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Annerino, John. Adventuring in Arizona. Sierra Club Books. True to its name, this excellent guide lists back-road driving tours, hiking trails, river trips, and climbing routes through the state's most spectacular country. Includes history and travel tips.
Arizona Highways. 2039 W. Lewis Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85009; tel. 602/258-1000 or 800/543-5432. Published monthly, this outstanding magazine features superb color photography with articles on the state's history, people, places, wildlife, back roads, hiking, and humor.
Blair, Gerry. Rockhounding Arizona. Falcon Press. A guide to Arizona's natural wealth with descriptions, maps, and photographs of more than 70 of the state's best hunting sites for turquoise, gold, agates, garnet, crystals, and fossils.
Casey, Robert L. Journey to the High Southwest. Globe Pequot Press. The author presents travel experiences and advice for southern Utah and adjacent Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.
Cook, James E. Arizona Landmarks. Arizona Highways. Recent color photos combine with historic illustrations to illustrate Arizona's natural beauty and human history.
Cook, James E. The Back Roads: 20 Arizona Tours For The Whole Family. Arizona Highways. Twenty routes—on and off pavement—have descriptions with brilliant photography.
Fishbein, Seymour L. Grand Canyon Country: Its Majesty and Its Lore. National Geographic Park Profiles, National Geographic Society. Incredible color photography illustrates fine text.
Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. Greater Phoenix Explorer: Phoenix Official Visitors Guide. This free magazine, published twice a year, offers extensive listings of sights and practicalities for Phoenix and surrounding cities.
Jackson, Marie D. Stone Landmarks; Flagstaff's Geology and Historic Building Stones. Piedra Azul Press. With this well-illustrated guide, you'll learn about the area's fascinating geology, fossils, and human history on a walking tour of downtown Flagstaff and visits to nearby attractions.
Johnson, Mark. The Ultimate Desert Handbook. Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw Hill. No matter how you travel across the desert, this guide aims to prepare you for a fascinating exploration and—if things go wrong—survival.
Jensen, Jamie. Road Trip USA: California and the Southwest. Avalon Travel Publishing. The author of Road Trip USA has focused on Arizona and adjacent states. Maps and illustrations, many in color, accompany the highway tour descriptions. You'll also find Road Trip USA online at http://roadtripusa.com.
Karr, Paul. Hostels U.S.A. The Globe Pequot Press. A comprehensive guide to hostelling with an introduction and listings; it also covers some of Canada. Descriptions give a feel for the atmosphere of each place.
Kline, Bonnie, and others. Grand Canyon Village & West Tour, Grand Canyon East Tour, and Sedona Red Rock Country. Waypoint Tours. Audio tours on cd or downloadable MP3 files provide a professional narration at your command, www.waypointtours.com.
Kosik, Fran. Native Roads: The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations. Treasure Chest Publications. Many historic photos illustrate this guide to the Navajo and Hopi lands and surrounding area.
Mangum, Richard K., and Sherry G. Mangum. Flagstaff Historic Walk; A Stroll Through Old Downtown. Hexagon Press. This handy pocket-sized book tells the story of early Flagstaff with many old photos. The authors lead occasional tours of downtown too; ask at the Flagstaff Visitor Center.
Mangum, Richard K., and Sherry G. Mangum. Flagstaff Past & Present. Hexagon Press. This wonderfully designed album uses many charming photos to tell the story of this mountain town.
Massey, Peter. Backcountry Adventures Arizona: The Ultimate Guide to the Arizona Backcountry for Anyone With a Sport Utility Vehicle. Swagman Publishing, Inc. Detailed descriptions of 157 trips, all of which can be done in a day, with maps, clear directions, and GPS coordinates. Short profiles tell of old towns, historic trails, pioneers, Native Americans, wildlife, and plants.
Martin, Don, and Betty Woo. Arizona in Your Future: The Complete Relocation Guide for Job-Seekers, Retirees and Snowbirds. Pinecone Press. This guide provides "essential data" on many of the state's cities.
Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tucson Official Visitors Guide. An informative magazine updated twice yearly; free.
Muench, David, and Lawrence W. Cheek. David Muench's Arizona; Cherish the Land, Walk in Beauty. Arizona Highways. More than 120 color photos reveal light, form, life, and ecology in a large-format book.
