A complete, user-friendly guide to Zion National Park, written by an interpretive park ranger. It's like having a park ranger in your back pocket.
Ron Kay has been exploring and guiding in Utah's Zion National Park for more than 30 years. During that time and in the course of his work as an official U.S. interpretive park ranger, he has answered thousands of questions from park visitors and knows exactly where they want to go and what they want to see. Designed to be useful for any person who wants to visit Zion National Parkfrom first-time visitors to repeat guests ready to see and learn something newthis guide includes complete trail descriptions, maps, mountaineering tips, climbing spots, a detailed trip planner, and fascinating commentary about the park's natural and human history, geology, flora and fauna. Also included are Ron's recommendations for visiting Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks.
|Publisher:||Countryman Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Ron Kay is a park ranger in Zion National Park, where he facilitates visitor's programs on the history and geology of the Desert
Southwest. A writer and photographer, he teaches at Dixie State
College's Elderhostel program and the Zion Canyon Field Institute.
Geologists, biologists, and naturalists from around the world have sought his expertise, and the Discovery Channel has featured him in their programs about the Southwest. He lives in Hurricane, UT.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My family and I love Zion National Park and have visited the park on many occasions and until I purchased Ron¿s Book I didn¿t know what we were missing. The information was so helpful and allowed me to explain much of the park to my kids and visit areas we didn¿t even know existed. I was prompted to write this review when I saw the attached article in the Salt Lake Tribune Travel section ¿ Thanks Ron for the only guide we will ever need ¿ I highly recommend Ron Kay¿s Guide to Zion National Park for anyone considering going there. Travel section from the Salt Lake Tribune 3/30/08 Travel reading Ron Kay's Guide to Zion National Park 128-page paperback, $14.95, The Countryman Press It's always a good sign for a guidebook when the author knows the territory. Kay has lived and worked in Zion National Park for over 30 years, which gives this book authenticity. Basics such as a Main Canyon and Backcountry Trip Planner, trail descriptions, and information on seeing nearby Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon North Rim and other destinations within 60 miles are helpful. But perhaps the best parts of the book are toward the end when Kay answers common questions about Zion Canyon in an easy-to-understand way and offers simple explanations to the complicated Colorado Plateau geology. Basic information on birds and mammals is helpful, and learning how some of the park's main features got their names is interesting. For example, Angels Landing got its name from three ministers who visited the park in 1916 and one suggested only an angel could land on that point. Stuff like that makes this book a better-than-average guide to Utah's most popular national park.