“I’ve been prowling around, living in, and writing about the Four Corners states for more than 40 years, and I still find myself learning from Journey to the High Southwest. It’s the best guide to this part of the world I’ve ever seen–and that includes ones I’ve written myself,” says author Tony Hillerman. The sixth edition of this guide, which has been updated and expanded, provides profiles of hundreds of attractions, including museums, national parks, historic Spanish cities and Wild West mining towns. Extensive information on campgrounds, seasonal events, restaurants and art galleries will help you plan your trip. Opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as canyon tours, bicycle rentals, hot-air ballooning, horseback riding and rafting expeditions, are also explored.
Destinations include the Spanish Rio Grande towns of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos, New Mexico, as well as settlements that evoke the spirit of the frontier, such as Durango, Silverton and Telluride, Colorado. National parks, state parks and monuments–Mesa Verde, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Sunset Crater, Wupatki, Dead Horse Point, Arches and Canyon de Chelly–are among the other points of interest that are featured.
Author Robert L. Casey’s narratives provide details about the history, geography and culture of the region from a personal point of view. Special sections deal with southeastern Utah geology, prehistory in Canyon Country, practical hints and tips for visitors, a bibliography of supplementary resources and a glossary defining terminology for travelers unfamiliar with the Hispanic and Native American expressions that describe the food, artifacts and landforms of the Southwest’s high country.
Journey to the High Southwest (437 pages, softbound) is available at bookstores nationwide, or from The Globe Pequot Press, (800) 243-0495.