Recreation

How to prevent a hike from resulting in a heist
How to prevent a hike from resulting in a heist
A new proposal aims to make trailheads near Seattle safe from car break-ins — but some worry it could compromise their own safety.
Irked sea lions and a strange peanut pusher
Irked sea lions and a strange peanut pusher
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The anxiety and satisfaction of race day
The anxiety and satisfaction of race day
A writer traces the motivations that led her to run a half-marathon on the California coast.
The new top ways to go outdoors
The new top ways to go outdoors
If you’re getting out into nature, do right by the land and each other.
What’s it like to live in a tourist town with no tourists?
What’s it like to live in a tourist town with no tourists?
After the floods, Yellowstone gateway communities are grappling with what comes next.
Protecting a vulnerable great blue heron rookery
Protecting a vulnerable great blue heron rookery
Despite recreation pressures, a Colorado community comes together to preserve the wildness of the place they live in.
Oregonians of color are building relationships in the outdoors
Oregonians of color are building relationships in the outdoors
‘We’re actually here for each other.’
How growing Western rec towns might hold onto their futures
How growing Western rec towns might hold onto their futures
Researchers look to give small tourism communities the tools for a GNARly approach.
The Colorado stream case that could revolutionize river access
The Colorado stream case that could revolutionize river access
‘There are waters I’ve wanted to fish for 50 years, and I’ve been denied the use of a state-owned resource.’
Wildfire and detours on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wildfire and detours on the Pacific Crest Trail
A hiker is caught in smoke and decision-making when the Carr Fire broke out in 2018.
From river bottom to meadow
From river bottom to meadow
A runner in Ojai, California, considers how access to public space isn’t necessarily a given.
Schussing through time
Schussing through time
A Utah library holds a comprehensive archive commemorating ski sports.
Sharing the slopes
Sharing the slopes
Will skiers compromise to help a dwindling herd of bighorn sheep?
The winnowing of winter
The winnowing of winter
As the climate crisis worsens, what will happen to snow?
Black entrepreneurs built beach havens in California. Racism shut them down.
Black entrepreneurs built beach havens in California. Racism shut them down.
The hidden history of Santa Monica’s Black coastal enclaves.
The public lands that kept us sane
The public lands that kept us sane
In honor of National Public Lands Day, High Country News staff reflect on access to spaces across the West.
After the Palisades Tahoe name change, where is the Washoe Tribe looking next?
After the Palisades Tahoe name change, where is the Washoe Tribe looking next?
‘This whole thing, it’s decent. It’s a decent thing to do.’
More national parks won’t solve overcrowding
More national parks won’t solve overcrowding
Increase park funding instead.
National park managers search for answers to overcrowding
National park managers search for answers to overcrowding
Timed-entry reservations and apps that point visitors to less-trafficked areas work to disperse the denizens.
The lack of diversity in outdoor rec is systematic and disconcerting
The lack of diversity in outdoor rec is systematic and disconcerting
I want people of color to feel called to reclaim natural spaces.
The fires that follow us
The fires that follow us
A hiker copes with a new anxiety brought by a changed climate.
A Q&A with New Mexico’s deputy director of The Wilderness Society
A Q&A with New Mexico’s deputy director of The Wilderness Society
Kay Bounkeua discusses growing up Lao-Chinese in the state, her connection to landscape and what’s next for the conservation movement.
Climate change sinks Lake Powell, local rec industry
Climate change sinks Lake Powell, local rec industry
The water line has dropped to historic lows, and house boats are at risk of being marooned.
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