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America's Canyonlands

Reading and Travel Guide
Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons

USW80
John Wesley Powell
Penguin
2003
397
0142437522
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

Desert Solitaire

DES02
Edward Abbey
Touchstone
1990
303
0671695886
PAPER
Natural History
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.00

A Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country

USW289
David Williams, Gloria Brown (Illustrator)
Falcon Press
2013
225
0762780711
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

Eyewitness Guide Southwest USA and National Parks

SWU147
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2016
304
1465441123
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This thorough, gorgeously illustrated guidebook provides an excellent overview of the Southwest, its history, traditions, cultures and sights.
$23.00

USA Southwest, Southern Rockies Map

SWU21
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2016
1
3828302483
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A map of the American Southwest at a scale of 1:3,000,000 with roads, parks and topography.
$9.95

Bryce Canyon National Park Map

USW143
National Geographic Maps
Trails Illustrated
2006
2
1566952042
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed hiker's map of Bryce Canyon at a scale of 1:35,000, printed on tear-resistant, waterproof paper.
$11.95

Zion National Park Map

USW144
National Geographic Maps
Trails Illustrated
2012
2
1566952972
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed hiker's topographic map of Zion National Park at a scale of 1:38,000, printed on tear-resistant, waterproof paper.
$11.95

Grand Canyon, The Complete Guide

SWU190
James Kaiser
Destination Press
2016
312
1940754186
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A full-color guide on where to go, what to do, and how to get the most out of your adventures.
$19.99

The Southwest Inside Out, An Illustrated Guide to the Land and its History

USW345
Thomas Wiewandt, Maureen Wilks
Mountain Press Publishing Company
2010
208
1879728060
FLEXI-BOUND
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
An outstanding guide to understanding the geomorphology of the Southwest, featuring the author's color photographs of canyons, dunes and other landforms.
$24.95

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest

USW131
Stephen Plog, Amy Elizabeth Grey (Illustrator)
Thames & Hudson
2008
224
0500286930
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This illustrated introduction provides an in-depth look at the ancient cultures that first inhabited the pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest. Organized chronologically, it features hundreds of maps, mostly black-and-white photographs and site diagrams.
$26.95

Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest

USW632
Jon Ortner (Photographer)
Welcome Books
2016
248
1599621312
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$45.00

Images of America: Sedona

SWU241
Sedona Historical Society
Arcadia
2008
126
0738548006
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
This lovingly produced collection of 200 archival photographs shows the transformation of Sedona from a tiny outpost along Oak Creek Canyon to a popular recreational destination.
$21.99

Masked Gods, Navaho and Pueblo Ceremonialism

USW220
Frank Waters
Ohio University Press
1984
433
0804006415
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An excellent overview of Pueblo life and their many ceremonies.
$29.95

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West

USW78
Wallace Stegner
Viking
1992
438
0140159940
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$18.00

In Search of the Old Ones, Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest

USW157
David D. Roberts
Simon and Schuster Inc.
1997
271
0684832127
PAPER
Archaeology
0
0
0
0
An exuberant, engaging account of archaeological adventures in the desert Southwest. Roberts investigates the factors that may have led to the demise of the Anasazi civilization and looks into longstanding controversies.
$16.00

Miles from Nowhere

USW675
Dayton Duncan
Bison Books
2000
320
0803266278
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Touring the American West from the Rio Grande to the Cascades in a GMC Suburban, covering more than 30,000 miles, Duncan paints a vivid, perceptive portrait of frontier life in contemporary America.
$19.95

The Man Who Walked Through Time

USW94
Colin Fletcher
Vintage Books
1989
247
0679723064
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Fletcher's much-loved account of a remarkable two-month odyssey below the rim of the Grand Canyon, first published in 1967.
$16.00

The Best of the West, An Anthology of Classic Writing from the American West

USW87
Tony Hillerman (Editor)
HarperCollins Publishers
1992
528
0060923520
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
A campfire collection of unforgettable portraits of the West, this anthology takes in travelers, homesteaders, Navajos, government officials, pioneers and authors as diverse as Meriwether Lewis, John Steinbeck and Edward Abbey.
$18.99

