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Mid Winter Getaway: Hike the Grand Canyon

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.

From Chaco Canyon to Sky City

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

 

The Basics: Getting Started Rafting

By Mark Sundeen

All the gear, how-to advice, and location information you need to feel free and easy on the river

Next Weekend: Devils Tower and Oregon's Big Dunes

By Jim Gorman

What to do for late summer: Surf a dune, huck a rapid, dive a wreck - action-pack your summer. A National Geographic Adventure article.

Two-Day Triumph

By Jim Gorman

Rafting Cali's best white water, biking among bison, and eight other ways to make a weekend less ordinary.

Hiking the Arizona Trail

By Dennis Lewon

Logging a weekend section of the Arizona Trail--a lesson in pacing.

Classic Hikes of the World: Grand Canyon

An excerpt from Peter Potterfield's new book on the world's best hiking routes.

Top 50 Campsites in Texas

By Mike Leggett

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

Five Spring Escapes

By Elena Moon

Winter skies got you down? Try a little armchair casting for some warm weather escapes when spring rolls around.

Hill Climbs

By Erik Scmidt

Want to be King of the Mountains? Test your mettle against the 'baddest' hill climbs in America.

Desert Palette

By Jack Dykinga

The Sonoran Desert - rich with color, light, and geological texture. Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga shares images from the American Southwest.

A Santa Catalinas Challenge

By Chris Gould

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.

Camping and Fishing in the White Mountains

By George Stocking

A family camping and fishing trip is more about being together in the outdoors than getting a bite.

Sonoita/Elgin Wine Country Rides

By Chris Gould

Combine a mountain bike loop with a tour of Arizona's wineries.

Canyon Lake's Calm Days

By Shannon Blackburn

This Texas destination offers 80 miles of shoreline, a wide range of watersports and campgrounds galore.

Remote Datil is a Gem

By Rebecca Gonzales

This sport climber's paradise has steep faces, protected routes, and unbeatable camping.

Enchanted Rock's Granite Dome:

By Matthew Hammer

A favorite Texas playground for rock climbers,
backpackers, and even sedentary tourists who don't mind a lung-expanding walk up the dome.

Enchanted Rock Offers a Variety of Hikes

By Shannon Blackburn

Visitors to Enchanted Rock enjoy: hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, primitive camping, picnicking and a one-billion-year-old dome of pink granite.

Hiking the Dragoon Mountains

By George Stocking

Arizona's Dragoon Mountains offer hikers a vertical labyrinth of granite spires, wooded canyons, trails, and campgrounds nestled amoung thick oaks.

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