Utah's San Rafael Swell is featured in illustrated articles carried by three national magazines presently available on newstands.

"National Parks," the magazine of the National Parks and Conservation Association, has a six-page spread, which consists of excerpts from the first chapter of "Stone House Lands," the book about San Rafael published by Deseret News environmental specialist Joe Bauman.The article is illustrated with four color photographs, including a full-page view by Bauman showing hikers at the rim of Black Dragon Wash, as well as a map by Salt Lake draftsman Conrad Bert. George Nickas, Salt Lake City, director of the San Rafael Coordinating Committee, is quoted as saying that off-road vehicles are the greatest threat to the 1,000-square-mile region.

"Sunset," a magazine about the West published in Menlo Park, Calif., has a three-page article by David Mahoney, "Canyon-exploring in Utah's San Rafael Swell," with a map and five black and white photos.

"Sierra," the magazine of the Sierra Club, highlights the debate over southern Utah wilderness protection in its current issue, with a cover photo that is apparently the Black Box of the San Rafael River, plus discussions of the San Rafael and other Utah wildlands.