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The colder months are the perfect time to visit national parks, with fewer crowds and endless adventure. Stay at one of these dreamy base camps.

Paddling across a lake where a river used to be

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.

While most bristlecone pines are between 2,000 and 3,500 years old, a special few can live to be nearly 5,000—and they're easily found in this area of Nevada. It's our 62 Parks Traveler's 17th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park in a year.

For decades, the cowboy has occupied a storied place in Americana—but the image in popular narratives excluded cowboys of color. This year the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Grammy-winning musician Dom Flemons sought to change that. At the event, held in Nevada earlier this winter, the theme was the same as Flemons's 2018 album: black cowboys.

The six most doable ski descents in North America, according to pro skier Cody Townsend and ski mountaineer Noah Howell

This central California park is one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places in the country. It's also one of the most beautiful—a place where sculptural canyons, undulating sand dunes, abundant wildlife, and a luminous sky abound.

Skip the crowds at the national parks and head to these amazing monuments instead

The famed free soloist gave us the beta on the country’s best rock-climbing mecca

Why two bombings that rocked the tiny town of Panaca, Nevada, help us understand who really owns public lands in the West

After running for her life from a knife wielding attacker, Sheryl Powell disappeared on Friday, July 12. Monday, she was found alive.

From the Canadian Kootenay Rockies to Southwest hot springs, we found the most scenic stretches of road for epic summer adventures

A national park conservation advocate shares his advice on how to avoid crowds, get off the beaten path, see wildlife, and find adventure

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.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will offer up nearly 4 million acres of public lands for lease this year, much of it for dirt cheap

Green beer isn’t just for Saint Patrick’s day. The craft-beer industry is growing with the planet in mind.

The organization posted two videos in response to an article I wrote last week. Let's review what its representatives said about me and the story.

A new study polled western voters' views on the interior secretary, Trump's public lands agenda, and downsizing Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

The president's decision wasn't an assessment of whether the Hammonds deserved their sentence or not, it was an endorsement of the Bundy family's movement

It's not just a hatred of the federal government that motivates the scofflaws—it's their deeply held faith

Whether you have a weekend or a month, these journeys are a must

Two-person teams trade in their cell phones for traditional navigation tools and attempt to travel over 1,200 miles through the desert.

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

Luke Jacobson set out to land a gig at a big ski company like K2. Instead, he helped launch American-built Moment Skis, a small but growing brand that made it all the way to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Cliven Bundy's claim to federal land has only whiffs of legal merit. This lawsuit is all about politics.

The pro climber caught flak on Instagram for straying into politics—but he says it's essential for athletes to speak out

As a veterinary surgeon in a bustling city, Maclellan needs an escape after a full day in this hectic lifestyle. This film, Finding Balance from Zangs Films and Tillak highlights how trail running keeps him sharp.

The family has long argued that the government was willing to bend the rules to put the family away—now a judge seems to be listening

The fight over Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments is just getting started

In the middle of nowhere Nevada lies a world renowned couloir called 'Terminal Cancer'. After skiing it six years ago, Cody Townsend met a snowmobiler who told him, "Oh yeah, there's way more out there."

Author Michael Branch's new book is a hilarious and thoughtful exploration of how to be a parent in the wild and harsh Nevada desert

Marcos Vaz takes us along to Death Valley National Park, notoriously the hottest, driest, and lowest national park

From epic skiing in Antarctica to a lazy beer-fueled canoe trip in North Carolina, these are the best places to visit this year

Gone: The days of treadmills shoved into ugly hotel closets. Here: The hotel gym you wish you could take home.

Sleeping in the wilderness is great. Not so great: making camp and dealing with the inevitable missing stake. So we've got recommendations for tent-free wilderness digs on any budget.

The National Park Service turns 100 in 2016, but this year is shaping up to be one of its most celebrated mile markers in recent memory.

Regional airports put you closer to the action and feature great perks. Their biggest downside? Cost. So stop booking with money. And start saving.

Unleash your inner Norse god while driving one of these scenic winter routes.

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