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.
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
Boy Scout habitat takes a hit in Idaho
The Idaho Panhandle National Forest is in retreat over its longstanding support for the Mallard-Larkin Wilderness
When an avalanche comes calling
When an avalanche comes calling
Some backcountry skiers are triggering avalanches without regard for those who might be skiing below them.
Nothing to lose but your leash
Nothing to lose but your leash
When did human beings become slaves to their dogs, required to take them everywhere, even cross-country skiing?
Tourism creates jobs, but it's still a mixed bag
The White House promotes tourism as economic boon, but many positions are low wage
Target shooting on public lands should be regulated
Impacts on saguaros point to need for rules