Recreation

Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
Vote in our bracket-style tournament to crown the West's best public lands on which to recreate.
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
Review of “Only the Essential: A Hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Colin Arisman.
Wasting disease in wildlife inches toward Yellowstone
Wasting disease in wildlife inches toward Yellowstone
The illness affects moose, elk and deer and may be carried by long-distance migrations.
Land art of the West: An interactive map
Land art of the West: An interactive map
A guide to some of the West's most prominent pieces of land art or earthworks and some of the altered landscapes that interested or inspired land artists.
Ray Ring's Nevada route
Ray Ring's Nevada route
The travel route the author took when touring around Reno, Nevada.
Neil LaRubbio's Montana route
Neil LaRubbio's Montana route
The travel route the author took in Montana
Faraway, favorite and less-than-famous places
Faraway, favorite and less-than-famous places
Staffers and subscribers briefly describe some of their favorite outdoor hangouts in the West.
Cally Carswell's New Mexico route
Cally Carswell's New Mexico route
The travel route the author took when visiting New Mexico
Western travel tips
Western travel tips
The travelers at High Country News offer some hard-earned advice for Western adventurers.
Our first travel issue
Our first travel issue
We're all tourists in someone else's town, all of us just wandering through the world, so why not do a special issue on travel in the West?
Enjoying the wilderness
An impending Grand Canyon raft trip sparks appreciation for preservation, even in places we may never go
Search and … inform
Preventative search and rescue may help national parks save money and lives
Talking vegetarianism to a hunter
Talking vegetarianism to a hunter
An airplane chat between a vegetarian and a hunter yields unexpected common ground, largely over a mutual love and respect for wildlife.
Protection versus promotion at Brown's Canyon
Protection versus promotion at Brown's Canyon
If national monument or wilderness designation gets more people to visit Browns Canyon, wouldn't that threaten the very resource that is supposed to be protected by that action?
Anglers can be advocates for endangered fish
Anglers can be advocates for endangered fish
An early encounter with the wily bull trout teaches an angler lifelong respect for this rare fish, and for the Endangered Species Act that helps keep it alive.
Ted Nugent doesn’t speak for me
Ted Nugent doesn’t speak for me
Hunters, gun owners and NRA members need an articulate spokesman, but a loudmouth like Ted Nugent is not the ideal candidate.
Debate over what makes a road rages on in Utah
The state sues for control and road access in public lands -- for recreation and extraction
Matters of life and death: A review of Contents May Have Shifted
Matters of life and death: A review of Contents May Have Shifted
In Contents May Have Shifted, Pam Houston writes about a writer’s journeys, both physical and emotional
How now, Browns Canyon
National Monument or no? Sen. Mark Udall solicits local input
Dispatches from the other border: A review of A Good Man
Dispatches from the other border: A review of A Good Man
A Good Man -- the third novel in Guy Vanderhaeghe's U.S.-Canada border trilogy -- thoughtfully explores life in that region during the late 1800s.
Earth Day -- Gone Fishin'
Sometimes, the best way to celebrate Earth Day is just enjoying Mother Nature.
Hunters ask for protection from enviros
The Sportsmen's Heritage Act would significantly expand hunting's legal reach.
Big game tag auctions raise big bucks for Western states
Big game tag auctions raise big bucks for Western states
Hunting tag auctions may get too pricey for a lot of Western hunters, but they also raise significant money for conservation projects.