Recreation

A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
Plans for Colorado’s Camp Hale balance restoration and commemoration.
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
Concerns are rising that the Interior Secretary’s actions won’t match his rhetoric.
Invasion of the butt flickers
Invasion of the butt flickers
When tourists toss their spent cigarettes at the Grand Canyon, I’m the one who picks them up.
Ski resorts go for the green
Auden Schendler says 30 ski resorts now support a bipartisan comprehensive bill to slow global warming
Snowmaking and drought: a bad combination
Artificial snowmaking at Colorado ski resorts can lead to pollution problems when water is taken from rivers contaminated by heavy metals from mining
National monuments are here to stay
The Supreme Court refuses to hear arguments against six national monuments that President Clinton created under the authority of the 1906 Antiquities Act
Bill would redraw the boundaries of national monument
Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg, R, wants to yank private lands out of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, but some local ranchers fear his bill will just make it harder for them to sell their property.
National monument back under attack
In Utah, Kane and Garfield county commissioners escalate their fight against Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, demanding the reduction of funding and staff and the demotion of monument manager Dave Hunsaker
Free Hetch Hetchy!
John Krist tells about the movement in California to take down a dam and restore Hetch Hetchy Valley near Yosemite
Showdown at the Four Corners
Plans to expand Four Corners National Monument onto the Ute Mountain Reservation are being held up by the state of Colorado, which refuses to join Arizona, Utah and New Mexico in paying its share of the money
Developer tries to make a killing off the Black Canyon
Colorado developer Tom Chapman is marketing an inholding in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, advertising it online on eBay while the federal government scurries to meet his price
The strange allure of tipsy trips in Montana
Robert Struckman tries to understand the bizarre freedom of Montana when it comes to drinking and driving.
When does a deer become an elk? And other questions…
Jen Jackson wants tourists to get of their cars and really see the West.
It’s time for ‘quiet recreationists’ to speak up
Greg Hanscom tells unmotorized recreationists to stop the infighting and join outdoor retailers in the fight for wilderness.
Hanging loose in Wyoming’s bear country
John Clayton, who discovers human foibles in Wyoming’s bear country.
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