Muench, David, Frank Waters, and John C. Van Updyke. Eternal Desert. Arizona Highways. Color photography and text interpret the stone, wind, water, life, and tracings of ancient man on the desert; includes advice for travelers.
Rees, Lucy. The Maze, A Desert Journey. University of Arizona Press. A contemporary Welsh woman explores the wilderness of Arizona on horseback from the Verde Valley to the Hopi mesas.
Searcy, Paula. Travel Arizona: The Scenic Byways. Arizona Highways. Spectacular color photos entice readers on 22 drives through the state's history and scenery.
Story Behind the Scenery series: The Grand Canyon; Grand Canyon-North Rim; Glen Canyon-Lake Powell; Rainbow Bridge; Canyon de Chelly; Petrified Forest; Lake Mead & Hoover Dam. KC Publications. Beautiful color photos highlight the descriptions.
Tegler, Dorothy. Retiring in Arizona: Your One-Stop Guide to Living, Loving and Lounging Under the Sun. Fiesta Books. Full of facts to help you choose your area, then settle in.
Varney, Philip. Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps; A Travel Guide to History. Arizona Highways. Explore the ruins of Arizona's boom-and-bust towns with this well-illustrated guide.
Abbott, Lon, and Terri Cook. Hiking the Grand Canyon's Geology. The Mountaineers. The introduction vividly relates the geologic story told by the Grand Canyon, then each trail description provides practical advice on hiking and things to look for. GPS coordinates help find points of interest.
Adkison, Ron. Hiking Grand Canyon National Park. Falcon Press. Following a good introduction, the state's most popular trails are covered, with maps, detailed descriptions, and elevation profiles.
Andres, Dennis. Sedona's Top 10 Hikes. Meta Adventures. The author has chosen the very best hikes after putting in more than 5,000 trail miles.
Annerino, John. Hiking Grand Canyon. A Sierra Club Totebook. Sierra Club Books. Easily the most comprehensive guide to trails and routes within the Canyon. A long introduction provides background on geology, natural history, Indians, and hike planning. The large fold-out topo map clearly shows trails and routes. River-runners will be pleased to find a section of trail descriptions beginning at the water's edge.
Annerino, John. Outdoors in Arizona: A Guide to Hiking and Backpacking. Arizona Highways. Spectacular color photos and detailed maps illustrate descriptions of 48 hikes.
Bennett, Sarah. Mountain Biking Arizona. Falcon Press. This handy guide, illustrated with maps and photographs, describes many classic rides.
Butchart, Harvey. Grand Canyon Treks. Spotted Dog Press. This book combines the text of legendary Grand Canyon hiker and explorer Harvey Butchart's three earlier guides, originally published in the 1970s and 1980s by La Siesta Press. It's a great source of ideas for off-trail hikes and climbs.
Carlson, Jack, and Elizabeth Stewart. Hikers Guide to the Superstition Wilderness. Clear Creek Publishing. More than 50 hikes in the Superstition Wilderness are described with trail maps, difficulty rating, and history and legends of the Superstitions including the Lost Dutchman Mine.
Cowgill, Pete, and Eber Glendening. The Santa Catalina Mountains: A Guide to the Trails and Routes. Rainbow Expeditions. Handy guide to trails and routes of this range north of Tucson.
Fletcher, Colin. The Man Who Walked through Time. Random House. Well-written adventure tale of Fletcher's two-month solo hike through the Grand Canyon. Fletcher was the first to travel its length within the park on foot.
Freeman, Roger, and Ethel Freeman. Day Hikes and Trail Rides in and around Phoenix. Gem Guide Books. Detailed trail descriptions of the excellent hiking and horseback riding in the rugged Sonoran Desert surrounding Arizona's biggest city.
Green, J.D. and Jim Ohlman, editor. Hiking in the Grand Canyon Backcountry. Tower of Ra Publishing. You'll find the popular trails here, but the book's real value is in taking you to some of the most remote destinations in the Grand Canyon.
Grubbs, Bruce. Hiking Arizona. Falcon Press. One of the best all-around hiking guides to the state; the 102 hikes cover a wide variety of regions and terrain.
Hancock, Jan. Horse Trails in Arizona. Golden West Publishers. Descriptions of 42 trails include location, length, elevations, water sources, corrals, and trailer parking.
