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GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO Welcome to the country’s wildest sandbox. In unpopulated southern Colorado, rows of folded dunes trap pockets of perfect darkness and, on windless nights, absolute silence. You can’t go wrong camping anywhere
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Berry Bliss
THERE IS SUCH A THING as a death march on the water. I learned that one summer leading a group of teenagers through a daylong headwind on Quebec’s Lac Poulter. Whitecaps crested over our bows and we battled sideways rain for hours. When we finally re
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Best Summer Ever
WAKE UP FAST. SOAK IN FIFTH WATER HOT SPRINGS. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT THESE STEAMY TUBS stacked under a trio of waterfalls don’t just feel heavenly: Minerals burbling up from the deep turn the pools bright shades of cobalt, periwinkl