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Adventuring in the California Desert (Sierra Club Adventure Travel Guides)by Lynne Foster
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South, the California desert offers a rich diversity of natural attraction, including 600-foot-high sand dunes, spectacular granite peaks, extinct volcanoes, countless miles of wildflower displays, and over 2,000 species of plants and 500 species of animals. <BR>Revised and updated, Adventuring in the California Desert is the most comprehensive guide to nine specific regions, which range from high alpine snow fields to dry barren salt plavas, and include such popular areas as Death Valley National Park, Antelope Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and much more. <BR>Special features include: <BR>-- Outdoor recreational opportunities, from car touring, birdwatching, and exploring Native American and pioneer historical sites and desert museums, to day hikes, backpacking and peak climbs, classified by degree of difficulty<BR>-- Detailed descriptions of each region's natural, geologic and human history, plus plant and animal identification<BR>-- Tips on desert safety and survival, weather conditions, clothing and equipment, and special requirements for travel by car<BR>-- Area maps and access information, suggested tours, lists of public campgrounds and conservation organizations, and facilities for food, water, and gas. <BR>Adventuring in the California Desert is the practical tool for perfect trips, ideal for travelers who want to experience the unique sights and sounds of their desert destination without harming its fragile environment.
Providing detailed information and advice on outdoor activities ranging from backpacking and rock climbing to exploring pioneer and Native American sites, this popular guidebook shows readers how to enjoy the vast California desert to the fullest without harming its fragile ecology. Author Lynne Foster also covers the natural, geologic, and human history of the region, and offers tips on desert safety and survival, weather conditions, clothing, and equipment.
Stretching south from the White-Inyo Mountains to the Mexican border and 275 miles east to west at its greatest width, the California desert is nearly the size of the state of Virginia. Within these 25 million acres are three of North America's major desert subregions as well as the largest national park in the Lower 48 states. Since the passage of the California Desert Protection Act, interest in the California desert is at an all-time high, swelling the number of visitors to more than 9 million each year.
Newly revised and updated, Adventuring in the California Desert offers detailed guidelines for enjoying the desert to the fullest without harming its fragile ecology. Activities include backpacking and rock climbing, as well as fossil identification, bird watching, and exploring Native American and pioneer historical sites. Special features include:
Information on day hikes, backpacking trips, and peak climbs, all classified by degree of difficulty
Detailed descriptions of each region's natural, geologic, and human history, plus plant and animal identification
Tips on desert safety and survival, weather conditions, clothing and equipment, and special requirements for car travel
Area maps, suggested tours, lists of public campgrounds and conservation organizations, and details for locating facilities for food, water, and gas
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