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From the whimsical to the epic, these are our favorite stories of the year

A century of agriculture is threatening ancient aquifers in Oregon’s high desert. And the Indigenous farming practices that might heal the earth are being squeezed out.

Wolves in Colorado should benefit both humans and the ecosystem, but can they survive the culture war?

The shredders, climbers, policy-makers, barrier breakers, and scientists who forever changed the way we view the world

Three figures are working to initiate change in public-lands leadership after four years of decline and mismanagement under the previous administration

Donziger was released from two years of house arrest in 2022, the latest wrinkle in his decades-long fight for justice in the Amazon rainforest

Co-founder of the Outdoorist Oath, Pattie Gonia discusses the importance of outdoor joy

“The Forest Service is embarking on an exciting study of the first-ever use of electric vehicles in a natural resources field setting”

The new Kia EV feels roomy, looks stylish, and can go for 274 miles per charge

With Lake Mead drying up due to drought and climate change, the famous desert reservoir is revealing grisly secrets from the past, including the remains of people thought to be victims of Las Vegas foul play. Mark Sundeen hits Nevada for a freewheeling exploration of dark deeds, a rapidly unfolding apocalypse, and a parched future that will dramatically affect the entire American Southwest.

Everything from sustainable soft goods to thermoplastic wheels and frames

Rab reveals new product labels to fight greenwashing, challenging other outdoor companies to follow suit

Wolverines once roamed North American in hordes. Now an endangered species, one team is trying to recover their population in Washington.

He was born to a herd of wild horses on an island off Virginia and found his way into the heart of a little girl on the dusty trails of the Southwest.

Ranking resorts based on five climate-based criteria, the Savills Ski Resilience Index sheds light on climate change’s impact on this sport

The new carving ski isn’t completely recyclable, but it’s a big step in the right direction

“As the world warms, the United States warms more,” reads the latest National Climate Assessment

The Covid-19 pandemic is a survival story—but instead of one human versus a wild animal or a snowy peak, it's all of us against one tiny virus.

During the phenomenon of polar night, parts of the Arctic don’t see the sun for weeks or months at a time. The darkness drives some people insane, but for others, it opens a gateway into wonder and peace.

The Sonoran desert toad is under threat from hunters who seek their toxic secretions

The Raptor R is the ultimate expression of truck as toy, the perfect way to bookend the era of internal-combustion-engine super trucks

He likes to cozy up to animals and take their pictures. I prefer to keep my distance.

It began in the waters off Antarctica: a crew of eco-vigilantes found the illegal fishing ship they’d been hunting. It wouldn’t end for some 10,000 miles, when one of the vessels sank.

Your guide to voting on national, state, and local levels this November

Shopping responsibly isn’t easy. We asked an expert for help.

My e-cargo bike isn’t about exercising; it’s about bringing joy back into mundane activities

If we’re all truly well and doomed and the climate apocalypse is impossible to stop, then doing nothing is exactly as futile as doing something. This is the case for dreaming up absolutely ridiculous solutions in an effort to get the juices flowing.

With a possible Antiquities Act designation looming, what is Camp Hale, and why does it merit protection? 

I think she may be in it for appearances. Plus, I really miss paper towels.

Pay your passion forward for the betterment of the planet

This year’s fire season is coming to a close, and thanks to mitigation techniques and some luck, it wasn’t as catastrophic as many predicted. But that doesn’t mean we’re in the clear.

We took the new rig on an off-roading backcountry camping trip. You could say it went well.

These four invasive animals are being served up on menus across the U.S.

In Colorado, there’s a new ballot-first model to bring the contentious species back to the state, and it could be a prototype for the rest of the country

Here’s what we know about the Mosquito Fire, how local communities are being affected, and what Western States 100 race organizers are doing to respond

Harrowing flooding in eastern Kentucky offers a window into what climate change will—and does—look like

Blasting the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday, the GOP nominee for a Senate seat in Georgia said, “A lot of the money is going into trees. Don’t we have enough trees around here?”

Zion National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, and areas around Moab, Utah, were inundated by water after heavy rainfall pummeled the U.S. Southwest

Western Rewilding Network calls for replacing livestock grazing on public lands with protected habitat for two of the most controversial wild species

Trying to wrap your head around the depth of the rapidly expanding pit in South America? We’ve broken it down in terms our readers understand—like fly rods, climbing ropes, and breakfast burritos.

