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RoadTrip America: Arizona and New Mexico

25 Scenic Side Trips

by Rick Quinn

This outstanding new guidebook adds extraordinary two-lane adventure to straight-line Interstate road trips.

Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America’s 25 Scenic Side Trips in Arizona and New Mexico, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was “the Wickedest Town in the West” or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an “energy vortex” in the red rocks of Sedona. With this brand-new, up-to-date guide as your companion, all this and much, much more will be yours to discover and enjoy—one extra day at a time!

* Stunning color imagery and photography throughout
* Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more
* Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region
* Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe
* Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining

RoadTrip America’s 25 Scenic Side Trips in Arizona and New Mexico is now available for pre-publication orders at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BAM, and Indie Bound. It will be in bookstores and available online wherever books are sold on April 3, 2018.

sign posts

Signpost Forest – Watson Lake, Yukon Territory

muncho lake

Muncho Lake Provincial Park – Muncho Lake British Columbia

Kluane Lake

Kluane Lake – Destruction Bay, Yukon


Mile 1422: End of the Alaska Highway – Delta Junction, Alaska



Golden Heart Plaza – Fairbanks, Alaska



The World Eskimo Indian Olympics – Fairbanks, Alaska

hot spring

Chena Hot Springs – Fairbanks, Alaska


McCarthy Road – Chitina, Alaska

gravel road

Nabesna Road – Slana, Alaska


Savage River Check Station – Healy, Alaska

visitor center

  Eielson Visitor’s Center – Healy, Alaska

wonder lake

Wonder Lake – Healy, Alaska

mt. denali

Stony Hill Scenic Overlook – Healy, Alaska


Polychrome Overlook – Healy, Alaska

mt denali

Reflection Pond – Healy, Alaska



Chicken, Alaska


 Top of the World Highway – Eagle, Alaska

border crossing

  Little Gold Creek Border Crossing – Yukon Territory


 George Black Ferry – Dawson, Yukon Territory

dawson city

 Dawson City, Yukon Territory


  Five Finger Rapids – Yukon Territory

highway view

 Klondike Highway, Yukon Territory

leberge lake

 Lake Laberge – Whitehorse, Yukon Territory


Chivor (Chee-Vōhr):


  1. The oldest, most infamous emerald mine in Colombia, located in the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes,northeast of the city of Bogotá. Source of the world’s largest, most perfect gemstones.
  2. A novel by Richard Quinn, set in the heart of the violence-plagued emerald zone, at the raging height of the Colombian drug wars.

Click on the cover, below, and you’ll be taken directly to my page on Smashwords , where you can buy your own e-copy of Chivor for a buck.  It took me ten years to write this book, so that’s pretty cheap!


John examined the specimen, then dipped it in the water and scrubbed it with his fingertips before giving it a few gentle taps with his rock hammer, knocking off a thick crust of sediment.  He washed it one more time, then cradled it in his palms, extending it toward them like an offering.  With the silt cleaned off, the true nature of the lump was revealed. Reflecting the glow of their flashlights was a six-sided crystal, three inches long and two inches across, of a pure, fiery green that rivaled the color of Rosie’s eyes.  An emerald. A flawless, perfect emerald that weighed, bare minimum, a half a pound.

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A distribution deal with Amazon is still pending. In the meantime, a .mobi version of the book, which is compatible with Kindle devices, can be downloaded from Smashwords.

“A Simple Misunderstanding” is a short story I wrote many years ago, and the character, Paul, is based on a real guy I used to know.  I’m not going to pretend that it’s GREAT, but it’s not bad, and it’s available for free at Smashwords (and iTunes, and Barnes and Noble etc.).  

Click the cover, below, and go straight to it:

Simple Misunderstanding Cover copy

Paul O’Shaughnessy is an American con man on the run from the FBI, hiding out in Bogotá, the Colombian capital.  He’s running his latest scam from a bar stool in the lounge at the Hotel Tequendama, and when he finally gets a fish on his line, he reels in a pocketful of hot emeralds, and a lot more trouble than he bargained for.


More books and articles will be added over time, including the sequel to Chivor, titled Guajira, which is well underway, and should be available soon.