The 4th Edition is now here!
The new 4th Edition of the San Rafael Swell Guide is now at Brigham Distributing and at most of my other distributors. The quickest ways to get this book is to contact Brigham at 435-723-6611, or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get them at amazon.com or any online service. Also, this new edition is now in the Powell Museum in Green River, Back of Beyond Bookstore in Moab, the Geo Bookstore at the DWR, 1595 W. North Temple in Salt Lake City, and at Stewart’s Market and the Museum of the San Rafael in Castle Dale. When you order, be sure to state you want the 4th Edition with ISBN 978-0-944510-30-8.
This all-new 4th Edition has 352 pages, 410 mostly-color fotos, ISBN 978-0-944510-30-8, and is priced at $19.95.
This book covers the same areas as previous editions, but has lots of updates, plus half a dozen completely new hiking regions. Some new hikes are to the top of, or inside, Hondu Arch from Tomsich Butte; and to Johns Hole, Keesle Canyon & Crack–climbers will love this one. Lots of new history too. One is a hike, or drive if the 4WD road it’s too bad, to an area where in 1943, a US Army Air Force plane went down with 6 men–which happens to be in a very scenic valley at the south end of the Swell. Also discussed are a couple of shoot-outs: one being the killing of Shoot-‘Em-Bill Hatfield, of Hatfield & McCoy’s fame, along with new history of the San Rafael Ranches, the old mail trail running between Green River and Hanksville, plus more. It also has the story of the 2 young sheepherders who shot Sheriff Burns in 1894 in the mountains east of Castle Valley, but escaped to the East Desert and McCarty Canyon where they had a shootout with other marshals. Those marshals were guided by Sid & Rod Swasey. Those 2 sheepherders, who were just boys, escaped and lived their lives elsewhere–but no one knows where they went, or under what new names they must have used. If their kinfolk know, they aren’t talking! Also in this edition is an updated history of the Swasey family and their adventures in the San Rafael region. All that research is the reason this book is a little late coming out. Also, new to this edition are lots more hikes to rock art sites.