Jones, Tom Lorang, and Jerry Sieve. The Arizona Trail: The Complete Guide. Westcliffe Publishers. Illustrated by many color photos, each section of the 750-mile trail includes detailed descriptions for both long-distance and day hikers. Maps and elevation profiles let you know what to expect.
Kals, W.S. Land Navigation Handbook: The Sierra Club Guide to Map, Compass & GPS. Sierra Club Books. After reading this book you'll be able to explore Arizona's vast backcountry with confidence. This handy pocket-guide not only offers details on using map and compass, but tells how to navigate using the sun, the stars, and an altimeter.
Kelsey, Michael R. Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau. Kelsey Publications. One of the best guides to hiking in the canyon country, with descriptions and maps for destinations in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Geologic cross-sections show the formations you'll walk through. The author uses the metric system, but the book is otherwise easy to follow.
Kelsey, Michael R. Hiking and Exploring the Paria River. Kelsey Publications. The classic Paria Canyon hike, with information on nearby Bryce Canyon and other geologically colorful areas. Includes histories of John D. Lee, ghost towns, ranches, and mining.
Kiefer, Don R. Hiking Arizona. Golden West Publishers. Fifty hikes, many little known, with tips for safe and enjoyable hiking. The author has also written Hiking Arizona II, Hiking Central Arizona, Hiking Northern Arizona, and Hiking Southern Arizona.
Leavengood, Betty. Tucson Hiking Guide. Pruett Publishing Co. A comprehensive guide to the hiking trails of the Tucson area.
Lucchitta, Ivo. Hiking Arizona's Geology. The Mountaineers. On any of the 41 hikes described here, you'll experience not only the fine scenery, but learn how it all came to be. The introduction and illustrations clearly explain geologic terms and Arizona's rocks.
Martin, Bob, and Dotty Martin. Arizona's Mountains: A Hiking & Climbing Guide. Cordillera Press. A guide to hiking and climbing in Arizona; includes maps and charts.
Martin, Bob, and Dotty Martin. Hiking Guide to the Santa Rita Mountains of Arizona. Pruett Publishing Co. This guide covers mountains and canyons south of Tucson with topo maps, charts, and 52 hike descriptions.
Martin, Tom. Day Hikes from the River: A Guide to 100 Hikes from Camps on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. Vishnu Temple Press. Some of the best Grand Canyon hiking is only accessible by running the Colorado River. Long-legged river rat Tom has provided detailed route descriptions with topo maps.
Mazel, David, and Robert Blake. Southern Arizona Trails. Wilderness Press. An excellent hiking guide to many of the designated wilderness areas in the central and southern parts of the state.
Ray, Cosmic. Fat Tire Tales and Trails. Flagstaff: self-published. "Lots of way cool mountain-bike rides around Arizona...both summer and winter fun." The author has mapped and described the best trails with humor and easy-to-use maps.
Ray, Cosmic. 50 Favorite Hikes: Flagstaff and Sedona. Flagstaff: self published. Excellent hand-drawn maps and clear instructions, along with Cosmic Ray's humor, make this and all his other titles fun to use!
Ray, Cosmic. Hiking Phoenix: Favorite Day Hikes. Flagstaff: self-published. The best hikes in and around the Phoenix area plus half a dozen high-country trails to enjoy when the desert gets too hot. Lots of good advice and wisdom from the trail help make your hike the best it can be!
Steck, George, and Craig Childs. Hiking Grand Canyon Loops: Adventures in the Backcountry. Falcon Press. The latest in Steck's adventurous hikes in the vast Canyon depths.
Stevenson, Jeffrey L. Rim Country Mountain Biking. Pruett Publishing. The 63 rides on the Mogollon Rim range from easy to technical; maps and elevation profiles show the way.
Thybony, Scott. Official Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon Association. Introduction and guide to the best-known trails of the Grand Canyon.
Warren, Scott S. Exploring Arizona's Wild Areas; A Guide for Hikers, Backpackers, Climbers, X-C Skiers, & Paddlers. The Mountaineers. Although the author covers only the designated wildernesses, the 87 described will keep you busy for a long time.
Waterman, Laura, and Guy Waterman. Backwoods Ethics: Environmental Issues for Hikers and Campers. Countryman Press. Thoughtful commentaries on how hikers can explore the wilderness with minimal impact. Case histories dramatize the need to protect the environment.
