North & Central America

Enchanted Canyon

In the 1930s and '40s, the Union Pacific Railroad enticed people to buy tickets by building great lodges in America's western national parks. Nowadays, no one has to be lured to these parks,...

Horseback Riding into the Sunset

Twenty miles south of Santa Fe, where the southern Rockies peter out into desert, the landscape turns iconic. This is Hollywood-western terrain—films like Young Guns and The Hi...

High-Art Experience

Four hundred stainless-steel poles, each about 20 feet tall, spread over a mile-by-kilometer expanse of high desert wouldn't seem to have the makings of a fun-filled getaway. Yet art aficionados...

Whitewater Thrills

In a climate as dry as New Mexico's, it seems slightly sinful to spend a day immersed in cool, flowing water. But as you raft the Rio Grande through the 800-foot-deep canyon known as the Taos...

Eco-Friendly Escape

Morocco is an inferno. At least, that's how it feels from my cushion next to the fire as the masseuse pretzels my legs into "healing" Thai massage positions. When the contortions are over, I...

Splendid Isolation

The rich colors and textures of the canyons and mesas near the village of Abiquiu are nothing short of perfect. This is Georgia O'Keeffe country—the painter first visited in 1917, and more...

Smokin' Road Trip

Highway 4 has a story to tell, a real whopper, and I'm driving through the middle of it—the Valles Caldera, a bowl of grass, forest, and streamlets that's a dozen miles wide and boxed in by...

Secrets of the Ancients

Much of New Mexico's vivid character seems to come in the middle of nowhere, but nothing in the state feels quite as nowhere as Chaco Canyon. Stretching through the San Juan Basin, about 100...

Spins and Spas

I'm crawling up the Chamisa Trail in my mountain bike's lowest gear—the one affectionately called "granny"—though right now I'm wishing I had a great-granny. Maybe it's breakfast from...

Fishing on the Fly

In the parched and wind-abraded sandstone desert northeast of Farmington, the San Juan River is not only wet but surprisingly profuse with aquatic life. Well known to fly-rod-waving diehards but...

Send Me to Climbing Heaven

Midway between Española and no place, really, hides El Rito, little more than a general store, a pint-size restaurant, and a handful of adobes clustered on Highway 554. It took me seven years...

Cycling in the High Country

God bless the mining industry. Without man's lust for wealth, how would anyone have settled the remote southwest corner of New Mexico around Silver City? The mountain town of 10,500 people,...

Postcards from Beyond

The sand beneath me glistens almost as brightly as the stars overhead as I summit another 30-foot dune and look out over the rolling, nearly treeless landscape. It's just as I've always imagined...

Border Line Amazing

From the red-rock vistas of Abiquiu to the dunes of White Sands—with a few shots of tequila mixed in—New Mexico is another world. Try these 12 perfect days in the Land of Enchantment...

Tenthouse Suite

AH, THE CHALLENGES OF CAMPING: How much to pack? Where to pitch the tent? Sushi or steak? And what bottle of wine to order with dinner? I've wrestled with these questions the past two days while...

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