Recreation

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.
Development threatens one of Montana’s ‘blue-ribbon’ trout rivers
Development threatens one of Montana’s ‘blue-ribbon’ trout rivers
Noxious algae is choking the very watershed that’s drawing people to develop property there.
Is there really freedom in the outdoors?
Is there really freedom in the outdoors?
After a year indoors, a writer remembers the joy — and pressures — of a childhood spent in Utah.
Reclaiming LA
Reclaiming LA
Communities in Los Angeles are turning industrial sites into pockets of green.
A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
The plan has lofty ambitions, but what’s happening on the ground tells a different story of how it might play out.
The threat of wildfire in the West arrives alongside tourists
The threat of wildfire in the West arrives alongside tourists
In Mammoth Lakes, California, residents are still anxious from the 2020 fire season.
Crowds swarm the public lands
Crowds swarm the public lands
Land managers and gateway communities struggle to keep up.
Why I changed my mind about Bears Ears
Why I changed my mind about Bears Ears
The benefits of a national monument in San Juan County outweigh the costs.
Petroglyph vandalism is not a victimless crime
Petroglyph vandalism is not a victimless crime
Indigenous archaeologists say more protective measures and education are needed to prevent future vandalism.
Where land use and landscape photography converge
Where land use and landscape photography converge
A would-be museum exhibit, canceled due to COVID, is now collected in the book ‘American Geography: Photographs of Land Use from 1840 to the Present.’
What’s the value of tracking recreation in the West?
What’s the value of tracking recreation in the West?
Fast-growing Western communities face a paradox of increased visitors.
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