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  • Out stealing rocks from special places

    Out stealing rocks from special places

    The author leaves no trace -- but sometimes leaves with a trace of local geology in his pocket.

  • Nature fierce and not so pretty

    Nature fierce and not so pretty

    Spend enough time around a bird feeder, and you’ll realize that nature is less like a poetic cartoon and more like a gritty crime novel by someone like Elmore Leonard.

  • Room for everyone

    Room for everyone

    A "hodgepodge of humanity" visits Mojave desert hot springs -- and there's room enough for all.

  • Nature illiteracy

    Nature illiteracy

    Many hikers are obsessed about correct identification of flora and fauna, but a stalwart few are fine with simply seeing a bird as a bird.

  • Boots on the trail ought to pay up

    Boots on the trail ought to pay up

    The hikers who are loving Colorado’s fourteeners to death need to repair the damage they’re doing and help out either physically or financially.

  • Following your passion

    Following your passion

    The bones of Everett Ruess, who vanished into the desert at the age of 20, have been identified 75 years later, but the mystery of his life – and the details of his death – remain unknown.

  • Two weeks in the West

    On public lands throughout the West, hikers, bikers, horseback riders and off-roaders compete for trail space, while beleaguered land-managers struggle to come up with workable forest management plans.

  • Fed up with paying to play

    Chris Wallace’s refusal to pay daily user fees on Arizona’s Mount Lemmon led to a courtroom decision that has thrown the entire future of the federal recreational fee program into doubt

  • Going Big

    Mountain bikers are finally winning respect, along with increased access to trails, but a growing breed of gonzo riders with heavy, fast, high-tech bikes -- and a thirst for riding in wilderness – could threaten all that.

  • Learning from Moab's example

    In the North Fruita Desert of western Colorado, the BLM has come up with a plan to enable motorized and non-motorized recreationists to share the outdoors

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