Field Guide: Desert Southwest

“Standing there, gaping at this monstrous and inhumane spectacle of rock and cloud and sky and space, I feel a ridiculous greed and possessiveness come over me. I want to know it all, possess it all, embrace the entire scene intimately, deeply, totally...”

-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire


The Ultimate Road Trip Guide: Desert Southwest

This vast and inspiring western country – from ranch towns and raging rivers to sacred monuments and red rock canyons – stretches the American traveler’s definition of time and space.

Juniper Trees. Pinon Pine. Red rocks and red dirt. There's nothing quite like the American Southwest.

Equal parts travel guide and tribute, the Desert Southwest field guide contains personal essays, hand-drawn maps, interviews, and local lore. The in-depth field guide is a love letter to this beautiful stretch of land and one of our favorite places to road trip out west.

While it functions as a perfect guide to an upcoming trip, its real beauty lies in its lasting ability to capture your imagination and enlighten you even if you've done a lifetime of exploring the area. 


Desert Southwest Field Guide Moab Utah


Over 140 pages filled with local stories, travel intel and modern lore.

The best things to do? It's got that too.

  • The best burger-and-shake joint in Moab
  • Historic outlaws and lawmen
  • Scenic back roads in every southwestern state
  • A map of stunning grand canyon overlooks
  • How to see New Mexico from a hot air balloon
  • Pointers on high desert photography
  • The coolest retro inns and destination hotels
  • Legends and lore from Canyon De Chelly
  • An interview with an Arizona shaman



Field Guide Travel Book: The Desert Southwest Road Trip

Praise For Wildsam Field Guides

Unlike traditional guidebooks that list the same old must-see sights and touristy neighborhoods, this new series, entitled Wildsam Field Guides, gets at the soul of a city.
-Conde Nast Traveler

These pocket guides cover more than just where to drink. More storybook than guidebook, Wildsam's slim volumes include local culture and history, essays, short stories, illustrations, and short biographies the kind of information you need to truly learn about a place rather than just putting together a tick-list of things to do.
-Outside Magazine

For tireless seekers of the authentic (or anyone with a serious Instagram habit who's on the hunt for offbeat sights), this pocket-size guidebook eschews the boring-but-practical stuff in favor of evoking what the jacket copy calls a "bygone sense of place."
-Wall Street Journal

City guides with a Wes Anderson aesthetic.
-AFAR Magazine

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Not only is the content great, it is pocket size which makes it perfect to have with you at all times. Love it!!!

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