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Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Well, we’re here at Fish Lake Basin in the Fishlake National Forest. It is a kind of gem, as we see it. Here there are many recreational opportunities. Well, of course, you know, I guess it’s Fish Lake, in itself, there are several species of fish. Lake trout, Splake trout, tiger trout, musk, rainbow, kokanee, perch, browns, so a lot of variety of fishing there. There is almost always an opportunity to fish here in Fishlake. Recreation and winter fishing, too. Ice fishing is huge here.

Fishlake Resorts and Marinas

There are three different concessionaires and marinas, here through the Basin. We have Lakeshore Marina and Resorts at the southern end, of the basin. Fishlake Marina and Resorts, up to Fish Lake Lodge downtown, and then Bowery Haven Resorts and Marina in the north. Then, of course, there are several Forest Service camps along the Basin, and just north of Cuenca. These are all fantastic places to take your family and friends.

 

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Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Well, we’re here at Fish Lake Basin in the Fishlake National Forest. It is a kind of gem, as we see it. Here there are many recreational opportunities. Well, of course, you know, I guess it’s Fish Lake, in itself, there are several species of fish. Lake trout, Splake trout, tiger trout, musk, rainbow, kokanee, perch, browns, so a lot of variety of fishing there. There is almost always an opportunity to fish here in Fishlake. Recreation and winter fishing, too. Ice fishing is huge here.

Fishlake Resorts and Marinas

There are three different concessionaires and marinas, here through the Basin. We have Lakeshore Marina and Resorts at the southern end, of the basin. Fishlake Marina and Resorts, up to Fish Lake Lodge downtown, and then Bowery Haven Resorts and Marina in the north. Then, of course, there are several Forest Service camps along the Basin, and just north of Cuenca. These are all fantastic places to take your family and friends.

 

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Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Park

Park History

The Heceta Head Park is named for Bruno de Heceta. He was a Spanish navigator and explorer, who surveyed the Oregon coast in 1775.

This lighthouse was built between 1892 and 1893 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The head lightkeeper’s house was demolished and the lumber purchased for $10 in 1940 following the move from kerosene to electricity to power the lighthouse. The wood was used to build the Alpha-Bit Café in nearby Mapleton.

The state of Oregon was granted a license for the lighthouse and surrounding property by the Coast Guard in 1963, the same year that the lighthouse became fully automated. The assistant light keeper’s house, which still stands, is now a bed and breakfast operated by concessionaires of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Devil’s Elbow State Park, which included a cove south of the lighthouse it was enlarged to include the lighthouse. Thus it was renamed Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint connecting it with Washburne State Park to the north. The land for Devil’s Elbow State Park was acquired between 1930 and 1987 by purchase from private owners as well as gifts and exchanges with U.S. government agencies. In 1998, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint was officially deeded to OPRD by ODOT.  In 2001, the rest of the Coast Guard property was transferred to OPRD.

Acreage: 548.89

Annual day-use attendance: 1,056,538

 

Major Features & Activities

Lighthouse programs are given 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (winter 11-2), weather and staff permitting.  We do not take reservations for general public programs. For more specific information you may e-mail us at Heceta.h.lighthouse@oregon.gov.

 

Tour groups, school groups, and other groups please e-mail us to schedule a program.

 

Restoration of the tower was finished in mid-2013. Because of ongoing maintenance and inspections of the upper levels, programs currently only cover the outdoor area around the base of the lighthouse, and the ground floor of the tower. There will be a new schedule when tours of the upper levels resume.

 

The Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint is located at the mouth of Cape Creek. The picnic tables are sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. The short trail leads to the Heceta Head lighthouse and assistant keeper’s house.

Heceta Head

The Heceta Head trail is part of a 7-mile network. There are trails of varying difficulty which feature beach and wildlife viewing areas. The Wildlife refuge islands have a view of common murres, cormorants, gulls, and other bird nesting areas. Whales and Sea Lions can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse.

 

On the west side of 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, 205 feet above the ocean, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the coast. The light at the top of the 56-foot tower was illuminated in 1894; the automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast. The old assistant lighthouse keeper’s house (Heceta House; built in 1893) offers bed and breakfast rentals and facilities for group events.  This bed and breakfast is operated by a concessionaire of the U.S. Forest Service and can be reached at 1-866-547-3696 or http://hecetalighthouse.com/

 

Common murres, which lay their eggs on the bare rocks, can be easily seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans and bald eagles commonly fly by. Migrating gray whales can be seen as they travel to and from Alaska and Baja California. The month of May is a great time to look right down on the mothers and calves as they travel close to shore.

 

Natural caves, tide pools, and a sandy beach for building sandcastles can be found.

 

Day-use parking permits at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint are required year round.  A daily ($5), 12-month or 24-month permit, an Oregon Coast Passport, or a valid state park camping receipt is required. You can purchase daily permits from a machine at the park.  The 12-month and 24-month permits can be purchased at most major state park offices.

 

 

 

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GooseNeck State Park in Utah

GooseNeck State Park

GooseNeck state park offers spectacular views of the GooseNecks. The GooseNecks are officially known as an entrenched meander. It’s about of one and a half miles long. San Juan River it flows for more than six miles through the twists of the entrenched meander.

The GooseNeck State Park offers picnic areas, primitive camping, vault toilets, and an observation shelter. The views are outstanding and photography is popular. At night the sky is expansive – ideal for stargazing.

Please note: No drinking water is available. There are no maintained trails. The park does not offer access to the river.

 

Main Attractions

This park offers a scenic vista, about 1,000 feet above the winding San Juan River. Views are amazing.

 

Location

Located in SE Utah along US 163, about 25 miles west of the town of Bluff.

Approximately 349 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

 

Contact Information

GooseNeck State Park

c/o Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

660 West 400 North

Blanding, UT 84511

(435) 678-2238

 

Seasons/Open Hours

Open year-round, no closures

 

Entrance Fees

$5 per car

$2 per person, commercial tour bus or tour group

$10 per night for camping

 

Activities

Sight seeing

Star gazing

 

Camping

Primitive camping is available. You cannot reserve sites and fees are not charged. The campground does have fire pits and vault toilets. No other services are available. There is no water, electricity. or dump station.

