Mountain West

Ode to a mountain
Ode to a mountain
A duo pay a heartfelt tribute to Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountain.
The beauty — and dangers — of living wild
The beauty — and dangers — of living wild
Two new fearless memoirs deliver stories of pragmatism and boundless courage.
Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wilderness managers are still trying to balance the risks and necessity of fire.
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
A new book shows the life cycle of sage grouse in their natural habitat.
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
This year’s fire season was the costliest on record, burning more than 9 million acres.
Photos that trace migrations through Yellowstone
Photos that trace migrations through Yellowstone
Ungulates overcome highways, rivers and other barriers while roaming the region.
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.
A nearly forgotten poet’s view from above timberline
A nearly forgotten poet’s view from above timberline
Belle Turnbull found transcendence in the Colorado Rockies.
The changing politics of woods work
The changing politics of woods work
Cash-strapped agencies use private contractors to the detriment of local communities.
‘Diabolical’ mussels begin their march into Montana
‘Diabolical’ mussels begin their march into Montana
Divisions between state and tribal agencies could keep the door open for a most unwelcome visitor.
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
The Wasatch Front faces drier times and a growing population, threatening the Great Salt Lake.
The fire season by the numbers
The fire season by the numbers
Fire agencies are preparing for the eclipse hordes, in the midst of a large fire season.
What I learned from Iraqi and Kurdish students in Montana
What I learned from Iraqi and Kurdish students in Montana
Seeing encounters between foreign students and rural Westerners was eye opening.
The political right and left are stuck in polarizing myths
The political right and left are stuck in polarizing myths
Neighbors in a small Colorado town are splintered, but neither are correct.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
Meet the woman behind Colorado’s highest trails
Meet the woman behind Colorado’s highest trails
How trail designer Loretta McEllhiney protects mountains from people.
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
A long-distance trail would disrupt badly needed grizzly habitat.
The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump
The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump
How a wave of retirees and a changed economic landscape reshaped rural politics.
Why the Endangered Species Act can’t save whitebark pines
Why the Endangered Species Act can’t save whitebark pines
Politics, money and climate change threaten one of the West’s iconic trees.
LNG project rises again, with support from Mountain states
LNG project rises again, with support from Mountain states
White House backing could ease approval for the Jordan Cove export terminal, and set off a new drilling boom in the Interior West.
The cost of the bighorn comeback
The cost of the bighorn comeback
In California’s Eastern Sierra, bringing back bighorn has meant killing more mountain lions.
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Worries about science censorship drove her from her post at the Energy Department.
Death on the river
Death on the river
As summer rafting season begins, safe passage to all river runners.
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