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Three Award Winning Books

Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness
Superstition Wilderness Trails East Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness

Superstition Wilderness Trails East received the 2010 Glyph Awards for both Best Regional Book and Best Recreation/Sports Book from the Arizona Book Publishing Association.

Superstition Wilderness Trails West received the 2013 IBPA Silver award for Best History Book; and won the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Best Arizona Book and for Best History Book-Arizona.

Hiker’s Guide to the Superstition Wilderness received the 1997 Glyph Award for Best Outdoors/Recreation/Nature Book from the Arizona Book Publishing Association.

Reviews and Comments

“…a fine example of what I think we should see more of in book form in this state. I’ve walked all through the Superstitions in my time, and find your guide to be extremely complete, and useful…”
Senator Barry Goldwater

“…if you’re really interested in systematically hiking the wilderness area, I recommend…, Hiker’s Guide to the Superstition Wilderness…I’m impressed.”
Barry Burkhart, The Arizona Republic

“…whether you’ve never set foot in the Superstitions or you’re a trail-seasoned veteran, this new guidebook will put you on the right path.”
Arizona Adventure, Tribune Newspapers

Hiker’s Guide to the Superstition Wilderness…is well worth the…price because of its dual role as a guidebook and compilation of historic information…”
DeWayne Smith, The Arizona Republic

Reviews and Comments

“An obvious labor of love, Superstition Wilderness Trails East should serve as a model for guidebooks to other wilderness regions of the state.”
Bruce Dinges, The Journal of Arizona History

“Carlson and Stewart, who weave the lore of the Superstition range into their books, have dug into primary sources, such as property records, and interviewed ranchers to get firsthand accounts.”
Ron Dungan, The Arizona Republic

“Hiker's Guide to the Superstition Wilderness and Superstition WildernessTrails East…are the best trail books out there.”
Jill Cassidy, The Arizona Republic

Superstition Wilderness Trails East…Plain and simple, this thickly bound book is awesome. It has everything, like detailed maps old and new, photos old and new, descriptions of all the trails, homestead survey drawings, historical stories and a lot more…
Ted Lake, Copper Country News

“…Superstition Wilderness Trails East…All in all, it is a very informative and useful guide—a must for anyone who rides in the Superstition Wilderness.
Betty Swanson, Apache Junction News

Reviews and Comments

“This is a model guidebook with an excellent mix of reference information and historical background…Very professionally compiled and produced.”
Judge's comment in 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.

“Wilderness seekers, even those who ride horses, will find this remarkable book a backpack/saddlebag necessity.
W. David Laird, reviewer for Southwest Books of the Year 2012.

“Wizened prospectors, dry washes in flood, treasure maps, frontier history, and hiking instructions combine to make this a must-own book…The accounts are exciting and the trails inviting.
Bill Broyles, reviewer for Southwest Books of the Year 2012.

“Carlson and Stewart follow the trails and their history in this updated version of their popular 1995 book. The new version is a companion volume to Superstition Wilderness Trails East. …Local hikers will want to add this useful volume to their bookshelves.”
Ron Dungan, The Arizona Republic

“Hieroglyphic Trail is an easy day hike with a big payoff…For a detailed route map and descriptions, check out Superstition Wilderness Trails West: Hikes, Horse Rides, and History by Jack Carlson and Elizabeth Stewart, who also authored a compendium of eastern Wilderness treks.”
Lindsey Collom, The Republic, AZ Central's Best Southeast Valley Hike—Hieroglyphic Trail

“Just got my hands on a copy of this long awaited gem! Its got some really nice new routes in it that I can't wait to checkout.
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