Frommer's National Parks of the American West Paperback – May 1 2012
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From the Back Cover
Experience local flora, fauna, and birds in Olympic and other Western National Parks. See chapter 26.
Detailed maps of regions, parks, and trails
Exact prices, directions, and other practical information
Candid reviews of places to stay,eat, camp, and stock up on supplies
Insider tips from park personnel and advice on how to avoid the crowds
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About the Author
Residents of northern New Mexico for more than 40 years, Don and Barbara Laine have traveled extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest, exploring the mountains and deserts with their always-curious dogs. The Laines have authored or contributed to a number of Frommer's travel guides, including Frommer's Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks and Frommer's Utah. They have also written Little-Known Southwest, New Mexico & Arizona State Parks, and Best Short Hikes in Arizona for The Mountaineers Books; and The New Mexico Guide for Fulcrum Publishing.
A Denver-based freelance writer, Eric Peterson has contributed to numerous Frommer's guides covering the American West, and has written Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, and Ramble: A Field Guide to the U.S.A. Peterson also writes about travel and other topics for such publications as ColoradoBiz, Delta Sky, and the New York Daily News. In his free time, he's an avid camper and hiker, a lifelong Broncos fan, and a part-time rock star (at least in the eyes of his niece Olivia and nephews Mitch and Sam).
Jack Olson, a longtime resident of Denver, wanders the Rockies and the entire country as a freelance photographer and writer. He writes travel articles and supplies photographs for AAA magazines, and his photos have been seen in such publications as Backpacker, Audubon, Sierra, and National Geographic Books.
Shane Christensen has written extensively for Frommer's, including in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Originally from California, he knows the American Southwest well and returns each year to the Grand Canyon to explore its wonders and ensure the accuracy of this guide. Shane has also held a variety of diplomatic assignments with the U.S. Department of State, and he is currently a research scholar and faculty advisor at Columbia University.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
There is useful information missing about some parks, however. For example, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, one of the most fun activities is water play at the "beach" created by small creeks flowing past sandy areas. The park has even set up showers to rinse off the sand, just like you would find at many ocean beaches. By all means, bring your swim suits when you come to Great Sand Dunes.
I recommend that you use this Frommer's guide to select your target parks and plan your overall trip. Then, seek out more detailed information for each park you will visit regarding the kind of activities you like.
The Kindle offers the potential of packing an unlimited quantity of guidebooks into your carry-on baggage but this volume is totally inaccessible in its natural format. The contents list is 29 pages long and all the entries whether chapter or subheading are in the same typeface with no indentation or high level summary list. If there is some organization by region, I was unable to discern it. Like my other Kindle guidebooks, there is no index. No matter how good its content, a guidebook without an index is totally useless. For example, when I search for Yellowstone Park, there are 22 pages of results. Unlike a web search - which would have the most useful results at the beginning - this is a random list. Since I have been unable to navigate this guidebook, I have not read any of the articles and cannot comment on any of the content.
Postscript – March, 2015
Apparently, the Kindle edition has been discontinued. This is unfortunate because if Frommer had invested in an index and formatting the Contents they could have released a useful second edition. Should they eventually get around to doing so, I would strongly recommend that they have a ‘thumb index’ to the main index so that you can quickly locate the entries for each letter. Unfortunately, I have yet to see any Kindle book which does this and publishers seem to be unaware that there is no quick way to page through a long index on a Kindle.