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Color Country: Touring the Colorado Plateau Paperback – November 26, 2012
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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.
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.
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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Beautiful! I wish that the individual photos were dated.. I wish someone would do an update..it would be nice to see how much the areas have changed in recent years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by anotherperson
good book with great pictures and directions of how to get there and what to expect. Good service. ThanksPublished 19 months ago by James W. Samples