Williams, Tyler. Canyoneering Arizona. Funhog Press. The well-organized text and maps show the way into the state's enchanting canyons. You won't find the Grand Canyon here, but some of its tributaries are described. The book takes in the Colorado Plateau, the Mogollon Rim, and some of the desert ranges.
Abbey, Edward. Down the River. E.P. Dutton. Abbey expresses joy and concern in a series of thoughtful, witty, and wide-ranging essays on the American West.
Belknap, Buzz. Grand Canyon River Guide. Westwater Books. Covers the 288 miles of Colorado River through Marble and Grand Canyons between Lees Ferry and Lake Mead.
Crumbo, Kim. A River Runner's Guide to the History of the Grand Canyon. Johnson Books. Highly readable guide with a foreword by Edward Abbey.
Kelsey, Michael R. Boater's Guide to Lake Powell. Kelsey Publications. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the lake, whether traveling in a small inflatable raft, as the author did, or a more luxurious craft. Includes many maps, photos, and hiking descriptions.
Lawton, Rebecca. Reading Water: Lessons from the River. Capital Books. Running rivers is a passion for river guides, and Rebecca offers thoughtful essays about her experiences. Beginning in 1973 as one of the first women guides, she rowed ten seasons in the Grand Canyon, two on other rivers in the West, and two years as a river ranger in the Grand Canyon.
Ryan, Kathleen Jo (photographer and producer). Writing Down the River: Into the Heart of the Grand Canyon. Northland Publishing and Grand Canyon Association. Fifteen of today's best women writers tell of their experiences in the Grand Canyon. Impressive color photos illustrate the pages.
Stevens, Larry. The Colorado River in Grand Canyon: A Comprehensive Guide to Its Natural and Human History. Red Lake Books. The introduction and maps guide you from Lees Ferry to Lake Mead with descriptions of geology, Indian history, exploration, flora, and fauna.
Albano, Bob, ed. Days of Destiny. Arizona Highways Wild West Series. Twenty stories about lawmen and desperados and the twisting fates they met.
Blue, Martha. Indian Trader : The Life and Times of J. L. Hubbell. Kiva Publishing. An accurate portrayal of the man who helped bridge the divide between Navajo and Anglo cultures in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The text also explores the repatriation of the Navajo, Navajo crafts, Arizona politics, and effects of early tourism.
Coolidge, Dane. Arizona Cowboys. University of Arizona Press. Working the range in the early 1900s.
Crampton, C. Gregory. Standing Up Country. Rio Nuevo Publishers. Illustrated historical account of the Native Americans, explorers, outlaws, miners, settlers, and scientists who came to the canyon lands of Arizona and Utah.
Dellenbaugh, Frederick S. A Canyon Voyage: A Narrative of the Second Powell Expedition Down the Green-Colorado River from Wyoming, and the Expeditions on Land, in the Years 1871 and 1872. University of Arizona Press. Dellenbaugh served as artist and assistant topographer on the expedition.
Dimock, Brad. Sunk Without a Sound. Fretwater Press. The tragic honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde, who disappeared on a river trip in the Grand Canyon in 1928, remains one of the Canyon's most haunting mysteries. Here is the story of their disappearance along with possible reappearances. The author not only extensively researched the facts and theories, but recreated the Hydes' trip with a replica of their crude Idaho sweep scow that proved nearly uncontrollable in the rapids.
Farrell, Robert J., ed. Manhunts & Massacres. Arizona Highways Wild West Series. Eighteen true stories relate some of Arizona's most notorious holdups and massacres.
Farrell, Robert J., ed. They Left Their Mark. Arizona Highways Wild West Series. Sixteen stories of exceptional heroes and characters from Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza to the quiet Pima soldier who helped raise the flag over Iwo Jima.
Fontana, Bernard L. Entrada: The Legacy of Spain & Mexico in the United States. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. The author guides the reader in text and photos to parks across the country where this legacy has been preserved.
Ghiglieri, Michael P. First Through the Grand Canyon: The Secret Journals and Letters of the 1869 Crew Who Explored the Green and Colorado Rivers. Puma Press. It turns out that Major John Wesley Powell, who led the first expedition downriver through the Grand Canyon, didn't tell the full story! New research reveals some very different perspectives on one of the most famous river trips of all time.
