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Best of the National Parks

Adventure Guides: Life-list Routes, Maps, and Stories

Secret Hikes of Classic National Parks

The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America’s most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.

National Parks Hall of Fame

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.

National Parks Confidential: Q & A with Filmmaker Ken Burns

Ken Burns discusses the heroes and history of America’s most precious wildlands-and the new challenges they face now.


Disappear into Yellowstone’s northern fringe, where you’ll find a rejuvenated landscape and total solitude.

Footprints Needed: Colorado’s Undiscovered Black Canyon

Descend into Colorado’s Black Canyon and explore a park that has everything–life-list scenery, challenging terrain, a revitalized river–except hikers.

Great Smoky Mountains

Follow this circuit linking the park’s many historic homesteads.

Rocky Mountain

Set off on a long-forgotten loop across the Continental Divide, through moose-infested meadows, and up Longs Peak.


Hike to surprising solitude on a lost trail to Yosemite’s North Rim.

Grand Canyon

The canyon’s best view isn’t from the rim. Trek to Royal Arch to see for yourself.

Channel Islands

Paddle gentle swells through seacaves, then hike across this reborn island paradise.

Your guide to 52 common mistakes hikers make–and how to avoid them.
True tales from the front lines–and behind the scenes–of America’s national parks.
If seeing bears or bighorn sheep, moose or mountain lions is on your life list check out our tips for where, when, & how to catch an eye full.

Get trail-fit fast with this 4-week program was designed specifically for hikers.
Our resident expert answers all the little questions. And a few big ones as well.
Wherever you’re headed, our Editor-in-Chief helps you pack for a week-long trip.
Top Trips
Mt. Cammerer, Great Smoky Mountains, TN
North Palisade, Kings Canyon, CA
Half Dome, Yosemite, CA
Tanner Trail to Inner Gorge, Grand Canyon, AZ
Mummy Range, Rocky Mountain, CO

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