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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453618821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453618820
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I (Matt Bolton) was born in Bremen, Indiana on December 3rd, 1959. After speding most of my childhood growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with a B.S. in Business, concentrating in Accounting. Upon passing the CPA exam in 1982, I moved to Dallas, Texas and spent 8 years in Oil and Gas Revenue Accounting, before making a career switch and to pharmaceutical sales in 1990. After 17 years with two major pharmceutical companies as a Representative, Sales Manager, and Director, unexpected health issues saddled me with Stage 4 Colon Cancer at age 46. Upon going on Disability Retiremant late in 2008, I immediately started looking for other ways to continue to do productive things with my life. As one who has visited what many consider to be every major National Park in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, plus British Columbia and Alberta, my wife (and many others) encouraged me to write a book on my favorite park - Yosemite. Hence, on August 30th, 2009, my book "The Concise Visitors Guide to Yosemite" was published through Booksurge/Createspace. Based upon the success of my first book (The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yosemite" became a multiple time Amazon category best seller), I decided to put pen to paper once again. As a result, on November 10th, 2010, "The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yellowstone" was published through Createspace as well.

Unfortunatly, the cancer battle has not gone well. After metastisis to my lungs came major headaches and in June of 2011, confirmed metastisis to the brain. I am presently going through major treatment, but I also continue to learn and share new knowledge on the national parks with others each and every day (through vehicles like my national park Facebook page "National Parks 101"). My love of the national parks has never been stronger and my mind never clearer. I hope if you choose to purchase either of my books, that you find as much pleasure in your park experiences (both traveling to and reading about) as I continue to do! Thank you!

Customer Reviews

I would recommend this book to anyone planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park.
Diane Unsicker
My husband and I are planning a future visit to Yellowstone and this book is full of excellent tips to help us with our planning.
Pam
After reading Matt's book, I DEFINITELY want to revisit this majestic park...I missed so many incredible experiences.
Robert L. Veenstra

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy P. on December 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yellowstone is an awesome book! It takes you step-by-step of what to do, specific spots to visit, hiking essentials, even phone numbers, and what to expect for the different seasons. The road maps are great too! If you are an experienced Yellowstone visitor, or if you are a bit timid; this book is perfect because it basically guides with a myriad of choices and helpful hints. So if your time is limited, you get a "concise" view of highlights. If you have extended time, the guide opens Yellowstone to the palm of your hands.
I was quite impressed with this book, and have also read the same author's book-"The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yosemite". It's obvious reading through both books that Mr. Bolton is quite passionate and very familiar with both National Parks. Thanks!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Veenstra on December 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reading Matt Bolton's book on Yellowstone gave me so many reasons to return !! Obviously I had a very narrow view when I last visited Yellowstone. When we saw "Old Faithful", hiked a few fairly easy trails and saw a few bison grazing along the road, I thought this is as good as it gets...and that was fine with me. After reading Matt's book, I DEFINITELY want to revisit this majestic park...I missed so many incredible experiences.

Matt has a way of enticing you with all the "backroads"areas most visitors miss. I appreciated Matt's recommendation on staying at three different areas in the park in order to capture the natural beauty which made each area spectacular. Matt describes each area as having its own unique personallity. While we are hikers..and greatly appreciated Matt's description of the hiking trails available in the park..we also enjoy eatting on the trail..or in a wonderful restaurant..afterall, we deserve it after that long hike, right?? Matt did not let us down in the food arena either...from picnics, trail mixes or delicious lodge dinners...the list was complete and the selections enticed the appetite.

I also appreciated Matt's insightful look at the opportunities for the "non-hiker". Some of those mentioned also looked very interesting to us. My husband agrees...we need to return. My only suggestion to Matt is..please write more books on the National Parks !! We just feel you need to continue this series so we can get your guides in our hands before we make our trip plans. Go For It!!!

Lainie Veenstra
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary on December 7, 2010
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This book would be a great resource for making a vacation/visit to this park successful. I was very impressed on the wealth of detailed information; from history, the detail on the many hiking trails, what to do and see, where to eat and where to stay. All were covered very thoroughly!! There was even a chapter devoted to important phone numbers and web sites to help in your planning and use while in the park. Tour information, visiting in the winter, activities for kids, even a chapter on wildfires were very informative and interesting! Also, the maps throughout the book were a big help to get a perspective of the area.

I have been to Yellowstone/Tetons area and I was glad to see a chapter devoted to the wildlife. The author covered the subject well in regards to warnings and helpful hints in enjoying viewing wildlife. And even throughout the book not just in this chapter, the author points out what wildlife to look for in certain areas of the park. Seeing the wildlife in Yellowstone/Tetons was the highlight for me when I visited 4 years ago.

For such a big park, the book has it all, no (yellow)stone is left untouched!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nick on March 3, 2011
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Due to the vast planning that goes into a cross-country road trip, I've been reading up on material I can obtain to prepare my vehicle and myself for all of the adventures I want to undertake. I found "The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yellowstone" by Matt Bolton to be exactly what it's titled. I now know how long I should plan my stay at Yellowstone, what to pack, and what to expect. Thanks to Matt, I'm even more eager to trek across America and visit Yellowstone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Krueger on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book was published just weeks after we started seriously considering a within-the-year trip to Yellowstone so we bought it and have already put it to use. On basic topics like airport options, where to stay and what there is to do other than seeing Old Faithful, we found both the objective information and subjective commentary to be on-point and useful. The book has already influenced our decisions to lodge exclusively in the parks, move around a lot and include Grand Tetons NP in our plans in a significant way.

Now that our airfare and lodging are booked, we can be a little more leisurely in reviewing the multitude of day hike descriptions and other what-to-do advice as we continue to plan for our trip.
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I found this filled with insights, tips, and the facts you need from an experienced park visitor. Real opinions and suggestions throughout the book make this read more like a conversation with a friend who has been there rather than a pocket reference. Learn what to bring, what to see, and how to prioritize your time if it is limited. Options for lodging, dining, and saving money are all included. This is a huge expanse of parkland, and I would not know where to begin planning a trip without this kind of information. Yellowstone requires effort just to get there, I want to be sure I am well prepared and make the best use of my time and resources while I am there.

Peppered with good information on the wildlife and what to do when you encounter them. Detailed lists of hiking options and the difficulty and time required of each trail. Helpful opinions of when to experience the park (what time of year) and how your options vary with the seasons, the crowds, and the vendors that might not be open all year. Tour options are also covered. Lots of web site and telephone references to help you get down to the specifics of your trip planning.

I'm looking forward to seeing this park!
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