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National Geographic Yosemite National Park Road Guide [Paperback]

Jeremy Schmidt , Thomas Schmidt

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Book Description

April 18 2006 National Geographic Road Guides
In 2004, Yosemite National Park attracted 3.3 million visitors, and this new addition to our series of guides designed especially for motorists will help them get the most out of their time in this stunning corner of America. National Geographic has been covering the parks and creating definitive maps for more than a century, a proud tradition that here yields a distinctive, uniquely user-friendly approach to touring Yosemite by car or shuttle bus.


Organized with the driver's convenience in mind, these detailed, large-scale topographic maps trace major roads one by one from beginning to end over several pages. Descriptive text runs alongside the corresponding map segment, eliminating the need to flip back and forth to learn where you are and what you're looking at. Once you've located your starting point, you can follow the road with confidence, with each point of interest detailed in a steady progression, letting you focus on the information about the geological, environmental, and human history around you.


Highlights include spots to watch for wildlife such as black bear and bighorn sheep; dramatic views and geologic formations; sites of historical importance; and places to look for distinctive wildflowers and other plants. In addition, each map displays visitors centers, ranger stations, hiking trails, aid stations, and more, as well as locations for camping, boating, and fishing.


Simple in concept but extremely effective in use, this is an inexpensive, innovative, and information-packed answer to accessing Yosemite's splendor.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (April 18 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792254856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792254850
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 10.8 x 0.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,465,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Schmidt specializes in outdoor and historical subjects. His travels have taken him as far afield as Mongolia, China, Congo, and India, but he always finds his way home to Jackson, Wyoming.


Thomas Schmidt is an expert on Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery and has written extensively about the nature and history of the Rocky Mountain region. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Road Guide. But Supplement for your Vacation April 20 2007
By Fritz R. Ward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the great (probably apocryphal) stories about Yosemite concerned some tourists who asked a park ranger what to do if they had only one day in the parks. The ranger responded, "If I had only one day in Yosemite, I might sit down and cry." Unfortunately, schedules being what they are, many people only have a day or two to spend in Yosemite. As a result, they need to simply drive through and catch the highlights. If you fall into that category, don't cry, but do get this book. It lists some of the main features you will see on all the park roads and describes them in about a paragraph.

This book is organized with road maps on the left and route descriptions on the right. This leads to some unusual reading. For example, if driving from Yosemite Valley to Tioga Pass, you will read from the bottom of the right page up. The location notes literally follow the map up the page. The book also contains some nice "Nature Notes" which describe some of the more interesting plant and animal life along the roads. Careful readers will learn, for example, about the Pygmy Owl that routinely attacks rodents larger than itself and is occasionally carried along for quite a distance before it (sometimes) gets its meal. Finally, the book also contains wonderful panorama shots in black and white of various overlooks within Yosemite and identifies the main features of the view.

Although this book does what it sets out to do reasonably well, it has some problems. The maps for Yosemite Valley number the stops on the proposed auto tour, but the facing descriptions do not include the numbers. Other routes through the park (Tioga Pass, Glacier Point, Big Oak Flats Road, etc) either do not have the numbers or use them inconsistently. But the main concern is that this book is insufficient to plan a vacation around, even a short one. I would recommend supplementing this book with Ann Marie Brown's Moon Handbooks Yosemite, probably the best survey of lodging, dining and outdoor activities in and around the park. If you want to get out of your car and explore further, you should look to Suzanne Swedo's Best Easy Day Hikes Yosemite National Park (2cd edition) for short walks. If you have time for longer hikes, check out any of the Yosemite hiking guides by Jeffrey Schaffer. Still, if auto touring is your first or only choice, this is a nice book to enhance your vacation. Get it and have a good time in the best of America's national parks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yosemite Park Road Guide Sept. 12 2009
By Terance M. Mahoney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For any first time visitor or returning visitor to Yosemite Park, this is an invalualbe tool! It is so easy to use, so handy, and so logically laid out. It is always sold out at Borders in the SF Bay area; so be sure to order yours a month ahead of time beucase this will be the tool that will reward you with a great time in a great national park!
3.0 out of 5 stars ehh Jan. 19 2013
By Sara Deaton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I ordered this product as a Christmas gift for my father about a week before Christmas. It did not give me an option to speed up the delivery process, so it came several days after X-mas. Maybe I did not read the description carefully but the book itself was much smaller than expected and the print was very small. I would not recommend this product (although it was cheap).
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