National parks are set aside for a good reason—they’re the most spectacular places in the country—but that means that they’re often overcrowded and teeming with tourists. Utah’s Zion Narrows Trail Will Be Open to Hikers Forever, Thanks to a $1.5-Million Agreement There are good reasons why people flock to theContinue Reading

SHORTLY AFTER nightfall on January 12, 1995, the biologist Doug Smith strapped on snowshoes and hiked to Crystal Creek, in Yellowstone National Park. A day earlier, eight wild gray wolves had been flown from Canada to Great Falls, Montana, then trucked 250 miles to the park. A local school hadContinue Reading

When it comes to national park adventures, winter pursuits can be just as thrilling—if not more—than summer ventures. The 50 Best Weekend Winter Getaways Whether you crave heart-pumping downhill ski runs or the quiet bliss of solitude in a please-let-there-be-no-cell-service zone, America’s Best Idea has something for everyone, regardless ofContinue Reading