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Grand Canyon Rafting

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 Emerald Mile

USW719
Kevin Fedarko
Scribner
2014
417
1439159866
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the Colorado River during the flood of 1983.
$18.00

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

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

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

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

Grand Canyon Map 261, Bright Angel Canyon, North & South Rims

USW628
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2009
2
4971700261
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$11.95

Grand Canyon East Map

USW625
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2009
2
4971700262
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This detailed relief map (1:90,000) covers the Colorado River from mile 0 to 142, Glen Canyon to Phantom Ranch.
$11.95

Grand Canyon West Map

USW626
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2009
2
4971700263
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This detailed relief map (1:90,000) covers the Colorado River from mile 110 to 278, Phantom Village to Lake Mead.
$11.95

Falcon Guide, Hiking Grand Canyon National Park

SWU102
Ron Adkison
Falcon Press
2016
256
1493023004
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
In addition to useful trail descriptions, maps and safety techniques, this practical hiking guide to Grand Canyon National Park gives an overview of the area's natural history, tips for no-trace camping and advice on navigating the area's unique terrain.
$21.95

Lonely Planet Grand Canyon National Park

SWU174
Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet Publications
2016
256
1742207251
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This comprehensive guide focuses on where to go and what to do, with maps and an overview of the natural history of the area.
$19.99

The Complete Whitewater Rafter

OCE59
Jeff Bennett
McGraw-Hill
1996
196
007005505X
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

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 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

Canyon

SWU75
Michael Ghiglieri
University of Arizona Press
1992
311
0816512868
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$24.95

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

Running Dry

USW633
Jonathan Waterman
National Geographic
2010
305
1426205058
HARD COVER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$26.00

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

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

SWU214
Christa Sadler (Editor)
Alpenbooks
2006
264
0977698300
PAPER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
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.
$17.95

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

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

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 Century of Change

SWU72
Robert H. Webb
University of Arizona Press
1996
290
0816515786
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A fascinating book, which pairs photographs taken along the river at the turn-of-the-century with modern photographs from 1994-95. It documents, in visual detail, changes wrought over the last 100 years.
$32.95

Mac's Pocket Guide Grand Canyon National Park Geology

SWU217
Stewart Aitchison
Mountaineers
2005
1594850194
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A 12-panel foldup guide to the geology and the geological features of the Grand Canyon with color photographs.
$6.95

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Over the Edge, A Mystery in Grand Canyon National Park

USW520
Gloria Skurzynski
2008
158
1426301774
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The life of a biologist studying condors in the Grand Canyon is threatened in this entry in Mysteries in Our National Parks -- and the hostile teenage computer whiz in her family's foster care may be involved.
$4.99

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 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

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

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