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Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park Paperback – April 1, 2009

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"Yellowstone Treasures tackles the park with a broad brush and is ideal for those making the ritual family vacation out West . . . [D]esigned for those traveling by car, with the pages following the roadways in and near the park. The book covers geology, wildlife and history while giving practical advice."  —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"For most readers, Janet Chapple’s new 384-page guide to the park may be the only one they ever need . . . a rousing success with her knowledgeable treatise on one of America’s most-loved natural travel destinations . . . only those who actively use Chapple’s book will become intimate with Yellowstone."  —The Oregonian

"Yellowstone Treasures, unlike many park and recreation guides, is not a dull read. It is nicely organized and flows well from tips to anecdotes to blurbs on accommodations and the main attraction: her recommended routes for further exploration."  —Billings Gazette

"Author Janet Chapple steps outside the park boundaries to let you know what to expect as you approach Yellowstone, no matter which direction you're coming from."  —Chicago Tribune

"Love Yellowstone National Park? So does author Janet Chapple, whose parents worked at the Old Faithful Inn. Her new book . . . an updated third edition, [is] a must-have for women who want to see the most and best of this 3,468-square-mile national keepsake."  —

"Yellowstone Institute student, professional cellist, and geyser geek presents the national park in all its seasons."  —

About the Author

Janet Chapple is the author of previous editions of Yellowstone Treasures and editor and coauthor of It's Up to You!: A Handbook for Practicing Music. She lives in Menlo Park, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Granite Peak Publications; 3rd edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970687338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970687333
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jvstin VINE VOICE on June 28, 2009
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In its third edition, Yellowstone Treasures is a comprehensive guide to Yellowstone National Park, written by Janet Chapple. Janet's father worked in Old Faithful Inn for four summers, giving his daughter a lifelong love of the park.

That love has translated into this guidebook.

I purchased the book in anticipation of a trip to Yellowstone, and on our recent trip to the west, my friends and I quickly discovered this book was illuminating, enlightening, and above all, essential to our travels.

My friend's daughter needed a bathroom, and quickly? Janet's system of describing everything along the roads of the park, down to mileposts, allowed me to easily tell them exactly where we were, and exactly how far it was to the nearest toilet. What's the name of that mountain? A quick look at the mileposts, drawing and maps almost always told us the answer.

In addition to the comprehensive and painstaking detail on the sights at each mile of the road, Janet provides opinions on the best things to see, cross references things by subjects, and provides a lot of the background on the park in asides in the book.

I found myself, as we were traveling along, reading aloud on subjects that Janet mentions. Where did the Firehole River get its name? Just who was Norris that Norris Geyser Basin is named for? Which of the sights in Mammoth are worth stopping to take a look at?

I had purchased an additional guide to Yellowstone, but everything my traveling companions and I could want to know or need to know about the area within Yellowstone was within the nearly 400 pages of this book. The next time my friends and I go back to the park, we certainly will be making use of Ms. Chapple's work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronita on October 26, 2009
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This book is fabulous. I've traveled to Yellowstone twice and just bought this book after returning home. I bought it because it was sugessted on a travel web site, and I have enjoyed reading it almost daily. I am currently using it as a nice review of places I have been and as a resource to plan a trip for 2010. It has everything:history,geology, maps, an endless array of photos,travel suggestions, brief narratives of the geysers and hot springs, and even information about the wildlife you are sure to see in the area. I especially like the the way the book is broken down into regional areas with small maps and descriptions of individual places. I took 2 books with me on my last trip which lacked alot of useful information which this book includes. Next year, this will be the only book I plan to take on my trip back to Yellowstone. For the price you pay, this book is priceless. Kudos to the author, Janet Chapple, for writing such an informative travel book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rama Kocherlakota on August 23, 2009
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I just got back from a week at Yellowstone and I took this book with me everywhere I went! For one thing, the map at the front of the book was the best Yellowstone map, including the one handed out by the rangers. The organization of the book is a lot like that of a lot of other Yellowstone books, following the roads that loop through the park and saying what you'd see at various points, but the level of detail is higher and the design is better. For instance, not only does it say that on the road from Tower to Canyon, you'll go through the Dunraven Pass, it tells you that you'll pass through it at milepost 13.3, or at 5.0, depending on what direction you're going. Not a big deal, maybe, but very convenient to have BOTH directions spelled out.

There are great descriptions of the geology of the Yellowstone area and detailed information about the wildlife, including where to go to find the various animals.

This book also has good descriptions of what you will see when you drive towards the various park gates. We flew in and out of Cody and entered the park through the east gate and left through the northeast gate, and we were able to interpret what we were seeing on the road (which was amazing stuff, especially on the Chief Joseph Highway) using this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By phoephus on September 1, 2009
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Just note to say thank you to Janet Chapple for writing such a well thought out comprehensive book. Yellowstone is such a massive place with so much to see, your book made it doable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Paperiello on August 20, 2012
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Without the slightest exaggeration this Guide Book to Yellowstone is by far the most complete, the most accurate, and the most filled with useful information! (Forget about any so-called "official" guide). Of course if you are only making a one-day "blitz" of the Park, almost any guide book will do. You will barely have the time to see the MUST SEE spots -- perhaps the short boardwalks about the Fountain Group, and the Midway Geyser Basin, Old Faithful Geyser in eruption, and the Canyon of the Yellowstone (especially Artist Point and Inspiration Point).

But if you want a Guide Book for more than the basics, then this is your book of choice.

And just what are my "credentials" for making such a statement?

Well, I have been a fanatic about YNP for more than 30 years. I fell so in love with this park, that I finally chose to live there! (I met my wife there). Over the past 30 years I have traveled throughout, and have come to know it intimately. I currently OWN (and have read) over 100 Guide Books to Yellowstone, both antiquarian and up to date.

One person wrote this review: "This book is probably great if you've been to Yellowstone before and know where you're going. We'll be going to Yellowstone for the first time this year, and this book is just not useful for planning the trip..."

I can only express my total confusion about this review. This book is great for planning any trip -- of course you must read it first. Evidently this reader didn't want to be bothered.

This guide is easy to use, and provides more than basic information. This book would be a good read if you never even get to YNP.
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