Essays

Hope in a post-nature society
Hope in a post-nature society
A writer seeks answers from Lake Powell.
The captivating magic of a dry, dusty text
The captivating magic of a dry, dusty text
An encyclopedia-style book published in 1933 offers surprising perspective.
Tolerance in Trump’s America
Tolerance in Trump’s America
Amid fear and despair, we’ll have to find ways to talk to each other.
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
One of the West’s most beloved authors revisits Great Salt Lake.
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Aaron A. Abeyta on his family’s shadowy past in New Mexico
Adventures of a roving Bookmobile driver
Adventures of a roving Bookmobile driver
This is not your typical library job.
Looking over the edge
Looking over the edge
2016 Bell Prize runner-up.
Healing on the river
Healing on the river
2016 Bell Prize winner.
How to shear a sheep — and why
How to shear a sheep — and why
On the satisfaction of back-breaking labor.
Remembering a ‘free man’ who died at the Grand Canyon
Remembering a ‘free man’ who died at the Grand Canyon
A transient outdoorsman, he only wanted to be in the mountains or down some canyon.
The afterlife of cotton
The afterlife of cotton
Through the present and past of a border town, on the trail of literary legend José Revueltas.
Sometimes a place
Sometimes a place
A family’s journey from the San Luis Valley to Denver, in illustrations.
How humans nurtured the hated mosquito
How humans nurtured the hated mosquito
Alexander von Humboldt and the spread of Aedes aegypti.
A mother’s flight into the desert
A mother’s flight into the desert
An excerpt from Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me.
 Humans and ecosystems mix it up on the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
Humans and ecosystems mix it up on the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
Everything moves across lines here. Nothing’s straightforward.
On borders, north and south
On borders, north and south
How the natural world challenges human notions of division.
Ranch Diaries: Two years into Triangle P Cattle, we’re coming into our own
Ranch Diaries: Two years into Triangle P Cattle, we’re coming into our own
My childhood cowgirl dreams and family traditions are settling in and coming to fruition.
The slaughter of innocents
The slaughter of innocents
After prairie dogs invade a corner of her lot, a writer weighs the cost of eliminating them.
Ranch Diaries: Late summer rain brings new wild foods
Ranch Diaries: Late summer rain brings new wild foods
How to use wild purslane and algerita berries, and how to not mistake death camas for wild onions.
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A wild river is “a necessity of the human spirit.”
Ranch Diaries: After a dry spell, we finally have good rain at the ranch
Ranch Diaries: After a dry spell, we finally have good rain at the ranch
We altered our grazing plan early in the summer to account for aridity, but now we’re rolling in forage.
The family legacy of fishing
The family legacy of fishing
In a day on the river, a grandfather and grandson find joy despite the lack of fish.
Ranch Diaries: How to have a clear head and rested heart
Ranch Diaries: How to have a clear head and rested heart
It’s difficult to prioritize mental and emotional health in ranching, but vital to do so.