Ghiglieri, Michael P., and Thomas M. Meyers. Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon. Puma Press. Gripping tales of tragedy, with lessons to be learned. The accounts also point out the fallacy of today's 911 mindset that expects an instant rescue when things go wrong.
Hughes, J. Donald. In the House of Stone and Light. Grand Canyon Association. This well-illustrated history of the Grand Canyon covers the time from the early Native Americans to the modern park.
Iverson, Peter J. Barry Goldwater. University of Oklahoma Press. This biography focuses on the famous senator's influence on Arizona politics—still felt today—and how he can be understood as a man of his time and place.
Leavengood, Betty. Grand Canyon Women: Lives Shaped by Landscape. Grand Canyon Association. Fascinating accounts of a prospector's wife, an architect, river runners, mule wranglers, rangers, and explorers.
Lee, Katie. All My Rivers Are Gone; A Journey of Discovery Through Glen Canyon. Johnson Books. The author describes traveling through and falling in love with this canyon and the subsequent loss of it under the waters of Lake Powell. Some of her songs accompany the text.
Lummis, Charles F. Some Strange Corners of Our Country. University of Arizona Press. Step back a century to visit the Southwest's Indian country, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Montezuma Castle.
Mitchell, John D. Lost Mines of the Great Southwest. Rio Grande Press. Who isn't enthralled by legends of lost treasure? You'll reach for a pick and shovel after reading these.
Pattie, James Ohio. The Personal Narrative of James O. Pattie. Stackpole Books. Reprint of 1831 edition. An early fur trapper, who claimed to be the first white American to see the Grand Canyon, tells of his experiences in the wild lands of the West during the 1820s.
Powell, J.W. The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons. Penguin Books. Powell relates the story of his epic 1869 expedition—the first running of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon—along with a description of the Grand Canyon and travels in the region. His encounters with Indian cultures provide a glimpse of their traditional ways.
Rusho, W.L. Lees Ferry: Desert River Crossing. Treasure Chest Books. A historical study of Lees Ferry, with over 135 rare and unusual photographs.
Sheridan, Thomas E. Arizona: A History. University of Arizona Press. This volume takes the reader from Paleolithic times to the 1990s.
Sikorsky, Robert. Quest for the Dutchman's Gold: The 100-Year Mystery; The Facts, Myths and Legends of the Lost Dutchman Mine and the Superstition Mountains. Golden West Publishers. The history of the most famous lost mine of all.
Smith, Dean, and others. Arizona Album; the Road to Statehood. Arizona Highways. Meet Indians, politicians, lawmen, miners, women, gamblers, and sports enthusiasts in the years leading to statehood.
Summerhayes, Martha. Vanished Arizona. University of Nebraska Press. (Reprint of 1911 Salem Press second edition.) In 1874 a young New England woman marries an army officer, then they set off together for some of the wildest corners of the West. Her accounts bring frontier Arizona life into sharp focus.
Trimble, Marshall. Roadside History of Arizona. Mountain Press Publishing Co. These fascinating tales, with many historic photos, have been organized by region and highway.
Trimble, Marshall. The Law of the Gun. Arizona Highways Wild West Series. Trimble sets the record straight about gunfighters in the Old West, then relates stories about famous lawmen and villains.
Wagoner, Jay J. Arizona Territory 1863–1912: A Political History. University of Arizona Press. Excellent history of the territorial years.
Warner, Ted J., ed., and Fray Angelico Chavez, translator. The Dominguez-Escalante Journal; Their Expedition Through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico in 1776. University of Utah Press. Although the expedition was unsuccessful in its goal of crossing from Santa Fe to California, its journal provides an early look at the land and native peoples of the Four Corners region, including the Arizona Strip, Lees Ferry area, and the Hopi mesas.
Childs, Craig. House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest. Back Bay Books. A fascinating archaeological exploration of the Ancestral Puebloan people.
Grant, Campbell. Canyon de Chelly: Its People and Rock Art. University of Arizona Press. The author describes the geology, archaeology, and history of the canyons. Nearly half the well-illustrated text is devoted to a discussion of the wealth of petroglyphs and pictographs left by the ancestral pueblo people, Hopi, and Navajo.
