Top Activity: Backcountry Journeys

Backcountry journeys take you away from civilization and into true wilderness. Exploring the backcountry can difficult, but is equally rewarding.

If you're looking for the country's best backcountry areas, the off-the-beaten-path wilderness within these places are worth exploring on a multi-day trip:

Southeastern Utah

Southeastern Utah’s canyon country is bizarre, remote and gorgeous — all the elements of an unforgettable backcountry journey.

Greater Grand Canyon

One of the last regions in the continental United States to be mapped, the Greater Grand Canyon offers hikers a chance to view Grand Canyon and nearby marvels away from the crowds.

Sierra Nevada

The mountains of the High Sierras — including the largest peak in the lower 48 states — offer breathtaking scenery to climbers and hikers.

Greater Dinosaur Region

Colorado’s Greater Dinosaur Region — the “sagebrush Yellowstone” —  offers true backcountry journeys, abundant wildlife and rugged scenery.

Dolores River Basin

The Dolores River Basin offers hikers a taste of America’s Wild West. Ancient petroglyphs, abandoned cowboy cabins, wild canyons and working cattle ranches contribute a pioneer feeling to the 230 miles stretch of the Dolores River.