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  1. Colorado Rockhounding A Guide to Minerals, Gemstones, and Fossils

    Colorado Rockhounding A Guide to Minerals, Gemstones, and Fossils

    Colorado Rockhounding

    A Guide to Minerals, Gemstones, and Fossils

    Colorado Rockhounding is a complete guide to the state's rich and varied mineral, gemstone, and fossil sources. In Colorado, rockhounds may pick agate and petrified wood from the vast Great Plains, follow dinosaur tracks on hogback ridges, pan gold in mountain streams, hunt gemstones on towering peaks, and search for metal sulfide minerals in historic mining districts.

    By Stephen M. Voynick (Author)

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    $20.00

  2. Exploring the Historic San Juan Triangle

    Exploring the Historic San Juan Triangle

    Exploring the Historic San Juan Triangle is the revised, expanded, and updated version of Mountain Mysteries, the number one guide to the magnificent San Juan Mountains. New chapters on Telluride, Silverton, Ouray, and Lake City, as well as details on many existing and long abandoned small communities, have been added. Whether it's hiking, jeeping, auto touring or just armchair reading, David Smith takes the reader on a grand tour of the resplendent San Juans. Filled with rare photographs, specillay drawn maps, new trips, updated toad tours, and scores of new information. Exploring the Historic San Juan Triangle is truely The Number One Jeeping Guide of the San Juan Mountains. Learn More
    $16.95

  3. Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado

    Hiking Trails of Southwestern Colorado

    This completely rewritten and revised fourth edition includes: 70 trips of varying length with corresponding maps; directions to conquer 7 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, 24 new maps providing alternative trail access and updated routes. Learn More
    $24.95

  4. Jeep Trails to Colorado Ghost Towns

    Jeep Trails to Colorado Ghost Towns

    Jeep Trails to Colorado Ghost Towns

    Settle into your 4-wheel-drive vehicle or a chair and take off for the mining camps of Colorado! This book is an illustrated history of 59 towns famous during the gold and silver rushes of the 1800's, with directions on how to get to each.

    By Robert L. Brown (Author)

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    $12.95

  5. Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginner's Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms

    Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginner's Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms

    Mushrooming is a favorite hobby in the San Juan Mountains. Now with the book Mushrooming without Fear: The Beginners Guide to Collecting Safe and Delicious Mushrooms, the job is easier than ever. Novices eager to collect tasty wild mushrooms will find this unique guide invaluable. Unlike others, it focuses only on those types that are both safe to eat and delicious. Most important, it presents the eight rules of mushroom gathering in a straightforward fashion—including "Never, never take a mushroom with gills" and "If a mushroom smells rotten, it is rotten." Among the many mushrooms covered are the cep; the red-cracked, larch, bay, and birch boletes; hen of the woods, chanterelle, trumpet chanterelle, hedgehog fungus, common puffball, horn of plenty, and cauliflower mushroom. Each is identified with several color photographs and identification checklist, and there's also information on mushroom season, handling, storage, and cooking, complete with recipes. By Alexander Schwab Learn More
    $14.95

  6. Peaks of the Uncompahgre

    Peaks of the Uncompahgre

    Peaks of the Uncompahgre Labeled Images and Stories Behind the Names of the Mountains Surrounding Ouray, Colorado.

    There are literally thousands of peaks with offical and/or local names in Colorado. For this book we have chosen the "Peaks of the Uncompahgre." These mountains are tied together by their proximity to the headwaters of the Uncompahgre River and Ouray, Colorado. We hope that you will put this book in your car or truck, along with your maps, and refer to it as you tracel the area. It would be a treat for us to, someday, see you stopped along the roadside, looking up at the peaks and pointing to the pages of this book.

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    $29.95

  7. Rockhounding Colorado

    Rockhounding Colorado

    Rockhounding Colorado

    A fascinating treasure hunt awaits you in the Centennial State. Rockhounding Colorado takes you to nearly one hundred of the best rockhounding sites in the state. Search for amethyst and quartz at the Crystal Hill Mine. Check out the view at Douglas Pass while looking for leaf imprints and insect fossils. Or head to Saint Peters Dome to uncover green, white, and purple fluorite. Veteran rockhounders William and Cora Kappele lend their more than thirty years of experience, outlining some of the best places to turn up rhodonite, agate, pyrite, and more. You'll get the inside dirt on the best seasons to hunt, what you'll find at each site, where to spend the night, and even special attractions to visit while you're in the area. Look inside for: detailed descriptions of each site; information on what tools to bring; advice on what kind of vehicle is needed to get to each site; lists of BLM, county office, and National Forest contact information. Whether you're a beginner or veteran collector, let Rockhounding Colorado be your guide on your next rockhounding adventure.

    By William A. and Cora Kappele (Author)

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    $16.95

  8. Silverton Hiking Guide

    Silverton Hiking Guide

    Silverton Hiking Guide: Favorite Hikes From Silverton, Colorado [Paperback]

    34 Favorite Hikes Beginning in Silverton Colorado

    From easy walks to to adventurous hikes and climbs

    The Silverton Hiking Guide contains easy-to-follow instructions for enjoying some of the very best hiking trails in Colorado. From easy, short distance walks to seldom visited high-elevation basins. Many of the hikes described give further options for climbs to adjoining peaks and ridges.

