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A First-Timers’ Guide to Visiting Yellowstone National Park

June 5, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

What to Know Before You Go

Yellowstone was the country’s first official national park, set aside and declared as such by President Grant in 1872. It is regarded worldwide for its constant volcanic activity, which manifests itself mostly in the form of thermal geysers, and for its dramatic collection of wildlife, including bison, elk, grizzly bears, and wolves. The Yellowstone Caldera, the underground source and force behind the park’s geothermal features, is the largest super volcano on the planet. When it erupted previously, its ash was found all the way down in Mexico. Earthquakes are quite common in the park, and the general consensus amongst scientists is that Yellowstone is, relatively speaking, “overdue” for another eruption.

Over 95% of Yellowstone is located in Wyoming, with the remaining area crossing over into Montana and Idaho. There are five entrances: The North Entrance in Gardner, MT, open year round; The Northeast Entrance in Cooke City, MT, opens late May; The East Entrance in Cody, WY, opens mid-May; The South Entrance in Jackson, WY, opens mid-May; and the West Entrance in West Yellowstone, MT, opens late April.

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‘Camp No Counselors’ Will Bring Your Childhood Summer Nostalgia Back to Life

May 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

In 2013, Adam Tichauer was trying to rally his friends together for a getaway. As adults, he found it increasingly difficult to synchronize schedules because everyone was busy with boring adult obligations like work and family.

Adam was feeling professionally dispassionate and decided that if he was going to get a group of friends together then he would have to devise something especially eccentric.

So he rented out a summer camp. And his small getaway turned into a 90-person event. This was just the start of Camp No Counselors.

In Adam’s own words:

“At that first camp weekend in early autumn of 2013, I realized that the majority of our adult life is spent in situations where we are expected to be confident and we are rarely afforded opportunities when it’s ok to be truly vulnerable. Camp was that chance. I saw a highly accomplished and driven group shed their work identities and become their truest selves.”

Okay, we’re in. This sounds like the most thrilling, primitive, debaucherous, unrestrained break away from “real life” that we’ve heard about in a long time. But perhaps most importantly, it’s also poignantly meaningful.

“As kids we made friendships based on who we were and this was the first time in a long while that I saw adults forming friendships based simply on that innocent principle.”

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Nominate Your Hometown as America's Best

April 22, 2015 at 1:05 PM | by | ()

We all like to brag about our hometowns, and now it's time to make our love official: Instagram official.

Outside Magazine is holding its annual Best Towns contest, selecting 60 of what they consider to be America's best outdoor towns. But as anyone who watched the NCAA tournament knows, it takes 64 to fill a bracket, and Outside is leaving it up to the public to decide which final four make the cut.

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How to Get to the Pretty Parks of Southern Utah

April 14, 2015 at 12:28 PM | by | ()

The scene in Southern Utah, outside of Hanksville.

Salt Lake City and the surrounding ski areas are Utah's biggest tourist draw, providing a remarkable combination of quality skiing and extreme accessibility. Mountain towns like Park City are also a big draw during the summer, with convenience a major contributing factor. Fly into SLC, and the mountains are 45 minutes away.

The southern part of the state doesn't have quite the same luck. The abundance of state and national parks in Southern Utah is arguably a better draw for adventure travelers, but the problem is getting there. There are no major cities, making it a difficult region for out-of-state or cross country travelers to access.

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Travel Snapshot: Goblin Valley in Southern Utah

Where: Golbin Valley State Park [map], Green River, Utah, United States
April 13, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | ()

Southern Utah is loaded with state and national parks, a list that includes Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Snow Canyon, and Bryce Canyon. All of these are known for, among other things, their beautiful rock formations. One of the most unique is also one of the area's smallest, Goblin Valley, famous for its lollipop formations that resemble mushrooms, or goblin heads. If you remember, it's where this idiot taught us what not to do when traveling through a state or national park.

At just under five square miles, Goblin Valley is just a blip on the radar when compared to nearby Arches (120 square miles) and Canyonlands (527 square miles). Despite its small size, there are an abundance of naturally formed caverns you can comfortably explore to lose the crowds. There are three established hiking trails, but "unofficial" trails are found all over the park, winding their way through the goblin heads and between the buttes.

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What to Know About Visiting Santa Cruz in the Channel Islands

April 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

View from the Cavern Point Loop of Scorpion Bay

Yesterday, we showed you a glimpse of what it's like to hike around Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. We continue that showcase today with more photos, but also with some practical information on how to make a visit a reality. Because of its location off the coast and the lack of services available on the island, all visitors, both overnight campers and day trippers, must be prepared and aware of what to expect.

