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Alaska Cool Down

Try summiting one of Southeast Alaska's 16,000-foot peaks and you'll run into a few potholes—literally. Thousands of pits (or moulins), up to 300 feet deep, scar 3.2 million glaciated acres of...

That Had to Hurt

When it comes to writing about a subject that's so bleak and depressing that commercial failure seems all but guaranteed, it's hard to beat the book that Michael Ghiglieri, a longtime Colorado...

Zion

First called Zion by an early Mormon homesteader, this corner of southwestern Utah does seem like utopia. The 229-square-mile maze of red and orange sandstone—carved into massive canyons,...

Acadia

Thank God for aristocracy. When John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his Gilded Age pals decided to share some of their private summer playground on Maine's Mount Desert Island, they donated what would...

Joshua Tree

Though its Seussian vegetation will have you on the lookout for lorax crossing signs, California's Joshua Tree isn't some arid novelty. When it became a national monument, in 1936, visitors...

Glacier

Before global warming renders it the "Park Formerly Known as Glacier," visit this northern Montana refuge to appreciate its 700-plus miles of trails, 653 lakes, dozens of glaciers, and hundreds...

Olympic

The silver lining to more than 200 inches of annual precipitation is this: more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, 60 named glaciers, spectacular wildflowers, crashing surf, and fauna like...

Rocky Mountain

Cue John Denver. With more than 60 mountains soaring 12,000 feet or higher—capped off by 14,255-foot Longs Peak—this Colorado park, just 65 miles north of Denver, offers enough Rocky...

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