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About the Author

Susan M. Neider, Princeton-educated chemist and educator, award-winning landscape photographer and writer, is a lifelong student of America s National Parks and wild places. She splits her time between Princeton, NJ and Boulder, CO. She is also the author of The Darkroom Companion, High Country: Touring the Colorado Rockies, Golden Country: Touring Scenic California, Wild Yosemite : Personal Accounts of Adventure, Discovery, and Nature, and Some Like It Hot!: Yellowstone's Favorite Geysers, Hot Springs, and Fumaroles.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rainstone Press; Third Edition edition (November 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098577830X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985778309
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelley B on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm rarely moved to comment on a guidebook, and certainly not in regard to the literary quality of a volume that I acquired initially for its souvenir value as a photographic guide, but this is an exception. Several years ago, I made a solo trip to "color country," and found the experience awesome, in the true sense of that term. The odd, vast, and fascinating formations of the Colorado plateau touched a deep chord in me, a chord whose tones and timbre I unexpectedly found resonating in Susan Neider's wonderful descriptions. Her characterization of the area, its features, and how it makes her feel captured my own experience brilliantly. The first and second editions of this book offered an array of stunning photographs highlighting the magic of this landscape. Even so, this expanded third edition is of such high-quality that the pages seem almost self-illuminated! For anyone planning to visit the area, or for anyone who has visited the area, or for any armchair travelers imagining the area, I heartily recommend Color Country. It is a lovely and knowledgeable companion for anyone's journey of discovery. What Neider does so well is to usher her readers to the right places, and then she sets them free.
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The photographs in Color Country are so beautiful that the book's only drawback may be a feeling that whatever trip you
may be planning is no longer necessary: you've already gone. That would obviously be a huge mistake since there is no substitute
for experiencing the stunning beauty of our country for yourself.

As beautiful as Ms. Neider's photographs are, what really sets this book apart is its usefulness. The book focuses on the national and state parks of one specific region, the Colorado Plateau, and allows one to see a diverse set of sites as an integrated whole.

The books covers not only the better known national parks (Grand Canyon, Bryce,Arches,Mesa Verde among other familiar names) but also lesser known areas, including state parks, which seem just as gorgeous and amazing as the better known ones. Goblin Valley State Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and Dinosaur National Monument are all places I would not have considered, or even known about, but for this book. There are many others as well.

For each of the places described (31 in all, a revelation in itself), there is much general information, including whether lodging is available nearby, and also an address
one can write to for additional information about that site. As an added bonus, Ms. Neider has included brief, cogently written essays on the formation of both the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau.

I couldn't recommend this book more highly as a planning guide, as a reference book, and as a beautiful tribute to one of our most precious natural areas.
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The Colorado Plateau is a vast region of the American West that includes treasured national parks and monuments, state parks, deep canyons, towering mountains, powerful rivers, and broad stretches of desert. To fully appreciate this amazing landscape, read Susan M. Neider’s Color Country: Touring the Colorado Plateau. With her book, walk among the shimmering aspens that line the San Juan Skyway; climb a wooden ladder and look into the living quarters of Mesa Verde and Bandelier; go to the edge of the Grand Canyon – stay there for a long while – take in the changing colors; be surprised by the deep greens of the trees of Zion, set against the gleaming whites and terra-cotta reds of the surrounding canyon walls. In this book, you will find every corner of the Colorado Plateau, and you will explore.

A consummate ability to explain is present throughout the writing, which blends information and description to capture a sense of place. Clear maps direct you to your destinations, thirty in all. The photographs are visceral—you will feel something in each—changes in temperature, sudden thunderstorm, intense sun, the power of water that cuts canyons.

Neider’s book can be both an invaluable guide to plan your trip and a wonderful memory of what you will see.

Color Country: Touring the Colorado Plateau is an IPPY Award winner. Recently, the title won in four categories in Colorado Independent Publishers Association’s 2014 EVVY Awards Book Competition, including First Place in Coffee Table Books.
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When I first bought this book I was greatly disappointed because I was looking for a guide to the geology of Utah and it fails miserably at this. I eventually found my book from the Utah Geology site. Color and all!)

After a 9 day vacation in Utah's national and state parks, I have to say it was invaluable.

Before I left for vacation I studied each park in the book that I wanted to visit. The description lists the major attractions in each park. I then went to [...] and searched for that particular attraction and was presented with a dozen or more photos of that attraction. Then I went to [...] and watched videos of those same attractions. For example, the hike to Angel's Landing in Zion National Park video convinced me I didn't want to do THAT hike, but I was glad someone had done it and shared the beauty with me.

I'd recommend going to the various national and state park websites and getting the downloadable brochures to study before actually going to the park. Why wait until you are there to do your homework?

You do have to drive from park to park. The drives are as beautiful between the parks as are the parks themselves. A great book describing these drives is Scenic Driving Utah, 3rd edition. Available in Kindle for less than $4! I wish all of these types of books were available electronically. I'd buy the paperback for home study and the Kindle edition to take on the road with me.
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