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Wish You Were Here: Visiting California's Channel Islands 25 Miles Off the Coast

Where: Santa Cruz Island [map], Channel Islands, California, United States
April 7, 2015 at 5:30 PM | by | ()

California's Channel Islands are a group of five islands about 25 miles off the central coast, most dramatically visible from the shores of Santa Barbara County. Preserved as a National Park, outdoor recreation is the big draw for visitors to the chain. Hiking and kayaking are the most popular activities, and camping is permitted on all five of the islands.

This past weekend, we made our way to the largest island, Santa Cruz, and set up shop at Scorpion Bay camp site. With no services on the island, visitors must bring everything they need for the length of their stay. This week, we'll walk you through what you need to know: How to get there, what to bring, and what to see and do.

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Vail Resorts to Connect Two Park City Ski Resorts to Create One Giant Ski Resort

March 31, 2015 at 4:57 PM | by | ()

This year's ski season is winding down but there are some big plans for the ski scene in Park City next year.

Vail Resorts made waves in the ski industry when it announced that it had purchased Park City Mountain Resort back in the fall. At that time, it was speculated that Vail could combine, or at least create a strong connection, between PCMR and its neighboring resort, Canyons.

This week, that speculation became a reality. Vail received unanimous approval from the Park City Planning Commission to implement a $50 million "Capital Improvement Plan" that will create the largest ski area in North America (7,300 skiable acres) by connecting PCMR and Canyons via a gondola. It will also complete a number of other upgrades, such as upgraded lifts and restaurants.

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An 'Indiana Jones' Adventure Awaits in the Andes at This Awesome Hotel

Where: Chile
March 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

Welcome to Chile. Want to star in an “Indiana Jones” movie? You’re in luck.

Dust off your felt fedora and practice your bullwhip crack, because the Montaña Mágica Lodge looks like something straight out of a Harrison Ford flick. In fact, the only way to access this luxury hotel, which is nestled within a 300,000-acre biological reserve in the southern Andes, is by traversing a swinging rope bridge of wooden planks.

To really up the adventure ante, request that staff hide behind thickets and assail you with poison-tipped blowgun darts! (Just kidding, they don’t do that. Well, maybe if you ask nicely.)

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How a Scuba Dive in Kauai Just Became Our Favorite Ever

March 18, 2015 at 5:18 PM | by | ()

Dear snorkelers and scuba divers:

Have you ever experienced a trip out into the water which was so impressive, effortless, and magical that you just know you'll be comparing all future water adventures to it?

Such was our recent experience during a dive off the south coast of Kauai, Hawaii, with the island's Seasport Divers.

What made it special enough to become the best scuba dive of our lives (so far)? During the long, long flight home from Hawaii, we boiled down the exceptional experience to 8 factors to look in every future dive:

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Which Of Tahoe's Three Airports Should I Fly Into?

March 16, 2015 at 5:51 PM | by | ()

As the largest alpine lake in North America with over a dozen ski resorts and epic Ponderosa Pine covered wilderness, Lake Tahoe is a year round destination for active, adventure travelers. The town of South Lake Tahoe is slowly but surely developing a softer side to complement that once-rugged atmosphere, but we'll dive into that later this week. First, let's take a look at the best way to get there.

Lake Tahoe's own small airport hasn't run commercial flights in over a decade, and there remains three options for travelers flying in: San Francisco, Sacramento, or Reno. Where you're coming from will obviously determine the best fare and route, but all those things being equal, the Reno airport shines through as the clear winner in terms of proximity and convenience once on the ground. Driving times from San Fran and Sacramento are three and two hours respectively, but the drive from Reno to South Lake is just over an hour.

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Not a Hiker? Try this Train Ride Through Sedona's Canyons

Where: 300 North Broadway [map], Clarkdale, Arizona, United States, 86324
March 11, 2015 at 5:45 PM | by | ()

The Verde Canyon Railroad reaches its turnaround point in Perkinsville

There are endless trails that will take you into the heart of Sedona's natural beauty, but there's only one set of tracks. The Verde Canyon Railroad's depot is located a half hour southwest of Sedona and takes a slow journey through limestone canyons, red rock buttes, and river-filled ravines, providing an alternative way to leisurely take in the unique scenery of central Arizona.

The trip softly narratives the historical ties back to the days of mining the canyons, and those interested in history can certainly dive in by chatting with the historians assigned to each car. For the general interest traveler, it will be the train's scenic journey through the canyon itself that does all the talking.

Four hours in length (two hours out, two hours back along the same path), it is a pleasant train to nowhere, with each ticket providing access to an interior cart with drink and food service as well as an open-aired viewing cart.

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