Noble, David Grant. Ancient Ruins of the Southwest. Northland Publishing. A well-illustrated guide to the prehistoric ruins of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.
Patterson, Alex. A Field Guide to Rock Art Symbols of the Greater Southwest. Johnson Books. A dictionary-style guide to petroglyphs and pictographs grouped by subject with many illustrations.
Roberts, David. In Search of the Old Ones; Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest. Touchstone Press. In his quest to understand prehistoric people, the author relates stories of early archaeological discoveries along with his own explorations in the Southwest. The book is unusual in that it's told from a perspective of a writer, not an archaeologist.
Bassman, Theda, and Gene Balzer. The Beauty of Navajo Jewelry. Treasure Chest Books. Each of the striking photographs has a description of the artist and the techniques used.
Courlander, Harold. The Fourth World of the Hopis: The Epic Story of the Hopi Indians as Preserved in Their Legends & Traditions. University of New Mexico Press. Highly recommended collection of Hopi legends.
Day, Jonathan S. Traditional Hopi Kachinas: A New Generation of Carvers. Northland Publishing. Day provides a look into Hopi culture with cultural background, interviews with carvers, and 90 color photos. You'll learn the differences between kachina dolls made for collectors and traditional ones for ceremonial use.
Dedera, Don. Navajo Rugs: How to Find, Evaluate, Buy and Care for Them. Northland Publishing. A history of Navajo weaving, including regional styles and practical advice.
Dittert, Alfred, Jr., and Fred Plog. Generations in Clay: Pueblo Pottery of the American Southwest. Northland Publishing. An introduction to the pottery of the Pueblo tribes, both prehistoric and modern. Well-illustrated with black-and-white and color photos.
Dyk, Walter (recorded by). Left Handed Son of Old Man Hat: A Navajo Autobiography. University of Nebraska Press, original copyright 1938. This Navajo relates his story of growing up in the late 1800s.
Fontana, Bernard. Of Earth and Little Rain. University of Arizona Press. Essays and photos on life of the Tohono O'odham Indians.
Gilpin, Laura. The Enduring Navajo. University of Texas Press. An excellent book of photographs of the Navajo people, their homes, land, ceremonies, crafts, tribal government, and trading posts.
Jacka, Lois Essary, and Jerry Jacka. Navajo Jewelry: A Legacy of Silver and Stone. Northland Publishing. Text and color photography introduce the Navajo people, then show more than 250 examples of jewelry from the late 1800s to the present, with descriptions of materials and techniques used.
James, Harry C. Pages from Hopi History. University of Arizona Press. Beginning with the tribe's mythical entrance into this world, the author traces Hopi history through early migrations, encounters with the Spanish, difficulties with Mexicans and Navajo, and resistance to U.S. authority, to their life today.
Kawano, Kenji. Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers. Northland Publishing. The story of how a small group of Navajo Marines in the Pacific during World War II used their language to create a code that could not be broken by the Japanese. The book portrays 75 of the surviving Navajo code talkers.
Locke, Raymond F. The Book of the Navajo. Mankind Publishing Co. Navajo legends, art, culture, and history, from early to modern times.
Page, Susanne, and Jake Page. Hopi. Abradale Press. The authors record Hopi spiritual life in text and large color photos, revealing aspects of everyday living, ceremonies, and sacred places rarely seen by outsiders.
Simmons, Leo, ed. Sun Chief: The Autobiography of a Hopi Indian. Yale University Press. A Hopi tells of his experiences growing up in both the Hopi and Anglo worlds, then returning to traditional ways.
Teiwes, Helga. Hopi Basket Weaving; Artistry in Natural Fibers. University of Arizona Press. The author tells about Hopi women and why they weave. You'll learn of the origins of basketry, techniques, and use in ceremonies.
Webb, George. A Pima Remembers. University of Arizona Press. Traditional stories of the Pima Indians.
Wright, Barton. Hopi Kachinas: The Complete Guide to Collecting Kachina Dolls. Northland Publishing. The author explains and illustrates the wide variety of dolls—from clowns to ogres.
Wright, Margaret. Hopi Silver. Northland Publishing. History and examples of Hopi silversmithing.
Zolbrod, Paul G. Dine bahane': The Navajo Creation Story. University of New Mexico Press. Deities, people, and animals come to life in this translation of Navajo mythology.
