On a rafting trip down the Kongakut River, a photographer experiences a landscape that's as spectacular as it is endangered.
Want to ensure a fun, productive, and injury-free spring? Try these drills, which you may already know from your high-school sports days.
Get ready for your best winter ever with tips from these cold-weather experts
Twenty Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians is the first Native group to ink an agreement with the park.
'Tis the season for a wintry multisport adventure. Here’s how to take to the ice safely.
Only a handful of other thru-hikers have completed the big three in one year.
Experience unique winter adventures in every region of the province
Give back to the community that's given us so much by supporting these four great organizations.
An injured hiker got a lucky break when two campers heard him screaming for help. As it turned out, he had been waiting for a while.
The trail is for everyone, even—especially—those of us who always got picked last in gym class.
Cocaine Bear's first trailer shows a bloodthirsty, intoxicated bruin rampaging through the forest. But how much of the based-on-a-true-story movie is real?
Hiking for your tree is your family’s new favorite holiday tradition.
Affordable earbuds, slimming thermals, and an eye-popping camping blanket: Here’s what our editors brought with them on their fall adventures.
Still settling for those tasteless supermarket white button mushrooms? Expand your palate with these ’shrooms found in the U.S.
One visitor died and another required medical attention after attempting to tackle a popular trail in unusually cold conditions.
Adrenaline can be a life-saver. But how does it work?
Adventure-ready features and planet-friendly materials make this watch a win-win
No more running out of gas in the middle of cooking with these methods.
From stunning alpine routes to the environments where high-altitude herbs thrive, tap into the healing power of nature in the mountains of Switzerland
The increase is part of a larger program of fee hikes aimed at covering costs as visitors soar.
Indian Garden will be known as Havasupai Gardens following a government decision.
Garmin's new small satellite communication tool is simpler, but it's their new app that makes the real difference
Animal attacks are rare, but it's best to arm yourself with knowledge and know-how before you step foot in the backcountry. Here's how to know when four common animals are about to get defensive.
National Park Service doesn't suspect foul play in the death of Il Hun Ro.
Through the past five decades, there have been a lot of trend-setters and trailblazers. These are the best of backpacking.
Outdoorsy folks get stoked on gear year-round, but the holidays are a chance to surprise your favorite trailblazer with the latest and greatest items for their gear closet.
Goodbye clunky plastic containers and disposable packaging: This is how I'm rehydrating my meals from now on.
The park is giving up on its 3-year-old timed entry program, but says it's still committed to finding ways to keep visitor numbers manageable.
Nick “Chezwick” Gagnon became the fastest person to circumnavigate the enormous route, which takes in sections of five major thru-hikes
These made-in-the-U.S.A. layer, packs, and boots are designed to stand up to the rigors of combat. But how do they stand up to civilian hiking gear?
Camping in winter will never be comfortable. Camping in winter will never be entirely safe. Sorry, we totally forgot where we were going with this.
Digging, lifting, and sawing in the hot sun take a toll on the body.
Listen to a hair-raising account of terror and salvation on one of America's deadliest peaks.
We appreciate a good post-hike (or pre-hike, or mid-hike) sandwich. Soon you'll be able to find one—plus a pair of hiking boots, a stove, or whatever else you need—at The Happy Goat.
In pictures, Greenland’s backcountry ski terrain looks spectacular. In person? It’s even better.
Seven years after the Trump administration ordered an end to it, the National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service announced they would once again investigate bringing grizzlies back to the mountains of north-central Washington.
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A tarp, sun hoodie, and pee rag are her secret weapons.
The National Park Service has advised hikers to avoid direct exposure to water colonized by cyanobacteria.
Document your adventures in a whole new way with the 4K Skydio 2+ drone
Forget a new tent: Backpacker's editors sound off on the trips they'd like someone to buy them in 2023.
Shorter days are no problem with these night hiking tips.
After a decade in Seattle, I grew tired of the Cascades. After gaining a new perspective, I love them more than ever now.
"Nature is not a hobby to me, or even something I really think about. It’s simply part of who I am."
Backpacking’s changed a lot over the years. Is its heyday behind us, or is it yet to come?
Sonoran desert toads are one of the largest species of toads in North America, and threatened across parts of their range. Unfortunately for them, some national park visitors have discovered that they also get people high.
Choose a brighter future with this eco-friendly new headlamp
After some amazing interactions with polar bears, Alysa McCall of Polar Bears International decided to dedicate her career to conserving this animal and its ecosystem.
Some advice doesn’t age well. It’s time for an upgrade.
Backpackers were once big on making their own gear. Do those projects hold up today?
Highlander's hiking events draw dozens of hikers together for an organized multiday trip with all the trappings of a race. One of our editors tried it—and found a lot to love.
Beginner hikers often overpack and overprepare. But as Maggie Slepian learned the hard way, experienced hikers have their own special way of messing up.
They offer rides, places to stay, food, and more, and never ask anything in return. But thru-hikers still owe a debt of gratitude to trail angels. Here are some ideas on how to repay it.
After a group of campers left one of the Appalachian Trail's most beautiful sites covered in trash, the Forest Service banned camping there. But did it go too far? One local argues for a course correction.
Daron Marquel Ellis pleaded guilty in the November 2021 incident.
Yosemite is beautiful in the fall and winter. Download this playlist and get after it.
A shoulder-season jacket, a bright-as-daylight headlamp, and a device to keep your devices safe: Here’s what our editors brought with them on their fall adventures.
Following a boost in visitation, Isle Royale National Park is seeking public comment on a plan to begin requiring visitors to reserve campsites in advance.
Hikers shelled out for parking and a new pay shuttle at Quandary Peak in 2022.
In celebration of 50 years of trail beta and inspiration, we look back on our favorite spots through the moments we chose to capture.
Canada’s most revered backpacking trail was born out of a ghastly misfortune