Wilderness

The history of hiking The Continental Divide Trail
The history of hiking The Continental Divide Trail
Meandering across 3,100 miles, the trail connects Mexico to Canada.
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
Plumbing the Gila for solace and hope
A new book contemplates nature, solitude, grief and grace.
5 reasons to keep geotagging
5 reasons to keep geotagging
Public lands face far greater threats than recreational overuse.
A human head for a bear’s snack; lost in the wild; a dog returns home
A human head for a bear’s snack; lost in the wild; a dog returns home
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Forest Service confronts a popular hot springs’ overuse
Forest Service confronts a popular hot springs’ overuse
Rangers tackle the conundrum of protecting loved-to-death wilderness.
Who needs a camper when you could be cold and hungry?
Who needs a camper when you could be cold and hungry?
Why I’ll always choose camping in the wild over a luxury motorhome.
How human noise pollution is disrupting wild places
How human noise pollution is disrupting wild places
High levels of sound disrupt many endangered species within their critical habitat.
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
Could the lure of trails salvage Alaska’s economy?
A trail along the Trans-Alaska pipeline could be the start of a booming recreation economy.
The making of a motorhead
The making of a motorhead
Ex-skiers, ex-climbers, ex-hikers take on long-distance travel with motorbikes.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
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.
Learn the lingo: Trailworker slang
Learn the lingo: Trailworker slang
You probably wouldn’t ask a ‘traildog’ to ‘sprinkle your donut.’
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.
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
A long-distance trail would disrupt badly needed grizzly habitat.
The cost of the bighorn comeback
The cost of the bighorn comeback
In California’s Eastern Sierra, bringing back bighorn has meant killing more mountain lions.
Learning to live with bears
Learning to live with bears
Two books examine our evolving relationship with bears.
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
A conservation plan puts science ahead of politics.
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
It’s OK to be cautious in the wild
Where to draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable risks.
The dog turds lurking on our trails
The dog turds lurking on our trails
A poop awareness campaign unleashed a lot of anger — some of it unexpected.
Nature got your heart?
Nature got your heart?
These photos tell the story of writer John Nichols’ love affair with the wild.
A tale of two Roosevelts
A tale of two Roosevelts
Two books examine how both Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt helped build an American conservation ethos.
Montana wilderness bill reflects compromise and care
Montana wilderness bill reflects compromise and care
The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act grew out of successful collaboration in a complicated landscape.
Growing up in timber country
Growing up in timber country
A writer returns to the old-growth forest of her youth.
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