Alcock, John. In a Desert Garden: Love & Death Among the Insects. University of Arizona Press. The author brings both the keen eye of a scientist and the light-hearted view of a gardener as he relates observations of the insect world at his home in the Sonoran Desert.
Arnberger, Leslie P., and Jeanne R. Janish. Flowers of the Southwest Mountains. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. Descriptions and illustrations of flowers and common trees found above 7,000 feet.
Barnes, F.A. Canyon Country Geology. Arch Hunter Books. Geologic history and guide to rockhounding with an emphasis on southeastern Utah and adjacent Arizona.
Bowers, Janice Emily. Fear Falls Away; And Other Essays from Hard and Rocky Places. University of Arizona Press. The author invites us along to enjoy nature, whether rambling through the forest or climbing the face of Baboquivari.
Broyles, Bill. Our Sonoran Desert. Rio Nuevo Publishing. A passionate introduction with stunning color photography in a large format.
Chronic, Halka. Roadside Geology of Arizona. Mountain Press Publishing Co. This book—well-illustrated with photos, maps, and diagrams—has been organized along major highway routes. It also covers some national parks and national monuments.
Cunningham, Richard L. 50 Common Birds of the Southwest. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. Each bird is represented by a color photo and description of migration, feeding, and nesting habits; the text includes Spanish and Latin names.
Dodge, Natt N., and Jeanne R. Janish. Flowers of the Southwest Deserts. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. Desert plant and flower guide for elevations under 4,500 feet.
Desert Botanical Garden staff and others. Desert Wildflowers; A Guide for Identifying, Locating, and Enjoying Arizona Wildflowers and Cactus Blossoms. Arizona Highways. Text and color photos take you through the seasons in the different desert regions of the state and provide practical advice for growing your own native plants at home.
Duffield, Wendell, Ed., and Michael Collier (Photographer). Volcanoes of Northern Arizona: Sleeping Giants of the Grand Canyon Region. Grand Canyon Association. Clear explanations accompany beautiful aerial photography.
Elmore, Francis H., and Jeanne R. Janish. Shrubs and Trees of the Southwest Uplands. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. Color-coded pages help locate plants and trees found above 4,500 feet.
Fischer, Pierre C. 70 Common Cacti of the Southwest. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. Each cactus is represented by a color photo and description.
Gray, Mary Taylor. Watchable Birds of the Southwest. Mountain Press Publishing. Color pictures reveal 68 species in wetlands, open-country, and high-country habitats.
Halfpenny, James, and Elizabeth Biesiot. A Field Guide: Mammal Tracking in North America. Johnson Books. No need to guess what animal passed by. This well-illustrated guide shows how to read the prints of creatures large and small. More determined detectives can peruse the intriguing scatology chapter.
Hare, Trevor. Poisonous Dwellers of the Desert. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. The text describes creatures to watch out for—poisonous insects, snakes, and the Gila monster—with advice on insecticides and bite treatment. Also listed are some nonvenomous animals often mistakenly believed to be poisonous.
Hodge, Carle. All About Saguaros. Arizona Highways. Text and color photos take you through the life of this huge cactus and relate how important it is to the Tohono O'odham Indians and to wildlife.
Nations, Dale, and Edmund Stump. Geology of Arizona. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co. Learn how time and geologic processes have formed the state's remarkable natural features. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to geology with good photos and illustrations.
Olin, George. House in the Sun: A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. This guide, illustrated with many color photos, portrays the Sonoran Desert—why it exists and how life has adapted to it. The text also tells how you can adapt to the sometimes harsh conditions there, to enjoy the desert in safety.
Olin, George, and Dale Thompson. Mammals of the Southwest Deserts. Western Natl. Parks Assoc. Well-illustrated with black-and-white and color drawings.
Peterson, Roger Tory. A Field Guide to Western Birds. Houghton Mifflin Company. Well-illustrated with drawings.
Phillips, Steven J., and Patricia Wentworth Comus. A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. University of California Press. This one-stop 628-page guide tells of the wonders of the Sonoran desert. Illustrated pages describe the geologic setting and climate and provide a guide to the plants and wildlife that make their homes here.
