RootsRated

November 6, 2017
Shoulder Season at Great Sand Dunes National Park: Why You Should Visit in the Fall premium
Shoulder season is upon us: shorter days, cooler temperatures and gusty winds at high altitude. But that doesn’t mean adventure season is over. If you live within 4-season states, your backyard season may be coming to a close but a with a little trip to Southern Utah, Joshua Tree, Big Bend, the Grand Canyon or even Southern Colorado […]
premium
April 27, 2017
5 Knoxville Area Hikes That Are Perfect in the Spring premium
Spring has officially arrived in Knoxville, and with it comes the itch to get outside and soak up the warm temps and leafy, green landscapes. With that, we've got a handful of great Knoxville area hikes to quench all the sunbathing and flower-frolicking desires you've been holding onto all winter. From easy jaunts close to town to […]
premium
April 27, 2017
The Appalachian Trail From Maine to … Alabama? premium
Thousands of people dream of having an adventure that will let them experience nature and the world, take them away from the rat race of everyday life, and change their lives. For many outdoor lovers, the Appalachian Trail fills that void. It’s a chance to walk over 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine in virtually […]
premium
April 19, 2017
A Guide to Dispersed Camping in the Mountain West premium
A loud bugling throws my eyes open. I’m curled up in the back of my car, zipped tight into my sleeping bag. The windows have frosted over a little bit in the cold. The night before, I’d sped south from Yellowstone in search of some place to sleep before heading to Grand Teton National Park […]
premium
April 19, 2017
A Local’s Guide to an Adventurous Spring in Lake Tahoe premium
Spring in Lake Tahoe is a sacred time of year, one that's revered by locals. The characteristic slowdown in activity known as the shoulder season between winter and summer means left-hand turns in town are exponentially easier to make and ski runs are nearly deserted. Any eerie feelings of abandoned civilization you might have driving through […]
premium
April 19, 2017
Hit the Trail: The Best Spring Hikes in Portland premium
Your calendar isn't lying: Spring really is just around the corner. The time has already changed, bringing with it another hour of sunshine—and plenty of opportunities and excuses to get outside. Wildflowers, waterfalls, and wildlife all await on the myriad trails that beckon this time of year. Some of the area's higher-elevation hikes may still be […]
premium
April 19, 2017
Spring in Jackson Hole: Adventures Before Summer Crowds Arrive premium
In just a few weeks, Jackson will be packed with the three million plus visitors who head through town each summer. Before Memorial Day weekend hits and people start swarming into town, take full advantage of the spring shoulder season. Mid-to-late May often brings with it gorgeous weather, and there's plenty to do during spring in Jackson […]
premium
April 19, 2017
6 Underrated National Parks and Monuments in the West premium
There's a reason National Parks are called America’s best idea. Setting aside vast expanses of pristine land for timeless preservation provides a refuge for millions of Americans to experience the outdoors and press the reset buttons on their busy lives. So many people are now flocking to the National Parks that 2015 saw a whopping […]
premium
April 19, 2017
5 Great State Parks Near Denver to Visit in Spring premium
Mud season is upon us around Denver and Boulder, which means that most ski lifts have screeched to a halt, harkening the deepening spring, yet alpine trails are covered in snow or thawing into muddy wet messes. Meanwhile, on the Front Range, eager blooms are pushing up through the soil, and sunny days lure us […]
premium
April 18, 2017
The Complete Sangre De Cristo Weekend Camping Guide premium
The 8,000-square-mile San Luis Valley sits at super-high elevation, as desert climates go—the average elevation is more than 7,600 feet above sea level. It’s bordered on all sides by mountains, none more majestic than the rugged Sangre de Cristo Range, the farther south subrange of the Rockies. The Sangres contain a number of so-called Fourteeners, […]
premium
April 13, 2017
7 Best Places to Fly Fish in Tennessee premium
While the barbecue, whiskey, and music are enough to get most people to Tennessee, fly fisherman can add another perk to their list. From wild streams in the Smokies to the mighty Mississippi River, great fishing can be found all over the Volunteer State. There are tons of options throughout Tennessee, so we put together […]
premium
April 7, 2017
The West’s Best Wild and Scenic Rivers, and How to Raft Them premium
In 1968, Congress created the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System to preserve sections of America’s rivers with exceptional natural, cultural, and recreational value. Little more than one-quarter of one percent of the nation’s rivers earn the Wild & Scenic designation, protecting them from dams and development, and—in some locations—securing them for whitewater rafting and […]
premium