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March 2005, Volume 7, Number 2

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Features

New Frontiers of the Southwest

Stephen Lekson Has a Theory...
One of the world's leading authorities on the Anasazi leads DAVID ROBERTS on a rollicking road (and off-road) trip from New Mexico's Chaco Canyon to Aztec Ruins National Monument to Paquimé, in Mexico, and lays out his controversial idea about how they're all connected. Read excerpt >>

Glen Canyon, Born Again
Be the first to revisit the long-missed, recently reemerged treasures of the other Grand Canyon with this double-trick pullout full of stats to help you pick the perfect time. Download your own free map >>

BY THOMAS BERENATO AND MARK KIRBY

One Trail to Rule Them All
Starting this spring, long-haul hikers have a fresh challenge: the 812-mile (1,307-kilometer) Hayduke Trail. Come along for the pre-hike.

BY JAMES VLAHOS
Photo Gallery
See the new frontiers of the Southwest with exclusive outtakes from Chaco Canyon, the Hayduke Trail, and Glen Canyon. Enter the gallery >>

Four Corners, Four Towns
Taos, Moab, Flagstaff, and Durango: Because every lost weekend needs a crash pad, and every hard day's play deserves an equally wild (or restful) night.

Have You Seen This Croc?
Intrigued by the myth of a gargantuan Nile crocodile said to have killed 300 people, the author flew to Burundi to find out if it was really a demonic Loch Ness Monster or a scapegoat for ethnic cleansing. Read excerpt >>

BY MICHAEL MCRAE

What's Scarier?
Having both blasted into space and summited Denali, NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld holds the unique honor of being the only man to know which is scarier—from firsthand experience. Read excerpt >>

BY DAVID ROBERTS

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Departments

JOURNAL

American Wilds
Forget surfing. Downhill biking on Maui's Skyline Trail is the way to go. It takes you above the clouds and away from the crowds.

BY KRISTIN KIMBALL

Where Next
It's time to hit the slopes for a little spring skiing, but where to? We compare two top contenders: Colorado and Utah.

BY ANDREA MINARCEK

Next Weekend
From dogsledding to ice fishing to hiking among desert wildflowers, we've detailed eight great March getaways for you.

BY JIM GORMAN

Wild Roads
Few routes offer views more spectacular than California's Highway 1. But if you truly want the drive of your life, get out from behind the wheel! Hidden snorkeling, hiking, and biking spots beckon. Read text >>

BY MICHAEL BENOIST

City Escape
Austin city limits? No way! Activities abound day and night in A-Town. Birding, bat-viewing, climbing, and kayaking are just a sampling of the pastimes on tap deep in the heart of this Texas music mecca.

BY SHERMAKAYE BASS

Pelton's World
Robert Young Pelton returns from Baghdad and gives the download on dodging insurgents and life in the Green Zone, including where to eat now that the café has been blasted. Also, a list of Iraq dos and don'ts. Read excerpt >>

Books
Hitch a ride on the hairiest trip yet down the Nile. And decide for yourself who was the first to conquer the North Pole. Plus, large-format moviemaking's main man talks about his passion for the big, big screen.

BY ANTHONY BRANDT

Performance
Sleep strategies for ultra-athletes; ways to up your oxygen intake; how to train like a Navy SEAL; and more.

BY GREG MELVILLE AND KATE ASHFORD

Essentials
The all-you-need-to-know guide to scuba diving, including how to get your certification, exploring great reefs, and suiting up.

BY JERRY SHINE

Gear
Whether you're riding your bike on crunchy country gravel or gritty city asphalt, we've got you covered. Read excerpt >>

BY STEVE CASIMIRO

Leading Edge
It's all in the approach—approach shoes, that is. Find out whether this new hybrid holds its own as both a hiker and a climber.

BY STEVE CASIMIRO

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