2014 Travel Awards: Best Trail Running

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Trail running in the Italian Dolomites at sunset in the Tre Cime di Lavaredo area.   

Winner: Dolomites, Italy

Outfitters around the world are starting to string together self-­guided, lodge-to-lodge trail-running trips. “The idea is to organize trips in areas where support is not ­really necessary,” says Tullia Caballero Augi, director of S-cape Travel, which offers outings across Europe. Our favorite hot spot? The Dolo­mites of northern Italy. You’ll find 10,000-foot spires, rollicking trails, ­supreme landscapes, and cushy huts within solid running distance. Go with Italian outfitter Holimites, which arranges ­lodging, airport transfers, and extras like morning yoga ($1,760 for seven days; holimites.com). You’ll combine the best of the Alta Via 1—a classic north-south trail through the heart of the Dolomites—and the more rugged Alta Via 2, a five-stage, 75-mile route on singletrack. You’ll cruise through alpine valleys in Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park and stay in places like the ­Ghernacia hut, which serves hot home­made tortes.

Runner-Up: Santa Fe, New Mexico

The high desert around Santa Fe is braided with warm arroyos, high-alpine singletrack, and buff trails just beyond the downtown adobes. Get your legs under you with loops along the Dale Ball complex, where well-marked trails let you piece together runs of any length. Then head high into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for an 11-mile run from the Santa Fe Ski Basin to Lake Peak and down ­Raven’s Ridge, much of it above 12,000 feet. Crash at the historic Inn of the Five Graces (from $500; fivegraces.com) and walk around the ­corner to the Pink Adobe for margaritas (thepinkadobe.com).

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