Trinity University Press

River of Traps

A New Mexico Mountain Life

Alex Harris (author), William deBuys (author)

A Pulitzer-nominated portrait of changing times and changing lives in the mountains of New Mexico

River of Traps combines words and photographs to tell the story of Jacobo Romero, an oldtime northern New Mexico villager who befriends the authors and initiates them into knowledge of land, water, and a way of life long rooted in the mountain valley that became their common home. Critically acclaimed and widely admired, River of Traps has been justifiably called a western classic.


  • Designated as a Santa Fe New Mexican Bestseller


“Anyone who wishes to know [northern New Mexico] can skip the galleries full of pink howling coyotes, stay home and read an exceptional documentary book, River of Traps.”

New York Times Book Review

“On a raft of perfectly crafted sentences, the book floats through the reader’s mind, buoyant and serene. DeBuys never exaggerates or sounds an awkward note, whether in tone or detail. The equilibrium of the prose reflects a genuine empathy with the subject matter . . . The book should be admired and read for a long time to come.”

Kansas City Star

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  • Price: $24.95 buy »
  • Pages: 240
  • Size: 8 x 9.5
  • Published: Oct 2007
  • Status: Available
  • ISBN: 9781595340351
  • B&W photos: 64


Memoir, Regional, U.S. Southwest, Nature