National parks

Big Bend 2002

Mar 1, 2002 By Joe Nick Patoski

Whether you want to hike it, raft it, drive it, or all of the above, here's everything you need to know to get the most out of a trip to Texas' greatest treasure.

The Crossing

Apr 1, 1997 By Robert Draper

If U.S. officials put an end to illegal trips across the Rio Grande at Boquillas, the enchanting border town will find itself caught between countries and cultures. Of course, that’s where it has always been.

California Scheming

Nov 1, 1996 By Paul Burka

HOUSTON FINANCIER (or, as he is often described in the Golden State media, “Texas tycoon”) Charles Hurwitz clearly got the better side of his recent agreement to swap 3,000 acres of ancient redwoods in Northern California for $380 million in federal and state funds plus other public forest acreage. In…

The Last Refuge

May 31, 1996 By Robert Draper

For years the dusty outpost of Terlingua has been a magnet for renegades and loners looking for a haven from the modern world. No wonder the brother of the suspected Unabomber holed up there.

Bad Air Days

Apr 1, 1995 By Robert Bryce

Pollution from Mexico is already plaguing West Texas—and it's only going to get worse.