Edward Abbey - He takes a six-month job with the US Park Service at Arches National Monument near the town of Moab, Utah.
Tourists - These out of towners present Abbey with a target for contempt.
Park Rangers - They wear official Smokey the Bear hat, shirt and badge.
Ranchers - Roy Scobie is a local one of these.
Native Americans - Abbey sympathizes with these people, the original inhabitants of the land.
Townspeople - Abbey respects them but becomes depressed by them.
Mormons - They built the initial settlements in the hostile desert.
Major John Wesley Powell - The first person to lead a party into Glen Canyon.
Ralph Newcomb - He accompanies Abbey on two adventures, one involving quicksand and the other the raft trip through Glen Canyon.
Bob Waterman - He accompanies Abbey to The Maze.
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