Recreation

A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
Plans for Colorado’s Camp Hale balance restoration and commemoration.
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
Concerns are rising that the Interior Secretary’s actions won’t match his rhetoric.
Invasion of the butt flickers
Invasion of the butt flickers
When tourists toss their spent cigarettes at the Grand Canyon, I’m the one who picks them up.
Groundswell for a monument?
Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt startles environmentalists with his suggestion for a new national monument on the San Rafael Swell.
Dunes shifts toward park status
Residents of Colorado's San Luis Valley are pleased at the prospect of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument adding the neighboring Baca Ranch and becoming a national park.
Grand Canyon plan relaunched
A revision of Grand Canyon National Park's River Management Plan is back on track after former superintendent Robert Arnberger dropped it in 1997 because of the controversy it aroused.
Snowmobilers rev up for roadless riding
In Montana's Centennial Valley, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge forest is delaying a decision to manage as wilderness Mount Jefferson, an area increasingly popular with, and impacted by, snowmobiles.
Boy Scouts want new digs
Local residents and environmentalists object to a planned Boy Scout camp on the Fryingpan River in the White River National Forest near Aspen, Colorado.
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
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.