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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

 
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)

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, $17.00)

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)

Great and Peculiar Beauty, A Utah Reader


by Thomas Lyon | Terry Tempest Williams

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1995
  • HARD COVER
  • 1010 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A diverse collection of writing on Utah from natives and visitors to the state, including Mark Strand, Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner. (USW133, $49.95)

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)

Canyon Country Parklands, Treasure of the Great Plateau

Canyon Country Parklands, Treasure of the Great Plateau


by Scott Thybony

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 200 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

An overview of the national parks of the Colorado Plateau, presented in National Geographic style with dozens of spectacular color photographs and a 16-page section summarizing the region's plants and wildlife. (USW261, $15.00)

Roadside Geology, Utah

Roadside Geology, Utah


by Halka Chronic

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 325 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, $20.00)

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 Deserts of the Southwest, A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide

The Deserts of the Southwest, A Sierra Club Naturalist's Guide


by Peggy Larson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 282 PAGES

A favorite back in a new edition, Peggy Larson's indispensable guide to the ecology of the desert Southwest (Mojave, Chihuahua, Great Basin and Sonora) is also an excellent reference for travelers to Baja. Small enough to take along and with line drawings throughout. (DES01, $18.95)

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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