Recreation

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.
Wilderness vs. mining, Roundup research and Western prisons
What happens above ground...
Oregon Caves National Monument says the surrounding Siskiyou National Forest is injuring the caves by logging, mining and grazing.
Frequent fliers fleece Grand Canyon
One-third of Grand Canyon air-tour operators are breaking the law by not reporting flights or paying required fees.
Colorado resort shelves ski expansion
The Crested Butte Ski Resort in Colorado drops its plans to build new ski runs on a neighboring mountain.
If they build it, will more come?
A plan to build a visitor's center for Utah's Grand Gulch worries some, who fear more people - including pothunters - will be encouraged to visit the area.
Snail's trail leads to Yellowstone
Prolific New Zealand mudsnails are invading Yellowstone Park's Madison River, where scientists worry they will disrupt the food chain.
A harsh and priceless gift to the world
The author says the Escalante belongs as much to the rest of the world as to Utah, and provides a kind of energy that has nothing to do with coal.
Clinton learns the art of audacity
The greatest moments in American conservation history often involved the same presidential audacity - and provoked the same outrage - as President Clinton's establishment of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Managing the monument: The devil is in the details
Utah's newest national monument will be managed by the BLM instead of the Park Service, and a lot of the details for that management remain to be worked out.
A daunting, beautiful place
The 1.7 million acres at the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument contain a wide variety of landscapes, life zones and archaeological treasures.
The mother of all land grabs
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, R., in his own words, condemns the new monument.
A Bold Stroke: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
President Bill Clinton uses the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate a new 1.7 million-acre national monument in southern Utah, and reactions range from joy to indignation and outrage.
Glacier Park finds itself inundated
A new management proposal for Montana's Glacier National Park, designed to control visitor overcrowding, meets opposition from the local tourism industry and others.
Forget widgets, we sell wilderness
Western wilderness is too popular for its own good - especially among wealthy foreigners who come to ski at Vail.
Choose not to go boldly outdoors
The writer suggests that Westerners start a sabbatical for the land - letting it rest entirely sometimes from hiking and other recreation.
Speak up for a quiet Grand Canyon
People who love the Grand Canyon need to fight to protect the quiet of the park from noisy air-tour flights.
Devils Tower may get a second name
Some Wyoming residents object to Superintendent Deborah Liggett's talk of renaming Devils Tower to something less offensive to Native Americans who regard the site as sacred.
Why Juan Valdez doesn't haul coffee beans on a llama
A pack-burro outfitter humorously lambastes the trendy llama.
Yellowstone cutbacks bring out the politicians
Yellowstone Park Superintendent Mike Finley's closure of campgrounds and museums because of budget problems leads to irate responses from Wyoming politicians.
Strapped parks look for money
National parks feeling the budget squeeze look for corporate financial help.
New rules seek to cap canyon flights
The Clinton administration's attempt to increase flight-free zones in Grand Canyon upsets air-tour operators and conservationists who say the new rules aren't tough enough.