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Seeing the woods from the trees.     Photo: Abrahm Lustgarten

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BUILDING TRAILS NEAR ASPEN
[COLORADO]
Take a working vacation, high on 14,092-foot Snowmass Mountain in White River National Forest, in which parents, grandparents, and children team up to build a snowshoe trail and plant trees. Work is moderate, using tools like shovels and your own hands. Families stay in tents at 10,000 feet—and everyone pitches in with cooking and chores. Spend five days working; take one free day to hit the streets and shops of nearby Aspen.

MINIMUM AGE: seven
KIDS WILL LOVE: fishing for trout in a mountain lake through Kenai Fjords National Park
DATES: July 13-19
COST: $345 per adult, $245 per child age seven to 17
OUTFITTER: Sierra Club Outings, 415-977-5522, www.sierraclub.org/outings

RAFTING THE LOWER KLAMATH RIVER
[CALIFORNIA]
Float 39 miles in five days, through just-exhilarating-enough Class II and III rapids, from Indian Creek to Roger's Crossing. The setting is the cedar- and fir-lined canyons dividing Northern California's Siskiyou and Marble ranges in Klamath National Forest. Camp each night on secluded beaches.

MINIMUM AGE: six
KIDS WILL LOVE: playing in the rock pool under the twin 35-foot Ukonom Falls, reachable only by a three-quarter-mile hike into a side canyon
DATES: June-September
COST: $600 per adult, $540 per child age six to 17
OUTFITTER: Turtle River Rafting Company, 800-726-3223, www.turtleriver.com

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