The Adventure Adviser

Family vacation tips from's travel expert

Mar 20, 2003
Outside Magazine

My 15-year-old son and I love to camp and fish for trout; Colorado is where we want to be. Which part has the best streams?

— Paul Ward, Herndon, Virginia

Adventure Advisor:

The Weminuche Wilderness Area in the San Juan Mountains of southern Colorado is studded with 13,000-foot peaks and has dozens of alpine lakes. The 488,200-acre Weminuche, the state's largest wilderness, has several pristine drainages, but we suggest casting your fly on Vallecito Creek or the Los Pi–os River (locals call it "The Pine"). Keep your lines tight here—the browns and rainbows aren't used to being fished, and spook easily. For backpacking trips into the high country, pick up the Pine River Trail (No. 523 on maps) and hike nine miles from the Vallecito Reservoir to Willow Park and the trout-stuffed Flint and Emerald lakes. You can pitch your tent almost anywhere in the wilderness, but the best camping is at Willow Park or the lakes. For weather and trail conditions, contact San Juan National Forest (970-247-4874,
How's this for a broad question: What region of Spain do you suggest for a two-week visit with my wife and two teenage kids?

— Steve Weinberger, Spokane, Washington

Adventure Advisor:

Head South to the seldom-visited villages of the Alpujarra region, between the snowy Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean, high country settled centuries ago by African Berbers. Start your trip in San José, a whitewashed coastal village, and hike along the palm-lined cliffs of Cabo de Gata Natural Park, a 147-square-mile strip of coves and beaches. Look for pink flamingos and yellow-legged gulls feeding in the salt flats under wave-eroded 40-foot sandstone formations. In the foothills, hike village to village on ancient goat paths and old Roman roads or ride through almond orchards on horseback. Feast on paella and stay in cortijos (country estates). Easy Rider Tours (800-488-8332, leads eight-day trips for $1,895 per person.

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