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Moon Muir Trek: Day One Trail Report

Moon’s Senior Cartographer Kat Bennett, her husband Landis, and their friends Chris and Jim are on a three-week backpacking trek to explore the John Muir Trail. Kat is providing periodic trail updates so you can follow along on the journey.

Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Photo © Steven Prorak/123rf.

Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend offers more than 200 miles of hiking trails ranging from short, easy nature walks and day hikes to primitive mountain trails for experienced hikers and overnight backpackers. There’s truly something for everyone here—families can take their time on moderate trails with printed interpretive brochures as a guide, while hard-core backpackers have the option of taking backcountry trails into the desolate wilderness for challenging treks at their own pace.

Big Sur offers picturesque coastal hikes. Photo © Stuart Thornton.

The Best Hikes in Monterey and Carmel

The Monterey and Carmel region contains outstanding hiking trails for all levels of hikers. Here’s a list of the best, including everything from an easy leg-stretching hike to a strenuous multiday backpacking adventure.

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Visit Belize’s Tobacco Caye

If your tropical island dream includes sharing said island with a few dozen fellow travelers, snorkelers, divers, rum drinkers, and hammock sitters from around the world, then Tobacco Caye is your place.

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Moon California Hiking

Join seasoned outdoors authors Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown on an unforgettable adventure. With their unique perspective and advice you can trust, Moon California Hiking has everything you need to know to explore California’s gorgeous trails. Moon California Hiking shows hikers the best way to experience all California has to offer—from breathtaking coastal walks […]

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Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi in Northern Patagonia

Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi is a beautiful spot that connects two countries via a series of scenic roads and waterways. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the park, from sights like Lago Nahuel Huapi to refugios to popular hiking routes and practicalities.