High Country News - Recreation

Water-fat mountains; Pence visits Aspen; Oregonians gas up
Water-fat mountains; Pence visits Aspen; Oregonians gas up
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
How to turn motorized rec into a sustainable economy
How to turn motorized rec into a sustainable economy
In 2010, Challis, Idaho, created a trail for ATV riders. Now, it’s enjoying an economic boost.
What the two-wheeled tourist can offer tiny towns
What the two-wheeled tourist can offer tiny towns
Cycling tourism contributes nearly $377 million annually to Montana’s economy.
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The Shoshone power plant is the cornerstone for water rights in the upper river.
In the home of the bear
In the home of the bear
In the McNeil River Sanctuary, bears and humans have learned to share the landscape.
The price of a national park fee hike
The price of a national park fee hike
The proposed increase in entrance fees reignites old questions about who should fund the West’s open spaces.
Macho moose; thousand-dollar bobcat; lost in Dark Canyon
Macho moose; thousand-dollar bobcat; lost in Dark Canyon
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
Public access to trust lands varies widely from state to state.
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
Advice from Moab’s mayor: Be careful what you wish for
As his final term ends, Dave Sakrison weighs the cost of decades of transformation.
Drones intrude on the outdoor experience
Drones intrude on the outdoor experience
As drones become less expensive, they’re also becoming more ubiquitous outdoors.
A book in hand deepens the backcountry experience
A book in hand deepens the backcountry experience
What’s the meaning of lugging literature into the wild?
Deer at recess; Stranded in Kanab; A brain-eating mantis
Deer at recess; Stranded in Kanab; A brain-eating mantis
Mishaps and mayhem around the region.
Why has fashion trumped utility on the trail?
Why has fashion trumped utility on the trail?
Outdoor pursuits now come with a price tag that’s unattainable for many.
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Ski resorts prepare for warmer Northwest winters
Shrinking snowpack has led some resorts to use costly, water-intensive snowmakers.
A national monument that saves the last of the last
A national monument that saves the last of the last
The monument that brought us the ‘super bloom’ also supports rural economies and threatened wildlife.
RV industry lobbies to privatize services on public lands
RV industry lobbies to privatize services on public lands
And they have found an ally in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
Plans for Colorado’s Camp Hale balance restoration and commemoration.
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
As sportsmen watch Zinke, disillusionment replaces hope
Concerns are rising that the Interior Secretary’s actions won’t match his rhetoric.
Invasion of the butt flickers
Invasion of the butt flickers
When tourists toss their spent cigarettes at the Grand Canyon, I’m the one who picks them up.
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
The agency begins to deliver on promises to confront sexual harassment.
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