Human Nature

There's no substitute for the natural world, but engineers are catching up. Ten years ago, an indoor climbing wall turned heads; now developers are mimicking mountains, rivers, and oceans. As urban...

Tour of California Wrap-Up: Landis Snags Overall Win

Our man reports from the scene of the inaugural Amgen Tour of California for what proved to be a major coup for U.S. cycling, with an estimated one million spectators and eight American riders in the...

Adrenaline Nation

Time to tune up that garageful of gear (we don't mean lawn chairs) and devote your next outing to full-throttle fun.

Rock the Red Rocks

You'll never go wrong on classic Moab mountain-bike rides, like Porcupine Rim and the Slickrock Trail. But for something new, head 11 miles north to Sovereign Trail, a motorcycle playground that's...

Wet and Wild Appalachia

With two of the East's biggest rivers plowing by right outside of town, Fayetteville is a washing machine of whitewater.

Northern Rockies Nirvana

About 50 miles of burbling Montana riffles roll between Ennis Lake and Quake Lake, on the Madison River, at such a consistent pace that even beginner anglers can cast well enough to sucker fat browns...

Pacific Northwest Paradise

Remember playing Chutes and Ladders when you were a kid? Welcome to chutes and ladders for grown-ups.

New England High

With 100 years' experience operating huts in the Whites, the Appalachian Mountain Club has perfected the art of wilderness hospitality.

Ultimate Cascades

From June to September, Oregon's warm eastern desert sucks cool Pacific air through 4,000-foot-high walls to turn the Columbia River Gorge into a world-renowned wind tunnel.

Sonoran Multisport

The fabled hideout of the Chiricahua Apache, Cochise Stronghold—a complex of domes and cliffs in the Dragoon Mountains, 80 miles southeast of Tucson—is home to 250-plus traditional and sport-climbing...


When it comes to adventure kingdoms, all roads eventually lead to California. Here's where to find the Golden State's secret stash.