 

Facilities

Paved road to scenic viewpoint

Observation shelter

Primitive campground

Picnic area

Things to do

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO DO

 

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Most Dangerous Campgrounds

From snow capped mountains to unforgiving deserts, the U.S. National Park System is home to 84 million acres of land. These are visited by more than 300 million people each year. For lovers of the outdoors, it’s heaven. But for less experienced adventurers, treks into these American wilderness escapes can be dangerous.

Here are some of the most dangerous camping spots in the U.S.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the US and something of an oasis in the desert, with picturesque rugged terrain and sparkling waters. Just 24 miles from glitzy Las Vegas, it’s a quieter getaway from the bright city lights. But that doesn’t mean it’s a total jackpot. Park rangers consistently rank it among the most dangerous parks in the country for several reasons. It may be one of the National Park Service’s top ten most visited parks, but that comes with plenty of downsides — like boating and auto accidents, and drownings.

Surprisingly, most of those deaths don’t involve alcohol. Lake Mead spokeswoman Christie Vanover told the Associated Press: “It’s really not the party crowd. It’s people who don’t understand the danger of the lake. Some people think it’s like a swimming pool.” The park has also had trouble with assaults and other violent crimes, which don’t exactly make for the most tranquil vacation spot.

Glacier National Park

This gorgeous and dangerous park sits along the border of Montana and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

Unfortunately, visiting it isn’t a walk in the park. On average, two to three people die each year. Though drowning deaths top the list, Glacier National has different challenges than many other parks, like avalanches and rockslides.

Inexperienced day-hikers also account for a lot of fatalities — one 74-year-old man stepped over a retaining wall to take a picture — and fell 500 feet to his death.

But at least 10 visitors to Glacier National Park have died in a far more grisly way: grizzly bear attacks. The most famous deaths occurred in 1967 when two 19-year-old women were mauled to death. This happened on the same August night at separate campsites within the park. The event became known as the Night of the Grizzlies, which spawned a documentary for PBS in 2010.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Named for the tall breed of cactus that dominates this stretch of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is both desolate and beautiful. Plus, it’s the home of North America’s only wild jaguars.

But the desert terrain is also dangerous by a very different type of predator: drug smugglers and human traffickers. In 2002, a park ranger was killed in a shootout with two smugglers fleeing Mexican authorities. 70 percent of the park was closed due to illegal activity from 2003 to 2014.

Fortunately, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has since reopened to the public with better security. So now all you have to worry about is the jaguars.

Glen Canyon

With million acres of land in northern Arizona into the southern portion of Utah. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is home to stunning cliff formations, wilderness trails, and Lake Powell.

The scenic views and pristine waters have made Glen Canyon an especially popular destination for water-based activities. These activities are boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. And with all those boats on the water, Lake Powell is notorious for dangerous boating accidents and drownings. In June 2013 alone, six deaths occurred over a 10-day timespan. And then there’s the cliff jumping, which has claimed numerous lives over the years.

The Wave

Part of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, the Wave is one of the most photographed landscapes in North America. Because of the sensitivity of the rock formations, only 20 visitors per day are allowed to hike out to the Wave.

Permits must be obtained via a lottery system. Winners get a map and directions to the Wave, but from that point on, you’re on your own. Most people who find the Wave are treated to amazing photographs. But if you don’t take enough water with you, go ahead and wave goodbye.

Temperatures in the Wave can climb well past the 100-degree mark, and the trails are often unmarked. In one month alone in 2013, three people died from heat and cardiac arrest.

Mount Rainier National Park

At over 14,000 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the tallest peak in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and the extreme conditions can prove tricky to less experienced outdoor adventurers. But one spot in particular has proven especially deadly over the years: Liberty Ridge. Less than 2 percent of hikers attempt the climb, but it’s responsible for 25 percent of deaths on summit climbs in the park. Though it offers stunning views, the difficulty of the hike is not for the faint of heart.

In 2014, six climbers fell 3,000 feet to their deaths while trying to reach the summit. It was the single worst accident the park had experienced since the 1980s, when 11 people died in an avalanche.

Bright Angel Trail

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most popular destinations with over four million visitors each year. And one of the most popular trails is the Bright Angel Trail, a steep path to the Canyon’s bottom. Though the Park Service maintains that it’s the safest trail in the park, hikers have died of heat stroke and heart attacks during their treks. As the temperatures rise, the dangers go up, especially near Indian Gardens where temperatures soar. Its name may be Bright Angel, but it sure is a devil of a hike.

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in both Tennessee and North Carolina, is America’s most visited national park. This densely forested mountainous area offers opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and…car accidents. Lots of car accidents. Automobile collisions account for most of the deaths in the park each year, thanks to the combination of beautiful scenery and treacherous, hairpin curves. The Great Smoky Mountains also have a reputation for missing persons.

At least three hikers have disappeared in the park and never been seen again.

Meanwhile, plenty of people get hurt or killed each year due to plenty of other hazards. Everything from falling off of waterfalls to bee attacks.

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Road Trip Top 5 Apps

Road Trip

Road trip, it’s summer and that means road tripping season is upon us. It’s time to jump in the car with family and friends and hit the open road. Here’s a list of the top five apps for your next road trip.

Waze

First off, we’ve got Waze. If you’re not currently using Waze, now’s the time to start and not just for your summer road trip. Waze is a navigation app with tons of great features. Since Waze is crowdsource fueled, it’s constantly updating and gives you the best routes available. It will alert you to slow traffic, accidents, speed traps, hazards, and much more. Then it will route you around them if possible. If you see an accident or other event, you could drop this onto the map and help out other Wazers. Waze will even help you find the best price on gas. Speaking of gas, that brings us to our next app,

Dark Sky

Dark Sky Gas Guru is a simple and easy to use app that helps you find the best price on gas wherever you are. Watch the app and it shows you all the nearby gas stations and prices for each. It will highlight the best price in green, so you will know where to go. If you don’t like the map, you can view all of he nearby stations ranked by price.

Tapping on one will give you directions to that station, prices for all grades of gas. It will also give you a phone number so you can contact them if you need to. You can filter by the grade of fuel your vehicle takes and also search for other cities. This way you’ll know where to go when you get to the next stop. On a road trip, it’s not the end destination that counts but how you spend your time getting there.

Road Trippers

Road Trippers helps you find awesome things along the way like attractions, food, and much, much more. You can plan your own trip or use one of their guides if you feel like taking a spontaneous weekend getaway. When making your own trip, pick your start and end points and it will plot you a map showing your route. Then you can add points of interest along your way based on your preferences and what you find interesting. These range from practical things like accommodations, food, gas stations, and campsites to more wacky and fun items like offbeat attractions, quirky shops, flea markets, wineries and breweries, and ghost towns.

