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November 4, 2011

Igloo Camping: Could This be the Ultimate Winter Camping Experience?

Filed under: Camping,Nature — Tags: , — Simos @ 6:59 am
Self-made igloo

Self-made igloo
Michael Faes (Stock Exchange)

Welcome back to AllCampgrounds!

You know, one of the best things about camping is how creative it is.

RV campers and tent campers alike are always finding new ways to enjoy and learn about nature.

What better way to “Leave No Trace” than bring back one of the oldest and most eco-friendly ways of camping?

If you never let winter stop you from getting outside, then AllCampgrounds has the great idea you’re waiting for: igloo camping. Sound impossible? It may be easier than you think! (more…)

October 21, 2011

AllCampgrounds Gears Up for Winter Camping! Part 1 …

Filed under: Camping,Camping Safety,Nature — Tags: — Simos @ 12:05 am
Find that aurora!

Find that aurora!
Photo by: Brian Stevens (Stock Exchange)

It’s only October, but tent campers know that the best way to get the prime spots at many parks and campgrounds is to plan ahead; and if you’re feeling adventurous this winter, then it’s always best to be prepared!

Yes, while winter sees many camp grounds around the U.S. close down for the season, there are always those that stay open year round. The intrepid tent camper can also look for backcountry adventures – only for the outdoors expert, of course!

Today, AllCampgrounds will review some nifty sites on the web for those who plan to brave the cold and enjoy some winter camping this year.

August 26, 2011

AllCampgrounds: A Quick Reminder About Bear Safety, Now With New Tips

Filed under: Camping Safety,Nature — Simos @ 12:05 am
A young bear

A young bear
Photo by: Tobias Zierof (Stock Exchange)

Welcome back to AllCampgrounds!

Bears are in the headlines again, with a fatal grizzly bear attack at Yellowstone making big news around that park.

The attack took place at Wapiti Lake Trail, known as a trail for backpacking enthusiasts who want to get off the beaten path.

This is the only such bear event at Yellowstone in over 25 years, but it isn’t the only place bears have been spotted lately: at Grand Lake, Colorado, a group of 7th and 8th graders were thankfully unharmed when a bear wandered into their campsite, rummaged through their foodstuffs and helped himself to some granola bars.

This is all despite chaperones taking the right precautions in keeping the food away from the camp!

So, now seems an important time to remind our readers about bear safety.


August 24, 2010

Online Magazines and Resources in the Camping World

Filed under: Camping,Nature — Tags: — Simos @ 12:00 am
All that’s missing is bookshelves!

All that’s missing is bookshelves!
Photo by: Vivek Chugh (Stock Exchange)

Howdy, all!

In today’s AllCampgrounds blog, we’ll provide some more great sites for you to visit and learn even more about tent camping, gear, outdoor activities, and the nationwide camper community that’s out there and waiting to meet you.

Though we try to cover a little bit of everything in AllCampgrounds, we’d be remiss without a little tip of the hat to super-specialized venues around the web.

We hope you find these resources just as valuable as our own site, as they’re some of the best! (more…)

July 29, 2010

AllCampgrounds Outdoor Adventures: Your First Rafting Trip

Filed under: Camping,Camping Safety,Nature — Tags: , — Simos @ 12:01 am
Whitewater rafting fun in Alberta

Whitewater rafting fun in Alberta
Photo by: Jeff Mackay (Stock Exchange)

Last time on AllCampgrounds, we got started looking at the thrilling and often challenging world of river rafting. Now that we know the basics of finding a river and a raft – and that you don’t have to bring Jean-Claude Van Damme along to safely work your way through a beginner river – it’s time to look at some basic techniques for navigating that current.

Tips and Tricks for Your First Rafting Trip

Get informed before you go: Not all campsites are right for rafting, but there are thousands of camp grounds around the U.S. and Canada that offer guided trips downriver. For your very first trip out without a guide, you definitely want to select a camp that focuses on its rafting as a main feature, even if only to find out from experienced rafters what kind of challenges you might face around the bend. In many places, you can get handy river guidebooks to study, too. (more…)

July 15, 2010

AllCampgrounds Hiking Series: The Best U.S. Trails, Part 1

Filed under: Camping,Nature — Tags: — Simos @ 4:44 am
Which way?

