24 products—for work and play—that we fell in love with this year

Learn to build a fire, track animals, and forage for wild food—and still sleep in a bed

If there’s anything better than an epic day outside, it’s reliving it over great food and drink. From mountain decks to beachside watering holes, our favorite après spots have mastered Cajun fries, crustaceans, and craft ales.

From timelapse filmmaker Knate Myers, Spellbound captures New Mexico's epic skies.

Want a good campsite? Check out those run by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Two people have died in pursuit of Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure. New Mexico’s Chief of Police is pleading with him to call it off. But if you compare it to other outdoor activities, it's not any more dangerous.

Make the most of summer with these 48-hour ­adventures, from surfing in Texas to tasting your way through Oregon’s wine country

The key to not getting overwhelmed is to remember that every day is a privilege

James Coleman is snapping up small ski areas in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. As warming temperatures shorten the winter season and the West contends with drought, we had to ask: Why?

After a hard-charging start the Libertarian candidate bonked bigly, thanks to a series of gaffes and a rather sad(!) lack of preparation. On the eve of a historic election, a onetime supporter wonders about what might have been.

"There are few things that can match the overwhelming sense of wonder felt when you're looking up at a sky full of stars."

'Human Nature 4K' is a collection of powerful images of the natural world that remind us all of our connection to the environment.

"He fell in love with that kind of escaping from society and hiding in the desert and the dust."

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

Authorities have called off the official search for Randy Bilyeu, but treasure hunters continue to comb the area for leads

Putting in big miles on dirt roads? This is the kit you need.

The Secretary of the Interior on gun groups, gear, and getting outside

The Urban Wildlife Conservation Program is the best outdoor initiative you’ve never heard of. Let these fantastic photos be an introduction.

Can an asteroid-impact zone or the shores of a lava lake be beautiful? Absolutely.

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.

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

SpaceShipTwo's accident poses a major setback to Richard Branson's interstellar vision—and the future of the $250 million taxpayer-funded New Mexico Spaceport.

Plus a few other excellent things I learned at FUZE SW, a food conference you do not want to miss.

Nathan’s Zeal race vest packs a lot of hydration into one small, efficient must-have.

Ernest Moniz talks to Outside about radioactive waste, SuperTrucks, dazzling solar arrays, southwestern breakfasts, and a trout stream that has to remain top secret.

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.

It's the hoppiest day of the year!

We can boat the same backyard river with our family a dozen or more times, and it will never get old—because rivers, like our children, are constantly changing.

Los Alamos, New Mexico, wins Liveability's "Best Small Town" contest

To win this year’s Tour Divide, Jefe Branham rode 170 miles a day, slept an average of four hours a night, and endured both unrelenting snow and 100-degree heat for 16 days straight. What you can learn from his time in the pain cave.

Long stretches of open road through some of the most beautiful areas of the country, peppered with wildlife sightings, adventurous detours, and good brews—it's so much more than getting from Point A to Point B.

Five wild mountain ranges. Hundreds of miles of trails. Zero crowds. That’s what awaits visitors at the country’s newest Naitonal Monument in New Mexico. Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks consists of four separate patches of the Chihuahuan Desert surrounding Las Cruces in southern New Mexico. Encompassing a half-million acres…

A dispatch from the world’s toughest mountain bike race.

Play outside with kids your own age

It's a lonely road from Las Cruces, New Mexico, through West Texas, but very much worth it. Just a few reasons why: surreal white sand dunes, a massive network of caves, and mountain biking trails all to yourself.

Lighter and sleeker than any other racing snowshoe on the market.

And we mean "trips" in the literal sense. Our contributors share their most-loved, go-to spots across the U.S.

Travel to these destinations for tons of open space—and it's all yours

Desertification is out of control, but there may be a way to stop it

From the world’s most fuel-efficient commercial plane to foreign economic collapses to a cloud-tickling hotel, the biggest adventure travel stories this year

We've got your all-access pass to summer: 21 DIY and outfitted adventures guaranteed to recharge for less than $500*. Just pick one—or five—and leave your lawnmower behind. *Transportation not included

On the plains of New Mexico, a band of elite marathoners tests a controversial theory of evolution: that humans can outrun the fastest animals on earth.

Running a DIY dog-rescue operation is never easy, but when you've got two dozen misfit animals under your care, you need a way to let off steam.

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