Recreation

Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Expensive artificial wave features can ease dry times for river economies.
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.
Readers’ essays on favorite spots to recreate
Readers’ essays on favorite spots to recreate
Tell us where we can find you paddling, walking and hunting.
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.
Greens differ over plan to expand national park
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance surprises some by its opposition to the expansion of Utah's Arches National Park.
Continental Divide Trail
The Continental Divide Trail Society now has a Web page for hikers to exchange information, etc.
More ATVers than aliens
The BLM seeks to confine off-road vehicles to trails on Haystack Mountain near Roswell, N.M.
Banning the buzz
The National Park Service is developing rules to allow local park officials to restrict and possibly ban noisy personal watercraft.
Bison killing goes inside
Park officials in Yellowstone give rangers permission to shoot bison heading out of the park this winter.
Monumental conflict continues
Utah's congressional delegation continues to try to dismantle the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument even as the locals begin to learn to live with it.
Snowmobiles remain an issue
Snowmobilers and the tourist industry object to the Park Service's plan to close some Yellowstone trails to snowmobiling in an effort to curb the winter wandering of park bison.
Microbes for sale here
Yellowstone Park officials sign a contract that formally opens the park's hot springs to "bioprospecting," allowing the San Diego company, Diversa Corp., to collect samples of hot-water microbes called thermophiles.
Politics tangles with science
In their own words, ecologist Charles Kay denounces Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation," while ecologist Mark Boyce defends it.
One scientist's forbidden fruit
Scientist Richard Keigley studies Yellowstone's trees to back up his contention that the park's elk herds are out of control and need regulation.
Is nature running too wild in Yellowstone?
Maverick ecologist Richard Keigley believes Yellowstone's policy of "natural regulation" is not working and, in fact, is harming the park - especially with the park's elk herds, which he says are overgrazing their ranges.
Bigger might be better for Utah's parks
In Utah, Canyonlands park officials and conservationists are saying that an area slated for oil drilling, Lockhart Basin, which is right outside the park boundaries, should be included in the park and protected.