Recreation

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.
Bureau of livestock, mining ... and parks?
The decision to put the BLM, rather than the Park Service, in charge of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, is part of a trend toward blurring the lines among the roles of the federal land management agencies.
'Humans aren't that bad'
Local resident Jim Macey believes park status has actually harmed Death Valley.
'The more protection we have, the better'
Death Valley environmental specialist Dick Anderson defends the Desert Protection Act as necessary to save wild lands.
The last weird place
Eccentric desert rats and clean-cut park rangers sometimes meet in a culture clash over how to manage one of the hottest, driest and strangest places in North America - Death Valley National Park.
Hoping for river magic on a trip with Dad
Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his parents, the writer sees magic work on his father, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
Less climbing to the top
Some Oregon hikers are opposed to Mount Hood National Forest officials' proposal to drastically reduce the number of people allowed on 20 of the forest's most popular trails.
A bigger picture
"Crown of the Canyons," an atlas compiled by the Wilderness Society, says the monument is part of a larger ecosystem that includes rural communities as well as other public lands.
Star light, star bright, where are you tonight?
Two-thirds of the West's Park Service managers say light pollution is a growing problem at Western national parks and monuments, especially those located near cities.
Secretary Babbitt meets a tough crowd
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announces plans for a new national monument on the "Arizona Strip" - the Shivwits Plateau north of Grand Canyon - but area ranchers are not pleased.
Where do we put the condos?
A ski resort developer seeks a land swap with the Forest Service that would enable him to develop the small Grand Targhee ski resort in Driggs, Idaho, and the real estate nearby.