Roger Naylor has been a full-time freelance travel writer specializing in the American Southwest. The vast majority of everything he writes centers on Arizona. For several years he wrote for Arizona Highways, and his work has been featured in USA Today, Go Escape, Budget Travel, Western Art & Architecture, Route 66 Magazine, Elan, Sun Runner and many more publications.
Roger has also been the primary travel writer for the Arizona Republic since 2007. He writes the feature for the Explore Arizona section three Saturdays a month, covering the state with a variety of stories on road trips, museums, state parks, wildlife refuges, national parks and monuments, ghost towns, hiking trails, restaurants, kayaking, jeep tours, hot air balloons, historic locales, kid-friendly adventures, outings for those with limited mobility, festivals, and just about everything else. He specializes in off the beaten path and little known getaways. Roger also writes an ongoing series or two each year for the Arizona Republic. Past series have included Arizona on a Budget, Arizona Dining, Made in Arizona, Arizona Hiking, Hiking 1,000 Miles, and Vanishing Arizona.
Roger’s first book is Arizona Kicks on Route 66. It was released in 2012 and is in its fourth printing. His second book, Death Valley: Hottest Place on Earth, came out the following year and is now in its second printing. His latest book is Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers. It came out in November 2014 and went to a second printing in March. Roger is currently working on a book about the Kolb brothers, famed Grand Canyon photographers.
Roger travels the state extensively for assignments, speaking engagements, and book signings. He put 20,000 miles on his truck last year and it never even left the state! Roger makes appearances in towns all across Arizona and is a frequent guest on radio and television. He is a regular on Tucson Morning Blend on AZTV and often makes appearances on Good Morning Arizona, EVB Live, and Arizona Horizon.
Lately, Roger has become a regular guest on Morning Scramble with AVTV host Sandy Moss. He has become the food guy, stopping by every couple of weeks with a different chef who whips something up in the kitchen. It is a good way to promote local restaurants from around the state.
Roger Naylor was the 2015 recipient of the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association Citation of Merit Award.