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Gear Review: Chaco Women's Updraft Bulloo

Chaco Updraft Bulloo Sandal ReviewBy Nadia Gomez

I have to confess that I've been a quiet admirer of the Chaco line of sport sandals for some years now. As a person who is forever on a quest for the perfect walking shoe—especially for the summer months—I've been drawn to their chunky ergonomic soles, sturdy straps and unassuming style.

FREE Entry to National Parks on National Public Lands Day 2012

National Public Lands DayGet out your hiking boots and prepare the kids for a super Saturday in the great outdoors. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is September 29, 2012 and allows visitors to gain FREE entrance to select public lands. Here’s your opportunity to visit that park you’ve always wanted to check out.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Quarter Bursts with Beauty

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Quarters America the Beautiful Quarter ProgramOn August 27 the public will get an eyeful with the release of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Quarter. The coin features a spectacular eruption of Kilauea Volcano, with lava spitting high in the air.

Camp Foods We Love

Smores camping foodOne of the best parts of an outdoor trip is the grub! What would camping be without roasting marshmallows by the fire or digging into some Sloppy Joes? You gotta get creative with food in the woods. Whether it’s bite-sized snacks or a filling dish, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite camping foods for your next adventure.

Sloppy Joes


Oh, Ranger! Vermont State Parks AppOh, Ranger! ParkFinder™ is now powering the official mobile application of Vermont State Parks.

Acadia National Park Quarter Features Maine’s Famous Coastline

Acadia National Quarter America the Beautiful QuarterThe first U.S. national park on the East Coast is now forever engraved on a coin. The Acadia National Park Quarter is the third America the Beautiful Quarter this year and the thirteenth coin in the series.

Celebrate National Trails Day

National Trails DayThe United States has more than 200,000 miles of trails. These pathways bring you close to nature, offer breathtaking scenic views and make you appreciate the environment. Following trails is a good workout and rewarding experience that can be a fun group outing or a solitary journey.

National Parks Offer Ideal Viewing of Solar Eclipse

Solar EclipseMark your calendars for May 20. That Sunday will be the first solar eclipse viewable on U.S. soil in 18 years. The best way to see the amazing spectacle is in a national park. The solar eclipse can be seen in more than 30 national parks.

Secret National Parks of NYC

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, New YorkNew York City is better known for its sweeping avenues, towering skyscrapers and massive crowds than its green pastures. But there’s more to the Concrete Jungle than meets the eye. Outdoor areas and recreation are plentiful here—if you know where to look. We uncover three noteworthy spots that take you away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

Experience the Arctic One Page at a Time

To the Arctic Photography BookGoing on an Arctic expedition may seem like a nearly impossible journey, but photographer Florian Schulz brings the distant landscape right to the coffee table.

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