4 Camping Spots in the SouthWest You Need to Explore

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Why do I love camping? Hiking, exploring the outdoors, and being around wildlife. I remember when I asked my thirteen, and very teenage, year-old niece if she wanted to join me for a hike. Her response was,” You hike voluntarily?” This response still makes me smile. Hiking gets your daily dose of exercise in and as an extra bonus, it builds endorphins, giving me an extra serving of happiness on my camping vacay. Plus, being around mother-nature and all the critters that she has to offer puts a smile on my face. Just remember to bring your bug spray!

Believe it or not, there are quite a few of us that enjoy camping! From Spring 2015 to Spring 2016, there were 45.58 million people who went camping. With so many of us wanting to spend our days outdoors, why don’t you choose camping gear for your next promotional giveaway or gift? Groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or businesses in the travel industry or outdoors industry would all benefit from these gifts. You can check out our camping products at AnyPromo.com.

I have done my research and have picked my next 4 camping adventures! I have refrained from listing some of the more popular parks like Bryce, Zion, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite National Parks as I’m sure you are already aware of these and perhaps have already camped there. But if you haven’t, these are also a good few to look up and plan for your next camping trip.

Havasu_fallsHavasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona

An article from Beyond Words describes this camping trip as one of the most beautiful waterfall destinations in the world. This is a hike that you will want to spread throughout a few days to make sure you see it all. I recommend you plan this one early! It is located in the Grand Canyon and like most tourist attractions at the Grand Canyon, it can be difficult to request a permit for. But once you do, it is completely worth it! “It’s completely mind-blowing, especially the first time you go down,” said Cundy, a co-owner of the Wildland Trekking Co., an outfitter that has organized camping trips to the Havasupai falls for the past 10 years. “It’s not just the waterfalls. The creek itself and the valley it flows through — I would say it’s one of the most beautiful canyons in the world.” (Source: AZ Central).

Buckskin_GulchBuckskin Gulch, Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area, Utah

Be cautious of this hike, because although it seems gorgeous and breaktaking, it is also listed as the top 10 most dangerous places to hike in the U.S. because of flash floods. Buckskin Gulch is 15 miles long so it’s best when you plan to camp for a night. They recommend hiking this canyon in Spring or Fall, although some people hike it all year long. Just be careful around the colder months, as you will need some sort of insulation when wading in the waters. This canyon is known for its very narrow paths so beware of tight spots.

Cathedral_Gorge_6_12Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

This is a good family hike for kids, as most of the park’s terrain is level. There are caverns, slot canyons, and spires all on a loop trail that goes for about 6.5km. There is quite a bit of history with this park so make sure you stop at the visitor center and take in the history as well! You can learn about how Nevada’s desert was under water here about one million years ago!

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

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According to The Guardian, this National Park is known for mountains, sagebrush valleys, ancient pine trees, and over 100km of hiking trails! Don’t forget about the Lehman Cave! From looking at the National Park Service, we can see that only guided tours are offered at the cave, but you can find them year long and for different tours. Along with checking out the different wildlife and scenic views of the Great Basin National Park, make sure to also glimpse above at the starry night sky. On a clear, moonless night in Great Basin National Park, thousands of stars, five of our solar system’s eight planets, star clusters, meteors, man-made satellites, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye. (Source: National Park Service).

Camping is a great way to save a little money and really get a full, hands-on experience of the great outdoors. There are beautiful parks all over the United States and each one brings you a unique experience. Hiking and camping in the SouthWest guarantees you a little better weather than in other regions of the United States, but there is so much more out there. Start with a geographic region with your top camping trips and explore within. Each new geographic region could be a new chapter in your camping book! Remember to book enough days at each park to really get the full experience of the area. If you are looking for camping gear for your next group camping trip, make sure to check us out at AnyPromo. We can put together any of our products with a custom quote, troop name, or group name with year of trip! Always research your national park, be aware of the wildlife you can encounter and safety precautions that you should take, and bring enough food and water for the trip. Other than that, have fun! And most of all, happy hiking!

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Megan is the Social Media Marketeer at AnyPromo.com and loves traveling and sharks! Her favorite quote is: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's learning to dance in the rain."

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