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In July, Colorado’s popular Decalibron Loop, a 7.5-mile trail that crosses private property to tag multiple Fourteeners, reopened to hikers after a months-long closure over liability concerns. Last week, someone got their pickup truck stuck on it.
Usually, viewers on Explore.org's Katmai National Park live streams expect to see giant grizzlies and wide-open natural views. But on September 5, a wet and cold-looking hiker walked up to the camera and appeared to mouth "help."
Authorities used DNA analysis and "other characteristics" to identify the bruin after the incident.
Heavy precipitation left some of the park’s key roads in tatters.
Despite record snowpack and extreme heat, the ultrarunning dentist shaved over five days off the previous record.
Heavy rainfall led to flash flooding in Bryce Canyon National Park and a canyon northeast of Moab, with disastrous consequences for hikers.
As the remnants of Hilary moved inland, floods trapped visitors and boosted flood risk across the southwestern US.
The cause of death has not yet been released.
Karel Sabbe just blasted through California's section of the PCT—will he set a new FKT for the whole trail?
What do winners of the Defender Service Awards have in common? They make the world a better place, and now Land Rover is helping them do it.
Wildlife officials blame Hank the Tank and her three cubs for dozens of burglaries. Now, with her death sentence commuted, she'll spend the rest of her days in a Colorado wildlife refuge.
Girard Ridge and its surrounding terrain will become part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
When a court struck down the public’s right to wild camp in Dartmoor National Park in January, hikers lost the only place in England where they could dispersed camp without getting the owner’s permission first. Now, an appeals court has given it back to them.
Robert “Steady Eddie” Kerker appears to have gotten caught in a swollen waterway during the historic floods that hit Vermont in July
Mud-choked paths, damaged bridges, and trail communities cleaning up from some of the worst flooding in Vermont history have AT hikers wondering if they should skip the state for now.
Wildlife officers are looking for the bear and cub involved after a hiker found the victim’s body in a popular hiking and off-roading area.
The heat was so extreme that a rescue helicopter couldn’t even fly to the site of the incident.
In a viral PSA, Yosemite National Park urged hikers to knock over rock cairns. Days later, staff at Canyonlands and Arches asked hikers not to. What's a backpacker to do?
Live electric wires and bridge damage are among the hazards that trail crews have found so far—but it’s not all bad news.
Visits to one popular Colorado fourteener have declined by more than half since 2020.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused the deaths of three "mummified" people found in a remote campsite near Gunnison this week.
With the Sierra’s record snowpack beginning to melt, swarms of the biting insects are coming out en masse. For hikers, that could be a nuisance.
The Outdoor Industry Association’s annual outdoor participation survey found the United States added 881,000 new hikers in 2022—and that the outdoors are becoming more diverse.
The good news: Glacier Point Road will reopen again to backpackers and other visitors again starting July 1.
Sands, 65, never returned from a hike on Southern California’s Mount Baldy in January
Rangers are urging hikers to follow safety rules after an unleashed dog “provoked” a black bear into fatally attacking a hiker’s leashed dog.
Extremely high water levels in Maine have shut down the famous Kennebec River canoe shuttle—and almost ended one section hiker’s trip permanently.
Students in the Semester-A-Trail program at Emory and Henry College will spend their spring and summer semesters hiking part or all of the Appalachian Trail—with gear, support, and an on-trail budget included in tuition.
In a typical June, a little less than an inch and a half of snow falls on Mt. Washington. This year, the peak has seen more than six times that much—and there are still two weeks to go.
The Benton MacKaye Trail Starts at the AT's southern terminus and runs nearly 300 miles through the hills—and a bipartisan bill is set to name it our next National Scenic Trail.
Dubbed "Doo Colorado Right," the state is hoping its new campaign will deter people from leaving human waste where other hikers end up stepping in it.
Crucial Bridge Closures in the Sierra Could Force Pacific Crest and John Muir Thru-Hikers Off the Trail
With the Woods Creek and San Joaquin bridges out and creeks running too high to safely ford, hikers don't have many good options.
Incredibly, it's not the first time that a baby bison has been euthanized in the park after a visitor tried to "save" it.
This weekend's deaths mark the second double fatality in Buckskin Gulch this spring, and follow a string of rescues caused by wet conditions and flooding.