Add as many or as few as you like and it will populate your map with icons showing you where to find these attractions. Swiping up on a point of interest brings up photos, reviews, contact information, a star rating, and more info like hours of operation and price. You’ll never travel the same way after using this app. With so many amazing points of interest to see narrowing it down to fit into one trip is going to be the real difficulty.

Dark Sky

There’s nothing worse than heading out for a nice day at the beach or a hike in the woods only to have the weather spoil it for you. Dark Sky will help you avoid this mishap and let you plan for your next adventure accordingly. Dark Sky is a hyperlocal weather app that gives you super precise weather info down to the minute.

Because it uses your GPS location, it can tell you what to expect in the next hour, day, or week. The interface is clean and easy to navigate, showing you all you need to know quickly and clearly. Cycle through the chance of precipitation, temperature, wind, humidity, and UV index. Now you’ll know whether to bring the sun block, the rain hat, or the kite when you go to the park.

Swipe right and you’ve got a clear view of the week laid out for you. Swipe to the left and you can see an animated world view of storms coming your way. You can even see the temperature and how it will change throughout the week. You can also search for other locations and scout out the weather there before you go. This way you will be prepared when you get there.

Finally when you stop driving for the day, whether it’s your final destination or just a stop along the way. You will want to find the best hot spots in town.

Findery

Findery is your local guide to the city, no matter which city you’re in. Using Findery is like sitting down with a group of knowledgeable locals and enjoying a cup of coffee. This is while you discuss all that the city has to offer. Find the best donuts in town, catch some live music, or relax in a quaint secondhand bookstore. If you’re into quirky oddball attractions, Findery has that too. You can search near where you are or far away to plan an upcoming trip. Swipe down on a location to add it to your bucket list, mark that you’ve been there, and leave your thoughts on the place or you can upload your own discoveries. Tap on a location to read more about it, peruse others memories of the place, check out photos, see maps, and find more information about that place.

Findery is constantly expanding and changing as people upload their thoughts and memories of places all over the world. So there’s no end to all the great places you’ll discover. All these apps are fantastic and can help make your next road trip the highlight of the year. But none of them are going to do you any good if you’ve got no cell service. All of these are based on crowdsource data. So if you’ve got no access to the web, you’re out of luck.

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10 Best National Park in the USA

Number Ten is. Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a United States park located in the state of Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula. The park has four basic regions. The Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument on 2 March 1909. It was designated a national park by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 29, 1938. The park has a variety of attractions like tide pools and glaciated mountains and overlooks the wettest area of the continental US.

Number Nine is.  Denali National Park and Preserve

Denali Park and Preserve is a national park and preserve located in Interior Alaska, centered on Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America, can be found in Denali State Park.

Number Eight is. Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is a park located in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. It is located in the north-central region of the U.S. State of Colorado. It features majestic mountain views, mountain lakes, a variety of wildlife, varied climates and environments. From wooded forests to mountain tundra, and easy access to back-country trails and campsites. Longs Peak and Bear Lake are among the popular spots to visit in Rocky Mountain National Park. These are also inhabited by cougars, black bears, and bighorn sheep.

Number Seven is. Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon Park is a Park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon. It is a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to it’s geological structures called hoodoos,. These are formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The area in Utah, settled by American Indians and later Mormon pioneers, has a giant natural amphitheatre and hundreds of hoodoos.

Number Six is. Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Park is the United States’ 15th oldest national park. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the park is located in Arizona. The park’s central feature is the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River. This is often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The name says it all: Grand Canyon National Park is home to the 277 mile long canyon.

Number Five is. Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton Park is a United States Park in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres, the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Range. This is also most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. It is only 10 miles south of Yellowstone Park This is to which it is connected by the National Park Service-managed by John D.Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Home to the Jackson Hole valley, the park is best known for its glacial, and sage-covered valley.

Number Four is. Zion National Park

Zion Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Wilderness and adventure enthusiasts are drawn to Zion for its rock towers, natural arches, and high plateaus.

Number Three is. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Park is a park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. The first national park in the world, Yellowstone is best known for the Old faithful geyser as well as some 60 mammal species that live in the park including the gray wolf, bison, elk, and grizzly bears.

Number Two is. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Park is a United States Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties. They are located in the central eastern portion of the U.S. State of California. Home of Half Dome and El Capitan, the California park rests in the middle of the glacier-formed Yosemite Valley. This also boasts the tallest waterfall in North America (Yosemite Falls).

Number One is. Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is located in the U.S. state of Montana. It is on the United States border with the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The park encompasses over 1 million acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges. With over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals. The park contains 26 glaciers, 130 named lakes, and has some of the best sedimentary fossils in the world..

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Rocky Mountain National Park Camping

Rocky Mountain National Park

Today I want to talk to you a little bit about the Rocky Mountain National Park. This might help to give you some ideas on how to plan your trip to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky Mountain National Park is located in Colorado, just west of Fort Collins and northwest of Denver. It’s a great destination to go camping, both in a tent or in RV. It has majestic mountain peaks that stretch up in to the sky, with beautiful valleys and wildlife all around.

When going to the Rocky Mountain National Park  axcess it from the east of Denver, Fort Collins area. That’s the most accessible side of the park. There’s a lot more accommodations, shopping, food and fuel in that area. Estes Park is the entrance to the National Park from this way and there are several routes into Estes Park. Depending on your location and route you’re coming from, Estes Park has a number of private parks and campgrounds inside and around the area.

Estes Park

A lot of people end up spending their vacations here in Estes Park because there’s so much to see and do. It has a nice downtown area and there are some great RV parks and campgrounds. There is also a number of campgrounds that are National Park campgrounds located just outside of Estes Park. These include Glacier Basin which is a very pretty campground for visiting with your RV.

Moraine Park Campground is an RV accessible campground and Aspen Glen is also RV accessible. Rocky Mountain National Park is a popular destination and campgrounds fill up from Spring all the way through to fall. So make reservations in advance before going there so you are sure to have a spot. You’re not likely to be able to walk in and find a campsite in the National Park. Private RV Parks can also have sites so that’s always another backup plan. If all else fails you could drop south into the forest and try to find some forest camping too.

