Recreation

National parks ponder fee increases
National parks ponder fee increases
Entrance fees haven't gone up since 2008.
A new century with carnivores
A new century with carnivores
Learning to see predators as companions, not competition.
When is lightning likely?
When is lightning likely?
The National Weather Service’s new lightning potential index.
Silence wins in Colorado
The FAA bans all commercial overflights of Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park without much opposition.
Money can't buy a full season
Higher entrance fees at Yellowstone won't necessarily keep the park open, because the money needs to go to repair roads and buildings, park officials warn.
Horses, bikes push into petroglyph park
Environmentalists and Native Americans object to a proposed Park Service management plan that would develop bike and horse trails in New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument.
It will be noise as usual in Grand Canyon
The FAA's new rules for overflights at Grand Canyon will not ease the noise problem at all, critics say.
Profound noise reigns
Musician Paul Winter decries the growth in aircraft noise in the Grand Canyon since he first recorded music in the park 30 years ago.
Wildlife plan teams with controversy
"Teaming with Wildlife," a proposal to raise money for wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation by adding a small change to the cost of bird-seed, kayaks, hiking boots, etc., faces opposition from both the left and right.
Parks want "drug-free' river guides
River guides and outfitters protest new drug-testing requirements begun in Grand Canyon National Park and soon to come to Utah's Canyonlands and Dinosaur National Monument.
Trying to think the good thoughts about ATVs
An elk hunter dislikes ORVs despite their convenience because they make the country too small.
Can Madison Avenue tread lightly in the West?
Tread Lightly! tries to rein in reckless ORV advertising that glorifies the vehicles ripping up the land.
Motorheads: The new, noisy, organized force in the West
Well-organized and well-heeled, off-road vehicle users constitute a large and powerful group aiming to stake its claim to the West's public lands.