Recreation

How to turn motorized rec into a sustainable economy
How to turn motorized rec into a sustainable economy
In 2010, Challis, Idaho, created a trail for ATV riders. Now, it’s enjoying an economic boost.
What the two-wheeled tourist can offer tiny towns
What the two-wheeled tourist can offer tiny towns
Cycling tourism contributes nearly $377 million annually to Montana’s economy.
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The Shoshone power plant is the cornerstone for water rights in the upper river.
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.
#whereisjose: The man forging a new path in the outdoors
#whereisjose: The man forging a new path in the outdoors
José González is tapping into Latinos’ passion for nature.
Christina Benton: Nomadic mama with a mission
Christina Benton: Nomadic mama with a mission
An African-American family hits the road on an RV adventure to spread the word about diversity in national parks.
Photos: Inside the controversial sport of coyote coursing
Photos: Inside the controversial sport of coyote coursing
This subset of coyote hunting involves trained dogs and is relatively uncommon in the West.
Who’s cutting illegal ski trails in the Santa Fe National Forest?
Who’s cutting illegal ski trails in the Santa Fe National Forest?
On the trail of a backcountry criminal with the Forest Service.
The outdoors gender gap needs to be closed
The outdoors gender gap needs to be closed
Women’s tax dollars help fund public land – yet that public asset isn’t seen as safe for all people to enjoy.
National Park Service chief expands sexual harassment probe
National Park Service chief expands sexual harassment probe
Upcoming survey to determine if misconduct at the Grand Canyon represents a widespread problem.
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.