Joshua Tree: The Complete Guide: Joshua Tree National Park
Stunning photographs showcase the wondrous landscape of Joshua Tree National Park in this unique guidebook. Located just two hours east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is a desert getaway that boasts some of the most dramatic and unexpected scenery in the Southwest. This newly revised edition features updated information on park and local attractions, hotels, and restaurants, as well as a newly expanded section on the geology of the park. Fascinating chapters discuss the park's history, geology, and wildlife along with a guide to desert wildflowers and maps of more than 20 of the best hikes in the park. An indispensable guide for outdoor enthusiasts, rock climbers, and vacationing families on a budget, this beautiful guidebook will enhance any traveler's collection.
About the Author
James Kaiser is an award-winning travel writer and photographer and author of Acadia: The Complete Guide, Costa Rica: The Complete Guide, Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide, and Yosemite: The Complete Guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Beautiful, comprehensive guide
By Linda Lou
This book is beautiful, comprehensive guide to Joshua Tree National Park and it's surrounding communities. It provides vividly colored photos of the landscape and a brief guide to plants and animals one may encounter. It provides general maps of JTNP as well as very good detailed maps of specific points of interest which are being described. A causal browser of this book might well be inspired to visit. One can use it to plan a visit, and A visitor can confidently pack this along as a guidebook to find points of wonderment. Not only does the author provide guidance within Joshua Tree NP, but in the communities that border this park as well. Motels, restaurants, and points of interest are mentioned in enough detail for a reader to determine if they want to stop by and check them out. As a former visitor to JTNP, I found it to be very thorough, and as someone who is planning another trip, I plan to take it along as a guidebook to find new places to discover within and outside the Park. I hope this author undertakes a book on the Mojave National Preserve in the same style that this book was written.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Good all-round introduction
Good all-round introduction to the park, including (geologic and human) history. Half of the book comprises trail descriptions, and little maps help w/ way-finding. Also descriptions of nearby towns, where you're likely to stay and spend an evening with friends, dinner, music, etc. I'm using this to prepare for a trip and has been helpful so far. The only star taken off here is for the book itself; maybe it 's just my (used) copy, but the book feels 'stiff' and doesn't allow for easy flipping, but a new one might not have it (just don't know).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Best if you just stop by at Nomad Ventures or ...
I bought this map and several others and one thing I've learned about Joshua Tree is that there isn't one complete guide, even books three times this size are incomplete. This book is mostly about the history, flora, fauna and geology of Joshua Tree. Best if you just stop by at Nomad Ventures or the Park Headquarters where you can peruse books before making any decisions.