Introduction; 1. Lizard-Gnawed Desert: Natural History; 2. Walls of Rock Art: Unfolding the Native Story; 3. Exploration: From Exploitation to Recreation; 4. Bunchgrass and Water: Settlement, 1880 to 1950; 5. Governing a Wild River: 1950 to the Present; Epilogue: The Shape of the River; Acknowledgments; Notes; Bibliography; Illustration Sources; Index.
Remote and difficult to access, Desolation has a surprisingly lively history. Cattle and sheep herding, moonshine, prospecting, and hideaways brought a surprising number of settlers--ranchers, outlaws, and recluses--to the canyon.