The American West, with its splendid mountains, forests and deserts, has been my home for most of my life. For the past 12 years I've been writing about its wildest places and the people who've explored and protected them. Their stories are fascinating and instructive, and I invite you to have a look. Happy reading!
WILD LANDS OF MONTANA AND IDAHO:
CANYONS AND DESERTS OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU:
Wonders in 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 of America's greatest national parks and seven outstanding national monuments? In my next book (due in Spring 2020 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. As part of a much larger wild land expanse, these park units face multiple challenges from increased use and from development beyond their borders.
Above Double Arch in Arches National Park. NPS photo by MacKenzie Reed. Top: George C. Fraser and G.C. Fraser, Jr., in Cathedral Valley, 1915, Photo by Dave Rust, courtesy Mrs. Eldon Rasmussen.
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Interested in more? See my recent essay "A Voice from a Separate World" in the new journal Deep Wild (www.deepwildjournal.com). Also, a piece on the 2018 Astronomy Festival at Great Basin National Park in National Parks Traveler.