Archive

In a long career, some good work inevitably goes out of print.  Lively writing and elegant photographs drift into the far corners of the web.  This archive guides you to Stephen Trimble's lifetime of writing and photography, including the interpretive park booklets that constitute his apprenticeship.

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Books

Park Booklets

THE BRIGHT EDGE: Stories and Photographs from the National Parks: University of Utah 2014

The 2014 Stegner Symposium at the University of Utah Law School focused on national parks.  In his presentation, Steve explores the role of photography in National Park Service history and interpretation.  That last question from the audience comes from Jon Jarvis, NPS director.

WALLACE STEGNER CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM: University of Utah 2009

Steve was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at the University of Utah's Tanner Center for the Humanities during the 2008-2009 centennial of the great writer's  birth.  In this presentation for the Stegner Centennial Symposium at the University of Utah Law School, Steve talks about bringing Stegner's words home to the places where they started—for Wallace Stegner wrote about virtually all of Utah’s landscapes and stories. In www.stegner100.com, Steve's blog from his travels in his fellowship year, he celebrates our interaction with Stegner's writing as a living legacy.

THE BOOK AT THE END OF THE TRAIL: How Cheryl Strayed and I both hiked through wildness and solitude—and found our families on the other side

UTAH WILDERNESS 50: extended interview with Pictureline about Steve's photography and the Utah Wilderness 50 photo competition

BUEN VIAJE, MARIPOSAS: for Make Way for Monarchs, a milkweed-butterfly recovery alliance

STONE THAT LEAPS: a collaboration with Utah poet Chris Cokinos for Terrain.org

HYDE'S WALL: for Landscape Photography Blogger

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OUR BLINK OF TIME?: for High Country News

A NEW CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS: for High Country News

CANYON COUNTRY DISCOVERY CENTER: narration for the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education

WASATCH JOURNAL COUGAR STORY: KUER radio interview

ENVIROLINK: Stories and photography from Steve's fieldwork

JOHN TELFORD'S PHOTOGRAPHS OF U.S. 89: A RIBBON OF HEALING for the Utah Arts Council

A WILDERNESS PHOTOGRAPHER IN MARLBORO COUNTRY: for Weber Studies

BEDROCK PILGRIM: photographic portfolio for Weber Studies

UTAH'S BONNEVILLE SHORELINE TRAIL: for The Trust for Public Land:
Creating the Trail
Living with the Trail

TALK OF THE NATION: guest speaker for NPR show on public lands

THE SAVVY TRAVELER LIVE IN SALT LAKE CITY: Diana Nyad interview with Steve 

FAMILY TRIPS TO THE GREAT BASIN: commentary for The Savvy Traveler.

THE BEAUTY OF GLEN CANYON, REVEALED: commentary for The Savvy Traveler

LASTING LESSONS FROM THE EXXON VALDEZ: commentary for Living on Earth

THE ZEN OF PHOTOGRAPHY: commentary for Living on Earth

LOST IN THE DESERT WEST: commentary for Living on Earth

OUR GARDENS, OUR CANYONS: commentary for Living on Earth

NATURE'S LIGHTROOM/ ICELAND: for Adobe Magazine for Creative Professionals

CONTOURS: multi-media celebration of the Great Salt Lake—with Steve's photographs of kites!

     For 20 years, beginning in 1988, Steve wrote an annual piece for "Primary Color," the travel series edited by Harriet Choice for Universal Press Syndicate. Widely syndicated, many of these pieces live on in web archives:

MOUNTAIN BIKING FROM TELLURIDE TO DURANGO: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

MARKET DAY IN THE ECUADORIAN ANDES: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

CANOEING MAINE'S ST. CROIX RIVER: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

INSIDE THE CIRCLE IN SANTA FE: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

KAUAI'S CULTURAL RENAISSANCE: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

MEXICO'S MONARCH BUTTERFLY SANCTUARIES: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

AMERICA'S MOST ENDANGERED WILDLANDS: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

AMERICA'S NEW BLM NATIONAL MONUMENTS: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

TRAVEL LITERATURE TOUCHES THE SPIRIT: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

THE WRITER'S WEST: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

THE GREAT BASIN AT THE MILLENNIUM: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

