Roger Naylor


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I’m a travel writer who hates to travel. Death Valley

At least anywhere beyond the Southwest. I knew Arizona was where I belonged soon as I arrived as a wide-eyed college student. I fell in love with the immense beast of sky, the mountains that prop it up and much to my surprise, the stark desert that scratches it with spiny fingers. I spend my days rambling around this beguiling, bewitching landscape—hiking, camping, exploring, eating, and hiking a little more. Then I write about it all.

Yes, it’s the coolest job in the world. No, you can’t have it.

So my goal for 2013 was to hike at least 1,000 miles and I made it! I ended up with 1,140 for the year. You can check out my hiking stories for the Arizona Republic on the Trails page.

Book alert: My second book, Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth is hot, hot, hot off the presses. Death Valley sizzles but is one of the coolest places to visit with its golden canyons, caramel sand dunes, gleaming salt flats and snowcapped mountains. My guidebook is filled with information, history, fast facts, lots of humor and spectacular photographs. It will have you itching to slather on the sunscreen, lace up the hiking boots and dive into the bad boy of deserts. Check out my Books page for more details.