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Publication Date: March 2022

ISBN: 978-0-9661999-0-1 (paperback)

LCCN: 2022900557

List Price: $21.95

280 Pages

See Steve's webinar to Washington Friends of Wild Utah HERE


2023 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Silver Medalist


                "Nonfiction that reads like fiction"

                            --IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Judge

THE SLICKROCK DESERT is the story of a land unlike any other on earth. Come with author Stephen W. Hinch as he explores the mesas and the canyons of the Four Corners Region of the American Southwest—the Slickrock Desert. Along the way you will discover its history, natural history, geology, ecology, and what we know of its earliest inhabitants. And you will revel in its beauty in a series of inspiring photographs. But all is not well in this magnificent land. You will also learn of the threats from those who would destroy it forever for short-term gain, and of the work being done by dedicated individuals and groups to protect it.  It is a story every lover of the American wilderness needs to know.

"The Slickrock Desert testifies to Steve Hinch’s research skills. He loves redrock country, and he provides here a clear, accurate, and up-to-the-minute summary of the natural history, conservation legacy, and political issues on the Colorado Plateau. He ties together all this information with informal stories from his backcountry journeys. His book makes for excellent background reading for anyone newly entranced by Four Corners canyon country."

 —Stephen Trimble, editor of The Capitol Reef Reader

and Red Rock Stories

“You have found a great balance between the beauty, experience, and the responsibility that we all bear in going to these great wild places.”

Carolyn Z. Shelton, Assistant Monument Manager (retired),

    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

“I absolutely love this book — Steve’s passion for the Slickrock Desert is evident in every single page!”

— John Rosebaugh, COO, Carbon Systems


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