Books - Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau
by Wayne Ranney
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.
Books - Breaking into the Current
Written by AzRA guide Louise Teal
Profiling eleven of the first full-season Grand Canyon boatwomen, Breaking into the Current weaves together various experiences in their own words. Each woman tells a part of every Canyon boatwoman's story: when Marilyn Sayre talks about leaving the Canyon, when Ellen Tibbets speaks of crew camaraderie, or when Martha Clark recalls the thrill of white water, each tells how all were involved in the same romance. All the boatwomen have stories to tell of how they first came to the Canyon and why they stayed. Some speak of how they balanced their passion for being in the Canyon against the frustration of working in a traditionally male-oriented occupation, where today women account for about fifteen percent of the Canyon's commercial river guides. As river guides in love with the Canyon and their work, these women have followed their hearts.
“This book transcends gender even as it addresses it, and belongs in every river runner’s library,” says Verne Huser of Paddler Magazine. Louise Teal, an AzRA guide for over 20 years, gathered stories from the first female guides who began working in the early 1970′s. Breaking into the Current is definitely a fan favorite."
Books - Down the Great Unknown
by Edward Dolnick
This well-written non-fiction work is based not only on Maj. Powell's diaries, but also those kept by some of his men on the Powell Expedition in 1869. Dolnick does a masterful job of combining a broad-spectrum of history (Civil War, Manifest Destiny, railroad expansion) in a way that highlights and compliments the Grand Canyon expedition without overwhelming it. This book is based on detailed historical accounts of Powell’s journey from notes, journals, interviews and factual information gathered through hundreds of hours of research. Down The Great Unknown, is a well researched account of Powell’s journey, his teams’ personal lives and the newspaper stories that gripped a nation and brought worldwide attention to the Grand Canyon. Dolnick regularly breaks narrative to offer a modern take on many of the rapids by experienced boatmen. The science of the book--from flowing rivers to the rocks of the canyons--is enough to recommend this book to anyone setting out to explore the Southwest, especially if they plan to go rafting there.
Books - Grand Canyon Geology
By L. Greer Price. This sketch of Grand Canyon geology is perfect for the first-time visitor or the seasoned Grand Canyon traveler. It includes sections on the geologic record at Grand Canyon, regional geology, plate tectonics, and the Colorado River. It offers a fresh new approach with an emphasis on basic geologic principles.
Books - Grand Canyon Reader
By Lance Newman
This anthology brings together stories, essays, and poems written across five centuries by people inhabiting, surviving, and attempting to understand the Grand Canyon. Lively tales written by unschooled river runners, unabashedly popular fiction, and memoirs stand alongside finely crafted literary works to represent the full range of human experience in this wild, daunting, and inspiring landscape.
Books - No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the GC
It is the moving story of his journey since descending Mount Everest: from leading expeditions around the world with blind Tibetan teenagers to helping injured soldiers climb their way home from war, from adopting a son from Nepal to facing the most terrifying reach of his life: to solo kayak the thunderous whitewater of the Grand Canyon.
Books - Pocket Naturalist Night Sky
With its clear light free sky and canyon walls that frame the constellations, the Grand Canyon is the perfect place to view and learn about the night sky. This easy to use and understand glow-in-the-dark pocket-sized field booklet, references the northern hemisphere's night sky prominent constellations and stars that are visible with the naked eye throughout North America. Features 6 durable laminated panels, this handy guide is a great source of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike.
Books - River & Desert Plants of Grand Canyon
Written by AzRA Guide Kristin Huisinga Harned, Lori Makarick, and Kate Watters
The first comprehensive field guide devoted to the plants that live below the canyon rims, describes more than 300 plant species. As well as interesting facts or uses for the plants listed. Includes 310 high quality color photographs, 92 line drawings, and illustrated glossary and thumbnail identification key.
Books - River to Rim
By Nancy Brian
River to Rim tells the stories of rapids, temples, and points in the Grand Canyon: who names what and when, quotations from explorers, names given by tourists and river runners, and the events that gave rise to the place names. Whether you are viewing the scenery from the rim, running the river, or hiking the trails, here are the stories of over 600 place names along 300 miles of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon on a mile-by-mile sequence. Names are indexed and tied to a bibliography of over 200 entries.
Books - Stalking the Wild Dragonfly
By Nancy Rivest Green
"Animal stories have wide appeal, and most people have a few tales of their own to tell. Here the author shares a unique persepective drawn from a lifetime of living in national parks with her rander husband, in addition to her travels to wilderness areas all over the planet. Come alone on these intimate discoveries and reflections immersed in their landscapes. Nancy Rivest Green describes her personal encounters with wildlife in nature and presents scientific research on each creature for greater understanding. Wilderness is also a character in these stories of top-tier species- some of which are sliding toward the brink of extinction."
Books - Sunk Without A Sound
by Brad Dimock
On November 18, 1928, Glen and Bessie Hyde launched on the final leg of their honeymoon voyage through Grand Canyon. Their cumbersome wooden sweep scow was found upright and fully loaded three weeks later, but despite exhaustive searches, Glen and Bessie had vanished without a trace. Or had they? In the years since, four people appearing to be either Glen or Bessie have emerged, each with a tale implying murder and mayhem. Author and AzRA boatman Brad Dimock has unearthed the true story of the Hydes, followed each tale to its source, and gone so far as to retrace the Hydes’ fateful voyage in a replica of their archaic scow.
Books - Super Guide Grand Canyon Map
This guide offers a wealth of information with colorful illustrations, photos, and historical anecdotes. It covers the entire Grand Canyon and the reverse side focuses on the central corridor. Revised and updated, this map is the all-in-one canyon resource. "As both an educator and avid hiker I find myself referring to this map time and time again"- Mike Buchheit, Director of Grand Canyon Field Institute
Books - The Doing of The Thing
Written by Dimock, Welch and Conley
The fascinating and enigmatic story of one of Grand Canyon’s early river runner characters, Buzz Holstrom, who made the first solo run in Grand Canyon and was also the first to run all the rapids in the canyon on his solo trip. The author, Brad Dimock, is one of AzRA’s full time guides in the canyon.
Books - The Emerald Mile
THE EMERALD MILE, by Kevin Fedarko This book has been the winner of the National Outdoor Book Awards and also has made the top 10 New York Times best sellers Travel Books for Sept 2014!
It is the fascinating story of an epic river adventure in the summer of 1983, when 3 fearless men made history by becoming the fastest trip though Grand Canyon. They accomplished this feat by running their dory boat day and night on the highest water to run in recent times through the heart of the abyss.
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Books - The Exploration of the Colorado
By John Wesley Powell
A river runner classic! This great novel features a journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers and through the Grand Canyon written by legendary pioneer John Wesley Powell. This 1874 classic includes Powell's observations about the terrain and its Native American inhabitants, attacks, mutiny, stories about dangerous rapids along with reproductions of the original line drawings.
The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons was recently ranked number four on Adventure magazine’s list of top 100 classics.
Books - There's This River
There’s This River by Christa Sadler
An anthology of stories and artwork produced entirely by the river guiding community of Grand Canyon. Often hilarious, sometimes bittersweet and always entertaining, these true tales tell the stories of a landscape, a lifestyle and a unique community. If you liked the stories your guide entertained you with, you will love these classics!