The Catalinas tower 6,500 feet above Tucson, providing a cool escape in the summer and unlikely snow in the winter. Target these high-desert peaks and canyons to explore a maze of contrasting environments.
Of all the reasons to be jealous of Denverites (craft beer, deep powder, Peyton Manning), the Front Range's backyard peaks might top the list. These glacier-carved mountains straddle the Continental Divide and offer 133 miles of maintained trails, plus endless serrated ridges to explore. Local or visitor, venture into this land of massive crags with these routes that promise views from every vantage point—if you don't live here yet, you'll wish you did.
With 1,584 square miles of soaring peaks, alpine tundra, and yes, glaciers, this mountain mecca belongs on every hiker's life list. We rounded up five of our scouts' top treks in the Many Glacier region—so when you get there, you'll shoot straight to the park's best terrain.
Minutes from Salt Lake City, The Wasatch Front is a gold mine for adventure. The 2.1-million-acre area includes 22 peaks above 11,000 feet and with at least 300 feet of prominence, houses 78 bikeable miles on 11 different bike trails, and boasts an average of 226 sunny days annually.
Bears in the lower 48 have rebounded from decades of declining populations and shrinking habitat. Also improving: your chance of seeing a bruin in the wild. By Ted Alvarez
Printed on MyTopo's finest paper, these maps are custom-made to display on serious wall real estate in your home or office. But they're worth it, as you'll be able to enjoy your favorite places in full shaded relief.
Find solitude high above Los Angeles.
New Elite program from map partner Trimble Outdoors serves up best-in-class trip planning tools, exclusive map data, and mobile app extras.
Our editors map their favorite trips on custom-centered topos. Order today!
From GPS data to navigation apps and printed maps, we have you covered and can get you ready for your next adventure.
We've partnered with myTopo to bring you the best in maps for your backcountry pursuits.
In this beginner friendly course, BACKPACKER Map Editor Andrew Matranga teaches the essentials of map reading, GPS, and compass, plus how to use today's best digital mapping tools to plan trips, to navigate in the field and to share adventures once you get home.
We've teamed up with map partner myTopo to create custom, pre-planned adventures printed on waterproof topo paper. No need to buy and carry multiple maps. Bonus: PRO Maps sync with your handheld GPS, your smartphone, or your tablet for a complete in-field mapping experience. Our archive is over 100 maps strong and growing.
Plan hikes and backpacking trips, plus other outdoor adventures like never before on detailed, interactive topo maps and aerial photos.
Learn how to make custom maps, navigate any terrain, and the ins-and-outs of GPS devices and mobile apps in our comprehensive navigation center.
No one loves maps more than a backpacker, and the USGS's central repository in Denver is a veritable cartographic paradise.
Four cutting-edge cartographers--from Google's explorer-in-residence to Tom Harrison himself--help us chart the course of the next revolution in wilderness mapping.
Tackle our toughest and least-crowded routes in the Grand Canyon with this interactive map.
Learn where solitude reigns--and why. Plus: Tackle the hardest Big Ditch route we've ever published.
This epic trip is hard, dry, steep--and gorgeous. The Cranberry Route--the final leg of this challenging loop--is the boldest, hardest scramble our scouts have done in the Grand Canyon. Study the key steps of this eight-mile section and see more details at backpacker.com/hikes/637440
. Warning: Don't attempt this route without advanced navigation skills.
Find solitude and Adventure in the Big Ditch.
Find solitude and adventure in the big ditch.
Find the best trail for your backcountry skills.
Score your own private paradise with this
insider's guide to uncrowded areas in Grand Canyon National Park.
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The official rules for entering and winning prizes in our "Be A Mapper" Contest.
Official rules for "Be A Backpacker Mapper" Giveaway