Our seven picks for cross-country-skiing trail networks that make for perfect, crowd-free winter outings

Twenty-three surprising ways to get you inspired for next year and beyond

Ken Layne left an influential career in digital media to create 'Desert Oracle,' a cult-favorite radio show and print periodical based in Joshua Tree that explores everything from the political to the paranormal. Now it's being released as a book.

If you plan to explore the backcountry this winter, these certified mountain guides will keep you safe, refine your skills, and bring you to secret stashes

Every mountaineer knows that getting to the summit isn't a requirement, but it sure is sweet if you do

We explore the pros and cons of two relatively affordable options

After a challenging summer and fall, we're all wondering what the ski season has in store. Don't worry: resorts are working hard to open and ensure a safe experience for everyone, and there are plenty of other ways to delight in the white stuff. Here's the lowdown. 

A new documentary from director Ron Howard looks at what happened after California's deadliest wildfire

Do-it-all technical denim to look good and ride better

Many backcountry huts are now available as private rentals, so you and your pod can have the entire place for yourselves. From Maine to Washington, here are a few of our favorites.

After years of effort, the 34-year-old climber motored up El Cap's Golden Gate route and now joins the ranks of Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, and Lynn Hill

From Washington to California, here are nine of our favorite short treks along the famous route

Work life got turned upside down this year, and many people are just thankful they have any job at all. But some companies have gone above and beyond to not just survive, but thrive.

With 'The Forests of California,' naturalist and artist Obi Kaufmann aims to deepen environmental literacy. He also argues that this cataclysmic time is an opportunity.

Armenians and Turks have a long and hostile history that includes a genocide. On a cross-country journey in 2006, two young cyclists formed a bond that bridged this fraught past.

In a new era of menacing blazes, there are lessons to be learned from the people who stay and defend their properties

This six-part series explores the history of California's forests and the increasing threat of wildfires across the state

'Clarity' dives into North America's largest alpine lake, highlighting the beauty of, and threats to, its renowned clear water

This six-part series explores the history of California's forests, as well as the increasing threat of wildfires across the state

This fire season is yet another sign that we can't wait any longer to fix our planet

With the CZU Lightning Complex fire bearing down on them, a rogue group of citizens banded together to stay and defend their homes in the mountains above Santa Cruz, California. Here's how they fought the fire—and won.

In her new book, 'Superman's Not Coming,' the activist gives a lesson in community engagement and warns that we shouldn't expect the government to save us

Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols's house burned to the ground in California's CZU Lightning Complex fire. He wrote his daughter a letter breaking the news.

These affordable digs are within driving distance from major cities but feel like far-away escapes

See 300-foot-tall redwoods, banana slugs, and more in this dreamlike landscape. It's our 62 Parks Traveler's 16th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park in a year.

From trails to post-ride tacos, the decorated Mountain Bike World Cup champ shares her favorite Northern California spots

Serene places to pitch a tent—where it's just you and the ocean

'An Almost Perfect Race,' from Salomon, follows runner Courtney Dauwalter​​​​​​​ during her course-record attempt at Western States in 2019

In the spirit of Thoreau and Dillard, Donovan Hohn considers the joyous and brutal aspects of the natural world

Little luxuries for nights spent under the stars

Jack English is the proud owner of an off-grid cabin nestled in California

From Houston to Minneapolis, protesters on horseback are sending a powerful message

In 'First Descent,' legendary canyoneer Scott Swaney​​​​​​​ reflects on a career of self-taught outdoor skills and a few close calls

Brush up on your knowledge before you hit the waves

Years of underfunding and climate change are increasingly threatening the national park system. From the Everglades in Florida to Glacier in Montana, here are the ones we stand to lose.

The cycling world has turned its eye toward an obscure challenge called Everesting

Organizers of the popular Grinduro California gravel event wanted to do better than its 15 percent non-male participation rate. So they set aside spots for women, femmes, and trans and nonbinary people, and sold out in four hours.

The best documentaries from this year's film festivals look at quixotic quests and devastating disasters

The Brown Ascenders is out to have a good time—and to bring change and equity to the climbing culture

From Patagonia to South Africa to Yosemite, visit some of our favorite places on the planet in real time via these live webcams—and start dreaming of where you want to go when we can travel again

In his new book, writer Mark O'Connell explores what our anxieties about the future say about our precarious present

In this film from director Brian Kelley, Carl Casey explains what a champion tree is and some strategies he uses to find them

A new wave of craft distilleries are using salvaged ingredients to brew up spirits

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