Recreation

Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
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.
Murmurs about a new monument
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt wants to create a new national monument: a 3 million-acre stretch of BLM land between the Grand Canyon and the Utah border, known as the Arizona Strip.
River guide quits and tells why
A river guide who first worked on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon in 1971 describes how a funky, rugged, adventurous business turned into an expenisve, elitist, lavishly catered "service" that has left him disillusioned with the whole thing.
Grand Canyon Timeline
Timeline of significant events within the Grand Canyon from 1869 to 1997.
A brief brilliant life on the river
Book review of "The Doing of the Thing: The Brief Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom," by Vince Welch, Brad Dimock and Curt Conley, which chronicles the life of Buzz Holmstrom, who made the first solo trip through Grand Canyon in 1937.
From the journals of Buzz Holmstrom
An excerpt from the journals of Buzz Holmstrom describes the first solo river trip through the Grand Canyon in 1937.
Grand Canyon Gridlock
So many people want to take a river trip through the Grand Canyon that limits set by the Park Service - which many say favor commercial outfitters over private boaters - create an administrative nightmare for the agency.
Crystal Mountain plans to grow
A local group called the Crystal Conservation Coalition is worried about Boyne USA's plans for a massive makeover of the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in Washington's Cascade Mountains.
Grand Staircase-Escalante in the spotlight
Some locals are pleased and some environmentalists displeased with the BLM's proposed management plan for Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Keep the backcountry free
An extensive backcountry fee program for Grand Teton National Park is scaled back after local backpackers protest.
Scientists get a free ride
Rocky Mountain National Park officials are getting a lot of flak for permitting a crew of soil scientists to helicopter their way into a wilderness study area.
Colorado: Snow = skiers
An index offers interesting facts about Vail and other Colorado ski areas.
Anger on the Web
On the Web, environmentalist Michael Lewinski responds to angry e-mails and emotions, both pro and con, about the arson at Vail.
Concerned Coloradans comment
A variety of concerned Coloradans speak out in their own words about Vail and the environmental and socio-economics of the resort economy.
Vail and the road to a recreational empire
Some worry that Vail and the other booming ski resorts along Colorado's I-70 corridor - which are more lucrative than ever as they become year-round resorts - are turning the state into an Alpine theme park more like Switzerland than the Rocky Mountains.
Arson isn't the only crime on Vail Mountain
The headlines about the recent arson in Vail, Colo., fail to consider the resort's history of legal but still reprehensible activities - especially its expansion into old-growth and possible lynx habitat.
Vail fires outrage community
The Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility for fires that damaged ski facilities at Vail, Colo., and though many in the community have rallied support, others blame Vail for its ruthless development and planned expansion into possible lynx habitat.
Deaths drive change at Lake Mead
At Nevada's Lake Mead, the busiest national recreation area in the country, park rangers try to crack down on the "reckless clueless" misbehavior, often fueled by alcohol and drugs, that has already killed 36 visitors this year.
Yellowstone's wandering bison
The deadline for public comments on a plan to manage Yellowstone's wandering bison has been extended to Nov. 2.
Guidebook with attitude
A book review of "100 Classic Hikes in Washington" by Ira Spring and Harvey Manning.
Next: Grand Teton International?
In Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park officials and environmentalists are battling airline representatives who want to expand the runway at the Jackson Hole Airport, which is located inside the park.