Recreation

Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Durango may be moving on, but wider fears about the toxic spill still reverberate.
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Over a year later, officials are navigating thorny legal issues from taxes to licensure.
Wilderness vs. mining, Roundup research and Western prisons
'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.
Fees feed volunteers
Beleaguered by budget cuts, the Park Service is trying to use increased user fees to create volunteer programs like the Public Lands Corps, to help with trail building and other maintenance projects.
Ski the Butte?
A Klamath Falls company wants to build a ski resort on Pelican Butte in Oregon's Winema National Forest.
Oregon Caves park to grow
A new management plan would increase the size of Oregon Caves National Monument by seven times, from 480 acres to 3,400 acres.
Keeping hikers and habitat happy
"Planning Trails with Wildlife in Mind: A Handbook for Trail Planners," a publication from Colorado State Parks, offers suggestions on how to keep hiking trails from interfering with wildlife.