GLEN CANYON'S LOST WORLD: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

SLEEPING IN THE HEART OF SOUTHWEST INDIAN COUNTRY: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

SOUTHWEST INDIAN POWWOWS, FAIRS, AND DANCES: travel article for Universal Press Syndicate

Author

Words from the Land

Blessed By Light

Longs Peak

The Bright Edge

Collaborations

Testimony

Our Voices, Our Land

Canyon Country

The Village of Blue Stone

Earth Fire

Mud Matters

Finding Your Way

Navajo Pottery

The Nepal Trekker's Handbook

Words from the Land

Encounters with Natural History Writing

edited by Stephen Trimble

"Noted With Pleasure," New York Times Book Review

"If it was not already fair to speak of contemporary American natural history writing as a distinct and expanding literary genre, with the publication of Stephen Trimble's introductory essay and annotated anthology, ...it now seems fitting to do so."  —Earth First! Journal

"...the real gift in this volume is Trimble's generous introduction, full of interviews, quotes, and insights into these writers and their craft." —The Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

"In his introduction, Trimble skillfully weaves the authors' observations about their own writing techniques and philosophies into a discussion about the key elements of nature writing. The result is a fascinating disclosure of how sensory impressions and raw field notes become coherent, eloquent, and passionate essays about the natural world." —Sierra

"What this book is about is not nature, but conscience: about the relationship of humankind (a piece of nature) to the rest of nature; indirectly about destruction, over-development and greed. Trimble, himself a superb writer, provides an introduction that has food for years' thought."  —Books of the Southwest


This edition expands Trimble's 1988 anthology of master nature writing to include vital new writers who focus on our relationship with the Earth.

In his fascinating introduction, and in biographical sketches of each contributor, Trimble illuminates the practice and spirit of natural history writing, the fruit of "the naturalist's trance." He explores how writers learn their craft, how they meet daily challenges, and how they feel about being labeled "nature writers." The interaction between the essays and the introduction provides an unusual perspective on writers who connect the worlds of story and landscape. A new preface brings Trimble's critical commentary up to date.

Contributors:

Edward Abbey , Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich. Robert Finch, Linda Hasselstrom, John Hay, Edward Hoagland, Sue Hubbell, Barry Lopez, John Madson, Peter Matthiessen, John McPhee, Gary Paul Nabhan, Richard Nelson, Robert Michael Pyle, David Quammen, Stephen Trimble, Terry Tempest Williams, and Ann Zwinger.

(University of Nevada Press, revised edition, 1995)

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Testimony

Writers of the West Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness

compiled by Stephen Trimble and Terry Tempest Williams

"A landmark document for the U.S. environmental movement. "  —The Amicus Journal

"If writing itself can be an act of public service, then this collection is it."  —Senator Bill Bradley

"In Testimony, we finally have an authentic definition of wilderness.... Anyone who is concerned about the values of love, respect, and genuine care—for land, for other species, for children, for the arts—has to consider how to bring these values to bear on the policies that so affect our present and future worlds. Testimony is one model for how we can do that."  —ORION Magazine

"Moving through the pieces of Testimony feels something like splashing your face with cold water. A spirit of devotion to community jumps off the pages."  —Eugene Weekly

"It all feels fresh, as if twenty voices had struck an undiscovered and irresistibly powerful chord…It will, inevitably, move thousands of readers and become part of the canon of the best American writing about landscape, outer and inner."  —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Stephen Trimble and Terry Tempest Williams originally created Testimony as a limited edition chapbook presented to Congress. Senators Russ Feingold and Bill Bradley read into the Congressional Record essays from this historic statement on behalf of the land in their fight to defeat an exploitative Utah wilderness bill. The book laid the groundwork for Milkweed Edition’s “The World As Home” program and became a model of environmental advocacy writing. Since Testimony, other activist writers have gathered "testimonies" about endangered wild places from Alaska's Tongass National Forest to New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument. Each collection was presented to Congress, and each may have moved a staffer or senator reading late one night. Each may have made a difference.

These passionate and eloquent essays ask us to decide how we value wilderness and what actions we must take to preserve it.

Contributors:

Stephen Trimble, Terry Tempest Williams, Rick Bass, Olive Ghiselin, Brewster Ghiselin, William Kittredge, Barry Lopez, Thomas Lyon, John McPhee, Ellen Meloy, N. Scott Momaday, Margaret E. Murie, Gary Paul Nabhan, Richard Shelton, Karen Shepherd, Donald Snow, Mark Strand, T. H. Watkins, Ann Weiler Walka, Charles Wilkinson, and Ann Zwinger.

