OUTSIDE Honors Absolute Travel Partner, American Prairie Reserve, in Its Best of Travel 2015

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OUTSIDE, America’s leading active lifestyle brand, has selected Absolute Travel partner, American Prairie Reserve, as an honoree of its annual Best of Travel awards. American Prairie Reserve was honored as Best of the Wild West; the entire list of winners appears in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 17), and currently online at http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/travel-awards/30-Trips-to-Take-This-Year.html

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This is not simply a wildlife reserve in Montana—the American Prairie Reserve is a remarkable comeback story in the making, and an extraordinary gift for humanity.

This year, OUTSIDE’s adventure travel veterans scoured the globe to identify the coolest mountains to climb, food to eat, rivers to float, guides to hire, beaches to lounge on, and lodges to luxuriate in. The result is 30 breathtaking options — from the guides to show you around, to the cameras to capture it all, to the places to stay, to the best place to grab a snack at a food truck along the way.

“Since 2001, the nonprofit American Prairie Reserve has been working to restore the northern great plains to the pristine condition Lewis and Clark found them in more than 200 years ago,” the article states. “The resulting reserve, in northeast Montana, is now 305,000 acres. The aim is to reach 3.5 million by 2030, creating a U.S. Serengeti and the largest wildlife park in the lower 48, where herds of elk, mule deer, and bison thrive. But don’t wait to go. You can sleep under the stars now at the 11-site Buffalo Camp ($10), four miles north of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, and take a DIY mountain-biking safari on old ranch roads, passing grazing bison and scanning the skies for American kestrels, Sprague’s pipits, and Swainson’s hawks. Or paddle the Missouri River past pioneer homesteads and historic tepees to Kestrel Camp, a set of five luxurious yurts, each with AC, a hot shower, and a veranda for sundowners (from $4,800 for six days).”

“This is not simply a wildlife reserve in Montana—the American Prairie Reserve is a remarkable comeback story in the making, and an extraordinary gift for humanity,” says Absolute Travel president Ken Fish. “Just imagine being a part of Yellowstone or Glacier at their inceptions! Absolute Travel is privileged to connect travelers to America’s Serengeti and, together, help create one of the most impressive conservation projects of our time—in our own backyard.”

“Building America’s next great park is an adventure in and of itself,” says American Prairie Reserve President Sean Gerrity. “So we’re glad to have OUTSIDE’s spotlight shine on all that we’ve accomplished so far. We hope it will result in more supporters for our ambitious project.”

“OUTSIDE has been covering the adventure-travel beat for nearly four decades,” said Editor Chris Keyes. “We know this terrain, and now we’ve narrowed your choices of hotels, destinations, outfitters, and travel gear from approximately 10.6 million to 30. The final choice is still on you, but now the task is at least manageable.”

The complete list of Best of Travel winners will be featured in the April issue of OUTSIDE, available March 17, and already is listed online at http://www.outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/travel-awards/30-Trips-to-Take-This-Year.html. Continue the conversation with #OutsideTravel2015.

About American Prairie Reserve:
Founded in 2001, American Prairie Reserve aims to create and manage a prairie-based wildlife reserve that, when combined with public lands already devoted to wildlife, will protect a unique natural habitat, provide lasting economic benefits, and improve public access to and enjoyment of the prairie landscape. The Reserve, located in northeastern Montana, currently spans 305,000 acres of public and private land that is open to modern day explorers for camping and recreation, providing tangible economic benefits to the surrounding areas. The landscape is one of the most intact prairies left in North America and is home to hundreds of species, including elk, pronghorn, sage grouse, prairie dogs, and a growing bison herd. For more information and to request a visitor map, please visit americanprairie.org. American Prairie Reserve Contact: Hilary Parker; 406.551.3123, hilary(at)americanprairie(dot)org

About Absolute Travel:
Absolute Travel is an award-winning company of trusted, passionate travel specialists who create private journeys to inspiring destinations. Their expertise, knowledge, and personal relationships allow them to design once-in-a-lifetime journeys filled with insider-experiences, unsurpassed service, and on-the-ground spontaneity. In 2013 Travel + Leisure readers and travelers named Absolute Travel the #1 World’s Best Tour Operator. In addition to creating life-changing trips, Absolute Travel is committed to nurturing the places they love alongside their partners in Absolute Awareness.

OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, Outside Books, and now Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Visit us online and on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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