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Insight Guide Arizona & Grand Canyon

Insight Guide Arizona & Grand Canyon

by Nicky Leach

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

This lavishly illustrated guide includes excellent color maps and thoughtful short essays on history, culture and attractions. With chapters on numerous destinations including Phoenix, Sedona, Navajo and Hopi Reservations, and ghost towns. (SWU274, $23.99)

The Southwest Inside Out, An Illustrated Guide to the Land and its History

The Southwest Inside Out, An Illustrated Guide to the Land and its History

by Thomas Wiewandt | Maureen Wilks

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • FLEXI-BOUND
  • 208 PAGES

An outstanding guide to understanding the geomorphology of the Southwest, featuring the author's color photographs of canyons, dunes and other landforms. (USW345, $24.95)

Desert Solitaire

Desert Solitaire

by Edward Abbey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

One of the great works on the value of the desert, eloquent and laugh-out-loud funny. Although Abbey writes specifically about his experiences as a ranger at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah, his message is universal. (DES02, $16.00)

A Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country

A Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country

by David Williams | Gloria Brown

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

A compact field guide to the wildlife of the high desert of the Colorado Plateau and the nine national parks of the region. Williams includes an overview of the history, geology and ecology of the high desert along with basic information on identifying common plants and animals. (USW289, $24.95)

USA Southwest, Southern Rockies Map

USA Southwest, Southern Rockies Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2007
  • MAP

A map of the American Southwest at a scale of 1:3,000,000 with roads, parks and topography. (SWU21, $9.95)

 
Bryce Canyon National Park Map

Bryce Canyon National Park Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2006
  • MAP

With portions of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and surrounding parks. (USW143, $11.95)

Grand Canyon National Park Destination Map

Grand Canyon National Park Destination Map


by National Geographic

  • MAP

A fold-up map of the Grand Canyon, shown at a scale of 1:70,000. (SWU01, $14.95)

Great Basin National Park Map

Great Basin National Park Map


by Earthwalk Press

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2001
  • MAP

A detailed hiking map of great Basin National Park. (SWU54, $6.95)

Zion National Park

Zion National Park


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2009
  • MAP

This hiker's map (1:28,000) is printed on tear-resistant, waterproof paper. (USW144, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide Arizona & the Grand Canyon

Eyewitness Guide Arizona & the Grand Canyon


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to Arizona, complete with over 500 photographs, illustrations and maps, as well as plenty of travel information. (SWU173, $20.00)

Eyewitness Guide Southwest and Las Vegas

Eyewitness Guide Southwest and Las Vegas


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

This thorough, gorgeously illustrated guidebook provides an excellent overview of the Southwest, its history, traditions, cultures and sights. (SWU147, $23.00)

Grand Canyon, The Complete Guide

Grand Canyon, The Complete Guide


by James Kaiser

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

A full-color guide on where to go, what to do, and how to get the most out of your adventures. (SWU190, $19.95)

Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks


by Tamara Martin | Erik Molvar

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

In addition to useful trail descriptions, maps and safety techniques, this practical hiking guide to Zion and Bryce National Parks gives an overview of the area's natural history. (USW138, $21.95)

The Traveling Nature Photographer

The Traveling Nature Photographer


by Steven Morello

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition. (PHT31, $29.99)

How the Canyon Became Grand, A Short History

How the Canyon Became Grand, A Short History


by Stephen J. Pyne

  • HISTORY
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 199 PAGES

The history of the idea and allure of the Grand Canyon, and its transformation from worthless real estate to marvel of nature. (USW76, $15.00)

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West


by Wallace Stegner

  • EXPLORATION
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 438 PAGES

The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of explorer John Wesley Powell by the great Wallace Stegner, first published in 1954. It's both an adventure and an insightful look at the politics of development in the American West. (USW78, $18.00)

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons


by John Wesley Powell

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 397 PAGES

The classic tale of adventure and exploration of the rivers and canyonlands of the Colorado Plateau, originally published in 1875 -- and still terrific reading for any traveler to the Grand Canyon. (USW80, $17.00)

Grand Canyon, Travelers' Tales

Grand Canyon, Travelers' Tales


by James O'Reilly | Larry Habegger

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

A diverse collection of excellent stories and essays on the nature, history and people of the Grand Canyon. Organized by topic, the selection includes Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, Ann Zwinger, Colin Fletcher, Edward Abbey and other greats. (USW333, $17.95)

Revenge of the Saguaro, Offbeat Travels Through America's Southwest

Revenge of the Saguaro, Offbeat Travels Through America's Southwest


by Tom Miller

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Tom Miller's digressive, witty and willfully eccentric account of travel and obsession in the American Southwest (originally published as Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink) captures the spirit of his beloved homeland. (USW327, $14.95)

The Man Who Walked Through Time

The Man Who Walked Through Time


by Colin Fletcher

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Fletcher's much-loved account of a remarkable two-month odyssey below the rim of the Grand Canyon, first published in 1967. (USW94, $16.00)

The Grand Canyon Reader

The Grand Canyon Reader


by Lance Newman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 245 PAGES

Both an English professor and river guide, Lance Newman selects well from the accounts of early explorers, popular fiction and contemporary literature by writers as diverse as John McPhee, Ann Zwinger, Edward Abbey and Barry Lopez. (SWU490, $20.95)

Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, Living and Writing in the West

Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, Living and Writing in the West


by Wallace Earle Stegner

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Wallace Stegner's tribute to the landscape of the American West includes profiles of writers like John Steinbeck and Norban Maclean, histories and a call for environmental action. An important, memorable collection, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. (SWU492, $15.00)

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water


by Marc Reisner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 582 PAGES

A definitive history of water development in the American desert -- and a now-classic chronicle of wrong-headed policies and misadventures controlling the great rivers of the West. (USW246, $19.00)

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest


by Jon Ortner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 240 PAGES

Bryce, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands and Grand Canyon are all featured in this photographic tribute, a miniature version (7 x 5 1/4 inches) of Jon Ortner's stunning oversized original. (USW632, $18.95)

Pages of Stone: Geology of Western National Parks and Monuments, Grand Canyon and the Plateau Country

Pages of Stone: Geology of Western National Parks and Monuments, Grand Canyon and the Plateau Country


by Halka Chronic

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 158 PAGES

An informative guide to the geology of the Colorado Plateau, some of the most ruggedly beautiful land in the Southwest. With mostly black-and-white photographs, maps, diagrams and glossary. (USW380, $21.95)

Travelers Guide to the Geology of the Colorado Plateau

Travelers Guide to the Geology of the Colorado Plateau


by Donald L. Baars

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

A clearly written survey of the geology of the Four Corners region. (SWU32, $25.00)

A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon

A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon


by Stephen Whitney

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 268 PAGES

A compact guide to the natural history of the Grand Canyon with 71 handsome color plates, maps and illustrations. (USW06, $19.95)

Field Guide to the Grand Canyon

Field Guide to the Grand Canyon


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy, laminated card features color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of the Grand Canyon and can be easily slipped in your pocket. (USW334, $6.95)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah


by Peter Alden

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the American Southwest. (SWU14, $22.00)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Travel

National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Travel


by Bob Caputo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

A concise, practical guide to taking better travel photos that covers equipment, digital photography and technique. With suggestions and how-to. (PHT23, $21.95)

Southwestern Desert Life

Southwestern Desert Life


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PLASTIC CARD

A pocket-size, fold-out guide to the life of the desert Southwest. (SWU43, $6.95)

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