Deserts

The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
The Colorado, lifeblood and sculptor of an arid West
The Colorado, lifeblood and sculptor of an arid West
In a new book, a longtime river-runner invites readers to sit down by the Colorado’s riverside and listen to its stories.
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
A book of photos explores the mesas and canyons of Bears Ears.
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
The decision imperils the balance between desert conservation and development.
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
What would it mean to sever life-sustaining links along the U.S.-Mexico border?
The desert, divided
The desert, divided
The Borderlands thrive on connections. What would it mean to sever them?
How the U.S.-Mexico border has split the Tohono O’odham
How the U.S.-Mexico border has split the Tohono O’odham
When it comes to the ‘wall,’ the Nation is divided.
An armchair journey to the desert
An armchair journey to the desert
A photography book captures the natural splendor of Utah’s five national parks.
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
A 300,000-acre base expansion would push into intact bighorn sheep habitat.
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
An ode to a time of both sorrow and new found laughter.
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.
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Politics, land ownership and imperiled plants collide in New Mexico.
The Navajo Nation has a wild horse problem
The Navajo Nation has a wild horse problem
The population is exploding, but the tribe doesn’t have funding to manage it.
Tucson’s seed library fosters food sovereignty in a desert
Tucson’s seed library fosters food sovereignty in a desert
With help from Pima County’s public libraries, Tucsonans grow urban gardens.
In Glen Canyon, a fight against invasive grasses
In Glen Canyon, a fight against invasive grasses
A young researcher seeks to make the Southwest more resilient to climate change.
How we risked losing the West
How we risked losing the West
A look back at how range science misled land managers.
Down with the Glen Canyon Dam?
Down with the Glen Canyon Dam?
Activists claim that decommissioning the dam will save water and restore a wild canyon. Are they right?
Latest: Duel over Owens Valley water intensifies
Latest: Duel over Owens Valley water intensifies
A county uses eminent domain to try to reclaim land taken by LA.
What they left behind: Items found in the Borderlands
What they left behind: Items found in the Borderlands
Humanitarian groups track traces of migrants crossing the border.
The thru-hike you’ve never heard of: Oregon Desert Trail
The thru-hike you’ve never heard of: Oregon Desert Trail
Photographer Meg Roussos shares views from her solo-trek deep in the backcountry.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
At the border, migrants and long-distance trekkers hike side by side but worlds apart.
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