High Country News June 25, 2012
A land-art-inspired ramble takes the writer from Michael Heizer's Double Negative, to Robert Smithson's underwater Spiral Jetty, with detours to places including the Bingham Canyon copper mine.
An annotated map shows you how to find some of the West's odder sites, such as old bombing ranges, giant dams, huge industrial projects and giant telescope arrays.
At La Push, Wash., the small but vital Quileute Indian Nation copes with tourists brought by the popular Twilight books and movies.
The travelers at High Country News offer some hard-earned advice for Western adventurers.
Santa Fe may be too ritzy for its britches, but the funky, far-flung towns of southern New Mexico still have that special "spice" that makes the state unique.
Staffers and subscribers briefly describe some of their favorite outdoor hangouts in the West.
A saunter through the grasslands of eastern Montana brings interesting encounters with cowboys, bull-riders, small-towners and BLM rangers, not to mention wildlife and endless skies.
A lot of places call themselves "gateway cities," but Reno, Nev., is truly the gateway to a lot of strange and amazingly gorgeous places.
A loop around the Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet, leads into a land of both historical and geological friction.
We're all tourists in someone else's town, all of us just wandering through the world, so why not do a special issue on travel in the West?
Craig Childs goes time-traveling in the buttes and basins of south-central Oregon, and ponders signs of early human occupation.
Move over, Elvis impersonators, and step aside, blackjack. Machine gun rentals just may be the next big entertainment fix in Sin City.
HCN skips issue; board meeting, intern reunion and reader potluck; growing our readership; breakfast in Bozeman; farewell to Ed Quillen; correction.
In Elevating Western American Art, editor Thomas Brent Smith brings together essays and photos describing how the Petrie Institute at the Denver Art Museum was developed and showcasing its wonders.