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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741794072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741794076
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bradley Mayhew was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1970 and currently lives in Yellowstone County, Montana. A degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford University kickstarted 20 years of independent travel in the remoter corners of Asia and a career writing guidebooks. With his classmate, he wrote the Odyssey Guide to Uzbekistan, the first guidebook to the country, in 1995. He has since written over 25 guides for Lonely Planet, specialising in Central Asia, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, China and Yellowstone National Park.

In the course of his research trips he's been arrested in the Tajikistan Pamirs, forced to make a self-criticism in Tibet, slept in a cupboard in Nicaragua and spent way too much time eating mutton kebabs across inner Asia. Bradley has also written for Insight guides and Rough Guides and has lectured on Central Asia to the Royal Geographical Society. He was recently seen retracing the route of Marco Polo for a five-hour German TV documentary (Arte/SWR), airing in 2011.

Follow his blog at www.bradleymayhew.blogspot.com.

Customer Reviews

Great guide with lots of detailed information.
Clyde C. Capps
If you're not really, the type to know what you're looking for you'll love the fact that maps are even included in this book to take you exactly where you want to be.
If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, I highly recommend adding this guidebook to your trip planning resources.
Vickie T.

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on October 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
If I had to pick a single book for planning a trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons, I'd recommend this one. It has enough information to get you started about any activity you like: backpacking, biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountaineering and rock climbing, and winter sports. You'll want another book for the more involved of these activities--especially backpacking, mountaineering and rock climbing--but you probably already knew that.

If you're on a family vacation, the book is near indispensable. There is good coverage of a nice range of day hikes. It's also exhaustive in telling you the other opportunities available that you might not have thought of by yourself. Rafting down the Snake or biking on the valley floor of Jackson Hole are two good family activities.

There's also plenty of information here about regulations, places to stay and eat, and suggestions for other excursions in the area. The written material (but not the maps, alas) is organized very effectively into regions that really do follow the natural organization of these parks. Once you sketch out an itinerary, the information you want is grouped together and the information you don't need is elsewhere.

Despite these strengths, I find the organization of the book a little odd and I found that it took a while to get used to using it effectively. For example, the last three chapters are on Greater Yellowstone History, Geology, and Ecosystem. You might think that this information belongs earlier in the book as part of your orientation to the area. The book has a nice collection of maps, but they are in a weird location in the middle of the book that forces you to flip back and forth to use them as trip planners for hotels, activities, and hiking trails.
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75 of 84 people found the following review helpful By NotATameLion on July 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
A big thank you to Mr. Mayhew and his compadres for putting this very useful book together. I got several books to help prepare for my family's Yellowstone and Teton trip. This one, along with the Falcon Guides on hiking and the Trails Illustrated map proved the most helpful. That said, this Lonely Planet guide was probably the one book I relied on the most.
Some tips of my own:
Make the hike to Fairy Falls. Especially in the early morning fog, the other side of Midway Geyser Basin (the side NOT on a tourist-tastic boardwalk) is majestic and wonderful. Fairy Falls is the most beautiful of the many falls I saw in the park.
Get the beans at the Roosevelt Lodge. They are the ONLY beans I've ever had that I'd gladly part with $3 for. (Corresponding tip: the beans elsewhere are $3 also--but you can buy your own can of Busch's for half that).
Don't be frightened off by all the Bear talk. The only Bear I saw was halfway up a mountain and about the size of a quarter from where I stood. The Elk on the other hand...
Going to the Tetons will explain the line "Purple Mountains Majesty." Hiking in the Shadow of Moran or the Grand Teton = instant perspective on life.
Driving through the Big Horn Mountains on the way to Yellowstone is every bit as breathtaking as anything I saw in either park. Its "wow" factor led me to even buy a hat as a souvenir.
Wyoming has to have the highest concentration per square mile of what Patrick McManus calls "Old Men" in his classic A Fine and Pleasant Misery story The Theory and Application of Old Men. This was great for my son. I enjoyed it too.
Probably my biggest tip:
Go to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. (If you're coming the way I came, Badlands NP is well worth it too).
My second biggest tip:
Get this book for all the tips it contains. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By "tarabky3" on June 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Our family just returned from Yellowstone and Grand Teton and this book was an integral part of our trip. You'll find the maps are very accurate and informative. Everything you need to know about Yellowstone is in this book- from Campgrounds to places to raft, eat, hike, wildlife view and lounge. DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THIS BOOK!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Kelly on October 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
If it's your first time in Yellow Stone or the Grand Tetons this'll be your bible .. the hikes listed in both places are well presented and with the maps included will help you plan you time in this wonderful part of the world .. The information on where you are likely to spot animals is really useful - Elk, Bison, Moose and Bear ... all accurate! The highlights and intineraries suggested helped with planning the trip .. but in addition to the traditional 'must sees' the book also suggests some wonderful off the beaten track experiences as well. Has info on where to stay and eat ..I stayed outside the park and would recommend either Teton Village or Jackson Hole as a good base with lots of top class accomodation. For European travellers Jackson Hole was the only place that I could get a mobile phone signal!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Greg Nyquist VINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
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Used this book for a late Spring trip to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons. The book proved enormously useful. It is packed with information about both parks and the surrounding vicinity. It gives you all the important points of interest, including information on hikes (length of hike, how to get to trailhead, etc). Plenty of maps in the book, but they are all duotone maps and some may have trouble reading them. Information on campgrounds in and surrounding the parks is, as far as I could tell, fairly complete (I've checked most via web sources). Information about lodging and places to eat is thorough, but not complete: I ended up staying at places in West Yellowstone and Jackson that were not listed in the book. I can't vouch for accuracy on prices on either lodging, food, campgrounds, or other services mentioned in the book, as such things are always in flux. The book merely tells you what is available and gives you a rough estimate on the price.

One thing that I really appreciated about the book is that it had plenty of new information of the sort that you could not find in older books. For example, the two death last summer (i.e., 2011) of two hikers at the hands of grizzlies is discussed, as is the indefinite closing of the trail to the base of Tower Falls. This is the book to buy if you are going this year (2012) to Yellowstone. Older books have out-of-date information which can cause problems. The mention of the closure of the Tower Falls trail was important to me, as it saved a pointless drive out to Tower Junction. When traveling to these parks, time is always limited and one needs to base one's plans on the best and most current information available.

I would have liked to see full color maps and more photos, but that would've increased the price of the book. Not to be missed for those planning a trip to Yellowstone and/or Grand Tetons in 2012.
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