Recreation

Macho moose; thousand-dollar bobcat; lost in Dark Canyon
Macho moose; thousand-dollar bobcat; lost in Dark Canyon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
Public access to trust lands varies widely from state to state.
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
As his final term ends, Dave Sakrison weighs the cost of decades of transformation.
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
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