Beetle Kill

The National Park actually clear cut trees through there in an effort to avoid damage from the bark beetle. It took away the shade, but created some majestic views from the sites.There are sites out in the trees that are very nice to stay in. The sites in the trees are a little bit tighter for some of the big rigs to move around in. Moraine Park is a pretty campground especially for tents and smaller RVs. Moraine Park is a popular campground it has a large loop road so there’s more opportunity to find sites and spaces.

Aspen Glen again is another RV Park and campground in the National Park and offers good access for RVs and tents. So in planning your trip to Rocky Mountain National Park most people enter from the Denver direction, the main highway is US 34. It’s a long climb up the road all the way up to the upper peak here at Trail Ridge. There is a dirt road that’s open seasonally up there it is the old Fall River Road you can actually drive.

Timber Creek Campground

On the back side of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park there is Timber Creek Campground. Timber Creek is a great option if you’re here in the summer time because it rarely ever completely fills up. It offers good access to some nice tent and RV sites in an open setting. Like the other campgrounds this one has been clear cut due to the damage of the bark beetle. In an effort to avoid the danger of falling trees.So there’s plenty of space here and lots of room. In our case we camped there once with our truck and backed right in and so it’s a nice place to stay and often not as crowded as the other side of the park.

If you enter from the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park you’ll come to Granby Grand Lake. In Grand Lake there are a number of campgrounds both public and private. These sites are very convenient to the National Park. In fact Grand Lake is probably a little bit closer to the National Park and has less traffic. From the sites you are going to be able to move a bit quicker up the road and get to the destinations. Grand Lake also has Lake Granby and on the south shore there’s a road. This is marked as six and this road has a number of forest service campgrounds along it.

Sunset Point

The Sunset Point campground is a great little spot to stop because it has nice RV sites and pretty views of water. Drive down this road it’s a graded gravel road and there’s a number of campgrounds back here. Arapahoe Bay has some very pretty campgrounds that are located back in there. The advantage to these is that they’re gonna be less crowded and allow you to find a place to stay. Sunset Point also there is Green Ridge and Cutthroat Bay.

Stillwater Campground this one is right off the highway and is very easy to get to. It offers camping up on the side of a hill overlooking a lake so it’s pretty locations to see from. It has hook ups here too so this is a great campground. This tends to be busier because of the hookups, it could be a fallback for a place to stay.

Rocky Mountain itself is accessible off of US 34 and a lot of folks will hike into the backcountry campgrounds. They will also and camp along the trails, obviously the major mountain peaks are always a great destination. For the family that’s essentially it for Rocky Mountain National Park entering from the west or the east. There’s campgrounds both public and private leading into and then the national park campgrounds inside of it. Granby, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and discover your campground or RV Park to spend your vacation at Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs

Nat-Soo-Pah
Nat-Soo-Pah

About Nat-Soo-Pah

Location

Nat-Soo-Pah is located in Southern Twin Falls County, ID, 16 miles South of Twin Falls or 3 ½ miles East of the town of Hollister, ID off of US Hwy 93 (please see our Map for Directions).

Open

May 1 – Labor Day

Pool Hours

12 PM – 10PM weekdays,

10 AM -10PM Saturday and Sunday.

History of the Place

Nat-Soo-Pah is an Indian name meaning “Magic Mineral Water.” About a hundred years ago the Shoshone Indians lived in the nearby foothills and used this spring for baths. Some of the earlier settlers built bath houses for men and women, and in approximately 1926 the pool was built.

Nat-Soo-Pah Today

Swimming

Today Nat-Soo-Pah is cozy resort, family owned and oriented. Nat-Soo-Pah has a large swimming pool (125’ X 50’) that is naturally heated by thermal water bubbling up from the high-desert terrain. The water is 99 F and has a high mineral content. Swimming in it is both enjoyable and beneficial for your health. Kids and teens enjoy the big slide and two diving boards on different sides of the pool. Hot Tub and Hot Soak Pool are conveniently located in the pool area for the adults and tired swimmers, so they can sit in the warm water and just relax. Hot Soak Pool is HOT; it maintains the temperature of 104 F to 106 F.

Safety

Lifeguards are on duty at all times.

Sunbathing

There is plenty of room by the pool to just relax and sunbathe.

Indoor Activities

Arcade room with a pool table and a juke box.

Food

Tasty snacks and cold drinks are waiting for the swimmers: our specialties are Red Baron pizza and Slush Puppies. Many fun water playthings are available for rent or feel free to bring your own.

Camping and RV

Nat-Soo-Pah has several lovely shaded RV spots with clean picnic tables and grilling equipment on the big property, so no one will feel crowded (please see our Photo gallery).We have 75 total campsites, 29 ofwhich are full hookup! If you bring your trailer, you can use our RV Dumping station. The tent area is grassy and shaded also, so feel free to try it!

Amenities

Restrooms, locker rooms, warm showers, snack bar, and pay phone.

Why Choose Nat-Soo-Pah

All in all, Nat-Soo-Pah is a great venue for family or church reunions, any parties and weddings, church groups, boy scouts or just for spending some quality time outdoors with your family. Come soon and check us out! Reservations for large groups are advised.

Whether you are camping or just visit us for a day, we guarantee: you will have a great time! The weather is normally hot and clear during the summer season, with lovely warm nights.

Come soon to enjoy the ‘Magic Mineral Water’ at Nat-Soo-Pah!

Call us at (208) 655-4337.

If you are looking for a great place to camp and enjoy yourself, this is a good place to go.

There were 7 families represented here and we had a fantastic time.

They have swimming and hot tubs and lots of the sites have water and electric hookups.

There are restrooms available and there are even lots of tent sites as well.

I left the information above so you can call and make reservations for your next family get together or party.

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Red Apple Campground – Overview

Red Apple Campground
Red Apple Campground

Red Apple Campground

60 miles north of Boston and 30 miles south of Portland, sits one of our nation’s most treasured seaside towns. Kennebunkport, Maine, it was founded in the mid-1600s as a ship-building town. Nearly 350 years later, Kennebunkport has earned its reputation as one of the most quaint vacation destinations the world over. Kennebunkport, the summer home of President George H.W. Bush, boasts fine seafood restaurants, unique shops and the finest beaches around. You can take a whale watching cruise, deep sea fishing excursion, or lobstering cruise.Travelers looking to reconnect with nature, there is no finer stop on Maine’s Atlantic Coast than Red Apple Campground – Kennebunkport finest.

