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?
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.
Tales from the Edge: A review of Extremophilia
Tales from the Edge: A review of Extremophilia
The essays in Fred Haefele's slim collection Extremophilia, River Rats, Timber Tramps, Biker Trash, and Realtors are both casual and transcendent explorations of the West.
The lure of skiing in avalanche country
The lure of skiing in avalanche country
Powder calls, but skiing in the backcountry can be a dangerous game.
A scrappy community ski hill hangs on in Colorado
A scrappy community ski hill hangs on in Colorado
In Lake City, Colo., the state's oldest ski lift is still hauling skiers up modest slopes at even more modest prices.
Rethinking recreation in grizzly country
Last year's deaths and changing ecological factors point to a need for a new approach to hiker safety
Generosity of voice and heart: A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Generosity of voice and heart: A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild describes her arduous trek along the Pacific Crest Trail as she seeks to recover from life-changing grief.
Scars of an unfinished ski area
Scars of an unfinished ski area
The proposed Bitterroot ski resort in Montana remains unfinished, entangled in financial and environmental problems.
Slippery science: avalanche prediction still tricky
Upcoming models advance avalanche science by factoring in individual snowflake type
Crowd control and wilderness redux at Yosemite's Half Dome
How should a popular hike be managed to maintain wilderness character?
Exploring the myths of the Yellowstone supervolcano
Despite doomsday predictions, the Yellowstone caldera not due for an eruption
"The Way Home: Returning to our National Parks"
A new film follows African American seniors in Yosemite, raising awareness of national parks among people of color