On The 50th Anniversary Of Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire,” A Former Park Ranger Honors The Iconic Book And Confronts Outdated Views

The American southwest has changed a lot since 1968, when the late writer Edward Abbey published “Desert Solitaire: A Season In The Wilderness.”

The memoir, set in Arches National Park, has inspired countless people to visit the desert and to take a stand for the environment.

But as time passed, critics have since labeled Abbey racist and sexist. Now, 50 years later, Colorado writer Amy Irvine imagines talking with Abbey in her new book, “Desert Cabal: A New Season In The Wilderness.”

Irvine spoke with Colorado Matters about taking a hard look at Abbey’s iconic memoir.

Hiking in southeastern Utah’s canyon country. – Photo by Shanna Lewis
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