As the snows come to Yellowstone, stay warm with a good book that captures the spirit of the national park.

Yellowstone Newsletter

from Granite Peak Publications

November 2017

Here's the latest about our Yellowstone books, graced with a photo of a bison near Grand Geyser from the latest edition of Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park. (Photo by Leslie Scopes Anderson, February 2016.) Feel free to forward this news! To unsubscribe, see the link at the end of this message.

Park news

After a nearly two-year hiatus, Giant Geyser in Upper Geyser Basin erupted on July 7, October 9, and November 3, 2017, just the kind of detail we update periodically in the Yellowstone Treasures guidebook. If you check the National Park Service webcams for Old Faithful or Mammoth Hot Springs, you'll see that the park is already snowy. In fact, on November 6 all roads closed to cars and trucks except the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance. 

Announcing our winter sale on Through Early Yellowstone

The trip reports in Through Early Yellowstone: Adventuring by Bicycle, Covered Wagon, Foot, Horseback, and Skis include
  • "A Family Camp in Yellowstone Park" (1885)
  • "Lenz's World Tour Awheel" (1893), and
  • "Through the Yellowstone on Foot" (1899).
See below for an excerpt from an expert ski guide! Add to the stories 27 beautiful watercolors from 1884 and many historical engravings and photos, and you get a chance to share early park experiences of joy and amazement. The award-winning book makes a great gift! 

Our publisher bookstore will be taking a vacation in December, but you can still buy our books from your favorite bookstore. Buy from our distributor, Independent Publishers Group, either by phone (1-800-888-4741) or online at, to get a 25% discount on Through Early Yellowstone—just mention the code "ReadMontana" (without the quotes) or enter it in the shopping cart when you check out. This sale runs from December 1, 2017, through January 31, 2018.

Wintry book excerpt

"Further east I came to another steam escape, somewhat sheltered from the wind. Near this was an ice-covered tree, which had taken the form of a woman, her garments covered with the most delicate frost work lace, fringes and tassels, more delicate than the finest silk, and that a breath of wind would disturb and break; a gossamer-like bridal veil of frost hung over all, looped and gathered into folds. It was the most delicate frost work I have yet seen. With one beam of sunlight all would have disappeared. The whole fabric was so fine that parts were continually breaking off and falling on the snow below, making a train for the dress."
—Elwood "Billy" Hofer, "Winter in Wonderland," Through Early Yellowstone, p. 72

Hofer was skiing through Norris Geyser Basin during the severe winter of 1887. He went on, ". . . I had stepped across running streams of hot water, with my snowshoes elevated above the stream by two or three feet of snow and ice. In summer no such extremes meet; nothing so beautiful and delicate as the frost work is then to be seen."

From the blog

Author Janet Chapple posts her news and views about the park, her favorite hot springs and geysers, and her Yellowstone projects on her blog. Here is a recent post: She has also written articles on travel with one's family ("Taking the family to Yellowstone Park" and travel in winter ("Winter in Yellowstone"), among many others.

Feel free to send Janet your comments or travel questions via our contact form on the website or via her address below. Contact Beth, the editor and publisher, with book- or website-related questions.

Best wishes,
Janet Chapple, author:                   
Beth Chapple, editor, publisher, and webmaster:

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