Recreation

Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
What dropping water levels could mean for the region’s recreation economy.
Latest: A controversial ski resort proposal gets approval
Latest: A controversial ski resort proposal gets approval
A Colorado land swap with the Forest Service gives developers a green light.
Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover
Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover
Can a small Alaska town overcome the booms and busts of resource development?
National parks see suicide upticks each summer
National parks see suicide upticks each summer
Rangers handle these tragedies, the parks' second leading cause of death.
How the BLM's communication style can backfire
Managers and the media can create controversy over public land where there shouldn't be.
Con: Colorado National Monument should not become a national park
Con: Colorado National Monument should not become a national park
Grand Junction and a national park are incompatible
Pro: Colorado National Monument should become a national park
Pro: Colorado National Monument should become a national park
Let’s hear it for a new national park in western Colorado
River access in Montana is worth fighting for
River access in Montana is worth fighting for
Even when one's opponents are powerful billionaires
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.
Kids in the backcountry: The earlier, the better
Kids in the backcountry: The earlier, the better
A father understands what’s gained by taking his kids deep into the backcountry again and again as they’re growing up.
Craig Childs on hidden, trail-free BLM gems
Craig Childs on hidden, trail-free BLM gems
KDNK's Nelson Harvey talks with Craig Childs about his story "Secret getaways of the National Conservation System."