Outdoor Rec Special Issue

Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
A trail along the Trans-Alaska pipeline could be the start of a booming recreation economy.
The making of a motorhead
The making of a motorhead
Ex-skiers, ex-climbers, ex-hikers take on long-distance travel with motorbikes.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
A new volume of maps shows the evolution of how we understand geography.
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
At the border, migrants and long-distance trekkers hike side by side but worlds apart.
Learn the lingo: Trailworker slang
Learn the lingo: Trailworker slang
You probably wouldn’t ask a ‘traildog’ to ‘sprinkle your donut.’
Meet the woman behind Colorado’s highest trails
Meet the woman behind Colorado’s highest trails
How trail designer Loretta McEllhiney protects mountains from people.
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
A long-distance trail would disrupt badly needed grizzly habitat.
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.
Readers’ essays on favorite spots to recreate
Readers’ essays on favorite spots to recreate
Tell us where we can find you paddling, walking and hunting.
Exploring “The Crown of the Continent” in photos
Exploring “The Crown of the Continent” in photos
Photographer Steven Gnam takes readers into the one of the most remote stretches of wilderness, along the ridge of the Northern Rockies.
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Squirrel suited flyers say the bans actually contribute to deadly accidents.
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
A biking boom in Sedona, Arizona, forces locals to ask: Is there room for all these people?
Climbing over the edge
Climbing over the edge
Review of "Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession" by Daniel Arnold.
Misadventures in packrafting
Misadventures in packrafting
Is the new sport just an expensive way to get into trouble on the river?
Is tech ruining the wilderness?
Is tech ruining the wilderness?
Documenting recreation on Instagram, Strava and YouTube is changing the way we experience the outdoors.
Alaska tourism and the white man’s native
Alaska tourism and the white man’s native
Review of "So, How Long Have You Been Native? Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide" by Alexis C. Bunten.
On death’s doorstep in the Grand Canyon
On death’s doorstep in the Grand Canyon
A misstep in the backcountry alters an avid hiker’s perspective.
Private-land camping startups offer alternative to public lands
Private-land camping startups offer alternative to public lands
Airbnb-like websites spring up in response to overcrowded public campsites.
Living the dream, on overtime
Living the dream, on overtime
Why the outdoor industry opposes a federal minimum wage.
Can human judgment handle avalanches?
Can human judgment handle avalanches?
We’re better than ever at understanding the dangers of avalanches. So why can’t we avoid them?
Biking the line between wilderness and civilization
Biking the line between wilderness and civilization
A bikepacking trip in Canyonlands offers a new look at a well-travelled landscape.
National parks scramble to keep up with the crowds
National parks scramble to keep up with the crowds
Does Utah's mega tourism campaign compromise the outdoor experience?