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Grand Canyon, A Visitor's Companion

Grand Canyon, A Visitor's Companion

by George Wuerthner

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A handbook and guide to the geology, ecology and wildlife of the Grand Canyon, featuring 60 color photographs and 260 color drawings. (SWU197, $19.95)

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)

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)

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)

 
Grand Canyon Map 262, East

Grand Canyon Map 262, East


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2009
  • MAP

This detailed relief map (1:90,000) covers the Colorado River from mile 0 to 142, Glen Canyon to Phantom Ranch. (USW625, $11.95)

Grand Canyon Map 263, West

Grand Canyon Map 263, West


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2009
  • MAP

This detailed relief map (1:90,000) covers the Colorado River from mile 110 to 278, Phantom Village to Lake Mead. (USW626, $11.95)

Grand Canyon National Park Map 261

Grand Canyon National Park Map 261


by Trails Illustrated

  • 2012
  • 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. (USW332, $11.95)

Grand Canyon, The Complete Guide

Grand Canyon, The Complete Guide


by James Kaiser

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES

A full-color guide on where to go, what to do, and how to get the most out of your adventures. (SWU190, $22.95)

Lonely Planet Grand Canyon National Park

Lonely Planet Grand Canyon National Park


by Lonely Planet

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This comprehensive guide focuses on where to go and what to do, with an overview of the natural history of the area and maps. (SWU174, $19.99)

The Complete Whitewater Rafter

The Complete Whitewater Rafter


by Jeff Bennett

  • REFERENCE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 196 PAGES

A popular, practical guide to whitewater rafting, with information on preparing for your trip, choosing equipment, safety and rescue, the history of rafting, as well as introductions to water currents and rapid classifications. (OCE59, $17.95)

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)

I Am the Grand Canyon, The Story of the Havasupai People

I Am the Grand Canyon, The Story of the Havasupai People


by Stephen Hirst

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

A history and celebration of the 20,000 year history of the Havasupai people. (SWU227, $18.95)

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)

Canyon

Canyon


by Michael Ghiglieri

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 311 PAGES

Down the river from Lee's Ferry to Diamond Creek in the company of an experienced guide and ecologist. Ghiglieri mixes a travel account with high adventure, drama and a good deal of information on the history, geology and ecology of the Colorado. (SWU75, $19.95)

Down the River

Down the River


by Edward Abbey

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

A collection of essays, including Abbey's experiences in and around the Colorado River. (SWU73, $17.00)

Running Dry

Running Dry


by Jonathan Waterman

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 305 PAGES

Weaving history and tall tales, adventures on the river and conservation, Waterman includes snapshots of local farmers, boatmen, park rangers and engineers in this absorbing account of a trip on the Colorado from Lake Powell to the Gulf of California. With an excellent pullout map of the Colorado Basin. (USW633, $26.00)

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)

The Grand Canyon Reader

The Grand Canyon Reader


by Lance Newman

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 245 PAGES

Both an English professor and river guide, Lance Newman selects well from the accounts of early explorers, popular fiction and contemporary literature by writers as diverse as John McPhee, Ann Zwinger, Edward Abbey and Barry Lopez. (SWU490, $20.95)

There's This River... Grand Canyon Boatman Stories

There's This River... Grand Canyon Boatman Stories


by Christa Sadler

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 264 PAGES

A collection of stories and tales by the boatmen (and women) of the Grand Canyon, first published in 1994 and expanded for this new edition. With 35 illustrations, many in color. (SWU214, $17.95)

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)

Grand Canyon, A River at Risk

Grand Canyon, A River at Risk


by Chris Rainier | Wade Davis

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES

This evocative, illustrated family journey down the Colorado, produced in conjunction with the IMAX documentary of the same title, features 200 striking photographs. (SWU245, $25.00)

Mac's Pocket Guide Grand Canyon National Park Geology

Mac's Pocket Guide Grand Canyon National Park Geology


by Stewart Aitchison

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER

A 12-panel foldup guide to the geology and the geological features of the Grand Canyon with color photographs. (SWU217, $6.95)

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, $14.95)

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)

Field Guide to the Grand Canyon

Field Guide to the Grand Canyon


by Pocket Naturalist

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This handy, laminated card features color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals and reptiles of the Grand Canyon and can be easily slipped in your pocket. (USW334, $6.95)

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)

River and Desert Plants of the Grand Canyon

River and Desert Plants of the Grand Canyon


by Kristin Huisinga | Ann Zwinger

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 263 PAGES
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A comprehensive, well-illustrated guide to the ferns, grasses, forbs, shrubs, and trees found below the rim. (SWU222, $22.00)

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