“Joshua Tree National Park is synonymous with the desert. Yet record numbers of guests threaten to overwhelm its beauty, wildlife, and small staff.”
Krista Diamond | Longreads | November 2022 | 16 minutes (4,342 words) In 2012, I was working at a hotel in Glacier National Park when a man I’d just met invited me for a day of tubing and drinking beer on the river. Little did I know, I would nearly drown in the rapids. But […]
Are Instagrammers and selfie culture destroying the outdoors? At Outside, Lisa Chase sets off to find out.
Visiting tourist hotspots like the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, Lisa Chase explores “the human desire to lose ourselves in the wild and also to extract, despoil, and package it.”
“With the right hashtag, anyone can view thousands of potential destinations — and choose which to visit based on aesthetics alone.”
Can an American family learn to become outdoorsy in New Zealand, where the natural world is part of the national DNA? Sort of.
Jacqueline Alnes considers the wealth, privilege, racism, and violence inherent in our relationships with U.S. National Parks.
Shanna B. Tiayon recalls an interaction with a National Parks Service bus driver that cast a pall on a family trip to the Grand Canyon.
Amanda Machado adds her voice to the growing chorus of women of color claiming their place in the rugged outdoors.
A personal essay about loving hiking as a Latinx — in both Ecuador, where author Amanda Machado’s family members see it as un-classy and unladylike, and the United States, where hiking has largely been the domain of upper-class whites.