(Milkweed Editions, 1996)

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Excerpt: Our Gardens, Our Canyons (at Living On Earth)

Testimony, Landscape and the West—A Conversation with Stephen Trimble (in Weber Studies)

Terry Tempest Williams website

Our Voices, Our Land

words by the Indian peoples of the Southwest

photographs by Stephen Trimble and Harvey Lloyd

edited by Stephen Trimble

1987 Prisma Award for Editorial Photography

"Our Voices, Our Land touches the core of Native American language to produce a poetry of infinite expression. The exquisite photographs and text become a language of the heart."  —Rain Parrish (Navajo), New Mexico Magazine

"For those whose imaginations have remained untouched by anthropological descriptions of Native American culture, this book may provide the key to a sympathetic understanding."  —Almanac

"...a visually and emotionally stunning compilation of American photography. One experiences not only the pride of these people, but also their turmoil and struggle to live in two worlds today. Trimble captures this brilliantly... "  —takegreatpictures.com


The 1984 AV presentation, Our Voices, Our Land, captured the hearts of visitors to The Heard Museum in Phoenix. Native Americans applauded it. This book captures the essence of the project: an emotionally overwhelming collage of faces, landscape, and words. 

These voices come from ten tribes in Arizona and northern New Mexico: elders, teenagers, medicine women, artists, tribal chairmen, teachers—a cross-section of contemporary Indian people of the Southwest. They speak about everything of concern in their lives: the past, the present, and the future. In doing so, they eloquently communicate their complexity, vitality, and grace.

The land is here, too, from Monument Valley to the Sonoran Desert, from the Rio Grande Pueblo villages to the Grand Canyon. Photographers Stephen Trimble and Harvey Lloyd capture the power of the southwestern landscape and the spirit of its native peoples. Carefully chosen black-and-white historical photos provide contrast and perspective. In short essays, Lloyd describes the genesis of the show and Trimble shares stories from his summer on the road, gathering these intimate words in recorded interviews.

Blessed By Light

Visions of the Colorado Plateau

edited (and with primary photography) by Stephen Trimble

foreword by Edward Abbey

"This is far and away the most beautiful book we’ve seen of late. It isn’t just the photographs, which are magnificent, or the text, which is fine, or the typography, which is elegant, or the printing which is as good as it comes, it is the loving care with which the book was put together as a whole."  —The Guilfoyle Report

"Be careful—if you live in a city where skies are cluttered with buildings and gray with pollution—you could drown in the pure beauty of this book."  —Rocky Mountain News

"When a book purports to highlight an area as spectacular and subtle as the Colorado Plateau, one expects commensurate photographic and literary grandeur. This book delivers it."  —The Bloomsbury Review

"Stephen Trimble has created an anthology of visions where the words of our most talented writers create imagined landscapes for us, only to have them come true with every photograph."  —Brooke Williams, Wasatch Sports Guide

"The images in this book of photographs are selected with care and precision, each one popping off the page with its own message. This is not a book of cliché photographs to be looked at once and set aside, but a book which can be a new experience each time it is opened. Light is the common thread of the book—glorious and subtle light. But the book’s highest redeeming quality could possibly be the magical intertwining of prose and image."  —St. George Magazine


Photographs from a generation who came to the canyon country of the Four Corners as park rangers, teachers, river guides, naturalists, and backpackers—for personal fulfillment rather than as artists or commercial photographers. Everything they know about themselves and the land is distilled in these photographs. They transcend the literal. The common thread is light—the magical, iridescent light that happens when clear air, naked rock, and sun collide.

The book pairs thematic portfolios (Rock, Water, Canyons, Mesas, Plateaus, Mountains, and Time) with words from a century of the region's most eloquent writers.

Contributors:

Photographers include Mary Allen, Tom Bean, Michael Collier, Jeff Gnass, Philip Hyde, William Neill, Galen Rowell, John Running, Jeremy Schmidt, Tom Till, Stephen Trimble, Larry Ulrich, and Mark Zarn.

