Suggested Reading List
Ghosts of Glen Canyon: History Beneath Lake Powell
Author: Crampton, C Gregory
Description: Drift down the Colorado River through Glen Canyon and explore the people and places that encompass the history of this majestic canyon before it drowned in the rising waters of Lake Powell. Author Gregory Crampton led the historical investigations of Glen and San Juan canyons from 1957 to 1963 under contract with the National Park Service. The objective was to locate and record historical sites that would be lost to the rising waters of the reservoir. This book records that effort.
Roadside Geology of Arizona
Author: Chronic, Halka
Description: (Also recommended: Roadside Geology of Utah.) The 18th printing of this book in the Roadside Geology Series offers a mini-course in geology, focusing on what can be seen from Arizona highways. Although written especially for those with little or no geologic training, there's plenty here for the professional geologist as well--a great introduction to Arizona and its past. Geologic terms are defined where first used and again in the glossary. Inside the front cover is a legend to geological symbols and abbreviations commonly used by geologists.
Lee’s Ferry, Desert River Crossing
Author: Rusho, W.L.
Description: Lee's Ferry operated for 55 years (1872-1928) as the only crossing point along 600 river miles of the Colorado with a “road” on each side. Explorers, emigrants, missionaries, promoters, miners, writers, politicians, even notorious outlaws all helped turn Lee’s Ferry into a corridor and supply point for the men and women who shaped much of the American West. More than 140 rare photographs bring to life the fascinating history of this unique area.
Heart of the Desert Wild—Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Author: Greer K. Chesher
Description: A 1.9-million acre blank spot…For almost 12,000 years people have lived in this desert wilderness that is part of the American Southwest. After European settlement throughout the western United States, this place was not only rugged but remote, so much so that it was a blank spot on the map, literally. In this volume, author Greer Chesher and photographer Liz Hymans take us into Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and help us dig deep into its beauty and meaning.
The Redrock Canyon Explorer --A Virtual Visit to an Imaginary Canyon
Author: Irene Brady
Description: A highly enjoyable and strongly recommended companion to exploring redrock canyons of the Southwest. Packed from cover to cover with black-and-white illustrations, The Redrock Canyon Explorer showcases amazing facts about canyon history and wildlife; from how lizards run, to the life cycles of ravens, to the Ancestral Pueblo Native American culture that once called the redrock canyons home. The Redrock Canyon Explorer is a truly amazing, fact-filled and exciting guide for nature lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau
Author: Blakey, Ron, & Ranney, Wayne
Description: Imagine seeing the varied landscapes of the earth as they used to look throughout hundreds of millions of years of earth history. Tropical seas lap on the shores of an Arizona beach. Immense sand dunes shift and swirl in Sahara-like deserts in Utah and New Mexico. Ancient rivers spill from a mountain range in Colorado that was a precursor to the modern Rockies. Such flights of geologic fancy are now tangible through the thought-provoking and beautiful paleogeographic maps, reminiscent of the maps in world atlases we all paged through as children, of Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau.
Everett Ruess - A Vagabond for Beauty
Author: W.L. Rusho
Description: Everett Ruess, the young poet and artist who disappeared into the desert canyonlands of Utah in 1934, has become widely known posthumously as the spokesman for the spirit of the high desert. Many have been inspired by his intense search for adventure, leaving behind the amenities of a comfortable life. His search for ultimate beauty and oneness with nature is chronicled in this remarkable collection of letters to family and friends.
Living at the Edge: Explorers, Exploiters, and Settlers of the Grand Canyon Region
Author: Anderson, Michael F
Description: A comprehensive look at the pioneer history of the Grand Canyon Region, from its earliest residents to the creation of the national park at the end of the pioneer era (circa 1920). Included are close to two hundred historic photographs, many never published before, and 12 custom maps of the region. 184pp
Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country
Author: Williams, David B. & Gloria Brown
Description: Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated trailside reference to plants, animals, and geology of an area that includes nine national parks and monuments. 192 pp.
The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons
Author: Powell, John Wesley
Description: Full text of Powell's 1,000-mile expedition down the fabled Colorado in 1869. Superb account of terrain, geology, vegetation, Indians, famine, mutiny, treacherous rapids, mighty canyons. 240 illustrations. 432pp