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  • Camp in Sonora Desert National Monument

    Here you will find free camping on BLM land in the Sonora Desert National Monument (BLM page link). It's easy access from AZ 85. We took BLM road 8000, north of Gila Bend, into washy, sand roads and found easy dispersed camping within 20 minutes o...

  • Explore Mallette Park & Canyon

    We stumbled upon this little gem as we were driving through town. This park is nestled right at the base of Mallette Canyon and has several features that becken a winter visit. Along the west side of the canyon, over the small green bridge in the ...

  • Hike the Ghost Forest Trail and the Dunes of Glen Haven

    Park your car at the Sleeping Bear Point Trailhead in Glen Haven, Michigan, once parked find your way to the sign for point of reference with the map. You'll find that the Ghost Forest Trail is a 2.8 mile loop. You can start the loop at the trailh...

    3 miles

  • Explore Bishop Castle

    This adventure is a unique experience, perfect for the off seasons. Park along the highway on CO-165 in Rye, Colorado, cross the street and walk into the largest one man project in the USA. You’ll enter under the grand front gate and follow the pa...

    0.25 miles 26 ft gain

  • Dispersed Camping in Coconino National Forest (Edge of the World)

    This campsite is definitely out there. You'll take a dirt road into what seems to be a thick forest. Tell your GPS to put you on Woody Mountain Road in Flagstaff, AZ. Once you are on this road set your speedometer and follow this road for about 23...

  • Swim in Oak Creek Canyon

    For this adventure you'll want to make your way to Oak Creek Canyon off highway 89 in Arizona. The GPS should get you there no problemo, my recommendation would be to look for a swimming hole upstream of Slide Rock State Park. Now this adventure i...

  • Explore Cottonwood Spring

    Just east of the Cottonwood Visitor Center. This scenic spot provides access to cottonwood spring. The spring is a short walk down from the parking lot, and was formed from earthquakes! It was a popular spot for natives and settlers to gather wate...

  • Drive the Scenic Drive in Capitol Reef National Park

    Inside Capitol Reed National Park there is a scenic drive. The drive you do have to pay for ($15 bucks a car) but considering the park is free, you may as well!  The drive is about 8 miles long, with pull offs for ideal picture taking, the landsca...

  • Hike to Tuhare Lakes

    Overview: About a 12 mile hike, with 3 alpine lakes, a significant climb and views worthwhile Photos: See all photos here. Getting There: The hike is accessed from the Half Moon pass parking lot - from the Fall Creek trailhead. The parking lot and...

    12 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Hike Mounts Democrat, Lincoln, Cameron and Bross

    Find your way to the Kite Lake trailhead near Alma, Colorado. The road up to the trailhead is suitable for most vehicals, if you have a low clearance vehical I would advise parking about a half a mile from the trailhead.  This hike is best describ...

    8 miles 3500 ft gain

  • Hike to Eagle Lake, Colorado

    If you find yourself back in the Lime Creek area just outside of Eagle, Colorado and south of Sylvan Lake State Park - you should make the time to get yourself up to Eagle Lake! The hike starts off of Brush Creek Road and follows a property line i...

    5.5 miles 1036 ft gain

  • Hike to Blue Lake, Crested Butte, CO

    Overview: Round Trip about 15 miles, about 500 ft ascent at beginning and 1500 ft ascent in the last 1.5 miles, the majority of the hike is flat and through an AMAZING valley.  Getting There: Blue Lake Trailhead is located at Oh Be Joyful campgrou...

    15 miles 2115 ft gain

  • Explore the Orchards and Gifford House of Capitol Reef

    Inside Capitol Reef National Park, you’ll find a wonderful treasure. There are acres of orchards inside the park, all of which you are welcome to roam around and explore, you’ll see old farms buildings from the Mormon settlers that came through th...

  • Hike Red Buffalo Pass, Frisco to East Vail

    Starting at the Meadow Creek trailhead in Frisco, you'll find yourself ending up in East Vail at Gore Lake Trailhead. See all photos here.  The trail in Meadow Creek starts to climb at a gradual pace for the 3-4 miles, after a mile or so, take a l...

    13.2 miles 3400 ft gain

  • Explore the Temple of the Sun & Moon and Glass Mountain

    The temple of the sun and moon are accessed from Cathedral Rd. in Capitol Reef National Park, the road is a 4x4 high clearance vehical road. Upon arriving at the Temples which are called “monoliths”, the giant rocks protrude from the earth, and ar...

  • Drive the Cathedral Valley Loop

    These set of roads are classified as 4x4 high clearance vehical roads. Not to mention this part of the park is remote and only about 10% of visitors access it. To get to Cathedral Valley, we were recommended to drive a “loop” by the park ranger, t...

    60 miles

  • Hike Old Mission Peninsula Park

    At the end of the Old Mission peninsula sits Mission Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is surrounded by 5 acres of wooded township and many acres of state land! Upon arriving you can explore the shores just below the lighthouse - there can intrigui...

    6 miles 183 ft gain

  • Hike the Red River Nature Trail

    The Red River Nature Trail starts right in town next to the Platinum Lift off Pioneer Road. The trail travels 2 miles to Goose Lake Road. The hike itself can be taken as a two or four mile hike, depending on weather you access it point to point or...

