Need a few moments (2:20) of calm and beauty? Watch this lovely video shot at Great Smoky Mountains National Park–or better yet, plan a fall trip to the Smoky Mountains to see the leaves changing.
Autumn is in the air, and this video makes us excited for the burst of color on the mountain heralding the new season. Nice photography, music, and just long enough (3:41) to get you in the mood for fall!
Bodie State Historic Park is in northern California, just north of Mono Lake and Lee Vining, California, 13 miles off of Highway 395. Bodie is an old mining town that is now a ghost town–and, a protected state park. Despite two devastating fires, and a remote location that would be ideal for vandals and artifact […]
Watch this four minute nature video from Evosia Studios featuring some of my favorite places: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Coyote Buttes, Antelope Slot Canyon, and more, all set to a pleasant piece of music. Nice photography and great time lapse editing make for a nice journey into the wild heart.
With the mounting cost of search and rescue operations, and the trend in search and rescue organizations and local counties wanting to bill people they rescue for their efforts, it seems as though getting outdoors and going on a day hike could end up being very costly if there was an accident and assistance was […]
Watch this six-minute video of stunning time lapse photography from New Zealand. The best part is looking at the night sky in the Southern Hemisphere. From volcanoes, to oceans, to forests and mountains, the folks at Primal Earth Images do a fine job of sharing the beauty in their part of the world.
We had a chance to visit White Sands National Monument since some friends from out of town were going and invited us to join them. It was a sunny, windless, perfect spring day, and the large soft white dunes were inviting and just a heck of a lot of fun to explore. Our friends were […]
I was asked recently about how to gear up for day hiking from a new hiker. Here is a list of things you need to get into hiking and enjoy the experience. Your Backpack — Find a good backpack that fits on your body well, has comfortable shoulder straps, and easy-to-get-to pockets. Many packs these […]
Luckily, the TrailDirt crew had an urgent errand to run that brought us to the Bluegrass state for a very short stay, and we decided we couldn’t leave the state and its unbridled spirit without hitting its most important, most valuable, and most defining trail: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail. It was February 15th, 2013, the day of the […]
Good news. The population of reintroduced Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico has been increasing and the wolves are now at 75 animals, 20 of which are pups. The population is the highest it has been in the 14 years since the wolves were reintroduced into the Southwest. At the end of 2011, […]
“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” — Edward Abbey Enjoy this lovely slice-of-wildlife video production shot entirely at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The video ends after three minutes and 39 seconds of sublime natural beauty, making you wish you had planned a trip to Northern California sooner […]
Dominique Liboiron is my new hero. He arrived in New Orleans today after canoeing waterways and rivers all the way from Saskatchewan, Canada, into Moon’s Landing along the Mississippi River at the French Quarter, where he was greeted by members of his family. Dominique made the eight month journey in memory of his uncle, who loved […]
The Lab of Ornithology at Cornell has produced this delightful mini-film of researchers in Costa Rica tracking and communicating with a Pale-billed Woodpecker, the cousin to the Ivory-billed and Imperial Woodpeckers, which are considered critically endangered/possibly extinct. If you are a bird watcher, a science nerd, or a jungle hiking fan, this 11 minute film […]
At Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market 2013 show, the state of Utah and its governor, Gary Herbert, presented “The State of Utah Outdoor Recreation Vision” after suggestions from the large trade show and its constituency to plan for and protect outdoor recreation and natural resources in the state of Utah. As a former Utah resident, taxpayer, […]
Dave Collins is going to show you how to transition into ultralight backpacking. His start-up, CleverHiker.com, which can be more deeply researched here, consists of instructional videos that he will host, showing you all his tips, gear, and tricks to make any epic backpacking through-hike on the AT, PCT–or anywhere–more enjoyable using lightweight gear and […]
I’ll admit it: I am a first-class Ivory-billed Woodpecker junkie. This beautiful, large bird, if not extinct, has been hiding very well since the 1940s; the last known pair of birds was seen and extensively documented by Arthur Allan and Paul Kellogg in 1935 for their report Recent observations of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. When news broke […]
When the winter blues set in and you are stuck inside, sometimes you have to dream and plan for an escape into nature that isn’t snowy or cold. If you live in Arizona, Nevada, or California, you have outdoor options in the winter months. If you don’t live in those states, and you’d like to […]
Check out these great photos of Nevada ghost towns collected over at buzzfeed.com. I love exploring these archeoscapes and pondering about the former residents and the ruins that remain. I hope to have my own photos of these places sooner than later but until then, enjoy the fun collection over at buzzfeed.com.
Skye. Torridon. The Highlands. Scotland. What more can I say? This 5:10 video captures the awesome scenery and the dreamy single tracks so well that I am pretty sure I could go on a mountain biking holiday in Scotland and proclaim it the best adventure ever. Watch and enjoy.
Have you already seen the video of a cow elk splashing in a forest water hole? If not, check out the 46 seconds of gleeful splashing, kicking, jumping, and general joie de vivre on display. It’s adorable.