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?
Two-wheel revolution in Gallup
Two-wheel revolution in Gallup
Can a bunch of trails and bikes transform this down-and-out New Mexico town?
A path to an unexpected place
A path to an unexpected place
Gallup’s challenge is to use its nascent recreation economy to benefit the entire community.
A Japanese fly-fishing art comes to life
A Japanese fly-fishing art comes to life
Centuries-old tenkara is becoming a hit on streams in the American West.
Mind over mountain
Mind over mountain
A partly paralyzed athlete pushes his limits, as adaptive recreation booms in the West.
Touring Indian Country via footrace
Touring Indian Country via footrace
How to run in a reservation race that's both sport and cultural tradition.
Native American tourism quietly thrives
Native American tourism quietly thrives
Can tourists benefit, not just exploit, tribal communities?
Adventure travel vs. conservation
Adventure travel vs. conservation
A conversation with outdoor entrepreneur Bill Bryan.
Corporate giant Xanterra takes over operations at Glacier National Park
Houseboaters vs. river runners
Houseboaters vs. river runners
Two writers debate the cultural differences of fast-water paddlers and still-water luxury boaters.
Backpacking with monster skeeters
Backpacking with monster skeeters
An Alaska encounter with the fiercest of the 176 mosquito species that roam the U.S.
49 trout streams of southern Colorado
49 trout streams of southern Colorado
A review of the guidebook 49 trout streams of southern Colorado
How to travel the West on $5,000 per day
How to travel the West on $5,000 per day
Our pick of high-end tourism accessories includes a $600K RV and an 87-tool Swiss Army knife.
Four women joyride the flood that will revive the Colorado River Delta
A little paddling won’t hurt the Yellowstone experience
Paddling bill is bad news for Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks
Paddling bill is bad news for Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks
How boaters are looking for special treatment.
Google Street Viewers can now raft the Grand Canyon
Let’s not bring Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
Let’s not bring Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
Critique of a developer’s plan to haul tourists on a tramway to the Colorado River.
Even unpopular national parks are economic engines
Pacific Crest Trail: A Journey in Photographs by Chris Alexander
Pacific Crest Trail: A Journey in Photographs by Chris Alexander
A hiker documents the entire trail on his five-month journey.