Top Rated

This earns top ratings from all of the prestigious campground rating services. Red Apple Campground is your Maine campground destination. Red Apple Campground is the type of campground that people come to when they want to relax. Their motto is clean, quiet and relaxing. Customer service is number one at Red Apple Campground they treat you like family here, and sometimes even better. From the moment you pull-in to Red Apple Campground you’ll be swept away by their gorgeous grounds and welcoming staff. With sites for tents, pop-ups, all sizes of RVs, RV rentals and cabin rentals. Whatever type of camping you love, they have got you covered at Red Apple Campground!

With a half-dozen cabins to choose from, including dog-friendly cabins, and a full-size RV to rent. You can choose to make your stay at Red Apple Campground just as comfortable as you like! Whatever your camping choice, Red Apple has the camping experience you’ve been dreaming of. “Each of the RV sites and rental sites have a picnic table and a fire ring for your relaxation. The rental units also have fully stocked kitchens with a bar-b-que grill so you can cook outside as well as cooking facilities inside.” Tour the grounds of the Red Apple Campground and you’ll find a mix of friendly faces, stunning scenery and top-notch amenities.

Outdoor Fun

There’s plenty of outdoor fun for the grown-ups with horseshoes, bocce ball, basketball hoop, adult swings and shuffleboard courts. Kids stay happily entertained on the playground. And don’t think they would forget about man’s best friend! Here at Red Apple Campground well-mannered dogs are welcome visitors, and we’ve got a special dog park just for them! Head indoors to the air conditioned and heated Rec-Hall for some more fun.

Where you’ll find a pool table, foosball, board games, puzzles, 4 large screen TVs with DVD player, thousands of books in the vast library and hundreds of DVDs. If you’ve left any staples or supplies behind take a quick stop in the general store for all of your camping needs.

Do you want to clean-up a bit, the modern laundry and clean, comfortable bath houses are standing by. If you’re starting to get the idea that Red Apple Campground is one special place…you’d be right! Their goal is 100% happy campers – they like to wow their customers. One big wow is you can go in early in the morning and order, Maine lobster that was caught today. Tonight, they will deliver it directly to our site – hot, steaming and ready to eat and at a very reasonable price.” From lush grounds to every camping option under the sun, to top quality amenities and customer service, Red Apple Campground is a special stop waiting for you and your family.

At Red Apple Campground they have got a simple motto – clean, quiet and relaxing – the way camping should be. Stop in at Red Apple and you’ll see them living up to that motto each and every day..

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Today I am going to talk about the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and ideas on where you should go camping in your RV or tent. Great Smoky Mountain National Park is enormous, there are really only a few main access points into the park. Now the park itself is bounded by I-40 on the East and the US 129 on the West. Then on the north and the south are your two main access points. In the North you have Gatlinburg Townsend and Pigeon Forge, on the south side you have Cherokee Bryson City.

Other than the small parks that we’ll talk about in a little bit that’s the main part of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The interior areas on both the western and eastern side of the park are accessible only by foot. So the main parts of the park are for hikers only, otherwise you’re limited to these main access points. When I say limited its not limited in a bad way. It’s just for the planning purposes, you need to be aware of that. Where to stay inside Smoky Mountain National Park so let’s start out with Gatlinburg Tennessee.

Gatlinburg Tennessee

The big thing with Gatlinburg Tennessee is that it is the northern access point into the park. The thing with Gatlinburg is that there’s not a lot of RV parks and campgrounds inside the town. The closest one is Twin Creek RV Resort and there is a free trolley that takes into downtown Gatlinburg. Downtown Gatlinburg is cool to see, they’ve got a lot of little shops, and little restaurants all along a walkway. It’s a very walking accessible town and it’s a fun tourist destination. Twin Creek has the trolley stop and they have a pool for in-season swimming, and playgrounds. They have big sites for RVs and small sites for tents and smaller trailers.  Over all this is a well kept Park and really highly recommended.

There’s another park which is Camp LeConte which is a newer RV Park. I point that out because it is new and it is nice. They’ve got everything kind of setup right, pull throughs, cabins and tent sites. This is a nice looking campground, not too far outside of it’s actually in Pigeon Forge. I mean in Gatlinburg right near the high school, it is just a little ways off of downtown Gatlinburg

Elkmont Campground

The closest National Park Campground to the entrance here is Elkmont Campground which is accessible for both RVs and tents.  Elkmont Campground has very large trees that does limit access to some RVs a lot of tents. Because of maneuvering in the park, they are long sites if you get into it any size RV will fit.

The other limiting factor for this park campground is the road leading into it is a winding narrow road. There are a lot of tight turns and such and this tends to limit people when they’re driving on the road. Essentially about a ten-foot road base so it’s a bit narrow and as you go down there.

One campground that  I’ll mention is King’s Holly. The reason I mention that one is it is right next door to the city park. If you have kids and you’re on a budget this is reasonably price park right next to the city park.

There’s a whole bunch of nice ones in the area just wanted to point that one out if you have family and your on a budget. The next place to look at will be Townsend, Tennessee it has a true small-town feel. There’s a nice KOA located here in Townsend they have really large sites. They are also right next to the Townsend entrance access point into the park. The great thing about Townsend is it gives you access to Laurel Creek Road which takes you over to Cades Cove.

Cades Cove Campground

Cades Cove Campground is a very popular campground inside of the park and reservations are highly recommended. The reason it’s popular is the Cades Cove Loop Road, is a very scenic drive, it loops through the valley. There’s a number of stops along the way with historic interpretation centers and so forth. It’s a one-way loop road and that makes it notably special especially if you’re cyclist. On certain mornings the road is closed to vehicle traffic you can ride this road without vehicle traffic.

It is one way and you can do a loop even if it’s open to vehicle traffic the speed limit is low. People aren’t speeding along the road so you can easily ride it without too much worry. When you are done then you can stay right there at Cades Cove, this is very accessible for any size rig. You can drive down the road and back into the site. There is plenty of space so any size rig can fit into Cades Cove very easily. The sites are pretty close together but not too bad. Smoky Mountain National Park tends to pack them in there pretty tight in the different campgrounds.

