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Our authors take you to the most spectacular landscapes in the western U.S. and provide advice for every kind of park visitor, from the day-tripper who wants to see the highlights quickly to the back-country camper to the families ...

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More than 65 million people visit the national parks annually-and overcrowding has become a serious problem. So we sent our authors out to hit the trails and campsites to figure out how to beat the crowds and enjoy an unspoiled experience of nature.

Our authors take you to the most spectacular landscapes in the western U.S. and provide advice for every kind of park visitor, from the day-tripper who wants to see the highlights quickly to the back-country camper to the families traveling with kids. This incredibly detailed, complete guide covers every kind of activity available in each park, from hiking to bird watching, with a range of sports for visitors of all ages and skill levels.

Frommer's National Parks of the American West also includes reviews of park lodges, camping, and nearby accommodations to help you plan all aspects of your trip. Exact prices are listed for every establishment and activity. No other guide offers such detailed, candid reviews...or such honest advice.

Complete with maps of every park (including detailed maps of hiking trails in the major parks), plus a stunning 16-page full-color photo insert!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764543623
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/5/2004
  • Series: Frommer's Park Guides Series, #3
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Expert authors: Each Frommer's guide is personally researched and thoroughly updated by a single author or asmall team?unlike Fodor?s, which compiles their guides on an assembly line. Our approach gives our guides a fun, personal tone and a real person?s judgments you can trust. Lead authors Don and Barbara Laine have written about and traveled extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. They are the authors of Frommer?s guides to Utah, Colorado, and Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs, as well as Frommer?s Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks and Frommer?s Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Enjoying the Parks Without the Crowds xii
1 Just the Facts: Planning Your Trip to the National Parks of the American West 1
2 Arches National Park 11
3 Badlands National Park 30
4 Big Bend National Park 41
5 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park 60
6 The Black Hills: Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Jewel Cave National Monument & Custer State Park 68
7 Bryce Canyon National Park & Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 95
8 Canyonlands National Park 115
9 Capitol Reef National Park 129
10 Carlsbad Caverns National Park 144
11 Channel Islands National Park 157
12 Crater Lake National Park 175
13 Death Valley National Park & Mojave National Preserve 187
14 Devils Tower National Monument 208
15 Glacier National Park & Waterton Lakes National Park 215
16 Grand Canyon National Park 242
17 Grand Teton National Park 278
18 Great Basin National Park 308
19 Great Sand Dunes National Monument & Preserve 319
20 Guadalupe Mountains National Park 326
21 Joshua Tree National Park 337
22 Lassen Volcanic National Park 353
23 Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco & Other Archaeological Sites of the Four Corners Region 363
24 Mount Rainier National Park 382
25 North Cascades National Park 404
26 Olympic National Park 423
27 Petrified Forest National Park 446
28 Point Reyes National Seashore 456
29 Redwood National & State Parks 467
30 Rocky Mountain National Park 480
31 Saguaro National Park 504
32 Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks 518
33 Theodore Roosevelt National Park 547
34 Yellowstone National Park & Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument 558
35 Yosemite National Park 598
36 Zion National Park & Cedar Breaks National Monument 637
Appendix Useful Toll Free Numbers & Websites 659
Index 662
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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Very comprehensive

    but then I think Frommer's books usually are.

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