Adventures of Salt and Soap
By Lori April Rome
The Adventures of Salt and Soap at Grand Canyon is the true story of two puppies who wandered into the Grand Canyon and experienced great adventures—multiple rim-to-river hikes, a river trip and a helicopter ride—while ultimately snuggling their way into park rangers’ hearts. Salt and Soap didn’t know they weren’t allowed below the rim of the Grand Canyon—they were just puppies! Their curiosity and love of human companionship carried them through rugged hikes, riverside camping in a violent thunderstorm, the unpredictable rapids of the mighty Colorado River, ranger patrols at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon, a harrowing helicopter ride back to the rim, and a new life on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Told with compassion and a sense of wonder by the park ranger who adopted the pups, this one-of-a-kind canine adventure tale reveals the kindness of strangers, the ruggedness of the Grand Canyon, and the joy two wiggly, perpetually happy puppies can bring to everyone they encounter.
An Introduction to Grand Canyon Prehistory
By Christopher M. Coder. A comprehensive yet accessible look at the cultures of those who have inhabited the Grand Canyon for the past 12,000 years. With a focus on how they lived and on the traces they have left behind, this heavily illustrated book opens up their ancient world to modern readers. Also included are chapters of the architecture of prehistoric Pueblo people and on the lifeways of Native American tribes who occupy the region today. An Introduction to Grand Canyon Prehistory provides a fascinating portrait of Grand Canyon's ancient past.
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.
Belknap Grand Canyon Guidebook
The Grand Canyon River Guide, by Buzz Belknap and Loie Belknap Evans is an indispensable addition to your trip down the Colorado River and can make your learning experience even more enjoyable. Each landmark along the 277-mile run is described in detail. Historical highlights, along with the natural history, notes on flora and fauna of the canyon make this a comprehensive, informative guide. This colorful and beautifully organized water-resistant guide contains a mile-by-mile river map showing the rapids, campsites and historic sites found in the Grand Canyon as well as information on the geology, and natural and human history.
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
By Marguerite Henry
Long ago, a long little burro roamed the high cliffs of the Grand Canyon and touched the hearts of all who knew him: an old miner, a big-game hunter, even President Teddy Roosevelt. Named Brighty by the prospector who befriended him, he remained a free spirit at heart. But when a ruthless claim-jumper murdered the prospector, Bright risked everything to bring the killer to justice.
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.
G is for Grand Canyon
By Barbara Gowen
Discover Arizona and its colorful heritage, rich Native American culture, and unique natural history. Colorfully illustrated, this book introduces children to the diversity of Arizona from the saguaro cactus and ridgenose rattlesnake to the Heard Museum and Meteor Crater.
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.
Grand Canyon Playing Cards
Created by a Grand Canyon river guide, these unique and educational playing cards have the beautiful view looking downstream from Nankoweap granaries on back. Every card has a photo and interesting facts about the Grand Canyon. The 4 suits are represented by 4 categories: history, animals, plants and geology.
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.
No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon
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.
Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
The authors of this gripping book, are veterans with decades of adventures rafting and hiking in Grand Canyon and have compiled fascinating accounts of the 550 people who have met untimely deaths in Grand Canyon. These intense stories of adventurers starting with Major Powell, to early pioneers to tourists visiting the rim in modern times are full of history and characters, educating the reader about the history of Grand Canyon in the process of their telling. These unfortunate misadventures, ultimately serve the reader with life savings lessons, spiced with a humorous twist on what would otherwise be morbid tales of misfortune. Do you know what the number one cause of death in Grand Canyon is? You would be surprised! Read this enthralling book to find the answer.
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.
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."
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.
The Colorado River in Grand Canyon Guidebook
This extremely comprehensive water-resistant spiral bound river map/guide book is provided to our guests as part of their trip with us in Grand Canyon, however, if someone would like to purchase an extra or may have lost their it can be purchased here. Author Dr. Larry Stevens is a regional expert on all aspects of Grand Canyon. This colorful, compact and sturdy book packs in an abundance of information and photos on Grand Canyon and the Colorado River into a small packet. Not only does it cover a mile by mile of 277 miles through Grand Canyon it also lists campsites, rapid scouting locations and difficulty ratings, as well as approximate sun rise and sun set times at camps.
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.
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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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.
The Whale Foundation 2018 Calendar
The Whale Foundation provides confidential access to mental and physical health care professionals and a network of support services designed to restore, promote, and celebrate the well-being of the Grand Canyon River Guiding Community.
Enjoy viewing beautiful photos and listening to stories told by the guides themselves, available through the magic of QR codes. Hear about the people, the places, the challenges, and the serenity of Grand Canyon that make it such a treasure for us all! Instructions for listening are included inside the calendar.
All proceeds go to the Whale Foundation.
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!