    Written by the author of Ouray Hiking Guide and Trails Less Traveled, each hike is detailed as to degree of difficulty, distances, timings and other useful information. There are elevations, graphs, descriptions to trail heads and step-by-step instructions for the hike itself.

    Kent has hand picked these particular hikes to cover a broad range of what is available within a ten mile radius of Silverton. The guide is designed to accommodate all levels of experience.

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    $14.95

  9. Southwest Colorado High Country Day Hikes

    Southwest Colorado High Country Day Hikes

    There is a special aura about Southwest Colorado. The region has an astounding array of geologic formations, including hot springs, Anasazi cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde, the highest mountain top mesa in the world at Grand Mesa, the majestic Black Canyon of the Gunnison River and most of the highest peaks on the northern continent situated in its five national parks and five wilderness areas. It has more Victorian buildings, mining history, ghost towns, wild flowers, magnificent aspen forests, picturesque auto tours and 4-wheel drive high mountain exploration roads than any other geographic area in the north continent, and perhaps all the world. This is of course not to mention some of the Colorado's best snow skiing. Along with all of this is some of the most memorable high country hiking imaginable.

    We have chosen three historic Victorian towns as the hubs for 60 scenic trails: Ouray, Silverton and Crested Butte. We include early season trails that have lower elevations, but most of the hikes are above timberline with trailheads starting over 9,000 feet and climbing to over 13,000 feet. Hiking above timberline is extremely gratifying; it evokes a sense of grandeur not found in the forests or lower elevations. Numerous hikes follow parts of the spectacular Continental Divide Trail and the Colorado Trail. Many hikes are cross country following intermittent animal and old pack trails. We did not seek out the highest peaks as they are covered sufficiently in other books. We did, however, include some of the easier peaks to introduce this type of environment to some that might not otherwise experience the opportunity.

    This is Colorado high country hiking at its best.

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    $28.95

  10. The Eastern San Juan Mountains Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

    The Eastern San Juan Mountains Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

    The Eastern San Juan Mountains

    Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

    A companion to The Western San Juan Mountains (originally published in 1996), The Eastern San Juan Mountains details the physical environment, biological communities, human history, and points of interest in this rich and diverse mountain system. A natural division between the eastern and western slopes of the San Juans is the north-south line that runs approximately through Lake City, south of the crossing of the Piedra River by US Highway 160. In this super guidebook, twenty-seven contributors--all experts in their fields--artfully bring the geology, hydrology, animal and plant life, human histories, and travel routes of these eastern slopes to life. Designed to inform researchers, educators, and students about the region's complex systems, The Eastern San Juan Mountains also serves as an informative guidebook to accompany visitors along their travels on the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, which stretches between South Fork and Lake City. The Eastern San Juan Mountains deserves a place next to The Western San Juan Mountains on the bookshelf of every naturalist, researcher, resident, educator, student, and tourist seeking a greater understanding of this marvelous place and its history.

    Rob Blair (Editor) and George Bracksieck

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    $29.95

  11. The San Juan Triangle of Colorado Mountains of Minerals

    The San Juan Triangle of Colorado Mountains of Minerals

    The San Juan Triangle of Colorado

    Mountains of Minerals

    The spectacular landscapes of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado are graphic evidence of the violent geology that concentrated a wealth of minerals in the triangle loosely defined by the picturesque mining towns of Telluride, Silverton and Ouray. An ancient hunting ground of indigenous peoples, these rugged high peaks concealed gold and silver discovered by westerners only in the last 150 years. These discoveries spurred mining booms and engineering feats as man worked to penetrate the ore- and crystal-laden cliffs and peaks. Modern visitors to the San Juans still collect minerals in the many prospects and trek the highways and byways that were first carved into the mountains by the pioneers. The mining history and stunning scenery of the San Juans is impossible to ignore, as are the Mountains of Minerals that make them so.

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  12. The Western San Juan Mountains Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

    The Western San Juan Mountains Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

    The Western San Juan Mountains

    Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

    The San Juan Skyway winds its way up, over, and through canyons, mesas, plateaus, mountains, plains, and valleys. The sheer variety of landforms makes the Skyway a veritable classroom for the amateur naturalist and historian. The most complete work published on the natural history of southwest Colorado's majestic mountain system, The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History is designed to be used while exploring the scenic 235-mile paved San Juan Skyway, which passes through Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, Dolores, and Cortez. The Western San Juan Mountains covers the physical environment, the biological communities, the human history, and points of interest represented on milepost signs along the highway. Some of the many topics covered include: how the San Juan Mountains were formed; why the landscape is so rugged and picturesque; why the vegetation changes from the lowlands to the alpine heights; energy and mineral resources of the area; why these mountains intrigued early explorers; factors that influence the unpredictable weather; and the first-known inhabitants. The contributions to this guide include Fort Lewis College geologists, biologists, archaeologists, historians, and other specialists. Together they have amassed more than one hundred years of study based not only on previous work but on their own research. This generously illustrated guidebook is aimed at all those who wish to understand this intricate mountain system in much greater detail than provided by most picture books.

    Rob Blair (Managing Editor)

    Tom Ann Casey, William H. Romme, Richard N. Ellis (Technical Editors)

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    $29.95

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