National Parks

Snow Report 2005

Guided Descents Go Way Out of Bounds Widely viewed as the most challenging downhill slope in the lower 48, Wyoming's 13,771-foot Grand Teton is characterized by icy snow and...

Find Your Flow

SOUTH NAHANNI RIVER »NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, CANADA HOW LONG: 21 days, 300 miles WHEN TO GO: June to August AFTER SLIDING YOUR CANOE over the...

Yellowstone National Park

Acres: 2,219,791 Contact: 307-344-7381COVERING 137 SQUARE MILES and perched above 7,700 feet, Yellowstone Lake is a formidable barrier between the tourist circus on the lake's...

Acadia National Park

Acres: 47,000 Contact: 207-288-3338 WITH ITS GRANITE-DOMED MOUNTAINS and sea-sprayed coastline, Acadia attracts summertime tourists like a backwater pond draws blackflies....

Yosemite National Park

Acres: 761,266 Contact: 209-372-0200 YOSEMITE IS FAMOUSLY crowded—it draws 3.5 million visitors a year, more than the population of Mississippi—but it's easy to shake...

Lead On Me

CHRIS CONWAY Founder, Wild Basin Outfitters Rocky Mountain National Park, CO Conway is a crack high-country fishing guide who learned his craft as a kid growing up on...

Big Bend National Park

Acres: 801,000 Contact: 432-477-2251 NATIONAL PARKS AND MOUNTAIN BIKES usually don’t mix—bikes are illegal on most park trails, and designated bike paths are often a...

The 2004 American Adventure Almanac (cont.)

Raft the Grand Canyon, Arizona The Trip: Spanning up to three weeks and 277 miles, through scores of rapids and 1.7 billion years of geology, rafting the Colorado River...

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ACADIA THE NORTHEAST'S ONLY NATIONAL PARK, Acadia manages to shoehorn some 2.8 million annual visits into its compact landscape, mostly on Mount Desert Island (with smaller tracts on...

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OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK FEW NATIONAL PARKS MAKE PICKING your poison so gut-wrenching as Olympic does: Should you light out for the 7,000-foot-and-higher peaks and sparkling lakes of...

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ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK Kayakers come to this roadless, carless Lake Superior island for its rocky shoreline; fishermen and canoeists, for its 47 inland lakes; and backpackers, for...

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK JUST AN HOUR AND A HALF'S DRIVE from Denver and less than an hour from Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park draws legions of Front Range residents with...

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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK IN THE SMOKIES, THE NUMBERS TELL good news and bad: 800 miles of trails, almost 700 miles of fishable streams, hazy blue ridges topping out above...

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CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK RENAISSANCE FUNHOGS, BRACE YOURSELVES: This trip, combining three days of MOUNTAIN BIKING with five days of WHITEWATER RAFTING on the Colorado...

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