"Written in a lively style and peopled by characters like balladeer John Denver and gonzo jounalist Hunter S. Thompson, Vacationland is a must-read for those interested in the environmental movement, modern tourism, and the power of the state in building the twentieth-century West."
-Susan S. Rugh, author of Are We There Yet? The Golden Age of American Family Vacations
"Vacationland is a wonderfully written book that brings new insights to environmental and Western history by emphasizing how modern tourism redefined Americans' sense of place. 'Vacationland' is more than the resorts to which we travel; it is also the place we call home."
-John M. Findlay, Coauthor of Atomic Frontier Days: Hanford and the American West
"William Philpott's Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country is the best book yet published on an array of critical topics in Colorado history. . . . What's more, Vacationland is far and away the most illuminating book yet written on postwar Colorado. Philpott's research is exhaustive, his prose is elegant but crystal-clear, and his interpretations are almost uniformly persuasive. Vacationland seems bound to earn vociferous praise from scholars. Yet this is also a book that merits widespread attention from general readers. If I were asked to recommend just one work to citizens or visitors seeking to orient themselves to the origins of the contemporary Colorado landscape, this would be it."
"The author utilizes a bevy of archival and public documents. Photographs, maps, charts, and a substantial bibliography support the book. Recommended."
"Although a scholarly work of interest to environmental scientists and historians. . . the extraordinarily multidisciplinary nature of the content- illustrating economic, marketing, political, and sociological aspects of our American history-gives it broad appeal. The entertaining narrative style makes the content accessible to an audience beyond experts, suitable for students, and general readers."
-Kathleen Butler, Electronic Green Journal, April 2014