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Adventure Travel 2013: North America

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Think you know adventure travel on your home continent? Not unless you've mixed paddling and hiking in Utah, highpointed the Caribbean, summited a Mexican volcano, and taken a few more trips on the wild side.

Packraft Utah

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Can't decide between river and trail? Paddle and pad your way to the best of Canyonlands National Park.

Life List: Stillwater Canyon, Utah

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Travel rugged, red-rock backcountry in Canyonlands National Park the easy way—by boat.

Best Week: Chesler Park to Salt Creek Canyon

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Hit up the park's highlights--slickrock scrambles, mesa-top views, and hoodoo-dotted canyons--on this seven-day trek.

Best Weekend: Taylor Canyon to Upheaval Canyon

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Circle through giant gorges and sleep at a riverfront campsite.

Canyonlands Adventure Guide (2012 National Parks Series: Part 4 of 6)

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Our field scouts scrambled up airy ledges, trekked to giant arches, and dropped into deep gorges to bring you the best dozen trips in this slickrock paradise.

Best Day: Horseshoe Canyon

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Wind through an isolated gorge with ancient art.

Life's Short, Hike More!

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What makes a backpacker a backpacker? It's not the garage full of gear or piles of guidebooks--it's the experiences, from thru-hiking a long trail to pushing your personal envelope to inspiring a child's love of wilderness. Here we present BACKPACKER's new Life List: 10 experiences to add to your tick-listnow--and the key skills you need to nail them.

New Life List: Ultimate Family Paddling Adventure

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World-class scenery, luxe camping, and easy paddling await your family on the Green River in Canyonlands. Your kids will remember this forever.

National Parks Hall of Fame: Ranger Rated

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No one knows the national parks better than the rangers who patrol them. We polled a bunch of insiders on their favorite national park sights, sounds, and tastes.

Find Hikes and Trips in National Parks and Regional Parks

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Find hikes in National Parks and regional parks with our comprehensive guides.

America's 10 Most Dangerous Hikes - The Maze, UT

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Lost in the labyrinth

Trip Finder: Stay-Dry Spring Hikes

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Stay dry on spring treks in Minnesota, New Mexico, and more.

May Close-to-Home Hikes

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Our map team has been hard at work plotting the coolest hikes. Check out May's selections here.

Float the Green River

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View redrock cliffs and spires as you float through Stillwater Canyon in Utah's Canyonlands National Park.

Utah Hikes: The Case For Glen Canyon

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Drought is giving Glen Canyon--and those who love it--a second chance. Here are four spectacular reasons why we should protect this Southwest wilderness by making it America's next national park.

From the Grand Canyon to Canyonlands: Hiking At The Speed Of Sound

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Seven national parks in 7 days--starring a ragtop, Red Bull, and one scary rabbit.

ESCALANTE: A Complete Adventure Guide

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When Utahans really wants to disappear, they head to the magnificent canyons of Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Top 3: Native Art Hikes

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Explore burial effigies, seven-foot petroglyphs, and images etched in lava as you discover the ultimate mix of manmade and natural beauty.

The Needles, Canyonlands National Park

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Don't miss these 200 foot candles carved from sandstone towers.

Best Backpacking In Utah

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Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Utah.

Birds In Utah's Canyonlands

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Life in the high desert in autumn is sweeter and more irresistible than any place on Earth.

Horseshoe Canyon, Canyonlands National Park

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Where the shadows on the sandstone offer lessons from the past and there's not a soul to be found.

Utah: The White Rim, Canyonlands

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A bit of nerve opens up the stunning canyonlands made famous by Wile E. Coyote.

Winter Utah: Canyon Solitude

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Think slickrock in July and your throat clenches, your skin shrivels, and parched bones rattle in your subconscious. But in winter, the snow sends the tourists and dry desert demons packing, and the frosted wonderland is all yours.

A New Utah Adventure

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Never heard of Utah's George Washington Hayduke Route, have you? That's because it's brand new.

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