Insider Tips

Whether you’re a wilderness pro or just embarking on your first adventure, you probably care about wild places.

Learn some insider tips on how to enjoy and protect wilderness.

Planning ahead

Before you venture into wilderness, prepare yourself with some knowledge. Our planning ahead tips will help you learn all you need to know – from finding the right gear to understanding outdoor ethics.

Things to do

Whether you want to find the best place for your favorite outdoor recreation, or explore new activities, check out our Things to Do tips. They will help you enjoy wilderness to the fullest - while protecting the wild places you love.

Wilderness lingo

Become a true insider by learning what terms like “mandal,” “slackpack” and “peak bagging” mean.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Development of natural areas in the United States, coupled with expected changes in climate, have increased the importance of migration corridors that connect protected natural areas. Large, connected wild lands reduce the isolation of animal and plant populations and allow for migration and movement that can help preserve populations of wild species and enhance genetic and ecosystem diversity. 

  • Sarah Graddy

    An analysis of more than 8,700 low-producing natural gas wells in two counties in the San Juan Basin, San Juan and Rio Arriba, determined that BLM’s rule will have little to no negative impact on these marginal wells.

    The results of the study indicate that the new rule—which aims to reduce waste from venting, flaring and leaks from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands—will actually increase overall production and royalties paid to support vital services in the state of New Mexico.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The measure would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, protect two wilderness areas in New Mexico and address water supply and river restoration efforts in the Yakima Basin in Washington state.