Today in Arizona History
PHOENIX (AP) — Sunday, Aug. 25
On this date in 1893, The Arizona Republican reported that a party from Mesa, camping at Willow Springs in the Superstition Mountains, claimed to have killed a...
North Dakota couple dies of CO poisoning during cycle rally
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A man and a woman from North Dakota have died of carbon monoxide poisoning while camping during the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota.
Bear attacks 13-year-old boy at campground near Moab
MOAB, Utah (AP) — Wildlife officials say they are still looking for the bear that attacked a 13-year-old boy at a campground in eastern Utah.
CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a report that a man fired a gunshot while camping at Mammoth Cave National Park, an incident that another camper says was prompted by an...
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A south Texas state park has reopened for overnight camping nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey battered the coastal area.
Culture Camp teaches the ancestral ways
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The horizon was clear and ships passing through Nichols Passage near to Annette Island's Port Chester could catch a glimpse of the Ketchikan Indian Community and...
Camping suspended along forest road due to bears
WOODSTOCK, N.H. (AP) — Rangers say camping has been suspended along a road in the White Mountain National Forest because improper food storage has attracted bears.
NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Southern Indiana's popular Brown County State Park may reopen its overnight facilities Thursday night.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the Abe Martin...
Black bear euthanized after Utah boy injured in tent
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Wildlife officials say a black bear has been euthanized after a child was injured during a Boy Scout camping trip.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith...
BLUE SPRING STATE PARK, Fla. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl is recovering after being bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake while camping at Blue Spring State Park.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation providing $26 million for land purchases and outdoor recreation projects.
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Westmoor Elementary students arrived to school recently to see principal Bert Wright and assistant principal Lukas Benzel camping in tents on the roof.
For some parents, it can be plenty challenging just to take young children on a trip to the mall. Then there are those who take their tiny hikers into the wilderness.
BARAGA, Mich. (AP) — Electrical system upgrades and other renovations coming to Baraga State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula are expected to force some temporary camping...
COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park is changing how it administers backcountry camping reservations this year.
The park says it will use a "modified lottery system" that will...
Oregon reports boom in camping, longer camping season
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon set a record for the number of campers at state parks last year, and the number of day-use visitors was the second-highest ever, according to a report by the state's...
Maine to open up 2019 camp reservations
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine says it will soon open up reservations for state campgrounds.
The Bureau of Maine State Parks will open the state's reservations system and call center starting Friday, Feb. 1 but only for reservations at the popular Sebago Lake State Park campground.
Reservations at the rest of Maine's state park campgrounds will open Feb. 5, and internet reservations continue through Sept. 6.
- Daily AmericanRecreation on the rise at the QueAugust 2, 2019
- The News-ReviewFamily-friendly adventures: HikingJuly 7, 2019
- The Florence Morning NewsShad Roe-deo to raise money Saturday for camping platforms on Lynches RiverMarch 21, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchYour guide the upcoming summer festivalsMarch 10, 2019
- Daily Inter LakeForest Service seeks input on Van Lake improvementsMarch 5, 2019
Tribal land known for waterfalls won’t allow tour guides
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The thousands of tourists who travel to a remote Native American reservation deep in the Grand Canyon each year to camp near a series of picturesque, blue-green waterfalls will have to do so without the benefit of professional guides.
Hungry snowbound couple rescued after 2 week camping trip
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Being stranded on a remote snow-covered road in the West doesn't always end as well as it did for a couple on a mountain north of Los Angeles.
The pair and their two dogs were plucked by helicopter and taken to safety after they ran out of food and water and phoned for help from a camping trip that turned into snowbound two-week test, authorities said Thursday.
Donation to expand Indiana county’s park by 104 acres
LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana county's sprawling park near the Wabash River is set to grow by 104 acres.
Cass County officials on Friday acquired 104 acres of donated land just southwest of France Park, which spans 550 acres and offers swimming, camping, trails, disc golf and other activities.
State looks to improve Oregon Coast Trail
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Dissuaded by snow and dangerous river crossings, some backpackers ditched the popular Pacific Crest Trail in early 2017 and turned to the shorter, less well-known Oregon Coast Trail.
But though the trail was declared "hikeable" in 1988, hikers looking to walk it from end to end struggled to navigate gaps between segments and faced unclear signs, few legal camping options and, in general, a trail that wasn't quite ready for them.
Utah ranchers frustrated as ‘glamping’ replaces grazing
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rural leaders in Utah who often chafe at how federal officials manage public lands are now also growing frustrated with state authorities who are increasing cancel grazing permits in favor of more-profitable land uses.
Cajun Navy replaces S Carolina Boy Scout troop’s stolen gear
GILBERT, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Boy Scout troop discovered its trailer holding thousands of dollars' worth of camping gear was stolen, and the Louisiana Cajun Navy stepped in to help.
New tourism hub opens at former amusement park site
NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — New York state officials have unveiled a new tourism hub at the site of a former Western-themed amusement park in the Adirondacks.
State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos joined local state lawmakers and other elected officials for Thursday's ribbon-cutting event marking the completion of the first phase of the Frontier Town site development.
