From azurite to wulfenite, Arizona is known the world over for its rich abundance of rocks and minerals. Now in its third edition, this best-selling guide covers well-known sites, and uncovers many lesser-known areas as well. Situated in landscapes as diverse as the minerals themselves, these sites vary from arid desert to pine covered peaks. Detailed text describes where to go and what to look for at each collecting area. Maps for each site lead the rockhound to an almost limitless supply of specimens. Black and white photographs picture the collecting area. Color photographs highlight beautiful specimens found at various sites. Gem Trails of Arizona is an invaluable guide for rockhounds just starting out, or filled with expert advice and years of experience. For the experienced collector who has searched from Arizona's mineral resources for years, it is an outstanding source of the old and the new sites throughout the scenic state. James Mitchell, a contributor to the Lapidary Journal, teaches school during the year and spends summers searching the West for additional gem and mineral locations.
The Goldfield Mountains are only 40 miles from Phoenix yet largely undiscovered. Hikers who visit the Goldfields experience a land of intricate and spectacular volcanic formations, ridges, canyons, arches, and a charming and vicacious upper Sonoran ecosystem. In this book, the author, a lifelong outdoors enthusiast and master hiker guides you throughout this picturesque wilderness area on 33 meticulously charted routes. Each hike has a unique point of interest or scenic reward. Each is introduced with a listing including difficulty rating, distance, estimated time, elevation change and descriptive synopsis. Includes 24 pages of gorgeous color photos; B&W photos throughout; 12 topographical maps with trails and annotated text references; GPS coordinates for trailheads and junctions; invaluable information and safety tips.
With a large number of beautiful, high-quality color photographs, this guide is as browsable as the best coffee table books but also supplies travelers with maps, travel tips, and extensive listings for lodging, camping, and sightseeing. From river rafting to scenic fly-overs, the Grand Canyon offers a plethora of potential activities—but without careful planning, a trip to this popular national park can be overwhelming. This guide divides the attractions into sections—the North Rim, South Rim, Colorado River, and Havasu Falls—with lodging, dining, and camping information given for each. Outfitters for hiking, backpacking, mule rides, and rafting adventures are listed, and carefully researched chapters about the park's history, geology, and wildlife encourage leisurely study of the area's unmatched natural beauty.
Southern Arizona offers unlimited opportunities for backcountry exploration. Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country explores a broad swath of the Sonoran Desert that extends northward across the Mexican border and encompasses the southern third of Arizona. This comprehensive guide features hikes in Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe National Monument, the Chiricahua Mountains, and Sky Islands of Coronado National Forest. Southern Arizona's rugged and diverse landscape of cloud-scraping mountains and broad basins is home to the giant saguaro and organ pipe cacti. The trails through Arizona's Cactus Country provide hiking opportunities and challenges for visitors with a wide range of abilities and skills, from easier day hikes to strenuous multi-day backpack trips. Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country is organized to help you plan your trips, including indexes to all the USGS topographic maps you will need, as well as tips on no-trace camping and wilderness safety. The text includes mile-by-mile descriptions, easy-to-follow maps, elevation charts, and much more. This guide is an indispensable part of your next trip into southern Arizona's backcountry.
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country explores a broad swath of the Sonoran Desert that extends northward across the Mexican border and encompasses the southern third of Arizona. This comprehensive guide features hikes in Saguaro National Park, Organ Pipe National Monument, the Chiricahua Mountains, and Sky Islands of Coronado National Forest, including thirteen new hikes to total ninety-eight. The trails through Arizona's Cactus Country provide hiking opportunities and challenges for visitors with a wide range of abilities and skills, from easier day hikes to strenuous multi-day backpack trips.
Lace up your boots and sample 120 of the finest trails in Arizona. Hike the Boucher-Hermit Trails through one of the most scenic areas of the Grand Canyon. Follow the Y Bar Basin-Barnhardt Canyon Loop around Mazatzal Peak in the rugged Mazatzal Mountains. Take in the beauty of an alpine forest of fir and aspen as you climb to the highest point in the Chiricahua Mountains. Hiking Arizona will introduce you to these natural wonders and more. Use this guide for: up-to-date trail information; accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails; difficulty ratings for each hike; easy-to-read maps and photos of trails; recommended hikes by category. Whether you are a day-tripper or long-distance hiker, old hand or novice, you'll find trails suited to every ability and interest throughout Arizona. (6 x 9, 336 pages, b&w photos, maps, charts)
Lace up your boots and head into some of the most rugged and isolated country in the world, where the rewards of backcountry hiking are limitless. Hike along the rim, descend into chasms, find clear-running streams springing from rocks, and camp along the Colorado River. Veteran Grand Canyon hiker George Steck outlines nine extended off-trail loop hikes ranging from five to twelve days, and he suggests ways to create many more hikes Use this guide for finding, carrying, and conserving water; performing well in desert heat; nutrition, including recipes; route finding and hiking time between landmarks. If you are ready for an adventure, this book will give you the personal observations, detailed route descriptions, topographic maps, and sound advice you need to plan a safe, extended trip in the Grand Canyon backcountry. (6 X 9, 288 pages, b&w photos, maps, graphs, charts)