Can't get outdoors? The best books to hold you over.

Can't get outdoors? The best books to hold you over.

Just because we'd all rather be outdoors 24/7 doesn't mean we don't still have a heap of grown-up responsibilities that keep our butts firmly planted… well, indoors. Maybe that big deadline is coming up at work and you can't get away for the weekend, or it might just be that your next bucket-list national park trip is still a few months away. (Oh, the agony of anticipation!)

Whatever the reason, if you're in between excursions but still craving a healthy dose of the Great Outdoors, we've got you covered. We asked the team here at TETON Sports to give us their favorite recommendations for outdoorsy reads, and boy did they deliver! From nature-inspired non-fiction to hair-raising wilderness thrillers, there's something here for everyone to enjoy.

Not a big reader? Check out the humor section and opt for the audio book. We promise they won't disappoint.

Outdoor Fiction & Non-fiction

This is by no means a complete list of the best outdoor fiction and non-fiction books, but it's definitely a good place to start if you're looking for your next great read. In fact, TETONians love to read so much that this section got a little out of control… but we didn't want to leave out anyone's favorites!

A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson Owls of the Eastern Ice by Jonathan C. Slaght
A Woman in the Polar Night by Christiane Ritter Raising Wild by Michael P. Branch
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall Ranger Confidential by Andrea Lankford
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko
Braving It by James Campbell The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Death in Zion National Park: Stories of Accidents and Foolhardiness in Utah's Grand Circle by Randi Minetor (Death in the Parks series) The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime by Ben Moon The Last Season by Eric Blehm
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley
Dirt Work by Christine Byl The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane
Endurance by Alfred Lansing The Optimist by David Coggins
Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li The Wisdom of Wolves by Jim Dutcher and Jamie Dutcher
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Tomboy Bride by Harriet Fish Backus
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Two women peek out from inside a TETON Sports Mammoth Sleeping Bag.Nature & Wildlife Humor

If you like your open-air adventure with a side of humor, we've got just the thing. From animals that hold themselves above the law to a peek into some of the most hilarious reviews people have given our national parks (Bryce Canyon National Park: "Too orange. Too spiky."), these gems are sure to leave you chuckling.

Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw by Will Ferguson

Big Dead Place: Inside the Strange and Menacing World of Antarctica by Nicholas Johnson

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach (and really anything by Mary Roach)

Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying In Alaska by Colleen Mondor

Subpar Parks: America's Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impressed Visitors by Amber Share

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America by Matt Kracht

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost

The Wilderness Idiot by Ted Alvarez

The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play by Nick Offerman (Nick is also a regular columnist for Outside magazine and funny as heck)

A TETON Sports Vista Tent is lit from within at night showing the silhouettes of two people.Wilderness Thrillers

Who doesn't love a good heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat wilderness thriller to pass the time until the next adventure? Okay, maybe not everyone. But for those who do, this list is for you. The moral of the story here is be prepared… and maybe steer clear of rivers. Also, "corporate wilderness retreat" is never a good idea.

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Hunted by Darcy Coates

Shiver by Allie Reynolds (Snowboarding? A remote mountain-top resort? A dark secret from the past? Heck yes.)

The River by Peter Heller

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The Descent by Tim Johnston

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (The first book in a series of national park mysteries)

These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant

Wicked River by Jenny Milchman

A man wearing a TETON Sports Oasis Backpack stares at a lovely, rocky waterfall.Poetry & Prose

Then again, maybe you just want to sit back, relax, and think of how your favorite places in nature make you feel. Hey, we get it. Slip away for a moment or two with these favorites we love to read over and over again, and find your outdoor zen.

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

Anywhere That Is Wild: John Muir's First Walk to Yosemite by Peter Thomas

Crossing Paths by Rick Van de Poll

Crossing Higher Ground by Rick Van de Poll

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

New Collected Poems by Wendell Berry

New Hampshire by Robert Frost

The Nature Lover's Quotation Book by Hatherleigh Press

The Rain in the Trees by W.S. Merwin

Upstream by Mary Oliver

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wilderness Essays by John Muir

Three children snuggle together within a TETON Sports Vista Tent using their Deer Hunter Canvas Sleeping Bags.Kids and Teens

For many of us, our love of the Great Outdoors began at an early age. For the youngest members of your camp crew, we put together a mix of heroic wilderness survival tales, scary stories to tell around the campfire, books for young explorers, and other titles to inspire the next generation of outdoor adventurers.

Alone by Megan E. Freeman

Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail: What Will You Find? by Storey Publishing

Camp Scare by Delilah Dawson

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hike by Pete Oswald

Maisy Goes on a Nature Walk by Lucy Cousins

Moon: A Peek-Through Board Book by Britta Teckentrup

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Mystery In Rocky Mountain National Park by Aaron Johnson (series)

National Parks of the USA by Kate Siber

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras

The Not-So Great Outdoors by Madeline Kloepper

The Hike by Alison Farrell

The Magic and Mystery of Trees by Jen Green

The Wild Lands by Paul Greci

Outside In by Deborah Underwood