Perfect days; Bring Your Skis, and finding solitude in Mt. Hood National Forest.
Hike beneath a breathtaking arch, bask in warm, spring water, and take in a bird's-eye-view of the Colorado River in this collection of hikes.
Sample the Southwest’s most distinctive scenery—from intricate to immense—on these reader favorites.
Hike the length of an ancient fossilized reef.
Soak in a New Mexico hot spring, spot wintering bighorn sheep in the Winds, hike to a lost California oasis, and more.
Explore a slot canyon and soak in a warm backcountry pool in the country's first designated wilderness.
Make a late-season hike to an aspen-dense Colorado mesa, spot bears in the Beartooths, explore gypsum dunes, and discover more fall must-hikes.
Whether you want an uncrowded hike in Zion National Park or a five-miler through a gypsum dune field in New Mexico, our scouts have paved the way.
Test your courage—and your quads—this Halloween on one of these spooky cemetery trails.
Our favorite high-risk, high-reward adventures in North America.
Explore Albuquerque's backyard mountain range.
Jump-start your hiking season on these spring-ready trips from around the country.
Navigate a long-lost trail to a remote alpine lake.
Scramble on red rock, camp at alpine lakes, cross a high pass, explore a trailless moonscape, and bushwhack to a peak.
Climb across mesas and up canyon walls to a cave full of pictographs.
Hike Denver's lost wilderness, a twofer of peaks in Idaho, lava tubes in New Mexico, Zion's sneak route, and Bozeman's trout-filled lake.
The only thing better than enjoying the life-list scenery in the country's premier national parks? Getting that same scenery, minus the crowds. Find it in these 10 backcountry hotspots, along with no-hassle permits, choice campsites aplenty, and solitude to match the world-class terrain.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Southwest.
Your favorite Southwest hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Rise from the desert floor to an airy, see-all perch.
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.
Trek along–and in–the Gila River.
Ten point-to-point treks with the payoffs of a thru-hike, but hikeable in a week.
The best hikes near Albuquerque, NM.
The best local hikes in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana.
Walk 100 or more years back into history--and deep into wilderness outposts now reclaimed by nature--with these routes to three abandoned frontier communities.
Hike to a hotel with no visitors.
Spot a grizzly, basecamp amid Fourteeners, and relax in secluded hot springs. (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.
Disappear into Yellowstone's forgotten peaks. Bag Colorado's most exciting Fourteener. Hike Utah's unknown long trail Our field editors pick 24 epics for your Rockies life list.
Hit three 13,000-foot peaks in the wildest wilderness south of Glacier.
Climb to the crown of the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Finding it hard to get the whole family out for a hike? Let Danny Griffs show you the way.
The legendary shooter once said that photographs were "usually looked at, seldom looked into." Take a look into three hikes that inspired some of Ansel Adams greatest photos, and take a few pictures yourself.
What's better than hiking every weekend? Hiking every day. Here are the best big-city escapes from New York to Los Angeles. Plus: Bill Donahue explores the remote reaches of Portland's Forest Park and discovers secrets even locals don't know.
Online or via your cellphone these trips are ready to be downloaded and explored.
Connect alpine lakes and tag three summits on this wildflower- and wildlife-packed loop.
For our 2010 Readers' Choice issue we want to know your favorite trail in America.
Three treks to life-list phenomena
Get big views and rack up long miles with these close-to-home adventures.
A quick guide to the best acres, trails, and views.
The threat to this 1.2 million acre wilderness? Oil Drilling. Hike to the top of 6,660-foot Alamo Mountain to see what's at stake.
Discover the world's oldest tree, America's biggest cavern, and Florida's largest herd of wild horses on these three treks.
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.
Undeterred by injuries that would cripple most men, a Colorado hiker nears the halfway point in a pioneering attempt to thru-hike the true crest of the Continental Divide. In this extended online interview, Dunmire talks about his gear essentials, near misses, and the challenges that lay ahead as he continues to trace North America's spine.
These dark-sky treks serve up perfect viewing spots for autumn's intergalactic bling in North Carolina, New Mexico, and California
Survivors of the Bataan death march overcame one of history's most grueling
walks. What kept them on their feet? and could you do the same? every year,
more than 4,000 people hike through the New Mexico desert to find out.
We've got a selection of cozy shelters and trail-side restaurants from Washington to Maine. Check out these hikes in the Rockies, the Northeast, and the Northwest.
Trek the best spring blooms from the Ozarks to the Olympics with these two, three, and four day treks.
No, not the famously wind-whipped peaks in New Hampshire. Explore some of the country's lesser-known Whites with these accessible spring summits in Arizona, New Mexico, and Alaska.
6 more must-dip pools from Alaska to Hawaii
Here are the top wilderness soaks on the continent. Can you keep a secret?
Stay dry on spring treks in Minnesota, New Mexico, and more.
Invent your own hike, and go where no one (well, almost no one) has gone before.
We sent 209 readers out to GPS the Continental Divide Trail, the biggest, baddest, long-distance path of them all. They brought back the makings of the first authoritative map of this American classic. Here, read the Backpacker Blog on the project, and view three exclusive on-the-trail video.
Hike into the epicenter of a cataclysmic explosion in New Mexico's Valles Caldera
Take a winter hike to the steaming pools of Melanie Hot Springs in Gila Wilderness, New Mexico.
Looking to get more than scenic views out of your hikes? The U.S. Forest Service's Passport in Time program turns trekkers into weekend archaeologists.
Invent your own hike, and go where no one (well, almost no one) has gone before.
Bighorn sheep and golden eagles await you at this high point.
A seldom-visited peak on the Continental Divide Trail
Explore the past on Otero Mesa
Celebrating wilderness protection where the idea began: the Gila Wilderness
Bats have nothing on this nocturnal hiker.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in New Mexico.
For years, hikers have dreamed of trekking in Baca Ranch's untouched, wildlife-thick backcountry. You'll soon get your chance.
Albuquerque's backyard wilderness lets hikers perform a disappearing trick.
Is the legendary jackalope the most endangered species in the Lower 48 or just an old cowboy tale that refuses to die?
Frozen fire shaped by cataclysmic forces and the footsteps of the ancient ones.
Watch for ghosts among the mushroom-shaped rocks in this weird, lovely landscape.
Mills Canyon is a hidden treasure where you can bushwhack through history.
The lunarlike landscape and dark skies of this preserve make White Sands one of the best places for star watching.
If you think west Texas is nothing but tumbleweeds and cattle, you haven't walked 62 miles across one of the world's most famous geological formations.
Hikers often overlook the the quiet meadows, wildflowers, and mountaintops of New Mexico's Latir Wilderness. Their loss is your gain.
High, cool peaks rise over 7,000 feet above the desert flats in New Mexico's White Mountain Wilderness.
In New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness, it's just you and the bighorn sheep looking down on the world.
Thirteen miles in the spectacular Sangre De Cristos.