Recreation

It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
Where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable risks.
The dog turds lurking on our trails
The dog turds lurking on our trails
A poop awareness campaign unleashed a lot of anger — some of it unexpected.
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Untethered existences; Tacos in traffic; movin’ on up in Seattle
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Yosemite shuffles into a new era
Yosemite National Park has a new management plan intended to reduce traffic and restore habitat, by using 500 buses to shuttle visitors through the park, among other changes.
Are the stars out tonight?
Moab, Utah, is trying to regulate commercial light pollution to keep glare out of the night sky over area parks.
Ranchers take law into their own hands
Utah ranchers take back cattle impounded by the BLM from grazing allotments on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Anchors away?
A committee of rock climbers, wilderness advocates, Forest Service officials and others is at a stalemate on the question of whether permanent climbing anchors should be allowed in wilderness areas.
Into the depths
Scientists have created new, electronic maps showing what the bottom of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park would look like without water.
Bypass bickering
Fred Dexter of Nevada's Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club is crusading against a planned four-lane bridge over the Colorado River at Sugarloaf Mountain in the Lake Mead Recreation Area.
Congress moves on local proposals
Fearing more last-minute monument designations, Westerners have begun working with the Clinton administration to find other ways to protect public lands.
'biles get the boot
A final winter use plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will ban snowmobiles altogether by the winter of 2003-2004.
Mudfest debacle muddies off-roaders' future
When two Boulder, Colo., disc jockeys invited four-wheelers to an impromptu rally at nearby Caribou Flats, the resulting "Mudfest" wrecked private land and alpine wetlands and stained the reputation of the state's ORVers.
Migrants leave trail of trash
Migrants crossing the Sonoran Desert leave litter and cause ever-increasing damage, as seen in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.
Wilder Grand Canyon proves too contentious
Grand Canyon's backcountry and river planning effort ends abruptly when Park Superintendent Robert Arnberger decides the process, which includes outfitters, private boaters and wilderness advocates, is "too contentious."
Yellowstone's bison get a time limit
Conservationists say Yellowstone National Park's long-awaited plan for managing its wandering bison herds accommodates cows at the expense of the bison.
Ranchers test an agency's image
The refusal of three ranchers to remove cattle from Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has put the BLM's ability to manage the monument under the spotlight.
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.