5 Great Adventures You Can Still Pull Off in 2017

May 15, 2017  |  In Backpacking, Family Adventures, Hiking, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   15 Comments

By Michael Lanza

So you didn’t plan far enough in advance to reserve a permit for backpacking this summer in Yosemite, Grand Teton, Glacier, or another popular national park, eh? So, now what? Where will you take a big outdoor adventure in 2017? Here are five backpacking trips that even slackers still have time to plan and execute this year. Three of them are in top-tier national parks, and the other two are multi-day hikes with national park-caliber mountain scenery.

But don’t sit on your hands any longer. Read through this list now and start the gears turning to make one of these trips happen this year.

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15 Responses to 5 Great Adventures You Can Still Pull Off in 2017

  1. Eric   |  July 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    What about the bears?

    • MichaelALanza   |  July 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Do you have a specific question about bears, Eric?

  2. Lynn   |  November 30, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Definitely looking forward to taking my kids to Zion, Arches, or Bryce (or two of the three, still working out options) this spring break. Thanks for making the research so easy! 🙂

    • MichaelALanza   |  November 30, 2016 at 7:33 am

      Good for you, Lynn. Zion and Bryce are, of course, closer to each other than to Arches. Although that doesn’t prevent combining, say, Zion and Arches in the same week, to reduce driving time, I have tended to pair Arches and Canyonlands together, and Zion and Bryce together. See a menu of my stories about those parks, as well as Capitol Reef and other public lands in southern Utah, by scrolling down to Utah at https://thebigoutside.com/all-trips-by-state/. Good luck!

  3. Dustin   |  November 28, 2016 at 5:45 am

    This is superb! I already have a plan for my family adventures next year but this gives me more idea. Anyway, where did you take the first photo? It looks absolutely beautiful. Kind of unreal, I’d say.

  4. Sassy   |  May 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Visiting Arches, Canyonlands, and the other three National Parks in Utah, in 2 weeks! This post got me feeling much more excited. Thanks for sharing! Hope to get to visit the other suggested places this year, too.

    • Michael Lanza   |  May 16, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Hey Sassy, have a great trip. Good time to be there.

  5. zgr322   |  November 11, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I’ve always thought your Idaho trips, Sawtooth + others, consistently rank amongst your most popular stories because they’re not national parks. There’s so much information out there about trips to national parks that it gets repetitive. I enjoy reading about national forest trips because they appeal to me because of the lack of crowds, and there’s less information. I’ve been to Idaho twice in the past few years, which is a small feat considering I’m in NC, and I loved the Sawtooths and the Pioneers. Your hikes to Eagle Cap and Glacier Peak have put those at the top of my to-do list. Personally I’d love more posts on off the beaten path national forests in the NW.

    • MichaelALanza   |  November 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks, that’s great feedback and gives me more ideas. Much appreciated.

      • zgr322   |  November 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm

        No problem this is one of my favorite outdoor sites. I went backpacking in the Pioneers up Broad Canyon in September for my friends mini-bachelor party, very awesome and I was surprised how remote it was and yet the trail system was excellent. There are so many interesting spots in Idaho, it amazes me.

        • michaellanza   |  November 11, 2015 at 3:09 pm

          You’re reminding me that I’m overdue to get back to the Pioneers again. Lots of potential in there, and big, remote peaks with gorgeous valleys. Idaho has huge potential for exploring. Thanks again for writing.

  6. Philip Kollas   |  November 2, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Great idea for an article, Michael, and good suggestions. Thanks much for doing this!

    Philip Kollas

    • michaellanza   |  November 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks Philip

    • Peggy Mueller Fisher   |  January 23, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Hi Phil! Trying to make contact with you for the 50th Wy’east reunion. Email me!

      Peggy (Mueller) Fisher


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