Outdoor recreation continues to be one of the mainstays of leisure activities and tourist attractions. Outdoor recreation is valued so highly that many federal, state and local governments devote tax dollars and initiatives towards preserving the natural landscape so it can be enjoyed by the public. State parks, national forests and conserved lands serve as the playground for the outgoing, the outdoorsy and the active.
There are a number of ways that men, women, children and families can enjoy the great outdoors and commune with nature.
The mountains afford opportunities for hiking, biking, rock climbing and spelunking in the warmer months and snowboarding, skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Rivers, lakes, streams and oceans are havens for surfers, fishers, scuba divers, snorkelers, swimmers and whitewater rafters. The forests and meadows are perfect for bird watching, horseback riding, hunting, scouting and camping.
The possibilities for outdoor recreation are virtually limitless. And our Outdoors directory—part of our Recreation directory—is dedicated to bringing you the best of the outdoors. Knowing the ins and outs of the unpredictable (and sometimes dangerous) wilderness can mean the difference between an unforgettable, exhilarating adventure and a tragic accident. Because most outdoor recreational activities occur away from the conveniences and emergency responders that we take for granted in populated areas, preparation is absolutely key. Understanding which supplies, gear and equipment to pack and knowing how to use it is a vital part of ensuring an enjoyable outing. Our resources, links and recommended websites in our Outdoors directory will show you how to stay safe and have fun.