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  • Utah: Grand twists, turns for hikers in Arches National Park

     Utah: Grand twists, turns for hikers in Arches National Park
    ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah — I am seated on a narrow ledge waiting for the setting sun to add a golden glow to the famous Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. A tripod is wedged between my knees. There is not a lot of room here, and a misstep could result in a nasty fall.
  • Goldwater, Brower and the disastrous damming of the Colorado River

     Goldwater, Brower and the disastrous damming of the Colorado River
    As all eyes in the West look to the courts, the skies and the Colorado River for relief from 14 years of drought, it might be useful to remember the battles waged by two titans of the 20th century who played leading roles in the drama that led to the...

    Philip Fradkin dies at 77; environmental writer chronicled the West

    Philip Fradkin dies at 77; environmental writer chronicled the West
    Philip L. Fradkin, a native New Yorker whose fascination with the West turned him into an astute chronicler of the region's history and environmental legacy in books on such topics as the great San Francisco earthquake, nuclear test fallout in Nevada...

    Hiking to see pictograph art in Horseshoe Canyon, Utah

    Hiking to see pictograph art in Horseshoe Canyon, Utah
    HORSESHOE CANYON, Utah — In a remote arm of Canyonlands National Park, deep inside a warren of rock and sand, is one of the greatest and most mysterious collections of ancient art in North America. Towering, enigmatic pictographs, some more than 6,...

    The edge of night

    The edge of night
    We are sprawled flat on our backs on a sandstone slab, soaking in darkness this August night with the satisfaction of Iditarod dropouts basking in a wintertime tropical sun. Above us, the sky pulsates with 11,000 visible stars. We can pick out the...