Which way?
Photo by: Cheryl Scott (Stock Exchange)

Welcome back to your Internet “home on the range” here at AllCampgrounds. As part of our continuing series on the best in hiking, we’re going to hit the trail today and showcase some of the hottest places to go hiking nationwide. Many of these scenic and historic trails are situated convenient to tent camping, and a few are accessible near RV parks and campgrounds, so nobody is left out. The longest, best-maintained trails wend their way through both modern and primitive camp grounds, and include breathtaking scenery that non-hikers just won’t get a chance to enjoy. (more…)

July 9, 2010

An AllCampgrounds Quick and Dirty Guide to Hiking

Filed under: Camping,Nature — Tags: — Simos @ 2:45 am
Evidence of beachfront hiking!

Evidence of beachfront hiking!
Photo by: Timo Balk (Stock Exchange)

Good to see you again at AllCampgrounds, your premier guide to camping on the web.

You know, in theory nothing could be simpler than hiking: at heart, it’s just walking, set in someplace fun and interesting to be.

Just about all campsites have some kind of hiking opportunity, whether it’s a full-fledged nature trail, a nearby mountain, or a landscaped pathway around the camp grounds.

But as simple as it seems, if you’ve never hiked before or you’re new to camping the best hiking trails, there are a few things you should know.

And, naturally, AllCampgrounds is here to give you the inside scoop. (more…)

June 25, 2010

AllCampgrounds Nature-Watching Series: Prairie Dogs

Filed under: Nature — Tags: , — Simos @ 12:05 am
Prairie dogs at rest

Prairie dogs at rest
Photo by: Thomas Ricks (Stock Exchange)

Today’s AllCampgrounds blog continues our hunt for the wildest, wackiest, most majestic, and most amazing wildlife you can see at parks and camp grounds around the country. So far, we’ve spotted bald eagles and followed the trail of the American bison, known far and wide as the buffalo. Now, we’ll drop in on nature’s latest TV star, the prairie dog. Prairie dogs are fascinating creatures with habits that have intrigued and enticed everyone from your average nature lover to documentary filmmakers. These manic little ground squirrels are private by nature, but there are some places perfect for getting a glimpse of them – and doing some prime tent camping while you’re at it. (more…)

June 21, 2010

AllCampgrounds Nature-Watching Series: Getting Started in Bird Watching

Filed under: Nature — Tags: , — Simos @ 12:05 am
The American bald eagle, a “rite of passage” for many bird watchers

The American bald eagle, a “rite of passage” for many bird watchers
Photo by: Rob Sylvan (Stock Exchange)

A while back on AllCampgrounds, we got started with a great new series where we’ll show you just where to go to enjoy some of nature’s most spectacular creatures while you enjoy your tent camping or RV camping vacations. We got started with some of the top camp grounds in the nation for seeing bald eagles and other rare and amazing birds, but there’s just one thing missing: a guide to getting started in this fascinating hobby. After all, everybody should be in on the fun. So, we’re going to talk Birding 101 today.


June 17, 2010

AllCampgrounds Nature-Watching Series: Where to Find Buffalo

Filed under: Nature — Tags: , , — Simos @ 12:05 am
This buffalo is ready for his close-up

This buffalo is ready for his close-up
Photo by: Gabriela Pernecka (Stock Exchange)

One of the most iconic scenes of the American prairie is of the herd of buffalo, some of the most striking and powerful animals out of our shared heritage.

Buffalo, also known as American bison, are the largest land animals in North America and are exclusive to this continent.

In the Old West, the buffalo meant survival to frontier settlers; and as time went on, these giant creatures were nearly hunted to extinction for their meat and hide.

Luckily, the buffalo is one of nature’s great success stories, with a little help from concerned naturalists.

Today, there are camp grounds throughout the Midwest that offer prime opportunities to see the American bison live and in person. Let’s visit a few now. (more…)

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