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?
Will Utah clean up its sale of public wildlife?
Sportsmen are growing fed up with a system that lets private organizations pocket millions off the state's wildlife
Public lands agencies are charging for nothing
Public lands agencies are charging for nothing
A court decision knocked down “amenity” fees at national forests, but the USFS still tries to charge
Report from Outdoor Retailer
In which an HCN editor wanders the gigantic gear show -- and finds out the latest about the industry's conservation strategy
The Continental Divide Trail gains new protectors
The Continental Divide Trail gains new protectors
After its original trail group dissolved in January, in July the new Continental Divide Trail Coalition formed. They'll coordinate protection and maintenance of the long-distance hiking route through five Western states.
It's all about the aircraft, not the Grand Canyon
It's all about the aircraft, not the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon will continue to lack a precious ingredient -- silence
Can the outdoor gear industry wield its power for conservation?
Can the outdoor gear industry wield its power for conservation?
Pioneering mountaineer Peter Metcalf built Black Diamond into a successful climbing-gear business when nobody thought it could be done. But his dream of turning the outdoor industry into a force for nature remains tantalizingly elusive.
Harvesting versus hunting
Let's call killing animals what it really is, and discuss from there
Is the outdoor industry really a green giant?
Is the outdoor industry really a green giant?
The green-leaning $600 billion outdoor industry aspires to be a major conservation player, but so far it's done more talk than walk.
Dueling Letters: Utah's Governor versus Black Diamond's CEO
Conservation Alliance Grants, 2011-2012
Conservation Alliance Grants, 2011-2012
A map showing the grants given by the Outdoor Industry Association's sister organization, the Conservation Alliance.
Congress thwarts effort to reduce Grand Canyon noise pollution
Congress thwarts effort to reduce Grand Canyon noise pollution
A last-minute provision in July’s transportation bill overrules Park Service recommendations for quieting the cacophony of sightseeing air traffic over the Grand Canyon.
Can capitalism boost conservation?
Can capitalism boost conservation?
The outdoor-gear industry makes its living off a landscape it claims to love. But when it comes to spending cash for conservation, it hasn’t done much.
Wheels of change
A new policy for bikes on national park trails
Disney's Unlikely Heroine: The Huntress
Typically, Disney films feature unflattering stereotypes of brutish hunters and passive princesses. Brave is a delightful exception.
Three days in the Four Corners
Three days in the Four Corners
A loop around the Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet, leads into a land of both historical and geological friction.
Three days in eastern Montana
Three days in eastern Montana
A saunter through the grasslands of eastern Montana brings interesting encounters with cowboys, bull-riders, small-towners and BLM rangers, not to mention wildlife and endless skies.
Three days in western Nevada
Three days in western Nevada
A lot of places call themselves "gateway cities," but Reno, Nev., is truly the gateway to a lot of strange and amazingly gorgeous places.
Why I never hike alone
Why I never hike alone
After a fallen boulder pins her leg to the ground, a hiker learns the hard way how important it is to hike with friends, or at least to leave notes about where you are going.
Shooting at The Gun Store in Las Vegas
Shooting at The Gun Store in Las Vegas
Move over, Elvis impersonators, and step aside, blackjack. Machine gun rentals just may be the next big entertainment fix in Sin City.
The Atlas of the Industrial West
The Atlas of the Industrial West
An annotated map shows you how to find some of the West's odder sites, such as old bombing ranges, giant dams, huge industrial projects and giant telescope arrays.