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Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors

Desert Protective Council would like to call your attention to an exciting new book release from award-winning Sunbelt Publications!

Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors, is a new comprehensive hiking guide for outdoor enthusiasts, and so much more. This book is also a field guide to the habitats, species and natural features found along many trails within the San Diego region. 

The hikes in this book are based on weekly articles by the San Diego Natural History Museum Canyoneers, volunteers who are trained citizen scientists who lead free public walks throughout the county, and edited by Canyoneers, Diana Lindsay, Paula Knoll and Terri Varnell.

The Coast to Cactus trail guide is a compliment to the Coast to Cactus in Southern California exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Keeping with the exhibition’s mission to help visitors understand the diverse ecosystems of the San Diego region, the book adopts the Canyoneer approach of inviting hikers to stop: look, listen touch, smell and examine.

With over 250 hike options that include maps, photos, distances, and a variety of other information, the full-color guide offers 638 pages in a compact 6” x 9” format and introduces readers to over 500 different species of plants and animals. It’s strategically organized with hikes separated into four geographic regions—coast, inland, mountain, and desert—and it includes a listing of all regional trails and watersheds in the county. 

For desert enthusiasts, there are 52 hikes that feature the species and landforms found in this unique area.

Each hike has a map, symbols showing the habitats encountered on the hike, and details about the species that are featured on the hike.

The retail price of the book is $29.95. Available at bookstores, visitor centers and online retailers.

DPC President, Janet Anderson, says this about Coast to Cactus:

“This book is directed not only to hikers but to all southern Californians who should read the Introduction to promote appreciation for and stimulate efforts to protect the unique beautify that surrounds us. In our time, when the challenges of population, energy, and water requirements impose stresses on our environment, it is important to make all aware of the value and beauty of the land.”

We at DPC invite you to visit the exhibition, and then head outdoors to experience it with this encyclopedic guide!