Recreation

Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
Vote in our bracket-style tournament to crown the West's best public lands on which to recreate.
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
Review of “Only the Essential: A Hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Colin Arisman.
Wasting disease in wildlife inches toward Yellowstone
Wasting disease in wildlife inches toward Yellowstone
The illness affects moose, elk and deer and may be carried by long-distance migrations.
ORVs run wild and free in Utah
In Utah, off-road vehicle recreation is exploding on the public lands, and beleaguered BLM officials are having trouble keeping up.
Volunteer work in the nation's parks
Student Conservation Association interns may volunteer to work in the nation's parks through the AmeriCorps program.
It should embarrass the Park Service
In his own words, Dave Simon, Southwest Regional director of the National Parks and Conservation Association, criticizes what the Park Service has done in Petroglyph.
You have to show you care
In his own words, Albuquerque's Open Space Division director Matthew Schmader discusses the problem of vandalism in the park, and how to prevent it.
An overall poor attitude
A Park Service team conducted an "oversight review" of Petroglyph National Monument that cited "communication and morale" as big problems for employees.
We're the good guys
In her own words, Petroglyph National Monument Supervisor Judith Cordova defends her record on the job.
Monumental chaos
New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument is threatened by problems that include the runaway growth of the neighboring city of Albuquerque, disagreements over how to manage the resource, and a controversial, embattled superintendent, Judith Cordova.
Resort may crowd Mount Rainier
Locals and environmentalists are concerned about development plans for a 400-acre resort right next to Mount Rainier National Park and the little town of Ashford, Wash.
Dudes on the dunes
A new sport called sandboarding is becoming popular in Park Service wilderness areas with dunes, and some worry that it is a form of recreation "not compatible with wilderness values."
A gem of a park
The Conservation Fund is working with local ranchers to remove cattle from Nevada's Great Basin National Park.
A Lewis and Clark revival hits the Northwest
A revival of interest in explorers Lewis and Clark raises questions about how to handle increased tourism on the National Historic Trail through Montana - as well as questions about how the history should be told.
Continental Divide Trail
Volunteers are needed to help maintain the Continental Divide Trail from Montana to New Mexico.
Fur and loafing
In his new collection, "Fur and Loafing in Yosemite," cartoonist Phil Frank hilariously follows the adventures of dysfunctional rangers, tourists and bears in Yosemite National Park.
Tempers flare over winter plan
Bison biologist Mary Meagher joins conservationists, area business people and snowmobilers in denouncing Yellowstone National Park's new winter use plan.
Grand Canyon development sparks debate
Canyon Forest Village, a development near the south entrance of the Grand Canyon, has been approved, but some environmentalists plan to appeal the project.
Horses shy from competition
Horses and riders are being crowded off Western trails by mountain bikers and ORVers, and some have formed the Back Country Horsemen group to fight back.
Second tram heads for Moab
Some Moab, Utah, residents are up in arms about a developer's plans for a new tourist tram with a visitor center, store, restaurant and huge viewing deck at the top of the ride.
Protests proceed at Vail
Nine protesters are arrested for trying to block an access road in the White River National Forest in an attempt to halt the controversial expansion of the Vail Ski Area.
DDT doesn't just fade away
Almost 50 years after biologists dumped DDT on Yellowstone Park to kill the spruce budworm moth, traces of the pesticide remain in the ecosystem.
Politicians talk tough
Colorado's congressional delegation calls for a get-tough policy toward real estate developer Tom Chapman after a billboard advertising lots for sale appears on the boundary of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument.