August 2016 Table of Contents

Celebrate 100 years of "America's best idea" with our commemorative National Park Service Centennial issue
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Celebrate 100 years of "America's best idea" with our commemorative National Park Service Centennial issue
Backpacker August 2016 cover

THEN

100 Years of Pioneers
From John Muir to Fran Mainella, meet the men and women who carried the NPS on their shoulders.

Dancing with Bears
Enid Michael, Yosemite’s first female naturalist, found enough freedom in the parks to be anything—even herself.

The Right Stuff
Throughout history, the most highly effective rangers have had a few things in common.

Man vs. Nature
Over the last century, trail builders in Olympic National Park have created a network of hard-won paths. And thanks to winter’s epic storms, crews must make them anew every year.

NOW

Showstoppers
Whether you’re a national park newbie or an old hand, there’s a hike for you among these 21 all-time faves.

Faces in the Field
At work in the parks

Pledges of Allegiance
Some lucky new Americans become citizens in the most iconic locales.

ADA-Approved
All visitors should see Lower Yosemite Fall up close. With this accessible trail, now they can.

Faces in the Field
Thrill seekers find what they’re after.

The Year in Photos
We sent our scouts on the trip of a lifetime: visit 28 national parks from Denali to the Everglades.

Our Favorite Ranger
Readers voted, we listened. Meet Grand Teton Ranger Clay Hanna.

Ranger-Proven Gear
What do the pros trust in the field? These 13 products.

Faces in the Field
Escape artists can’t get enough.

Desert Solidarity
On a family trip to Canyonlands National Park, our writer introduces her 6-year-old son to his birthright.

Love and Granite
Some people are so taken with the parks, they just can’t bring themselves to leave.

Homeland
Five Native American tribes put aside generations of hostility to unite behind a common cause: preserving their ancestral lands.

The Big Tent
Most of the parks’ 300 million annual visitors are white. That’s a problem. The solution starts here.

NEXT

The Work Ahead
Six issues that will define the parks’ next century.

21st Century CSC
Can Sally Jewell build on the foundation laid by FDR?

Who Owns Our Land?
States and the feds jockey for control of public lands.

Parks Done Fast
The NPS copes with new-school recreation.

Next National Parks
What will be the first new park of the next century?

Million-Dollar View
For sale: park property.

Final Resting Place
Saying goodbye amid nature.

THE PARKS ARE FOR EVERYONE

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