Cherokee

Now lets go over to Cherokee. Cherokee is accessible via this US 441 that goes through the park. Clingman’s Dome is at the very peak of it and then you drop down a long descent into Cherokee below. Cherokee is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation so there’s heritage and there is heritage museums and the such if you wanna learn about the culture it’s a great destination to go there is a town here there’s a casino in Cherokee a nice casino restaurants food and fuel and there are RV parks all around. With Cherokee if you stay at the further out RV parks it’s a bit of a drive to get back. This is something you might want to keep to in mind.

There are destination campgrounds up along the Big Cove Road. The Cherokee Smoky Mountain KOA is a very popular spot, there’s Jellystone again another very popular spot. There is also Smokemont Campground. Smokemont is a National Park Service campground accessible to tents and smaller RVs. The other National Park Campground accessible to Cherokee is Deep Creek, it’s best for smaller RVs, truck campers and tents.

Deep Creek

Deep Creek is very popular for folks that are more local they use it for tubing. You can take a tube and play out on the water. You can take your tube and hike up the trail hop in your tube and float back down. They are very nice campgrounds green with lots of trees. It’s a lower elevation so if its warm you are camping in the trees so there’s lots of shade. There are a couple other camping options along the road here that also rent outs inner tubes.

Now we’ve covered Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend and Cherokee where else can you go camping in this area? A quieter region to go is up along the Cosby Tennessee area. This is in the northeastern part of the park and it’s a little bit more remote. Cosby is the actual city it’s more of a community than a city. So there’s houses and a few shops along here. Nothing big it’s really kind of a remote area of the park. There is a number of RV parks and campgrounds along 321. There is a private park right here at the entrance and then you have the Cosby Campground. Cosby Campground is seasonally open best suited to tents and small RVs.

Big Creek Campground

The 32 comes over to Big Creek Campground, again a tent campground truck campers at best very very small rigs. You notice this road right here you’ll be following that it’s a gravel road and it heads over Cataloochee. In Cataloochee you need to make reservations before going there to camp they require reservations in advance. They require them in advance because there’s no cell or Internet service in that valley. Maggie Valley, also requires reservations so the camphost knows who’s coming and they can limit traffic from coming in uninvited.

The Cataloochee Campground is a nice little campground located in the trees next to the river. It is a scenic spot, it’s a bit tight meaning you’re right on top of your neighbors. It’s more comfortable for a small RV instead of tent camping, it’s a pretty location in a remote area. Tip here is that whatever you’re driving there is going to get dirty the gravel roads are very dusty. Even if you idle along them everything you own on the outside is going to get dusty. Your RV, trailer anything you have on the back of the car or pickup truck cover it up. So that way you don’t arrive and have it all dirty.

Cataloochee is a very pretty campground and it’s definitely worth the trip. This gives you a taste of the interior of the park because it’s really located far from anywhere else.

Tapoco, North Carolina

On the other side is Tapoco North Carolina. It is on the southern side of the park and there is less traffic and less crowded. Lots of people kind of hop over to hit Abrams Creek and there is Cades Cove again.

That is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, not a lot to it from the surface. There are a lot of campgrounds around it inside of it. The National Park Campgrounds tend to be pretty crowded and a little tight, they are best suited to smaller rigs. The Cades Cove is pretty accessible to big rigs, as long as you can get back there. Your best bet if you’re looking for a family trip is the Pigeon Forge area. If you’re looking to just get away some of the areas around Cherokee and Cataloochee would be good. Cosby is kind of the corners…you can almost think of it as the four corners. If you go to Townsend down by the dam area then Cosby and Maggie Valley would be your rural areas. The main areas will be Cherokee, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge.

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Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Well, we’re here at Fish Lake Basin in the Fishlake National Forest. It is a kind of gem, as we see it. Here there are many recreational opportunities. Well, of course, you know, I guess it’s Fish Lake, in itself, there are several species of fish. Lake trout, Splake trout, tiger trout, musk, rainbow, kokanee, perch, browns, so a lot of variety of fishing there. There is almost always an opportunity to fish here in Fishlake. Recreation and winter fishing, too. Ice fishing is huge here.

Fishlake Resorts and Marinas

There are three different concessionaires and marinas, here through the Basin. We have Lakeshore Marina and Resorts at the southern end, of the basin. Fishlake Marina and Resorts, up to Fish Lake Lodge downtown, and then Bowery Haven Resorts and Marina in the north. Then, of course, there are several Forest Service camps along the Basin, and just north of Cuenca. These are all fantastic places to take your family and friends.

 

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Heceta Head Park

Park History The Heceta Head Park is named for Bruno de Heceta. He was a Spanish navigator and explorer, who surveyed the Oregon coast in 1775. This lighthouse was built...

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Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Fishlake Campground In Fishlake Basin

Well, we’re here at Fish Lake Basin in the Fishlake National Forest. It is a kind of gem, as we see it. Here there are many recreational opportunities. Well, of course, you know, I guess it’s Fish Lake, in itself, there are several species of fish. Lake trout, Splake trout, tiger trout, musk, rainbow, kokanee, perch, browns, so a lot of variety of fishing there. There is almost always an opportunity to fish here in Fishlake. Recreation and winter fishing, too. Ice fishing is huge here.

Fishlake Resorts and Marinas

There are three different concessionaires and marinas, here through the Basin. We have Lakeshore Marina and Resorts at the southern end, of the basin. Fishlake Marina and Resorts, up to Fish Lake Lodge downtown, and then Bowery Haven Resorts and Marina in the north. Then, of course, there are several Forest Service camps along the Basin, and just north of Cuenca. These are all fantastic places to take your family and friends.

 

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Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Park

Park History

The Heceta Head Park is named for Bruno de Heceta. He was a Spanish navigator and explorer, who surveyed the Oregon coast in 1775.

This lighthouse was built between 1892 and 1893 and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The head lightkeeper’s house was demolished and the lumber purchased for $10 in 1940 following the move from kerosene to electricity to power the lighthouse. The wood was used to build the Alpha-Bit Café in nearby Mapleton.

The state of Oregon was granted a license for the lighthouse and surrounding property by the Coast Guard in 1963, the same year that the lighthouse became fully automated. The assistant light keeper’s house, which still stands, is now a bed and breakfast operated by concessionaires of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Devil’s Elbow State Park, which included a cove south of the lighthouse it was enlarged to include the lighthouse. Thus it was renamed Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint connecting it with Washburne State Park to the north. The land for Devil’s Elbow State Park was acquired between 1930 and 1987 by purchase from private owners as well as gifts and exchanges with U.S. government agencies. In 1998, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint was officially deeded to OPRD by ODOT.  In 2001, the rest of the Coast Guard property was transferred to OPRD.