(Gibbs M. Smith/Peregrine Smith Books, 1986)

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Canyon Country

text by Stephen Trimble

photographs by Dewitt Jones

"I can almost feel the chill morning air at Bryce Canyon, the heat in Zion, and the dust in Canyonlands. Stephen Trimble is one of the finest of the younger Western author/naturalists. As with Jones and his photographs, Trimble has a manner of expression that evokes nostalgia with every page. This beautiful book is one of the finest coffee table books I have ever seen." —Vacation Book Review


Stephen Trimble's essay opens this large-format book of Jones's photographs. Steve captures the connection between the people and their homeland in "Voices From the Six Directions," including quotes from interviews with ranchers and homesteaders, river biologists, pioneer traders in Navajo backcountry, archaeologist/explorers, and Ute spiritual leaders. His stories are as revealing as the strata of the canyon walls.

(an abridged 80-page version of the book was published in 1990 as Portrait of Canyon Country)

(Graphic Arts Center, 1986)

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Dewitt Jones website

Longs Peak

A Rocky Mountain Chronicle

"Trimble writes with passion and understanding about a subject he obviously loves.  ...even those who have climbed Longs Peak, or attempted to do so, love to read about it. To such people, this book was dedicated. ...Trimble has a grasp of history, both the more recent kind as well as the sort that is written upon the rocks."  —Vacation Book Review


Highest point in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, Longs Peak has a history to rival  any western mountain. From its "discovery" by Major Stephen Long in 1820, to the first recorded ascent by John Wesley Powell in 1868, to a twentieth century filled with mountaineering feats, the story of Longs Peak shines with rejuvenating spirit and fascinating fact. At 14,255 feet, it rises high above the cities along the Front Range, offering hikers the opportunity for refuge and climbers the challenge of The Diamond.

Trimble's text spans the raising of the Rockies, tundra and forest ecology, and a history peopled with some remarkable characters. Isabella Bird summed up Longs Peak over a century ago: she believed it was "much more than a mountain." Trimble proves her right.

(Rocky Mountain Nature Association, 1984)

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The Bright Edge

A Guide to the National Parks of the Colorado Plateau

"Lovely pictures, very informed and informative and appreciative text. There isn't anything quite like it: it ties all the parks and monuments into a coherent geographical and historical bundle."  —Wallace Stegner

"An introduction to a way of thinking that proposes to do no less than convince you to preserve a rather large segment of western wilderness. Not that you’ll know this when you read it; the message is much too subtle and perceptive. An extraordinary book…some of the best photography and writing that the West has to offer." —Ann Zwinger

"Stunning photography. I must say I’m impressed." —Bruce Babbitt


The Colorado Plateau. Red rock country. The canyonlands. A vast desert parkland of almost unbelievable beauty on the bright edge of the world. The Plateau covers 130,000 square miles of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. This great stony fragment of the Southwest harbors our greatest concentration of national parks and wilderness outside Alaska. Its most famous parks—Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Mesa Verde—lure visitors from all over the world.

Steve's work as a ranger, naturalist, and writer in Plateau parks culminated with The Bright Edge, his "first book with a spine." Since these parks preserve examples of nearly all the region's environments, the book also becomes a guide to the Colorado Plateau itself. 

(Museum of Northern Arizona Press, 1979)

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The Village of Blue Stone

words by Stephen Trimble

illustrations by Jennifer Owings Dewey and Deborah Reade

1990 "Science Books & Films" Best Children's Science Book

1990 Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

"Because of the care with which the facts have been handled, this book for young readers could just as well be listed as a factual account of daily life through an annual cycle in Anasazi culture. Trimble proves once again that he is a superb writer with the skills to make even complex topics easy to understand."  —Books of the Southwest

"The Village of Blue Stone reconstructs the life of a small Anasazi village near Chaco Canyon in about A.D. 1100. The book is especially charming because author Stephen Trimble has given his characters enough personality to keep the reader interested while not losing the more general focus on the community. This is a trustworthy piece of work—an accessible and delightful bit of reading for children."  —Santa Fe Reporter


The Village of Blue Stone recreates one year in the life of an ancestral Puebloan community nine centuries ago. Beginning with the winter solstice, predicted with painstaking astronomical observation by Old Badger Claws—the Sun Watcher—we follow members of the different clans through their lives. 