Smith, Robert L. Venomous Animals of Arizona. University of Arizona Press. Ever wonder about a scorpion's love life? Good descriptions of poisonous insects and animals, with medical notes.
Sweet, Muriel. Common Edible and Useful Plants of the West. Naturegraph Publishers. Nontechnical descriptions of plants and trees giving their importance as food, medicines, and other uses. Most of these helpful plants were first discovered by Native Americans and later used by pioneer settlers.
Whitney, Stephen. A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon. The Mountaineers. Excellent, well-illustrated guide to the Canyon's geology, early Indians, flowers, trees, birds, and animals. Most of the information also applies to other canyons on the Colorado Plateau. Includes practical advice for visiting and hiking in the Grand Canyon.
Coleman, Jane Candia. Doc Holliday's Woman. Warner Books. Based on a true story of Kate Elder who rescued Doc from a hanging and saw him fight at the OK Corral. The author has also published books of Western poetry.
Coleman, Jane Candia. Stories from Mesa Country. Swallow Press/Ohio University Press. Fourteen short stories illustrate how people—especially women—of the old West dealt with their difficulties.
Grey, Zane. To The Last Man: A Story of the Pleasant Valley War. Forge Books. This prolific writer produced 131 novels, including many about Arizona. Zane Grey built a cabin in the woods below the Mogollon Rim, then made frequent visits during the 1920s. He enjoyed setting off on hunting trips to gather both trophies for his walls and stories for new books. In this book he tells of the bitter conflict between sheepmen and cattlemen near Young.
Ríos, Alberto Alvaro. Pig Cookies and Other Stories. Chronicle Books. Thirteen short stories bring a northern Mexican village to life; the author was born in Nogales, Arizona.
Taylor, Lawrence J., and Maeve Hickey. The Road to Mexico. University of Arizona Press. An amusing account of a strange journey, with many cultural insights, from Tucson to Nogales and into Mexico.
Turner, Nancy E. These is My Words, The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901 Arizona Territories. ReganBooks. A novel about a woman growing up on the rough frontier.
Urrea, Luis Alberto. In Search of Snow. University of Arizona Press. A novel of a Don Quixote-like character and his pal who search for life and love in the Arizona desert in the mid-1950s.
Williams, Jeanne. Home Mountain. Backinprint.com. A love story set on the east side of the Chiricahuas about a woman who followed her dreams to Arizona and became involved with a fearless outlaw and a powerful ranger in the 1880s.
Blue, Martha and others. Little Prankster Girl. Salina Bookshelf Inc. This story tells of a Navajo girl's determination to learn weaving and gain recognition from those around her. The text is in both English and Navajo.
Lowell, Susan, and Jim Harris. The Three Little Javelinas. Rising Moon. A Southwest version of the three little pigs story with wonderful illustrations. It's also available as a bilingual Spanish-English edition.
Moreillon, Judi, and Michael Chiago. Sing Down the Rain. Kiva Publishing. Poetic account of the Tohono O'odham Indians' traditional life in the desert; with illustrations.
Skrepcinski, Denice, and others. Cody Coyote Cooks. Tricycle Press. A Southwest cookbook for kids with coyote tales and recipes that kids can follow.
Arizona Road & Recreation Atlas. Benchmark Maps. Exceptionally accurate and easy to read maps available in either atlas or sheet form at 1:400,000 scale. Both versions include shaded landscape and color-coded land-ownership maps.
Fischer, Al, and Mildred Fischer. Arizona Cook Book. Golden West Publishers. A culinary guide to the state, including Native American, Western, and barbecue cuisine. Prepare your own cactus jelly and other delicacies.
Kavena, Juanita Tiger. Hopi Cookery. University of Arizona Press. Learn how to make piki bread, fashion a yucca pie, fix squash and fresh corn casserole, and bake a prairie dog.Mann, Betsey. By Request: Most Wanted Recipes from Arizona's Favorite Restaurants. Northland Publishing. You can cook up some of the most popular dishes from the menus of neighborhood to five-star restaurants.
Walters, Lon. Vegetarian Southwest: Recipes from the Region's Favorite Restaurants. Northland Publishing. All of these are "home tested" and include helpful hints on the use of chiles, mole (sauce), tofu, beans, spices, and other ingredients. Color photos show some of the soups, entrees, salads, and breads that you can try.