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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 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[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: http://www.yellowstonetreasures.com 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, www.yellowstonetreasures.com. 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.
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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Evan's Mom on July 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Of all the travel books I've ever used for sightseeing, this is by far the best of them all. All other travel books, especially the consistently mediocre Frommers and Fodors could learn a lot by Chapple's layout and content. We had several books with us for Yellowstone, but this was the only one we needed - every leg of Yellowstone is clearly laid out with mile markers regardless of which direction you are traveling, which is only one of the things that separates this book from the competition. It also covers surrounding areas (entrance cities) of the park, as well as maps, the animals, geography, geology and history, all in a compact fashion. It is extremely thorough and well written. Buy this book for your Yellowstone trip - you won't regret it.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By elena luisa garella on February 5, 2002
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This is a handy and detailed guide to Yellowstone with descriptions of the Park's features arranged by the five main roadway entrances: West, South, East, Northeast, and North, plus the Bechler Region.
For each approach there is a full color map with icons symbolizing the main attractions, facilities, trails and so forth. The guide then takes you mile by fraction of mile with a description of the historical, geological and natural features you will encounter. There is also a historical chronology, a discussion of the wildlife, an chapter on the 1998 fires, and a lot of useful travel phone numbers and tips.
The inset maps, pictures, and sidebar stories are wonderfully presented-- when you look at this book you will be drooling to visit the Park! It is beautiful, and the solid fund of information makes it a good buy at only twenty bucks. The geologic explanations are particularly neat.
This is a guide that will suit educated visitors (and daydream wanderers) who have want to know the story behind the major and minor sights. You may need a more tourist oriented guide if you want detailed info on in-park and near-park lodgings and places to eat. Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park by Lee H. Whittlesey would make a fine counterpart to Yellowstone Treasures.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hazen on January 9, 2005
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This book will take you through the park and list each (hundreds of) potentially interesting items with a clear description of where they are found. I would recommend reading this book prior to visiting Yellowstone and highlighting those items that you would like to see. Then having your passenger follow along with the book as you drive, alerting you when you approach one of the items that you have highlighted.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 8, 2002
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"Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park" by Janet Chapple is a magnificent catalogued resource to the full enjoyment of a huge national park and area known as Yellowstone. The author has extensive knowledge and experience in exploring the beauties of the area. She says, "I hiked on all the trails I recommend, some of them several times... they are ways to get away from crowds and enjoy the Yellowstone that not everyone sees." Also contributing to the geological history chapter as well as the many informative geological sidebars of "Yellowstone Treasures" is Bruno Giletti, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at Brown University, and also Chapple's spouse. "Yellowstone Treasures" is divided into road logs and destinations by six sections: the Northwest Section (containing the famous geyser Old Faithful), the Bechler region, the Southern Section, the Eastern Section, the Northeastern Section, and the Northern Section. Each chapter has large and clearly illustrated colored maps, as well as copious color photographs of stunning sites. In addition there follows follow chapters on Natural and Human History in Yellowstone, with a Chronology of Yellowstone since 1800, and Living Things: a Yellowstone Sampler. Chapple helps the reader contemplate the enormous task of navigating the logistics of the park, a staggeringly huge area, by recommending 58 short walks, listing facilities in Yellowstone, campgrounds, and recommended Yellowstone books and maps.

Altogether, Yellowstone Treasures fills an ongoing need for new generations of park explorers and appreciators. She has spent much of her life becoming better acquainted with the riches of the area and she is generously sharing her knowledge with this beautiful guidebook. It is not to be missed.

Nancy Lorraine
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on October 3, 2003
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Yellowstone Treasures, by Janet Chapple, is the key to appreciating this beautiful park. Because the book is organized into Road Logs, wherever you are you read about what's coming up next: geological phenomena, animals, trees, flowers, trail heads, lakes and human history are all included. The maps are clear, plentiful, accurate and useful. Each section is amply expanded with information boxes about things such as how geysers work, how terraces are built, how the names of places were chosen, petrified trees, geological mysteries, etc. The chapters on geological phenomena, human history, flora and fauna are a gold mine of information. Take the book with you, but look at the website [...] well beforehand, because it is also a treasure. We were never without this book during our visit.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lynne in CO on June 30, 2003
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I just took this book to Yellowstone and found it indispensible! We quickly gave up using the official park guides to the various geyser basins and relied on this book to tell us all about the different geysers and their histories. The book is packed with information about the history of Yellowstone. It even has a flora and fauna guide! Included are lists of suggested sights to see, hikes to take, driving distances, road maps (but no topo maps), discussions about how geysers work, the Yellowstone caldera, the 1988 fires, where to stay, etc. The book is printed on nice paper and the photos are in full color. This is really an indispensible book to bring along on your next visit to Yellowstone!
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