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03.20.17

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  • Dramatic sunrises over one of the hot pools in Bog Creek.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Sunrise at Bog Hot Springs.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Trego Hot Springs.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Grimes Point Archaeological Area.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Notch Peak.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Cacti are plentiful along the route to Notch Peak, and in May they are in full bloom.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • The beautiful Liberty Lake along the Ruby Crest Trail.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Ascending the pass before Overland Lake on the Ruby Crest Trail.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • The mill building dominates the ghost town landscape of Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Diana's Punchbowl.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Diana's Punchbowl hot creek.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • A warm soak on a cool day at Potts Ranch Hot Springs.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • A second pool near the middle pool at Spencer Hot Springs.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • The "bottle house" at Rhyolite Ghost Town is intact and dates back to a restoration for a film in 1925.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Rhyolite is one of the most photographed and filmed ghost towns in the West.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • The pool at Walker Warm Springs consists of beautiful stonework.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Miller Point Trail in Cathedral Gorge State Park weaving up the wash.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva).- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Lincoln School arch, the most visible part remaining of Metropolis.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Nighttime in Metropolis.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Lehman Caves.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Looking at Jeff Davis Peak from the summit of Wheeler Peak.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Fascinating formations along the Juniper Draw Loop.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Juniper Draw Loop.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Sunrise over City of Rocks.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Campfires illuminate the adjacent boulders with a fiery glow at night.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Rays of sun penetrate the morning cloud cover in Castle Rocks State Park, highlighting a small burm in the distance.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • A climber makes her way up one of the many classic climbs in Castle Rocks State Park.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Shoshone Falls.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • A short hike at Caldron Linn takes you to a series of cascades.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • View from the summit of Borah Peak.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Redbird Mountain from Stewart Canyon on the White Knob Range Traverse.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • A backpacker cools off in the upper South Alpine Lake in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Scarlet paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) in Alpine Creek Canyon.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Bench Lakes.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Smoke tinted sunrise over Bellas Lakes.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • False hellebore, or corn lily (Caltha leptosepala) at Bellas Lakes.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Sunset over the lower Bellas Lake.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Middle Fork of the Salmon River.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Selway River.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Selway River.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Tied up to the cedar at Roots on the Selway.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Beaver Bay Shoreline Trail.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Footsteps on a sand dune in White Sands National Monument.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Sun sets over the San Andreas Mountains at White Sands National Monument.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • White Sands National Monument.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • White Sands National Monument.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Open views over the tent rocks from the Slot Canyon Trail.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Hiking into the narrow slot at Slot Canyon Trail.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Weather settles in at the Cirque of the Towers.- Adventure Outside of Your State
  • Alpine sunflower and Indian paintbrush flower in the Cirque of the Towers.- Adventure Outside of Your State
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Some of the greatest cities in the West are also those with spectacular scenery just a stone’s throw from the friendly confines of city limits. Outside of San Francisco, the Marin Headlands, the John Muir Woods, the coast of Point Reyes. Outside of Los Angeles, the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains. Salt Lake City has the Wasatch Front, Denver the entire Rocky Mountain Front, not to mention the disproportionately favorable endowment in the western part of the state. Portland has the Gorge. Seattle has Olympic National Park and the northern Cascades.

Wait, what were we talking about?

It turns out there are actually large, unbroken stretches of land in between these places, and in these places are more things. Sure, you’re more than welcome to visit Yosemite Falls for the thousandth time, and you would be right to do so—especially these days, when falls in the nation’s flagship park turn into fire and winter snows begin their runoff, when water cascades 2,000 feet like the flowing strands of a horse’s tail at full gallop.

But here’s a novel idea: Try something new. The interior West has huge tracts of land to explore. While the drive might be a little unbearable at times, depending on the company you keep—we recommend the Irish—beyond the border are once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Choose wisely, and you’ll find wild lands of comparable spectacle as those with more renown at a fraction of the hassle. Or, if that’s your thing, more of a hassle. We all have our style.

So it goes in this week’s edition of the #52WeekAdventure campaign. Get out there and cross state lines into a land of oblivion. We will guide you through the promised land.

Nevada

Idaho

New Mexico

Wyoming

#52AdventureChallenge

We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!

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