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A minute-by-minute account my attempt to run across the Grand Canyon—twice

You may be in the middle of the wilderness, but a local IPA isn’t that far away

Not visiting the in-laws? Have an adventurous Turkey Day in one of these destinations.

A river- and mountain-loving town took home the top prize (again) in our 2015 contest.

Three months after protesting the clear-cutting of forest and the use of sewage-effluent snow, Klee Benally and three other activists suddenly face half a year in prison. Leslie MacMillan tries to figure out why.

I want to buy my cousin a pack to carry his skis up the mountain. He's 18 years old, just started school in Flagstaff, AZ. Should be some good back country stuff for him to try. What's a good pack for back country skiing? Nelson Alexandria, VA

An 812-mile effort to revive the spirit, if not the tactics, of the West's most notorious monkey-wrencher

Don't miss out: Make plans now to experience the classic rites of summer

Five superlative rivals to our national parks

Today's topic: We rank the Top 40 schools where you can hit the books AND the backcountry. Your assignment: Rappel off that ivory tower and take our cram course on America's most adrenaline-friendly colleges. You'll come for your B.A. (Bachelor of Adventure) and want to stay for life.

1. Havasu Falls, Supai, Arizona Hike two miles to this perfect turquoise pool, with year-round 72-degree water, in Havasu Canyon. All About H2O The wet stuff is always there for us—it grows our food, puts splash and spirit in our adventure, and (by the way) keeps us alive.

Want instant access to the Big Outdoors—trails, rivers, wild shores, just minutes from home—without compromising your livelihood? Then check out these ten towns on the verge of paradise, where you don't have to ditch it all to have it all.