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For Susan L. Ebert, discovering herself to be a hunter was both unforeseen and inevitable. The chef and outdoorswoman shares how hunting benefits her and her family. I sit motionless in the predawn as the first licks of sunlight caress the red granite bluffs towering over the far bank of the Brazos River. I’m…(Read More)

In 2015, Colorado became the second state in the nation, after Utah, to create an Office of Outdoor Recreation. Director Luis Benitez offers insight into this important new office born in the American Southwest. By Jayme Moye The Office of Outdoor Recreation is a new concept to most Americans. What is the idea behind it…(Read More)

Slash & Burn


The West’s wildfire season is longer, hotter and closer to people than ever before. Amiee White Beazley finds the U.S. Forest Service is being asked to save more with less — and the worst is yet to come In the hills near Westcliffe in southeastern Colorado, the sun shone bright, and the air was…(Read More)

For Tesuque Pueblo member Louie Hena, water is the source of life, and the Rio Grande Gorge is where he worships. “This is my church,” he says, as we float a placid stretch of the Rio Grande, the artery coursing the gorge’s steep cliffs. To the north, lies the altar — where “Earth Mom,” as…(Read More)

Cast a Spell


Fly-fishing wasn’t Jen Murphy’s idea of a thrilling adventure sport, but an excursion to Colorado’s Taylor River awakened a deeper connection to nature and her dad Photos by Eleven Experience You either get bitten by the fishing bug or you don’t — and my dad got bit hard. Old photos show…(Read More)

Rock of Ages


How does an outdoors-loving aunt crack the hard city shell of two teenagers? Stephanie Pearson lets Mother Nature do the talking at New Mexico’s Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument I have an addiction to the outdoors, so say my niece and nephew. In my humble opinion, they have an addiction to video…(Read More)

From the mountains of New Mexico to the national parks of Utah, here’s where to go to take advantage of what is arguably the Southwest’s best season One Last Run Thanks to a few good spring storms, Taos Ski Valley has extended their season through April 9, and with a brand new lift…(Read More)

Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado is a landscape unlike anything else on the continent. Jayme Moye journeys across the colossal drifts for an otherworldly camping adventure During the four-hour drive from my home near Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, I can’t help but wonder how on…(Read More)

Despite some success stories, many native Southwestern species face extinction. Richard Parker explores the remote locales where our vanishing wildlife are finding their last sanctuaries Drive east from Phoenix and leave the interstate behind for the Beeline Highway. Turn toward Saguaro Lake — down in the bottomland of the Salt River, a scene emerges: wild…(Read More)