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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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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)

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)

Grand Canyon Map 261, Bright Angel Canyon, North & South Rims

Grand Canyon Map 261, Bright Angel Canyon, North & South Rims

by Trails Illustrated

  • 2009
  • MAP

A detailed hiker's map (1:35,000) of Colorado River miles 60-98, perfect for those hiking to Bright Angel and Indian Gardens campgrounds. (USW628, $11.95)

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)

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)

 
Four Corners Regional Map

Four Corners Regional Map


by G.M. Johnson Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

This double-sided road map shows national parks, archaeological sites and attractions from the Grand Canyon to Chaco, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Bryce and Zion. (USW165, $5.95)

Moon Handbook Grand Canyon

Moon Handbook Grand Canyon


by Bill Weir

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 277 PAGES

A handy, practical guide to the Grand Canyon and nearby regions, this book is a good resource for planning a trip, featuring extensive, up-to-date listings, maps and other background information. (SWU175, $19.99)

Moon Handbook Zion and Bryce

Moon Handbook Zion and Bryce


by W.C. McRae

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

A practical guide to traveling and hiking in Utah's Zion and Bryce National Parks, with shorter sections on nearby Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Escalante. (SWU181, $17.99)

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest


by Jon Ortner

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 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)

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)

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)

In the Heart of the Canyon

In the Heart of the Canyon


by Elisabeth Hyde

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Hyde's gripping novel follows a group of rafters, both seasoned and inexperienced, through the physical and emotional challenges of a trip through the Grand Canyon. (SWU292, $15.00)

The Butterflies of Grand Canyon

The Butterflies of Grand Canyon


by Margaret Erhart

  • LITERATURE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Erhart, a river and hiking guide based in Flagstaff, draws from her own experience to create this exciting murder-mystery with lots of local color. (USW635, $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)

Downcanyon, A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

Downcanyon, A Naturalist Explores the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon


by Ann Zwinger

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A vivid overview of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, from Mile 0 at Lees Ferry to Mile 278 at Grand Wash Fault. Zwinger interweaves geology, plants, animals and human history in her account. (USW11, $19.95)

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk

Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk


by Greg MacGillivray

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • DVD

Filmed in stunning IMAX, this family-friendly documentary follows Wade Davis and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., with their two daughters, on a rafting adventure. (SWU278, $19.98)

Grand Canyon Country, Its Majesty and Lore

Grand Canyon Country, Its Majesty and Lore


by Seymour L. Fishbein | Kenneth Brower

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES

An overview of the Grand Canyon presented in the style of National Geographic, featuring spectacular color photographs, maps and good travel information. (SWU13, $16.00)

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert


by Terry Tempest Williams

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A series of lyrical, thoughtful essays on the power and beauty of the Red Rock Wilderness of southern Utah, including Grand Staircase, Canyonlands, Glen Canyon, Moab and the Great Basin. (USW398, $15.95)

Roadside Geology Arizona

Roadside Geology Arizona


by Halka Chronic

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1986
  • PAPER
  • 321 PAGES

Designed for the roadside traveler, this book explains in detail the geologic history of Arizona as seen through the window. It's a great introduction to basic geomorphology and how the dramatic landscapes were formed. (USW122, $20.00)

Roadside Geology, Utah

Roadside Geology, Utah


by Halka Chronic

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES

Designed for the roadside traveler, this series explains in detail the geologic history of Utah as seen through the car window. A great introduction to basic geomorphology and how the dramatic landscapes were formed. (USW30, $26.00)

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)

Canyon Country Wildflowers

Canyon Country Wildflowers


by Damian Fagan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

This comprehensive field guide covers 190 of the most commonly encountered wildflowers, shrubs and trees of the Four Corners area. (USW155, $19.95)

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)

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