Books By Rick Quinn

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Rick Quinn was born and raised in Arizona, earned a degree in anthropology, then hit the road, indulging an admittedly peculiar whim by hitch-hiking to Tierra del Fuego. In one way or another, he’s been on the road ever since, living in a dozen diverse locales, from Paris to Peru, San Francisco to Washington D.C., working as a photographer, a coffee farmer, a magazine writer, a postman, a novelist, and, until his recent retirement, a corporate-level financial systems expert with the Postal Service. Rick is a veteran road tripper who has driven both the Alaska Highway and the Pan American. Currently, he’s a travel blogger, a landscape photographer, and a contributing writer for

Rick Quinn posts monthly commentary, tips and suggestions for taking scenic road trips in Arizona and New Mexico on

On April 3, 2018, Rick Quinn will launch his new book, Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Wine and gourmet hors d’oeuvres will be served. All are welcome. Free registration and more information.

On April 13th, Rick will head down the highway to the Mostly Books Bookstore in Tucson, Arizona. Rick’s event starts at 7pm. The store is located at 6208 E Speedway. Free registration and more information here.

On Wednesday, April 18th, Rick will be in Albuquerque and signing books at the Barnes and Noble at the Cottonwood Corners shopping center, (3701 Ellison Drive NW) from 7pm to 9 pm. Free registration and more information.

On Friday, April 20th, Rick will drive to Santa Fe for an author event at Garcia Street Books. Rick’s talk begins at 5:30 pm. The store is located at 376 Garcia Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Free registration and information.

On Friday, May 4th, Rick will drive to Flagstaff and will be signing books at Starrlight Books at 15 N. Leroux Street starting at 6:00 pm. All are welcome, free registration and more information.

On Monday, May 7th, Rick Quinn will be signing books and talking about scenic road trips at the Distant Lands travel store in Pasadena. His presentation begins at 7:30 pm. 20 S. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105. Hope to see you there! More information and free registration.

On Wednesday, May 9th, Rick Quinn will be telling tall tales from the road at the historic Shoshone Museum in Shoshone, California. Hosted by The Death Valley Red Light Chronicles and the Shoshone Museum Association this will be a really fun evening. Located on CA Highway 127, in Shoshone, California 92384. Rick’s presentation starts at 6:30 pm. More information and free registration.

On Friday, May 11th, Rick will be signing books and sharing tall tales at the Writer’s Block in Las Vegas, Nevada. His talk will be 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. More information and free registration.

Rick Quinn will be signing copies of his new book at the Tattered Cover LoDo on Thursday, May 24th starting at 7:00 pm The store is located at 1628 16th St, Denver, CO 80202. More information and free registration to this event.

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, each one side trip beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day.
"Rick Quinn jumps off the interstate to guide travelers on 25 brilliantly conceived road trips. Stunning images of southwestern landscapes and landmarks nicely mix with his insights about historic attractions and roadside treasures along the way." -- Doug Kirby,
"Colorfully illustrated, this guide book by well-seasoned traveler Rick Quinn covers Arizona and New Mexico quite well. Enough detail is given about locations and drives to pique the interest and yet not spoil the surprise. As a bonus, the maps are concise but detailed enough to get you to the destination... Overall, I would highly recommend this book by Rick Quinn."--Jim Hinckley, author of Route 66: America's Longest Small Town
"Iconic only-in-America tourist destinations come alive in Rick Quinn’s guide to famed Arizona and New Mexico road trips. From Burma-Shave roadside signs, vortex sites, tree trunk sculptures, and the world’s smallest museum, to architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home, artist Georgia O’Keefe’s studio, and Biosphere 2, you’ll be amazed at the seductive pull these diverse, sometimes quirky attractions will have on your western itinerary."--Jeff Blumenfeld, editor,
“What makes this wonderfully accessible book invaluable to the time-pressed driver is that the author has broken things down into bite-sized detours from the region’s four Interstate Highways. For those who may be passing through Arizona or New Mexico on the way someplace else, it’s an inspirational guide to transforming what would otherwise be a simple A-to-B journey into something special – a road trip that takes you into the heart of the Desert Southwest.”–Peter Thody,
"It's not a mirage; this wonderful book brings these legendary, mythical desert regions to life in the best of ways, with compelling stories, gorgeous images and useful information."--Chris Epting, author of James Dean Died Here
"Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips is a must-have for travelers exploring the Southwest. Over 300 full-color photos capture the true beauty of these two states."--Ellen Robson, author of Haunted Highway: The Spirit of Route 66

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