Recreation

Frackin’ on heaven’s door
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
How many people over the centuries have loved the Pawnee Buttes, only to see them ravaged?
The Gates of the Arctic, revealed
The Gates of the Arctic, revealed
From charging bears to glacier-carved valleys, photographs capture the real nature of the national park.
Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before
Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before
How the government tackled the post-war threats of national park ‘disfigurement’ and ‘destruction.’
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Outdoor rec industry defends public lands
Utah’s delegation tries to roll back protections, riling a conservation-minded outdoors cohort.
Will Big Rec leave Utah?; a heroic rescue; an ambling lynx
Will Big Rec leave Utah?; a heroic rescue; an ambling lynx
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
River of healing
River of healing
How a group of veterans found solace on the River of No Return.
The Forest Service relaxes restrictions on recreation
The Forest Service relaxes restrictions on recreation
The permitting change could give guided groups more access.
Go ahead, wander your way
Go ahead, wander your way
Glamping, Pokémon Go and selfies. There’s no wrong way to do wilderness.
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Forest Service has made it easier for resorts to include summer activities.
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
Obama created national monuments at Bears Ears and Gold Butte, sites with huge significance to Native Americans.
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
While consensus supporting a designation grew, many Utah politicians argued that the president’s action is an abuse of power.
The Park Service centennial celebration’s damage to the lands
The Park Service centennial celebration’s damage to the lands
The numbers behind the 100th year celebration of our overflowing parks.
Latest: Invasive zebra mussels have reached Montana
Latest: Invasive zebra mussels have reached Montana
Their arrival could have drastic economic effects.
An argument against fish hatcheries
An argument against fish hatcheries
‘Planting fish’ doesn’t solve the problems that led to the need to plant them in the first place.
It’s not the Wild West anymore. Look before you shoot.
It’s not the Wild West anymore. Look before you shoot.
Carrying a gun in the backcountry isn’t the issue—responsible use is.
Could land speed racing fade from Bonneville Salt Flats?
Could land speed racing fade from Bonneville Salt Flats?
Utah’s changing landscape casts doubt on the future of a sport.
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
A reading list for understanding the region.
The deeper meaning of trails
The deeper meaning of trails
Insightful new books in the well-worn genre of trail literature.
Healing on the river
Healing on the river
2016 Bell Prize winner.
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Bears Ears isn’t the only local effort to get Obama to designate protections before he leaves office.
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
A landmark within the proposed Bears Ears Monument was sold to private interests.
Which way? A new approach to navigating the Pacific Crest Trail
Which way? A new approach to navigating the Pacific Crest Trail
Thru-hikers can stay on the hugely popular trail with a cellphone app.
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