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From expanded resort acreage to turbocharged lifts, we tracked down all the ways you can make this winter your best ever

We’ve got your next car-based ski vacation dialed, complete with worthy detours and the best powder stashes

The state just passed a law calling for 90 percent of its wolf population to be killed. It’s based on fear and lies.

Your bucket list should go beyond national parks. This decision tree will help you find lesser known locations with half the crowds.

Thanks to their proximity, these Airbnbs book up fast. Make your summer reservation now.

Load up the car to see snow-covered volcanoes, cool desert landscapes, and empty beaches without any of summer's big crowds

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

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

How young is too young for risk? During an Idaho river adventure that included her seven-year-old, Tracy Ross faced this question in the most harrowing way imaginable.

'River of Return' features river guides and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members Sammy and Jessica Matsaw

In his new photo book "Errors of Possession," adventure photographer Garrett Grove documents the region's shifting industries and culture

'The Swift Campout' proves that a four-day bikepacking trip in Idaho is readily accessible, especially in a landscape like this

From Hawaii to the Swiss Alps, what are the epic trips that nobody else is doing? We found a few.

As locals get priced out of Aspen, Stowe, and Whistler, here are the places ski bums are heading to next

Three skiers died at Silver Mountain, Idaho, on January 7. In the wake of yet another ski-area avalanche tragedy, it's time to awaken our mountain sense. 

Plus: where to stay, eat, and play outside along the way

In 'Pressure,' Mark Healey explains how his connection to the ocean influences his time hunting in the hills

Because demoing bikes and gear, exploring great locations, and celebrating afterward with new friends, craft beer, and music is way more fun than riding alone

'Thru' tracks the traverse of two thru-hikers on Lions Head Ridge in Idaho, an unforgiving part of their hike

You can soak and stay at these rad spots

The ranch​​​​​​​ of Henry's Fork, Idaho, is where anglers come to test their dry fly-fishing abilities

'Golden' spotlights eagle biologist Caitlin Davis in her natural habitat—at the top of a cliff face strapped into a harness

From searching for Bigfoot in Ohio to drinking snake blood in China, these are the best and strangest Outside tales

Crews carry your gear and provide meals and campsites as you cruise through some of America's most scenic back roads

The definitive guide, built upon real-world experience

Ski season is far from over. Here's how to squeeze in one more epic trip without breaking the bank.

Two hunters set off in a raft to hunt for rutting mule deer bucks in Idaho’s famed Frank Church Wilderness.

‘The Fire That Saved Sun Valley’ features a backcountry ski guide​​ as he makes peace with a natural disaster

Two hikers just set the only known times on the country's newest state-spanning trail system

In Cascade, Idaho there’s a family of whitewater paddlers continuously training for the north fork of the Payette River.

If you thought this was just another trout fishing video, think again

If she wins tomorrow, the 38-year-old Democrat would become the country's first Native American governor. Can a moderate still win in Trump's America? Idaho is about to find out.

Plus: one private island bungalow worth the splurge

Thanks to massive powder conditions, Wolf Creek will be the first ski area to open this season. Here's what you need to know, plus the resorts we think could be turning chairlifts next.

Idaho issued only a single bear tag, but conservationists are still concerned about the consequences of picking off just one bear in a state that has played an outsize role in grizzly management

Shred for the South Fork follows nine whitewater paddlers on an overnight trip down the South Fork of the Salmon River.

In wildlife management areas, hikers can glimpse animals in their natural, pristine habitat while getting off the beaten path

Outdoor towns tend to be overwhelmingly homogenous, which can make for a tough decision for people of color who want to move somewhere they can play outside

With beautiful trails and camping close to town, quick access to the mountains, and a vibrant downtown, this ski town is a gold mine of summer adventures

While overcrowding plagues America's most popular trails, there are still places to find solitude

Matt Wells and Denny Hogan have been adventuring together for decades. As they push 70, they're not ready to give it up yet.

