Heidi Bailey holds a bachelor of science degree in geography from New Mexico State University and a master of science degree in recreation, parks, and tourism from West Virginia University. She has studied interpretation and tourism in Montana, West Virginia, Oregon, Chile, Costa Rica, and Greece. In 2006, she completed her master's thesis on geographic interpretation. Since that time, she has volunteered at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and pursued a career as a nonfiction writer. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Interpretation Research, The Interpreter, Legacy, Base Camp Colorado, and GSA Today. Heidi lives in Colorado with her husband Rocco and their son Kyle.