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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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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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Best Hiking Trails for Birding

Mills Canyon offers a rich environment for a variety of bird species, including the colorful Bullock’s oriole.​ Photograph by Christina Selby. BIRDING ON THE TRAIL GENERALLY MEANS trading longer…

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Wildflower Boom

Mexican poppies along the Baylor Canyon Pass trail.​ SHAKE OFF THE WINTER BLAHS on this 5.6-mile trail near Las Cruces that kicks off New Mexico’s wildflower season in spectacular fashion. After a…

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