Get Out! Camping is Beneficial
Mark you calendar for the Great American Backyard Campout, sponsored annually by the National Wildlife Federation. It’s a simple way to promote happier, healthier children who are connected with nature. According to their website, there are plenty of benefits to getting outside. Kids who spend time outdoors are more creative, get better grades, and have an easier time making friends. Additionally, they are healthier and trimmer than kids who don’t. So, grab your family—and your pets— and get out under the stars.
Pitch a tent and unroll your sleeping bags for a fun night right in your own back yard. Grill something fun and effortless for dinner and savor s’mores for dessert. Inspire your kids to create “campfire” stories; they just may surprise you. Have some fun, enjoy your kids and create fond memories.
The White River National Forest presents some of the most compelling campsites just steps from your car. Yes, you can get rustic and remote with a short, bumpy drive to a cozy patch of ground with a stone-encircled fire pit at the ready. Other sites are more convenient, with paved drives and nicely landscaped sites featuring charcoal grills, picnic tables, and electrical hook-ups. Simple and easy, car camping is the next best thing to a backyard campout.
Cabins and huts are a fun alternative for those folks who want to get back to nature while keeping it modern. In a cabin, you can close the door on curious animals, pesky insects, and severe weather. Often, cabins are situated in close proximity to recreation areas with hiking, swimming, fishing, and biking. Common areas may include fire pits and barbeques for gatherings. Remote camping huts offer a more solitary experience.
Roughing it doesn’t mean you have to give up luxury. Take in the allure of the outdoors while enjoying all of the creature comforts of home in an RV. Today’s RVs come in all shapes and sizes, offer a wide range of floor plans and conveniences, can be towed or driven, and—most of all—are fun and manageable. Whenever you are ready for a new setting, just unplug, rev it up, and go!
While backpacking requires some basic skills and knowledge, you don’t have to be an expert. When you are finally feeling confident enough to take the road less traveled, backcountry camping, or backpacking, is an adventurous option. Campers typically travel to their chosen locale, use a map or GPS, and carry all their supplies and equipment. Multi-day camping trips mean a fair chance of really connecting with nature, testing your boundaries, and acquiring a sincere respect for Mother Nature. -KHM
Check out these websites for some great options:
BRB Crystal River Resort: www.cabinscolorado.com
Glenwood Canyon Resort: www.glenwoodcanyonresort.com
High Canyon Guest Ranch: www.highcanyon.com
The Great American Backyard Campout: www.nwf.org/Get-outside
White River National Forest Service: www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/
10th Mountain Hut System: www.huts.org
- Think safety
- Make a checklist
- Keep it simple
- Bring flashlights
- Supply toilet paper
- Stick with familiar bedtime rituals
- Teach environmental etiquette
- Create an emergency plan
- Don’t forget the camera!