North & Central America

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...

Wild Wild West

KERN RIVER, CALIFORNIA: At the southern edge of the Sierra, the Kern runs through Sequoia National Forest, east of Bakersfield, California. The three main sections of the Kern—...

Wild Wild West

GREEN RIVER, UTAH The Green River begins in Wyoming, meets up with the Yampa at Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument, and then continues rolling towards the Colorado where their...

Wild Wild West

UPPER ANIMAS RIVER, COLORADO: With over 100 rapids—continuous Class III with intermittent Class IV and V—packed into 26 miles, and a 9,000-foot put-in in Silverton,...

The Hudson Runs Through It

Thirty-three years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, New York's 315-mile Hudson River, long an icon of industrial and municipal pollution, is running clean enough that native fish...

Heavy Water

Go in search of the epicenter of summer soul and you'll eventually wind up at Hanalei Bay, in Kauai, Hawaii. Among this tight-knit community of surfers, the days revolve around the sun, the wind...

Water Beds

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Fl This 28-bungalow retreat is as off the grid as it gets—120 watery miles south of Miami, accessible only by boat or floatplane. Snorkel and kayak...

Rubber Soul

The Pacific stretching westward, rolling hills, empty beaches inhabited only by sea lions—there's no getting around it: The West Coast's Highway 1/101 is the classic summer drive....

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