Recreation

Meet me tonight in (the West’s) Atlantic City
Meet me tonight in (the West’s) Atlantic City
The rugged Old West meets New West in a tiny Wyoming town.
West Obsessed: Forging a path through Alaska’s wilderness
West Obsessed: Forging a path through Alaska’s wilderness
High Country News discusses how the Frontier State might diversify its economy.
The thru-hike you’ve never heard of: Oregon Desert Trail
The thru-hike you’ve never heard of: Oregon Desert Trail
Photographer Meg Roussos shares views from her solo-trek deep in the backcountry.
Motorized rafts bring the public to enjoy Grand Canyon’s wonders
Mark Grisham defends motorized trips through Grand Canyon and calls critics elitist
Grand Canyon and motorboats don’t mix
Kim Crumbo wants motor boats phased out and more self-guided trips phased in
Living with bison at the edge of Yellowstone
Greg Gordon visits captured bison that face death after leaving Yellowstone National Park
Backcountry adventure in the comfort of your living room
Don West’s Have Saddle, Will Travel: Low-Impact Trail Riding and Horse Camping is a rambling meander through mountains and mesas that should please both horseback riders and armchair adventurers
Snowmobilers need to police their bad apples
Author from Utah says he's a snowmobiler who heartily dislikes some snowmobilers.
Off-roaders torpedo a wilderness alternative
Emery County Commissioner Randy Johnson thought he could come up with a local alternative for protecting Utah’s San Rafael Swell, but angry ORVers attacked his proposed monument.
Let bikers in, and we’ll stand behind wilderness
Another mountain biker says wilderness activists would get a lot more accomplished if they would give mountain bikes a place in the wilderness.
Get off and walk – wilderness is for wildlife
One mountain-biker and wilderness activist believes there are places where his beloved bike doesn’t belong, and that wilderness is one of them.
Born to be winter wild
The Boise-based Winter Wildlands Alliance works to encourage "human-powered" winter recreation on public lands in Idaho, Colorado, California and Nevada
Snowmobiles are the people’s choice for Yellowstone
The author defends Yellowstone’s snowmobiles as a boon to local economies and the recreational choice of ordinary Americans.
Yellowstone should keep out polluting and intrusive snowmobiles
Teddy Roosevelt, who dedicated Yellowstone’s stone entrance archway 100 years ago, would be horrified at the prospect of the park he loved opening its arms to snowmobile traffic.
The canyon between us
A visit to the strange landscape of Utah’s Goosenecks of the San Juan reveals the chasm growing between two people.
New ski resort goes big
The luxurious WestRock Resort is now under construction, 90 miles north of Boise, despite continued opposition from environmentalist and citizens' groups
Clinton-era monuments weather court challenge
A federal court rules that Pres. Clinton did, in fact, have the authority to create six national monuments in four Western states
Feds bail on snowmobile ban
The National Park Service gives up on trying to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks
How to make your own Yellowstone, Mexican style
In Coahuila, Mexico, the corporate colossus CEMEX is working to create a "Mexican Yellowstone" that would preserve the rich wildlife and wild country of the Sierra El Carmen.
Yellowstone goes retro
Yellowstone National Park wants to reintroduce the old yellow convertible buses that were used to carry park tourists back in the 1920s.
Jet Ski riders circle the wagons
In November, personal watercraft will be banned from Lake Powell and seven other Western reservoirs while the Park Service completes an environmental review of the machines' impacts.
Peer pressure
The Web site of PEER - Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility - features a report on increasing violence against National Park Service employees, along with other topics.