foreword by Governor Bill Ritter
"Blair and the contributing authors have extensive field experience in the San Juan Mountains; thus the book will be valuable to field scientists and naturalists interested in the southern Rocky Mountains and will also serve as a useful resource for undergraduates in the environmental sciences."
—N. Caine, Choice
A companion to The Western San Juan Mountains (originally published in 1996), The Eastern San Juan Mountains details the physical environment, biological communities, human history, and points of interest in this rich and diverse mountain system.
A natural division between the eastern and western slopes of the San Juans is the north-south line that runs approximately through Lake City, south of the crossing of the Piedra River by US Highway 160. In this super guidebook, 27 contributors—all experts in their fields—artfully bring the geology, hydrology, animal and plant life, human histories, and travel routes of these eastern slopes to life. Designed to inform researchers, educators, and students about the region's complex systems, The Eastern San Juan Mountains also serves as an informative guidebook to accompany visitors along their travels on the Silver Thread National Scenic Byway, which stretches between South Fork and Lake City.
The Eastern San Juan Mountains deserves a place next to The Western San Juan Mountains on the bookshelf of every naturalist, researcher, resident, educator, student, and tourist seeking a greater understanding of this marvelous place and its history.
Contributors: Philip M. Bethke, Rob Blair, George Bracksieck, Jonathan Saul Caine, Rodney A. Chimner, David Cooper, Hobey Dixon, Kimberlee Miskell-Gerhardt, Mary Gillam, David A. Gonzales, Andrew Gulliford, Mike Japhet, Karl E. Karlstrom, Deborah Kendall, Julie E. Korb, J. Page Lindsey, Peter W. Lipman, William C. McIntosh, James R. Miller, Koren Nydick, Imtiaz Rangwala, Patricia Joy Richmond, Bill Ritter, Jr., Duane Smith, Scott Wait, Scott White, Anna B. Wilson, Rosalind Y. Wu