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50 HIKES IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO

Author: HUSCHKE, KAI
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This is your guide to more than 50 spectacular and sublime walks, hikes, and backpacking adventures accessing the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, contorted volcanic formations, and striated canyons. Move across the expansive Valle Grande; pierce the clouds on Wheeler Peak. Wade through a sea of wildflowers along subalpine lakes in the Pecos Wilderness. Walk with the ancients as you explore ruins left by American Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo inhabitants in places like Chaco Canyon and Bandelier National Monument. As with all the books in the 50 Hikes series, you'll find clear and concise directions, easy-to-follow maps, and expert tips for enjoying what each hike has to offer--whether it's staggering views, rushing rapids, or deep canyons.
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60 HIKES WITHIN 60 MILES OF ALBUQUERQUE

Author: AUSHERMAN, STEPHEN
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This newly updated and revised edition of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Albuquerque hits classic trails and uncovers paths where no guidebook has gone before. This is the essential guide to north-central New Mexico, from the black lava badlands in El Malpais National Monument to the cool aspens in Santa Fe National Forest. Explore newly opened lands in the Ojito Wilderness and the Valles Caldera, or revisit the past with nostalgic walks along the Rio Grande and Route 66. Hikes lead to ancient pueblos, ghost towns, slot canyons, strange hoodoos and other treasures in the heart of New Mexico, all just a daytrip or less from the Duke City.

Each chapter serves as both a navigational aide and an interpretive guide to familiarize hikers with wondrous destinations in the Land of Enchantment. This comprehensive guidebook outlines the level of difficulty for each hike, and includes extensive maps and trail profiles to assist hiking enthusiasts and day-trippers alike. Experience the Rio Grande, old Route 66, ancient pueblos, ghost towns, and other charms of the area with this essential guide.

ALL THAT THE RAIN PROMISES AND MORE.....A HIP POCKET GUIDE TO WESTERN MUSHROOMS

ALL THAT THE RAIN PROMISES AND MORE.....A HIP POCKET GUIDE TO WESTERN MUSHROOMS

Author: ARORA, DAVID
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An illustrated guide to identifying 200 Western mushrooms - whether edible, poisonous, or medicinal - by their key features.

In leafing through these pages, you may wonder what all the 'fanciful, ' 'foolish, ' or (shudder) 'extraneous' material is doing in a factual guide. After all, it is the practical, hands-on, how-to-identify information that makes this book useful and gives it substance. But I ask: is it any stranger or less desirable to sprinkle the facts with flakes of fancy than it is to liven up solemn, substantial fare like potatoes with something fancier and more flavorful, like wild mushrooms? - David Arora

[All That the Rain Promises and More] is certainly the best guide to fungi, and may in fact be a long lasting masterpiece in guide writing for all subjects. - Roger McKnight, New York Times

AMERICA NEW MEXICO

AMERICA NEW MEXICO

Author: REID ROB
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In America, New Mexico, Robert Leonard Reid explores deep inside New Mexico's landscape to find the real New Mexico - with all of its gifts and challenges - within. Having traveled and hiked countless miles throughout the state, Reid knows New Mexico's breathtaking landscape intimately. But he knows the human landscape as well: its artists and poets, medicine men and businessmen, preachers and politicians, Hispanics and Anglos. He knows that amid the glittering mansions of Santa Fe there are homeless shelters, that the Indians of myth and legend combat alcoholism and poverty, and that toxic waste lurks beneath a land of almost surreal beauty. America, New Mexico is a book about land, sky, and hope by a writer whose passion and inspiring prose invite us to see the promise and possibilities of reconnecting with the natural world. It is unflinching in its depiction of the adversities facing New Mexicans and indeed all Americans. But above all, it searches behind and beyond these troubling issues to find, standing staunchly against them, a quiet and unshakable confidence rooted in New Mexico's natural world.
BELOVED LAND: An Oral History of Mexican Americans in Southern Arizona

BELOVED LAND: An Oral History of Mexican Americans in Southern Arizona

Author: MARTIN, PATRICIA
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Doña Ramona Benítez Franco was born in 1902 on her parents' Arizona ranch and celebrated her hundredth birthday with family and friends in 2002, still living in her family's century-old adobe house. Doña Ramona witnessed many changes in the intervening years, but her memories of the land and customs she knew as a child are indelible.

For Doña Ramona as well as for countless generations of Mexican Americans, memories of rural life recall la querida tierra, the beloved land. Through good times and bad, the land provided sustenance. Today, many of those homesteads and ranches have succumbed to bulldozers that have brought housing projects and strip malls in their wake.

Now a writer and a photographer who have long been intimately involved with Arizona's Hispanic community have preserved the voices and images of men and women who are descendants of pioneer ranching and farming families in southern Arizona. Ranging from Tucson to the San Rafael Valley and points in between, this book documents the contributions of Mexican American families whose history and culture are intertwined with the lifestyle of the contemporary Southwest. These were hardy, self-reliant pioneers who settled in what were then remote areas. Their stories tell of love affairs with the land and a way of life that is rapidly disappearing.

Through oral histories and a captivating array of historic and contemporary photos, Beloved Land records a vibrant and resourceful way of life that has contributed so much to the region. Individuals like Doña Ramona tell stories about rural life, farming, ranching, and vaquero culture that enrich our knowledge of settlement, culinary practices, religious traditions, arts, and education of Hispanic settlers of Arizona. They talk frankly about how the land changed hands--not always by legal means--and tell how they feel about modern society and the disappearance of the rural lifestyle.

