Adventurer Jon Waterman is the award-winning author of several books on the American landscape, including several on the wilds of Alaska and the conflicts surrounding the Colorado River. His newest book, commissioned by National Geographic, is called “Atlas of the National Parks,” and contrary to the name, it’s no road map.

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National Geographic calls their “Atlas of the National Parks” the first book of its kind. it’s a stunning glossy showcase of America’s spectacular park system richly illustrated with an inspiring and informative collection of maps, graphics, and photographs.

An image from the book: Wolves band together for survival during the harsh Denali winters. Over 10 wolf packs call the park home, and studies suggest the number of individual wolves there is climbing after a record low in 2016. (Aaron Huey/National Geographic Image Collection)

We found the whole approach to work really well, and the text is written beautifully. As a reader you dive in because each park is treated in a different way, with plenty of maps and diagrams that immerse you in a park’s geology and landscape.

The Yellowstone River plunges over Upper Yellowstone Falls in Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. The park has dozens of named waterfalls and hundreds of unnamed ones, plunging from tens to hundreds of feet. (Gordon Wiltsie/National Geographic Image Collection)

The National Geographic Atlas to the National Parks comes out November 19th, it’s a fantastic, large, glossy, hardcover gift for the holiday season. And you can pre-order it now on Amazon. You can find more Jon Waterman’s other books at