Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Life List for Outdoor Adventure Seekers

We have pulled together 10 amazing experiences especially designed for outdoor adventure seekers! Add these to your bucket list or give the gift of adventure for the thrill seekers on your holiday list.

View Bears in the Wild

Bears fighting in river at Katmai National Park.
Up close and personal at
Katmai National Park
and Preserve (Richard
Moffat/Share the Experience)
There are still many places where bears roam, but only a few where an observer might reliably view a bold, beautiful bear. Witness some of the largest bears in the world congregating in popular fishing spots as salmon make their way to spawning grounds in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Yellowstone National Park also hosts grizzly and black bears that visitors often see from a safe distance. Visit our Go List to find out where you can view bears in several U.S. locations.

Boat the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Minnesota

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Endless exploring in the
Boundary Waters (Gary
Hamer/Share the Experience)
The BWCAW features more than 1,200 miles (1931 km) of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and about 2,000 designated campsites. This wilderness offers freedom to those who wish to pursue an experience of expansive solitude, challenge and personal integration with nature. Visit ourBoundary Waters reservations page to plan your trip.

Hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Eastern U.S.

Appalachain Trail
The Appalachian Trail (Jose
Strasser/Share the Experince)
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,184-mile (3,514 km) long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Approximately three to four million visitors hike a section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail each year.
The Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and thePacific Crest National Scenic Trail form what is known as the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in the United States.

Mountain Bike in Moab, Utah

Mountain Biking in Moab
Mountain biking in Moab (John
Odle/Share the Experience)
Slickrock Bike Trail is considered the ultimate mountain bike experience and is part of the National Trails System. While Moab offers trails for all abilities, it is especially well-known for challenging terrain for more advanced riders. Novice mountain bikers are also treated to gentle terrain and both types of riders will experience views and experiences that create memories to last a lifetime.

Experience Alpine Skiing or Snowboarding

It's all downhill from here!
National Forests are host to 122 ski areas throughout the U.S. In addition to the thrill of alpine skiing and snowboarding, many forests offer opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog sledding or snowmobiling! Visit our Downhill Thrills page for a complete list of ski areas in 14 states on federal lands.

Climb a Fourteener in Colorado

Torreys Peak
See the locals above the
treeline (USFS)
The pinnacles along the Colorado Rockies are the 54 peaks over 14,000 feet (4,267 m) in elevation. "Fourteeners,” as climbers affectionately refer to them, offer views and experiences like no other. Visit this list of all of these majestic peaks throughout the state and plan to ascend to these great heights. Also, check out ourColorado Peaks article for more great information and safety tips.

Experience a Volcano, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Mount St Helens
Active volcano adventure at
Mount St. Helens (Ralph Alfors/
Share the Experience)
Mount St. Helens is a popular climb for both beginning and experienced mountaineers. Although strenuous, this non-technical climb is suitable for people in good physical condition who are comfortable scrambling on steep, rugged terrain. Most climbers complete the round trip in 7-12 hours. Visit the Climbing Mount St. Helens page for everything you need to know. Also, read our spotlight article on Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Hike the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Hiker standing at overlook at Grand Canyon
Views for days at the Grand
Canyon National Park
(Don Tackett/Share the Experince)
A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms the senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide, and a mile (1.6 km) deep. Hikes into the Grand Canyon range from short day hikes, to multi-day adventures. Prepare to be awed by this stunning geological phenomenon.

Raft White Water on the Four Rivers, Idaho and Oregon

Rafters on river
White water and white knuckles!
Explore the largest area of protected wilderness in the lower 48 United States with 3.3 million acres (1.3 million hectares) of roadless land, and mountain ranges separated by rivers as big as the landscapes that surround them. Experience white water rafting on the Four Rivers in Oregon and Idaho of the Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Snake and the Selway rivers. These rivers contain all the excitement of Class 5 whitewater and the calm needed for fly fishing Zen.

Hike Half Dome at Yosemite National Park, California

Climbers using cables on Half Dome
Hike one of the most iconic
natural landmarks in the U.S.
Rising nearly 5,000 feet (1,524 m) above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet (2,682.2 m) above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers. The most famous—or infamous—part of the hike is the ascent up the cables. The two metal cables allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet (121 m) to the summit without rock climbing equipment. This ascent is a thrill and rewards climbers with a view that makes the climb well worth the effort. Before planning your trip, make sure to gather as much information as possible about the lottery process for the Half Dome Permits.  

(source: recreation.gov)
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