National Parks II: The American West


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If you lead tours through the Western National Parks of the U.S., 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 560 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.



Table of Contents


National Park Tour Logistics
Fun Facts
Western Music and Cowboys
South Dakota
Western Words or Sayings
Common Sayings Origins

Groups & Organizations

National Park Service
Other Federal Agencies
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Civilian Conservation Corps

Native Americans

A History of Conflict
Treaties of Fort Laramie
A Western Native American Timeline
Native Americans of Note in the Struggle for the West
Plains Indians and Customs
Battles and Events of Note
Nez Perce and Chief Joseph
Native American Status Today

Transportation in the West

The Pony Express
Stagecoach Riding and Rules
Roads in the U.S.

Western Legends & People of Note

George Armstrong Custer
Black Bart
Kid Curry
Frederick Benteen
Calamity Jane
Jim Bridger
Butch Cassidy
“Buffalo Bill” Cody
John Colter
Wyatt Earp
Mary Fields
“Wild Bill” Hickok
Jesse James
Black Jack Ketchum
Billy The Kid
Sheriff Pat Garrett
John Lee and Lee’s Ferry
Lewis and Clark Expedition
Zebulon Pike
Theodore Roosevelt


Rocky Mountain Goat
Prairie Dog
Pronghorn Antelope


Bald Eagle
Canada Geese
Clark’s Nutcracker
Mountain Blue Bird
Peregrine Falcon
Red Tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Steller’s Jay


Ponderosa Pine
Lodgepole Pine
Quaking Aspen

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City

Towns Between Las Vegas and Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah
Towns Between Cedar City and Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City
Utah Capitol Building
Temple Square Area
The Great Salt Lake
Bonneville Salt Flats
Promontory Point
Utah Liquor Laws

Salt Lake City to Jackson

Logan, UT and Area
Bear Lake
Cache Valley, UT
Old Ephraim Grizzly Bear Tale
Garden City, UT
Towns between Bear Lake, UT and Jackson, WY
Oregon Trail Center
Jackson, WY

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
Outer Loop Logistics
Inner Loop Sites

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Logistics
Historical and Park Overview
Drive Times & Distances
Yellowstone Interesting FactsGeology
Notable Name Origins in Yellowstone
Yellowstone Caldera & Volcano
Birds of Yellowstone
Plants & Flowers of Yellowstone
Trees of Yellowstone
Fires in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Lower Loop

Lower Loop Overview
South Entrance to Grant
Grant Village Area
West Thumb and Yellowstone Lake
West Thumb to Fishing Bridge
Lake Hotel Area
Fishing Bridge Area
Hayden Valley – Fishing Bridge to Canyon
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Fishing Bridge to the East Entrance
Canyon Area
Canyon to Norris
Norris to Madison
West Entrance to Madison
Madison to Old Faithful Area
Old Faithful Area
Old Faithful Area to West Thumb

Yellowstone Upper Loop

Upper Loop Overview
North Entrance Area
Mammoth Hot Springs
Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris
Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower-Roosevelt
Lamar Valley
Cooke City, Montana
Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon

Billings Area

Billings, Montana
Battle of Little Bighorn National Monument

The Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail Overview
Wagon Trains and Wagons

Western Wyoming

Pahaska Tepee
Smith Mansion
Cody, WY
Buffalo Bill Center of the West Museum Complex
Heart Mountain & Japanese Relocation Center
Cody to Sheridan via the Bighorn Mountains
Bighorn Mountains

Deadwood Area

People of Note in Deadwood
Homestake Gold Mine
Tatanka – The Story of the Bison
Spearfish Canyon

Central Wyoming

Buffalo, WY
Crazy Woman Creek
Devil’s Tower National Monument
Sundance, WY and the Sun Dance
Fort Phil Kearney State Historic Site
Johnson County Wars
Sheridan, WY
U Cross Ranch
Gillette, WY
Wyodak Open Pit Coal Mine

Rapid City Area

Badlands National Park
Black Hills Jewelry
Crazy Horse Monument
Custer, SD
Custer State Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Rapid City, SD
Wall Drug (Wall, SD)
Wind Cave National Park

Eastern Wyoming & the Rapid City to Denver Corridor

Edgemont, SD
Lusk, WY
Torrington, WY
Fort Laramie, WY
Oregon Trail Ruts at Deep Rut Hill / Register Cliff
Cheyenne, WY
Francis Warren Air Force Base
Wyoming State Capitol
Wyoming Welcome Center
Little America Hotels

Cheyenne to Denver Corridor

Big Thompson Canyon
Loveland, CO
Boulder, CO
Estes Park
Longmont, CO
Lyons, CO

Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver

Rocky Mountain National Park