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Canyons of the Southwest

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Get the featured set of Essential Reading, our top picks of what to read, and get free shipping on anything else you order. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Essential Reading Package-EXSWU246

Item EXSWU246. Buy these 4 items as a set for $69 including shipping, 15% off the retail price. With free shipping on anything else you order.  Buy Package

Insight Guide Arizona & the Grand Canyon

SWU274
Nicky Leach
Insight Guides
2016
352
178005291X
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This lavishly illustrated guide includes excellent color maps and thoughtful short essays on history, culture and attractions. With chapters on numerous destinations including Phoenix, Sedona, Navajo and Hopi Reservations, and ghost towns.
$22.99

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

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

Great Basin National Park Map

SWU54
Earthwalk Press
MapLink
2001
2
0915749092
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed hiking map of great Basin National Park.
$6.95

Zion National Park

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

Eyewitness Guide Arizona & the Grand Canyon

SWU173
Eyewitness Guides
DK Publishing
2015
176
1465428593
PAPER
Guidebook
11/21/2017
0
0
0
0
A comprehensive guide to Arizona, complete with over 500 photographs, illustrations and maps, as well as plenty of travel information.
$20.00

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

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

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 Traveling Nature Photographer

PHT31
Steven Morello (Photographer)
Schiffer Publishing
2008
176
0764330551
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
Morello's handy guide to exploring the natural world through photography includes chapters on preparation, equipment (especially lenses), weather, exposure basics and composition.
$29.99

Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations

SWU514
Lois Ellen Frank
Ten Speed Press
2002
208
1580083986
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Photographer Lois Ellen Frank spent four years documenting the culinary techniques used on reservations throughout the Southwest, compiling her discoveries into this handsome book, rich in photos and recipes.
$35.00

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

How the Canyon Became Grand, A Short History

USW76
Stephen J. Pyne
Viking
1999
199
0140280561
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The history of the idea and allure of the Grand Canyon, and its transformation from worthless real estate to marvel of nature.
$15.00

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

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

The Majesty Of The Grand Canyon, 150 Years In Art

USW813
Joni Kinsey
Daedalus
2004
160
0764929569
HARD COVER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
Celebrating 150 years of Western art of the Grand Canyon, this survey draws together over 100 paintings, created from the mid-1800s through the 1990s.
$35.00

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

Revenge of the Saguaro, Offbeat Travels Through America's Southwest

USW327
Tom Miller
Consortium
2009
256
1933693606
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
Tom Miller's digressive, witty and willfully eccentric account of travel and obsession in the American Southwest (originally published as Jack Ruby's Kitchen Sink) captures the spirit of his beloved homeland.
$14.95

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 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

Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, Living and Writing in the West

SWU492
Wallace Earle Stegner
Modern Library
2002
272
0375759328
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Wallace Stegner's tribute to the landscape of the American West includes profiles of writers like John Steinbeck and Norban Maclean, histories and a call for environmental action. An important, memorable collection, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
$18.00

Cadillac Desert, The American West and Its Disappearing Water

USW246
Marc Reisner
Penguin Putnam
1993
582
0140178244
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.00

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

Travelers Guide to the Geology of the Colorado Plateau

SWU32
Donald L. Baars
University of Chicago Press
2002
296
0874807158
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A clearly written survey of the geology of the Four Corners region.
$25.00

Where the Water Goes, Life and Death Along the Colorado River

USW827
David Owen
Riverhead Books
2017
288
1594633770
HARD COVER
Science
0
0
0
0
As he traces the Colorado River from its headwaters to the river's end, David Owen explores how a patchwork of agreements and infrastructure enables life to flourish in the desert. He tells the surprising (even startling) story of where water comes from and where it goes.
$28.00

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

Field Guide to the Grand Canyon

USW334
Pocket Naturalist
Waterford Press
2001
1583550216
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

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

FG09
Jon Dunn
National Geographic
2011
576
1426208286
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$27.95

National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Travel

PHT23
Bob Caputo
National Geographic
2005
160
0792295056
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A concise, practical guide to taking better travel photos that covers equipment, digital photography and technique. With suggestions and a how-to.
$21.95

