High Desert Field Guides


The Geologic History of O'Keeffe Country
By Kirt KempterDick Huelster

With stunning photographs, timelines, and a regional geologic map, noted geologist Kirt Kempter explains the geologic story and landscape evolution of the region for travelers, hikers, and armchair geologists.

Subjects: GeologySouthwest

Valles Caldera National Preserve

Geologic History of the Southwest's Youngest Caldera
By Kirt KempterDick Huelster

In this roadside guide, popular lecturer, tour leader, and author Kirt Kempter makes geology interesting through his riveting explanations and engaging diagrams.

Subjects: ScienceSouthwest

All Trails Lead to Santa Fe

Guide and Map for Three National Historic Trails Connecting Santa Fe to the Rest of the World
By Kathryn HuelsterDick Huelster

This guide, created for the Three Trails Conference of 2015, tells the history of the El Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Old Spanish Trail as they traced their paths across the state of New Mexico.

Subjects: HistorySouthwest

Rock Art Images of Northern New Mexico

By Dennis Slifer

This guide draws on Dennis Slifer’s thirty years of Southwest rock art exploration to explain the significance of rock art in areas of New Mexico.

Tony Hillerman's Landscapes

Southwest Map and Guide
By Anne HillermanDon Strel

This handsomely illustrated map shows you where to find many of the landscapes Tony Hillerman loved and wrote about.

Roads to the Past

Highway Map and Guide to New Mexico Archaeology
By Eric BlinmanDick Huelster

The text, photographs, graphics, and map that appear here, created with the assistance of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies, provide the curious reader and the interested explorer alike with insight into the fascinating history and archaeology of New Mexico.

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

By Kirt KempterDick Huelster

Color diagrams and graphics of the history of geologic formations, including the Rio Grande rift, provide background for understanding the area, and a detailed, durable topographic map provides information about trails and features for the day hiker.

Subjects: ScienceSouthwest

Dance Ceremonies of the Northern Rio Grande Pueblos

By Kathryn HuelsterDick Huelster

This guide contains detailed descriptions of and background for many Pueblo Indian ceremonies that occur year-round in New Mexico.