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Yellowstone and Grand Teton (Lonely Planet National Parks Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741041163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741041163
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 13 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We bought Lonely Planet's Yellowstone and Grand Teton guide to plan our annual vacation to this region. Within the pages of this modest volume we found all of the information that we needed to plan and manage our trip. This book is beautifully put together, with the different areas of the National Parks compiled into logical and easy to read sections. The maps are detailed and clear, and there is an abundance of pictures to give you a good impression of the coutryside. I can honestly say that LP's Yellowstone and Grand Teton guide had a significant impact towards the success of our trip. It's Lonely Planet at its best.
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Great book helping me to plan a trip of a lifetime.
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99384588) out of 5 stars Most useful single book on these parks 26 Oct. 2004
By Arthur Digbee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If I had to pick a single book for planning a trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons, I'd recommend this one. It has enough information to get you started about any activity you like: backpacking, biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountaineering and rock climbing, and winter sports. You'll want another book for the more involved of these activities--especially backpacking, mountaineering and rock climbing--but you probably already knew that.

If you're on a family vacation, the book is near indispensable. There is good coverage of a nice range of day hikes. It's also exhaustive in telling you the other opportunities available that you might not have thought of by yourself. Rafting down the Snake or biking on the valley floor of Jackson Hole are two good family activities.

There's also plenty of information here about regulations, places to stay and eat, and suggestions for other excursions in the area. The written material (but not the maps, alas) is organized very effectively into regions that really do follow the natural organization of these parks. Once you sketch out an itinerary, the information you want is grouped together and the information you don't need is elsewhere.

Despite these strengths, I find the organization of the book a little odd and I found that it took a while to get used to using it effectively. For example, the last three chapters are on Greater Yellowstone History, Geology, and Ecosystem. You might think that this information belongs earlier in the book as part of your orientation to the area. The book has a nice collection of maps, but they are in a weird location in the middle of the book that forces you to flip back and forth to use them as trip planners for hotels, activities, and hiking trails. These might go more naturally at the very front or back of the book. There are some nice full-color pictures scattered throughout the book (mostly in the front), but none of them go with the text that surrounds them.
90 of 99 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9957f330) out of 5 stars A COLLECTION OF USEFUL TIPS 16 July 2004
By NotATameLion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A big thank you to Mr. Mayhew and his compadres for putting this very useful book together. I got several books to help prepare for my family's Yellowstone and Teton trip. This one, along with the Falcon Guides on hiking and the Trails Illustrated map proved the most helpful. That said, this Lonely Planet guide was probably the one book I relied on the most.
Some tips of my own:
Make the hike to Fairy Falls. Especially in the early morning fog, the other side of Midway Geyser Basin (the side NOT on a tourist-tastic boardwalk) is majestic and wonderful. Fairy Falls is the most beautiful of the many falls I saw in the park.
Get the beans at the Roosevelt Lodge. They are the ONLY beans I've ever had that I'd gladly part with $3 for. (Corresponding tip: the beans elsewhere are $3 also--but you can buy your own can of Busch's for half that).
Don't be frightened off by all the Bear talk. The only Bear I saw was halfway up a mountain and about the size of a quarter from where I stood. The Elk on the other hand...
Going to the Tetons will explain the line "Purple Mountains Majesty." Hiking in the Shadow of Moran or the Grand Teton = instant perspective on life.
Driving through the Big Horn Mountains on the way to Yellowstone is every bit as breathtaking as anything I saw in either park. Its "wow" factor led me to even buy a hat as a souvenir.
Wyoming has to have the highest concentration per square mile of what Patrick McManus calls "Old Men" in his classic A Fine and Pleasant Misery story The Theory and Application of Old Men. This was great for my son. I enjoyed it too.
Probably my biggest tip:
Go to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. (If you're coming the way I came, Badlands NP is well worth it too).
My second biggest tip:
Get this book for all the tips it contains. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99662354) out of 5 stars Wonderfully Comprehensive 16 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Our family just returned from Yellowstone and Grand Teton and this book was an integral part of our trip. You'll find the maps are very accurate and informative. Everything you need to know about Yellowstone is in this book- from Campgrounds to places to raft, eat, hike, wildlife view and lounge. DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THIS BOOK!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x993300a8) out of 5 stars Not well organized with poor maps 3 July 2014
By Branden - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is covers much of the region, and our trip primarily focused on Yellowstone. We found this to be much better for planning a trip than for navigating through the park. The sections are not logically organized by park region, rather they have "Day Hike", or "Overnight Trips" that span several geographic areas. The book was especially poor for answering the question, "what else can we do around this area?", as there were no maps. It was somewhat difficult to compare the book the the park map; I would have preferred an integrated solution. For what it's worth, my brother in law showed up on our family vacation with the same book (good marketing by Lonely Planet) and similarly expressed a 2/5 star opinion. Their trip focused more on backpacking and fishing over 7 days. We mostly did hiking, ranger walks, etc with two kids.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9954e3e4) out of 5 stars good introductory book, to be complemented with another guide 5 Jun. 2011
By SittingBull - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a good companion book to explore Yellowstone. But do keep in mind that the Tetons and Yellowstone NPs are so big, no guide will be extensive enough to cover all the parts of the parks and related activities. This lonely planet guide is a good way to get some pointers and help you out to plan your trip, giving you the highlights of the parks, but you will certainly need topo maps, or some hiking guides should you need to explore a particular area in depth. Nonetheless, this book is well written and does what it's supposed to do, i.e. orient you and give you an idea of what is out there for you to see. Should you need more specific info, just use the guide as a starting point and google up the rest (or buy another more specific books that pertains to driving or hiking or whatever you want to do in these parks).
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