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Frommer's National Parks of the American West

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Frommer's National Parks of the American West

by Don Laine
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  • Insider advice on visiting 35 of the most stunning and rewarding national parks in America from authors who know them inside and out.
  • Where to find the absolute best hiking trails, ranger programs, scenery, wildlife viewing, and campgrounds.
  • Insightful commentary on everything from the history of the parks to their natural attractions, including flora and fauna, to finding the best times to visit, avoiding crowds, and finding the right place to stay.
  • Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.

  • Insider advice on visiting 35 of the most stunning and rewarding national parks in America from authors who know them inside and out.
  • Where to find the absolute best hiking trails, ranger programs, scenery, wildlife viewing, and campgrounds.
  • Insightful commentary on everything from the history of the parks to their natural attractions, including flora and fauna, to finding the best times to visit, avoiding crowds, and finding the right place to stay.
  • Opinionated reviews. No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Our expert writers are passionate about their destinations--they tell it like it is in an engaging and helpful way.
  • Exact prices listed for every establishment and activity--no other guides offer such detailed, candid reviews of hotels and restaurants. We include the very best, but also emphasize moderately priced choices for real people.
  • User-friendly features including star ratings and special icons to point readers to great finds, excellent values, insider tips, best bets for kids, special moments, and overrated experiences.
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About the Author-
  • Residents of northern New Mexico for more than 40 years, Don and Barbara Laine have traveled extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest, exploring the mountains and deserts with their always-curious dogs. The Laines have authored or contributed to a number of Frommer's travel guides, including Frommer's Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks and Frommer's Utah. They have also written Little-Known Southwest, New Mexico & Arizona State Parks, and Best Short Hikes in Arizona for The Mountaineers Books; and The New Mexico Guide for Fulcrum Publishing.
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  • List of Maps xi

    1 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO THE NATIONAL PARKS OF THE AMERICAN WEST 1

    2 ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UT 16

    3 BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, SD 31

    4 BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, TX 40

    5 BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK, CO 54

    6 THE BLACK HILLS: MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, JEWEL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT & CUSTER STATE PARK, SD 61

    7 BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK & GRAND STAIRCASE–ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT, UT 82

    8 CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK, UT 98

    9 CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK, UT 109

    10 CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK, NM 121

    11 CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, CA 132

    12 CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK, OR 146

    13 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK & MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE, CA 156

    14 DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT, WY 173

    15 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MT & WATERTON LAKES NATIONAL PARK, AB 179

    16 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ 199

    17 GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WY 230

    18 GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK, NV 255

    19 GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE, CO 264

    20 GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, TX 271

    21 JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CA 279

    22 LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK, CA 292

    23 MESA VERDE, HOVENWEEP, CHACO & OTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES OF THE FOUR CORNERS REGION 300

    24 MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, WA 314

    25 NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK, WA 330

    26 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WA 345

    27 PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, AZ 362

    28 POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, CA 370

    29 REDWOOD NATIONAL & STATE PARKS, CA 379

    30 ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, CO 388

    31 SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, AZ 405

    32 SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA 415

    33 THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK, ND 435

    34 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WY & LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL MONUMENT, MT 444

    35 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 477

    36 ZION NATIONAL PARK & CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT, UT 505

    37 FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN WILDLIFE 523

    38 AIRLINE, HOTEL & CAR RENTAL WEBSITES 529

    Index 531

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