"Our ranch homes and fields, our chapels and corrals may have been bulldozed by progress or renovated into spas and guest ranches that never whisper our ancestors' names," writes Patricia Preciado Martin. "The story of our beautiful and resilient heritage will never be silenced . . . as long as we always remember to run our fingers through the nourishing and nurturing soil of our history." Beloved Land works that soil as it revitalizes that history for the generations to come.

BEST IN TENT CAMPING NEW MEXICO

BEST IN TENT CAMPING NEW MEXICO

Author: PARR MON
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Visiting New Mexico offers outdoor enthusiasts extensive options: canyons, deserts, mesas, mountains, rivers, lakes, and even ghost towns. Now, in this indispensable guide, the best campgrounds in and around these remarkable areas are rendered in full detail. Rated on beauty, privacy, spaciousness, quiet, security, and cleanliness, these campgrounds offer campers unparalleled southwestern beauty, and this guide -- with its detailed maps, coordinates, and contact information -- provides all the info readers need to access them.
BLOOD and THUNDER

BLOOD and THUNDER

Author: SIDES, HAMPTON
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A magnificent history of the American conquest of the West; a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy (The New York Times Book Review).

In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of "Manifest Destiny," this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the fiercely resistant rulers of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness.

At the center of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. Sides shows us how this illiterate mountain man understood and respected the Western tribes better than any other American, yet willingly followed orders that would ultimately devastate the Navajo nation. Rich in detail and spanning more than three decades, this is an essential addition to our understanding of how the West was really won.

BROTHER BILLS BAIT BITE BACK

BROTHER BILLS BAIT BITE BACK

Author: GARCIA R
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Much of the literature about northeastern New Mexico depicts range wars, bandits, labor union strife, and Indian depredations. This collection of twelve modern folktales describes events that never made headlines and people who never had a building named after them, evoking the rich tradition of storytelling that flowed through the coal camps and ranches of the Raton region during the early twentieth century.

The tales in this collection are about everyday life with some fantastic elements. An African American mother and daughter confront a German prisoner of war in one story, while in another a coal miner's gift for braying leads to a war between coal camps. Here are chronicles of a Mexican barber who extracts a ghoulish revenge for being forced to shave the beard of a killer; of the terrible fate that awaits boys who are lured into a dancehall during the Lenten season by the Devil and his beautiful cowgirls; and of an old coal miner who attempts to control his young wife by pretending to be the voice of the Lord. In other stories a lion who is accidentally caught and caged teaches a coal miner a lesson; two crusty cowboys come to understand the purpose of gnats and tumbleweeds and why rattlesnakes have rattles; and the Angel of Death is told to collect Hispanic souls or else. The account of a rootin'-tootin' cowboy and his wife who use a pitch-baby to trap a pesky jack rabbit and a fish story round out this multiethnic collection of tales. Recounted in a lively, humorous style, the stories show how ordinary people managed to conduct dignified and happy lives--with occasional help from the spirit world--in a difficult social and physical environment.

Ricardo L García is a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He writes a monthly column for the Raton Range and is the author of Ten Telling Tales and Coal Camp Days: A Boy's Remembrance.

CITIES OF GOLD: A JOURNEY ACROSS THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST IN PURSUIT OF CORONADO

CITIES OF GOLD: A JOURNEY ACROSS THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST IN PURSUIT OF CORONADO

Author: PRESTON, DOUGLAS
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This riveting true story recounts the author's journey on horseback across Arizona and New Mexico, retracing Coronado's desperate search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. First published in 1992 and now available only from UNM Press, this classic adventure tale reveals the Southwest as it was when Europeans first saw it and shows how much, and how little, it has changed. "The great myth of the American West," Preston writes, "is that there was a winning of it."

CROSSLEY ID GUIDE: RAPTORS

CROSSLEY ID GUIDE: RAPTORS

Author: CROSSLEY, RICHARD
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A revolutionary, comprehensive, and authoritative photographic guide to North America's raptors

Part of the revolutionary Crossley ID Guide series, this is the first raptor guide with lifelike scenes composed from multiple photographs--scenes that allow you to identify raptors just as the experts do. Experienced birders use the most easily observed and consistent characteristics--size, shape, behavior, probability, and general color patterns. The book's 101 scenes--including thirty-five double-page layouts--provide a complete picture of how these features are all related. Even the effects of lighting and other real-world conditions are illustrated and explained. Detailed and succinct accounts from two of North America's foremost raptor experts, Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan, stress the key identification features. This complete picture allows everyone from beginner to expert to understand and enjoy what he or she sees in the field. The mystique of bird identification is eliminated, allowing even novice birders to identify raptors quickly and simply.

Comprehensive and authoritative, the book covers all thirty-four of North America's diurnal raptor species (all species except owls). Each species is featured in stunning color plates that show males and females, in a full spectrum of ages and color variants, depicted near and far, in flight and at rest, and from multiple angles, all caught in their typical habitats. There are also comparative, multispecies scenes and mystery photographs that allow readers to test their identification skills, along with answers and full explanations in the back of the book. In addition, the book features an introduction, and thirty-four color maps accompany the plates.

Whether you are a novice or an expert, this one-of-a-kind guide will show you an entirely new way to look at these spectacular birds.

  • The most complete guide to North American raptors, written by some of the foremost experts
  • The first raptor guide using Richard Crossley's acclaimed, innovative composite images that show birds as they actually appear in the field
  • 101 stunning color plates--including thirty-five double-page layouts--composed from thousands of photographs
  • Comparative, multispecies plates and photos of mystery species that allow readers to test their growing identification skills
  • Complete with introduction, 34 color maps, and detailed species accounts