The Gourmet Camper

Archives

Pros: fantastic hiking, probably the most picturesque valleys in the world, spectacular waterfalls, Half Dome, el Capitan Cons: too many people during weekends Advertisements

The Shenandoah National Park park felt like home for 5 years when we used to live in the USA. Lots of great memories as we visited and camped there many times.

Pros: fantastic hiking (e.g. Long Peak-Keyhole Route, which is more like a climb; Bear Lake), wildlife, the park is amazing any time of the year Cons: need to adjust to high altitude, be careful with the changing weather conditions The Rocky Pledge (source) “To preserve unimpaired for this and future generations the beauty, history, and wildness therein, I pledge to protect Rocky Mountain National Park.” To prevent fire scars and human-caused fires, I… Read More

Pros: ancient history and archaeological sites, beautiful colors in the autumn Cons: small park

Pros: small cave tours, fat man’s misery point, knowledgeable park rangers Cons: small park with not too many activities around

Pros: Ribs at McClard’s – Bill Clinton’s favorite place, old school spa ‘experience’ Cons: not really a national park

Pros: iconic trees, desert wildlife, rock piles and boulders Cons: watch where you step and don’t touch cactus Resources: The Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide (Outside Online) Official website

Pros: Guadalupe peak trail – highest peak in Teas, El Capitan during sunset, opportunity to visit White Sands National Monument on the same trip Cons: can get very windy on top More resources: Official website Official map (pdf)

Pros: great camping and hiking, wildlife (black bears), the natural fog that often hangs over the mountains Cons: hungry wildlife (black bears), you need to hide your food well

Pros: beautiful sand dunes with magnificent mountains in the background, sand-boarding Cons: enough activities just for a day (night) or two, need to visit in the winter again to e.g. hike Zapata Falls Relevant links: Official Park’s website Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (Wikipedia) Local adventure with 9 activities to explore