Lace up your boots and sample fifty-nine of the finest trails in southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the stunning 1.2-million-acre Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. With thorough descriptions and detailed maps, this book leads you to both well-known and little-used trails, and it includes several backpack trips and a wide variety of day hikes. Whether traveling down remote desert roads or up serene canyons, you will be rewarded with vivid memories and a yearning to return.
For more than thirty years, FalconGuides® have set the standard for outdoor guidebooks. Written by top experts, each guide invites you to experience the adventure and beauty of the outdoors.
Features: Hikes suited to every abilityDirections to the trailheadsTrail Finder for best hikes for novices and families, moderate day hikes, strenuous day hikes, and backpacking trips for all levelsComprehensive trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cuesDifficulty ratings, average hiking times, best hiking seasons, and canine compatibility for every featured hikeInformation on fees and permits, contacts, campgrounds, and more
• Hikes suited to every ability
• Mile-by-mile directional cues
• Difficulty ratings, trail contacts, fees/permits, and best hiking seasons
• An index of hikes by category, such as easy day hikes, extended backcountry trips, hikes to lakes,/div and hikes for solitude
• Invaluable trip-planning information, including local lodging and campgrounds
• Full-color photos throughout
“An ideal pairing of talent and material.… Engrossing.… A deft and ambitious storyteller.” – Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review
In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors.
In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarah’s journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.
Been looking for a naked mannequin to hide in your kitchen cabinets?
Curious about Chuck’s debut in an MTV music video?
What goes on at the Scum Center?
How do you get to the Apocalypse Café?
In the closest thing he may ever write to an autobiography, Chuck Palahniuk provides answers to all these questions and more as he takes you through the streets, sewers, and local haunts of Portland, Oregon. According to Katherine Dunn, author of the cult classic Geek Love, Portland is the home of America’s “fugitives and refugees.” Get to know these folks, the “most cracked of the crackpots,” as Palahniuk calls them, and come along with him on an adventure through the parts of Portland you might not otherwise believe actually exist. No other travel guide will give you this kind of access to “a little history, a little legend, and a lot of friendly, sincere, fascinating people who maybe should’ve kept their mouths shut.”
Here are strange personal museums, weird annual events, and ghost stories. Tour the tunnels under downtown Portland. Visit swingers’ sex clubs, gay and straight. See Frances Gabe’s famous 1940s Self-Cleaning House. Look into strange local customs like the I-Tit-a-Rod Race and the Santa Rampage. Learn how to talk like a local in a quick vocabulary lesson. Get to know, I mean really get to know, the animals at the Portland zoo.
Oh, the list goes on and on.
From the Hardcover edition.
--American Angler The best places and times to fish Detailed maps and hatch charts plus top producing fly patterns with recipes Local guides and outfitters on techniques and tackle
Whether you want to target trout sipping Tricos on the Missouri, pack in to the South Fork of the Flathead for a wilderness adventure, or simply find a good spot to fish while on a vacation to Glacier or Yellowstone National Park, this guide is the best place to start for a successful fishing trip. With stunning photos, detailed maps and hatch charts for each river, photos and recipes of the most effective fly patterns, and insider information from local guides and outfitters, Montana's Best Fly Fishing is an essential reference for the best fishing in Big Sky Country.
This is the third in Robert Brown's series of picturesque guidebooks to another era. In text and photographs he has captured the sense of the historic as well as the nostalgic of a new selection of ghost towns and mining camps that dot the back country byways and high mountain valleys of Colorado.
Rockhounding New Mexico describes 140 of the state's best rockhound sites, covering popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas. This handy guide describes where and how to collect specimens, includes maps of each site as well as directions, and provides reliable recommendations for accommodations, camping, and other special attractions. It is, in short, a complete and outstanding introduction to the many sides of a fascinating hobby.
Southwest Foraging helps new and experienced foragers find the most flavorful wild plants the region has to offer, including barrel cactus, chickweed, Indian tea, and saguaro. This savvy, accessible, full-color guide shows you what to look for, when and where to look, and how to gather in a responsible way. It profiles 117 plants, with detailed information for safe identification, advice on sustainable harvesting, and tips on preparation and use.
In the spring of 1971, the federal government proposed incorporating still more Havasupai land into Grand Canyon National Park. At hearings that spring, Havasupai Tribal Chairman Lee Marshall rose to speak. “I heard all you people talking about the Grand Canyon,” he said. “Well, you're looking at it. I am the Grand Canyon!” Marshall made it clear that Havasu Canyon and the surrounding plateau were critical to the survival of his people; his speech laid the foundation for the return of thousands of acres of Havasupai land in 1975.
