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.
Utah's bumbling obscures a valid complaint
The Utah congressional delegation's continued attacks on President Clinton only serve to confuse the real issues raised by the president's declaration of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Bear myths
Book review of Dave Smith's "Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters."
Cold weather crowds
A report by the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, "Winter Visitor Use Management," discusses the threats to the park brought on by recent, greatly increased winter visitation.
A do-over in Telluride
The Forest Service revises its approval of a ski area expansion onto public land in Telluride, Colo.
'Thrillcraft' leave a polluted, contentious wake
Across the country, conservationists battle the rapidly growing use of noisy, motorized water "thrillcraft," such as jet skis and power boats.
A Colorado reality check: lions roam and kill
In separate attacks by mountain lions, a boy in Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park is wounded, and another boy, in Rocky Mountain National Park, is killed.
No parking in the parks
"Consumer Reports" rates its subscribers' experiences in American national parks and finds many complaints about parking, bad roads and overcrowding.
Bills target Antiquities Act
Utah lawmakers try to push bills thgrough Congress to limit the Antiquities Act and control management of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument created with the Antiquities Act.
Darkness un-Vailed
Vail Associates' plans for night skiing on Colorado's Vail Mountain are withdrawn after locals protest.
Proposed ski resort does a face plant
After a 25-year battle, developer Fred Kummer gives up his plan for the Adam's Rib Ski Resort in Colorado's Eagle County.
The slaughter of bison reopens old wounds
Rosalie Little Thunder was arrested for physically confronting the bison slaughter outside Yellowstone, while other Native Americans, equally concerned, propose to re-establish bison herds on reservation land, using otherwise doomed animals.
Will the bison killing resume next winter?
After half of Yellowstone's bison were slaughtered in Montana last winter over fears of brucellosis disease, the debate remains unresolved and the killing could easily continue next year.
Cars and wilderness collide on a rim
Some want to open the last 12 unroaded miles of Oregon's Hells Canyon western rim to vehicles.
Yellowstone's 'geyser guy' was one of the park's best friends
An elegy for Yellowstone's "geyser guy," Rick Hutchinson, profiles a geologist who loved the park so deeply that his friends still feel his spirit there.
Planes beat out quiet
The federal Aviation Administration bows to the protests of air tour operators, and delays setting up new flight-free zones over Grand Canyon until next year.
Chet Huntley's legacy includes suppression of a free press
The preferential treatment Big Sky gives the pro-resort Lone Peak Lookout over the independent Big Sky Bugle is an ironic legacy for a hard-hitting journalist like Chet Huntley to leave.
Armies of skiers are coming to Yellowstone
Seven ski resorts ring Yellowstone National Park and add to the pressure on a fragile ecosystem.
Touring the future on Insta-Teller Road
A computerized key-pad locked road in Big Sky epitomizes a ski resort where the "haves" are carefully kept from the trespassing "have nots."
How Huntley sold Big Sky to Montana
Big Sky founding father and famous TV newsman Chet Huntley started the resort but did not live to see what he created.
Big Sky above, private land below
Former Big Sky ski patrolman J.C. Knaub in his own words describes the difficulties faced in trying to bring neighborhood parks and trails to Big Sky.