Recreation

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.
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.”
The Park Service’s befuddled funding
The Park Service’s befuddled funding
The cash-strapped agency wrestles with corporate sponsorships and budget shortfalls.
How the Park Service is planning for climate change
How the Park Service is planning for climate change
The agency is forging ahead despite meager help from Congress.
How to share a dammed river
How to share a dammed river
Boaters are joining wildlife advocates, farmers and power companies to parcel out each cubic foot of Western rivers.
Biking bill is a smokescreen for opening up wilderness
BLM partners with mountain bikers to combat illegal trails
BLM partners with mountain bikers to combat illegal trails
The agency is increasingly looking to locals to help deal with high demand for recreation access.
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
The state culled wolves that had been collared, and it’s no longer feasible to continue research.
Partisan politics are pulling my town apart
Partisan politics are pulling my town apart
Can lessons from ecology offer a way to find common ground in our polarized nation?
Don’t let Bears Ears go the way of Moab
Don’t let Bears Ears go the way of Moab
Industrial tourism has transformed the town. Bears Ears doesn’t have to suffer the same fate.
Podcast: The backcountry ski boom comes with more risk
Podcast: The backcountry ski boom comes with more risk
Avalanche deaths as well as backcountry skiing are up from 20 years ago.
Why does the outdoor recreation community ignore horseback riders?
Why does the outdoor recreation community ignore horseback riders?
We love and make use of our public lands, but we get no respect.
How my adopted daughter made peace with the outdoors
How my adopted daughter made peace with the outdoors
If our daughter couldn’t tolerate nature, how would we integrate her into our world?
Outdoor outfitters can’t stay quiet on climate change
Outdoor outfitters can’t stay quiet on climate change
The industry is short-changing millions of visitors at a time when dialogue is needed.
Why an outdoor group’s work is ‘more relevant than ever’
Why an outdoor group’s work is ‘more relevant than ever’
The founder of Outdoor Afro talks about racial violence and why we all need a dose of nature.
Photos: A look at the West’s weirdest sports
Photos: A look at the West’s weirdest sports
People compete in everything from pumpkin racing to outhouse sledding.
Nature’s worth, through filmmakers’ eyes
Nature’s worth, through filmmakers’ eyes
A new wave of outdoor films encompass both conservation and adventure.
Meet the new advocates for the West
Meet the new advocates for the West
A generation of young Western activists are using outdoor sports as a step towards conservation.
Meet the badasses bringing outdoor rec to the people who pioneered it
Meet the badasses bringing outdoor rec to the people who pioneered it
More groups are focused on getting Native Americans outside.
Meet the group that’s turning artists into nature’s advocates
Meet the group that’s turning artists into nature’s advocates
In the backcountry, an experiment in using art to elevate environmental issues.
What if I’m not white?
What if I’m not white?
A former sports writer tries to find a place for himself in the outdoors.
Diversity in the outdoors, one hashtag at a time
Diversity in the outdoors, one hashtag at a time
A conversation with Teresa Baker, founder of Hike Like a Girl.
A new generation of warriors for the wild
A new generation of warriors for the wild
Sierra Club rec head Stacy Bare sees a role for veterans in conservation.