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.
Are snowmobiles overpowering parks?
Sixty environmental groups are petitioning the Interior Department to ban snowmobiles from the 30 national parks where they are presently allowed.
Snowmobilers booted from Montana forest
Snowmobilers and locals in Superior, Mont., who are economically dependent on them, are fuming about the Lolo National Forest's decision to close 400,000 acres, including the popular Great Burn Wilderness Area, to motorized vehicles.
No love for Lycra in Moab
A rash of vandalism at Moab's Sand Flats Recreation Area, which includes the famous Slickrock bike trail, seems to be directed at mountain-biking tourists.
Fees feed volunteers
Beleaguered by budget cuts, the Park Service is trying to use increased user fees to create volunteer programs like the Public Lands Corps, to help with trail building and other maintenance projects.
Ski the Butte?
A Klamath Falls company wants to build a ski resort on Pelican Butte in Oregon's Winema National Forest.
Oregon Caves park to grow
A new management plan would increase the size of Oregon Caves National Monument by seven times, from 480 acres to 3,400 acres.
Keeping hikers and habitat happy
"Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind: A Handbook for Trail Planners," a publication from Colorado State Parks, offers suggestions on how to keep hiking trails from interfering with wildlife.
ATV revolt
A proposal to close 400 miles of forest roads and 200 miles of trails to motorized vehicles on Idaho's Targhee National Forest has raised the ire of all-terrain vehicle advocates.
Keystone snowmakers get thirsty
The Colorado Water Conservation Board says that snowmakers at the Keystone Ski Area pulled more than their share of water from the Snake River to try to make up for a dry early season.
Starry, starry night
The New Mexico Historic Preservation Alliance has declared the night sky one of the 11 most endangered places in the state, and Chaco Culture National Historic Park is leading the way in changing its lighting habits to prevent light pollution.