Where is the most remote spot in the Lower 48—and will it stay that way? Our correspondent hikes deep into Yellowstone country, among wolves and elk and grizzlies, to find out. What he discovers about solitude and the state of wilderness will surprise you.
By Mark Jenkins
(Don’t) Pay at the Pump
When the pain of $4 per gallon gas and the threat of melting glaciers became too much to bear, our frustrated Los Angeles hiker had an epiphany: Take the bus to his favorite trailhead! Hang on for a bumpy ride. Plus: Ten sweet hikes coast-to-coast that you can reach via mass transit.
By Dan Koeppel
Snakes and heights and lightning, oh my! If you have a phobia, we have a fix: From the latest scientific research to on-trail tips and coping strategies, here’s everything you need to know to conquer your terrors—and get out on the trail with confidence.
By Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan
Shana Watahomigie is the only Native American river guide in the National Park Service. And now she’s the star of a new IMAX film about how to save the Colorado River and her backyard—the Grand Canyon.
By Tracy Ross
Apparel Guide 2008
Searing heat, pounding rain, teeth-chattering cold: We spent 1,100-plus days in the field testing the year’s new apparel—and choosing the best layering systems for extreme weather.
With no trails and few visitors, Wyoming’s Red Desert is an explorers paradise.
Catch this national park’s brightest fall foliage on a short stroll or an all-day epic.
Top 3 CCC Trails
Conservation Corps is turning 75—so celebrate right by hiking its classics.
Cozy shelters and trail-side restaurants from Washington to Maine.
Secrets of Saguaro
The name doesn’t say it all: Arizona’s premier cactus preserve conceals a cool mountain escape.
Vacations: Vermont’s Long Trail
Don’t have time to walk across the entire state? Here’s a weeklong sampler that hits the iconic route’s high points.
Wind power is clean and green—but do turbines belong in our wilderness areas?
See More: Beavers
America’s largest rodent may be clumsy on land, but in water it’s a marvel of design.
Food: Hot ‘n Spicy
Kick your flavor up a notch with these Southwestern recipes. Plus: Farmer’s market fare—on the trail.
Health: Custom Training
How to exercise for your body type.