Recreation

Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
In the spirit of good old verbal fracas, we invite you to 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.
'They're just too rigid'
Longtime park volunteer Reuben Scolnik says the park officials are good people but too rigid.
'I'm really embarrassed'
Local resident Kathy Goss is disillusioned by the way environmentalists pushed the Desert Protection Act.
Bureau of livestock, mining ... and parks?
The decision to put the BLM, rather than the Park Service, in charge of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, is part of a trend toward blurring the lines among the roles of the federal land management agencies.
'Humans aren't that bad'
Local resident Jim Macey believes park status has actually harmed Death Valley.
'The more protection we have, the better'
Death Valley environmental specialist Dick Anderson defends the Desert Protection Act as necessary to save wild lands.
The last weird place
Eccentric desert rats and clean-cut park rangers sometimes meet in a culture clash over how to manage one of the hottest, driest and strangest places in North America - Death Valley National Park.
Less climbing to the top
Some Oregon hikers are opposed to Mount Hood National Forest officials' proposal to drastically reduce the number of people allowed on 20 of the forest's most popular trails.
A bigger picture
"Crown of the Canyons," an atlas compiled by the Wilderness Society, says the monument is part of a larger ecosystem that includes rural communities as well as other public lands.
Hoping for river magic on a trip with Dad
Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with his parents, the writer sees magic work on his father, who suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
Star light, star bright, where are you tonight?
Two-thirds of the West's Park Service managers say light pollution is a growing problem at Western national parks and monuments, especially those located near cities.
Secretary Babbitt meets a tough crowd
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt announces plans for a new national monument on the "Arizona Strip" - the Shivwits Plateau north of Grand Canyon - but area ranchers are not pleased.
Officials seek the "complete' Canyonlands
Canyonlands Superintendent Walt Dabney has proposed to more than double the park's size by redrawing its boundaries along natural features.
Where do we put the condos?
A ski resort developer seeks a land swap with the Forest Service that would enable him to develop the small Grand Targhee ski resort in Driggs, Idaho, and the real estate nearby.
Plans for a new park in Arizona
In Arizona, a new national park is proposed - the Sonoran Desert National Park - combining Organ Pipe National Monument, the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge and the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range.
Paddlers want onto 'the Everest of rivers'
Conservationists and boaters are battling over American Whitewater's attempt to open Yellowstone's rivers to kayaking.
User fee critics contest report
Critics say a General Accounting Office report defending recreation fees does not give a full picture of public reaction to user fees.
Yellowstone soft on safety
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Yellowstone National Park for violating safety regulations for its employees.
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.
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.
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.