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Zion was either going to relight my fire or be my last big rock adventure for a while. I didn’t know which.

Thirty-nine out of 62 park units have begun phased reopening. Several others never closed for the pandemic. Here's how to stay safe if you visit them.

Filmmaker Eric Hanson describes a harrowing account of how serious flash floods can be

Despite warnings about crowds and the spread of the coronavirus, the National Park Service is keeping most of its units open for now, but a number of parks are starting to close certain facilities

Of Utah's five national parks, Zion stands out for its geological wonders, a place where water and sand meet to form arguably the most dramatic landscape in the country. Here's our primer on how to see it all, from big hits like Zion Canyon and the Narrows to the gems many visitors overlook.

Reliable gear to help you navigate the unpredictable sport

Behind the scenes as Brett Rheeder wins the 13th annual freeride competition

Broken pipes, crumbling walkways, closed trails—this is what the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog looks like on the ground

Our wild places have plenty of adventure for younger explorers, too

Skip the overpriced food from the concessioner and check out these local restaurants instead

New approaches to wellness travel offer detoxifying spa treatments, nutritious meals, and awesome fitness options

When Mountain Biker Jeff Kendall-Weed needs an escape from his home in Bellingham, he finds an oasis in the deserts of Hurricane, Utah.

Fit in a last-minute camping trip at one of these iconic parks before summer ends

When a group of canyoneering beginners were swept away in a flash flood last September, it was the worst disaster in Zion's 97-year history. And it illustrates a growing question: How far should national parks go to keep their visitors safe?

Each of these diptychs pairs similar or contrasting images of both natural beauty and humans interacting with nature. I hope the combination says something greater than either image could say alone.

Beat the crowds on the not-so-beaten path this summer in one of America's favorite national parks.

Challenge your abilities with these iconic runs through the wilds of America.

I'm a pretty sustainably minded person and for my next vacation, I want to go to a low-impact resort that's not too insanely far from home. What are the best eco-lodges in North America?

Love Acadia, the Tetons, and the Grand Canyon? Wait until you meet their crazy little cousins.

From fresh, tropical milkshakes to buffalo steaks the size of your head, we dug up the best chow near America’s national parks.

My friends and I are planning a backpacking trip to Utah, but we're at a loss as to where to go. We're looking for a three- to four-day trip, so something in the range of 18 to 25 miles or so, give or take. If possible, we'd love to spend some time in slot canyons, but that's not really the focus. Landon H. Boulder, CO

To find the emptiest hideouts in seven iconic parks, we called on the guys with the keys to the back door: the rangers and staff.

Finding uncrowded bliss from Olympic to Acadia

It's time to take a fresh look at how to make the most of your 48 hours of weekend freedom. From high-adrenaline blasts to ultimate Zen sessions, we've created 37 custom plans to match every mood. Start packing—your adventure starts Friday.

Ten tempting all-American lodges with style and ambience to spare

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

How To Get Off the Beaten Trail (or River, or Mountain) With These 43 Soon-To-Be-Classic National Park Adventure

Exploring remote canyons is dangerous fun, but expert advice will get you through it alive. Marc Peruzzi learns the ropes, deep in the Arizona backcountry.