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NPS taking more comment on Lamar Ranch plan

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The National Park Service is accepting more public comment on proposed infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park.

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High adventure classroom offered in Jackson Hole

JACKSON, Wyo. — Middle school and high school students are learning in a totally different type of classroom this summer.

July 20, 2014 9:52 pmLoading…
An alpine hike minutes from downtown Bozeman

An alpine hike minutes from downtown Bozeman

BOZEMAN — When people ask why I love living in Bozeman, the first thing that comes to mind is the community. A close second is access to the outdoors. And I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

July 19, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Montana approves sage-grouse hunting closures

HELENA — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a plan Thursday to close all or parts of 32 counties to sage-grouse hunting and to shorten the hunting season from two months to one.

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4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

June 14, 2014 11:01 pm Photos

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USGS: Glacier's glaciers melting slowly, for now

USGS: Glacier's glaciers melting slowly, for now

GREAT FALLS — Healthy snowpack and cooler summers over the past four years have slowed melting of remaining glaciers in Glacier National Park in Montana, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Jackson ski areas report very good year

JACKSON, Wyo. — The oldest and the largest ski resorts in the state enjoyed a strong winter 2013-14, both of them boasting historic numbers.

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Man arrested in murder of Wyoming woman in Nicaragua

JACKSON, Wyo. — A Wyoming woman found dead on a church service trip to Nicaragua was an EMT and skiing instructor who had always been committed to helping other people, her father said.

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Montana's outdoors needs a champion: How about you, tourism industry?

Montana's outdoors needs a champion: How about you, tourism industry?

As someone who loves Montana’s wide-open spaces, it’s easy to get depressed. Whether it’s chopped up landscapes or underfunding for parks, it seems we lose a little more of the great outdoors each day. How is this possible? How is it we live in a state where the outdoors is our cultural foun…

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Oregon’s Sunriver Resort an outdoor oasis for all

Oregon’s Sunriver Resort an outdoor oasis for all

SUNRIVER, Ore. — Say you are a large group of vacation-seekers. Your ages span from toddler to senior. Your interests range from walking to golfing to biking to reading to sitting on a patio fringed with pine trees and enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Study finds elusive carnivores after forest fire

DARBY — There was no way of knowing what kind of critters might venture through the charred trees left last year in the wake of a wildfire in Soldier Creek.

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Even in peak ski season, Aspen has some freebies

Even in peak ski season, Aspen has some freebies

DENVER — A trip to Aspen during peak ski season is going to set you back some cash. But even those who can afford the posh Colorado mountain town will enjoy checking out what’s free, from high-altitude adventures to creature comforts.

December 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Five-star kids ski schools: When small is better …

Five-star kids ski schools: When small is better …

PARK CITY, Utah — Hindsight is always 20-20, especially when you’re talking about teaching kids to ski. Like a lot of parents who love to ski, I figured I could teach my children myself. And I tried. But looking back now, I wish I’d put them in group lessons much sooner, when they were 6 or …

December 15, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Columbia Hills State Park is a Gorge wonder

DALLESPORT, Wash. — It's hard to overstate the grandeur of the Columbia River Gorge, and Columbia Hills State Park takes in a sweeping mountainside of that grandeur, plus a riverside trove of cultural artifacts that may be unmatched in the Northwest.

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Just outside Las Vegas, kayaking through a canyon

Just outside Las Vegas, kayaking through a canyon

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — It’s easy to trade the wild ways of Las Vegas for the wilds of the nearby Colorado River: All it takes is a call to a boating outfitter and a federally-approved form of ID.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

CODY, Wyo. — After more than 15 years of contentious debate over snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service on Tuesday released a final winter-use plan that appears to have a solid chance of avoiding legal challenges.

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Boise offers moderate climate, plenty of recreation opportunities

Boise offers moderate climate, plenty of recreation opportunities

BOISE, Idaho — Boise has long been dubbed the “City of Trees,” a nickname that always catches newcomers by surprise given the city’s high-desert climate and summers with little or no rain.

October 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Get outside your comfort zone and take your workout outdoors

When Steve King, exercise physiologist and wilderness guide at Vista Verde Ranch in Colorado, takes his guests into nature, he has two goals: fitness and fun.

September 03, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…

Do your research before booking a historic inn

The website used words like "rustic" and "old-world style accommodations" for the lodge, but somehow I read that as "charming" and "romantic."

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Badlands offer otherworldly park experience

Badlands offer otherworldly park experience

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — The Badlands feel like they haven’t been spoiled by human hands.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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