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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)

A Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country

A Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country

by David Williams | Gloria Brown

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 225 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)

River Notes, A Natural and Human History of the Colorado

River Notes, A Natural and Human History of the Colorado

by Wade Davis

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 162 PAGES

A hymn to the Colorado River, including thrilling accounts of Davis' rafting adventures in the Grand Canyon and a vivid report on the state of the American West. The author includes excellent quotes from his heroes Edward Abbey, Eliot Porter, Aldo Leopold and others. (RKY128, $17.50)

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2013
  • MAP

A durable topographic map of Arches, printed on tear- and water-resistant paper and shown at a scale of 1:35,000. (USW163, $11.95)

Canyonlands National Park Map

Canyonlands National Park Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2009
  • MAP

A durable topographic map of Canyonlands, printed on tear- and water-resistant paper at a scale of 1:70,000. (USW164, $11.95)

 
Falcon Guide, Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

Falcon Guide, Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks


by Bill Schneider

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 227 PAGES

A comprehensive guide to the hiking trails and backcountry roads of Canyonlands and Arches, published in cooperation with the National Park Service. (USW154, $19.95)

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest


by Jon Ortner

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2016
  • HARD COVER
  • 248 PAGES

This unprecedented collection of photographs explores the diverse canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, including Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Arches. The 200 color photographs are accompanied by quotations by authors and explorers. (USW632, $45.00)

Colorado Plateau, Wild and Beautiful

Colorado Plateau, Wild and Beautiful


by John Annerino

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 120 PAGES

A coffee table tribute to the geological wonderland of "Red Rock Country." Award-winning photographer and writer John Annerino takes us through the echoing canyons, towering hoodoos and cliff dwellings of the region's beautiful parks and reserves. (USW756, $32.95)

The River Knows Everything, Desolation Canyon and the Green

The River Knows Everything, Desolation Canyon and the Green


by James M. Aton

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 246 PAGES

A clear, elegant work of scholarship on one of America's wild treasures that features some great photographs. Alton provides information on the canyon of interest to backpackers, guides, travelers and academics alike. (USW837, $36.95)

Under the Banner of Heaven, A Story of Violent Faith

Under the Banner of Heaven, A Story of Violent Faith


by Jon Krakauer

  • HISTORY
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES

Krakauer's engrossing account of murder among the Mormon fundamentalist community. More than just a true crime story, it's also a history of the Mormon faith and its disparate sects in the American West. (SWU149, $16.00)

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, $18.00)

Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping With His Daughter, Coyote Builds North America

Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping With His Daughter, Coyote Builds North America


by Barry Lopez

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

The much-awarded author dramatizes 68 enduring Native American legends from 42 different tribes. The victim of his own magical intrigues, Old Man Coyote was known for creating man and the Earth, scrambling the stars and being sly, rueful and erotic. (USW833, $12.99)

All the Wild That Remains

All the Wild That Remains


by David Gessner

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Gessner's homage to the West and to two great writers who celebrated and defended it -- Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner -- inspires and entertains while asking important environmental questions about our role in cultivating a meaningful relationship with the wild. (USW773, $16.95)

Basin and Range

Basin and Range


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 216 PAGES

McPhee's illuminating account of travels in the company of geologist Kenneth S. Deffeyes along Route 80 from Utah to California. (GEO13, $16.00)

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)

Eating Stone, Imagination And the Loss of the Wild

Eating Stone, Imagination And the Loss of the Wild


by Ellen Meloy

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

Meloy writes endearingly of her time spent studying bighorn sheep in the canyonlands of Utah. (SWU219, $16.00)

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)

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 Western Reptiles and Amphibians

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians


by Robert Stebbins

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES

The definitive field guide, with a special section on Baja's endemic species. (FG08, $22.00)

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)

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)

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
  • 2016
  • PAPER
  • 512 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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