It’s not a good idea to lose your way in Death Valley, of all places. There are many woeful stories to prove the point.

Fortunately, it need never happen again, thanks to a new book titled “The Explorer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park” (University Press of Colorado, $23.95) by T. Scott Bryan and Betty Tucker-Bryan.

No one should be without it who undertakes an adventure in America’s most famous and daunting desert, which extends its southern reaches into San Bernardino County.

The book includes three dozen treks throughout the park with point-to-point directions and mileage figures given to the one-tenth of a mile. That makes for easy — and safe — navigation.

The book has chapters for bicyclists, hikers and campers, as well as motorists.

The 454-page paperback is actually a second edition of a title that first appeared in 1995, but it has been updated and improved throughout and is, in effect, a brand-new book.

In addition to the navigation helps, the book contains interesting chapters on the geology, history, climate, plant life and wildlife of Death Valley.

“The Explorer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park” is available at bookstores, from online booksellers or from the publisher at (720) 406-8849 or