Carefully researched vignettes bring to life both the people and the now silent ruins of the Chaco Culture of northwestern New Mexico. An afterword dramatizes the work of modern archaeologists hoping to unlock the secrets of the ruined village and connects the stories of the prehistoric people with their inheritors and descendants, the modern Acoma, Zuni, and Hopi Pueblo Indians.

(Macmillan, 1990)

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Earth Fire

A Hopi Legend of the Sunset Crater Eruption

photographs by Stephen Trimble

words by Ekkehart Malotki with Michael Lomatuway’ma

"Photographs by Southwestern photographer Stephen Trimble add vibrancy to a book of genuine beauty."  —Arizona Highways


For the first time in both English and Hopi, Earth Fire tells the ancient and powerful Hopi Indian legend of the creation of northern Arizona's Sunset Crater. The Ka'nas kachina mingles with mortals in a saga of marriage and magic, betrayal and revenge, prosperity and famine.  

Essays on the archaeology and geology of Sunset Crater National Monument amplify understanding of the legend.

(Northland Publishing, 1987)

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Mud Matters

Stories from a Mud Lover

photographs by Stephen Trimble

text and illustrations by Jennifer Owings Dewey

1998 The John Burroughs List Of Nature Books For Young Readers

1998 Scientific American Young Readers Book Award

"Squishy mud takes on splendid dimension as this writer of elegant natural history books shares episodes of her own childhood…. striking full-page photographs."  —The Horn Book


A thoughtful, delightful tribute to mud in all its forms.

(Marshall Cavendish, 1998)

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Finding Your Way

The Art of Natural Navigation

photographs by Stephen Trimble

text and illustrations by Jennifer Owings Dewey


Stories to help you develop trust in your instincts, to see more when you are navigating your way home...

Stories to teach you that getting lost is just an opportunity to find your way again.

(Millbrook Press, 2001)

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Navajo Pottery

Traditions and Innovation

photographs by Stephen Trimble

text by Russell P. Hartman

foreword by Clara Lee Tanner

"This fine example of the breaking of a strong and binding tradition in so short a time, a little over twenty years, tells much of what is happening to these Indians today...In many ways, there is a reflection here of the broad, general trends in southwestern Indian art as a whole—away from tribal to individual styles. This is a revitalization of a ceramic style worth watching." —Clara Lee Tanner, from the foreword


This book celebrates the flowering of Navajo pottery since the 1960s—the first book on the evolution of the craft from utilitarian pine-pitched water jars to works of art.  Russell Hartman, curator of the Navajo Tribal Museum, places pottery in the context of the tribe's history and culture, using quotes from 20 contemporary Navajo potters. Trimble photographs these  artists and their work with warmth and intimacy.

(Northland Publishing, 1987)

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The Nepal Trekker's Handbook

photographs by Stephen Trimble

text by Amy R. Kaplan with Michael Keller


Inside tips from a longtime resident of Nepal who is sensitive to the culture of this remarkable Himalayan country. Most Himalayan trekking is more an encounter with Nepalese culture than a wilderness experience, and this book helps make trekking in Nepal a satisfying experience with Nepalese people as well as a chance to see Mount Everest Base Camp or Annapurna. Trimble's photographs come from his 1981-1982 visit to Nepal.

(Mustang Publishers, 1989)

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Great Sand Dunes

the shape of the wind

National Park Service Cooperating Association Biennial Publication Award

"Crystal-clear descriptions and eye-enchanting photos. One wishes that our parklands will be blessed with more of such naturalists and guidebooks."  —Gary Paul Nabhan, High Country News

"A work of art worthy of hard-cover gift book status, but a monumental bargain in brochure form."  —Rocky Mountain News


After working as a park ranger at Great Sand Dunes in 1974, Steve wrote the text for this booklet—his first book, and a benchmark of professionalism in interpretive publications for national parks. He returned 25 years later to research and photograph for the newest edition.

The dunes lie at the base of 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Range; the sand rises 750 feet above the San Luis Valley floor—the highest dunes on the continent. Grand themes of western history converge here, where the threads of Southwest cultures lead through Great Sand Dunes in story after story. 

(Western National Parks Association (formerly Southwest Parks and Monuments Association), 1975)

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Rock Glow, Sky Shine

the spirit of Capitol Reef

National Park Service Cooperating Association Biennial Publication Award

"Informed and gorgeously visual and touched with wonder, the way the country itself is." —Wallace Stegner


In 1975, Steve worked as a park ranger at Capitol Reef—Utah's least-known national park. He came back two years later to work on this booklet, exploring the backcountry—trying to lure the timid visitor into adventure, into the canyons.

