Recreation

Latest: A controversial ski resort proposal gets approval
Latest: A controversial ski resort proposal gets approval
A Colorado land swap with the Forest Service gives developers a green light.
Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover
Wrangell recovers from its timber hangover
Can a small Alaska town overcome the booms and busts of resource development?
Battle of the Lands: Denali wins
Battle of the Lands: Denali wins
Readers voted in our bracket-style tournament to crown the West's best public lands on which to recreate.
Hells Canyon benefit float trip
Hells Canyon Preservation Council and Northwest Ecosystem Alliance sponsor a wooden/dorie benefit float trip down the Snake River, June 1.
Playing by the rules
The video "Rules of the Snow" offers safety tips for Western snowmobilers.
Grizzlies on staff
The Glacier Institute teaches students of all ages about Glacier National Park.
Locals protest Vail expansion
Locals and critics charge that Vail Associates is using a ski area expansion as an excuse to develop the area and sell valuable real estate at the expense of elk and lynx habitat.
Groups sue over microbes
The National Park Service is being sued by three environmental organizations for allowing private "bioprospecting" in Yellowstone National Park and backing off from its mandate to protect the park's resources.
Some tourists opt for a dose of reality
The nonprofit Global Exchange offers "reality tours" that put tourists face-to-face with poverty and other problems, including environmental issues.
'Ecotourism' - a gold mine for ailing agencies?
"Heritage Expeditions" for ambitious ecotourists with extra cash, are a new part of the user fee demonstration program that some think will raise money while educating people about natural and cultural sites.
Glacier National Park
Reservations for camping in Glacier National Park may be made up to three months in advance, beginning March 15, 1998.
The Park Service takes a hard look at itself
Park historian Richard West Sellars is not flattering when he examines the history of the Park Service in his book "Preserving Nature in the National Parks."
Protecting raptors
A report called "Raptors and Climbers" by Kathryn Pyke of the Access Fund offers suggestions on protecting cliff-nesting raptors without banning rock climbing.
Motorheads lose one
The Forest Service restricts some of the access off-road vehicles have to Idaho's Targhee National Forest.
Into the canyon: Fear and heat on foot
A long, hot hike into - and back out of - the Grand Canyon takes the writer into the heart of a park that is beautiful, much visited, and still very dangerous.
The Grand Canyon struggles with reality
Developers, residents and conservationists battle over the rapid growth outside the park.
Soul in your soles
Richard Frazine's book, "The Barefoot Hiker," gives advice on going barefoot in the woods.
Cars to get the boot
The Park Service plans to restrict cars in Grand Canyon, Zion and Yosemite national parks, replacing them with light rail and buses.
Ski resort plans ruffle feathers
Conservationists are unhappy about development company Jeld Wen Inc.'s proposal to build an "ecologically sensitive" ski resort at Pelican Butte in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.
Activists 'shepherd' wayward bison
Activists seek to protect Yellowstone's bison from another slaughter by physically shepherding wandering bison back onto protected land.
The West from a snowmobile: a 50 million-acre theme park
We are fools to throw away, for a snowmobile's adrenaline rush, the chance to really get close to nature, the writer believes.
Is the Park Service too timid?
Some say the Park Service is overreacting in closing some areas of Mount Rainier National Park to visitors to protect them from possible mudslides.
Our national movie stars
Some say the National Park Service needs to start charging fees for all the filming that is done in the nation's parks and national monuments.