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March 26, 2014 West Rim Trail, Zion National Park.

Photo Gallery: Hiking and Backpacking Zion National Park

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By Michael Lanza

Even in the Southwest, a region where the extraordinary becomes ordinary, Zion National Park stands out. Other places have natural arches, spires, and ancient cliff dwellings, but no place really matches Zion’s grandeur—2,000-foot-tall cliffs stretching for miles, the rock’s purity of white and blood red, or patterns of striations rippling across a span of stone that would dwarf Man’s greatest buildings and monuments. Perhaps that’s why it was Utah’s first national park, designated in the same year, 1919, as Grand Canyon National Park. Continue reading →

January 15, 2014 West Rim Trail, Zion National Park.

One Photo, One Story: Hiking 50 Miles Across Zion National Park… In One Day

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By Michael Lanza

La Verkin Creek, swollen and bellowing with spring snowmelt, charges past us like a stampeding herd of bison—with a force and noise level that can make a reasonable person question the wisdom of stepping into its path. Deep in the Kolob Canyons in the northwest corner of Utah’s Zion National Park, it’s tearing enough dirt from its banks to turn the water muddy brown, making it impossible for us to gauge its depth. The pitch-darkness of shortly after 5 a.m. doesn’t help in that regard, either.

We need to get to the other side. Continue reading →

December 16, 2013 Gran4-67 Tonto East Trail, Grand Canyon

Inspiration For 2014: My Top 10 Family Adventures

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By Michael Lanza

How many outdoor trips do you have on the calendar for 2014 already? I have three, with five more in active planning stages. For me, this is the time of year for pulling out maps and guidebooks and poring over my list of adventures I want to take. My document slugged “Trip Ideas” is now 13,423 words long—and growing. I need to get busy.

If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration for 2014, here are my 10 favorite family adventures at The Big Outside (another list that will keep growing and evolving), as well as a bonus 11th trip that made this list last year but saw its spot usurped this year. Continue reading →

November 14, 2013 West Rim Trail, Zion National Park.

Ask Me: What’s Your Favorite Backpacking Trip in Zion National Park?

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Michael,

Say you have one last trip to Zion: a 3- to 4-night backpacking trip with a group of men in average condition anywhere in the park.

What trails do you have to see one more time? (Insert any insider details here.)

What month do you go?

You’ve sparked something in myself and a friend to see that place in 2014. I know permits are crucial, we’re already planning. I’ve read your articles that mostly include all members of the family (which I respect). Does the itinerary change when it’s just guys?

Thanks so much,

Steven
Longview, Texas Continue reading →

October 30, 2013 Grand Prismatic Geyser, Yellowstone National Park.

Photo Gallery: 10 Amazing National Park Adventures (And How To Pull Them Off)

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By Michael Lanza

A few weeks ago, in the midst of the federal government’s, um, hiatus from functioning, I posted at this blog about 10 national park adventures you couldn’t do then. Well, this may not be the time of year to do most of these—but if you’re going to actually make them happen for yourself or your family, now is the time to start planning for 2014.

So, as inspiration or a form of gentle prodding, I’ve assembled here 10 inspiring photos from 10 national parks, with links to stories (with more photos) about great outdoor-adventure trips in each one. Any one of them will provide an experience of a lifetime. All of them should be on your to-do list.

So get busy. You have your fun cut out for you.

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