Camping Tips

Seeking (… and Avoiding) Scorpions

Seeking Scorpions in the desert not far from Las Vegas.

When you come to the desert for a camping trip, you can look at its most common wildlife as something to be scared of and avoid or as a focus of interest, learning, and discovery. Whether you find things like ...

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Have You Considered Airbnb for Camping or Glamping?

A glamping option at Nevada's Sandy Valley Ranch is a specially built covered wagon.

In planning 50 Campfires’ Field Trip: Death Valley, we knew that at least part way through the trip, we’d want to find a place to get out of the omnipresent sand, dust, and wind for at least one night. We ...

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Red Rock Canyon – Las Vegas’ Outdoor Paradise

Any wonder how Red Rock Canyon gets its name?

Just barely outside of the the Las Vegas metro area is the amazing Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, it offers dozens of hiking trails, an auto tour route, a campground, and ...

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Woodland Camping VS. Desert Camping

Desert sunsets viewed through the tent fly are worth putting up with the sand, searching for water, and avoiding scorpions.

Many, perhaps most, of 50 Campfires enthusiasts have been camping for much of their lives. Introduced by family car camping trips as children by their parents, the fun and traditions are passed along to their kids now. Despite a lifetime ...

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3 Unique Fire Starters

3 Unique Fire Starters Bernzomatic

Depending on where you’re camping, there’ll be different organic materials that are ideal for starting a fire. Occasionally, you’ll find yourself in a place without access to natural materials, and you’ll need to rely on whatever you happen to have ...

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5 Must-Haves When You Rent a Kayak

On the water, in a kayak is an incredible way to spend a summer day, but there are key items that can make it even more enjoyable. Remember, you will basically be “stuck” for a few hours, so everything should ...

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The 3 Pronged Approach To Ending Smelly Shoes Forever

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Smelly shoes are so common that you might just accept it as a fact of life. “Feet sweat, so my shoes are going to smell. Nothing I can do about it.” I know the feeling. I’ve had mini funerals for ...

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Prevent Sore Feet When Lacing Your Boots For Hiking

When you prepare to go hiking, your first thoughts should be to prevent blisters and injuries to your feet. Selecting proper hiking socks is one of the most important ways to do that. As you’ve learned, Merino Wool is ALWAYS ...

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Trail Shoes Versus Hiking Boots — a Win, Win

We’ve been conditioned for many years to assume that if you need footwear for hiking, you need to buy a pair of boots. You should make sure that they’re rigid for ankle support and waterproof to keep your feet nice ...

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3 Tips To Get You Started Stargazing

Stargazing can add a whole other dimension to your outdoor experience. It provides a perspective and sense of wonder that is other worldly. If you’re looking to add another dimension to your camping weekend, the night sky will deliver. Here ...

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