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Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide
This is without doubt the best overall guide book to the park. The same is true with each of James Kaiser’s books, also available for Acadia, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Zion. They are printed on high quality glossy paper, and are full of information and beautiful full color photos. There are guides that do a better job with individual subjects like hiking, but nothing is better as a one book solution. We use this book personally and recommend it.
Hiking Grand Canyon National Park
This is the Grand Canyon National Park entry in the extensive Falcon Guides series. When looking for a hiking guide book of a park, we generally look for the Falcon Guide first. With few exceptions, they are very good at what they do, and we like to have a consistent format to get used to. Like most books in the Falcon series, there is also a much shorter “Best Easy Day Hikes” companion book, that describes only the shorter hikes. It is listed next.
Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Canyon National Park
This is the Grand Canyon National Park entry in the extensive Falcon Guides Best Easy Day Hikes series. This is the shorter version of the book above. It focuses on the shorter, easier hikes in the book, although some can still be quite steep. There is less general information, and the trail information is more abbreviated, but if all you plan to do is the quick and easy trails, you can save a little money over the full guide above.
The Grand Canyon Reader
This is a fascinating book about Grand Canyon National Park. It is an anthology of writings, stories, and personal accounts, going back as far as 500 years. It has the writings of residents, explorers, employees, and many more.
Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography
There are an endless number of photo books of the Grand Canyon. We will list just a few of them here. We start with this stunning hardcover book, which is a collection of some of the best photographs from the last 125 years. A beautiful, and historical, look at the park’s scenery.
Images: Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon
This is another of the countless Grand Canyon photo books, this one featuring the work of Jack Dykinga. It is presented in a very nice hardcover format.
Path of Beauty: Photographic Adventures in the Grand Canyon
This is the last of our three picks of Grand Canyon photo books. Another beautiful hardcover presentation, this one features the work of photographer Christopher Brown. Along with the photos are a series of essays, covering both the beauty and the adventure that the canyon offers.