Items by Craig Childs

What the Ice Age West predicts about our future
What the Ice Age West predicts about our future
An American creation story.
Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Craig Childs recalls the fearless conservationist who loved an undammed river.
Anatomy of a flash flood
Anatomy of a flash flood
After a series of deaths, a writer considers his own close calls in canyons.
Children in Alaska’s barbaric country
Children in Alaska’s barbaric country
As parents, we watch our kids walk into vast new worlds — like it or not.
Motorheads gone wild
Motorheads gone wild
An off-roading conservationist navigates some gnarly landscape on the road to more protection for the Utah desert.
Craig Childs narrates a Canyonlands adventure
Craig Childs narrates a Canyonlands adventure
Images from a month-long trip with friends in 1999.
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Not all maps are made of paper. The best ones are spooled in memory.
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
Secret getaways of the National Landscape Conservation System
A desert hiker finds a lot to like in little-known Bureau of Land Management gems.
Vagabond writer Craig Childs on 20,000 years of wanderlust
Vagabond writer Craig Childs on 20,000 years of wanderlust
The author traces the paths of peoples that have wandered the earth for centuries, from Alaska to the Southwest.
Tracking Ice Age people in Oregon
Tracking Ice Age people in Oregon
Craig Childs goes time-traveling in the buttes and basins of south-central Oregon, and ponders signs of early human occupation.
No matter how long you live in your small town, you'll never be a native
No matter how long you live in your small town, you'll never be a native
In the West's rural lands, you might think you're invisible, but the old-timers -- and their dogs -- know you are there.
Explorer's notebook: Craig Childs on the Lower San Juan
Explorer's notebook: Craig Childs on the Lower San Juan
Craig Childs narrates his paddle down the Lower San Juan, with photos and video he took on the trip.
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
A float down the Lower San Juan teaches surprising lessons about dams, water and silt in the West.
Craig Childs walks with desert ghosts on the Navajo Nation
Craig Childs walks with desert ghosts on the Navajo Nation
The author tries to walk like a ghost through a wild and haunted landscape.
The Rise of the Minotaur
The Rise of the Minotaur
Bull riding explodes from its rural Western roots to become a modern spectacle along the lines of NASCAR.
Crown of horns
Crown of horns
Unexpected encounters with an injured bull elk and a couple of teenage boys lead a writer to consider the meaning of fatherhood.
Pillaging the Past
Craig Childs explores the fine line that separates archeology from grave-robbing in the American Southwest.
Phoenix Falling?
Craig Childs lifts the rug of modern-day Phoenix, Ariz., to examine the remnants of the civilization that preceded it – the Hohokam people, who also built a great city in the middle of the desert, and flourished until the day they ran out of water.
Underworld
In a dark, narrow storm drain below the border town of Douglas, Ariz., eight illegal immigrants drowned in the summer of 1997
Prey at the waterhole
The experience of watching a mountain lion is utterly transformed when the watcher realizes he is the one being watched
A very brief conversation with a Jet Fighter
A long solitary hike through an empty, pristine desert is interrupted by a close encounter with an F-16 fighter plane
Anasazi: What's in a name?
The name "Anasazi" has fallen out of favor, but none of the other names now used for this vanished civilization are satisfactory, either
Out of the Four Corners
Susan Ryan, a young archaeologist, has some unusual ideas about why the Anasazi left their homes in the Southwest, 700 years ago
Following the Ancient Roads
On a 10-day walk through the northwestern New Mexico desert, the author follows an ancient road that leads him from silent Indian ruins into noisy, modern gas fields
A desert’s stolen secrets
As Baghdad’s museums are stripped bare by looters, a desert wanderer recalls the experience of finding a perfect Anasazi pot, hidden in an unnamed Utah canyon
A gilded wrinkle in time
In Cities of Gold, his first historical novel, William K. Hartmann interweaves the conquistadors of the 16th with a contemporary murder mystery in Tucson.
The anatomy of fire
A visit to the biggest forest fire in Colorado history - the Hayman Fire - and time spent with some of those battling it leads the author to speculate on the mystery and complexity of humanity's relationship with fire.
In the throat of a black hole
An essay from the author's book, "The Desert Cries," in which he tours Antelope Canyon, where a flood once took the lives of hikers.
The rise and fall of a desert stream
In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.
The Millworker and the Forest
A hike through the old growth of Olympic National Park with former millworker Jim Podlesny reveals more than one way to look at a giant Douglas-fir, and also at the life of a one-time logging community.
Canyonlands is a park in name only; in truth only highly organized chaos reigns
A river trip through Utah's Canyonlands National Park leads a winter-naturalist to muse about the geologic chaos inside the park's human-imposed boundaries.
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