Southwestern Desert Life

SWU43
Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
Waterford Press
2000
1583551247
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A pocket-size, fold-out guide to the life of the desert Southwest.
$7.95

For Kids

In the Canyon

SWU499
Liz Garton Scanlon, Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2015
40
1481403486
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A well-illustrated and factual book that prepares kids for the magnificent Grand Canyon, from its tiniest lizards and petroglyphs to its soaring vistas. Written for ages 4-8.
$17.99

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

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

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

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

Grand Canyon

USW826
Jason Chin
Macmillan
2017
54
1596439505
HARD COVER
Science
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Showcasing die-cut illustrations, gatefold spreads and an intricate map, this wonderfully produced book follows a father and daughter as they explore the geologic wonder. Together, they discover how plants and animals have evolved within its walls for millennia. Written for ages 7 to 12.
$19.99

Grand Canyon Plants and Animals

RKY135
Dot Barlowe
Dover Publications
2010
32
0486472949
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A great way to occupy travelers ages 8 and up, these detailed line drawings realistically depict the flora and fauna of the Grand Canyon and come ready to color!
$3.99

The Last River

USW809
Stuart Waldman, Gregory Manchess (Illustrator)
Mikaya Press
2015
48
1931414580
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Subtitled "John Wesley Powell and the Colorado River Exploring Expedition," this children’s book brings the mighty river to life. By navigating whitewater rapids, sheer cliffs and blistering heat, Powell and his companions open the river to pioneers. Written for ages 9 to 13.
$12.95

Downriver

SWU519
Will Hobbs
Simon and Schuster Inc.
2012
198
1442445475
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
High schooler Jessi and her friends from an outdoor survival class abandon their teacher to journey the treacherous waters of the Colorado River alone in a reckless adventure through the heart of the Grand Canyon.
$7.99

River Thunder

SWU520
Will Hobbs
Laurel-Leaf Publishing
1999
224
0440226813
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG ADULTS
In the sequel to Downriver, teenager Jessie and her friends return to the Colorado River rapids -- unfortunately one of them has a secret motive that threatens their survival. Sequel to Downriver (SWU519).
$6.99

More Books

Blood of the Prophets, Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows

USW757
Will Bagley
University of Oklahoma Press
2004
493
0806136391
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Drawing from a host of reports and historical documents, Bagley chronicles the all-but-forgotten story of the Mormons’ attack on the Baker-Fancher wagon train. The massacre, which claimed 120 people and orphaned many children, involved then-governor and Mormon Church leader Brigham Young.
$26.95

Finding Abbey

DES15
Sean Prentiss
University of New Mexico Press
2015
216
0826355919
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A young writer sets off across the country in search of the hidden desert grave of environmental writer Edward Abbey. Along the way he contemplates the meaning of home, interviews Abbey's closest friends and unravels the complicated legacy of the great man.
$24.95

Grand Canyon, The Hidden Secrets

USW783
Kieth Merrill
Slingshot
2002
1584480149
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
This IMAX film captures the Grand Canyon in all its majesty. Director Keith Merrill retraces of the route of the 1869 Powell Expedition that explored the treacherous waters of the Colorado River and captures it all with expert cinematography. 60 minutes.
$19.99

The Hidden Canyon, A River Journey

SWU69
John Blaustein (Photographer), Edward Abbey, Martin Litton (Introduction)
Perseus
2015
160
0811822613
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A celebrated collection of photographs and accompanying journals from an 18-day trip down the Colorado River by Edward Abbey himself.
$29.95

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

Down the River

SWU73
Edward Abbey
Dutton Inc.
1991
242
0452265630
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
A collection of essays, including Abbey's experiences in and around the Colorado River.
$17.00

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

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

Worth Looking For

Canyonlands

USW816
National Geographic
National Geographic Video
2009
1426297564
DVD
Film
0
0
0
1
Heading to Canyonlands, a little-known jewel of America's national parks, National Geographic's film team captures the park's rugged terrain while informing viewers about its secret geologic history. Runtime: 50 minutes.
$24.95

Grand Canyon National Park Destination Map

SWU01
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2009
2
1566950600
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
1
A fold-up map of the Grand Canyon, shown at a scale of 1:70,000.
$14.95

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