Recreation

Six decades of river exploration
Six decades of river exploration
Review of “Downstream Toward Home” by Oliver A. Houck.
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
Descent into an ice-age bonebed in Wyoming
The giant pit may hold clues about the demise of the West’s ancient megafauna.
Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Wyoming grapples with how to fund wildlife conservation
Hunters may lose influence as other groups are asked to increase their contributions.
National parks pull the plug on jet skis
The National Park Service will ban personal watercraft on almost all of its waterways.
Grand planning at the canyon
Some object to the Forest Service's plan to build a new town for tourists right outside of Grand Canyon National Park.
Blind Descent
Nevada Barr's mystery, "Blind Descent," set in New Mexico's Lechuguilla Cave, is reviewed.
Blasting through a cathedral
"Voices from a Sacred Place: In Defense of Petroglyph National Monument," a book edited by Verne Huser, is reviewed, including excerpts.
Congress drags its feet on Baca Ranch deal
Congress is slow to act on the chance to purchase and protect New Mexico's Valles Caldera - also known as the Baca Ranch.
Extinct volcano is up for grabs
Northern New Mexico's Valles Caldera is for sale, and many think the world's largest extinct volcano ought to become the nation's next national park.
Whitewater boating groups
Whitewater boating groups are invited to apply for $500 to $2,500 grants to promote river access or conservation projects.
In the footsteps of Muir
"Walking With Muir Across Yosemite" by Geraldine Vale and Thomas Vale retraces Muir's footsteps and finds that, away from noisy, tourist-thronged roads, much of the park is surprisingly unchanged.
Glacier's road is going to the dogs
The historic Going-to-the-Sun Highway in Montana's Glacier National Park is in bad shape, and locals in the tourist trade and park officials are arguing over whether the road should be carefully restored, or modernized and rebuilt.
In search of Mount Rainier's power
"The Measure of a Mountain: Beauty and Terror on Mount Rainier" by Bruce Barcott is reviewed.