Top out on empty peaks, soar in a glider, and bed down in luxury

May 28, 2007
Outside Magazine
City of Rocks, Idaho

City of Rocks, Idaho    Photo: courtesy, Idaho DOC

Rules of the Road

FOR GAS MILEAGE: The A/C is more efficient on freeways. On surface streets, roll down your windows.

Start your climb of 14,255-foot Longs Peak from the Meeker Park campground before dawn to avoid thunderstorms and tourists (

FORT COLLINS New Belgium, the birthplace of Fat Tire Ale, offers free tours and tastes of limited editions (

LARAMIE High Plains Outdoor Institute runs climbing courses at Vedauwoo, a mess of granite dollops known for wide cracks (

LANDER Camping in Lander City Park is free and doubles as walk-to lodging after a night out seeing local country bands (

PINEDALE Skip the crowded Cirque of the Towers for the 11-mile trek to the Wind River Range's Midsummer Dome (

JACKSON The Cathedral Traverse—Teewinot, Mount Owen, and the Grand Teton—is the new "It" route for Jackson climbers ( Cast for fine-spotted cutthroat ( or raft the Class III Snake, south of town (

VICTOR The Victor Emporium Old Fashioned Soda Fountain has served huckleberry shakes since the fifties (208-787-2221).

DRIGGS Soaring hawks and climbers on the Grand Teton are among the views during a glider ride along Teton Pass (

ALMO Castle Rocks State Park opened next to City of Rocks in 2003, adding about 250 climbing routes to the area (;

PARK CITY Locals have helped build some 350 miles of singletrack, including the 30-mile Mid Mountain Trail ( With triple-headed showers, Hotel Park City's 46 new cottages, open since December, represent the tonier side of mountain hospitality (

KAMAS The High Uintas Wilderness is bigger and less visited than the Wasatch. Hike the 18-mile Four Lakes Basin Trail (

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT Float Split Mountain Canyon, on the Green River (

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS By midsummer, the Yampa River is ideal for kayaking newbies (

BOULDER Buy an inner tube at the Conoco at Arapahoe and Broadway and float Boulder Creek through town. Coors Light tallboy optional.

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