A fragmented stone mountain rising up above scattered coniferous trees.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Brighton Lakes Trail

At the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, tucked into the steep rocky terrain and hidden from view from the road, sits a chain of sparkling alpine lakes. This moderate, three-hour hike offers hikers progressively more impressive rewards as they explore farther up the trail. Mike Matson discusses what you’ll see on the trek, how to modify your route, and more.

Elephants with patterns painted on their trunks carry tourists on their backs.

Family Adventures in India

Children are welcome almost everywhere in India, and there’s enough going on in most towns and cities to keep the young entertained. Here are some of the best family-friendly sights in the country.

A wide verdant swath snakes through the rocky terrain of Capitol Reef.

The Life and Landcape of Capitol Reef National Park

For those interested in spotting creatures like kangaroo rats, Rocky Mountain toads, and perhaps even black bears, as well as sandstone cliff phenomena like desert varnish, Capitol Reef National Park is the place to be. Bill McRae and Judy Jewell share interesting facts about the wildlife, vegetation, and geology of the park.

A male tiger rests on the leaf-strewn ground, his head turned towards the camera.

The Call of the Wild in Northern India

The Golden Triangle is home to some of India’s most spectacular national parks, some of which are also home to wild tigers. If you’re more interested in Mother Nature than in monuments, Northern India won’t disappoint.

A giant tortoise with people gathering fairly close to view it.

Tortoises and Turtles of the Galápagos

Visitors to the Galápagos Islands will marvel at the amazing array of wildlife. For those interested in turtles and tortoises, Ben Westwood explains the different types and where to spot them.

A sea lion on the rocky shore raises its head into the late afternoon sun.

The Wonder of the Galápagos Islands

A visit to the Galápagos Islands changes you, as it changed Charles Darwin. You will return from these islands filled with a sense of wonder, and a clearer view of nature’s fragile beauty. The Galápagos is a glimpse of what life was like before humans threw their weight around, and a reminder that when we seek out perfection, we throw a wrench in nature’s works.

A sea lion with its head and neck raised on the beach.

Observing Galápagos Wildlife and Protecting South American Jungle

The Galápagos give a glimpse of what the world must have been like at the dawn of time, reminding us of both the power and playfulness of nature. Reptiles (such as giant tortoises and iguanas) rule the land, and a magnificent array of fish, rays, sharks, sea lions, turtles, and penguins present a natural spectacle underwater. The rugged volcanic landscapes—blackened lava trails and smoldering craters —make the geology as fascinating as the wildlife.