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.
Corporate giant Xanterra takes over operations at Glacier National Park
Houseboaters vs. river runners
Houseboaters vs. river runners
Two writers debate the cultural differences of fast-water paddlers and still-water luxury boaters.
Backpacking with monster skeeters
Backpacking with monster skeeters
An Alaska encounter with the fiercest of the 176 mosquito species that roam the U.S.
49 trout streams of southern Colorado
49 trout streams of southern Colorado
A review of the guidebook 49 trout streams of southern Colorado
How to travel the West on $5,000 per day
How to travel the West on $5,000 per day
Our pick of high-end tourism accessories includes a $600K RV and an 87-tool Swiss Army knife.
Four women joyride the flood that will revive the Colorado River Delta
A little paddling won’t hurt the Yellowstone experience
Paddling bill is bad news for Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks
Paddling bill is bad news for Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks
How boaters are looking for special treatment.
Google Street Viewers can now raft the Grand Canyon
Let’s not bring Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
Let’s not bring Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
Critique of a developer’s plan to haul tourists on a tramway to the Colorado River.
Even unpopular national parks are economic engines
Pacific Crest Trail: A Journey in Photographs by Chris Alexander
Pacific Crest Trail: A Journey in Photographs by Chris Alexander
A hiker documents the entire trail on his five-month journey.
Deadly avalanches and the lure of the mountains
Deadly avalanches and the lure of the mountains
Mountains are our barometer and our playground, and, on occasion, our tomb.
The Latest: Ecoterrorist in Vail fire is sentenced
The Latest: Ecoterrorist in Vail fire is sentenced
Members of Earth Liberation Front set fire to a ski lodge in 1998 for the plight of the Canada lynx.
Recapture Canyon and an illegal ATV trail
Recapture Canyon and an illegal ATV trail
A Utah county attempts to gain right of way on public land.
Mountain bikes and wilderness don’t mix
Mountain bikes and wilderness don’t mix
To loosen wildland restrictions now starts us down a slippery slope.
Gliding past while bullets fly
Gliding past while bullets fly
Rafting the Yellowstone River while hunters shoot ducks out of the sky.
Inside the BLM's abrupt decision not to ban shooting in an Arizona national monument
Public land, locked up
Public land, locked up
In the Rocky Mountain West, more than 4 million acres of federal public land are rendered off-limits because there's no way for the public to access them.