Winter Wonderland

Most people envision Arizona as a very large, and very hot desert. While this is true in many sections of the state, it couldn’t be further from reality in places like Prescott, Flagstaff, and the Mogollon Rim. You won’t find Saguaro cacti or ocotillo plants here, but rather towering pines, tall grass, and cool crisp winds. In cold months this high country can turn into a winter wonderland, and this past week it did just that. With record snows in the forecast, the team loaded up their recovery kits, cameras, and hot coffee for a weekend of serious fun. We plowed fresh tracks with the mighty AEV Ram, conquered shelf roads with our G-Wagen and Jeep Cherokee, and found a little adventure in the BJ74, but instead of boring you with a long story, we will let the pictures speak for themselves. Happy trails!

Photo series by Chris Cordes

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Photo series by Sarah Ramm
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Photo series by Scott Brady

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Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.