Book Review: Yellowstone Treasures 6th Edition

For many, this covid-19 year will be one without a regular trip to the Yellowstone. So, how do you visit Yellowstone without actually heading to Yellowstone? Through books. There’s a new book release from Granite Peaks Publications that will help you be there in your mind. Janet Chapple has updated her Yellowstone Treasure’s book in the sixth edition that releases on May 15, 2020.

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Some people mix me up with Janet Chapple. Both of us are authors of books on Yellowstone, and both with the name Janet and both with a rich family history in the Yellowstone area, so it’s not surprising. I’m pleased to say that Janet and her daughter and editor, Beth, have chosen one of my images to grace the cover of this latest edition.

Yellowstone Treasures is an updated version of the old Haynes Guides for Yellowstone. The book divides into sections that each have road logs and destinations. As you drive through the park, her book guides you mile by mile with information and history. Essentially, it’s a tour guide unto itself and a valuable resource to purchase before your trip to make the most of it.

In this newest edition, updates include some of the recent changes in the park, including the new overlooks on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the new trail to the Grand Prismatic Spring overlook, and the surprise eruption of Ear Spring in September 2018. Janet and Beth also worked with the geologist, Jo-Ann Sherwin to update many of the geology explanations.

Janet grew up living in the park during the summers. Her parents worked at the Old Faithful Inn, giving her lots of time with the geysers. Her love of the park has never wavered. As another Janet who grew up visiting the park often and regularly throughout my life, I understand that. Yellowstone is the backdrop of a million memories. In her book, this love of Yellowstone shines through.

If you’ve had to cancel your visit this year or want to make the most of your next visit to Yellowstone, this is a great book to buy. It’s a tremendous “traveler’s companion” to Yellowstone.



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And I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Janet’s other book that she co-translated and edited, Yellowstone Land of Wonders: Promenade in North America’s National Park. This is the account of Jules Leclercq’s ten-day trip on horseback in Yellowstone in 1883. The history comes to life in this vintage travel writing — another way to travel to Yellowstone from the comfort of your current location.

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