Acreage: 548.89

Annual day-use attendance: 1,056,538

 

Major Features & Activities

Lighthouse programs are given 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. (winter 11-2), weather and staff permitting.  We do not take reservations for general public programs. For more specific information you may e-mail us at Heceta.h.lighthouse@oregon.gov.

 

Tour groups, school groups, and other groups please e-mail us to schedule a program.

 

Restoration of the tower was finished in mid-2013. Because of ongoing maintenance and inspections of the upper levels, programs currently only cover the outdoor area around the base of the lighthouse, and the ground floor of the tower. There will be a new schedule when tours of the upper levels resume.

 

The Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint is located at the mouth of Cape Creek. The picnic tables are sheltered from the wind and a great view of the ocean. The short trail leads to the Heceta Head lighthouse and assistant keeper’s house.

Heceta Head

The Heceta Head trail is part of a 7-mile network. There are trails of varying difficulty which feature beach and wildlife viewing areas. The Wildlife refuge islands have a view of common murres, cormorants, gulls, and other bird nesting areas. Whales and Sea Lions can be seen from the beach and cliff-top lighthouse.

 

On the west side of 1,000-foot-high Heceta Head, 205 feet above the ocean, the lighthouse is one of the most photographed on the coast. The light at the top of the 56-foot tower was illuminated in 1894; the automated beacon, seen 21 miles from land, is rated as the strongest light on the Oregon coast. The old assistant lighthouse keeper’s house (Heceta House; built in 1893) offers bed and breakfast rentals and facilities for group events.  This bed and breakfast is operated by a concessionaire of the U.S. Forest Service and can be reached at 1-866-547-3696 or http://hecetalighthouse.com/

 

Common murres, which lay their eggs on the bare rocks, can be easily seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans and bald eagles commonly fly by. Migrating gray whales can be seen as they travel to and from Alaska and Baja California. The month of May is a great time to look right down on the mothers and calves as they travel close to shore.

 

Natural caves, tide pools, and a sandy beach for building sandcastles can be found.

 

Day-use parking permits at Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint are required year round.  A daily ($5), 12-month or 24-month permit, an Oregon Coast Passport, or a valid state park camping receipt is required. You can purchase daily permits from a machine at the park.  The 12-month and 24-month permits can be purchased at most major state park offices.

 

 

 

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GooseNeck State Park in Utah

GooseNeck State Park

GooseNeck state park offers spectacular views of the GooseNecks. The GooseNecks are officially known as an entrenched meander. It’s about of one and a half miles long. San Juan River it flows for more than six miles through the twists of the entrenched meander.

The GooseNeck State Park offers picnic areas, primitive camping, vault toilets, and an observation shelter. The views are outstanding and photography is popular. At night the sky is expansive – ideal for stargazing.

Please note: No drinking water is available. There are no maintained trails. The park does not offer access to the river.

 

Main Attractions

This park offers a scenic vista, about 1,000 feet above the winding San Juan River. Views are amazing.

 

Location

Located in SE Utah along US 163, about 25 miles west of the town of Bluff.

Approximately 349 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

 

Contact Information

GooseNeck State Park

c/o Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

660 West 400 North

Blanding, UT 84511

(435) 678-2238

 

Seasons/Open Hours

Open year-round, no closures

 

Entrance Fees

$5 per car

$2 per person, commercial tour bus or tour group

$10 per night for camping

 

Activities

Sight seeing

Star gazing

 

Camping

Primitive camping is available. You cannot reserve sites and fees are not charged. The campground does have fire pits and vault toilets. No other services are available. There is no water, electricity. or dump station.

 

Facilities

Paved road to scenic viewpoint

Observation shelter

Primitive campground

Picnic area

Things to do

 

ADDITIONAL THINGS TO DO

 

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Most Dangerous Campgrounds

From snow capped mountains to unforgiving deserts, the U.S. National Park System is home to 84 million acres of land. These are visited by more than 300 million people each year. For lovers of the outdoors, it’s heaven. But for less experienced adventurers, treks into these American wilderness escapes can be dangerous.

Here are some of the most dangerous camping spots in the U.S.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the US and something of an oasis in the desert, with picturesque rugged terrain and sparkling waters. Just 24 miles from glitzy Las Vegas, it’s a quieter getaway from the bright city lights. But that doesn’t mean it’s a total jackpot. Park rangers consistently rank it among the most dangerous parks in the country for several reasons. It may be one of the National Park Service’s top ten most visited parks, but that comes with plenty of downsides — like boating and auto accidents, and drownings.

Surprisingly, most of those deaths don’t involve alcohol. Lake Mead spokeswoman Christie Vanover told the Associated Press: “It’s really not the party crowd. It’s people who don’t understand the danger of the lake. Some people think it’s like a swimming pool.” The park has also had trouble with assaults and other violent crimes, which don’t exactly make for the most tranquil vacation spot.

Glacier National Park

This gorgeous and dangerous park sits along the border of Montana and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

Unfortunately, visiting it isn’t a walk in the park. On average, two to three people die each year. Though drowning deaths top the list, Glacier National has different challenges than many other parks, like avalanches and rockslides.

Inexperienced day-hikers also account for a lot of fatalities — one 74-year-old man stepped over a retaining wall to take a picture — and fell 500 feet to his death.

But at least 10 visitors to Glacier National Park have died in a far more grisly way: grizzly bear attacks. The most famous deaths occurred in 1967 when two 19-year-old women were mauled to death. This happened on the same August night at separate campsites within the park. The event became known as the Night of the Grizzlies, which spawned a documentary for PBS in 2010.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Named for the tall breed of cactus that dominates this stretch of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is both desolate and beautiful. Plus, it’s the home of North America’s only wild jaguars.

But the desert terrain is also dangerous by a very different type of predator: drug smugglers and human traffickers. In 2002, a park ranger was killed in a shootout with two smugglers fleeing Mexican authorities. 70 percent of the park was closed due to illegal activity from 2003 to 2014.

Fortunately, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has since reopened to the public with better security. So now all you have to worry about is the jaguars.

Glen Canyon

With million acres of land in northern Arizona into the southern portion of Utah. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is home to stunning cliff formations, wilderness trails, and Lake Powell.