I’m a Denver Broncos fan. I’m also an environmentalist, outdoorsman, and bike rider who lives in a world that seems increasingly choked with oversized adventure vehicles. Can I really be both?

Greg and Julie Welch were relaxing at their campsite in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters when a tiny fire in a nearby bog suddenly exploded into a massive blaze that began racing toward them

To control mass tourism, the National Park Service is working on solutions, like its reservation system. We tourists need to do our part, too. Here’s how.

Here’s how to make the most out of a visit to one of the wildest places in the U.S., from kayaking to birding to fishing and so much more

We’re not putting our heads in the sand. But there are reasons to be hopeful and things everyone can do in the face of unprecedented change.

Long-standing rules for how we do our business in the wilderness are changing in a very big way—and it’s about time

Harnessing the power of the outdoors can make us better humans and put a positive dent in the world. These are stories about creating stronger communities, more fulfilling lives, and a healthier environment.

“In short, FICOR will make the outdoors more accessible, equitable, and positive to more Americans.”

A century worth of man-made efforts to prevent flooding and expand agriculture have interrupted water flow to the southern end of the state

‘Fire of Love’ uses the archival footage from Katia and Maurice Krafft to tell the story of how they fell in love and pushed the boundaries of science and adventure

For his new PBS show, ‘America Outdoors,’ comedian and activist Baratunde Thurston connects us to our natural environments through the most interesting of creatures: humans.

Once thought to be basically immortal, giant sequoias are dying in droves as fires burn bigger, hotter, and longer than at any other point in human history. Protecting them is possible, but managing western woods is a Pandora’s box of tough choices.

In the show's six episodes, host Baratunde Thurston takes viewers across the U.S. and has thoughtful, honest conversations with the people he meets about their relationships to the natural world

The federal government’s authority to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions is at risk, as right wing Supreme Court justices rewrite American laws

Outside’s ethics guru weighs in on the Great Outdoors Music Debate

In her new book ‘Generation Dread,’ author and researcher Britt Wray teaches us how to channel our climate grief and anxiety into purpose and agency

This is the kind of natural disaster that happens every few hundred years, and it happened to us

It's been six months since the first NPS director in five years stepped into office facing $22 billion in deferred maintenance. This is what he's accomplished so far—and what's still coming.

An atmospheric river dumped 200 to 300 percent more moisture than usual onto the area over the weekend

Thanks to a lot of hard work, skill, luck, and love, these amazing animals emerged safely from the flames and disruption

Everything you need to know about how the burning West will affect your summer

Native scholar weighs in on the United Nations’ suggestion that Indigenous knowledge might help us survive the climate disaster

When vast gas reserves were discovered off the idyllic coast of northern Mozambique, a crew of roughnecks flew in from around the world to make their fortunes. But in March 2021, Islamist rebels attacked, and the foreigners and thousands of Mozambicans were abandoned. Two hundred holed up at the Amarula Lodge, where the expats faced a choice: save themselves, or risk it all to save everyone. As oil and gas fuel a new war in Europe, Alex Perry pieces together, shot by shot, a stunning morality tale for the global economy.

He was an environmentalist versed in the dangers of our warming world, an expert trail runner, and eminently capable of moving far and fast outside. The heat killed him all the same.

Outside’s ethics guru ponders what exactly is up for grabs on public lands

The beloved annual gathering is in person again in Telluride, Colorado, and screening some of the most exciting adventure films of the year

The film ‘Usufruct’—a word that means the right to enjoy something—emphasizes how part of enjoying public lands entails working not to destroy them, and what we can do to mitigate such loss.

Laughing our way to a better environment

Kids learn best through stories, and these books weave gripping tales with messages about caring for the planet

The American Southwest hasn’t been this dry in 1,200 years. The region’s water supply—and entire energy infrastructure—is at stake.

Replacing your lawn with synthetic grass reduces maintenance, eliminates mud, and can make cleaning up after your dogs a breeze

No, you can’t toss the Essential in your curbside bin. But 75 percent of it can be broken down at the brand’s factory.

A program called Malama Hawaii is connecting hotel and restaurant visitors with environmental nonprofits to tackle the state’s mounting plastic-pollution problem

We asked one of the original Earth Day organizers for ideas on how to bring back urgency to the movement during a moment that’s more dire than ever

When we open our ears to the marvels of natural soundscapes, we experience the energies of the world in a unique way—and begin to understand the mysteries behind them

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