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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)

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)

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)

Yellowstone National Park Map

Yellowstone National Park Map

by Trails Illustrated

  • 2011
  • MAP

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

The Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone, Insider Advice from Ranger Norm

The Ranger's Guide to Yellowstone, Insider Advice from Ranger Norm

by Susan Frank

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 230 PAGES
  • FAMILY

Meet Ranger Norm, your personal Yellowstone guide to the best hikes, accommodations and recreations. He answers the FAQ for visiting the park in family-friendly cartoons. (SWU243, $16.95)

 
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)

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)

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)

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)

Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks


by Andrew Dean Nystrom

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

Nystrom's award-winning accessible guide covers both day hikes and backcountry treks in illustrated, authoritative detail. (USW461, $18.95)

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)

Adventures in Yellowstone

Adventures in Yellowstone


by M. Mark Miller

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

Early travelers, at least the survivors (!) tell their tales in this collection of eye-witness reports. (USW618, $16.95)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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
  • COMING IN MAY

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)

Wolves, A Legend Returns to Yellowstone

Wolves, A Legend Returns to Yellowstone


by National Geographic

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2007
  • DVD

Four years in the making, this amazing National Geographic documentary by Bob Landis invites you to run with the pack for a wolf's-eye view of Yellowstone. (BST136, $24.95)

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)

Geology Underfoot in Yellowstone Country

Geology Underfoot in Yellowstone Country


by Marc Hendrix

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 312 PAGES

Professor of geology Marc Henrix includes 20 sites in this authoritative, accessible guide to Yellowstone, its supervolvcano and other geological features of the park from Old Faithful to the Beartooth Mountains and landslides. (SWU488, $24.00)

Yellowstone Trees & Wildflowers

Yellowstone Trees & Wildflowers


by James Kavanagh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PLASTIC CARD

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

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