The scenic views and pristine waters have made Glen Canyon an especially popular destination for water-based activities. These activities are boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. And with all those boats on the water, Lake Powell is notorious for dangerous boating accidents and drownings. In June 2013 alone, six deaths occurred over a 10-day timespan. And then there’s the cliff jumping, which has claimed numerous lives over the years.

The Wave

Part of Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, the Wave is one of the most photographed landscapes in North America. Because of the sensitivity of the rock formations, only 20 visitors per day are allowed to hike out to the Wave.

Permits must be obtained via a lottery system. Winners get a map and directions to the Wave, but from that point on, you’re on your own. Most people who find the Wave are treated to amazing photographs. But if you don’t take enough water with you, go ahead and wave goodbye.

Temperatures in the Wave can climb well past the 100-degree mark, and the trails are often unmarked. In one month alone in 2013, three people died from heat and cardiac arrest.

Mount Rainier National Park

At over 14,000 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the tallest peak in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, and the extreme conditions can prove tricky to less experienced outdoor adventurers. But one spot in particular has proven especially deadly over the years: Liberty Ridge. Less than 2 percent of hikers attempt the climb, but it’s responsible for 25 percent of deaths on summit climbs in the park. Though it offers stunning views, the difficulty of the hike is not for the faint of heart.

In 2014, six climbers fell 3,000 feet to their deaths while trying to reach the summit. It was the single worst accident the park had experienced since the 1980s, when 11 people died in an avalanche.

Bright Angel Trail

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most popular destinations with over four million visitors each year. And one of the most popular trails is the Bright Angel Trail, a steep path to the Canyon’s bottom. Though the Park Service maintains that it’s the safest trail in the park, hikers have died of heat stroke and heart attacks during their treks. As the temperatures rise, the dangers go up, especially near Indian Gardens where temperatures soar. Its name may be Bright Angel, but it sure is a devil of a hike.

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in both Tennessee and North Carolina, is America’s most visited national park. This densely forested mountainous area offers opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and…car accidents. Lots of car accidents. Automobile collisions account for most of the deaths in the park each year, thanks to the combination of beautiful scenery and treacherous, hairpin curves. The Great Smoky Mountains also have a reputation for missing persons.

At least three hikers have disappeared in the park and never been seen again.

Meanwhile, plenty of people get hurt or killed each year due to plenty of other hazards. Everything from falling off of waterfalls to bee attacks.

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Road Trip Top 5 Apps

Road Trip

Road trip, it’s summer and that means road tripping season is upon us. It’s time to jump in the car with family and friends and hit the open road. Here’s a list of the top five apps for your next road trip.

Waze

First off, we’ve got Waze. If you’re not currently using Waze, now’s the time to start and not just for your summer road trip. Waze is a navigation app with tons of great features. Since Waze is crowdsource fueled, it’s constantly updating and gives you the best routes available. It will alert you to slow traffic, accidents, speed traps, hazards, and much more. Then it will route you around them if possible. If you see an accident or other event, you could drop this onto the map and help out other Wazers. Waze will even help you find the best price on gas. Speaking of gas, that brings us to our next app,

Dark Sky

Dark Sky Gas Guru is a simple and easy to use app that helps you find the best price on gas wherever you are. Watch the app and it shows you all the nearby gas stations and prices for each. It will highlight the best price in green, so you will know where to go. If you don’t like the map, you can view all of he nearby stations ranked by price.

Tapping on one will give you directions to that station, prices for all grades of gas. It will also give you a phone number so you can contact them if you need to. You can filter by the grade of fuel your vehicle takes and also search for other cities. This way you’ll know where to go when you get to the next stop. On a road trip, it’s not the end destination that counts but how you spend your time getting there.

Road Trippers

Road Trippers helps you find awesome things along the way like attractions, food, and much, much more. You can plan your own trip or use one of their guides if you feel like taking a spontaneous weekend getaway. When making your own trip, pick your start and end points and it will plot you a map showing your route. Then you can add points of interest along your way based on your preferences and what you find interesting. These range from practical things like accommodations, food, gas stations, and campsites to more wacky and fun items like offbeat attractions, quirky shops, flea markets, wineries and breweries, and ghost towns.

Add as many or as few as you like and it will populate your map with icons showing you where to find these attractions. Swiping up on a point of interest brings up photos, reviews, contact information, a star rating, and more info like hours of operation and price. You’ll never travel the same way after using this app. With so many amazing points of interest to see narrowing it down to fit into one trip is going to be the real difficulty.

Dark Sky

There’s nothing worse than heading out for a nice day at the beach or a hike in the woods only to have the weather spoil it for you. Dark Sky will help you avoid this mishap and let you plan for your next adventure accordingly. Dark Sky is a hyperlocal weather app that gives you super precise weather info down to the minute.

Because it uses your GPS location, it can tell you what to expect in the next hour, day, or week. The interface is clean and easy to navigate, showing you all you need to know quickly and clearly. Cycle through the chance of precipitation, temperature, wind, humidity, and UV index. Now you’ll know whether to bring the sun block, the rain hat, or the kite when you go to the park.

Swipe right and you’ve got a clear view of the week laid out for you. Swipe to the left and you can see an animated world view of storms coming your way. You can even see the temperature and how it will change throughout the week. You can also search for other locations and scout out the weather there before you go. This way you will be prepared when you get there.

Finally when you stop driving for the day, whether it’s your final destination or just a stop along the way. You will want to find the best hot spots in town.

Findery

Findery is your local guide to the city, no matter which city you’re in. Using Findery is like sitting down with a group of knowledgeable locals and enjoying a cup of coffee. This is while you discuss all that the city has to offer. Find the best donuts in town, catch some live music, or relax in a quaint secondhand bookstore. If you’re into quirky oddball attractions, Findery has that too. You can search near where you are or far away to plan an upcoming trip. Swipe down on a location to add it to your bucket list, mark that you’ve been there, and leave your thoughts on the place or you can upload your own discoveries. Tap on a location to read more about it, peruse others memories of the place, check out photos, see maps, and find more information about that place.

Findery is constantly expanding and changing as people upload their thoughts and memories of places all over the world. So there’s no end to all the great places you’ll discover. All these apps are fantastic and can help make your next road trip the highlight of the year. But none of them are going to do you any good if you’ve got no cell service. All of these are based on crowdsource data. So if you’ve got no access to the web, you’re out of luck.

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