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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 […]
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August 21, 2017
The 20 Best Day Hikes in Colorado premium
These are the kind of articles that keep me up at night. Whittling down a list of Colorado’s best day hikes to a mere twenty is a daunting task. There are literally hundreds of hikes that would fit the bill, and none of them would be wrong. If that comes off like a big, fat, […]
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May 8, 2017
The 38-Mile Loop You Need to Do Through the Sierra Nevada Backcountry premium
I woke in the back seat of my car, just as the sun started to creep over the granite faces that marked the entrance to Sequoia National Park. It was a chilly July morning, and I arrived early at the ranger station in time to snag one of Sequoia National Park’s coveted backcountry permits for […]
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May 5, 2017
So, You Want to Live the Van Life? premium
With the storm clouds from the day’s rain still lingering, the setting sun ignited the sky in intense golden light and vibrant hues of pink. Maneuvering my rusty Sprinter van through curve after curve, descending deeper into the canyon that leads to Zion National Park, I felt like nothing could stop the good vibes that […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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