I Am the Grand Canyon is the story of a heroic people who refused to back down when facing overwhelming odds. They won, and today the Havasupai way of life quietly continues in the Grand Canyon and on the surrounding plateaus.
* A cultural pilgrimage as well as an athletic one
* Story blends personal adventure, middle-aged angst, the beauty of a landscape, history of exploration, and mysteries of the rise and fall of an ancient culture
* By a critically acclaimed travel and adventure writer also famous for his exploits in Alaska's mountains
* Includes photos by Greg Child of the landscape, Anasazi and Navajo ruins and rock art
On September 1, 2004, three middle-aged buddies set out on one of the last geographic challenges never before attempted in North America: to hike the Comb Ridge in one continuous push. The Comb is an upthrust ridge of sandstone-virtually a mini-mountain range-that stretches almost unbroken for a hundred miles from just east of Kayenta, Arizona, to some ten miles west of Blanding, Utah. To hike the Comb is to run a gauntlet of up-and-down severities, with the precipice lurking on one hand, the fiendishly convoluted bedrock slab on the other-always at a sideways, ankle-wrenching pitch. There is not a single mile of established trail in the Comb's hundred-mile reach.
The friends were David Roberts, writer, adventurer, famed mountaineer of decades past, at age 61 the graybeard of the bunch; Greg Child, renowned mountaineer and rock climber, age 47; and Vaughn Hadenfeldt, a wilderness guide intimately acquainted with the canyonlands, age 53. They came to the Comb not only for the physical challenge, but to seek out seldom-visited ruins and rock art of the mysterious Anasazi culture. Each brought his own emotions on the journey; the Comb Ridge would test their friendship in ways they had never before experienced.
Searching for the stray arrowhead half-smothered in the sand or for the faint markings on a far sandstone boulder that betokened a little-known rock art panel, becomes a competitive sport for the three friends. Along the way, they ponder the mystery, bringing the accounts of early and modern explorers and archaeologists to bear: Who were the vanished Indians who built these inaccessible cliff dwellings and pueblos, often hidden from view? Of whom were they afraid and why? What caused them to suddenly abandon their settlements around 1300 AD? What meaning can be ascribed to their phantasmagoric rock art? What was their relationship to the Navajo, who were convinced the Anasazi had magical powers and could fly?
The reader will also find the sections about the history of the town and the chapters on gambling fascinating. In truth, The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas emphasizes how to have fun and understand the crazy environment that is today's Vegas. It's a keeper."
Look inside to find: Hikes suited to every ability
Mile-by-mile directional cues
GPS coordinates for all trailheads and backcountry campsites
An index of hikes by category— from easy day hikes to hikes to waterfalls
Invaluable trip-planning information, including local lodging and campgrounds
Full-color photos throughout
Full-color GPS-compatible maps of each trail
Includes information on:
The right way to apply climbing, caving, and whitewater skills to technical canyoneering An explanation of technical canyon ratings Simple, effective ways to negotiate hazardous terrain Twelve classic canyons in North America and their ratings ACA-certified instructors, guides, and guide service
These underfished tarns host everything from wild 5-pound cutthroat to the elusive and challenging golden trout to the increasingly rare arctic grayling. Mix in the occasional trophy brookie and all the 12-inch cutts and rainbows you can catch and it becomes apparent that there is no shortage of opportunity.
Author Joshua Bergan has spent years exploring these pristine highland gems. From fish and bugs present, to water conditions, hiking difficulty and the flies that work, this guide provides all the necessary information.
A broad selection of drive-to lakes, short hikes and several-mile treks with overnights are laid out with GPS coordinates for the trailheads and destinations. The author’s driving directions get you to Point A and Wilderness Adventures Press’ highly-touted maps take it from there.
This comprehensive guidebook covers over 250 highland lakes from the Absarokas to the Idaho border, including the Gallatin Range, Madison Range, Gravelly Range, Tobacco Roots, Pioneer Mountains, Beaverhead Mountains and other smaller ranges.
Fishing mountain lakes isn’t for everyone, which is why it should be for you. Unleash a lifetime of new fishing spots with this outstanding new book.
From the trophy waters of the San Juan and Rio Grande to the Chama and the Brazos, New Mexico is home to more than four thousand miles of cold-water streams teeming with cutthroat, brown, rainbow, and brook trout. With the state's year round fishing season, anglers can find water matched to any level of skill and style of fly fishing.
In addition to chapters devoted to specific streams and lakes, the book includes detailed maps, important information on regulations, the fishing year and environmental concerns.
