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Red Rocks & Painted Canyons

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

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

Moon Handbook Zion and Bryce

SWU181
W.C. McRae
Avalon Travel Publishing
2017
350
1631215000
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to traveling and hiking in Utah's Zion and Bryce National Parks, with shorter sections on nearby Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Escalante.
$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

Colorado Plateau, Wild and Beautiful

USW756
John Annerino
Farcountry press
2014
120
156037585X
HARD COVER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A coffee table tribute to the geological wonderland of "Red Rock Country." Award-winning photographer and writer John Annerino takes us through the echoing canyons, towering hoodoos and cliff dwellings of the region’s beautiful parks and reserves.
$32.95

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

Coyote Waits

SWU282
Tony Hillerman
HarperCollins
2009
352
0061808377
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Investigating the murder of a fellow tribal policeman, Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee unravel a complex plot of death involving a historical find, a lost fortune, and the mythical Coyote in this tense mystery, full of Hillerman's customary attention to detail on Navajo culture.
$9.99

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

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

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

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

More Books

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

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

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

Las Vegas Map

SWU41
Borch Maps
Borch Maps
2015
2
2897071010
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A laminated, folded map of Las Vegas at a scale of 1:20,000.
$9.95

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

Zion Canyon, A Storied Land

USW502
Greer K. Chesher
University of Arizona Press
2007
96
0816524874
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Chesher, a park ranger and longtime resident of the region, brings a personal and in-depth perspective to Zion Canyon, examining its geological wonders, ecology and the interplay between the landscape and its human settlers.
$14.95

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

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

Songs from the Loom, A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave

SWU22
Monty Roessel
Lerner Publishing Group
1995
48
0822597128
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
An introduction to Navajo weaving for children 9-12 and presented in the form of a photographic essay depicting the author's daughter learning the traditions of her ancestors.
$8.95

Kinaalda, A Navajo Girl Grows Up

SWU23
Monty Roessel
Lerner Publishing Group
1993
48
0822596415
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
This children's book follows Celinda McKelvey, a 13-year-old Navajo girl, as she performs and celebrates Kinaalda, a traditional Navajo rite-of-passage ceremony. An informative guide for middle school children, with color photographs.
$8.95

Children of Clay, A Family of Pueblo Potters

SWU24
Rina Swentzell, Bill Steen (Photographer)
Lerner Publishing Group
1993
40
082259627X
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A Pueblo family finds, prepares and shapes clay, in this photo-essay on pottery traditions. Part of the "We Are Still Here" series for children 9-12.
$8.95

American Indian Games

SWU28
Jay Miller
Children's Press
1997
48
0516260928
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A look at traditional games played by Native American children for elementary school children, featuring color photographs.
$9.75

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

Navajo Long Walk, The Tragic Story of a Proud People's Forced March from Their Homeland

SWU131
Shonto Begay (Illustrator), Joseph Bruchac
2002
64
0792270584
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
A shameful chapter of American policy, the Navajos' forced relocation in the 1860s, is introduced to a new generation of readers in this handsomely illustrated history. Ages 9-12.
$18.95

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

Ghost Horses, A Mystery in Zion National Park

USW521
Gloria Skurzynski
2007
1426301081
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Life-threatening accidents keep plaguing the Landon family as they investigate the mysterious deaths of white mustangs at Zion National Park.
$4.99

Here Is the Southwestern Desert

SWU252
Anne Coe (Illustrator), Madeleine Dunphy
Perseus
2006
32
0977379566
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A poem celebrating the Sonoran desert's biodiversity accompanied by lovely paintings of its flora and fauna. From the Web of Life series.
$9.95

Animals Count in Grand Canyon National Park

SWU469
Donna Love
Grand Canyon Association
2009
32
1934656054
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Published by the Grand Canyon Association, this delightful counting book stars a myriad of furry, feathered, stealthy, scaly, slithering and slippery creatures of the Grand Canyon and the Desert Southwest.
$9.95

Mule Train Mail

SWU468
Craig Brown
2009
1580891888
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night will keep the postman from completing his rounds -- even if it is Anthony and his team of six mules on the celebrated and very steep trail into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim to Supai.
$7.95

The Wild West on 5 Bits a Day

USW663
Joan Tapper
Thames & Hudson
2010
160
0500288720
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
FAMILY
A time-traveler's guide to exploring and surviving in the Wild West of 1880, including sites, saloons, gunfights, people to meet (like Buffalo Bill) and people to avoid (including Billy the Kid and Geronimo). Fun for the whole family!
$18.95