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36 Hours at Yellowstone: A National Park Pilgrimage

Geysers. Bison. Bears. Crowds. Traffic. These are likely the five words most commonly associated with Yellowstone National Park. The first three have quite the appeal. The following two, not so much. As the mecca of American National Parks, Yellowstone attracts more than just grungy outdoor junkies — it’s gotta be a bucket list item for anyone in the world that's seen photos in a picture book or on the web.

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Notes from the Crown: Playing Tourist in Glacier National Park

The Crown of the Continent. Naturalist George Bird Grinnell gave this nickname to a rugged swath of Rocky Mountains known as the Lewis Range in 1901. He bestowed the name as the title of an article he wrote for The Century Magazine in which he described the wonder of high mountain peaks, cliff-hanging glaciers, and clear-running streams that form the headwaters of North America’s great rivers.

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Hubris and the Serpent: The Truth About Rattlesnake Bite Victims

In a grizzled true story detailed in his book Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon, Michael P. Ghiglieri recounts a close-encounter involving a rattlesnake coiled up on a woman’s chest as she slept while camped along the Colorado River while guiding a rafting trip in 1987. The woman's friend noticed the serpent's temporary sleeping arrangement and alerted Ghiglieri to the situation. Thinking on his feet, he used an 18-inch long folding shovel to remove the rattler from the woman’s chest without anyone suffering a snakebite — or even a disturbance of the woman’s sleep.

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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve: A Miniature Desert Wilderness Suspended in Suburbia

The Phoenix Sonoran Preserve is a little slice of wilderness surrounded by city. Nestled in northern reaches of the endless suburban sprawl of the Phoenix metro area, the Sonoran Preserve is often busy with hikers and mountain bikers. Beyond the confines of the park, views look out upon suburb neighborhoods, freeways, and strip malls. However, it is possible to escape the city and pretend you are out in the middle of nowhere.

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Hidden Lake Overlook Hike: A Glacier National Park Classic

Glacier National Park is a hiker’s paradise, with the beauty and majesty of a view from a high mountain pass being many of the top hiking destinations. Of course, the hikes up to renowned saddles like Swiftcurrent Pass or Pitamakan Pass are long and tough — being a strong hiker is a prerequisite to make it up while having a good time too. What about folks that want an easy to moderate hike under 3 miles that will achieve a spectacular view of Glacier’s alpine peaks and lakes? Enter: Hidden Lake Pass. Located a mere 1.5 miles uphill from the Logan Pass Visitor Center, the hike up to Hidden Lake Pass is a popular one. For experienced hikers it will seem crowded, but for the average Glacier visitor, it’s a great foray into the Rocky Mountain permafrost.

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Potato Lake Trail: Easy Hikes Near Durango

Look at a topographic map of the mountainous terrain above Durango and you are certain to see an excess of high altitude lakes. Many have trails going right to them, but most of these are demanding hikes, especially for the casual hiker. However, those seeking a shorter excursion to a backcountry pool are in luck. Clocking in at 2 miles round-trip and 400 feet of elevation change, the Potato Lake Trail is an easy hike to a beautiful backcountry lake. Oh, and by the way, if you want to sound like local, call it Spud Lake instead of Potato Lake!

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Easy Hikes Near Durango: Purgatory Flats Trail

Don’t let the name give you the wrong impression. A hike on the Purgatory Flats Trail is anything but purgatory —unless you start sucking air due to the high elevation! If you are hanging out in and around Durango and gearing up to travel the absurdly scenic Highway 550, this is a fantastic option for a short, easy day hike.

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The Best Hiking Trails in Glendale and Peoria

Most hikers and trail runners in the West Valley head to Glendale’s Thunderbird Conservation Park when they want to go for a hike without driving far from home. This makes Thunderbird a very busy place, yet there are many great hikes in same area that allow you to avoid the crowds of Thunderbird. As a local resident of Peoria over the last few years, I’ve nailed down the best hikes in the neighborhood. Here's the best hiking trails in the Northwest Valley!

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How to Avoid the Crowds at the Grand Canyon South Rim

The Grand Canyon South Rim often gets a bad rap for being over-crowded, especially during summer at the height of the tourist season.  As a former tour guide at the Grand Canyon South Rim, I’m here to share a few secrets about how avoid the crowds.  None of these ridiculous amounts of driving or hiking into the backcountry either!

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