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Jul 14
Today’s Featured Hike: Dana Reserve to PetraRound-Trip: 50 miles, 7 daysWhen to Go: October through April, when desert temperatures relent—a little. Go with Adventure Jordan, the local company that discovered this 50-mile route through the deserts, mountains, and peaks of Jordan.At the top of an ancient stairway carved into the red rock, the narrow defile leads around a sharp bend, and suddenly you are stopped cold. There stands the exquisite carved façade of Al Deir, better known as the Monastery, perhaps Petra’s grandest monument. And you have it to yourself. To enter the Nabataean city of Petra in a small party at the conclusion of almost a week in the rugged wilds of the Kingdom of Jordan is a far more satisfying arrival than pulling into the parking lot with its idling tour buses ten miles away. That’s what makes the weeklong trek unique.
Read more about this hike and see all our featured World’s Best Hikes»
Photograph by Heeb, laif/Redux

Today’s Featured Hike: Dana Reserve to Petra

Round-Trip: 50 miles, 7 days

When to Go: October through April, when desert temperatures relent—a little. Go with Adventure Jordan, the local company that discovered this 50-mile route through the deserts, mountains, and peaks of Jordan.

At the top of an ancient stairway carved into the red rock, the narrow defile leads around a sharp bend, and suddenly you are stopped cold. There stands the exquisite carved façade of Al Deir, better known as the Monastery, perhaps Petra’s grandest monument. And you have it to yourself. To enter the Nabataean city of Petra in a small party at the conclusion of almost a week in the rugged wilds of the Kingdom of Jordan is a far more satisfying arrival than pulling into the parking lot with its idling tour buses ten miles away. That’s what makes the weeklong trek unique.

Read more about this hike and see all our featured World’s Best Hikes»

Photograph by Heeb, laif/Redux


Jul 12
Today’s Featured Hike: Lukla to Everest Base Camp
Round-Trip: 70 miles, 16 days
When to Go: Pre-monsoon (March or April) gives you the rhododendrons in bloom and lots of climber action, but post-monsoon (November) gives you drier weather. Go with guide services that use local Sherpa guides, cooks, and porters—it’s part of the experience.
Arguably the greatest of all high-mountain journeys, this stroll through Nepal’s Khumbu district lets you see three of the highest peaks on Earth (Everest, Lhotse, and Lhotse Sar) in one glance—and dozens more Himalayan giants along the way. A favorite is the view from Thyangboche, called by renowned mountain explorer W.H. Tillman the “greatest view in the world.” But it’s the deep immersion in the Sherpas’ Buddhist culture that will bring you back for the friendly villages, the monasteries, and the polyglot scene of world travelers who come for the high-octane pilgrimage to Everest.
Read more about this hike and see all our featured World’s Best Hikes»
Photograph by Alex Treadway, National Geographic

Today’s Featured Hike: Lukla to Everest Base Camp

Round-Trip: 70 miles, 16 days

When to Go: Pre-monsoon (March or April) gives you the rhododendrons in bloom and lots of climber action, but post-monsoon (November) gives you drier weather. Go with guide services that use local Sherpa guides, cooks, and porters—it’s part of the experience.

Arguably the greatest of all high-mountain journeys, this stroll through Nepal’s Khumbu district lets you see three of the highest peaks on Earth (Everest, Lhotse, and Lhotse Sar) in one glance—and dozens more Himalayan giants along the way. A favorite is the view from Thyangboche, called by renowned mountain explorer W.H. Tillman the “greatest view in the world.” But it’s the deep immersion in the Sherpas’ Buddhist culture that will bring you back for the friendly villages, the monasteries, and the polyglot scene of world travelers who come for the high-octane pilgrimage to Everest.

Read more about this hike and see all our featured World’s Best Hikes»

Photograph by Alex Treadway, National Geographic



Jun 22
Celebrate Great Outdoors Month with a hike in the parks!Today’s Featured Hike: Outer Mountain Loop, Big Bend National Park, TexasWhen to Go: October to MayRound-Trip: 30 Miles, 3 DaysLevel: Moderate Backpacking Trip
Big Bend is all about a sense of vastness: Hundred-mile views sweep  across the hills, arroyos, and mesas of the Chihuahuan Desert with nary a  sign of civilization. No place delivers a sense of the park’s  enormity—and solitude—better than the high country of the Chisos  Mountains. This three-day, two-night hike climbs into and traverses the  south rim of the range, where you can stand in the shade of big maples,  cypress, oaks, and ponderosa pines and view the austere beauty of the  desert far below.
Insider Tip: Cache water in advance at Blue Creek Canyon so you only have to carry two days’ worth of liquid.Read more about this hike, see our trail maps and photos, and more »Photograph by Christian Heeb, laif/Redux

Celebrate Great Outdoors Month with a hike in the parks!

Today’s Featured Hike: Outer Mountain Loop, Big Bend National Park, Texas

When to Go: October to May

Round-Trip: 30 Miles, 3 Days

Level: Moderate Backpacking Trip

Big Bend is all about a sense of vastness: Hundred-mile views sweep across the hills, arroyos, and mesas of the Chihuahuan Desert with nary a sign of civilization. No place delivers a sense of the park’s enormity—and solitude—better than the high country of the Chisos Mountains. This three-day, two-night hike climbs into and traverses the south rim of the range, where you can stand in the shade of big maples, cypress, oaks, and ponderosa pines and view the austere beauty of the desert far below.

Insider Tip: Cache water in advance at Blue Creek Canyon so you only have to carry two days’ worth of liquid.

Read more about this hike, see our trail maps and photos, and more »


Photograph by Christian Heeb, laif/Redux


Jun 21
Celebrate Great Outdoors Month with a hike in the parks!
Today’s Featured Hike: Climb Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, ColoradoWhen to Go: July to SeptemberRound-Trip: 16 MilesLevel: Challenging Peak Ascent
Read more about this hikes, see our trail maps and photos, and more »
Photograph by Corey Rich, Aurora

Celebrate Great Outdoors Month with a hike in the parks!

Today’s Featured Hike: Climb Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

When to Go: July to September

Round-Trip: 16 Miles

Level: Challenging Peak Ascent

Read more about this hikes, see our trail maps and photos, and more »

Photograph by Corey Rich, Aurora


Jun 16
Celebrate Great Outdoors Month with a hike in the parks!
Today’s Featured Hike: Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
When to Go: Mid-July to Mid-September
Distance: 36.7 Miles, 6 Days
Level: Moderate Backpacking TripRead about this hike, see our trail maps, and get insider tips.Photograph by Raymond Gehman, National Geographic

Celebrate Great Outdoors Month with a hike in the parks!

Today’s Featured Hike: Teton Crest Trail, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

When to Go: Mid-July to Mid-September

Distance: 36.7 Miles, 6 Days

Level: Moderate Backpacking Trip

Read about this hike, see our trail maps, and get insider tips.


Photograph by Raymond Gehman, National Geographic