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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)

Yellowstone, A Visitor's Companion

Yellowstone, A Visitor's Companion

by George Wuerthner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 218 PAGES

A handbook to the geology, ecology, wildlife and plants of Yellowstone. Includes photographs, a bird list and brief field guide with black-and-white drawings. (USW54, $15.95)

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, An Indian History of the American West

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, An Indian History of the American West

by Dee Brown

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

An unsettling history of the violent conquest of the Native Americans of the West, from 1860-1890, as told by members of the tribes themselves. 30th anniversary edition. (USW288, $18.00)

Great White Fathers

Great White Fathers

by John Taliaferro

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 464 PAGES

A history of the development, art and legacy of Mount Rushmore. (USP19, $18.95)

 
Arches National Park

Arches National Park


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2010
  • MAP

This durable topo map covers the park at a walking scale of 1:35,000. (USW163, $11.95)

Black Hills, South Dakota Southeast Map

Black Hills, South Dakota Southeast Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A full-color topographic map of the southeast corner of South Dakota's Black Hills, shown at a scale of 1:24,000 (USP06, $11.95)

Bozeman, Big Sky, West Yellowstone Montana Map

Bozeman, Big Sky, West Yellowstone Montana Map


by Beartooth Publishing

  • 2007
  • MAP

This beautifully detailed outdoor recreation map, with handsome shaded relief and topography at a scale of 1:100,000, includes descriptions of day hikes and mountain bike routes in the Gallatin Valley and surroundings. (USW564, $11.95)

Canyonlands National Park Map

Canyonlands National Park Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • MAP

A durable, topographic map of Canyonlands National Park, Utah, at a scale of 1:62,000. (USW164, $11.95)

Insight Fleximap Denver

Insight Fleximap Denver


by Brian Bell | Donna Dailey

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • MAP

A laminated map of the "Mile High City," featuring detailed city, street and road maps, basic tourist information and recommendations. (RKY40, $8.95)

Moab South Map

Moab South Map


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2004
  • MAP

Designed for mountain bikers and hikers, this colorful topographic map of Moab and surroundings, at a scale of 1:72,500, shows bike trails, roads and mileage. (SWU140, $11.95)

Recreational Map of Utah

Recreational Map of Utah


by GTR Mapping

  • MAP

A very good fold-out map of Utah at a scale of 1:800,000 showing topography, parks and wilderness areas, cities, towns and roads. (SWU48, $3.95)

Yellowstone National Park Map

Yellowstone National Park Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A visitor's overview map of the park at a scale of 1:126,000 with good topographic relief. (USW32, $11.95)

Compass Guide Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Compass Guide Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks


by Brian Kevin

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 356 PAGES

Exquisitely photographed, this sumptuous guide in the newly relaunched Compass Guides series, featuring local authors, is an excellent overview of the history, culture, nature, activities and attractions of the park. With a 20-page section of practical information. (USW577, $21.99)

Day Hikes In Yellowstone National Park, 80 Great Hikes

Day Hikes In Yellowstone National Park, 80 Great Hikes


by Robert Stone

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 184 PAGES

An excellent guide to the best hikes in the area, including both popular geyser trails and those off the beaten path. Contains maps and concise descriptions for each hike. (USW566, $13.95)

Fishing Yellowstone National Park

Fishing Yellowstone National Park


by Richard Parks

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A comprehensive handbook to fishing throughout the park from Falcon Guides. (RKY34, $17.95)

Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks


by Bill Schneider

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 226 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the hiking trails and backcountry roads of Canyonlands and Arches, published in cooperation with the National Park Service. (USW154, $16.95)

Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks


by Bradley Mayhew | Carolyn McCarthy

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

With personality and local savvy, Montana residents Bradley Mayhew and Carolyn McCarthy cover the practicalities of where to go and what to do. With more photographs, detailed itineraries, family-friendly options, suggested hikes, two-color maps and a good overview of natural history. (USW438, $19.99)

