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Guide books from Utah Outdoors

Book cover 30 Days to Better Flycasting
By Berris "Bear" Samples

Bear Samples' new book offers something for every flycaster. Sections include: using the correct body position; the infamous tailing loop; casting problems with sinking lines; flycasting for seniors; and women and fly rods.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Rocky Mountain Fly Fishing
By Steve Cook

Steve's new guidebook is filled with practical information about how to fish the blue ribbon waters of the American West. Complete with maps and hatch charts, the book focuses on the best of the best.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Utah Camping Guide
Edited by Gaylen W. Webb

The essential handbook for planning and enjoying your next Utah outdoors trip. It contains information on popular destinations, winter camping, camping gear, water treatment, clothing, first aid and more.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Utah Fishing Guide
By Steve Cook

This is it, the complete guide to fishing in Utah. From the tops of the Uinta Mountains to the rivers of southern Utah, this book tells it all. Over 500 pages of detailed information on one of Utah's favorite outdoor activities.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Utah Boating Guide
By Chad Booth

This book is the number 1 authority on Utah boating. The author, the host of television's Boat World Utah, provides invaluable information on Utah's most popular boating destinations.   Buy this book or read it online.

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FalconGuides With over 800 titles, Falcon Publishing is one of the largest and most respected publishers of outdoor recreation guide books in the U.S. Below are links to the complete contents of selected FalconGuides.

Book cover Exploring Canyonlands & Arches National Parks
By Bill Schneider

Mulit-colored sandstone carved into delicate arches, magnificent spires and breathtaking views provide the setting to this, the most comprehensive guide available to the trails and backcountry roads of this section of Utah's desert country.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Hiking Grand Staircase–Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region
By Ron Adkinson

The Glen Canyon region, stretching 150 miles across southern Utah, is a land of outstanding scenery and excellent hiking opportunities. This guidebook includes hikes in the newly-established Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Hiking Nevada
By Bruce Grubbs

Offering 80 hikes through the dramatic alpine peaks, lush pine forests, shady redrock canyons, and shimmering desert salt flats, this book is the only guide easy family hikes within minutes of an urban area or multi-day backpack adventure in the wilderness in the Silver State.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Hiking Utah's Summits
By Paula Huff and Tom Wharton

The stories include not only information on the difficulty of each hike and how to reach the summit, but also how each peak was named, its geology, and its human history. You'll find which summits you can drive to and which ones will challenge the most ardent climbers.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Hiking Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks
By Erik Molvar and Tamara Martin

Covering 56 hikes in the two featured parks as well as the surrounding areas — Cedar Breaks National Monument, the Markagunt high country, and the Paunsaugunt area, this book allows you to enjoy the wondrous landscapes that defy comparison.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Mountain Biking Moab
By David Crowell

Offering 42 of the best rides around Moab, Canyonlands and Arches national parks, high in the La Sals, and along the Colorado River, you can take your pick from scenic road routes, hot singletracks, and scintillating slickrocks. Detailed ride descriptions make it easy to find the trailheads and follow the routes.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Mountain Biking St. George/Cedar City
By Bruce Grubbs

Experience 35 of the best rides in Utah's Color Country! Here you'll find rides near St. George, Zion National Park, Cedar City, Brian Head, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Bryce Canyon National Park. Bruce Grubbs is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and cross-country skier who has been exploring the American desert for over 30 years.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Mountain Biking Utah
By Gregg Bromka

With 100 rides to choose from, this FalconGuide takes fat-tire enthusiasts on a tour of the state's unique landscapes — from the rugged mountains in the north to the spacious central plateaus and famed canyon country in the south. Pedal through the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, atop Brian Head Resort and discover Moab's redrock splendor.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Rockhounding Nevada
By William A. Kappele

Veteran rockhound and author William A. Kappele provides detailed directions to each site, concise information about the materials and gem stones you may find there. Also included are what tools to bring, the best season to visit, what kind of vehicle you will need to get there and other information to tantalize all rockhounds.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Rockhounding Utah
By William A. Kappele

Kappele shows you the grandeur of Utah's exposed formations, its canyon walls etched with fossils, and the spires and arches of the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park. Each description includes concise information on the material to be found there, the tools to bring and the best season to visit.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Scenic Driving Utah
By Joe Bensen

Uncover grand panoramas and historical points of interest on 28 spectacular drives in Utah. Be a wise traveler and bring along Scenic Driving Utah, which will lead the way to the Beehive State's extraordinary attractions.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Wild Utah
By Bill Cunningham and Polly Burke

Utah contains nearly 10 million acres of wild country, including 801000 acres of designated wilderness areas and vast tracts of lesser-known but equally wild roadless regions. In this guide the authors share the extensive knowledge they have gained visiting these remote places.   Buy this book or read it online.

Falcon's Insiders' Guide® series

Book cover Insiders' Guide to Las Vegas
By Linda Linssen and David Stratton

The Insiders' Guide to Las Vegas offers visitors and locals the best, most comprehensive information on what's happening in this desert oasis. Our Insiders' selection of the best places to stay, play, dine, shop, and relax makes this guide the perfect traveling companion.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Insiders' Guide to Salt Lake City
By Kate Duffy and Bryan Larsen

Salt Lake City may be one of the world's best-kept secrets. Though we attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many people seem unaware of this vibrant city, a unique blend of the past and future, situated at the crossroads of the West.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Insiders' Guide to Southwestern Utah
By Linda Sappington and Lyman Hafen

If you're looking for the complete story on this unique melange of jaw-dropping environmental beauty; cutting edge technology; thriving, recession-resistant economy; curious, conservative (and surprisingly accessible) culture and old-fashioned family values, you'll find everything you're looking for here.   Buy this book or read it online.

Falcon's Best Easy Day Hikes® series

Book cover Best Easy Day Hikes Canyonlands & Arches
By Bill Schneider

As an abridged version of the book "Exploring Canyonlands & Arches National Park," the author hiked every trail in the two parks during his research. This guide includes trail descriptions and maps of the author's favorite short hikes in the two parks.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Staircase–Escalante
By Ron Adkison

Included in this book are short descriptions and maps of the author's favorite easy day hikes in Cedar Mesa, Paria Canyon, Grand Staircase, and Escalante Canyon. It will help you choose the best day hiking trails in this outstanding natural area.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Best Easy Day Hikes Salt Lake City
By Brian Brinkerhoff

Lifetime Utah resident and outdoor writer Brian Brinkerhoff brings you more than 20 short, easy-to-follow hikes in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon, and American Ford Canyon. All are within easy driving distance from Salt Lake City, and these hikes include shimmering waterfalls, secluded lakes, and colorful wildflower meadows.   Buy this book or read it online.

Other great outdoor books from Falcon

Book cover America's Best Bass Fishing
By Steve Price

Largemouth, smallmouth or stripers — bass of all varieties are the number one sport fish across the country, and in America's Best Bass Fishing veteran angler and outdoor writer Steve Price points the way to the very best places to catch them.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Backpacking Tips
Edited by Bill and Russ Schneider

This father-son team combine their experience writing guidebooks and leading backpacking trips for the Yellowstone Institute and Glacier Wilderness Guides with tips from veteran FalconGuide authors to give backpackers the knowledge they need for a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.   Buy this book or read it online.

Book cover Leave No Trace
By Will Harmon

Written for beginners and experts alike, this handy pack-sized book outlines the Leave-No-Trace Principles every backcountry traveler should know.   Read it online.

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