Mountain West

One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
One rancher’s plan to establish water buffalo in Colorado
The challenges and possibilities of water buffalo ranching in the Roaring Fork Valley.
A wild winter threatens summer profits in Colorado’s high country
A wild winter threatens summer profits in Colorado’s high country
The potential for a cascade of water may slow the flow of tourists to Lake City.
Should we be thinking about last ascents, instead of first ones?
Should we be thinking about last ascents, instead of first ones?
Mountaineers confront disappearing glaciers.
Exploring “The Crown of the Continent” in photos
Exploring “The Crown of the Continent” in photos
Photographer Steven Gnam takes readers into the one of the most remote stretches of wilderness, along the ridge of the Northern Rockies.
Why is Montana giving its bison specialist the boot?
Why is Montana giving its bison specialist the boot?
The state blames budget cuts as it demotes a longtime wildlife biologist.
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
Don't blame bark beetles for fire risk
A new study suggests hot dry weather, not beetles, make forests go up in smoke.
Bison to be reintroduced in Banff, new plans for Yellowstone herd
Bison to be reintroduced in Banff, new plans for Yellowstone herd
Promising developments percolate in two North American parks.
Mormons, mobilization and the GOP
Mormons, mobilization and the GOP
A new book examines Mormon political activity.
Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames
Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames
New report shows long-term firefighting costs eroding most other work.
On the Wilderness Act's 50th, a backpack into the Weminuche
On the Wilderness Act's 50th, a backpack into the Weminuche
Author ponders Wilderness Act on its 50th birthday.
A Peruvian sheepherder in the Colorado Rockies
A Peruvian sheepherder in the Colorado Rockies
Photographs and recordings.
New BLM plan weighs sage grouse and oil in Wyoming
New BLM plan weighs sage grouse and oil in Wyoming
Governor Mead hopes the plan will keep the bird off the endangered species list.
Massive Colorado mudslide nearly clobbered gas wells
Massive Colorado mudslide nearly clobbered gas wells
How much should energy developers plan for natural disaster?
Unlikely partnership seeks to end turf wars in western Colorado
Adventure travel vs. conservation
Adventure travel vs. conservation
A conversation with outdoor entrepreneur Bill Bryan.
Top 10 reasons not to move to Bozeman
Dust and Snow
In Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Tom Painter and other scientists study the dust in the snow and ponder its implications for future drought and weather conditions, especially in the era of global warming
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