Mountain West

November 4, 2019

Best Hikes Near Salt Lake City

An overlook of valley cradled by mountains, covered with white, thin clouds.

Perhaps most famously known for skiing, Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front also boast a plethora of hiking trails. With everything from easy summit hikes on the edge of town to rugged adventures in the canyons and mountains beyond, there are more than enough trails to keep everyone entertained. Though many of these hikes […]

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September 11, 2019

Dog-Friendly Hikes in Colorado

A dog hikes through a field of wildflowers.

Although it's difficult to officially poll them, we're pretty sure Colorado's dogs are some of the happiest pups around: There's no shortage of dog-friendly hikes to tackle in the Centennial State with your four-legged hiking buddy. With so many options to choose from, we turned to Hiking Project, REI’s digital trail guide and online hiking […]

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August 8, 2019

Trade Secrets of 8 Elite Athletes

You may not be ready to sign up for a 100-mile trail run or mountain bike race. That’s OK. But you can still learn a thing or two from the athletes who do those types of endurance events at the most elite level. (For example: Try dreaming of ice cream whenever a ride gets tough. […]

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August 6, 2019

Bears Ears National Monument Management Draws Criticism As Court Battles Continue

a double rainbow over Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah

Southeastern Utah is known for its rock climbing, river rafting, hiking and camping, as well as cultural resources for Native American tribes with thousands of archaeological sites. The Bears Ears area—named for two tall buttes that resemble a bear’s head peeking over a ridge—is also a wonderland of buried fossils of dinosaurs, giant sloths, and […]

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May 24, 2019

This Initiative Is Helping to Offset Overuse on Colorado’s Highest Peaks

Hikers stand along the top of a ridgeline, looking and pointing every which way under a bright-blue sky.

Like many Coloradans, Ben Hanus was on a mission to bag some fourteeners. Unlike many Coloradans, his incentive to summit the 14,000-foot peaks wasn’t personal; it was about preservation. From 2011 to 2013, Hanus served as the sustainable trails coordinator for the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI), a role that led him up 42 of the […]

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April 27, 2019

Best Hikes Near Boulder

A hiker treks along a narrow trail in the alpine.

Boulder, Colorado, is often considered one of the top outdoor recreation hubs of the Front Range. With easy access to city life, restaurants, hiking, biking and the high mountains, visitors flock to the area. There are roughly 155 miles of hiking trails in the Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks system alone, which covers a […]

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March 15, 2019

Op-Ed: New Mexico’s State Office of Recreation Will Improve Outdoor Access for Kids

Rep. Rubio flanked by Outdoor Equity Fund supporters & community leaders during a shoot we did in front of the Rio Bravo

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Wilderness Society. “Mister, what kind of cactus of is that?” Jose, a 13-year-old from Anthony, New Mexico, points to a walking stick cholla, admiring its radiant purple flowers as he calls over a group of friends to admire the long, spiny cactus. Last year, Jose was part of […]

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February 28, 2019

8 Best Hikes in the Grand Canyon Area

  Within striking distance of Flagstaff, Phoenix and Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park is great for weekend jaunts or week-long stays, and is suitable for anyone from avid hikers to those new to the sport. The breathtaking views and gorgeous trails make this area well worth the visit; plus, as one of the Seven Natural […]

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December 7, 2018

Wheel Love for the Trail

Two mountain bike riders standing by their bikes

Not all mechanical problems can be fixed on the side of the trail, but in many instances, mountain bikers can find a homespun solution to limp their bikes home without incident. Utah-based mountain bike guides Shaun Raskin and Weston Deutschlander of Inspired Summit Adventures are particularly invested in keeping their clients’ bikes rolling. “Reviews tend […]

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