Campground Guide: Saddlehorn at Colorado National Monument

Saddlehorn helped us kick off our 2016 road trip around Colorado, and while the campground left a little to be desired (not a lot of privacy), the access to some of the most stunning scenery Colorado has to offer more than makes up for it (flushing toilets and running water didn’t hurt either). Fruita, the closest town, is one of my favorite places in all of Colorado, largely because you’re so close to the hidden gem that is Colorado National Monument.

Campground Guide: Blue Mountain in the Pike National Forest

Despite the fact that our air mattress pump broke and we slept on the ground, Blue Mountain near Lake George is near and dear to my heart because it’s where I came up with the idea to start Outdoor Beginner. Plus, you can find a campsite easily on a summer weekend, even if you randomly decide after work on Friday that you feel like camping (guilty).

Campground Guide: Platte River Campground in Pike National Forest

Highway 67 follows the South Platte River through the Pike National Forest. It’s a popular spot for tubing and fishing, and staying at the South Platte Campground gives you the perfect starting spot for both. If you’re looking for a campground with a lot of hiking, this ain’t it! But it’s a beautiful spot that’s also pretty peaceful considering you’re not far from a road.

Campground Guide – Big Meadows at Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows is as close to an ideal first campground as you can get. With real bathrooms and a host of other amenities, it’s a great introduction to camping without sacrificing scenery. Here’s what you need to know before you go. Directions At just over two hours from DC, Big Meadows (and Shenandoah in general)Continue reading “Campground Guide – Big Meadows at Shenandoah National Park”

Beginner’s guide to picking the best campsite

Camping is supposed to be a simple way to connect with nature, but if you’ve never done it before, choosing a campsite can seem much more complicated. Whether you’re booking on Recreation.gov or navigating another website (or going analog and picking one out in person!) there are a few tips and tricks to getting theContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to picking the best campsite”