Recreation

Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
Battle of the Lands: Readers Vote
Vote in our bracket-style tournament to crown the West's best public lands on which to recreate.
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
A film documents two friends on the Sierra trek
Review of “Only the Essential: A Hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Colin Arisman.
Wasting disease in wildlife inches toward Yellowstone
Wasting disease in wildlife inches toward Yellowstone
The illness affects moose, elk and deer and may be carried by long-distance migrations.
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.
Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
Open houses and meetings are set to involve the public in upcoming environmental impact statements for Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
Motorizing Montana's trails
A report by the Predator Project on the Montana State Trails Program says that agencies give motorized trails the go-ahead without scrutiny.
But trouble the Mountaineers
The Washington conservation group, the Mountaineers, criticizes the new user fees in Mount Rainier National Park as too steep and confusing.
A lively memoir out of the National Park Service
Bill Everhart's "Take Down Flag & Feed Horses" offers a refreshing view of life with the National Park Service, especially in Yellowstone National Park.
Capulin Volcano National Monument
The National Park Service invites the public to help plan the management of Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeast New Mexico.
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Volunteers are being sought by the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to restore heavily eroded trails on Colorado's highest peaks.
Feds sue a Utah county for building a road in a national park
Garfield County faces a trespassing lawsuit, filed by the Department of Interior for unauthorized road construction on the Burr Trail in Capitol Reef National Park.
Land swap splits conservationists
Saguaro National Park's recent land swap added 632 acres to the park in exchange for 4,332 acres of land north of Phoenix, and some say the trade sacrificed too much land.
Monumental deal over Utah's trust lands
A surprising agreement between Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt trades state-owned school trust lands in Grand Staircase-Escalante for federal lands elsewhere in Utah - and everyone seems to be happy about it.
Ruckus on a recreation river
The Forest Service's plan to cut whitewater rafting numbers on Idaho's popular Middle Fork of the Salmon rouses opposition from commercial boaters.
Outfitter bill may be missing the boat
Some environmentalists say a bill making it easier for outfitters to get permits on federal lands would give commercial interests too much power over public lands.