Tour glacial valleys and navigate to off-trail lakes and waterfalls on this six-day circuit.
Our map team scouted more than 500 miles of trails and cross-country routes to bring you a summer's worth of escapes in the Rockies.
Hike cross-country to explore this secluded chain of hanging lakes.
Scramble up a 12.7-mile sneak route to the park's highest peak.
Cross elk-filled woods and bighorn- busy flats on this park's quiet side.
Learn the basics of using GPS devices and watch amazing Google 3D flyovers in our special navigation focused video center.
We've collected the best hikes, most amazing photos, and mind-blowing videos for the ultimate National Park planning center. Get inspired and get hiking now!
Catch the best views in the nation's marquee parks from the comfort of your computer. Prepare to drool...now.
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.
Scramble to a remote refuge on this peak's secret side.
Climb this iconic summit on an uncrowded sneak route.
A weekend in Glacier, a quiet 14er, and the Rockies' best hot springs.
Gaze into the world's most beautiful labyrinth.
Relax in an effervescent bath far from the dayhiking crowds.
Trip through kaleidoscopic color amid high-alpine splendor.
Get big payoffs on an easy hike.
Thru-hike America's highest trail.
See the park's famed glaciers from a high mountain pass.
Swim, climb, nap–repeat. This Sawtooths trek has it all.
Traverse alongside delicate ecosystem, open tundra and hit nine summits on this "grand slam" of cross-country treks.
Catch these highlights from The National Parks: America's Best Idea
, then download maps to hike to them yourself.
Fly these classic hikes in 3D with our guided tours.
On the eve of his much-anticipated documentary, Ken Burns discusses the heroes and history of America's most precious wildlands–and the new challenges they face now.
Invisible but dangerous, airborne pollutants are a danger to the West's most iconic national parks
Follow a long-forgotten loop in Rocky Mountain National Park across the Continental
Divide, through moose-infested meados, and up Longs Peak via a rarely climbed
From the top day hike to the key skills you'll need, we'll have you ready for the Rockies in no time.
Time to cool down. Hike to these refreshing swimming holes and settle right into summer.
Fly the Rockies with our 3D video, then download the GPS track to do the route yourself.
The Ice Age left its mark from Acadia to Yosemite. Here's scenic evidence.
Paddling, hiking, testing self arrest skills–we cover it all in these 10 epic trips throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Read these real-life tales from five survivors who made it out alive, and learn what they did wrong–and right.
An autumn climb turns life-threatening when a hiker endures a night in a whiteout at 12,000 feet in the Rockies.
Where's the best western foliage?
Head to the RMNP for the highest designated camp–find out where below.
With the cold driving away crowds, National Parks are a delight to visit in winter. Here's our top picks.
Retracing the route to people's accidents can help us prevent our own. These 10 trips lead you to the exact locations of disasters from Denali to the Grand Canyon.
Try this 30-mile lollipop loop that is almost entirely above 9,000 feet.
The best overall weekend hike you'll find on the CDT.
Write your own ticket to new adventures with these 10 territory-expanding skills.
Slide through Rocky Mountain National Park's mellower back door.
Giant cliffs and numerous waterfalls are among the stunning sites that can be viewed along this Colorado hike.
Here's a detailed hiking planner that will take you to the hidden corners of Colorado's most scenic park.
With strong legs and an ambitious plan, you can see more wild country in 12 hours than some backpackers see in a week, and still make it home in time for dinner.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Colorado.
The Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park is a place of reckoning and, given its trackless nature, a place of choices. To a young man who came of age here, it offers perspective on paths not taken.
The greatest backpacking parks in the United States, chosen for their scenery.
Exploring the wilder, uncrowded reaches of our highest national park.