Cave Creek Canyon: Revealing the Heart of Arizona's Chiricahua Mountains

Just one of many awards this book has received!!

Public Lands Alliance
Publication of the Year 2016

This fascinating book, impressive for its breadth of scope, depth of knowledge, beautiful photographs, artwork, and maps, represents an unusual publishing event a collaboration by almost an entire community.

Inspired by the numerous questions that occur to visitors as well as residents, the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon enlisted the help of mostly local experts to write short introductions to 44 separate topics. From Bats to Butterflies, Geology to Geronimo, Early Peoples to Pioneers, every page holds fascinating revelations.

Portal, Arizona, has long been known for its dramatic beauty and biodiversity. It and the neighboring hamlets of Paradise, Whitetail Canyon, and Rodeo, New Mexico, are home to an astonishing wealth of talent, generously poured forth to produce this collection. In addition to the authors, another 50 or so neighbors found time to proofread, lend photos and artwork, make maps, contribute knowledge and ideas, and help with production. From start to finish, this has been a community effort.

The Friends of Cave Creek Canyon's mission is to increase appreciation and understanding of the beauty, biodiversity, and legacy of Cave Creek Canyon. This book amply meets those objectives, and proceeds from its sale will fund projects to help a beloved Canyon affected by fire in 2011 and flood in 2014.

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A limited edition of hardcover copies are available for $49.95

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From Bob & Sheri A. on December 06, 2015
Cave Creek Canyon review Bruce Dinges “Book Notes” in Journal of Arizona History, Summer 2015, p. 241-242. Sometimes it takes a disaster to make us appreciate what we otherwise take for granted. In 2011, the Horseshoe 2 fire devastated the area around the tiny communities of Portal and Paradise, tucked away in an idyllic corner of southeastern Arizona. In its wake, local residents organized the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon to help clear away debris and rebuild what was lost. Wynne Brown and Reed Peters take the restoration campaign a step further with the publication of Cave Creek Canyon: Revealing the Heart of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains (Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, P.O. Box 16126, Portal, Ariz. 85632, 2014. ISBN 978-1-938850-16-5. $19.95 soft-cover; ISBN 978-1-938850-15-8. $49.95 hard-cover). In this beautifully designed and lushly illustrated book, forty-three local authors describe the geology, geography, flora, and fauna of the area known for its stunning vistas and lush bird life, along with the long story of human habitation from prehistoric times to the present. Stunning paintings and color photographs offer enticing views of the Chiricahuas and the people and creatures who call it home. This labor of love is a tribute to everyone involved in its publication, and a gift to anyone who values the natural beauty of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.
From Steve W. on November 22, 2014
A wonderful book, written by folks knowledgable about the Chiricahuas. Having a book on the Chiricahuas is way overdue -- looking forward to possessing and reading it!
From margaret m. on November 08, 2014
would like to pick up before we leave Portal for Tennessee on Dec 9th
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