A new Outdoor Industry Association report details outdoor rec spending by congressional district. Lawmakers should take note.

It’s not about which laws you break—it’s about how you break them

'The Fun Suffer Divide' chronicles the journey of three cyclists as they traverse a section of the Continental Divide Trail.

In seasons with little snow, people make fewer trips to the mountains, which has a huge impact on local economies

Remote, empty spots to pitch your tent in peace this summer

See a cool new place and learn a tip or two from the pros along the way

A new poll of eight Western states reveals that most people are actually on the same page about public lands, renewable energy, and the importance of outdoor recreation

One acre inside Grand Teton National Park is for sale for $5 million. Its future says a lot about our national parks, Jackson Hole, and the tension between preserving history and budding tourism.

There's powder in the forecast from Florida to Vermont, but the southern Rockies continue to be snow starved as the worst season just about anyone can remember continues

Why wait in lift lines when you can ski empty slopes at these hidden gems?

Sure, it's early season, but book these mid- and late-winter vacations now and you'll save big

He was the alpha male of the first pack to live in Oregon since 1947. For years, a state biologist tracked him, collared him, counted his pups, weighed him, photographed him, and protected him. But then the animal known as OR4 broke one too many rules.

What two longtime BFFs won't do to make more memories, courtesy of their Frankenstein bikes and Rebecca Rusch's epic, painful, 100-mile Idaho adventure ride

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

Pack the cooler. From surfing in Rhode Island to fishing the newly reborn Elwha River in the Northwest, these are the season’s quintessential weekend escapes.

The race takes place on a section of the Payette River in Idaho known as Jacob’s Ladder, which is famous for its massive features. This year, the record runoff had some competitors worried.

Idaho is the first Western state to take some action on dangerous cyanide traps, but it's not enough

America will soon be treated to its first total solar eclipse in decades. Here's where to see it.

In the heart of the Frank Church Wilderness, four guides on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River explore the tributaries of this mighty river.

Enter the wild mustangs. For more than a decade, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has worked with inmates in the Nevada Department of Corrections to train these horses for adoption. This spring, managers of Hells Canyon and Eagle Cap Wilderness areas approached the BLM about using the mustangs on their trail crew. (The Wild Horse and Burro Act allows for exchange of horses between federal agencies.) Last spring, 11 mustangs joined the Eagle Cap Ranger District herd.

Live in the place you grew up, have your best friends around, and ski every day.

We talked to climbers, Olympic mountain bikers, musicians, and award-winning chefs about what exactly makes their hometowns so special and fun

Wildfire season is getting longer, scarier, and more dangerous. Here's what you need to know and how to prepare.

After a day in the snow, melt into one of these six natural hot springs.

Twenty years after wolves were reintroduced in the Northern Rockies, many politicians would still love to see them eradicated, and hunters and ranchers are allowed to kill them by the hundreds. But the animals are not only surviving—they're expanding their range at a steady clip. For the people who live on the wild edges of wolf country, their presence can be magical and maddening at once.

There are changes afoot on the mountains. Learn them and own the slopes.

Where deep powder meets uncrowded runs

Jack Kerouac spent the summer of 1956 manning a fire tower on Washington's Desolation Peak, in the northern Cascades. He didn't do much writing there, apparently, despite being alone with pencil and paper. But he stayed for 63 days. The views were good.

One man and his canine pal cover 13,000 miles in 32 states to discover just how strong our relationship is with man's best friend.

You might know Nick Symmonds as the 5-time USATF 800-meter champion. Or as the 2013 world champion who dedicated his silver medal to his gay and lesbian friends as a protest against Russian laws. Or as the runner who posted a nude photo on Twitter.

What kinds of cities make families happy? That was our starting point. The answer, of course, is complicated. Our first assumption: kids like being around other kids. So we looked for cities where a high percentage of the population is under age 18. Next we looked at affordability...

The options can be daunting, so we've narrowed it down to five trips you shouldn't miss.

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