Recreation

Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
A trail along the Trans-Alaska pipeline could be the start of a booming recreation economy.
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
A new volume of maps shows the evolution of how we understand geography.
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
At the border, migrants and long-distance trekkers hike side by side but worlds apart.
Mammoth airport expansion on hold
A judge’s ruling against expansion of Mammoth-Yosemite Airport may slow down plans to turn California’s Mammoth Mountain Ski Area into a destination resort
Park Service guts budget to fight terrorism
The Park Service will cut millions of dollars in trail and building repairs to cover its share of the "war on terror"
Tourist tales from the New West
Guiding tours in the West for the ultra-rich can be more than a little surreal
Hiking toward healing
In Crossing Divides: A Couple’s Story of Cancer, Hope, and Hiking Montana’s Continental Divide, Scott Bischke describes how he and his wife, Katie Gibson, refused to let her illness keep them from their beloved outdoors
Bison arrive in Grand Canyon uninvited
A herd of bison has wandered into the northern part of Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park, and managers are trying to figure out whether bison have a "natural" history in the area
Like it or not, Utah’s controversial monument is here to stay
Paul Larmer tells Utah critics of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that they’re fighting a losing battle
Off-roaders steer agencies with dollars
Critics say Idaho is being swayed by ORVers’ money in its plans for an off-road vehicle trail through the Lost River Valley
Monument presents a management morass
In Arizona’s Ironwood Forest National Monument, ranchers, recreationists and illegal immigrants are all fighting for space
A California treasure shouldn't hide itself
Seth Zuckerman urges more access for Headwaters, a California treasure.
A national park in Utah should not allow laissez-faire climbing
Jim Stiles takes Arches National Park to task for allowing day-climbers too much leniency.
The BLM’s conservation kingdom
The BLM’s new National Landscape Conservation System manages 15 monuments created by President Clinton, as well as 800 other protected areas
Skiing with the oldsters
Skiing with 70-somethings inspiring
Motorized rafts bring the public to enjoy Grand Canyon’s wonders
Mark Grisham defends motorized trips through Grand Canyon and calls critics elitist
Grand Canyon and motorboats don’t mix
Kim Crumbo wants motor boats phased out and more self-guided trips phased in
Living with bison at the edge of Yellowstone
Greg Gordon visits captured bison that face death after leaving Yellowstone National Park
Backcountry adventure in the comfort of your living room
Don West’s Have Saddle, Will Travel: Low-Impact Trail Riding and Horse Camping is a rambling meander through mountains and mesas that should please both horseback riders and armchair adventurers
Snowmobilers need to police their bad apples
Author from Utah says he's a snowmobiler who heartily dislikes some snowmobilers.
Off-roaders torpedo a wilderness alternative
Emery County Commissioner Randy Johnson thought he could come up with a local alternative for protecting Utah’s San Rafael Swell, but angry ORVers attacked his proposed monument.
Let bikers in, and we’ll stand behind wilderness
Another mountain biker says wilderness activists would get a lot more accomplished if they would give mountain bikes a place in the wilderness.
Get off and walk – wilderness is for wildlife
One mountain-biker and wilderness activist believes there are places where his beloved bike doesn’t belong, and that wilderness is one of them.