Latest Outdoor recreation News

Ski resorts aim for more efficient snowmaking amid drought

Jan. 25, 2022 00:21 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The sight can be jarring during extreme drought: snowmaking guns lined up on a mountainside, blasting precious crystal flakes on a ski run while the rest of the land goes thirsty. Snowpack in the U.S. West has decreased by about 20% in the last century, making...

US protection sought for threatened Florida ghost orchid

Jan. 24, 2022 11:03 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The rare ghost orchid faces mounting threats in Florida from poaching, loss of habitat and climate change and needs federal protection, environmental groups said Monday. A petition filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asks that the orchid be...

Maine moose hunters hope for more success in 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 04:03 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife managers will soon start accepting applications for the 2022 moose hunt, which will follow a year in which hunters had limited success. Tens of thousands of hunters typically apply for a spot in the state moose permit lottery. The Maine...

Rock climber launches Las Vegas nonprofit for at-risk youth

Jan. 23, 2022 13:18 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Resting between routes, Ted Pappageorge sat back on the rock climbing gym’s crash pads stained with white chalk, overwhelmed by his surroundings. An aerialist spun in the air, suspended by silk fabric. Beneath her, inside a cave of indoor routes, a group of...

Yellowstone visits hit record high in 2021, straining staff

Jan. 23, 2022 13:13 PM EST

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) — A record number of visitors flocked to Yellowstone National Park last year despite fewer hotel rooms and campsites being available because of the coronavirus pandemic and construction projects. About 4.86 million visits were tallied in 2021,...

Historic Masonic lodge in Detroit added to National Registry

Jan. 23, 2022 09:26 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Masonic lodge in Detroit has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, in part because of its contributions to the civil rights movement. The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge on Detroit’s east side was added Wednesday to the National Park...

Realtor takes to water to show off South Florida mansions

Jan. 23, 2022 03:12 AM EST

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — On a recent Saturday afternoon, real estate agent Bonnie Heatzig was escorting her clients, visiting from Washington, D.C., on a tour of luxury properties in Boca Raton. But instead of stepping into her car for the start of the tour, they hopped into her...

New Crystal Waters' state game area opens in Monroe County

Jan. 23, 2022 01:05 AM EST

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — Fishing and hunting enthusiasts are hailing creation of Monroe County’s newest state game area in the north-county region that opened last fall after the Crystal Waters’ property was sold to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The 680-acre site in...

Dale Dickey takes center stage at Sundance in 'A Love Song'

Jan. 22, 2022 12:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Dale Dickey tends to get “those crusty roles,” as she heard someone once call them. A familiar, craggy face from films like “Winter’s Bone” and “Hell or High Water,” Dickey has long been a riveting supporting player in rural dramas. But in the...

Yellowstone National Park to mark 150th anniversary in 2022

Jan. 22, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is about to turn 150 years old on March 1, and an array of activities are planned to honor the occasion. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, park staff haven’t scheduled large-scale events commemorating Yellowstone’s sesquicentennial....