Sample the Southwest’s most distinctive scenery—from intricate to immense—on these reader favorites.
The federal agency isn't nearly as square as we thought.
Soak up the alpine solitude in the "Swiss Alps of Nevada".
Camp lake-side in Arkansas, summit 800-foot Nebraska bluffs, see Wisconsin's best foliage (alone), and dayhike near Dallas. Plus: 8 more autumn hikes.
Your region's go-now guide: See newts on the move in California and bears heading for lower elevation in Beartooths, MT
Your region's go-now guide
Climb out of the desert heat to breezy alpine solitude.
Climb an 11,000-foot peak, hike to a secret summit, see the glacier-capped Cascades, soak in hot pools, and explore the ruins of a 100-year-old resort.
Navigate a vertical sandstone maze to guaranteed solitude on a high-desert summit.
Peakbag in the White Mountains—without lugging in water.
See California dunes, Nevada red-rock canyons, Alaska's deep forest, quiet Oregon Coast, and Washington's Cascade lakes.
Your favorite western hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the west.
Ascend a remote summit pyramid far away from civilization.
We've covered 245,591 miles of trails in our 37-year history. Here are our 20 all-time favorite trips, plus—shocking!—20 routes we never covered.
Cross Nevada's loftiest range in 6-7 days.
Ten point-to-point treks with the payoffs of a thru-hike, but hikeable in a week.
The best hikes near Las Vegas.
The best hikes within two hours of California's major cities.
Hike to the world's best tropical campsite, see elephant seals, and trek through poppies. (Click linked trips for GPS waypoints, photos, and more.)
Our army of reader-reader scouts mapped 59 local hikes from South Carolina to Northern California. See their favorites, then learn how to download tracklogs and waypoints.
Check out these city hikes in Walt Disney World, Las Vegas, and Manhattan.
This 5.3 mile sunset tour of Vegas takes in all the sights and sounds.
The world's prettiest shoreline, giant pines, and Yosemite's premier view.
Hike Hawaii's all-world coast to a secluded beach.
Explore lonely alpine scenery in this off-the-radar wilderness.
Trek 211 miles through hiker heaven.
Take a lightly trafficked trail into the word's biggest grove.
Bag a granite peak with big views and small crowds.
Get a highlights tour of the High Sierra backcountry.
For our 2010 Readers' Choice issue we want to know your favorite trail in America.
Alternative routes, where to find solitude in the Lower 48, and avoiding the crowds in America's most crowded park
Locals get to enjoy what out-of-towners dream about–mountain-ringed horizons, alpine lakes, and bluebird skies that make these Rocky Mountain states the pinnacle of outdoor recreation.
Use our comprehensive city-specific pages to find hikes near your hometown or in a city you're planning to visit.
Forget flying south. Learn the secrets of cold-weather survival from three well-adapted birds.
Pick your own path to an empty 14er.
Paddling, hiking, testing self arrest skills–we cover it all in these 10 epic trips throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
One writer ditches his S.U.V. for a vegetable oil-powered Volkswagon Beetle and drives into the Sierras to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and test his environmentalist platitudes
16 wild ways to find backcountry solitude and big-time scenery. All this, and you can bring the ice chest, too.
Expect unexpected challenges to reach the summit
Can't make it to Canada? Try Glacier Peak, Baker Peak, or Catamount Mountain
Explore wild canyons just an hour from Las Vegas
Scrambling this 6,471-foot mountain is a trip, even mid-winter
A peerless art gallery of bristlecone pines, wildflowers and a ridge walk
Autumn solitude on a well-watered, 10,000-foot plateau
Hiding in the arid plains of Nevada you'll find a cool refuge from the desert heat and room to let your imagination soar.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Nevada.
Just beyond the neon and greenbacks of Vegas lies a priceless wilderness gem.
Way up in Nevada's East Humboldt Wilderness, finding solitude and water are sure bets.
Great Basin's Mt. Moriah is a big mountain of solitude.
Keep your cool on Nevada's Mt. Charleston Loop Trail.