The Blessing Way

SWU94
Tony Hillerman
HarperCollins
2009
304
0061808350
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Hillerman's first mystery in the popular series introduces Detective Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police, as well as Hillerman's now-trademark attention to Southwestern peoples' cultures and histories.
$9.99

The Grand Canyon Reader

SWU490
Lance Newman (Editor)
University of California Press
2011
245
0520270797
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

The Laughing Boy

USW240
Oliver La Farge
Mariner Books
2004
193
0618446729
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
An ethnographer and archaeologist, La Farge captures the flavor of the landscapes and ways of life in Northern Arizona in the early 20th century in this Pulitzer Prize-winning short novel.
$14.95

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

USW11
Ann Zwinger
University of Arizona Press
1995
320
0816515565
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

Pages of Stone: Geology of Western National Parks and Monuments, Grand Canyon and the Plateau Country

USW380
Halka Chronic
Mountaineers
2004
158
0898866804
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
An informative guide to the geology of the Colorado Plateau, some of the most ruggedly beautiful land in the Southwest. With mostly black-and-white photographs, maps, diagrams and glossary.
$21.95

Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert

USW398
Terry Tempest Williams
Vintage Books
2002
240
0375725180
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

River Notes, A Natural and Human History of the Colorado

RKY128
Wade Davis
Island Press
2013
162
1610910206
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$20.00

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

USA356
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
Alfred Knopf
2011
400
0375712100
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
This lavishly illustrated tale by the dynamic PBS duo brings to life the conservationists, politicians, presidents and dreamers who created our national park system.
$35.00

Field Guide to the Grand Canyon

USW334
Pocket Naturalist
Waterford Press
2017
1620052814
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$7.95

National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Southwestern States: Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah

SWU14
Peter Alden
Alfred Knopf
1999
448
067944680x
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the American Southwest.
$22.95

More Books

A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon

USW06
Stephen Whitney
Mountaineers
1996
268
0898864895
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A compact guide to the natural history of the Grand Canyon with 71 handsome color plates, maps and illustrations.
$19.95

Falcon Guide, Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks

USW138
Tamara Martin, Erik Molvar
Falcon Press
2013
256
0762782765
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
In addition to useful trail descriptions, maps and safety techniques, this practical hiking guide to Zion and Bryce National Parks gives an overview of the area's natural history.
$21.95

Canyon Country Wildflowers

USW155
Damian Fagan
Falcon Press
2012
152
1560445602
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive field guide covers 190 of the most commonly encountered wildflowers, shrubs and trees of the Four Corners area.
$19.95

Grand Canyon, Travelers' Tales

USW333
James O'Reilly (Editor), Larry Habegger (Editor)
Traveler's Tales
1999
281
1932361235
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A diverse collection of excellent stories and essays on the nature, history and people of the Grand Canyon. Organized by topic, the selection includes Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, Ann Zwinger, Colin Fletcher, Edward Abbey and other greats.
$17.95

Grand Canyon, A Visitor's Companion

SWU197
George Wuerthner
Stackpole Books
1998
264
0811724921
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A handbook and guide to the geology, ecology and wildlife of the Grand Canyon, featuring 60 color photographs and 260 color drawings.
$19.95

For Kids

Brighty of the Grand Canyon

USW330
Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)
Aladdin Books
1991
224
0689714858
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Originally published in 1953, this classic is based on the real-life adventures of a much-adored burro who lived at the Grand Canyon from 1892 to 1922. Written for readers ages 9-12.
$7.99

The Butterfly Dance

SWU25
Gerald Dawavendawa
Abbeville Publishing Group
2001
32
0789201615
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
To bring rain to the parched land of the Southwest, a young Hopi girl and her family, part of the "Rabbit Clan," perform the "Butterfly Dance." This tale depicts the characters as animals in wonderful illustrations.
$14.95

When Clay Sings

SWU103
Bird Baylor
Aladdin Books
1987
32
0689711069
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Bird Baylor's book, first published in 1972, endures as a remarkable evocation of the southwestern landscape and its ancient inhabitants. Tom Bahti illustrated; ages 4-8.
$7.99

The Desert is Theirs

SWU106
Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
Aladdin Books
1987
32
0689711050
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Baylor sweetly conjures the desert and its residents, both human and animal, in verse in this Caldecott Honor Book for younger readers, featuring large, evocative watercolor paintings.
$7.99