Deserts

The contradictions of iconic lands
The contradictions of iconic lands
The photos inside two new volumes show the grandeur and vulnerability of landscapes like the Grand Canyon and Bears Ears National Monument.
A high-stakes water reckoning looms in the West
A high-stakes water reckoning looms in the West
Be it a wet or a dry year, the water rich in Colorado’s North Fork Valley take their share.
The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline
The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline
Officials in Utah’s fastest-growing county are obscuring details of what a high-stakes project will cost taxpayers.
The pioneer of ruin
The pioneer of ruin
Amid a desolate mess in Cisco, Utah, a young woman resurrects a home.
How beavers make the desert bloom
How beavers make the desert bloom
‘I’m always looking for ways to keep water here, and the beaver do it for free.’
The Colorado, lifeblood and sculptor of an arid West
The Colorado, lifeblood and sculptor of an arid West
In a new book, a longtime river-runner invites readers to sit down by the Colorado’s riverside and listen to its stories.
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
A book of photos explores the mesas and canyons of Bears Ears.
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
Trump administration pauses California’s solar energy truce
The decision imperils the balance between desert conservation and development.
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Some like it hot; the West’s unluckiest man; Phoenix’s future
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Latest: White Sands National … Park?
Latest: White Sands National … Park?
A bill could establish New Mexico’s second national park within a missile range.
The playground of Lake Powell isn’t worth drowned canyons
The playground of Lake Powell isn’t worth drowned canyons
Before a writer knew the true cost of Glen Canyon Dam, ‘ignorance was bliss.’
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
West Obsessed: A desert divided on the Borderlands
What would it mean to sever life-sustaining links along the U.S.-Mexico border?
Let your kids play with fire
Let your kids play with fire
Giving a 6-year-old fire-tending responsibilities is good for the whole family.
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
Along the border, 500 miles of desert species
As Trump’s wall lurches forward, ‘BioBlitz’ records the Borderlands’ biodiversity.
The desert, divided
The desert, divided
The Borderlands thrive on connections. What would it mean to sever them?
How the U.S.-Mexico border has split the Tohono O’odham
How the U.S.-Mexico border has split the Tohono O’odham
When it comes to the ‘wall,’ the Nation is divided.
An armchair journey to the desert
An armchair journey to the desert
A photography book captures the natural splendor of Utah’s five national parks.
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
A 300,000-acre base expansion would push into intact bighorn sheep habitat.
How to learn to love a new landscape
How to learn to love a new landscape
A writer trades in the ‘crack-me-open ache of space’ in Colorado for the lushness of western Oregon.
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
An ode to a time of both sorrow and new found laughter.
The divides that unify a Southwestern village
The divides that unify a Southwestern village
Stanley Crawford writes about rifts between Anglo and Chicano neighbors.
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
Public access to trust lands varies widely from state to state.
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Politics, land ownership and imperiled plants collide in New Mexico.
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