Recreation

Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Expensive artificial wave features can ease dry times for river economies.
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.
Readers’ essays on favorite spots to recreate
Readers’ essays on favorite spots to recreate
Tell us where we can find you paddling, walking and hunting.
Raccoonboy’s guide to urban wilds
Raccoonboy’s guide to urban wilds
When in doubt, climb; fences are made for hopping.
International tourists in Western states, by the numbers
International tourists in Western states, by the numbers
Where they’re from, where they go and where they spend their money.
The West in 72 hours
The West in 72 hours
Asian tourists look for space, spectacles and a decent bowl of noodles.
On the road with America’s sightseers
On the road with America’s sightseers
A photographer looks at three decades of tourism.
Who should manage Grand Teton’s private inholdings?
Who should manage Grand Teton’s private inholdings?
A dead wolf and jurisdictional confusion in an iconic national park.
Lifties and ski patrol go head to head in Telluride
How 'amenity migrants' push out locals
How 'amenity migrants' push out locals
Communities once sustained by local labor now rely on stock market dividends.
Sportsmen’s bill aims to open inaccessible public lands
Sportsmen’s bill aims to open inaccessible public lands
The bill’s prospects appear bright despite congressional gridlock.
An international street artist goes tagging in Joshua Tree
An international street artist goes tagging in Joshua Tree
The latest in a string of graffiti incidents in national parks.
A murky bill for national park waterways
A murky bill for national park waterways
A Yellowstone paddling bill raises hopes, suspicions.
Wilderness as therapist
Wilderness as therapist
A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.
National forests to decide where snowmobiles are welcome
National forests to decide where snowmobiles are welcome
A new rule requires the government to specify areas for winter motorized users.
Private property blocks access to public lands
Private property blocks access to public lands
Public lands belong to everyone. But private landowners can make it hard to get to them.
Hunters and anglers organize against land transfers
Hunters and anglers organize against land transfers
Sixty-nine percent of hunters in the 11 Western states rely on public lands for the sport.
After a ski patroller’s death, a flurry of questions
After a ski patroller’s death, a flurry of questions
Forest Service permitting issues complicate a southwestern Colorado tragedy
Six decades of river exploration
Six decades of river exploration
Review of “Downstream Toward Home” by Oliver A. Houck.
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
The giant pit may hold clues about the demise of the West’s ancient megafauna.
Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Hunters may lose influence as other groups are asked to increase their contributions.
‘Poverty with a view,’ in the rearview
‘Poverty with a view,’ in the rearview
I spent my 20s in some of the most beautiful towns in the West.
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
The river’s future may include longer droughts, larger floods and shrinking snowpack.