Hiking in the spring, summer, and fall in Minnesota and Arizona is more enjoyable than in most other states, according to a new study.
That’s partly thanks to the presence of some of the country’s most active, mosquito-abundant regions.
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the University of California-Davis and published in the journal PLOS One, also found that the average daily mosquito-carrying counts in the areas were actually lower than those in places like California, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
“We can’t say for sure, but based on our observations in the U.S. and other locations, this may be because there are fewer mosquitoes in the winter, so you can get to a more remote location and enjoy the fresh air and sun,” said study co-author James R. Pomeroy, a professor of geography and ecology at UC-Davis.
“It also helps if you have a nice hot day, because you’ll have more mosquitoes,” he added.
Here are five hiking trails in your backyard or in the foothills that offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.