Scenic Icons Traveler's Guide Synopsis


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SCENIC ICONS TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO THE SOUTHWEST
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A Literary Travelogue of National Parks, National Monuments, State Parks, and Archeological Ruins
(Colorado Plateau Series, Book 10)

Abstract
This textbook is a sequel to the author’s “Scenic Icons Of The Southwest: Exposition of National Parks & Monuments, Tribal & State Parks, & Archeological Ruins.” Notably, the “Traveler’s Guide” key subject matter mentioned throughout the SCENIC ICONS text is presented in more detail. For example, tectonic plates, archeology, geologic lexicon, the Colorado Plateau Province, popular tourists destinations in the Southwest such as Jerome, Sedona, and Taos, slot canyons and hiking trails throughout the Colorado Plateau, and numerous other topics. There are also additional national parks and national monuments featured in this sequel, which are located south of the Colorado Plateau Province (i.e., Saguaro NP, Bears Ears NM, and Chiricahua NM). Other incidental topics include the Durango & Silverton Railroad excursion, a history of Route 66, Old Tucson Movie Studio, an exposition on dinosaurs, Arizona’s Kitt Peak Observatory and New Mexico’s the Very Large Array, among other featured places and attractions. The information can be read cover to cover or piecemeal, depending on subject matter that appeals to the reader’s interest. (The following TABLE OF CONTENTS list of subject matter substantiates this claim.)

As a retired educator and instructor for the likes of the Grand Canyon Field Institute, most of what I did for a living for some forty years entailed teaching various geosciences, natural and human history; also environmental sciences, published writer, and mathematics. (458 pages, 8.5 x 11 format).

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1) 4 CORNERS MONUMENT, Cortez, Colorado (page 7)

2) ACCLAIMED SOUTHWEST TOURISM GATEWAYS (page 10)

Albuquerque///Buff––Blanding///Cortez///Durango///Flagstaff///Gallup///Jerome-Clarkdale///Kanab///Kayenta///Moab///Peach Springs///Phoenix///Prescott///Santa Fe///Sedona///Taos///Tucson///


3) ANCESTRAL PUEBLOANS: A Discovery (page 41)

4) ARCHEOASTRONOMY OF THE ANCESTRAL PUEBLOANS (page 83)

5) ARCHAEOLOGICAL TIMELINE––Based on the Pecos Classification System (page 98)

6) ARIZONA–SONORAN DESERT MUSEUM (page 110)

7) BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT (page 113)

8) CAMERON & THE LITTLE COLORADO RIVER OVERLOOK (page 116)

9) CANNIBALISM IN THE SOUTHWEST (page 119)

10) CHACO CANYON ARCHAEOASTRONOMY (page 129)

11) CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONENT (page 139)

12) CORONADO AND THE CONQUISTADORS (page 141)

13) DESERT ECOLOGY (page 144)

14) DINOSAURS & DINOSAURIA (page 154)

15) ETHNOBOTANY (page 170)

16) GEOLOGIC LEXICON: Just The Essentials (page 178)

17) GLEN CANYON/LAKE POWELL: The Environmental Story (page 180)

18) GRAND CANYON CAVERNS (page 193)

19) GRAND CANYON THEORIES: Beyond The Fairytale Version (page 198)

20) HIKING ICONS (page 223)

THE WAVE////TENT ROCKS////BUCKSKIN GULCH////DRY FORK OF COYOTE GULCH////COYOTE GULCH////PARIA CANYON////LOWER CALF CREEK////UPPER CALF CREEK////COAL MINE CANYON///DELICATE ARCH///DEVIL's GARDEN///RED CANYON///RIM OVERLOOK (Capitol Reef National Park)///HONAKER TRAIL (Goosenecks of the San Juan)///UPHEAVAL DOME (Canyonlands)///GRAND VIEW TRAIL (Grand Canyon)///SKUTUMPAH TERRACE (Bull Valley Gorge, Sheep Creek, and Willis Creek)


21) HOLE-IN-THE-ROCK CROSSING: The San Juan Mormon Mission (page 252)

22) KITT PEAK OBSERVATORY (page 255)

23) MEXICO-NEW MEXICO: Relevant Background (page 257)

24) MIMBRES-MOGOLLON CULTURE (page 267)

25) NEWSPAPER ROCK GLYPHS (page 271)

26) OLD TUCSON STUDIOS (page 273)

27) ORGAN PIPE NATIONAL MONUMENT (page 276)

28) PANGEA, THE SUPERCONTINENT (page 278)

29) PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM, Tucson (page 293)

30) POTTERY Of The Ancestral Puebloans (page 294)

31) ROCK ART Of the Ancestral Puebloans (page 303)

32) ROUTE 66: The “Mother Road” (page 310)

33) SAGUARO NATIONAL PARL (page 319)

34) SAN XAVIER del BAC MISSION, Tucson (page 325)

35) SHIP ROCK––Tsé Bitʼaʼ (page 327)

36) SLOT CANYON HIKES (page 329)

Zion Narrows///Peek-a-boo///Spooky///Brimstone///Antelope Canyon///Water Holes///Blue Pool Wash///The Cockscomb (plus a great list of all the popular slot canyons in the Southwest)


37) THE ART OF BACKPACKING (page 339)

38) THE COLORADO PLATEAU: A Cache Of Scenic Icons (page 355) change all hereafter

39) THE DURANGO-SILVERTON RAILROAD EXCURSION (page 369)

40) THE GREAT DROUGHT And The Ancestral Puebloans Egress (page 372)

41) THE GREAT DYING AND K-T EVENTS (page 387)

42) THE HOPI INDIANS (page 394)

43) THE NAVAJO (page 402)

44) THE PAINTED DESERT (page 420)

45) THE PECOS CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (page 426)

46) THE PUEBLOANS (page 431)

47) THE SOUTHERN PAIUTE (page 446)

48) THE VERY LARGE ARRAY (page 448)

49) ZUÑI TRIBAL HISTORY (page 451)

50) BONUS MATERIAL––The Geologic Age of the Earth (page 453)

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