Recreation

Photos: A look at the West’s weirdest sports
Photos: A look at the West’s weirdest sports
People compete in everything from pumpkin racing to outhouse sledding.
Nature’s worth, through filmmakers’ eyes
Nature’s worth, through filmmakers’ eyes
A new wave of outdoor films encompass both conservation and adventure.
Meet the new advocates for the West
Meet the new advocates for the West
A generation of young Western activists are using outdoor sports as a step towards conservation.
County tax collectors visit public lands
The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that counties can now tax ski areas, park concessionaries, and others who use public lands for profit.
Debate roars over quiet canyon
Environmentalists say new rules restricting helicopter and airplane flights in the Grand Canyon still aren't enough to restore quiet, even as air-tour operators react with anger and lawsuits.
Microwaveable wilderness
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and Wilderness Watch are challenging a microwave repeater tower in Death Valley National Park that was put up without any environmental assessment.
Monuments caught in the crosshairs
Under the new administration of George W. Bush, Republicans seek to open Clinton's new national monuments to oil and gas exploration and other uses and to revise the way monuments are created.
How Utah got that way
Robert Fillmore's new guidebook, "The Geology of the Parks, Monuments and Wildlands of Southern Utah," helps readers decipher the complicated landscapes of southern Utah.
Parks test skiers' green resolve
In Wyoming, backcountry skiers are upset to find that the Park Service's decision to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton may also ban skiing in some areas, to protect bighorn sheep.
Back on the bus
Grand Canyon's plan to cut traffic in the park by building a light-rail train system has been derailed because of its cost, and the park has been told to use buses instead.
Yellowstone's last stampede
A visit to Yellowstone in winter leads to encounters with park employees eager for (and snowmobilers vehemently against) the coming banishment of snowmobiles from the national park.
Park photo contest comes with corporate baggage
Watchdog groups are worried that a Park Service photo contest, organized and sponsored by Kodak, sets a bad precedent of corporate entanglement with national parks.
Agency will try to track trails
The BLM has released a new plan for managing off-highway vehicle use on public lands across the country.
Park Service bans Jet Skis
Settlement of a recent lawsuit filed by Bluewater Network may eliminate personal watercraft from the entire parks system by 2002.
Monumental changes
The Clinton administration announces seven new national monuments, six of them in the West, three days before George W. Bush takes office.
Ski area arms race dirties the water
Environmentalists would like to overturn the Forest Service's decision to let Colorado's Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort start snowmaking.
Montana, feds find common ground for bison
Environmentalists say the new Yellowstone bison management plan put together by Montana and the Park Service won't really help the bison much.
Paul Fritz left a unique legacy for the Park Service
The late Paul Fritz is remembered as a conservationist whose years in the Park Service reflect a man who was independent and outspoken.
Republicans rebuff snowmobile plan
Republicans are trying to undo the Clinton administration's planned phase-out of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Coalition finds harmony in the backcountry
In Idaho, the Winter Coalition has brought together snowmobilers and Nordic skiers to zone winter recreation uses in the Sawtooth National Forest.
Students' snowmobiles show up industry
In the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, held in Jackson, Wyo., university students from New York designed a cleaner, quieter snowmobile than the industry has ever made.
Counties want a park road opened
ORVers and local county commissioners are battling the Park Service over the closure of the popular Salt Creek road to Angel Arch in the Needles district of Canyonlands.
Park sues notorious developer
Officials at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park plan to sue to keep TDX, a corporation with ties to notorious developer Tom Chapman, from developing an inholding on the park's south rim.