Published: March 2007
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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Abbey, Edward. The Journey Home: Some Words in Defense of the American West. Penguin Group, 1991.

Baars, Donald L. Navajo Country: A Geology and Natural History of the Four Corners Region. University of New Mexico Press, 1995.

McPherson, Robert S. A History of San Juan County. Utah State Historical Society, 1995.

Miller, David E. Hole-in-the-Rock. Publishers Press, 1966.

Murray, John A. The Colorado Plateau. Northland Publishing, 1998.

Powell, John Wesley. The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons. Penguin Books, 2003.

Ringholz, Raye C. Uranium Frenzy: Saga of the Nuclear West. Utah State University Press, 2002.

Schaafsma, Polly. The Rock Art of Utah. University of Utah Press, 1994.

Stegner, Wallace. Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West. Penguin Books, 1992.

Worster, Donald. A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell. Oxford University Press, 2001.

NGS Resources

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks: Southwest. National Geographic Books, 2005.

Edwards, Mike. "State of Rock." National Geographic (May 2005), 32-47.

Roberts, David. "Canyon Confidential." National Geographic Adventure (March/April 2001), 92-103.

Thybony, Scott. "Playing the Slots." National Geographic (July 2000), 118-31.

Watkins, T. H. "Celebrating Canyon Country: Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument." National Geographic (July 1999), 94-109.

Thybony, Scott. Canyon Country Parklands: Treasures of the Great Plateau. National Geographic Books, 1993.

Hiser, David. "The Craggy Face of the Canyonlands." National Geographic Traveler (Autumn 1988), 86-96.

Findley, Rowe. "Canyonlands, Realm of Rock and the Far Horizon." National Geographic (July 1971), 70-91.

Moore, W. Robert. "Cities of Stone in Utah's Canyonland." National Geographic (May 1962), 652-77.