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Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park Paperback – May 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Granite Peak Publications; 2nd edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970687311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970687319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"[H]eftier than many a travel guide to an entire country...her advice is balanced...[answers] science questions in layman's terms."  —Chicago Tribune

"This 'result of five years of research and preparation' has earned a permanent place on the Yellowstone bookshelf."  —Frank Markley, webmaster, Yellowstone Notebook 

"Chapple's lively narrative is as perfect for touring as it is for entertaining armchair reading."  —Marlene Merrill, editor, Yellowstone and the Great West 

"[The author] has a love for, knowledge of, and deep appreciation for this place... readable, informative, and user-friendly."  —Judith L. Meyer, author, The Spirit of Yellowstone

"A very well done book which offers...fascinating information about the park’s well known as well as hidden places."  —Geyser Observation and Study Association

"Nicely organized and flows well from tips to anecdotes to blurbs on accommodations, and...recommended routes for further exploration."  —Billings Gazette

"Provides detailed information for...geologists, geyser enthusiasts, and historians, as well as the general traveler...a must-have publication."  —Tamsen Hert, University of Wyoming Libraries

About the Author

Janet Chapple is the author of the first edition of Yellowstone Treasures and editor and coauthor of It's Up to You!: A Handbook for Practicing Music. She lives in the Bay Area of California.

More About the Author

Please visit: for lots of information about Yellowstone, including over thirty nuggets with pictures. You will also find a link to my blog on that home page.

My association with Yellowstone goes back to early childhood days when my parents worked in Old Faithful Inn. My love of Yellowstone Park can be traced to memories of waiting for geysers to erupt, visiting with rangers, attending slide shows and sing-alongs in the amphitheater, playing hide-and-seek in the inn, and watching as my father assigned passengers to the big yellow tour buses.

Knowing about my connection to and love of the park is what led a friend to ask if I wanted to collaborate to update the long-popular Haynes Guides to Yellowstone (which went out of print in the 1960s). Although the friend soon dropped out of the project, the momentum took hold, and I was hooked!

Taking extended field trips once or twice a summer, reading, researching, and writing throughout the other seasons, I took five years to create Yellowstone Treasures, which was released in January 2002. A second, fully updated, edition of Yellowstone Treasures was published in 2005, and the new updated third edition in April 2009. "I plan to keep updating and marketing it as long as I can or until I am 80 years old--whichever comes first!" is my promise to myself and my readers.

When asked whether I really walked all the geyser routes and hiking trails described in the book, my answer is that I hiked on all the trails I recommend, some of them several times. I could never be in the park without walking around all of Upper Geyser Basin. Once I started out alone in an October snowstorm, but was soon joined by a bison. In summers, together with many friends and family members, I explored trails that I now recommend and a few others I don't. I recommend those that are not too strenuous--they are ways to get away from crowds and enjoy the Yellowstone that not everyone sees.

My husband, Bruno Giletti, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at Brown University, contributed the geological history chapter to Yellowstone Treasures and wrote many of the geological sidebars that appear throughout the book, as well as taking the majority of the colored pictures.

Along with constantly updating and promoting Yellowstone Treasures, I continue researching and sharing my knowledge and love for the park by writing articles for the book's companion Web site, I have also completed two other books about Yellowstone; one, called Yellowstone, Land of Wonders, is a translation (done with colleague Suzanne Cane) of a Belgian visitor's account from his 1883 trip and will be published in the spring of 2013 by the University of Nebraska Press. The other is an anthology of early Yellowstone writings. My husband and I live near San Francisco but make frequent trips to Yellowstone.

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It is extremely thorough and well written.
Evan's Mom
It includes things about geothermal features, wildlife, history, fires, hiking trails, and so much more!
A frequent traveller
I brought this book for my family RV trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton last month.
Satoru Isaka

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