Natural Landmarks of Arizona celebrates the vast geological past of Arizona's natural monuments through the eyes of a celebrated storyteller who has called Arizona home for most of his life. David Yetman shows us how Arizona's most iconic landmarks were formed millions of years ago and sheds light on the more recent histories of these landmarks as well. These peaks and ranges offer striking intrusions into the Arizona horizon, giving our southwestern state some of the most memorable views, hikes, climbs, and bike rides anywhere in the world. They orient us, they locate us, and they are steadfast through generations.
Whether you have climbed these peaks many times, enjoy seeing them from your car window, or simply want to learn more about southwestern geology and history, reading Natural Landmarks of Arizona is a fascinating way to learn about the ancient and recent history of beloved places such as Cathedral Rock, Granite Dells, Kitt Peak, and many others. With Yetman as your guide, you can tuck this book into your glove box and hit the road with profound new knowledge about the towering natural monuments that define our beautiful Arizona landscapes.
David Yetman is a research social scientist at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, as well as host and co-producer of the PBS travel/ adventure series In the Americas with David Yetman. He is a celebrated storyteller who has called Arizona home for most of his life.
"In David Yetman's observant eyes, mountains are much more than random piles of rock. They are the visible record of a dramatic geological past and towering monuments that anchor us to the landscape and bestow beauty and meaning on our lives. Read and learn."
– Bruce Dinges, co-editor of America's Most Alarming Writer: Essays on the Life and Work of Charles Bowden
"David Yetman's Natural Landmarks of Arizona is one man's recollection of cherished landmarks accumulated over a lifetime of roaming the southwestern United States. Yetman inspires readers to revisit some of Arizona's iconic landscapes with fresh eyes and a renewed interest in the processes that shape the mountains, canyons, valleys, and volcanoes of Arizona. It will make a welcome addition to the libraries of those who admire the beauty of Arizona's multifarious terrain – from northeastern Arizona's Navajo Mountain laccolith to the sunbaked, barren Kofa Mountains near Yuma, Arizona."
– Michael Conway, geologist