward of one hundred feet high, and the soft light of the setting sun in the distance, form a view which must be seen to be appreciated. ~E. E. A. from Ohio, "Some Notes of a Trip to California," in Success with Flowers, February 1898

The dry lands end here, and a dense pine forest begins, one that goes on to blanket an eighth of the state of Arizona. ~Craig Childs, House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization across the American Southwest, 2006

...winding mountain trails, deep blue lakes gleaming like precious gems in pine clad settings and gurgling mountain streams combine to make northern Arizona one of the most delightful vacation spots in the west. ~Mernice Murphy, "Prescott, Pearl of the Pines," in Arizona Highways, 1935,

      Arizona's forests center on a broad, bold brushstroke of green beginning at the New Mexico border in the White Mountains and curving about two hundred fifty miles northwestward along the course of the Mogollon Rim as far as the San Francisco volcanic field near Flagstaff and Williams. There the brush was raised from the canvas to splash green across the Kaibab Plateau on the north rim of the Grand Canyon, drip it on the Defiance uplift near Arizona's northeast corner and on the mountains around Prescott, and then to spatter the summits of the Cerbat and Hualapai ranges in northwestern Arizona... and other mountain ranges in the southeast.
      Most of this inland sea of green is pine forest, giving way at its high elevations to fir and spruce, and at its lower edges to broad foothill fringes tufted with pinyon and juniper. There is marvelous variety to Arizona's forests, but it is the green-grizzled ponderosa pine flowing along the length of the Mogollon Rim in the longest unbroken stand of any state in the union that give the wild pagan cathedral of Arizona's upland forests their character. ~David W. Toll, "Bristlecone to Saguaro: The Story of Arizona's Trees and Forests from Timberline to Desert Floor," in Arizona Highways, January 1971,

They climbed into the high country of Arizona, and through a gap they looked down on the Painted Desert... They crawled up the slopes, and the twisted trees covered the slopes. Holbrook, Joseph City, Winslow. And then the tall trees began, Flagstaff, and that was the top of it all. ~John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, 1939

They must've abbreviated us AZ because we have the entire spectrum of weather extremes:  ‘A’blaze in the Phoenix sun to ‘Z’ero-degree snow in Flagstaff. ~Terri Guillemets, "Arizona Alphabet," 1989

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Original post date 2016 Apr 25
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