National Parks I: The Southwest

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If you lead tours through the American Southwest, this is the guidebook you’ve been waiting for. For the first time ever, we offer tour directors hundreds of pages of logistics, fun stories and tidbits, plus all the human and natural histories of this region, making your tours there come alive. These are some of the hardest tours to operate logistically, and this manual gives you everything you need to succeed.

Written by industry veteran Carol Kendrick, this is 464 pages of knowledge specifically geared towards tour directors.

About the author

Carol Kendrick has lived in the Southwest for over forty years. She was a teacher and principal in the Phoenix area for over 32 years, before becoming a tour director. During her tenure she was awarded the Arizona LEAD principal of the year, and was a finalist for the city of Phoenix’s Woman of the Year award. She is now a tour director leading trips to the American West. She has established herself as a mentor and trainer for the industry, and was recently awarded the North American Tour Director of the Year by Insight Vacations. When she’s not leading trips, Carol is a lead instructor at ITMI.

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Table of Contents

Orientation

Fun Facts
Logistics
Filling Coach Time
The National Parks System
Federal Agencies and Organizations

How the West was won
The French, Spanish and Mexicans
Railroads
Mormons
State History
Arizona
Colorado
Nevada
Utah

Geology

Geology of the Southwest
Continental Plates
Rocks & Erosion
Sandstone
Colorado Plateau
Geology of the Grand Staircase
Rocky Mountain Geology

Regional Plants, Animals and Cacti
Sonoran Desert Plants
Cacti and Succulents
Desert Shrubs & Trees
Higher Elevation
Trees
Piñon Pine

Animals
Abert Squirrel
Bobcat
Coyote
Bald Eagle
Big Horn Sheep
Mule Deer
Elk
Fox
Ground Squirrel & Chipmunk
Kaibab Squirrel
Mountain Lion
Desert Rabbit
California Condor

Birds
Crow
Gambel’s Quail
Red Tailed Hawk
Great Blue Heron
Raven
Roadrunner
Turkey Vulture

People of Note
Angel Delgadillo
John D. Lee
Teddy Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
John Wesley Powell
Butch Cassidy
Kit Carson
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter
John Ford
John Wayne
Steve Wynn

Railroads and Route 66

Railroads and the Settlement of the West
Pony Express
Route 66
Seligman, AZ
Williams, AZ

Native American Nations

Trading Posts
Nations of the Four Corners Area
Gila River
Navajo
Ute
Paiute
Hohokam
Hopi
Apache

Phoenix, Scottsdale and the I-17 corridor

Phoenix
Scottsdale
I-17 Stops
Arizona Town Names along I-17
Arcosanti
Camp Verde
Montezuma Castle
Sedona
Oak Creek Canyon

Flagstaff area

Flagstaff
Sunset Crater National Monument
Wupatki Pueblo
Meteor Crater
Walnut Canyon

Grand Canyon

Colorado River
Overview

South Rim
Logistics
Geology
History of the Park

Notable names
Fred Harvey
Ellsworth and Emery Kolb
El Tovar Hotel

Major Areas
Bright Angel Lodge
Mather Point
Desert View Tower

North Rim
Logistics
The Lodge and Cabins
Facts
Roaring Spring
Jacobs Lake and Inn
Point Imperial
Cape Royal

Lake Powell Area

Lake Powell
Glen Canyon Dam
Page, AZ
Peabody Coal Plant
Slot Canyons
Horseshoe Bend
Lee’s Ferry
Navajo Bridge

Four Corners Area

Cameron Trading Post
Painted Desert
Tuba City, AZ
Kayenta, AZ
Code Talkers
Four Corners Monument
Mexican Hat, UT
Fort Bluff, UT

Monument Valley

Logistics
The Gouldings
Human History
The View Hotel
Geology

Moab Area

Moab, UT
Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Dead Horse State Park
Nearby Towns and Features

Mesa Verde/Cortez

Cortez, CO
Anasazi Heritage Center
San Juan Mountains:
Durango, CO
Silverton, CO
Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
Telluride
Ouray
Mesa Verde National Park

Escalante Staircase Area

Kanab, UT
Pipe Springs National Monument
Mount Carmel Junction
Highway 12
Kodachrome State Park
Bryce National Park
Geology of Bryce

Virgin River Area

Zion National Park
Towns Near Zion
I-15 Corridor:
St. George, UT
Virgin River Gorge
Mesquite, NV
Between Hurricane and Las Vegas
Mojave Desert

Las Vegas

Las Vegas
The Strip
The Fremont Experience
Air Force Bases
WWII Atomic Testing
Area 51
Lake Mead
Hoover Dam