Latest in Trips by National Park
There's plenty of options when summiting the highest point on the country's eastern seaboard, from multi-peak loops to quick out-and-backs.
Michigan’s idyllic national park promises rocky shorelines, aromatic pine forests, beautiful lighthouses, and more moose than humans.
While the summer crowds hibernate, you can cure your cabin fever. Here are the 9 best national park hikes to do during the fourth season.
Explore a geothermal wonderland with the help of Backpacker's experts.
The trails of Shenandoah National Park have it all, from mountain ridgelines to forested waterfalls to a whole range of thriving wildlife.
Make the most of the fourth season with these perfect national park hikes.
From 100-feet-deep slot canyons to towering mesas, Zion National Park has it all.
An 18-mile paved trail will run from St. George to Zion National Park and offer parking lots, bathrooms, benches, and more. But you'll be waiting for a while.
Cliff falls are the second most common ways people die in one of America’s most dangerous national parks.
It's one of the classic day hikes of the United States—and with views like this, it's easy to see why.
See plentiful wildlife and few people on this 41-mile hike.
At one of the most beautiful parks in the northwest, this hiker went outside on their own terms.
Follow this loop mixing on- and off-trail travel through vibrant wildflower displays and past snow-fed streams to a huge alpine lake with unbeatable campsite views of Mount Meeker.
Link two of Grand Teton's deepest and most spectacular valleys via a high pass.
With America reopening, it’s high time to hit the road. See some of the country’s greatest parks, grasslands, and trails on these handpicked routes.
Summit peaks, swim lakes, and cross the Continental Divide on the best hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Our writer reconciles her family and her future on the path to Harding Icefield.
Feeling adventurous? Take on the seven-and-a-half mile hike to Panamint City, an abandoned village deep within Death Valley’s Surprise Canyon.
The national parks are our national treasure, and these 10 campsites are the best they have to offer. Hike in, pick up your jaw, and post up in paradise.
A weeklong paddle through Florida’s Everglades National Park is chock-full of wildlife encounters.
Find otherworldly snow formations just a few hours outside Seattle.
It was Ansel Adams's favorite park for a reason: Catch the best scenery and the best miles on these six trails.
Private lake views and a show are a good enough reason to visit the Hamilton Lakes Basin.
Walk among giants on this quiet hike past the Grove of Titans and other 300-foot-tall redwood trees.
In winter, one of Sequoia National Park's most popular spots gets a much-needed dose of solitude
While most national parks cut services, it will be (mostly) business as usual at the Big Ditch.
You don’t have to go far away to get far away in the perfect national park for winter.
On a packrafting trip in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, our scout finds what lies behind the mythology of the landscape—and her own past.
Witness America's largest national park from the water on this
A packraft, a backpack, and some of the most beautiful scenery in Alaska are the ingredients for a bucket-list-level trip.
It's hard to find an ugly spot in the national parks. But these eight hikes take it to the next level, with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. Go for a walk.
The perfect dozen: Embark on one of these 12 treks, and turn America's most iconic preserves into your own private paradise.
This shoulder-season cruiser delivers you to some of the best views in West Texas.
Rocky peaks, meadows, and squeaky little pikas: this hike showcases the northwest in all its glory.
Head to this preserve's Greenstone Ridge Trail for a deep-wilderness experience in the Midwest.
Traveling in bruin country can bring out any parent's inner grizzly.
For more than 100 years, our national parks have provided life-list experiences, adventures, and stop-in-your-tracks views. But not all parks—or hikes—are equal. So what’s a trekker to do? Start with these 25 trips, the new classics of the system. Consider them the merit badges of a very well-traveled backpacker.
America's biggest park is almost six times the size of Yellowstone and has next to no trails. Make the most of your trip there with these tips from a guide.
The only thing better than Yellowstone in summer? Yellowstone in winter. Picture herds of bison and elk, low-hanging steam shrouding evergreen forests, gem-hued pools blazing amid the snow-dusted landscape—and savoring it all in solitude.
Granite domes, long-limbed cacti, prehistoric wildlife, and legendary night skies should land this park on every hiker’s bucket list, so beat the spring rush by going now. We bet mild temps, quiet trails, and late blooms will leave you thinking this is the sleeper season, after all.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act required better trail access for all, Yosemite saw an opportunity.
In the early days of Yosemite, a woman could be anything—including herself
Don't let the manicured paths trick you: Workers in Washington state's mountains wage an endless war to keep the trails open.