Recreation

Should coyote hunting contests be banned?
Should coyote hunting contests be banned?
The debate over organized kills and whether they actually impact population, via a new podcast.
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Precipitation in recent months chips away at California drought, but the water deficit will be hard to overcome.
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
Forest Service leaves control of water rights to ski resorts
How does industry control of water affect public land management?
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.
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.