Arizona's rugged natural beauty has been life-changing for generations of Americans, notably Georgia O'Keefe, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Udalls and Aldo Leopold, one of the country's most beloved conservationists.
This year marks the centennial of Leopold discovering a "land ethic" and wilderness vision in the Southwest. To help celebrate his contributions to the modern conservation movement, a variety of programs will be held over Labor Day weekend at Nutrioso in the White Mountains.
…By 1924, Leopold had successfully argued for the creation of the Gila Wilderness in western New Mexico, the nation's first official wilderness area. This effort led to the creation of 76 national forest "primitive areas" - all but one of which have since been designated as wilderness.