I often joke, when I tell people that I write the Gazette's outdoor section, that the section encompasses anything you can do outside that doesn't use a gun or a motor. Firearms and vehicles are often assumed to be on the same side of the recreation coin, while the other side isfull of flower-sniffing, wilderness protecting hikers and bikers. But the Backcountry Hikers Association is increasingly making it hard to make generalizations.
The vocal group, based primarily in Southern Colorado, has been pushing hard of late for creation of the Brown's Canyon Wilderness. And it's put them at odds with normal allies, such as the NRA and the Republican Party.
Here's an interesting story that touches on the schism from the Rocky Mountain News.