Items by Jonathan Thompson

The suburbs didn't die — just short-circuited
A reluctant rebellion in the Utah desert
A reluctant rebellion in the Utah desert
For ATVers at Recapture Canyon, realpolitik meets out-of-town zeal.
The vital diversity of our parks
The vital diversity of our parks
By making our national parks more welcoming to minorities, we realize the potential of “America’s Best Idea.”
Two-wheel revolution in Gallup
Two-wheel revolution in Gallup
Can a bunch of trails and bikes transform this down-and-out New Mexico town?
Touring Indian Country via footrace
Touring Indian Country via footrace
How to run in a reservation race that's both sport and cultural tradition.
Houseboaters vs. river runners
Houseboaters vs. river runners
Two writers debate the cultural differences of fast-water paddlers and still-water luxury boaters.
How to save your town from the interstate
How to save your town from the interstate
Arts tourism revives a reservation border town.
Google Street Viewers can now raft the Grand Canyon
Absurdly high rents in North Dakota, feral chihuahuas, and "meth" candy in Albuquerque.
The long arm of California energy policy
The long arm of California energy policy
The Golden State's legacy in the Interior West is about to change.
A 100-pound pet tortoise wanders away, and cats are still killing birds.
A 100-pound pet tortoise wanders away, and cats are still killing birds.
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.
Terrorized by coyotes, denied a school lunch, and a controversial superbowl ad
The Vegas Paradox
The Vegas Paradox
In Sin City, excess and efficiency walk hand-in-hand.