Celebrating 10 years in business, High Desert Field Guides is a small publishing business located in Santa Fe. Our aim is to make your travels more enjoyable and enlightened through the use of our printed field guides and maps.
Our first field guide, "Dance Ceremonies", a CD-sized booklet, provides useful information about the Native American dances and related ceremonies for the Eight Northern Rio Grande Pueblos. We have since published six guides: two based on the geology of famous sites in New Mexico, one for the archaeology of the entire state, one for Tony Hillerman’s Landscapes which covers the southwest, one for rock art and one for three national historic trails connecting Santa Fe to the rest of the world. Each subject relates to history, culture and landscapes. Our publications are carefully designed to appeal to the person who wants a concise and handy reference about the topic/places. They are intended to "take-along" or browse while traveling in a car or van, and also to refer to when hiking or walking in areas each guide covers. Our products are designed and printed in the USA. Enjoy our beautiful state!
Our newest publication...
All Trails Lead to Santa Fe
This guide, created for The Three Trails Conference of 2015, tells the history of the El Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail and the Old Spanish Trail as they connected Santa Fe to the rest of the world.
The front of the guide has an introduction by New Mexico State Historian, Rick Hendricks explaining Santa Fe’s place in the history of the trails. Also included is short bio of the trail blazers, a history of each of the three trails and a history of the volunteer organizations supporting each of these trails. The National Park Service’s actions in designating and supporting the “National Historic Trail” status is also explained.
The back of the guide provides a shaded-relief map of the state of New Mexico with each of the trails shown. Ten drive-to sites for each of the three trails with descriptions and photos are indicated so one can see important landmarks or places along the trails.