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Shop for Discount Camping Equipment Online:

October 1st, 2015

Looking for a deal on discount camping equipment? Shop for cheap camping gear at one of our favorite online outdoor retailers.

Backpacking Gear Checklist:

October 1st, 2015

Want to learn how to pack your backpack for your next backcountry camping trip? We have you covered with this backpacking checklist.

New Shenandoah NP Junior Ranger Book:

October 1st, 2015

Shenandoah National Park released a new Junior ranger book, which is targeted at children 7 to 12 years old, but can be enjoyed by all ages.

Benton Hot Springs, Benton, California:

October 1st, 2015

Benton Hot Springs in Eastern California offers private hot tubs for each campsite. This camping review gave the campground five stars.

Every Kid in a Park:

October 1st, 2015

President Obama announces Every Kid in a Park initiative. The national program seeks to connect four million fourth graders with these treasured places in the 2015-16 academic year, coinciding with the National Park Service Centennial celebration.

Natural Chimneys Regional Park and Campground Review - Mount Solon, Virginia:

October 1st, 2015

A campground review of Natural Chimneys Regional Park and Campground in Shenandoah Valley Valley submitted by About Camping reader Larry.

Stanton Park Campground – Canyonville, Oregon:

October 1st, 2015

A review of the Stanton RV Park and Campground in Canyonville, Oregon submitted by About Camping reader, Oregonaryn.

15 Essential Items for Dutch Oven Cooking:

September 29th, 2015

Want to try dutch oven cooking at the campground? Here are a few tips and essential tools for dutch oven cooking -- because everything tastes better cooked on the campfire and under the stars.

5 Secrets for the Perfect Camping Trip:

September 29th, 2015

A great camping trip is one you’ll remember for a lifetime. Delicious food, the family dog, and stargazing will complete any camping trip and elevate it to perfection. We’ve compiled some of our best advice to help you get camping and having a good time whether you are a seasoned camper or heading out for your first time.

5 Things to Love about Fall Camping:

September 29th, 2015

The fall season is a great time to be outdoors enjoying the change in colors on the trees, the warm days and cool nights and a perfect time to experience solitude in the great outdoors. We love camping in the fall and hope you will too!

Autumn Travel and Fall Foliage Resources:

September 29th, 2015

Start planning a fall camping trip with out fall foliage reports and touring information, the best fall camping destinations, reasons to fall in love with autumn, and what to cook on your campout.

National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants:

September 14th, 2015

The National Park Service awarded $532,145 in Historic Preservation Grants to Native American Indian tribes and Alaska Native Groups

September Events for Campers in the National Parks:

August 31st, 2015

Visit a national park this September and join a butterfly count or climb a lighthouse under the full moon.

President Obama Announces Collaboration with Alaska Natives:

September 1st, 2015

President Obama announced that Mt. McKinley, to the tallest mountain in North America, will officially be re-named Denali, the Koyukon Athabascan name. This designation recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives. Leaders from the Alaska Native community met with the President to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between the Federal Government and Alaska Native tribes.

Camping in Denali National Park and Preserve:

September 1st, 2015

Plan your Denali National Park camping getaway with campground information and regulations from the national park service.

A Coffee Lover's Guide to Camping Coffee:

August 31st, 2015

Coffee tastes best in the great outdoors. This is your guide to making the best cup of camping coffee.

Camping and Bugs:

August 31st, 2015

If you are going camping, you’ll likely see some insects and bugs. Not all bugs bite, but the ones that do can be a nuisance. Here we have the best ways to keep the bugs away and have an insect-free campout.

The 10 Quietist National Parks:

August 31st, 2015

If you want to find solitude in the great outdoors, visit one of the national park service's least visited parks, monuments, and historic sites.

Canyonlands National Park Awarded Dark Sky Honors:

August 31st, 2015

Canyonlands National Park is dedicated to preserving the dark night sky and has night ranger programs for visitors.

Plan a Canyonlands Camping Trip:

August 31st, 2015

Pitch a tent under the stars at Canyonlands National Park, which is dedicated to preserving the dark night sky and has night ranger programs for visitors.

Top 5 US National Parks for Camping:

August 25th, 2015

About.com Camping readers nominated their favorite US National Parks for Camping and these five took top honors: Glacier, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone and Yosemite.

What is Wilderness?:

August 25th, 2015

Though wilderness is a word commonly used to describe natural environments, the Wilderness Act of 1964 designated federal lands for preservation.

Top 5 US Wilderness Areas:

August 25th, 2015

Campers love the great outdoors and they voted these five wilderness areas as their favorites. Check out the top 5 US Wilderness areas.

10 Resources for Backpacking:

August 17th, 2015

Resources for of backpacking gear, backpacking tips and destinations fro backpacking.

How To Leave No Trace:

August 16th, 2015

Nobody likes a dirty campground! Practic common sense and show concern for the outdoors when you go camping.

