Recreation

National parks ponder fee increases
National parks ponder fee increases
Entrance fees haven't gone up since 2008.
A new century with carnivores
A new century with carnivores
Learning to see predators as companions, not competition.
When is lightning likely?
When is lightning likely?
The National Weather Service’s new lightning potential index.
About a disappearance in a national park
About a disappearance in a national park
The author may have been the last person to hear the voice of a missing hiker at Mesa Verde National Park
The ATV culture includes loose regulations -- and kids' funerals
The ATV culture includes loose regulations -- and kids' funerals
Western kids have fun -- and die -- motoring off-road, thanks to loose ATV regulations, a libertarian spirit and fun-loving parents.
My public land pup
My public land pup
Hiking on the West's public lands is better with a canine companion
Five windshield visions
Five windshield visions
A Western road trip is full of the unexpected
Sycamore Canyon: an essay
Sycamore Canyon: an essay
An expectant couple goes rock climbing.
Of sense and salinity: A swim in the Great Salt Lake
Of sense and salinity: A swim in the Great Salt Lake
Open-water swimmers revive historical swimming routes in Utah's dead sea
National Parks visitation statistics, 1904-2012
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
A desert hiker finds a lot to like in little-known Bureau of Land Management gems.
Visitors to public lands seek different experiences than in the past
Visitors to public lands seek different experiences than in the past
With demographic shifts, trendy activities like wildlife viewing and kayaking are increasing faster than traditional activities like hunting and backpacking.
Travel, HCN-style
Travel, HCN-style
Editor’s note for HCN’s second annual special issue on travel in the West describes some quirky personal trips.