Here are some guide books, reference books, and other books that we have enjoyed and found useful for Arizona and the Phoenix area. Also has some of these books available in used versions which often cost less than a new book.
The Famous Cactus Book by Reg Manning
The title is also listed as What Kinda Cactus Izzat? “Who’s Who” in the Desert. This is a guide book that is fun to read. It is fully of drawings of cacti and other plants, cartoons, and a few paragraphs telling how to identify the plant and providing interesting information about it.
Phoenix Birds – An Introduction to Familiar Species in the Valley of the Sun
This is a Pocket Naturalist guide. It is a laminated fold out card which is small and light weight. It is easy to tuck into a fanny pack, purse, or even some pockets. We’ve found it handy for doing some quick identification of birds in our neighborhood and area parks.
Arizona Family Field Trips
This book is by Marty Campbell who has had a column Arizona Family Field Trips in the monthly publication Raising Arizona Kids. It is divided into sections for the Phoenix area and each area of the state. There is roughly a half to full page of useful information for each attraction.
Travel Arizona – Full Color Tours of the Grand Canyon State – An Arizona Highways Book
This book is nicely organized into tours for mulitple areas of the state. For each tour, a map is provided as well as full color pictures and information about the different sites to see along the way.
Travel Arizona – The Back Roads – Twenty Back Road Tours For the Wole Family – Arizona Highways Book
This book is organized in a similar manner to the Treavel Arizona – Tours of the Grand Canyon State Book. There are twenty tours with maps, full color pictures, and information about the sites to see along the way. Also included is recommendations of the best time of year to go, the degree of difficulty, road type, travel time, and the recommended type of vehicle for the trip. Not all drives are suitable for the family car.