California Camping: The Top 10 Spots to Pitch a Tent in California:

August 16th, 2015

California is a nature lovers paradise. From its sandy beaches and rocky headlands to tall mountain peaks and alpine lakes, California has a variety of natural environments to explore. Although California has endless opportunities for camping and recreation, these are our favorite places to pitch a tent in the golden state.

August Events for Campers in the National Parks:

July 31st, 2015

Visit a national park this August and join a butterfly count or climb a lighthouse under the full moon.

Ziploc Omelets Are Not Recommended:

August 3rd, 2015

You shouldn't boil with Ziploc bags. Ziploc omelets are not recommended.

What You Need to Know to Go Camping:

August 1st, 2015

Whether you want to learn how to sleep outdoors, camp in peace with barring bugs, or plan the best camping road trip ever, we have the advice and tips for you. Our best advice and tips for campers.

Meet America's Newest National Monuments:

August 1st, 2015

President Obama designated three new national monuments including Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Basin and Range in Nevada. The new designations total more than one million acres of land.

U.S Forest Service Grants $1.9 million in Community Forests:

August 1st, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service announced more than $1.9 million in Community Forest Program grants to support local communities and preserve community forests across the United States. Here is where all that money is going.

Another Perspective on Scott Jurek's Appalachian Trail Record:

August 1st, 2015

Baxter State Park in Maine issued a statement explaining the violations of ultrarunner Scott Jurek's Appalachian Trail record celebration.

San Antonio Missions in Texas Designated as a World Heritage Site:

August 1st, 2015

The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated a group of five Spanish colonial missions in the San Antonio area – including most of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and the Alamo – as a World Heritage Site.

Plan a 2015 Stargazing Campout:

July 27th, 2015

Shooting stars, the Milky Way and a full moon light up the night sky. Plan a 2015 stargazing camping getaway.

July Events for Campers in the National Parks:

June 30th, 2015

Visit a national park this July and join a butterfly count or climb a lighthouse under the full moon.

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska - A National Park Getaway:

July 1st, 2015

More than half of the land mass in Kenai Fjords National Park is covered in glacier ice. Because much of the park lacks roads and established trails, many visitors travel by tour boat into the fjords. Here park rangers direct their attention to some of the park's secrets.

National Park Service Removes Confederate Flag Sales:

July 1st, 2015

Confederate flag sales items are being removed from national park book stores and gift shops, according to a statement from the National Park Service. “We strive to tell the complete story of America,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said of the agency’s reputation for telling difficult parts of our history.

5 Tips for Easy Campground Cooking:

June 26th, 2015

Campground cooking doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, campground cooking can be quick and easy, yet delicious with a few basic preparations.

First Aid Checklist for Campers:

June 23rd, 2015

If you love to spend time camping in the great outdoors, you should be prepared for emergencies. Here is a complete first aid kit checklist for campers.

San Juan Islands National Historic Park - A National Park Getaway:

June 1st, 2015

San Juan Island National Historical Park is a rare place, full of cultural meaning and revealing of nature’s many sides. It is this month's featured national park getaway.

10 New National Recreation Trails:

June 7th, 2015

The National Trails System designated 10 new national recreation trails that span more than 150 miles.

Participation in Outdoor Recreation is Low:

June 2nd, 2015

Nearly half of all Americans participated in at least one outdoor activity in 2014, according to a new report from the Outdoor Foundation, but it’s a small drop in participation from the previous year and the lowest numbers since 2006.

June Events for Campers in the National Parks:

May 31st, 2015

Visit a national park this June and join a butterfly count or climb a lighthouse under the full moon.

Interior Department will invest $50 Million for Water Conservation:

June 4th, 2015

Secretary Jewell announced the WaterSmart program for California and the western states. the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation will invest nearly $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation.

Cape Cod National Seashore Awarded Funds for Summer Youth Trail Crew:

June 1st, 2015

The Cape Cod National Seashore will host a trail crew of eight high school students and two leaders through the Student Conservation Association (SCA) for three weeks in July 2015. The project is one of 100 that were selected for NPS Centennial Challenge Project grants.

May Events for Campers in the National Parks:

May 1st, 2015

Visit a national park this May and join the 12th annual Missouri River Clean-up, go to a Native American auction, or on a ranger guided hike.

The 10 Most Popular National Parks:

May 1st, 2015

Find out the ten most popular national parks by number of annual visitors.

$2.6 Million in Maritime History Grants Awarded:

May 1st, 2015

The National Park Service and the Maritime Administration awarded $2.6 million in grants for maritime history education and preservation projects

Celebrate Earth Day Everyday:

May 1st, 2015

Earth Day is celebrated April 22 around the world each year. But campers who love the environment should celebrate and respect the earth everyday. Here's how you can be a responsible, earth-loving camper.

Top 8 Activities for Spring Campers:

April 7th, 2015

With spring weather comes a host of new outdoor activities for campers.

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