Recreation

An industrious badger; misspelled markers of death; a political shooting match
Outdoor industry pros rally for public lands in D.C.
Outdoor industry pros rally for public lands in D.C.
Amid threats to rescind monuments, Big Rec gets fired up over Bears Ears.
Death on the river
Death on the river
As summer rafting season begins, safe passage to all river runners.
Developers look to cash in on the Grand Canyon’s popularity
Developers look to cash in on the Grand Canyon’s popularity
The landmark stands at a crossroads, as tourism booms and more development seems inevitable.
Grand Canyon abolishes river district in response to sexual harassment allegations
Grand Canyon abolishes river district in response to sexual harassment allegations
The abrupt decision leaves the future of NPS river management up in the air.
It’s inevitable. There will be bikes in wilderness.
Drugged up fishes, Bundy’s feral cattle, and a how-to for cannibalism
Drugged up fishes, Bundy’s feral cattle, and a how-to for cannibalism
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Western states struggle to reform recreational streambed mining
Western states struggle to reform recreational streambed mining
Recent bills to change suction dredging regulations faltered in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
Stop trying to make biking in wilderness happen. It’s not going to happen.
Forest Service rejects Grand Canyon luxury village
Forest Service rejects Grand Canyon luxury village
The setback is just the latest in a 30-year push to develop the rim.
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
Much of the Park Service’s land in the West is poorly visited and little-known.
The tricky allure of unpeopled places
The tricky allure of unpeopled places
Longing for solitude on the land, and feeling uneasy.
Secrets of the National Park Service
Secrets of the National Park Service
Readers and staff speak out on surprising favorites.
Graffiti is destroying our national landmarks. I’m on a mission to stop it.
It’s been a deadly winter for backcountry fun
It’s been a deadly winter for backcountry fun
What would it take to keep snowmobilers and others safe in avalanche terrain?
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
The much-anticipated land-use plan has ramped up the tensions it promised to defuse.
Should coyote hunting contests be banned?
Should coyote hunting contests be banned?
The debate over organized kills and whether they actually impact population, via a new podcast.
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Precipitation in recent months chips away at California drought, but the water deficit will be hard to overcome.
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
How does industry control of water affect public land management?
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Interior Department investigation shows a history of harassment, hostility and retaliation.
What if the Grand Canyon were private? An alternate future for the park.
Which stories held your attention this year?
Which stories held your attention this year?
From the Animas to Washington wildfire, here are the stories that our readers spent most time on in 2015.
Two visions for the future collide in the Wasatch Range
Two visions for the future collide in the Wasatch Range
As ski resorts push for a mega-connection, backcountry skiers try to save some of the wild