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Want to take a break from all those winter adventures, from ice climbing to skiing? Then head for the Grand Canyon, where March can be the best time of year for a backcountry trip down into one of the greatest features on planet Earth. Even if it's snowy and cold up at the rim, conditions can be pleasant in the canyon bottom. And the mild temperatures make the hike back up the rim pleasure.
Come along on a hiking expedition through the magical landscapes of New Mexico, from the sprawling complex of great houses and kivas in Chaco Canyon, to the mysteries of the Acoma people’s mesa-top pueblo and their ancient trade routes across the lava flows
All the gear, how-to advice, and location information you need to feel free and easy on the river
What to do for late summer: Surf a dune, huck a rapid, dive a wreck - action-pack your summer. A National Geographic Adventure article.
Rafting Cali's best white water, biking among bison, and eight other ways to make a weekend less ordinary.
Logging a weekend section of the Arizona Trail--a lesson in pacing.
An excerpt from Peter Potterfield's new book on the world's best hiking routes.
Be it the deep woods and cypress swamps of East Texas, or the rugged grandeur of Rio Grande canyons, there's something for every camper in Texas
Winter skies got you down? Try a little armchair casting for some warm weather escapes when spring rolls around.
Want to be King of the Mountains? Test your mettle against the 'baddest' hill climbs in America.
The Sonoran Desert - rich with color, light, and geological texture. Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga shares images from the American Southwest.
Try out this 18-mile loop ride on the Arizona Trail. Your end-of-the-day exhaustion only mean you'll be coming back for more.
A family camping and fishing trip is more about being together in the outdoors than getting a bite.
Combine a mountain bike loop with a tour of Arizona's wineries.
This Texas destination offers 80 miles of shoreline, a wide range of watersports and campgrounds galore.
This sport climber's paradise has steep faces, protected routes, and unbeatable camping.
A favorite Texas playground for rock climbers,
backpackers, and even sedentary tourists who don't mind a lung-expanding walk up the dome.
Visitors to Enchanted Rock enjoy: hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, primitive camping, picnicking and a one-billion-year-old dome of pink granite.
Arizona's Dragoon Mountains offer hikers a vertical labyrinth of granite spires, wooded canyons, trails, and campgrounds nestled amoung thick oaks.