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TOP 10 WILDLIFE HOT SPOTS

wildlife hot spots

July 19, 2006

As the morning sun peeks over the horizon, shrouds of fog wafting through your campsite transform into brilliant shafts of crimson and gold. Soaking in this perfect, picture-postcard setting, you think, “nothing could make this camping trip any more perfect!” Then, in the trees, you sense... Read more »

TOP 10 STATE PARKS

state parks

May 24, 2006

At last count, there were 5842 state parks in the United States, and according to the National Association of State Park Directors, these parks received 826.5 million visits during 2004. It’s not surprising then that state parks continue to be a favorite among Camping Life readers. There are plenty... Read more »

TRAIL OF THE ANCIENTS

ancient

May 22, 2006

This is the Colorado most people don’t know. The Rocky Mountains loom large on the landscape of the mind, so this remote, un-crowded southwestern corner of the state seems almost forgotten. To the east lies the sky-scraping Continental Divide, yet the rugged cliffs we’re facing are no less spectacular.... Read more »

Sunrise on the Sierra Nevada

sierras

January 1, 2006

Along the Sierra Parkway, officially known as U.S. Route 395, lie a host of awe-inspiring sites, including Whitney Portal, the gateway to the highest peak in the Lower 48. Often overshadowed, but just as attractive and significant, are stops such as Bodie ghost town, Travertine Hot Springs and Mono Lake.... Read more »

Roaming Wyoming

roaming wyoming

June 1, 2005

TRAILHEAD Our trip started at Wind River Outfitters in Dubois, (“do-boys“) with Meyer and his wrangler Cody Brown. We tried to stay out of the way watching Meyer and Brown get the horses ready and loaded into the trailers. “You really have to watch where you walk around here,“ Alex said to me... Read more »

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California

February 24, 2004

If you’re of the mindset that the desert is a boring, austere place with nothing to offer, chances are you’ve never seen it any closer than through a car window. Like much of the desert in the southwestern United States, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California is a place where, if you... Read more »

Head South For Warm Weather Camping

warm weather camping

January 6, 2004

When I lived in Salt Lake City we came to call it the “February thaw.” For a few days in mid-winter, a warm sun shone, snow melted and blue skies chased away the gray. It was all a tease, of course. But even so, hope began rising as our thoughts turned to activities like camping and fishing — until... Read more »

Best Waterfalls In America

top waterfalls in America

August 1, 2003

TOP FALL Our Number One waterfall is that by which all others are rated and measured — Niagara Falls. Even though Niagara is partly in Canada and the U.S., it still makes the top of our list. Other waterfalls are sometimes billed as the “Niagara” of the west or south or whatever, but there is... Read more »

Four Night Stay In Yellowstone National Park

yellowstone

May 1, 2003

Halfway into the trip, it happened. We reached that point during a vacation at which thoughts of work, traffic and other occasionally stressful events had completely faded away to be replaced with a feeling of calm, almost careless relaxation that only comes deep into a long vacation. The sensation is... Read more »

Camping and Fishing Along Smith River, Montana

Smith River Montana

April 1, 2003

Early in the afternoon on the second day of a boating excursion down an isolated 57-mile stretch of the Smith River, I wished that I had been walking instead of floating. As a matter of fact, I was walking. I was standing in ankle-deep water trying to coax an air-filled water buffalo loaded with a tent,... Read more »

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