The past year showed us all that having access to the outdoors is essential for our health and well-being. It also magnified the inequities inherent in that access. For 2021’s Best Towns package, we chose 13 of the country’s most diverse places and evaluated them according to the factors that matter today: sustainability, affordability, and outdoor equity. Here are the cities of tomorrow.
Reconciling the maps we made in the 18th century with modern reality is nearly impossible. But their lines, drawn long ago, are still legally binding.
Here’s how President Biden plans to address climate change, pollution, and public lands in the greatest detail we’ve seen so far
In Ours, a digital exhibition for the New Museum, artist Samuel Marion imagines a not too distant future in which outdoor brands use slick advertising to mask more sinister aims
For most Americans, the naming of a secretary of the interior is of little consequence. However, as a Navajo man, who holds this position has defined much of my life, and the recent appointing of Deb Haaland marks a groundbreaking moment.
This side-by-side will get you up the gnarliest roads on the planet, and it's scream-out-loud fun to drive
Southern Civil War symbols have been a flash point in towns and cities for years, but at places like the Gettysburg battlefield and Arlington National Cemetery—which are run by the Park Service and the Pentagon—there's a new, escalating conflict over monuments that honor the Lost Cause
Beat back summer-vacation boredom with these seven games for the family
As the sport is poised to enter the Olympics, a veteran climbing writer delves into its past in 'High Drama: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Competition Climbing'
In a new novel, 'How Much of These Hills Is Gold,' author C. Pam Zhang presents the fantasies and struggles that defined western expansion through the eyes of two Chinese-American characters
Last year the jackpot was $311,652. Watching ice melt just got really interesting.
The United States leads the world in spending for health and fitness but still ranks lowest in measurements of actual health. How do we break the cycle?
Italian students will soon be required to learn about global warming. American kids? Not so much.
Tucked away among farms and barren grasslands in a forgotten corner of the state lies one of the best bouldering destinations in the country. Our video producer, a Roy fanatic, outlines how to visit the growing location without harming its fragile ecosystem.
America's parks are confronting the past in an effort to create more inclusive wilderness spaces
A new startup called Vast Terrain taps U.S. suppliers to make top-shelf goods
To kick off National Park Week, the park service is waiving all entrance fees on April 20
For more than a century, the African American cowboy has been almost absent in popular media. This photographer wants to change that.
Alpine scrambles and beachfront strolls; multi-day singletrack adventures and quick urban escapes; soaring trees and rolling sand dunes—every state in the country has something to offer intrepid hikers. So we rounded up a bucket-list-worthy, best-of-the-best guide.
The Youth Climate Strike is working to shut down schools across the country on March 15 to demand that world leaders act on preventing climate change
All signs point to active weather continuing into the warmer months, which will bring a litany of new hazards
Meet the daredevils who crossed from the Santa Elena Canyon to Big Bend National Park to make a point about unity and trust
Result: You’ll never miss a flight again! Okay, not really, but these innovations should reassure you about flying in inclement weather this winter.
It's the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and our waterways are in more danger than ever. These reads explain what's going wrong—and how to fix it.
Pioneers, the government, even John Muir helped kick out Native Americans from their homes on national parks. But in Yosemite, the Miwuk Tribe is getting its village back.
The new mega fires raging across the West are polluting the air above states like Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming the worst
The fight to keep a 300-mile pipeline out of Jefferson National Forest is heating up. The Forest Service has cut off all food and water supplies to the protesters, and supporters are becoming desperate to help.
For decades, park leaders have predicted that swarms of tourists could ruin public lands. Is anyone heeding their advice?
The outdoor community made filtration a must for a reason
This month's massive government climate report sounds the alarm about the rising risk of wildfire. Will the Trump Administration listen?
The GOP doesn't think the feds should oversee our national heritage. Here's why they're wrong.
We raise $3 billion every year for conservation, then we go out on those public lands and help manage wildlife populations—for free
After decades of being thought of as a pseudo-sport for longhairs, ultimate Frisbee is attracting elite athletes who are landing professional contracts. The hero of this new breed is Beau Kittredge, who looks like an NFL wide receiver, sprints like an Olympian, and jumps like Jordan.
Gary Rall opened a rock gym 29 years ago. Then he helped invent indoor climbing.
The Outdoor Industry Association tacks on another $200 billion in direct consumer spending to their 2012 estimate, but we won't get the official number until 2018
Almost 50 years ago, Richard Nixon commissioned a photography project called Documerica to illustrate miles and miles of environmental degradation, advocating for the need for the agency. The following are some of the most striking images from that project.
Living car-free doesn't mean you have to sacrifice time outside
Dixie is bursting with adventures, hip breweries, and a new river to raft (we’ll explain). And it hasn’t lost any of its down-home charm.
You don't have to live in a mountain town to pursue a life of adventure. Presenting the life-changing strategies urban dwellers can adopt to play harder.
Thirty years after it was officially decommissioned comes Bicycle Route 66—the first all encompassing cycling map of the iconic byway. So finally, you can ditch the car and explore the most historic road in the U.S. on two wheels.
In a new effort to protect national parks and wilderness areas from commercial photography, the feds have started going after amateur filmmakers with big social media followings.
The newest urban bike parks are bigger, better, and more beginner-friendly than ever