Desert Book Recommendations

Books play an important part in researching and expanding our knowledge of the desert southwest. The following are books that I have in my personal collection, and that I recommend. Titles that I have published are not included in the list, my titles can be purchased directly from my online store. If you purchase any of these titles, please purchase them directly from the Amazon links provided.  Amazon provides me with a percentage of each sale in store credit, helping me with future gear and book purchases.  Thank you.


Death Valley Related Book titles:

Death Valley in ’49

Hiking Death Valley: A Guide to Its Natural Wonders and Mining Past

Hiking Western Death Valley National Park: Panamint, Saline, and Eureka Valleys

Ghost Towns of Death Valley (Images of America)

Death Valley (Images of America)

Who Killed Chester Pray?: A Death Valley Mystery

Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley

Death Valley: Geology, Ecology, Archaeology

Death Valley Book Of Knowledge: An Encyclopedia & Anthology From The Land Of Legend

Leadfield: Anatomy of the Rise and Fall of a Death Valley Boomtown

Geology of the Death Valley Region

Goodbye, Death Valley!: The 1849 Jayhawker escape

Pete Aguereberry: Death Valley prospector & gold miner

Guide to the Remote and Mysterious Saline Valley

Red Light Women of Death Valley

These Canyons Are Full of Ghosts: The Last of the Death Valley Prospectors

Death Valley Photographer’s Guide

Silver stampede: The career of Death Valley’s hell-camp, old Panamint


Joshua Tree Related Book titles:

On Foot in Joshua Tree National Park: A Comprehensive Hiking Guide

Ambush : The Story of Bill Keys

Joshua Tree National Park (Images of America)

Joshua Tree National Park geology

Mining History And Geology Of Joshua Tree National Park: San Bernardino And Riverside Counties, California

Growing up at the Desert Queen Ranch


Mojave National Preserve Related Book titles:

Hiking the Mojave Desert: The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve: A Visitor’s Guide

Plants of the East Mojave: Mojave National Preserve

Mojave Road Guide – An Adventure Through Time

Goffs & Its Schoolhouse

Southern California SUV Trails II : Eastern Mojave Desert

Zzyzx: History of an Oasis; San Bernardino County California


General Mojave Desert Book titles:

Around Trona and Searles Valley (Images of America)

Gold and Silver in the Mojave: Images of a Last Frontier

Guide to 50 Interesting and Mysterious Sites in the Mojave, Volume 1

Bill Mann’s Guide to 50 Interesting and Mysterious Sites in the Mojave, Volume 2

Guide to the Remote and Mysterious Saline Valley

Guide to the Beautiful and Historic Lucerne Valley and Vicinity

Bill Mann’s Guide to Big Bear and Its Hidden Treasures

California Trails Desert Region

California Trails South Coast Region

Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

Where to Find Gold in the Desert

Southern California’s Best Ghost Towns: A Practical Guide

Virginia City: To Dance With the Devil

Rockhound Barstow: Mineral Collecting in the Mojave Desert


Anza Borrego Book titles:

Anza-Borrego Desert Region: A Guide to State Park and Adjacent Areas of the Western Colorado Desert

Geology of Anza-Borrego: Edge of Creation

Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert

Hiking in Anza-Borrego Desert: Over 100 Half-Day Hikes

Hiking Anza Borrego Desert Vol 2: Over 200 New Half-Day Hikes

Anza Borrego Desert Guide Book

Marshal South and the Ghost Mountain Chronicles: An Experiment in Primitive Living


Arizona & Utah Book titles:

Hiking Southwest Utah and Adjacent Areas

Hiking Southwest Utah and Adjacent Areas, Volume Two

Hiking and Exploring the Paria River

Hiking & Exploring Utah’s San Rafael Swell

Hiking & Exploring Utah’s Henry Mountains and Robbers Roost

Hiking, Biking and Exploring Canyonlands National Park and Vicinity

Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers

Comb Ridge and Its People: The Ethnohistory of a Rock

In Search of the Old Ones


Desert Animal Book titles:

Desert Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon

Scats and Tracks of the Desert Southwest

Reptiles and Amphibians of the Mojave Desert: A Field Guide


Native American Book titles:

Rock Drawings of the Coso Range, Inyo County, California: an Ancient Sheep-Hunting Cult Pictured in Desert Rock Carvings

Handbook of the Kawaiisu: Sourcebook and Guide to the Primary Resources on the Native Peoples of the Far Southern Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi Mountains, and the Southwestern Great Basin

Kawaiisu Mythology: An Oral Tradition of South-Central California

Old Magic: Lives of the Desert Shamans

The Rocks Begin to Speak

Rock Paintings of the Chumash

A Field Guide to Rock Art Symbols of the Greater Southwest

Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region

Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession

Comb Ridge and Its People: The Ethnohistory of a Rock

In Search of the Old Ones

Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape


Desert Narrative Book titles:

The Land of Little Rain

The White Heart of Mojave: An Adventure With the Outdoors of the Desert

Salt to Summit: A Vagabond Journey from Death Valley to Mount Whitney

Desert Solitaire

The Monkey Wrench Gang

Desert Padre: The Life and Writings of Father John J. Crowley



Environmental Book titles:

Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man