Rose Houk is a freelance writer and editor specializing in natural history, history, archaeology, and travel. Rose first came to Arizona to work as a ranger-naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park, where she also served as publications assistant for the Grand Canyon Association. She has been an editor at the University of Arizona Press and National Wildlife Federation, and a daily newspaper reporter in Kentucky.

Rose is the author of Pictures for a Park, the 2016 Best Publication of the Year from the Public Lands Alliance.  She is also the author of The Guide to Southwest National Parks; books on bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, and Southwest deserts; several books about the Great Smoky Mountains, and guides to Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, among others. She also wrote the text for The Mountains Know Arizona: Images of the Land and Stories of Its People, with photographer Michael Collier. Rose edited the award-winning anthology, Mesa Verde National Park: The First 100 Years. For a full list of publications please click here. For KNAU Arizona Public Radio, she has written and narrated series including “Land Lines” and “America’s Best Idea,” and is editor and contributor to Earth Notes.

She guides and lectures for Road Scholar, the American Orient Express, Smithsonian Journeys, Lindblad Special Expeditions, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. From her home in Flagstaff, Arizona, she travels widely for business and pleasure.


B.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Liberal Arts (cum laude)

M.S. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, (incomplete) Public Admininstration/Environmental Studies; Intern–Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute

Natural resource courses, University of Arizona; USDA Graduate School natural history field series, Washington, D.C.

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