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About this book
About this book
The Grand Canyon is one of the wonders of the world. Its 277-mile length is protected by 1.2 million acres of national park. The fabulous views of nature's sculpture are known worldwide and are even better than our wildest imaginings. The walking trails are equally awesome. Many are serious endeavours only for the most experienced trekkers. The American South-West hosts a profusion of national and state parks and wildernesses. It boasts a seemingly endless variety of deep canyons, deserts high and low, snow-capped mountains and raging rivers. The Grand Canyon is only the largest of these canyons; the smaller Zion and Bryce National Parks are less famous, but lose nothing in comparison. Come and view this magnificent corner of the United States. Join in touring these parks on foot. Walk the high country of Zion and veer down into the valley from atop its towering red walls. Weave amidst the hoodoos of Bryce and descend into the hidden depths of the Grand Canyon. Walkers can easily steer clear of crowds and enjoy the backcountry in relative isolation.
Map key; Preface to the second edition; Map: Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks; Introduction; 1 Using this book; Summary of Contents; Fact Panels; Distances and Time Estimates; Trail Rating; Maps; Direction; Water; Long-distance Route Recommendations; Route Profiles; Summary Tables; 2 Visiting the SouthWestern United States; Travelling to the Southwestern United States; Passports and Visas; Customs and Duties; When to Go; Getting Around; National Park Entrance Fees/Permits; Time Zones; Currency; Travellers Cheques and Credit Cards; Insurance; Sales Tax; Lodging and Camping; Business Hours; Telephone; Internet; Post; Laundry; Weights, Measures and Temperatures; Electricity; Smoking; Tipping; Park and Camping Regulations; 3 Equipment and special hazards; Equipment; Shelter; Sleeping Bag; Stove and Fuel; Food; Clothing; Boots; Miscellaneous; Special Hazards; Lightning Storms; Water Requirements; Heat and Sun; Cold; Rockfall; Flash Floods; Animals; GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK; 4 Visiting Grand Canyon National Park; Getting There; Getting Around Shuttle Services; Weather and Seasons; Lodging; Lodging in the Canyon at Phantom Ranch; Camping; Food; Visitor Services South Rim; Interpretative Programmes; Grand Canyon Association; Grand Canyon Field Institute; Other Facilities; Medical Care; Visitor Services North Rim; Havasupai Indian Reservation; Time Zones; Grand Canyon Skywalk; 5 Walking in Grand Canyon National Park; Overnight Backcountry Permits and Procedures; Fees; Groups; Backcountry Management Zones Use Areas; Day-hiking; Trip Planning; Maps; Getting to the Trailhead; Corridor Trails; First-timers on Cross-canyon Trips; Trail Categories; Waymarking; Water Sources; Search and Rescue; Visiting Archaeological Sites; Tour Aircraft; River-runners; Mules; Insects, Birds, Reptiles and Mammals; Heat; Other Grand Canyon Dangers; Useful Websites; Warning; 6 Grand Canyon National Park: South Rim, rim-to-river trails; Table of Trails; South Bass Trail; Boucher Trail; Hermit Trail; Bright Angel Trail; South Kaibab Trail; Grandview Trail; New Hance Trail; Tanner Trail; 7 Grand Canyon National Park: North Rim, rim-to-river trails; Table of Trails; Thunder River and Bill Hall Trails, with Deer Creek Extension; North Bass Trail; North Kaibab Trail; Nankoweap Trail; 8 Grand Canyon National Park: trans-canyon trails, North and South Rim; South Rim, trans-canyon trails; Table of Trails; Escalante Route: Tanner Canyon to New Hance Trail; at Red Canyon; Tonto Trail: New Hance Trail at Red Canyon to; Hance Creek; Tonto Trail: Hance Creek to Cottonwood Creek; Tonto Trail: Cottonwood Creek to South Kaibab Trail; Tonto Trail: South Kaibab Trail to Indian Garden; Tonto Trail: Indian Garden to Hermit Creek; Tonto Trail: Hermit Creek to Boucher Creek; Tonto Trail: Boucher Creek to Bass Canyon; North Rim Trails; Table of Trails; Clear Creek Trail; 9 Grand Canyon National Park: South and North Rim