Search for alligators, see a play on the trail, or visit a pictograph on these unique treks.
Hike to the Supernova Pictograph, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, NM
The ancient Anasazi inhabitants of Chaco Canyon were keen observers of the heavens, and they left behind the art to prove it. Join park rangers on this 6-mile out and back to thousand-year-old rock paintings of Halley’s Comet and the Crab Nebula supernova.
We’ll take any excuse to go on a hike—and National Trails Day (June 3), is as good as they come. Organized by the American Hiking Society, the holiday brings together hikers of all experience levels to hit the trail for everything from ranger-guided nature walks to festivals to trail work days. Visit one of these 11 events hand-picked by the Backpacker staff, or find your own at the National Trails Day site.