Our trail scouts' top local hikes
Hike to life-list hot spots without waiting in life-list lines. These under-the-radar trails deliver everything but the crowds.
Empty White Mountain summits. Tourist-free Yellowstone geysers. Rarely hiked Yosemite ridges. Rangers, guidebook writers, outfitters, and ultra-hikers dish their favorite routes for the first time.
Go ahead, look again. And again. These images are worth a third, fourth, and then a tenth gaze.
A forgotten explorer's route leads to off-trail, high-peak adventure and bona fide solitude.
Can you ever really have too much of a good thing? Once you've seen the biggest tree, largest glacier, and deepest canyon, nothing else compares.
The undisputed local experts—you—chose the top parks, trails, campsites, and weekend getaways from Alaska to Alabama.
Your favorite parks, weekend getaways, peak ascents, campsites, and more in the Rockies.
Your favorite Rockies hikes—from dayhikes to weekenders to multiday trips.
Experience the rugged side of Yellowstone on this two-day, 23.1-mile backpack. You'll track past steaming creeks and old-growth lodgepole on
the way to a campsite near Heart Lake's rocky shoreline. On day two, rise early for the 2,800-foot climb to Mt. Sheridan's 10,308-foot crown.
Free Print & Go PDFs give you turn-by-turn trail instructions and photos embedded on a usable topo map. Also: Gear checklists, driving directions, and geo-references for finding the nearest campground, restaurant, gas station, and grocery store.
What crowds? Lose yourself in the Lamar Valley on this weeklong hike.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
Discover the world's tallest geyser, North America's smallest bird, and the country's best shade tree on these three treks.
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.
Go high for the see-it-all hike in this iconic park.
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.
Are wilderness webcams good for the backcountry–or bad for privacy?
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.
Jon Heaton and his son survive a deadly Yellowstone windstorm.
The all-time best. That's what every hiker wants on a national park trek, and that's what you'll get if you tackle one of these 25 trips.
Who ever said out of sight, out of mind was certainly not referring to the wealth of wildlife that are making some big noise in Thorofare Valley.
Disappear into Yellowstone's secret northern fringe, where you'll find a rejuvenated landscape and total solitude (except for the bison and grizzlies).
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.
From camping with wolves to fly-fishing smarts this insider's guide has you covered.
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.
You know that the big-name parks draw big-time crowds. But each of those outdoor icons has a lesser-known replacement that offers some of the same classic features and epic scenery–and you get it all to yourself.
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.
Zero in on your perfect hike, from thrilling slots to soak-awhile hot springs.
Here are the top wilderness soaks on the continent. Can you keep a secret?
Superheated water sprays from Yellowstone ground.
The most remote spot in the Lower 48 is inside Yellowstone National Park. It's also the goal of our correspondent. What he encounters–and what it says about the solitude backpackers treasure–will surprise you. PLUS: See more of his photos and read a Q&A.
Mark Jenkins, the author of "Destination Nowhere," discusses his Yellowstone assignment to find the most remote spot in the United States.
This question fuels the debate regarding how to help the aging national park system improve.
3-D hike videos, complete trip planner pdfs, our interactive ParkFinder tool, and more.
6 more must-dip pools from Alaska to Hawaii
Want to hike where the most predators exist? Pack your courage and follow these directions.
Everyone loves national parks - but are they being loved to death? Join a star-studded roundtable to explore the fate of this embattled American institution.
In "Destination Nowhere" (September 2008), Mark Jenkins explores the most remote wilderness location in the continental United States–a top-secret spot in Yellowstone. See his trip photos and read an interview with Jenkins where he discusses the assignment.
We surveyed more than 40 scientists, conservationists, and professional adventurers, then ranked the 15 parks that are most in peril from climate change.
Hiker Gerald Holzer recounts a 2005 grizzly attack in Yellowstone.
Write your own ticket to new adventures with these 10 territory-expanding skills.
Pick your poison with three epic adventures in Yellowstone: camping, canoeing, and ski touring
Can I get married in a national park?
Want to hike visit Yellowstone in winter? Follow our guide to get all the winter highlights.
Hike a historic long path through Yellowstone--if you're lucky enough to find it.
Can anyone really know what lurks in the heart of a grizzly? In the wilds of Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, Charlie Russell believes he is beginning to find out.
Our comprehensive guide to the best backpacking you can find in Wyoming.
For years, hikers have dreamed of trekking in Baca Ranch's untouched, wildlife-thick backcountry. You'll soon get your chance.
When you have park visitors asking such questions as, "The animals aren't really wild, are they?" you have a recipe for disaster.
Where the words "wild" and "life" take on new meaning
At a campsite along the Snake River, the bugling goes on night and day.