Best Backpacking Trips in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico

Best Backpacking Trips in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico

by Mike White, Douglas Lorain


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This is the second book in a series of detailed guidebooks covering all the best “life-list” backpacking vacations in the spectacular backcountry of the American West. This new volume specifically covers the best such adventures in the states of Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Every conceivable aspect of trip planning is covered in the guide, including maps and descriptions of the trail, where to locate the nearest airport, other area attractions that shouldn’t be missed, and guide services that are available. A noteworthy feature of the book is the individual vignettes that give insight into the historical significance of many of the trails. Also unique are the interesting and humorous personal accounts that the authors share from their personal experiences hiking these routes. Backpackers will find a wide range of outstanding trips, from high mountain adventures to some of the world’s best lower-elevation canyon hikes. Best Backpacking Trips in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico provides an extensive choice of terrific expeditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874179965
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Edition description: 1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 769,933
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Mike White is a full-time writer and a former community college instructor. He is a featured speaker for outdoor and conservation organizations. White is the author of numerous outdoor hiking guides, including 50 Classic Hikes in Nevada, and Best Backpacking Trips in California and Nevada.

Douglas Lorain has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1969, extensively exploring the trails of this region. Lorain is a photographer and has received the National Outdoor Book Award. He is the author of Backpacking Wyoming, Backpacking Oregon, and Backpacking Washington.

Table of Contents

Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

Trail Etiquette, Wilderness Ethics, and Safety xix

Using this Guide xxi

Part I Utah

1 Highline Trail 5

2 Under-the-Rim Trail 21

3 Zion Park Traverse 37

4 Coyote Gulch and the Escalante River Country 55

5 Salt Creek Canyon and Chesler Park Traverse 73

6 Grand Gulch and Bullet Canyon Traverse 97

Part II Utah and Arizona

7 Buckskin Gulch and Paria River Canyon 113

Part III Arizona

8 North Rim to South Rim: North Kaibab and Bright Angel Trails 131

9 Tonto Trail: Grandview to Hermits Rest 151

Part IV New Mexico

10 Pecos Skyline Trail 173

11 Gila River Canyons Loop 191

Best Trips by Season 207

Index 209

About the Authors 215

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