• Thirty-minute strolls to six-hour adventures
• Mile-by-mile directions and clear trail maps
• Trail Finder for best hikes with children, dogs, or great views
• GPS coordinates
"Bears and wolves in Yellowstone's backcountry don't hold a candle to the danger posed by the people sent there to study them. [Yellowstone Standoff balances] potential danger and shady characters."
"Graham does a terrific job of maintaining suspense and keeping the reader wondering what could possibly be happening. The remote forests of Yellowstone are well described, and Graham's writing transports the reader…"
—REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE
"One part mystery, one part mysticism, and one part mayhem—Scott Graham's Yellowstone Standoff is all parts thrilling."
—CRAIG JOHNSON, author of the Longmire Mysteries
Yellowstone Standoff takes man versus nature—and man tangled up with nature—right to the brink of wild suspense."
—MARK STEVENS, author of Lake of Fire
What an extraordinary ride! You know when a reader says they couldn't put the book down? Yellowstone Standoff is one of those rare books…a tour de force."
—WIN BLEVINS, author of The Darkness Rolling
With sweeping landscapes, engaging characters, and a twisted plot, Scott Graham’s Yellowstone Standoff is a must–read mystery that’s hard to set down."
—MARGARET MIZUSHIMA, author of Killing Trail: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery
Book three in the National Park Mystery Series, Yellowstone Standoff takes readers deep into the backcountry of a wildly popular national park. When Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bears and gray wolves suddenly and inexplicably go rogue, archaeologist Chuck Bender teams with his old friend, Yellowstone Chief Ranger Lex Hancock, to defend the suspect members of a group scientific expedition. Soon, Chuck finds himself defending the lives of his family as an unforeseen danger threatens in the storied national park's remote wilderness.
SCOTT GRAHAM is the author of seven books, including Canyon Sacrifice and Mountain Rampage—books one and two in the National Park Mystery Series from Torrey House Press—and Extreme Kids, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. Like most visitors to America's first national park, Graham was awestruck by Yellowstone as a child. His fascination with the park has continued in the years since, with numerous visits to Yellowstone's geyser- and wildlife-filled front country and its incomparable wilderness. Graham is an avid outdoorsman and amateur archaeologist who enjoys mountaineering, skiing, hunting, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting with his wife, who is an emergency physician, and their two sons. He lives in Durango, Colorado.
Covering the Rio Grande corridor, the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, Petroglyph National Monument, and the preserved areas and wetlands south of Albuquerque (including crane and waterfowl haven Bosque del Apache), Birding Hotspots of Central New Mexico offers twenty-nine geographically organized site descriptions, including maps and photographs, trail diagrams, and images of some of the birds and scenery birders will enjoy. Along with a general description of each area, the authors list target birds; explain where and when to look for them; give driving directions; provide information about public transportation, parking, fees, restrooms, food, and lodging; and give tips on availability of water and picnic facilities and on the presence of hazards such as rattlesnakes, bears, and poison ivy.
The book includes a “helpful information” section that discusses weather, altitude, safety, transportation, and other local birding resources. The American Birding Association’s code of birding ethics appears in the back of the book, along with an annotated checklist of 222 bird species seen with some regularity in and around Albuquerque.
Future alpinists read old journals and guidebooks, hoping to experience what the alpine "pioneers" did. For most, the Rockies require a certain edge that comes with age, humiliation and failure. Perhaps the ones who drink the most whisky, dream of the biggest peaks and sleep with snowballs in their hands are the ones rewarded with the momentary triumph of coming to a draw with one of these mountains.
This is not a guidebook. Rather, it is a narrative history by the people who risked life and limb to establish these long, difficult and sometimes scary climbs.
Discover areas of Yellowstone and Grand Teton that many visitors miss, from marvelous Firehole Canyon to the ever-changing face of Norris Geyser Basin, from Flagg Ranch to the geologic wonders of the Gros Ventre Slide area.
Inside you’ll find:
Itineraries ranging from 5 miles to 155 miles in length
Full-color photos and route maps for each drive
In-depth descriptions of attractions along the way
Historical information and suggested side trips
Optional side trips to museums, parks, and landmarks
Tips on lodging, camping, dining, travel services, and best driving seasons
Jewell and McRae lead travelers to the highlights of Big Sky Country, with original trip ideas including "A Lewis and Clark Expedition," "Fishing Southwest Montana," and "Soak It Up: Hot Springs of Montana." Complete with tips for cross-country skiing at Glacier National Park, observing elk at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, and finding the best watering holes in Missoula, Moon Montana gives visitors the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Fed by the purest water from a natural spring near Sun Valley Idaho, Silver Creek has become a destination for the serious fly fisherman who wants to try his or her skill against the wiliest of trout in a region as beautiful as it is challenging.