Arizona Hiking Gallery: Resources

Updated 5/14/2007

Books: Hiking/Trail Guides
Arizona's Best Wildflower Hikes: The Desert
Christine Maxa - 2001
This book is intended as a hiking guide for hikers who enjoy wildflowers. It profiles 50 hikes in the Lower Sonoran life zone (up to about 4500 feet in elevation) with the potential for good wildflower displays. Each hike profile contains a description of the trail and what wildflowers are likely to be seen as you progress along the trail. A sidebar for each hike highlights a particular wildflower likely to be seen on the hike. Each hike also includes a trail rating, length, location, elevation, bloom and peak bloom periods, directions, and simple map.
Arizona's Best Wildflower Hikes: The High Country
Christine Maxa - 2002
Very similar to the above book except this guide profiles 48 hikes in Arizona's higher elevations (4500 feet and above) with the potential for good wildflower displays. Each hike profile contains a description of the trail and what wildflowers are likely to be seen as you progress along the trail. A sidebar for each hike highlights a particular wildflower likely to be seen on the hike. Each hike also includes a trail rating, length, location, elevation, bloom and peak bloom periods, directions, and simple map.
Guide to Arizona's Wilderness Areas
Tom Dollar with photography by Jerry Sieve - 1998
One of my most used trail guides this book describes 64 wilderness areas throughout Arizona. Each wilderness area has a detailed description of the land features, vegetation, wildlife and historical information followed by several suggested hikes of varying length and difficulty within the wilderness area. A map and directions are also given for each area.
Best Loop Hikes, Arizona
Bruce Grubbs - 2004
This trail guide profiles 75 loop hikes that represent a cross section of Arizona hiking. It includes loop hikes through alpine forest and meadows, loops through desert canyons, and hikes on historic routes. The hikes range from short and easy to demanding multiday backpack trips.
50 Hikes In Arizona
Martin Tessmer - 2004
The hikes in this guide were selected to showcase Arizona's diversity of topography, habitats, and history with a range of short and long trails. Each hike section starts out with quick information on the hike such as location, distance, estimated hiking time, total elevation gain, difficulty, and a list of maps. The detailed trail description is broken into trail segments with mileage for each segment. Near by trails, camping information, and a topo map with marked trail are also included.
 
Books: Plant and Wildflower Guides
A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona
Anne Orth Epple with photography by Lewis E. Epple - 1995
A comprehensive field guide to Arizona plants including wildflowers, cacti, trees, shrubs, vines and ferns from the deserts to the mountain tops. This field guide includes over 900 color photographs with most flowering plants arranged by color. Descriptive text includes habitat, elevation, bloom periods, along with other charcteristics. This is the first book I reach for when trying to identify a plant.
Sonoran Desert Wildflowers
Richard Spellenberg - 2003
A field guide to common wildflowers of the sonoran Desert containing detailed descriptions and color photographs of more than 300 plants arranged by flower color.
Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest
Meg Quinn - 2000
A field guide to 84 common annuals, herbaceous perennials and a few woody shrubs with an emphasis on the Sonoran and Mojave deserts.
100 Desert Wildflowers of the Southwest
Joyce Emily Bowers - 1998
This wildflower field guide concentrates on wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.
100 Roadside Wildflowers of the Southwest Woodlands
Joyce Emily Bowers - 1997
This wildflower field guide concentrates on wildflowers of the oak, pinyon, juniper woodlands of Arizona and New Mexico.