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The Perfect 10: Adventure Lodges We Love

BOONVILLE HOTEL Boonville, California Drive two hours north of San Francisco, past Napa and Sonoma, and you'll encounter Boonville, a former logging town in the Anderson Valley founded...

The Perfect 10: Adventure Lodges We Love

BOULDER MOUNTAIN LODGE Boulder, Utah If public lands were appraised like prime real estate, you wouldn't find a swankier address than Boulder Mountain Lodge's. It neighbors the vast 1...

The Gloves Are Off

Ask yourself: What if a Republican named Theodore Roosevelt hadn't helped write conservation into our national character? What if our march to progress and modernity had meant the step-by-step...

Arctic Smackdown

COME MID-FEBRUARY, Congress will launch into a new round of debate over drilling for oil in Alaska’s 19.6-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). For environmentalists, who...

Gold Digs

ADVENTURE TRAVEL doesn't have to mean drafty cabins, cold showers, and strange rashes. In fact, these days it can mean relaxation lounges, Egyptian cotton, and Aveda bath products. Those are...

The Future Looks Wild

THE ANTARCTICA On this 19-day February whirlwind tour of the Falkland Islands, the South Orkneys, the South Shetlands, Elephant Island, and South Georgia Island, you'll be hanging with the...

The High Road

Texas Lance and the Texas Hill Country Price: $10,000 Difficulty: Moderate What could be better than a long road ride? Try a long road ride interspersed with...

Struck

THERE WAS A SUDDEN FLASH of light, and then Rod Liberal was falling, his world gone black. He tried to yell, but he was only screaming in his mind. Not yet, it's not my time, he was thinking....

In Your Face

WHEN OLYMPIC ORGANIZERS reintroduced the old-school sport of skeleton at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, after a 54-year hiatus, they had a hit. Skeleton, which sends competitors headfirst down...

Boarding House

If you were to die and go to snowboarder heaven, it might look a lot like the DC Mountain Lab, a 22-acre R&D facility and crash pad in Utah's Wasatch Range, operated by SoCal-based DC Shoes,...

The ANWR Debate

In the February 2005 issue of Outside, Senator John Kerry argues that oil development in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would bring irreparable harm to a uniquely American...

No Surrender

An ANWR defeat would deliver a major blow to the concept of wilderness protection – and environmental leaders know it. Backs against the wall, green lobbyists are planning to fight, and one...

Na Pali Reverie

Forget hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai's famed NA PALI COAST. You'll get a much better view of these fluted green cliffs by boat—and winter is prime time to see humpback whales that have...

Four More Desert Playgrounds

The last time I visited Anza-Borrego—a forbidding wilderness extending from the Salton Sea west to the Laguna Mountains and from the Mexican border north to Riverside County—a friend...

Four More Desert Playgrounds

This two-part park to the east and west of Tucson is made for winter hiking. Head to the 66,621-acre Rincon Mountain District, in Saguaro National Park's eastern section—15 miles east of...

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