Items by Craig Childs
An off-roading conservationist navigates some gnarly landscape on the road to more protection for the Utah desert.
The author traces the paths of peoples that have wandered the earth for centuries, from Alaska to the Southwest.
Craig Childs goes time-traveling in the buttes and basins of south-central Oregon, and ponders signs of early human occupation.
In the West's rural lands, you might think you're invisible, but the old-timers -- and their dogs -- know you are there.
Craig Childs narrates his paddle down the Lower San Juan, with photos and video he took on the trip.
Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.
Unexpected encounters with an injured bull elk and a couple of teenage boys lead a writer to consider the meaning of fatherhood.
Craig Childs explores the fine line that separates archeology from grave-robbing in the American Southwest.
Craig Childs lifts the rug of modern-day Phoenix, Ariz., to examine the remnants of the civilization that preceded it – the Hohokam people, who also built a great city in the middle of the desert, and flourished until the day they ran out of water.
In a dark, narrow storm drain below the border town of Douglas, Ariz., eight illegal immigrants drowned in the summer of 1997
The experience of watching a mountain lion is utterly transformed when the watcher realizes he is the one being watched
A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane
The name "Anasazi" has fallen out of favor, but none of the other names now used for this vanished civilization are satisfactory, either
Susan Ryan, a young archaeologist, has some unusual ideas about why the Anasazi left their homes in the Southwest, 700 years ago
On a 10-day walk through the northwestern New Mexico desert, the author follows an ancient road that leads him from silent Indian ruins into noisy, modern gas fields
As Baghdad’s museums are stripped bare by looters, a desert wanderer recalls the experience of finding a perfect Anasazi pot, hidden in an unnamed Utah canyon
In Cities of Gold, his first historical novel, William K. Hartmann interweaves the conquistadors of the 16th with a contemporary murder mystery in Tucson.
A visit to the biggest forest fire in Colorado history - the Hayman Fire - and time spent with some of those battling it leads the author to speculate on the mystery and complexity of humanity's relationship with fire.
An essay from the author's book, "The Desert Cries," in which he tours Antelope Canyon, where a flood once took the lives of hikers.
In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.
A hike through the old growth of Olympic National Park with former millworker Jim Podlesny reveals more than one way to look at a giant Douglas-fir, and also at the life of a one-time logging community.
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