Travel

Montana counties band together to reinvigorate passenger rail
Montana counties band together to reinvigorate passenger rail
The newly formed Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority aims to connect a rural and divided state.
Essential transportation in rural Alaska is up in the air
Essential transportation in rural Alaska is up in the air
Since Alaska’s largest regional airline went bankrupt in April, roadless communities have been searching for ways to restore service.
From sniffles to coronavirus: A Colorado woman’s experience
From sniffles to coronavirus: A Colorado woman’s experience
After returning from vacation, a nurse practitioner was sick for weeks before finding out her true diagnosis.
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
Cartographers have been making bad maps for centuries
A new volume of maps shows the evolution of how we understand geography.
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
The Pacific Crest Trail’s shadow hikers
At the border, migrants and long-distance trekkers hike side by side but worlds apart.
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.
Anticipating the next ‘Big One’ in Anchorage
Anticipating the next ‘Big One’ in Anchorage
Can an imminent disaster draw tourists to Alaska’s largest city?
West Obsessed: Travel stories, far and wide
West Obsessed: Travel stories, far and wide
The staff of High Country News discuss the places that make us feel small.
Backpacking the blast zone
Backpacking the blast zone
At Mount St. Helens, they never say ‘recovery.’
Raptors in flight
Raptors in flight
Enduring relationships begin with encounters.
Growing up in timber country
Growing up in timber country
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
Wait — this land is my land?
Wait — this land is my land?
A Southerner revels in the access of Western federal lands.
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
The Yaak Valley’s ‘Dirty Shame’
In the infamous Montana saloon, a lesson about home in harsh places.
Go North, young woman
Go North, young woman
In a place no one can see you, you can see yourself more clearly.
Your uncomfortable Western corners
Your uncomfortable Western corners
Readers respond with unique encounters and uneasy revelations in the region.
Cowboys with surfboards
Cowboys with surfboards
How Hanalei, Hawaii, reflects small Western towns.
Together we pause
Together we pause
Sometimes we need to stop — to think about the ways we wreak havoc in the world.
An expedition through the Edgelands
An expedition through the Edgelands
This landscape isn’t always beautiful — but that’s what makes it loveable.
Putrid spillage; New Mexico fisticuffs; the year, in quotes
Putrid spillage; New Mexico fisticuffs; the year, in quotes
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The deeper meaning of trails
The deeper meaning of trails
Insightful new books in the well-worn genre of trail literature.
Protecting the Oregon Trail from the development it helped create
Protecting the Oregon Trail from the development it helped create
Dedicated volunteers fight to preserve one of the trails that brought settlers west.
Should this national monument become a national park?
Should this national monument become a national park?
An Idaho town hopes changing Craters of the Moon to park status will boost its economy.
Claustrophilia: Do wide-open lands bring us closer together?
Claustrophilia: Do wide-open lands bring us closer together?
A writer finds that Colorado small-town life and Mongolian mishaps strengthen her human connections.
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