Recreation

A human head for a bear’s snack; lost in the wild; a dog returns home
A human head for a bear’s snack; lost in the wild; a dog returns home
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Forest Service confronts a popular hot springs’ overuse
Forest Service confronts a popular hot springs’ overuse
Rangers tackle the conundrum of protecting loved-to-death wilderness.
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
And seniors are rushing to get one before they’re gone.
A river rat remembers
Folksinger, activist and river rat Katie Lee shares her memories of Glen Canyon in her new book, "All My Rivers Are Gone."
Sewage fouls Yellowstone
Outdated plumbing in Yellowstone National Park's tourist lodges is spilling sewage into the water, and the state of Wyoming has threatened to fine the Park Service unless it takes care of the problem.
Murmurs about a new monument
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt wants to create a new national monument: a 3 million-acre stretch of BLM land between the Grand Canyon and the Utah border, known as the Arizona Strip.
River guide quits and tells why
A river guide who first worked on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon in 1971 describes how a funky, rugged, adventurous business turned into an expenisve, elitist, lavishly catered "service" that has left him disillusioned with the whole thing.
Grand Canyon Timeline
Timeline of significant events within the Grand Canyon from 1869 to 1997.
A brief brilliant life on the river
Book review of "The Doing of the Thing: The Brief Brilliant Whitewater Career of Buzz Holmstrom," by Vince Welch, Brad Dimock and Curt Conley, which chronicles the life of Buzz Holmstrom, who made the first solo trip through Grand Canyon in 1937.
From the journals of Buzz Holmstrom
An excerpt from the journals of Buzz Holmstrom describes the first solo river trip through the Grand Canyon in 1937.
Grand Canyon Gridlock
So many people want to take a river trip through the Grand Canyon that limits set by the Park Service - which many say favor commercial outfitters over private boaters - create an administrative nightmare for the agency.
Crystal Mountain plans to grow
A local group called the Crystal Conservation Coalition is worried about Boyne USA's plans for a massive makeover of the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in Washington's Cascade Mountains.
Grand Staircase-Escalante in the spotlight
Some locals are pleased and some environmentalists displeased with the BLM's proposed management plan for Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Keep the backcountry free
An extensive backcountry fee program for Grand Teton National Park is scaled back after local backpackers protest.
Scientists get a free ride
Rocky Mountain National Park officials are getting a lot of flak for permitting a crew of soil scientists to helicopter their way into a wilderness study area.
Colorado: Snow = skiers
An index offers interesting facts about Vail and other Colorado ski areas.
Anger on the Web
On the Web, environmentalist Michael Lewinski responds to angry e-mails and emotions, both pro and con, about the arson at Vail.
Concerned Coloradans comment
A variety of concerned Coloradans speak out in their own words about Vail and the environmental and socio-economics of the resort economy.
Vail and the road to a recreational empire
Some worry that Vail and the other booming ski resorts along Colorado's I-70 corridor - which are more lucrative than ever as they become year-round resorts - are turning the state into an Alpine theme park more like Switzerland than the Rocky Mountains.
Arson isn't the only crime on Vail Mountain
The headlines about the recent arson in Vail, Colo., fail to consider the resort's history of legal but still reprehensible activities - especially its expansion into old-growth and possible lynx habitat.
Vail fires outrage community
The Earth Liberation Front claims responsibility for fires that damaged ski facilities at Vail, Colo., and though many in the community have rallied support, others blame Vail for its ruthless development and planned expansion into possible lynx habitat.
Deaths drive change at Lake Mead
At Nevada's Lake Mead, the busiest national recreation area in the country, park rangers try to crack down on the "reckless clueless" misbehavior, often fueled by alcohol and drugs, that has already killed 36 visitors this year.
Yellowstone's wandering bison
The deadline for public comments on a plan to manage Yellowstone's wandering bison has been extended to Nov. 2.