Recreation

It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
Where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable risks.
The dog turds lurking on our trails
The dog turds lurking on our trails
A poop awareness campaign unleashed a lot of anger — some of it unexpected.
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Greens bail on 'bilers
Two environmentalists leave the collaborative group working on a winter-use plan for Wyoming's Snowy Range after the group refuses to address the impact of snowmobiles on ptarmigan habitat.
Recreation-fee foes catch an agency fumble
The Forest Service has been illegally collecting recreation fees at thousands of sites in the West, instead of the 100 places allowed under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program.
The Buffalo War: a maelstrom of Western issues
Matthew Testa's new documentary, "The Buffalo War," looks from all different sides at the controversial killing of Yellowstone National Park's straying buffalo.
Protecting Arizona's underground wonderland
Arizona State Parks is fighting a proposal resort near Benson, Ariz., which some fear could harm the nearby Kartchner Caverns.
A struggling mountain town looks for a lift
The former mining town of Silverton, Colo., has put its economic hopes in plans for a new but old-fashioned small-scale, low-key ski area, but some worry the area is too avalanche-prone to be safe.
Outspoken Yellowstone ranger gagged
Yellowstone seasonal ranger Bob Jackson is first told to be quiet and then sent home for talking about the problem of hunters using salt licks on the park's boundaries to lure deer, elk and grizzly.
Pedal where Lewis and Clark paddled
The Adventure Cycling Association plans to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark journey by mapping a bicycle trail through 11 states, from Illinois to Washington.
Utah's Grand Staircase turns 5
In Utah, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument no longer provokes the noisy protest that attended its founding, but some locals are still waiting to see if tourism will boost the economy.
Monument of tall trees will stand
A federal judge rejects a challenge to the existence of California's Giant Sequoia National Monument, designated by President Clinton toward the end of his presidency.
Park boss gored by grazing feud
Former Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Dennis Ditmanson's attempt to resolve a long-lasting grazing conflict with the ranching Mantle family leads to criticism from staffers and environmentalists.
Rebuilding a road to prosperity
Residents of Packwood, Wash., want to attract tourists with a rebuilt highway through Mount St. Helens National Monument, but conservationists and scientists say the road would impact wildlife and be dangerous and geologically unstable.
Ski resorts pump up ecoterrorism defenses
In the wake of the arson at Vail two years ago, Western ski resorts have hired security staff to keep an eye out for ecoterrorism.
Congress may agree on fees
The Senate mulls over extending the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program until 2006.
Floating past ghosts on the Green River
The writer describes a river-rafting trip through the Cataract Canyon on the Green River in Utah.
Dangerous parks
The U.S. Park Rangers Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police lists the 10 most dangerous national parks in the country.
Four-wheelin' for fee
Four-wheel-drive recreationists protest the Forest Service's new $5 per vehicle fee to enter Canyon Creek near Ouray, Colorado.
Boaters float for their rights
In Colorado, a group of river rafters float the Lake Fork of the Gunnison in defiance of a landowner who has filed suit to stop them, part of a statewide struggle over access and ownership of rivers.
Snowmobile ban stalled
The Bush administration wants to "re-evaluate" Clinton's ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Intrepid explorer with a cause
Soren Jesperson's five-month, 2,200-mile solo trek around the Four Corners area will raise money for the Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Cultural Exchange, a charity his father directs.
A high country whodunit
Daniel Glick's "Powder Burn: Arson, Money, and Mystery on Vail Mountain" tells the story of the Vail Ski Area and the fire that destroyed its mountaintop restaurant, in an entertaining way, but ultimately lacks depth and insight.