A waterproof river guide with mile-by-mile descriptions of rapids, interesting attractions, and historical lore. Includes the Green River from Green River, Utah, to Lake Powell, the Colorado River through Westwater Canyon; and the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon. Includes Ruby and Horsethief Canyons.
DESOLATION River Guide
by Bill Belknap
Mile-by-mile description of the Green River from Split Mountain Gorge to Green River, Utah; Desolation and Gray
Canyons. Includes pictures of Ute Indians, early ranch life, canyon critters, and a satellite view. Features geological notes by John Evans. Rapids are rated. Waterproof.
RIVER RUNNERS’ GUIDE TO THE GREEN RIVER WITH EMPHASIS ON GEOLOGIC FEATURES: DESOLATION AND GRAY CANYONS
By Felix E. Mutschler
From Ouray to Green River, Utah, the Green River follows a course through open desert and beneath lofty terraced canyon walls. This guide provides a brief geologic history of these canyon walls and describes points of interest along the river in log format. Rapids are rated
CATARACT CANYON: A HUMAN HISTORY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF THE RIVERS IN CANYONLANDS
by Robert H. Webb, Jayne Belnap, and John S. Weisheit.
The University of Utah Press Publisher River Runners and armchair naturalists alike will be enthralled by this stunning tour through the natural, environmental, and human history of Cataract Canyon, a spectacular stretch of river on the Colorado below Moab, Utah.
THE GLEN CANYON COUNTRY: A PERSONAL MEMOIR by Don D. Fowler
In his new book, The Glen Canyon Country, archaeologist Don D. Fowler shares the history of a place and the peoples who sojourned there over the course of several thousand years. To tell this story, he weaves his personal experience as a student working on the Glen Canyon Salvage Project with accounts of early explorers, geologists, miners, railroad developers, settlers, river runners, and others who entered this magical place. The book details the canyon’s story via historical and scientific summaries, biographical sketches, personal memoir, and previously unpublished photos of the land and its explorers.
Readers will experience the intrigue and beauty of the Canyon while following not only the story of an individual but also of Glen Canyon itself. Infused with the breadth and depth of a lifetime of archaeological experience, The Glen Canyon Country is the definitive account of the prehistory and history of a significant river corridor and the surrounding land.
TRACES OF FREMONT: SOCIETY AND ROCK ART IN ANCIENT UTAH
text by Steven R. Simms, Photographsy By Francois Gohier
Fremont is a culture (ca. 300–1300 A.D.) first defined by archaeologist Noel Morss in 1928 based on characteristics unique to the area. Initially thought to be a simple socio-political system, recent reassessments of the Fremont assume a more complex society. This volume places Fremont rock art studies in this contemporary context. Author Steven Simms offers an innovative model of Fremont society, politics, and worldview using the principles of analogy and current archaeological evidence. Simms takes readers on a trip back in time by describing what a typical Fremont hamlet or residential area might have looked like a thousand years ago, including the inhabitants' daily activities. François Gohier's captivating photographs of Fremont art and artifacts offer an engaging complement to Simms's text, aiding us in our understanding of the lives of these ancient people.
A GREEN RIVER READER
edited by Alan Blackstock
An assemblage of every significant written testament to the Green River from Kit Carson and John C. Fremont to contemporary American naturalists like Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey
THE EXPLORATION OF THE COLORADO RIVER AND THE HIGH PLATEAUS OF UTAH BY THE SECOND POWELL EXPEDITION OF 1871-1872
edited by Herbert E. Gregory, William Culp Darrah, and Charles Kelly
Journals of three men of the second Powell expedition, providing diverse points of views about the second expedition, both in terms of its human components and its scientific labors.
IF WE HAD A BOAT: GREEN RIVER EXPLORERS, ADVENTURERS, AND RIVER RUNNERS
by Roy Webb
Here is an account of the events that have shaped the Green River’s History, interwoven with the colorful personalities of those who have shared the dangers and thrilling explorations of the river, the excitement of the rapids, the beauty of the peaceful parks, and the mystery of steep, dark canyons.
RAVENS EXILE, A Season on the Green River
by Ellen Meloy
Desolation Canyon – awestruck first explorers described it as “empty, “tortuous”, and “worthless,” but Ellen Meloy introduces us to a canyon that abounds with ghosts, legends, and life. Here she chronicles a river ranger season in the back country of Utah’s canyons, where she and her husband spend half the year reveling in rapids and rooflessness.
WESTWATER LOST AND FOUND
by Mike Milligan
Upstream from Moab on the Colorado river, near Utah’s eastern border, Westwater Canyon has become one of the West’s most popular river-running destinations. Over the years, this place has attracted a variety of colorful characters – explorers and surveyors, outlaws and bootleggers, sheep men, and river runners.Mike Milligan, who came to know this area as a river guide, has written a thorough history of this remote, untamed place.
