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Colorado's Multi-Day Mountain Bike Tours

By Ted Stedman - UPDATED by GreatOutdoors

Think of it as backpacking with a mountain bike through a variety of Colorado landscapes: these four outstanding multi-day rides will wear you out but leave you begging for more

Colorados Top 50 Campsites

By GreatOutdoors Staff - UPDATED

Whether you crave backcountry adventure or a more leisurely camping experience, there is a campground in Colorado that fits the bill.

Try These Great Hikes in the Sandia Mountains

By William C. Reichard. Updated by Great Outdoors Staff

The sculpted rock of the Sandia Mountains span four life zones of enchantment for the hiker.

Top 50 Campsites in Arizona

By George Stocking - Updated by staff

A wide variety of campsite destinations to help you set up a home and enjoy Arizona's beautiful outdoors.

Top 50 Campsites in Texas

By Mike Leggett. Updated by Staff

Be it the deep woods and cypress swamps of East Texas, or the rugged grandeur of Rio Grande canyons, there's something for every camper in Texas

Grand Canyon Odyssey

For an unforgettable hike, come along as Editor Peter Potterfield takes us from the South Rim to the Colorado River, and back again, on OARS' Grand Canyon hiking trip. The well known rafting company has expanded its offerings to include this four day tour of northern Arizona featuring a hike into the Canyon and a stay at Phantom Ranch.

Rafting Idaho's Salmon River

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com Editor Peter Potterfield takes us with him on rafting outfitter OARS' famous craft beer trip on Idaho's Salmon River. Here, an array of micro-brews from Missoula's Big Sky Brewery, and gourmet food provided by a California culinary expert, add creature comforts and good times to the Class III white water, sunshine and white sand beaches of this legendary trip.

Around Mount Rainier

To hike all 93 miles of the Wonderland Trail is to take in the majestic nuances of Mount Rainier's domain. The 360-degree view of the mountain, under varied moods and changing light, is reason enough to come. Just be prepared to do a little work--like gain about 20,000 feet in elevation when doing the complete circuit.
 

Hiking the High Line

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield, author of Classic Hikes of the World, cranks some miles on New York City's unique High Line. Here is a walking route on a former elevated railway that winds through wildflowers and native grasses, passes through buildings, and offers great views of the Hudson River.

First Fatal Grizzly Bear Attack in Denali

This week's deadly mauling of a backpacker in Denali National Park, the first confirmed fatal encounter,  is likely to reset how hikers view the park, which harbors some of the greatest wilderness in North America. Rangers found the camera belonging to the hiker who was killed, which sheds light on what happened before the attack. The big question: did he get too close?

Sierra: The Range of Light

By James Martin

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com gives you a sneak peak at photographer James Martin’s images from his iconic book, Sierra: Notes and Images from the Range of Light. The Mountaineers Books is reprinting the classic volume, Martin's stunning work in photographs and words that describes his extensive experience in California's Sierra Nevada.

 

GPS Navigation in the Wilds: Getting Started

Experts from Magellan accompany GreatOutdoors.com editor Peter Potterfield on a series of hikes in Utah's Arches National Park to demonstrate the benefits of using handheld GPS devices like the new eXplorist 310 to navigate in the wilds--and to show how easy it is to get started.

The High-Adventure High Life at Lake Chelan

From hiking to kayaking to mountain biking, the unique combination of mountains and water at Washington state's Lake Chelan creates unrivalled access to outdoor activities--months before the surrounding Cascades melt out. Outdoor fun combined with the civilized pleasures and fine dining of the world-class wineries make Washington state's Lake Chelan the perfect venue for early season adventures.

The Tour Divide: The World's Longest Off-Pavement Bicycle Race

By Leighton White

You’ve heard of the Tour de France bicycle race, but how about the Tour Divide? Read all about this incredible bike race down the spine of the Rockies.  Come along as GreatOutdoors.com correspondent Leighton White takes us on a totally unsupported ride from Banff to the Mexican border. White recounts the suffering of riding more than 2,700 miles and cranking up more than 200,000 feet of elevation. But he also describes  the kindness of strangers along the way, the camaraderie of his fellow riders, and the beauty of the landscape.

Hiking Utah's Cedar Mesa Country

This unique plateau in southeastern Utah soars to 7,000 feet but harbors dozens of canyons slicing through the layer cake of the Colorado Plateau. With the greatest concentration of ancient Anasazi ruins on earth, Cedar Mesa’s landscape and artifacts make it a great place to kick off the hiking season.

 

Riding the White Rim -- In a Day

By Leighton White

Most mountain bikers who take on  Moab’s classic White Rim Trail  do it as a two or three day ride with “sag wagon” support. But Colorado based Leighton White likes to do the entire 100-mile length of the trail in a single day to kick off the spring season. Follow along as White gives us a blow by blow, curve by curve description of this epic ride, despite broken spokes and a steep finish.

 

Mid Winter Getaway: Hike the Grand Canyon

Want to take a break from all those winter adventures, from ice climbing to skiing? Then head for the Grand Canyon, where March can be the best time of year for a backcountry trip down into one of the greatest features on planet Earth. Even if it's snowy and cold up at the rim, conditions can be pleasant in the canyon bottom. And the mild temperatures make the hike back up the rim pleasure.

The Wallowas In Winter

By Kyle Beall

Come along as GreatOutdoors.com correspondent Kyle Beall goes skiing  and split-boarding off the grid: Beall and friends head into the wilds of Eastern Oregon's Wallowas, a cluster of mountains so impressive they are called the Little Switzerland of Oregon, to try out a yurt-based adventure with the guides of Wallowa Alpine Huts.

Whisked Away

By Fletcher Jackson

Come along with GreatOutdoors.com correspondent Fletcher Jackson as he takes a wild ride on the slopes of Oregon's Mount Bachelor with Jerry Scdoris and his Oregon Trail of Dream dogsled operation, and his daughter Rachel, a racer who has run the Iditarod despite her blindness.

Photographing the Historic Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

By Fletcher Jackson

The recent lunar eclipse was the first Winter Solstice full lunar eclipse since 1638, and Fletcher Jackson of Eastern Oregon was prepared to capture it in all its glory. Jackson, who lives near Bend, took advantage of clear, cold weather and his considerable photograph skills to produce this stunning image of the eclilpse.

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