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The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park, Second Edition Paperback – December 15, 2009

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"The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park is the first complete guide to cover the entire park region, from the habitats and lifestyles of wildlife in the area to backpacking trips, short day walks and full-length hikes. From warnings of dangers to local attractions, this covers much ground."
—Midwest Book Review


"Everything one needs to know (but was afraid to ask) about Death Valley is included in this book: history, culture, geology, flora, fauna, and climate are more than adequately explained; visitor uses such as bicycling, hiking, backpacking, exploration, recreation, and educational needs are identified; and trip routes and road logs are included in minute detail for the reader. This excellent book is for the traveler to Death Valley, the frequent visitor to national parks, and the general reader interested in the rich and diverse heritage of the United States."
—Colonial Latin American Historical Review

About the Author

T. Scott Bryan is a retired professor of geology and astronomy and author of The Geysers of Yellowstone, Fourth Edition (UPC), and Betty Tucker-Bryan is an artist. Since the book’s original publication, they have made dozens of trips back to and explorations within Death Valley National Park.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Colorado; 2 edition (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870819623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870819629
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By autumn@dedot.com Chahwalla on January 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the best book, to date, for a Death Valley visitors/explorers while in their vehicle. The authors cover a tremendous amount territory. It would probably take you a few years of solid exploration of Death Valley to complete all that is listed within these pages. I cannot say enough about the authors, both of whom have been associated professionally and recreationally to Death Valley for years.
The book is a beautiful guide for those of us who want to learn more, or find certain locations. The Bryans help us find, sometimes, locations that are unknown by the general public. After 30 years of exploring and enjoining Death Valley, I still appreciate their book. No book is perfectly correct, but doggone it, it really is a fantastic book. I recommend, that after getting the book, covering the book with acetate. It will be used very frequent and often.
Along with this book I recommend, Death Valley and the Amargosa, and Hiking guide to Death Valley.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book with a few, minor flaws. The book tells you at what mileage markers you can find specific landmarks, so you shouldn't have any difficulties finding old mines, ghost towns, etc., whether on a paved or 4X4 backcountry road. The author includes a brief history of each mine and ghost town, though they sometimes leave me with more questions than they answer. However, in a book that attempts to cover as much as this one does, such shortcomings are inevitable. Indeed, one gets the impression that the author wanted to include more anecdotes, but the publisher wouldn't allow it. People interested in botany and geology should find this book especially useful, while those interested in wildlife will find this book to contain only basic information.
There are a few minor inaccuracies...for example, an abandoned camp along Butte Valley Road is listed as being abandoned since the early 80's, but a marker at the site says it was abandoned in 1988. Also, though the book covers most roads in the park, it hardly mentions a few, including the (difficult!) road from Eureka Valley to Saline via Steele Pass. This omission won't be a problem for most readers, since the vast majority will stick to the paved roads. And the author writes about the paved roads with the same detail and enthusiasm as the unpaved ones.
Some remarks are downright mysterious and leave the reader hungry for more. For example, when describing the features of a particular road, the author says "a few maps show a 'Marble Bath' but no one can agree on where or what it is." Well...?!? Has the author seen this landmark? Can he tell us what SOME people think it is? Give us a hint!
While the book is very good at telling you exactly where to find major landmarks, there are no maps.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jon R. Schlueter on May 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
It would take years of visits to Death Valley to enjoy all the trips outlined in this book, and without this book, you won't get as much out of them. This book really made my recent trip to Death Valley a success.
One suggestion: get a map to use with this book. The book itself has only tiny outline-maps of the various trips described imposed on small silhouettes of Death Valley. A map will help you get an overview of where you are and where you want to go. A map will make it easier to plan your itinerary. I used Tom Harrison's excellent map of Death Valley, which you can score at outdoor-oriented stores. When you pay your user-fee at the park, they also will give you a simple map.
Enjoy.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By brian@brianparkin.com on January 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
An excellent one volume guide to the park which has detailed trip logs, mileages, and points of interest assembled in an easy-to-read day trip format. Good historical perspective especially the ghost town and mining infomation. The author was suprintendent of the park in the 1980s when it was still classed as a National Monument and has a wide knowledge of the park and its many attractions. I recommend this book to all travellers by car (virtually 100%), but check carefully to see if the route is recommended for all cars or just 4WD rigs; the road conditions change frequently in the desert and the storms of 1998 and 1999 did considerable damage to once well-maintained routes so a call to a DVNP ranger station before adventuring would be advised.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Kelly on April 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
We picked up a copy of "The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley" and found this book to be a fantastic resource for our visit! The book is very comprehensive in nature, with detailed descriptions of drives along ALL the roads in the park. It turned out that during our visit in March 2005, a large number of the roads through the park were closed due to storm damage from this winter's record rains, so the book was truly a godsend in figuring out alternate routes through the park.

Another great feature is that the authors tell you pretty accurately the condition of the roads (most of the roads are unpaved), including such important details as washed out areas, how steep are the grades, and the like. We also really appreciated the details on what mining ruins were to be found at the end of the bumpy drives.

We found the information in this book to be very accurate and honest, helping us to decide what we wanted to see in our way-too-short visit to the park. This book is a great one-volume source for seeing the most when you visit Death Valley. Enjoy!
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