    2 miles

  • Ski Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resorts

    Just about an hour north of Traverse City in the village of Bellaire lies Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek Resorts! The mountain offers 53 runs with several base areas. The terrain is applicable for any type of skier, whether you are a beginner or ...

  • Whiskey Blending at Mammoth Distillery

    Now, this is something you probably haven't tried yet. Whiskey blending! The experience with Mammoth Distillery was stimulating, educating and so much fun! Technically we were actually blending bourbon - which we learned all bourbon is whiskey but...

  • Winter Hike Pyramid Point Trail

    The trail beings at the parking lot, it takes about 20 minutes to get to the famous overlook, about a 570 foot elevation gain. As you start the trail, after about .4 miles you will find a juncture off to your right, stay straight and it will lead ...

    2.8 miles 570 ft gain

  • Winter Hike Empire Bluff Trail

    Just outside the village of Empire is where this venture starts. This hike may be the most famous hike in the area. The Empire Bluff Trail provides incredible views of the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, South Bar Lake and Lake Michigan! The hike is sli...

    1.5 miles 170 ft gain

  • Sledding in Red River

    If you’re looking for an alternative winter activity to indulge your need for gravity sports, you may take the time to rent a sled from Sitzmark’s for $5 and head over to the library to take your chance at reviving your childhood spirit! Heading t...

  • Ski Notch Mountain

    What's not to love - you'll be skiing in the off season! We did this hike/ski in late June, our skis, boots, and avi gear packed with our hiking shoes on our feet. May could potentially be the most opportune time for this adventure. The hike you w...

    10 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Hike Lower Cathedral Valley Overlook

    Now most of the pictures you see from Capitol Reef are from cathedral valley. But not many take the time to get above the most photographed area of the park. Off of Hartnet Road, at mile 17.6 you will find a small dirt parking lot for the trailhea...

    2 miles 150 ft gain

  • SUP in Remote Cove near Punta Cabras, Baja

    Just near Punta Cabras, Baja California, Mexico you'll find this splendor of a cove! Great for supping, low key surfing, and swimming. If you're coming from the south, just before you reach Punta Cabras you'll find yourself driving on dirt roads f...

  • Cross Country Ski or Snowshoe the Enchanted Forest Snowplay Area

    Just above the town of Red River up Bobcat Pass is the Enchanted Forest. As you approach the top of the pass you’ll see signs that point you toward the forest into what looks like a neighborhood. Trust the signs and make the turn. Follow the main ...

  • Explore No Name Point

    Not even a mile down Bitter Creek Rd, there’s a right-hand turn that takes you next to this spectacular rock outcropping. There's a little dirt parking area when you come down and around the turn that sits right next to Bitter Creek itself.  It’d ...

  • Paddle Board Lake Michigan from Leland Harbor

    For a day on the water, off the shores of Lake Michigan head to Leland. Park in the marina and load onto your paddle boards from the boat ramp. You'll quickly find your way out of the marina, in which you can head right, left or to open water. Eit...

  • Fat Tire Biking on the Vasa Pathway

    If you’re looking for a place to fat bike ride in the area, then this is the spot for you! To access the Vasa Pathway you’ll want to head to Timber Ridge Resort, feel free to park in the main area. From the southeast corner of the Timber Ridge Res...

    10 miles

  • Ski Red River Ski Area

    The resort itself, sits right in town, with 6 lifts. Two of the lifts come down to the river and access various parts of the town, it’s a place that makes you remember what skiing used to be like.  The mountain has roughly 170 acres of skiable ter...

  • A Weekend in Crested Butte

    Camping:  Variety of camping on Slate River Rd. - primitive and uniformed (Oh Be Joyful) campgrounds. Road goes back about 15 miles up to Paradise Divide, where it starts to verve back down toward Gothic, camping the whole way off the road, there ...

    15 miles 2115 ft gain

  • Explore Old Mission General Store

    The Old Mission General Store has been around for about 180 years! With free wine and cheese tastings, and owners who will happily talk your ear off about the history of the area - its a stop worth making! Upon arrival we were greeted by Marci (on...

  • Ski at Schuss Mountain - Shanty Creek Resorts

    Just about an hour north of Traverse City in the village of Bellaire lies Schuss Mountain! The mountain offers 53 runs with several base areas. The terrain is applicable for any type of skier, weather you are a beginner or a more advanced rider. W...

  • Ski at Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek Resorts

    Just about an hour north of Traverse City in the village of Bellaire lies Schuss Mountain! The mountain offers 53 runs with several base areas. The terrain is applicable for any type of skier, weather you are a beginner or a more advanced rider. W...

  • Explore the Enchanted Forest

    Just above the town of Red River up Bobcat Pass is the Enchanted Forest, as you approach the top of the pass you’ll see signs that point you toward the forest into what looks like a neighborhood. Trust the signs and make the turn. Follow the main ...

  • Explore The Old Mission General Store

    The Old Mission General Store has been around for about 180 years! With free wine and cheese tastings, and owners who will happily talk your ear off about the history of the area - its a stop worth making! Upon arrival we were greeted by Marci (on...