Moon Handbook Denver

Moon Handbook Denver


by Mindy Sink

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 287 PAGES

A no-nonsense practical guide in the Moon series, jam-packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history, flora and fauna and geology. (USW590, $17.95)

The Yellowstone Winter Guide

The Yellowstone Winter Guide


by Jeff Henry

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 104 PAGES

A practical guide to Yellowstone in winter geared towards snowmobilers. With maps, ski trails, color photographs -- and a chapter on wildlife. (USW69, $13.95)

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park


by Lee H. Whittlesey

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

A how-to-guide to safety in the park -- and a wry chronicle of what can go terribly wrong (including death by drowning, hypothermia, animal attacks, and such). A reminder to visitors that Yellowstone is the wilderness, not an amusement park. (USW276, $16.95)

Do (Not) Feed the Bears, The Fitful History of Wildlife and Tourists in Yellowstone

Do (Not) Feed the Bears, The Fitful History of Wildlife and Tourists in Yellowstone


by Alice Wondrak Biel

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

Biel goes beyond Yogi and Smokey, showing changing attitudes toward the bears from the 19th-century up to current conservation policy. (SWU465, $15.95)

The Carving of Mount Rushmore

The Carving of Mount Rushmore


by Rex Alan Smith

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 415 PAGES

An engrossing account of the carving of Mount Rushmore, its sculptor Gutzon Borglum and others involved in the creation of the monument. With 50 black-and-white photos. (USP07, $22.95)

The City and the Saloon, Denver, 1858-1916

The City and the Saloon, Denver, 1858-1916


by Thomas J. Noel

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

A brief, scholarly portrait of saloon life in the old West. (USW207, $23.95)

The Spirit of Yellowstone

The Spirit of Yellowstone


by Judith L. Meyer | Vance Howard

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

An engaging, scholarly history of Yellowstone and its place in America's imagination, covering the establishment of the park, geography, wildlife and more. Complemented by color photographs, archival illustrations and maps. (RKY25, $19.95)

"Boots and Saddles" or, Life in Dakota with General Custer


by Elizabeth Bacon Custer

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2003
  • PAPER

An account of life in the American West with General George Armstrong Custer in the wake of the Civil War, as recalled by wife Elizabeth. (USP14, $19.95)

Black Elk Speaks

Black Elk Speaks


by Nicholas Black Elk | John Neihardt

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 424 PAGES

The remarkable, celebrated biography of an Oglala Sioux spiritual leader (1863-1950), as recorded by John Neihardt. (SWU133, $19.95)

Crazy Horse, A Life

Crazy Horse, A Life


by Larry McMurtry

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 148 PAGES

The story of Sioux warrior Crazy Horse, written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lonesome Dove." McMurtry blends history, biography and a dose of good storytelling in this short, thought-provoking biography. A volume in the excellent "Penguin Lives" series. (USW205, $14.00)

Lost in My Own Backyard

Lost in My Own Backyard


by Tim Cahill

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

Cahill mixes tales of walks, hikes and treks with history, lore and gee-whiz wonder in this celebration of America's first national park. (USW430, $16.95)

Travels in the Greater Yellowstone

Travels in the Greater Yellowstone


by Jack Turner

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Turner celebrates the diversity of the park and its wildlife in a series of 12 lyrical essays. (USW563, $17.99)

Wapiti Wilderness

Wapiti Wilderness


by Margaret Murie | Olaus Murie

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

Margaret and her biologist husband (who did the illustrations for the book) write of a winter, and especially the elk, at a ranch in Jackson Hole. They alternate chapters, mixing tales of work as a field biologist with stories of life in the region, where they lived for 37 years. (USW68, $24.95)

Centennial

Centennial


by James Michener

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 928 PAGES

Michener's epic novel, written in celebration of America's bicentennial and the American West, spans 136 million years of Colorado history. (USW344, $17.00)

A Naturalist's Guide to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park

A Naturalist's Guide to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park


by Frank C. Craighead, Jr.