He has returned nearly every year since and now lives part of each year in nearby Torrey. This territory is his home.

A walk in the Waterpocket Fold takes you through a rock desert frozen in time. This book puts our lives in perspective—a tiny, fiery glint in a long, long unknown, lost in an endless cycle of swirling water, of hot winds bouncing sand grains down dry canyons. To hear the rhythms of erosion—the measure of earthtime—listen to water drip from a seep, walk canyons until you jump at the sudden menacing crash of a rockfall. Drop by drop, sand grain by sand grain, the cadence ticks off another million years.

(Capitol Reef Natural History Association, 1977)

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Rim of Time

the canyons of Colorado National Monument

National Park Service Cooperating Association Biennial Publication Award


At Colorado National Monument, vertical-walled canyons slice through the northeast edge of the great Uncompahgre Plateau of western Colorado. Below lies the broad Grand Valley of the Colorado River swinging westward in a flat, fertile sweep of irrigated green past Grand Junction. In telling the stories of the natural and human history of this national monument, Trimble introduces travelers to the canyons of the Colorado Plateau.

Here, we wait on a ledge, balanced on the brink of an old canyon, seeing before us the first instant in the life of a new canyon. In this invisible moment between the long past and the unknown future, we stand on the edge, living on the rim of time.

(Colorado National Monument Association, 1981)

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Joshua Tree

desert reflections

"With its dazzling photographs and lyrical narrative, this book serves as a comprehensive introductory guide to Joshua Tree NP as well as a memento of past visits. Trimble debunks the image of the desert as a dry barren wasteland by revealing the unexpected beauty and variety in the magical desert world."  —Arrowhead


An introduction to California's Joshua Tree National Park, a stunning landscape that straddles the boundary between the Mojave Desert and the sere Colorado Desert section of the Sonoran Desert, High Desert and Low Desert. Mountains rise from both, harboring old mines and bighorn sheep. Native palm oases serve as icons for the park just as powerfully as the Joshua trees themselves.  Trimble tells the park's stories that span the heart of the Desert Southwest.

(Joshua Tree National Park Association, 1979; revised and updated in 2003)

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Point Reyes

the enchanted shore

National Park Service Cooperating Association Biennial Publication Award


The natural and human history of Point Reyes National Seashore, the enchanting wildland just north of San Francisco. This stubborn piece of land juts out into the Pacific , refusing to give in to the sea and smooth out the California coastline. This is its story—from Miwok Indian people to Sir Francis Drake to marine and coastal ecology to the conservationists who preserved Point Reyes for all.

Point Reyes

a wildlife journal

Steve wrote this booklet about the wildlife of Point Reyes National Seashore, California as a companion to his earlier book on the park, Point Reyes: the enchanted shore.  In a  journal through the seasons, Steve tells natural history stories about creatures as diverse as mountain lions, elephant seals, and fallow deer.

Animals heighten our awareness, they remind us of the special relationship with wildlife that Native people nurtured. When we pay similar attention, we sense more of Point Reyes.

Timpanogos Cave

window into the earth

National Park Service Cooperating Association Biennial Publication Award


This booklet explores the natural and human history of the Wasatch Range and Utah Valley and the fascinating story of jewel-like Timpanogos Cave National Monument on Mount Timpanogos in northern Utah.

This cave is a natural, dynamic place, with its seasons, its moods—tied in subtle ways to the plants on the hillside above, to the mountain's ice, and to the American Fork River rushing by below. It is a window into the earth.

(Western National Parks Association (formerly Southwest Parks and Monuments Association), 1983)

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Earth Journey

a road guide to Petrified Forest

National Park Service Cooperating Association Biennial Publication Award

"Stephen Trimble's colorful book, Earth Journey, is almost as good as a guided tour of the park's scenic drive."  —Frommer's National Parks of the American West


This clever road guide can be read back to front, front to back, north to south, south to north—and provides lively commentary for the 26 1/2 mile drive through Petrified Forest National Park in northern Arizona.

Here lies one of Earth's great accumulations of large, colorful fossil trees.  Here, we share a journey through rainbows.

(Petrified Forest Museum Association, 1984)

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