Wilderness Activity Books began in 2016 by me (Jared Manninen). My idea was to take the more detail-oriented information here on Tahoe Trail Guide and refine it for a younger audience (although everyone is welcome to own copies of the books as they are universally fun).
Through engaging activities, tales of lessons learned, and education about backcountry skills and etiquette, my series of Wilderness Activity Books inspires creativity and helps you cultivate adventure in your daily life.
Color the Tahoe Rim Trail is the first book in the series. Eventually, I’ll publish more coloring, maze, and connect-the-dots books, as well as other activity books with an emphasis on living, playing, and being outdoors.
In addition to information about each book, you can also find supplemental and bonus material for each of the Wilderness Activity Book on this page.
Color the Tahoe Rim Trail: A Coloring Book
The Tahoe Rim Trail is a continuous trail that travels around the mountainous rim of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Thanks to countless volunteers working under the leadership of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, the Tahoe Rim Trail was completed in 2001. Since then, people from all over the world have come to Lake Tahoe to venture out on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Color the Tahoe Rim Trail features 79 illustrations for you to color, and is the first in my series of wilderness activity books. Through engaging activities, tales of lessons learned, and education about backcountry skills and etiquette, these wilderness activity books will inspire creativity and help you cultivate adventure in your daily life.
Whether you’ve already experienced many of the amazing sites to see on the Tahoe Rim Trail or are hoping to one day visit it, Color the Tahoe Rim Trail will take you on the entire 165+ mile journey around Lake Tahoe.
Color the Tahoe Rim Trail Book Specs:
- 160 pages (includes a map showing where each illustration originated and 79 single-sided coloring pages)
- 8.5 x 11″ trim size
- Perfect paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-9834036-5-4
- Published November 2016
- $9.99 per book + shipping (see below)
- Contact Jared to inquire about wholesale prices if you are a retailer
- Please note that I only ship to US States and Territories. Currently, the only international option for ordering Wilderness Activity Books is through Amazon.com’s European site.
- Also note that the “Buy Now” button directly below will enable you to purchase Color the Tahoe Rim Trail via PayPal, while the purchase option on the sidebar is directly from Amazon.com
Sample illustrations from Color the Tahoe Rim Trail
Examples of Fully Colored Pages
I intend to eventually post images of all the pages of Color the Tahoe Rim Trail fully colored. However, there are 79 illustrations in total and I’m quite busy so we’ll see just how long that takes!
In the meantime, please enjoy (and hopefully take inspiration from) these examples of my fully colored pages of the book.
Photo gallery of reference photos used in the illustration of Color the Tahoe Rim Trail
Below is the gallery of photographs that I used as reference for the Color the Tahoe Rim Trail coloring book. Each photograph is identified by the same illustration number and title that you will find in the book.
Obviously, you don’t need to use the same color palette that’s found in the photos, but people have requested to see the origin points for my illustrations. Many of the photos I chose for this project were not necessarily the best pictures I took while hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail. However, I felt they were the best for use in illustrations that would ultimately be colored (by you!).
Some of the illustrations share a close relationship with their reference photos, while others were merely a starting point from which to draw (particularly the ones that were originally in a landscape orientation). I also used a handful of photos for reference that I took at home versus on the trail. For example, I saw lots of Northern Flickers while hiking, but couldn’t get any decent photos of them when I was on the trail.
Shipping Costs & Information for Wilderness Activity Books
- 1 book = $3.49
- 2-3 books = $4.49
- 4-5 books = $5.49
- 6-9 books = $8.49
- 10+ books = $29.99 (once the 10+ books are shipped you’ll be refunded the difference between the $29.99 charge and the actual shipping cost)
Books are shipped via USPS Media Mail and include a tracking number, and that information is emailed to you via PayPal soon after shipment
- Books are generally shipped out between Monday-Wednesday
- Please note that Wilderness Activity Books are only shipped to US States and Territories through this website. Currently, the only international option for ordering Wilderness Activity Books is through Amazon.com’s European site.
- If you’re a retailer, contact me for wholesale prices and shipping options (use any of the contact forms on the sidebars).
Shops at Lake Tahoe to Purchase Wilderness Activity Books*
- Angora Lakes Resort (530-541-2092; Upper Angora Lake via Angora Lakes Road near South Lake Tahoe, CA)
- GaiaLicious Global Gift Boutique (530-542-4244; 987 Tallac Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150)
- Lake Tahoe Acupuncture (530-494-0900; 2244 Barton Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150)
- A Massage for All Seasons (530-541-1525; 2660 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96150)
- Word After Word Books (530-536-5099; 10118 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA, 96161)
- Strawberry Station General Store (530-659-0744; 17481 Hwy 50, Twin Bridges, CA, 95735)
*Call for title/quantity availability to avoid hassles if you’re driving far to visit any of these shops.
*Also note that retailers can sell Wilderness Activity Books at whatever price they choose. This is by design as they have different overhead costs to consider with regard to pricing their merchandise.
Bonus coloring pages for Color the Tahoe Rim Trail
For making the trip this far down the page I would like to reward you with some bonus illustrations that did not make the cut in the final book. As much as I wanted to include them, I simply had to trim the fat so as not to end up with a book three inches thick.
All of these bonus pages to the Color the Tahoe Rim Trail coloring book are hi-res (300ppi), formatted at 8.5 x 11″, and offset to the right so you can three-hole punch them and collect them in a binder if you choose.
The easiest way to download them to your device is to right-click and “save image as” or “open in a new window” and then save them to your device from there.