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Elizabeth Miller
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Moved by Nature

Catch a glimpse of "shimmering" Aspen along the Aspen Vista Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest. Photograph by Tira Howard. ASPEN LEAVES ATTACH TO BRANCHES with long stems, called petioles, that…

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In Search of Bigfoot

Jesus Payan Jr. seeks the notoriously shy beast in a forest near Cloudcroft. FOR YEARS, JESUS PAYAN JR. SPENT LONG NIGHTS in the Tularosa Basin, peering into the darkest corners of the desert sky and…

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Outdoors Do's and Don'ts

A paved road circles Mesa Campground, which offers views of Lake Roberts below. Photograph by Jay Hemphill. DO: Make a plan, then a backup plan. Public-land use skyrocketed last year, and that trend…

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Gila Sure

Plan ahead by studying the latest trail conditions, mileage, and elevation gain. Photograph by Elizabeth Miller. SINCE 2006, MARC LEVESQUE has been pulling people out of tough situations in the wilder…

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Camps Less Traveled

Navigating San Pedro Parks Wilderness trails can be tricky, especially in the boggy meadow. Photograph by Elizabeth Miller. HEAVY RAIN FELL SOME DAYS BEFORE MY HIKE into the San Pedro Parks…

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Trek Back Through Time

An El Morro National Monument trail leads to the onetime home of Atsinna Pueblo. IF PEOPLE HAD BEEN THERE TO SEE IT—and there’s a chance Ancestral Acoma or Zuni people were—lava flowing across what’s…

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Hiking Gila's Wilderness

A backpacker on a loop of the West and Middle Forks of the Gila River makes their way deeper into the wilderness. THE FIRST MILES OF THE TRAIL wound among piñon, juniper, and Gambel oak, through a…

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