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At Phippen, discover the mighty Colorado: From its sources to the sea

Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River
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Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River

Author and historian Jim Turner will take guests on a virtual tour of the Green and Colorado Rivers at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Phippen Museum.

Follow the rivers from their beginnings as clear bubbling glacial springs high in the mountains, through roaring canyons in Utah, Arizona and Nevada, and finally to the salt flats in Mexico. On their way to the sea, these waterways bend through more than a dozen national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges and recreation areas, and nourish wildlife from majestic moose to 50-pound trout.

Along with Turner’s enlightening narrative that includes fun facts about glaciers, dinosaurs, miners and mountain men, stunning photographs will help tell the story of the rivers’ 2,000 miles of scenic wonders, geography, wildlife, history, recreation and local culture.

Ride along through the vast Colorado River Basin, which covers more land area than Spain and Portugal combined, and through the unforgettable colors and vistas of the grandest canyon on earth.

Before retiring from the Arizona Historical Society, Turner worked with more than 70 museums throughout the state. He is co-author of the fourth-grade textbook “The Arizona Story,” and his pictorial history book, “Arizona: Celebration of the Grand Canyon State,” contains more than 530 images.

Turner moved to Tucson in 1951, earned a M.A. in U.S. history from the University of Arizona, and has been researching and teaching Arizona history for more than 40 years.

This special heritage programing is presented in cooperation with Arizona Humanities’ Speakers Bureau, AZSpeaks. It accompanies the museum’s current exhibit, “The People Speak,” a comprehensive exhibition featuring a wide variety of Native American artwork from western tribes, including paintings, jewelry, sculpture, clothing, wood carvings and much, much more.

The Phippen Museum is located only a few minutes north of downtown Prescott at 4701 Highway 89 North. For more information on this or any other event at the museum, call 928-778-1385 or visit

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