Available Now! Wonders of Sand and Stone: A History of Utah's National Parks and Monuments
Why is the canyon country of southern Utah--once thought to be a useless wasteland--now home to five outstanding national parks and nine amazing national monuments? In my new book from the University of Utah Press, I take a look at how native Utahns and visitors to our state have viewed the landscape of the Colorado Plateau over the past 150 years, and examine how changing attitudes toward these lands led to the creation of Utah's signature national parks and monuments. As integral parts of the great expanse of wild lands known as "canyon country", these landscapes face multiple challenges from increased human use and from industrial development beyond their borders.