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A memoir and classic natural history of the wildlife of Jackson Hole and the Tetons by a celebrated local biologist, organized week-by-week throughout the year. (SWU168, $18.95)

Bear Attacks, Their Causes and Avoidance

Bear Attacks, Their Causes and Avoidance


by Stephen Herrero

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Despite its frightening title, this book is a helpful introduction to the natural history and behavior of the bear by a long-term researcher in the field. With useful tips on "avoidance." (BST21, $16.95)

Decade of the Wolf, Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

Decade of the Wolf, Returning the Wild to Yellowstone


by Douglas Smith | Gary Ferguson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Biologist Smith (Yellowstone Wolf Recovery Project) and nature writer Ferguson look at the 10 years since the re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone. (RKY90, $16.95)

In the Presence of Grizzlies

In the Presence of Grizzlies


by Doug Peacock

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A compelling chronicle of the complicated and sometimes tragic interactions between grizzlies and humans, revealed through interviews with biologists, hunters and mauling victims, and observations of the bears themselves. (BST134, $16.95)

Mountain Time, A Yellowstone Portrait

Mountain Time, A Yellowstone Portrait


by Paul Schullery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 280 PAGES

A former ranger, Schullery writes with depth and grace on the natural history of Yellowstone National Park, its wildlife, rangers and visitors in this classic collection of essays, originally published in 1984. (USW392, $19.95)

Rising from the Plains

Rising from the Plains


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 213 PAGES

McPhee's elegant and accessible essays show the geology of the Rockies through his travels with U.S. Geological Survey scientist David Love. (USW18, $16.00)

Searching For Yellowstone, Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness

Searching For Yellowstone, Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness


by Paul D. Schullery

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

An engaging social and environmental history of Yellowstone from the Pleistocene to the present focusing on the park since its founding in 1872. Schullery has worked in Yellowstone as a ranger, a historian and the chief of cultural resources. (USW59, $19.95)

Spectacular Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Spectacular Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks


by Charles R. Preston

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 132 PAGES

Three hundred color photographs, including panoramic six-page foldout spreads, archival pictures and essays on history and ecology, capture the splendor of these national parks. (USW547, $50.00)

The Complete Dinosaur

The Complete Dinosaur


by James O. Farlow | M.K. Brett-Surman | Robert K. Walters

  • SCIENCE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 752 PAGES

A scholarly survey of dinosaurs, their discovery, study, biology and evolution, geared to the serious dinosaur enthusiast. With hundreds of black-and-white drawings and photographs. (SCI42, $85.00)

Windows into the Earth, The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Windows into the Earth, The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks


by Robert B. Smith | Lee J. Siegel

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A geologic history and tour of the northern Rockies, particularly Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. With an outstanding overview of the geologic formation of the region and 50 color photographs. (USW356, $29.95)

Yellowstone Country, The Enduring Wonder

Yellowstone Country, The Enduring Wonder


by Seymour L. Fishbein

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

An overview of Yellowstone presented in the National Geographic style, featuring spectacular color photographs, maps and good travel information. (SWU76, $16.00)

Yellowstone, The Story Behind the Scenery

Yellowstone, The Story Behind the Scenery


by Roger Anderson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES

This slim picturebook provides an overview of Yellowstone's main sites and geothermal features. (USW585, $11.95)

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)

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)

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America

The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


by David Sibley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 474 PAGES

A compact, geographically specific version of the Sibley Guide with all new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded, extremely valuable descriptions of each bird. (USW418, $19.95)

Yellowstone Trees & Wildflowers

Yellowstone Trees & Wildflowers


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PLASTIC CARD

A handy, laminated fold-up card. (USW501, $6.95)

Yellowstone Wildlife

Yellowstone Wildlife


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy plastic card illustrates the birds, mammals, fishes, amphibians and reptiles of Yellowstone. We also carry its companion, Yellowstone Trees & Wildflowers (Item USW501). (RKY88, $6.95)

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