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June 29, 2015 Sue Lake, Glacier National Park.

My 10 Most-Read Adventure Stories

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By Michael Lanza

Like anyone who runs a blog and website, I keep track of which stories generate the most interest among my readers—including which destinations and outdoor adventures they most want to read about. And I realize that you, my readers, may be curious to know what other visitors to The Big Outside are reading. Using my blog’s current analytics data, I produced this top 10 list of the most-read stories about trips I’ve taken, with a link to each full story at The Big Outside.

I have to say, it’s a pretty darn good list of adventure trips. Read on and see for yourself.

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April 6, 2015 Chesler Park Trail, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

No Straight Lines: Backpacking and Hiking in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

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By Michael Lanza

We follow a zigzagging line of stone cairns over waves of slickrock in the backcountry of the Needles District of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Cliffs and 300-foot-tall sandstone candlesticks tower around us, in more shades of red than Crayola has yet replicated, glowing in the warm afternoon sunshine of late March. Five adults and four kids from three families, we traverse slabs, scramble in single file up the smooth, dry bottom of a narrow water runnel, and pump out calf muscles walking straight up steep ramps. In the desert Southwest, trails haven’t learned the axiom of Euclidian geometry that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. We’re navigating a maze without walls. Continue reading →

March 15, 2015 Arches National Park, Utah.

Ask Me: What Should We Do on a Trip to Colorado, Yellowstone, and the Southwest?

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Hi Michael,

I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while now, and I really enjoy it. I’ve got three boys that range from 16 to six, so finding things to do that all three can enjoy is a bit of a challenge. My wife and I are in the planning stages of a two-week trip next year out West. We’re looking at trip starting right before Memorial Day and then running though the 15th of June. We’re thinking of flying out to Denver and using that as a start/stop point for trips out to Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone, etc. The only concern that I have is that it’s a little early in the year and there’s going to be snow still around, limiting some of our hiking options. Another thought I’d had was to head to Mesa Verde and see that park. Any suggestions about weather or options I’m missing? Continue reading →

February 4, 2015 Fort Bottom, Stillwater Canyon, Green River, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Ask Me: Advice on Floating the Green River in Canyonlands National Park

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Michael:

We were so enthralled by your story about floating the Green River that we’ve started to make plans for our own trip with another family. I’d like to ask which outfitters you used, and whether you’d use them again. I’d also be interested in your opinion as to whether it’s a better idea to do a jet boat shuttle or use a car relocation service. Finally, I’m deeply interested in your lessons learned on the trip, particularly what you’d do differently. If you were me, what questions should I be asking you, but haven’t? Continue reading →

January 30, 2015 Campsite in Squaw Canyon, Needles District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

One Photo, One Story: Backpacking the Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

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By Michael Lanza

On a three-family, overnight backpacking trip in The Needles District of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park last spring, we hiked up Big Spring Canyon and partway down Squaw Canyon to this campsite below bands of burnt-red cliffs. As a calm, chilled, clear night descended, I set up my tripod and framed two of our tents lit by headlamps below a sky speckled with the light of natural lamps that had traveled unknown light years to reach us.

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