Wilderness

It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
Where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable risks.
The dog turds lurking on our trails
The dog turds lurking on our trails
A poop awareness campaign unleashed a lot of anger — some of it unexpected.
Nature got your heart?
Nature got your heart?
These photos tell the story of writer John Nichols’ love affair with the wild.
A tale of two Roosevelts
A tale of two Roosevelts
Two books examine how both Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt helped build an American conservation ethos.
Montana wilderness bill reflects compromise and care
Montana wilderness bill reflects compromise and care
The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act grew out of successful collaboration in a complicated landscape.
Growing up in timber country
Growing up in timber country
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
Go North, young woman
Go North, young woman
In a place no one can see you, you can see yourself more clearly.
Artful science
Artful science
Data and poetry converge in an experimental forest.
A wild thought
A wild thought
River of healing
River of healing
Can veterans find solace on the River of No Return?
Naked in the desert
Naked in the desert
The sunburned, imperfect and deeper wild of the human body.
Latest: Future mining blocked around the Kalmiopsis
Latest: Future mining blocked around the Kalmiopsis
The moratorium will extend for 20 years.
It’s not the Wild West anymore. Look before you shoot.
It’s not the Wild West anymore. Look before you shoot.
Carrying a gun in the backcountry isn’t the issue—responsible use is.
Hope in a post-nature society
Hope in a post-nature society
A writer seeks answers from Lake Powell.
Solace in wild spaces
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Aaron A. Abeyta on his family’s shadowy past in New Mexico
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
Two novels offer perspectives on the allure of the last frontier.
The deeper meaning of trails
The deeper meaning of trails
Insightful new books in the well-worn genre of trail literature.
Trekking across Colorado’s fragmented wildernesses
Trekking across Colorado’s fragmented wildernesses
Thru-hiking the Colorado Trail exposes a “wilderness” that is anything but.
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A wild river is “a necessity of the human spirit.”
Biking bill is a smokescreen for opening up wilderness
Who’s cutting illegal ski trails in the Santa Fe National Forest?
Who’s cutting illegal ski trails in the Santa Fe National Forest?
On the trail of a backcountry criminal with the Forest Service.