The Fight For the Bears Ears

South of Bears Ears Pass, the tree covered Cedar Mesa stair steps down into the San Juan River canyon and the red dirt desert of the Navajo Nation....

The Fight For the Bears Ears

Gravitational Pull

  The Proliferation of Lift Accessed Mountain Biking In The Wasatch   Photos by Jay Dash   4,457,575. This figure represents the number of people...

Gravitational Pull

Bike Touring and the Economic Impact of the GSENM

    Ever since President Clinton’s 1996 announcement of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (which...

Bike Touring and the Economic Impact of the GSENM

Scrambling the Goddesses

  “Its a great exposed ledge. Unfortunately, it ends here, and you still have to make a few tricky moves above the fifty-foot drop-off. Don’t look...

Scrambling the Goddesses

Summer and the Outdoors- New Beers From Utah Breweries

  Summertime means new summer beers. Coolers full of ice, hot feet dangling in a cold creek, and the feeling of a frosty...

Summer and the Outdoors- New Beers From Utah Breweries


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The Fight For the Bears Ears

The Fight For the Bears Ears

South of Bears Ears Pass, the tree covered Cedar Mesa stair steps down into the San Juan River canyon and the red dirt desert of the Navajo Nation. The pinnacles and buttes of Monument Valley rise up in front of distant Black Mesa, home of the Hopi, and the longest continually inhabited city in the […]

Gravitational Pull

Gravitational Pull

  The Proliferation of Lift Accessed Mountain Biking In The Wasatch   Photos by Jay Dash   4,457,575. This figure represents the number of people who visited Utah during the 2015/2016 ski season to explore the varied terrain of our world-class resorts. Last season broke all previous attendance records and the state realized a 10% […]

Bike Touring and the Economic Impact of the GSENM

Bike Touring and the Economic Impact of the GSENM

    Ever since President Clinton’s 1996 announcement of the new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (which he did at the south rim of the Grand Canyon; a little weird, but apparently the venue was closer to a good landing spot for Air Force One than Escalante’s gravel airstrip?) it’s been a favorite target of ridicule by […]

Scrambling the Goddesses

Scrambling the Goddesses

  “Its a great exposed ledge. Unfortunately, it ends here, and you still have to make a few tricky moves above the fifty-foot drop-off. Don’t look down! Just focus on the hand and foot holds. No, don’t go up. That won’t help. It’ll just make it harder to climb back down. Stretch your right foot […]

Summer and the Outdoors- New Beers From Utah Breweries

Summer and the Outdoors- New Beers From Utah Breweries

  Summertime means new summer beers. Coolers full of ice, hot feet dangling in a cold creek, and the feeling of a frosty beer can sweating in your palm – all are evocative of summer, and it takes just the right kind of ale to make those moments happen. Utah’s breweries have us covered with […]

Switchback- Should Mountain Bikes be Allowed in Wilderness Areas?

Switchback- Should Mountain Bikes be Allowed in Wilderness Areas?

Last summer President Obama signed the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, creating 3 new wilderness areas in the Boulder- White Cloud Mountains of Central Idaho. The new wilderness, while mostly remote with challenging access, also closed several mountain bike trails that were held in high regard by local cyclists. The […]

20 Seconds of Terror

20 Seconds of Terror

For a photographer, the Grand Canyon is a 280-mile candy store.   Great images hide on almost every bend, and despite frantic attempts at forcing the trip to be IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, no plan ever works; no single trip has time to hike and photograph even half of the magic side […]

Under the Rim and Dreaming

Under the Rim and Dreaming

  It’s sort of a rite of passage kind of thing; ski season ends and everyone starts to get that itch to go the desert. I get that same itch. Unfortunately, I tend to get it before the parts of the desert that I like to visit are actually warm enough to enjoy. Nonetheless, I […]

Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness?

Mountain Bikes in the Wilderness?

  Mountain bikes are fun, they’re quiet, and they take their riders to amazing places. So why are they banned in wilderness? It’s a question of great concern to Ted Stroll, who, as head of the non-profit Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC), is working to change the Wilderness Act to allow mountain bikes in some of […]

53 Days to Climate Action

53 Days to Climate Action

  If you would have asked me 16 years ago, I would have told you there is no road connecting a two-month self-supported mountain bike ride with running for federal office. But I traveled that unlikely road, and it has been one worth taking.   Back in 2000, I embarked on what was then the […]

Rescue in the Roost

Rescue in the Roost

Can Adventure Sports and Travel Change You? November 2015   Tyson scrambles around for his air pressure gauge trying to deflate his tires by 20 pounds.  We turn off Highway 24 and onto one of my favorite roads in Utah—The Maze Road—a road that takes the desert traveler to some of the “best” in Utah: […]

Switchback- Is the PLI a Fair Deal for Public Lands in Utah?

Switchback- Is the PLI a Fair Deal for Public Lands in Utah?

Certainty: Utahns Demand It By Lee Lonsberry The genesis of the Public Lands Initiative comes from the idea that economic development and conservation can coexist and flourish. This locally driven process has revealed that, not only is it possible, its what the people demand. Utahns from all walks of life have come to the table […]

Alone on the Hindu

Alone on the Hindu

  I was in midair, at the end of my rope, still 60 feet from the ground. Did I mention I was alone, in a remote canyon, with no cell phone service, and no one knew where I was? Suddenly all those Aron Ralston jokes came back to haunt me. With a sigh, I let […]

A Death in Bull Valley Gorge

A Death in Bull Valley Gorge

They were crushed between the walls of Bull Valley Gorge; killed instantly, or at least that’s what their families prayed for. The three men had crossed the gorge on Skutumpah Road’s one-lane bridge, and their pickup apparently stalled, rolled backward, and plummeted over the edge. It came to a crashing, grinding stop in the narrowest […]

Protecting Abbey Country

Protecting Abbey Country

I am sitting in front of my computer, doing what I do to make my pennies, but in a few hours, when my writing is done, and the car is packed I will head out to my favorite place in the world, the most beautiful place in the world, my second home, Indian Creek.   […]