A personal blog of photography and commentary by Andrew McAllister.

Driving the desert of Southern UtahHappy to announce that my image of Thompson Pass looking toward Moab was used as the cover image to a great new book published by The University of Utah Press. The book is Roads in the Wilderness Conflict in Canyon Country by Jedediah S. Rogers who is the winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize in American Environmental or Western History. It can be ordered through Amazon and University of Utah Press. Over the Holidays I had time to read it and found it very enlightening. For example I had no idea how deeply entrenched differing views of the landscape are and how roads play directly into those views. As a new westerner (from Ohio) and avid vehicle based explorer I found Roads in the Wilderness to be welcome change from the trail guides I read on the area. After reading Jedediah Rogers book I have a deeper understanding of how the roads came to be, what they represent to various parties in Southern Utah. I can highly recommend this book to fellow explorers of southern Utah. I am grateful to have one of my images grace the cover of this fine book.

Roads in the Wilderness bookFrom the back of the book: “A fresh and engaging contribution to environmental history, especially for its interpretation of the Mormon cultural heritage as a driving force for the economic development of the Utah hinterlands. Rogers’s work shows how cultural imperatives arising out of the nineteenth-century settlement period, including memories of the 1879 to 1880 Bluff–San Juan expedition, gave roads their lasting and significant meaning in the minds of many contemporary residents.”
—Frederick H. Swanson, author of Dave Rust: A Life in the Canyons





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  1. January 29, 2014

    This is still my favorite shot of yours. So awesome it was selected for this cover!

  2. January 29, 2014

    Great Pic, glad it was chosen!!

  3. January 29, 2014

    Ah, too bad there is no wilderness left.

  4. January 29, 2014

    looks great!

  5. January 29, 2014

    Beautiful photo! I love Moab! Stayed at the Sunflower Inn after a river rafting trip and it was heaven! ESPECIALLY after a 6 day rafting trip! LOL!

  6. January 30, 2014

    Fantastic! We visit the area once a year and I’ll be sure to pick up the book. Great pic.

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  8. February 2, 2014

    Just downloaded the book, looking forward to reading it before my spring trip out there. Great photo!

  9. February 17, 2014

    Great pictures, I do like the winding road

  10. October 6, 2014

    ok, you convinced me, it is now on my whish list.

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