Recreation

Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Summer is always high season for fatal outdoor accidents, but increased lightning and heat seem to make it worse.
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Durango may be moving on, but wider fears about the toxic spill still reverberate.
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Over a year later, officials are navigating thorny legal issues from taxes to licensure.
Wilderness as therapist
Wilderness as therapist
A growing number of veterans and researchers are racing to understand nature’s power to heal.
National forests to decide where snowmobiles are welcome
National forests to decide where snowmobiles are welcome
A new rule requires the government to specify areas for winter motorized users.
Private property blocks access to public lands
Private property blocks access to public lands
Public lands belong to everyone. But private landowners can make it hard to get to them.
Hunters and anglers organize against land transfers
Hunters and anglers organize against land transfers
Sixty-nine percent of hunters in the 11 Western states rely on public lands for the sport.
After a ski patroller’s death, a flurry of questions
After a ski patroller’s death, a flurry of questions
Forest Service permitting issues complicate a southwestern Colorado tragedy
Six decades of river exploration
Six decades of river exploration
Review of “Downstream Toward Home” by Oliver A. Houck.
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
The giant pit may hold clues about the demise of the West’s ancient megafauna.
Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Hunters may lose influence as other groups are asked to increase their contributions.
‘Poverty with a view,’ in the rearview
‘Poverty with a view,’ in the rearview
I spent my 20s in some of the most beautiful towns in the West.
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
The river’s future may include longer droughts, larger floods and shrinking snowpack.
Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Trails, campgrounds and wildlands will qualify for federal funding for improvements.
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Outdoor recreation businesses say state water plan must do more to protect rivers.
National parks ponder fee increases
National parks ponder fee increases
Entrance fees haven't gone up since 2008.
A new century with carnivores
A new century with carnivores
Learning to see predators as companions, not competition.
When is lightning likely?
When is lightning likely?
The National Weather Service’s new lightning potential index.
Want a trophy buck? Ditch the camo and get a guide
Want a trophy buck? Ditch the camo and get a guide
Study looks at successful types of big game hunters
Recreational deaths soar this summer
Recreational deaths soar this summer
Grand Canyon and Colorado rivers have record year for deaths.
Lay of the land
Lay of the land
Review of ‘How to Read the American West: A Field Guide’ by William Wyckoff
Summer swimming in a Washington lake
Summer swimming in a Washington lake
A writer takes the plunge in frigid water.
Was the fatal thunderstorm in California a climate phenomenon?