We set off for an adventure that not a whole lot of people do: backcountry beach camping on Santa Rosa Island. Part of Channel Islands National Park, it’s a roughly two-and-a-half-hour boat journey from Ventura, California. This obstacle alone is a big reason why Channel Islands (which includes Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara islands) is among the least-visited national parks in the country.
Beginning Oct. 18, some areas of Kings Canyon National Park reopened to the public for day use and wilderness use. The park closed in September due to the KNP Complex Fires.
Wildlife officials are urging residents to be bear aware after a recent increase in bear sightings near Jackson.
The Colorado Bureau of Land Management has gathered roughly 683 wild horses from public lands and just released 49 back to the area as part of an ongoing fertility control program.
All park trails are temporarily closed at Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska due to recent bear activity, according to the National Park Service. Park management are planning to reevaluate bear activity each day.
Welcome to American West. I hope this magazine finds you somewhere special along your journey in this great region.
If you’re interested of exploring every aspect of the American West’s wildfires – and connecting their past to the present – look no further than Western Edition, a new podcast from Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.
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