Camping and Outdoor Activities
Camping mixed with outdoor activity is a great way to
get ourselves involved with nature. National Parks can provide
an excellent backdrop for some of your outdoor activities. Activities such
as hiking, fishing, cycling, horseback riding, white water rafting and kayaking,
skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering are just a few of the sports you might
want to include on your camping adventure.
Its important when traveling to bring along the proper clothing. Always include
some rain and windwear, a fleece jacket is also a good idea. A first aid kit and
plenty of drinking water should always be available. Of course if you are planning
on doing any outdoor activities in the winter you will need more clothing etc.
Bring along your bicycles and hiking boots if you have them. Usually equipment
rentals will be available for activities you dont usually do.
Whatever outdoor activity you decide on pursuing, its always a great idea to do
a little research. Most of the National Parks you will be visiting have excellent
web sites that you can look into and see what sort of hiking trails and activities
are available. Information such as popular points of interest in the parks will
also be available in travel books and park brochures. Depending on where you will
be staying you can also research the area you will be visiting for information on
bicycle rentals, kayak rentals and lessons, and boating. There will be different
outfitters available in the area that may offer excursions and rentals through the
park you are visiting.
One of the most convenient and popular camping activities is hiking trails. For
some people a hike can consist of a simple walk around the park, while others
prefer a much lengthier hike. Regardless of what sort of hike you will be taking, a
little preparation will go a long way in ensuring a comfortable journey. Hiking
trails offer highly scenic and incredible views of nature. Hiking is a wonderful
way to view nature at its finest, as the parks really are preserving special pieces
of our wilderness. Depending on what park you will be hiking, the trails will offer
different ranges of difficulty levels. Many trails will lead to scenic vistas as
easy hikes, while other hikes may be significantly more challenging and too steep
Always be prepared for the weather when hiking, carry a daypack with some water,
a rain/wind jacket, a fleece/wool jacket or sweater, a first aid kit and some food.
Good hiking boots are essential. On some of your hikes it is quite likely you will
come across wildlife such as moose, black bears and grizzly bears, big horn sheep
and deer. It is a good idea to know what you should and should not do when coming
across animals, parks often will have signs up if animals have been sighted in the
Fishing is a wonderful way to enjoy the sport and see beautiful streams, ocean,
lakes and rivers all over the United States. National Parks offer both freshwater
and saltwater fishing. Check with the state fishing regulations for exact dates and
detailed fishing information, including proper license requirements. Some fishing
opportunities will require overnight backcountry use permits. It is always
important to respect the park you are fishing in to maintain the quality waters
that protect the natural fish populations and food sources for bald eagles, ospreys
and otters among others.
Cycling is an excellent and convenient way to explore the national park or area
where you are staying. Bringing along bicycles allows you to just get up and go
wherever you are. It is important to check beforehand as to where cycling is
allowed. Most National Parks only allow biking on the paved and backcountry dirt
roads throughout the parks. Most hiking trails do not allow bicycles. Most of your
cycling through the parks will be done on the same roads used for cars, for this
reason special caution should be used; stay alert and be visible using both head
and tail lights along with reflective clothing. Look into the area you will be
camping in, there may be trails available specifically for cycling.
Horseback riding might be a fun and exciting option while visiting a national
park. Several parks offer gravel roads for horseback riding, certain parks also
have horse rentals and guided excursions available. A list of stables and
outfitters can be obtained at visitor centers, or checked through travel guides and
Whitewater rafting is one of the most unique and invigorating ways to visit a
parks backcountry. Some of the most incredible National Parks may have river
rafting excursions that travel through the park, the river rafting is usually
offered by various companies and outfitters. If whitewater rafting sounds a bit too
dangerous, perhaps a kayaking excursion through one of the splendid rivers would
seem wiser. Imagine kayaking through one of the popular National Parks past
geysers, hot spring and mud pots. Kayaking is a wonderful way to explore areas that
are untouched by vehicle or foot traffic.
Cross country skiing is another popular way for the whole family to visit and
see beautiful winter landscapes. Many parks have several excellent trails available
for cross country skiing. Several National Parks will offer novice, intermediate
and advanced trails for skiing. Cross country skiing is a wonderful way to
experience the parks wilderness during the winter season. Snowshoeing trails may
also be available in parks.
The U.S. National Parks offer some of the most incredible rock climbing and
mountaineering pursuits in the world. Rock climbing and mountaineering are usually
sports reserved for people with a bit of experience. Rock climbing and
mountaineering can offer wonderful and different perspectives of the landscapes.
Both sports demand having the proper equipment and knowledge for safety reasons.
Many National Parks offer established climbing routes that will have a wide range
of difficulty levels; usually no permits are needed, unless an overnight stay in
backcountry is involved. It is important to check weather conditions beforehand and
use caution, never climb alone.
What better way to experience some of the most beautiful scenery in the world
than with some fun outdoor activities. The options for outdoor activities are
endless. Whether you decide to visit any of the amazing National Parks or choose to
go camping in a favorite spot the list is limitless. Many of the activities you
might be interested in will be available in the towns near the parks. Various
outfitters and companies outside some of the popular National Parks will offer
excursions that go into the parks. Whatever activity you decide to enjoy, it is
always wise to do a little research to know ahead of time what to expect, always
check what the weather conditions will be to avoid any dangerous situations.
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