trails; South Rim Trails; Table of Trails; Rim Trail; Shoshone Point Trail; North Rim Trails; Table of Trails; Cape Royal Trail; Cliff Springs Trail; Cape Final Trail; Ken Patrick Trail; Bright Angel Point Trail; Transept Trail; Widforss Trail; Uncle Jim Trail; 10 Grand Canyon National Park: long-distance routes; Table of Routes; Boucher Trail to Hermit Trail Loop; Hermit Trail to Bright Angel Trail Loop; Cross-canyon: North Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Trail; South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel Trail; Grandview Trail to South Kaibab Trail; Escalante Route: Tanner Trail to Grandview Trail; Kanab Canyon to Thunder River Route; ZION NATIONAL PARK; 11 Visiting Zion National Park; Getting There; Entrance Fees; Getting Around Zion Valley Shuttle Service; Weather and Seasons; Lodging; Camping; Food; Visitor Services; Zion Natural History Association; Interpretative Programmes; Other Facilities; Time Zones; Emergency/Medical Services; Some Useful Websites; 12 Walking in Zion National Park; Overnight Permits; Fees; Day-walking; Hiking the Narrows; Shuttle Services; Groups; Maps; Water Sources; Waymarking; Flash Floods; Insects, Birds, Reptiles and Mammals; 13 Zion National Park: Kolob Canyons trails; Table of Trails; Timber Creek Overlook; Middle Fork of Taylor Creek Trail; La Verkin Creek Trail; Kolob Arch Trail; Willis Creek Route; Hop Valley Trail; 14 Zion National Park: West Rim trails; Table of Trails; Connector Trail; Wildcat Canyon Trail; Northgate Peaks Trail; West Rim Trail; 15 Zion National Park: Zion Canyon trails; Table of Trails; Gateway to The Narrows or Riverside Trail; Up the Narrows to Orderville Canyon; Weeping Rock; Hidden Canyon and Observation Point; Angels Landing via Scout Lookout; Emerald Pools; Court of the Patriarchs; Sand Bench Horse Trail; Parus Trail; The Watchman; 16 Zion National Park: East Rim trails; Table of Trails; Canyon Overlook Trail; East Rim Trail; East Boundary to Echo Canyon Trail; East Mesa Trail; Stave Spring Junction to Cable Mountain and; Deertrap Mountain Trails; 17 Zion National Park: Southwest Desert; Table of trails; Chinle Trail; Huber Wash; 18 Zion National Park: long-distance routes; Table of Trails; Across Zion via Hop Valley and the West Rim; The Zion Narrows; East Rim Trail via Cable and Deertrap Mountains; BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK; 19 Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park; Getting There; Entrance Fees; Getting Around; Weather and Seasons; Lodging; Camping; Food; Visitor Services; Interpretative Programmes; Bryce Canyon Natural History Association; Other Facilities; Shuttle Services; Time Zones; Emergency; 20 Walking in Bryce Canyon National Park; Walking Permits; Groups; Maps; Weather and Seasons; Water Sources; Waymarking; Flash Floods; Lightning; Insects, Birds, Reptiles and Mammals; Some Useful Websites; 21 Bryce Canyon National Park: Canyon and Rim trails; Table of Trails; Fairyland Loop; Queens Garden Trail; Navajo Loop; Rim Trail; Peekaboo Loop; Bristlecone Loop; Riggs Spring Loop; 22 Bryce Canyon National Park: long-distance and connecting trails; Long-distance Trails; Trail Table; Under the Rim Trail; Connecting Trails; Table of Trails; Sheep Creek Connecting Trail; Swamp Canyon Connecting Trail; Whiteman Connecting Trail; Agua Connecting Trail; Bibliography; Appendices; A Long-distance Routes Summary Tables; B Useful Addresses; C Local Facilities; D Authors Favourite Walks; E Index of Tables and Route Profiles; F Index of Maps; G Sample Backcountry Permit Request Form
Constance Roos was born in San Francisco, where she made her home and practised psychiatry. She was an avid traveller, hiker and climber. She had explored and climbed in Africa, New Zealand, Bolivia, Mexico, Europe and Alaska as well as the western states. Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons met while trekking from Kashmir to Ladakh. Since then they have led and organised treks in the Alps, Nepal and the Sahara; hitched across Tibet; driven a bus with 'over-fifties' clients overland to Nepal; and driven across Africa.