Despite the NPS’s best efforts, Yellowstone National Park continues to be the world capital of people getting too close to wild animals.
Road damage, projected flooding, delayed openings: here’s how the big winter will affect national parks this summer
After a snow-delayed start to the season, the North Rim will finally open next week, but services will be limited.
A group of young hikers who went missing near Ojai managed to call for help with Apple's Emergency SOS, which the company introduced with the iPhone 14 last year.
Outdoor officials in New Hampshire are warning hikers to bring traction devices after one person required rescue for a leg injury over the weekend.
Once again, food-seeking bears have forced the closure of part of the AT to overnight stays.
A heat signature in a dense forest led to the discovery of Matthew Read, who went missing in the park over the weekend.
Two humongous male grizzly bears square off in one of the craziest, most mesmerizing battles caught on video
Marta Renee Bowen had disappeared from her campsite in Connecticut, leaving behind her gear and cell phone.
Wildlife officers have been unable to locate the mountain lion so far, and are urging hikers in the area to use caution.
Overflowing rivers will close most of Yosemite Valley through at least Wednesday—and the park says more floods could be on the way as California's historic snowpack melts.
Two individuals are facing criminal charges after sheriff’s deputies say they caught the duo traveling the AT with more than 14 pounds of marijuana, magic mushrooms, and LSD.
The National Park Service Is One of the Worst Places to Work in the Federal Government, a New Survey Suggests
In a survey measuring employee satisfaction across government workers, NPS staff ranked in the bottom 15%.
A group of hikers in England got so ill from taking mushrooms that a search and rescue team had to retrieve them. And they're not the first psychedelic enthusiasts to have a trip go wrong on the trail.
Heavy snow and trail damage have delayed the opening of the Grand Canyon's North Rim until June 2, effectively canceling the spring rim-to-rim season and blocking Arizona Trail thru-hikers from reaching their destination.
What Should the Future of the Pacific Northwest Trail Look Like? The Forest Service Wants to Hear From You.
The USFS is deciding on a new management plan for the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest Trail, and it wants your input.
One of the world’s largest Joshua tree forests is now federally protected
Jeffrey Johnson received two years probation, must pay restitution and fines, and will serve a two-year ban from the Buffalo National River.
Heavy rains in the western U.S. caused a deluge that killed two hikers and forced the rescue of 10 others.
If a new bipartisan bill passes, the desert rock formations and forests of Chiricahua National Monument could become America's newest national park.
Parts of California have received double their average snowfall this season—and that’s a big deal for anyone planning a thru-hike on the PCT.
After state legislators voted down a bill that would have blocked hikers from suing private landowners over injuries, the owner of two of Colorado’s most popular summits says he’ll close the trail to the top.
National park visitation continued its overall climb toward pre-pandemic levels in 2022, but not every park saw visitor numbers increase.
With California in the midst of one of its snowiest winters on record, a local search and rescue group is urging early-season thru-hikers not to risk crossing the San Jacinto Mountains.
The daffodil flats of Linville Gorge are beautiful—but hikers trying to reach them are getting lost and injured on the rugged trails there, local search and rescue groups say.
Think you can’t get bitten by a tick in the winter? As one surprise discovery this month shows, they’re waking up—and biting—earlier and earlier.
Nearly 50 years after a rancher abandoned a herd of cattle in the Gila National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service will attempt to "lethally remove" the animals' descendants.
Philip Powers argued that the wildfire he set in 2018 was necessary to save his life. But a court found that he was so unprepared, he created his own emergency.
A new agreement between the federal government and the New Mexico State Land Office will make it easier for hikers to travel the southernmost section of the CDT.
A double helicopter rescue on Telescope Peak and a lost hiker on Wildrose illustrate that winter can be as hazardous as summer in this legendarily broiling park.
During 2019’s superbloom, visitors to Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore behaved so badly that city officials decided to completely shut down hiking trails rather than risk a repeat.
Data of Sasquatch sightings in a new preprint finds a strong correlation with bear population density
With record low temperatures, unbelievably strong winds, and unusual weather patterns likely to drop the stratosphere to the level of the summit, it's a bad weekend to climb Mt. Washington.
The national park has announced it will bring back its ticketing program for Old Rag this year.
The government reinstated Obama-era protections near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.