Recreation

Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Summer is always high season for fatal outdoor accidents, but increased lightning and heat seem to make it worse.
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Durango may be moving on, but wider fears about the toxic spill still reverberate.
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Over a year later, officials are navigating thorny legal issues from taxes to licensure.
Immersed in the wild, trekking part of the Pacific Crest Trail
Immersed in the wild, trekking part of the Pacific Crest Trail
Living on wilderness time for 300 miles.
Craig Childs narrates a Canyonlands adventure
Craig Childs narrates a Canyonlands adventure
Images from a month-long trip with friends in 1999.
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Not all maps are made of paper. The best ones are spooled in memory.
What IS glamping, anyway?
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.