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Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.
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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

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

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

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

Arches National Park

USW163
National Geographic Maps
National Geographic Maps
2013
2
0925873128
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A durable topographic map of Arches, printed on tear- and water-resistant paper and shown at a scale of 1:35,000.
$11.95

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

Canyonlands National Park Map

USW164
National Geographic Maps
Trails Illustrated
2009
2
0925873101
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A durable topographic map of Canyonlands, printed on tear- and water-resistant paper at a scale of 1:70,000.
$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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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
2017
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
2017
592
1426218354
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.
$29.99

More Books

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

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

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

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

Southwestern Desert Birds

SWU42
Raymond Leung (Illustrator), James Kavanaugh
Waterford Press
2001
1583550917
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A fold-out, laminated guide to the birds of the desert Southwest, with illustrations of almost 150 species. Kids will enjoy this identification guide, too.
$7.95

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

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

The National Parks, America's Best Idea

USA394
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns (Director)
PBS Home Video
2013
6004445496
DVD
Film
0
0
0
0
The widescreen edition of Ken Burn's 6-part, 12-hour ode to the national parks, featuring hundreds of interviews, fascinating archival images and dazzling cinematography in High Definition.
$99.99

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