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Semester in the Parks: Book List

Research Guide for the Semester in the Parks Program.


The following books are suggested reads for the Semester in the Parks. Call numbers or URLs have been added for those books in The Sherratt Library's collection. You can always use Inter Library Loan to get access to the other books listed below. If you need any help finding these books please contact the Semester in the Parks Librarian Anne Diekema.


Abbey, E. (1968). Desert solitaire; a season in the wilderness. New York: McGraw-Hill. [PS 3551 .B2 Z5 1968]
Anderson, N., Anderson, J., & Anderson Design Group. (2015). 59 illustrated national parks: 100th anniversary of the National Park Service : celebrating 100 years of wilderness and wonder.  Nashville, Tennessee: Anderson Design Group.
Burns, K., Duncan, D., Squires, B., Moore, A., Else, L., Barnes, P., … PBS Distribution (Firm). (2009). The national parks America’s best idea. United States: PBS Distribution. [E160 .N385 2009]
Curtis, R. (2005). The backpacker’s field manual: a comprehensive guide to mastering backcountry skills. New York: Three Rivers Press. [GV199.6 .C87 1998]
Duncan, D., & Burns, K. (2009). The national parks: America’s best idea : an illustrated history. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. [SB482 .A4 D85 2009]
Grogg, B., & McShane, F. (2016). Happy birthday to America’s national parks: 1916-2016 : 100 years. Fort Washington, PA: Eastern National.
Heacox, K. (2001). An American idea: the making of the national parks. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.
Howkins, A., Orsi, J., & Fiege, M. (2016). National parks beyond the nation: global perspectives on “America’s best idea. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma PressRetrieved from
Johnson, S. (2009). Gloryland: a novel. San Francisco; Berkeley, Calif.: Sierra Club Books ; Distributed by Publishers Group West.
Keiter, R. B. (2013). To conserve unimpaired the evolution of the national park idea. Washington, DC: Island Press. Retrieved from []
Keller, R. H., & Turek, M. F. (1998). American Indians & national parks. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Lago, D. (2011). Zion & Bryce Canyon trivia. Helena, MT.: Riverbend Publ.
Manning, R. E., & Anderson, L. E. (2012). Managing outdoor recreation: case studies in the national parks. Cambridge, Mass.: CAB International. [SB482 .A4 M264 2012]
Manning, R. E., Diamant, R., Mitchell, N., & Harmon, D. (2016). A thinking person’s guide to America’s national parks. New York, NY: George Braziller Publishers. [E160 .T473 2016]
Molvar, E., & Martin, T. (2013). Hiking Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks: a guide to southwestern Utah’s greatest hiking adventures. Guilford, Connecticut ; Helena, Montana: FalconGuides, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press. []
Morris, T. H., Ritter, S. M., & Laycock, D. P. (2010). Geology unfolded: an illustrated guide to the geology of Utah’s national parks. Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press.
Muir, J. (1981). Our national parks. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press. Retrieved from []
Runte, A. (1979). National parks: the American experience. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. [E 160 .R78 1981]
Schermeister, P., & National Geographic Society (U.S.). (2016). National Geographic guide to national parks of the United States. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
Seiler, A. J. (2013). Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing.
. [F832 .B9 S45 2013, Special Collections]
Spence, M. D. (1999). Dispossessing the wilderness: Indian removal and the making of the national parks. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from []
Stern, J., McGarry, S. H., Dunn, T. L., & Fresco Fine Arts Publications. (2013). Art of the National Parks: historic connections, contemporary interpretations. Albuquerque, New Mexico: Fresco Fine Arts Publications.
Stroud, T., Johnson, P. R., & Bryce Canyon Natural History Association. (1983). The Bryce Canyon auto and hiking guide. Bryce Canyon, Utah: Bryce Canyon Natural History Association. [F832.B9 S87 1983]
Williams, T. T. (2016). The hour of land: a personal topography of America’s national parks. New York: Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. [on order]