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April 14, 2014

A paralyzed athlete pushes the limits of adventure sports, a prime grizzly-watching spot, monster mosquitoes, travel horror stories and more from our third-annual Travel Issue.

Feature

Mind over mountain
Mind over mountain
A partly paralyzed athlete pushes his limits, as adaptive recreation booms in the West.

Current

Adventure travel vs. conservation
Adventure travel vs. conservation
A conversation with outdoor entrepreneur Bill Bryan.
Native American tourism quietly thrives
Native American tourism quietly thrives
Can tourists benefit, not just exploit, tribal communities?
Touring Indian Country via footrace
Touring Indian Country via footrace
How to run in a reservation race that's both sport and cultural tradition.
Best place to see a crowd of grizzlies
Best place to see a crowd of grizzlies
A few tourists get close to amazing numbers of bears catching salmon at Alaska's McNeil River Falls.
International Car Forest of the Last Church
International Car Forest of the Last Church
For a strange trip, check out Nevada’s otherworldly Stonehenge of wildly painted abandoned vehicles.
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.
Travel horror stories of the American West
HCN readers remember when things went terribly wrong.

Editor's Note

Savoring the horror stories
Savoring the horror stories
HCN readers get a kick out of their difficult travels in the West.

Essays

How to save your town from the interstate
How to save your town from the interstate
Arts tourism revives a reservation border town.
Backpacking with monster skeeters
Backpacking with monster skeeters
An Alaska encounter with the fiercest of the 176 mosquito species that roam the U.S.
Houseboaters vs. river runners
Houseboaters vs. river runners
Two writers debate the cultural differences of fast-water paddlers and still-water luxury boaters.
Visiting the frosties of the Lost Sierra
Visiting the frosties of the Lost Sierra
The wonders of the classic roadside stands that still dish out soft-serve ice cream.
A Japanese fly-fishing art comes to life
A Japanese fly-fishing art comes to life
Centuries-old tenkara is becoming a hit on streams in the American West.

Book Reviews

49 trout streams of southern Colorado
49 trout streams of southern Colorado
A review of the guidebook 49 trout streams of southern Colorado

Heard Around the West

Strange little museums and zoos enliven the region
Strange little museums and zoos enliven the region
Mishaps and mayhem from around the West.

Dear Friends

A brave and unusual conservationist turns 90
A brave and unusual conservationist turns 90
Happy birthday to HCN’s founder, Tom Bell.
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