RIVER RUNNER’S GUIDE TO UTAH AND ADJACENT AREAS
by Gary C. Nichols
Describes and maps over 90 river trips; provides instructions for beginner and experts alike; rates all waterways by levels of difficulty. Many photographs and illustrations.
CANYONS OF COLOR: UTAH’S SLICKROCK WILDLANDS
by Gary Paul Nabhaan and CarolineWilson. Harper Collins Publisher
Layers of sandstone varnished and polished by wind and water. Dazzling hues of red and purple. Redrock forests towering above arid canyon floors. This husband & wife team of naturalists trace the geologic creation of these giant stone sculptures. They reveal the flora and fauna nurtured by the extreme climate of the high desert, and they explore the archaeological evidence of human existence in the area. Beautiful photographs, large format.
CANYON COUNTRY GEOLOGY
by F.A. Barnes
A guide for the layman and rockhound to understanding the spectacular geology of the canyons of southeastern Utah and general vicinity. Excellent maps, charts and photos.
SCENES OF THE PLATEAU LANDS AND HOW THEY CAME TO BE
by William Lee Stokes
A very readable geological explanation of the unique landscapes that are found on the Colorado Plateau. Sketches and illustrations by the author add to the enjoyment and understanding of the basic geological principles discussed. Learn why the rocks and formations are certain colors, why they are flat or pointed on top, and so forth.
THE PIÑON PINE: A NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY
by Ronald Lanner
The piñon pine is a small, hardy tree that inhabits the semi-arid mountains and mesas of the western U.S. and Mexico. Because the piñons grow where few other trees can survive and produce exceptionally nutritious pine nuts, the trees have had a long relationship with man and animal in the piñon-juniper region. In a highly readable style, the author takes an all-elusive view of the piñon pine and shows how the arrival of man influenced and was influenced by the tree. The volume concludes with an appendix by the author’s wife, which discusses how and when to gather pine nuts and provides 32 recipes.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN TREE FINDER
by Tom Watts
A handy pocket-size booklet that enables you to identify native trees (coniferous and deciduous) of the entire Rocky Mountain region. Through a step-by-step process of elimination, tree identification is simple and easy.
UTAH HISTORICAL QUARTERLY
Vol. 60, No. 3, Summer 1992
This magazine style book was established to publish articles contributing to the knowledge of Utah’s history. This issue contains an article remembering the beginning of commercial rafting and the start of The Western River Guides Association. Interestingly details the growth and transition of river rafting on the Green and Colorado rivers from the early post World War II days to the present.
PLATEAU PROVINCE: A HIGH DESERT PORTFOLIO PHOTOGRAPHY & ESSAYS
by Tom Till
For the first time, world-traveling Moab, Utah, photographer Tom Till presents a portfolio of images from his recent explorations of the American Southwest. Visit all the great National Parks and Monuments of the region, including the many new Monuments recently added to protect this fragile and stunning area. Also included are photographs of some the region’s spectacular river corridors, and many of the proposed wildernesses, now in more danger than ever from the area’s rapid growth and government policies that have marginalized and excluded them. Till’s photographs also depict areas that have been spared destruction, for now, by the hard work of Southwestern environmental groups. Though Till is a contributor to countless books about the region, nearly all of the photographs here have not appeared in book form before. Plateau Province showcases 135 Full color photographs, essays on desert photography lore, techniques, camera equipment and how the photographs were made. 176 pages. Hardcover. 13.4 x 9.9 x 0.8 inches
UTAH THEN AND NOW
by Tom Till
Contemporary Re-photography by Tom Till with essays by former Salt Lake City major Ted Wilson. In this spectacular large format, hard cover book, Tom Till has made contemporary photos of Utah sights and scenes that were photographed long ago. This book is a genuine collector’s volume comparing today’s landscapes with what used to be there. It is also a testament to Till’s fortitude in tracking down the places in the old photos.
GREAT & PECULAR BEAUTY: A UTAH READER
by Thomas Lyon and Terry Tempest Williams
Edited by Thomas Lyon and Terry Tempest Williams, Great and Peculiar Beauty: A Utah Reader is a celebration of this state’s unique, diverse, and evocative literature. This volume contains stories (both fiction and nonfiction), journal entries, interviews, and poetry that illuminate our sense of place as a people. More than 150 years of recorded writing are represented here, divided by geographic region: the Great Basin, the Urban Terrace, the Mountains, the Colorado Plateau, and Dixie. It is a collection that has grown out of Utah, yet goes beyond the physical limitations of the state and takes us to interior spaces, where landscapes of great and peculiar beauty are created.
UTAH – THE RIGHT PLACE: THE OFFICIAL CENTENNIAL HISTORY
by Thomas G. Alexander
From Ancient Peoples to contemporary artisans, from religious refugees to gunslinging outlaws, from mountain men to environmental activists – all these people, and millions more, have found Utah to be “The Right Place.” In this comprehensive volume, Dr. Thomas G. Alexander, under commission by the Utah State Historical Society, has documented the fascinating history of those who have explored, developed, and changed the forty-fifth state of the union.
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