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Other titles in the Desert Places series:
Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers (Desert Places)
Synopses & Reviews
Over a hundred million years ago, the area that is now Dinosaur National Monument attracted the behemoth creatures of its namesake with its plentiful supply of food and water. Renowned for its world- famous fossil quarry, Dinosaur National Monument is also home to two of the Wests legendary whitewater rivers: the Yampa and the Green. In this new addition to the Desert Places series, river runner and author Hal Crimmel, along with photographer Steve Gaffney, invite readers to partake in the beauty of Dinosaur National Monuments remote, rapids-filled canyons, and wonder at the unique ecological niches found in this high desert oasis. Gaffneys reflective photographs emphasize the rough perfection of the landscape; Crimmels pensive meditations and his river expertise combine to create a rare point of view, one that ventures into places the guidebooks dont go. But this narrative is more than tribute—it is a reminder of the fragile nature of desert places. Crimmel lyrically combines his descriptions with an examination of the complex issues relevant to managing public lands—invasive species, tourism, dams, endangered flora and fauna—to address the contradictions inherent in “managed wilderness.” Over four seasons and multiple trips, Crimmel and Gaffney have captured the rivers sense of place, creating a portrait of a dazzling high desert landscape that needs to be appreciated and protected.
About the Author
Hal Crimmel is a former river guide who currently teaches writing and literature at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He is the editor of Teaching in the Field: Working with Students in the Outdoor Classroom. Steve Gaffney is a Los Angeles-based freelance photographer whose work can be seen at www.stevegaffney.com.
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