Recreation

Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Abnormal weather linked to more recreation deaths
Summer is always high season for fatal outdoor accidents, but increased lightning and heat seem to make it worse.
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Durango may be moving on, but wider fears about the toxic spill still reverberate.
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Marijuana in Washington: The long road to legalization
Over a year later, officials are navigating thorny legal issues from taxes to licensure.
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.
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.