Recreation

Could land speed racing fade from Bonneville Salt Flats?
Could land speed racing fade from Bonneville Salt Flats?
Utah’s changing landscape casts doubt on the future of a sport.
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.
The West’s messy intersections
Of bison, the French and our faux wild
As the Park Service struggles to radio-collar and control Yellowstone's wandering bison, the wildness of the animal is forgotten.
A park rediscovers a surprising asset
In Utah, Zion National Park launches its long-awaited new public transport system, and most visitors seem to enjoy the convenience - and the lack of noise and traffic in seeing the park by bus.
ORVs named one of top threats
A Wilderness Society report says that off-road vehicle use is one of the most serious threats to wild places.
What's best for a crumbling treasure?
Many Glacier and other historic hotels in Glacier National Park need major restoration, but some fear proposed legislation undermines concessionaire reforms only recently approved by Congress.
Whirlybirds will fly over Jackson
The Jackson Hole Airport near Grand Teton National Park has decided to allow some helicopter flights, despite fierce local objections.
No recreation fees - for now
Visitors to the Snake River in Wyoming avoid the fee-demo program by donating to the Snake River Fund; the Forest Service gets the money only after local river-users approve the agency's river projects.
The next great adventure: Stay home
In all the hoopla of magazines touting "adventure travel" and ecotourism, the writer wonders why folks don't consider just staying home for a change.
Telluride tackles ski town sprawl
The ski town of Telluride, Colo., is fighting a developer's plans to build up the Valley Floor, 857 acres of pasture and wetlands that are currently open space on the highway leading into town.
Volunteer Stewards
Volunteers are sought for Colorado's Natural Areas Program.
Raging river, quiet mind
"Raging River, Quiet Mind: Field Notes from the Grand Canyon" wonderfully reproduces the illustrated journal writer Teresa Jordan kept on a 12-day river trip through the Grand Canyon.
Expansion faces restrictions
Telski, the ski resort in Telluride, Colo., wins a lawsuit and can now expand onto national forest lands.
Climbing is the easy part
Climbers who wish to scale Colorado's Culebra Peak must now request permission from the new owner of the controversial Taylor Ranch, which includes the mountain.
A gutsy activist challenges a powerful industry
California homeowner Karen Schambach puts together a report documenting the abuses of off-highway vehicles and the lack of enforcement of environmental regulations.
Freedom of speech shines in Arizona cave
Matt Chew, the Arizona state parks ecologist who was fired for criticizing the development of Kartchner Caverns State Park, is reinstated by the agency.
The Great Sand Dunes: the next new national park?
A plan to expand Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Monument and turn it into a national park would purchase the Baca Ranch and keep its much-sought-after groundwater in the San Luis Valley.
Babbitt's monument tour blazes on
The Clinton administration designates four new national monuments: Hanford Reach, Oregon's Soda Mountain area, Arizona's Ironwood Forest and the Canyons of the Ancients in southwestern Colorado.
Hikers stumble into an old dispute
A plan to extend the Continental Divide Trail through northern New Mexico's Rio Arriba County meets opposition from Hispanic locals, who claim the land under old Spanish land grants and say that until their land is returned, no trail will go through.
Take a load off
The BLM says that burros are better than llamas, goats or horses in the backcountry, and is encouraging people to adopt wild burros from Arizona and train them.
Will bears get a break?
As ATV and snowmobile use increases in the backcountry, Montana wildlife advocates are worried that the machines and the roads they make will harm grizzly bears.
Down under: Arizona boasts the 'show cave of the century'
A tour of Arizona's recently opened Kartchner Caverns State Park reveals an extraordinary underground landscape that was undiscovered until 1974.