- File Size: 75231 KB
- Print Length: 1250 pages
- Publisher: Moon Travel; 1 edition (October 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 16, 2018
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079L5X7MS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,790 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks (Travel Guide) Kindle Edition
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National Parks with Moon
Explore the parks at your own pace with Moon USA National Parks. With a mix of inspiration and practical tips, this guide helps you plan your visit to any park, big or small.
Plan for Adventure
Marvel at the largest trees in the world, bike down a volcano, or cross off multiple bucket list parks in a single epic road trip.
Explore the Great Outdoors
Hike unforgettable trails or hit the best scenic drives—and don’t miss out on key side trips and sights.
Visualize (and remember!) your adventure with the included wall map, and collect each park’s stamp to turn your book into a keepsake memento.
About the Author
During college, she worked summers in Glacier National Park. After teaching high school English for many years outside Seattle, she and her husband moved to Montana, where she served as a hiking and backpacking guide in Glacier, worked at a ski resort, and began to write about the outdoors. She relishes visiting national parks to hike, bike, backpack, kayak, and raft.
Through her writing, she advocates for conserving wild places for their unique attributes and the renewal they bring to humans. She has written about hiking trails, historic lodges and roads, camping, paddling, skiing, bicycling, wildlife, wildflowers, birds, and climate change. For magazine stories, she has tagged along with biologists into the field to radio collar bighorn sheep and grizzly bears, even touching the bear's claws and smelling its fur to discover its earthy scent.
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Take a look at the Bryce Canyon map. It is missing all the popular hikes. The pages after the map mention them and Queen’s Garden is listed as the best hike in a highlight section, but none are on the map. We hiked Queen’s Garden to Navajo to Peekaboo trails, which make up the Bryce Canyon Traverse. It would’ve been nice to see that in print on the map. If I were planning this hike now, I wouldn’t know what those trails are like from looking at the map. There’s no way I could’ve put those trails together from using this guide book.
Moving on to Grand Canyon, they have a two page spread of the map for that park, but the area most visitors go to is about 3” x 2” on the map. Had they kept this one and then added another one zoomed in on the canyon and trails, it would’ve been more useful. Instead, the only other two page map is of the village streets. Even that isn’t complete since they show Mather Campground as just a short stub of a driveway, rather than showing all the campground loops with the names of them. That would be useful for planning a camping trip!
The best hike of Grand Canyon is listed as Bright Angel Trail, which they represent with a 4” x 5” map that barely has a bit of a squiggled red line to show the trail. There are no mileages indicated, other than the first two resthouses are named for their mileage. Good luck if you want to see the South Kaibab Trail or find out where Ooh-Ahh Point is located on the map. Don’t even think about figuring out where that trail meets up with Bright Angel for an “in one end and out the other” hike.
If you don’t hike and can get by without knowing where the trails are located, these maps are still very poor maps. The colors are all pale with very little contrast. The text is extremely small, which is to be expected I guess when the maps are so small. What else is missing when popular trails are missing?
The rest of the information may or may not be ok, depending on what you want to know. The parts I glanced at were basically sentences that listed several points of interest with no details. A chart would’ve been better than reading one or two lines of places in sentence form. They did highlight all the places in bold print. That might have been a nice feature if there had been more to read. Instead it looks like every 3rd word is bold print, which is annoying to read. Lists and charts would’ve been so much better.
As for the book itself, it is printed on the thinnest tissue paper pages possible. You would not be able to stamp this at each park without having the ink go through the page. It may also smear since the pages have a slight sheen to them. They remind me of those super cheap magazines that are offered for free when you buy another subscription. In comparison to other guide books, they may be about the same thickness, but just know that when they cram 700 pages into just over 1” thickness, you’re not going to get the nicest quality of paper.
Also, there is a map folded up in the back of the book. ROADS would’ve been nice. This map is strickly a map to show you where the parks are within the states. It’s not going to be useful for much of anything without any roads or nearby towns. They could’ve left that out and took a buck off the price.
On a positive note, this book has a pretty cover. The fonts used are modern and pretty. The photos are gorgeous. If you need beginner ideas of what to look up, this is your book.
If you are looking for detailed maps and more info than a highlight read, this is NOT the book for you. I am sending mine back.
If anyone reading this knows of a better book to get that has detailed trail and campground maps, as well as lists of trails with descriptions, please comment with your suggestions.
The National Geographic guide consists mainly of point-by-point road itineraries geared to the motorist. This organization makes it difficult to plan your visit if you do not follow the itineraries. It is light on practical information and, more importantly, suggestions for outdoor activities such as hiking. The Moon provides plenty of that to help you get out of the pavement, with separate sections on sights, scenic drives, hiking and other outdoor recreation which are easy to reference. A list of top 3 activities, what to do in a day, best hike details, how to avoid crowds, and exhaustive listings of campground and lodges in the park provide useful planning information.
"Your guide" provides even more information than the Moon on the aforementioned topics, making it by far the most complete guide, especially for getting out of the pavement, and the best value for the dollar. With its larger trim, there is simply more room to provide details that are omitted in the Moon. However, the Moon's choices are better curated. For instance, instead of trying to list as many trails as possible, it lists only the best of them. However, enough of them are mentioned for a good sampling of the park. I haven't visited all the parks, but for those that I know well from repeated visits, I have found the Moon's selections to be spot on.
Both of the Moon and "Your guide" use the National Park Service maps, which are considerably more detailed than the maps in the National Geographic, with an advantage here to "Your guide" whose larger maps are more legible. Both the Moon and National Geographic feature great photographs, with maybe an edge to the National Geographic (as expected) due to better printing on more glossy paper. On the other hand, "Your guide" uses crowdsourced/public domain photographs that are significantly lower quality than the professionally sourced photographs in the other two, compounded by inferior printing. The design of the Moon is also the most attractive of the three, making it a pleasure to thumb through for travel ideas.
In conclusion, the Moon is a beautiful guidebook, which is sure to inspire you with its photos and highlight selections. At the same time it provides plenty of practical information and outdoor activities sufficient for any but the most extended visits.
Need more info about campgrounds, too. Disappointing. Taking away another star.
Everything was great. Nice info about lodging and things to do. But when I hit Glacier National Park and there was a whole page about how Global Warming is evil and will melt all the Glaciers by 2020...I gagged. Please. Just inform us of vacation activities and not your left-wing gibberish.
"The National Park Service quietly removed a visitor center sign that claimed all the glaciers at Glacier National Park would disappear by 2020 due to global warming. As it turns out, higher-than-average snowfall in recent years upended computer model projections from the early 2000s. The NPS based its claim that glaciers “will all be gone by the year 2020” on those projections, according to federal officials.
“Glacier retreat in Glacier National Park speeds up and slows down with fluctuations in the local climate,” the U.S. Geological Survey, which monitors Glacier National Park, told The Daily Caller News Foundation."