Umpqua National Forest campground closes due to vandalism
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has closed Lake in the Woods campground in western Oregon more than a month early because someone damaged the tube used to collect camping fees.
The News-Review reports in a story on Friday that people can still walk to the campground in the Umpqua National Forest to fish.
The Forest Service says it's also investigating additional vandalism in other recreation sites along Highway 138 and Little River Road.
Meet the groups diversifying the great outdoors
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Victoria Buitron ventured onto her first trail for a New Year's Day hike a few years ago, she said the ever-changing terrain transformed her.
The treadmills she was used to didn't stand a chance.
But Buitron, 29, noticed one aspect of the great outdoors that wasn't so great.
"I've hiked just about everywhere in the tri-state area, and it was really rare that I saw someone who looked like me," said the Connecticut native, who runs the @latinaswhohike Instagram page.
- ACCESSWIREKeeping it Cool at a CampgroundJuly 26, 2019
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- ACCESSWIREMaui Camping Has Just Gotten Easier with the Launch of Kuleana Campers Maui’s Brand New WebsiteMay 6, 2019
Glacier deploys “decoy” tent at campground to watch for bear
WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials have deployed a game camera and empty "decoy" tent at a popular campground to watch for a bear that's believed to have torn into an unoccupied tent.
Park officials say an animal ripped through the side of the tent at Rising Sun Campground on Friday and pulled out bedding and pillows. Hair samples and a scat pile believed to be from a bear were found at the scene.
Massachusetts man hikes Appalachian Trail over 226 day hikes
PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — Paul Truesdale once came across a mother bear and three cubs while on a hike with his longtime friend, Frank Palazzi.
"They were just sitting there, munching on vegetation, wandering back and forth," Truesdale said. "I think the mother saw us and she started walking towards us and grunted at a cub. Eventually they wandered off. Just sitting there, watching the bears munch away, it was an incredible thrill, really."
Campground in state park closed for a decade reopening
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A campground in a state park that's been closed for a decade is finally reopening to the public.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation says the campground in Massasoit State Park in Taunton will reopen Friday. The public is invited to gather around a community campfire and roast s'mores to celebrate the reopening.
South Dakota campsites see unfavorable weather
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — Unfavorable weather at South Dakota state park campsites may end a decade-long increase in campers.
Bob Schneider, an assistant director of the Division of Parks and Recreation with the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, told The Daily Republic that state parts have seen about 210,300 nights of camping so far this year, down 2 percent from last year's 213,800 nights.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — To try to get more people into camping this summer, Vermont is offering first-time campers free equipment and campsites at various state parks, as New York is also doing.
More than 600 people have signed up to be picked for 30 individual slots for happy camper weekends offered in July and August at various Vermont state parks.
Police shut gypsy camp in Rome despite EU ruling
ROME (AP) — Police in Rome on Thursday cleared nearly 400 people, including dozens of children, from a shanty camp inhabited for years by members of the minority Roma community, despite a European Union court ruling halting demolition.
Residents stood outside the camp with mattresses and other belongings piled alongside vehicles, some protesting against the move with chants of "Racists!"
SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — A popular hiking and camping destination on tribal land deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon is closed to tourists through August.
The Havasupai Tribal Council made the announcement Tuesday.
Torrents of water rushed through the canyon in mid-July, forcing about 200 tourists to be evacuated by helicopter.
Campground from Maine to be featured on “Today” show
GEORGETOWN, Maine (AP) — NBC's "Today" show is going camping in Maine.
Owners of the Sagadahoc Bay Campground say that Al Roker will shoot part of the Tuesday program on the property in Georgetown. WCSH-TV reports that the live broadcast celebrates the outdoors with an RV trip.
The Sagadahoc Bay Campground includes about 70 campsites and cottages, and is run by Patricia and Eric Kosalka. The land has been in her husband's family since the late 1700s.
A look at accessibility projects at 9 national parks
CAVE CITY, Ky. (AP) — The National Park Service says nine parks across the U.S. have received more than $10 million in federal funding to design and build projects for other parks to use as examples as they work toward making trails, buildings, waterways and camping more accessible to people with disabilities.
Parks with completed projects:
— Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Glacier National Park officials have lifted tent camping restrictions enacted last month after a grizzly bear became accustomed to people.
The Flathead Beacon reports the park lifted the temporarily ban on tents and soft-sided campers at the Many Glacier Campground on Sunday following a two-day blitz by rangers to enforce food storage rules.
Glamour camping resort opens in the Black Hills
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — If the idea of pitching a tent and sleeping on the cold, hard ground doesn't have its appeal, perhaps glamour camping — glamping — is more your style. Glamping offers the "roughing it" aspect of an overnight stay in a tent without the need to give up a bathroom or a king-sized mattress and high-thread-count bed linens.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in an Arizona canyon known for its towering blue-green waterfalls (all times local):
Hundreds of people who planned a trip to a northern Arizona canyon world-renowned for its blue-green waterfalls will have to reschedule.
Nebraska state park unveils new ‘glamping’ cabins
LOUISVILLE, Neb. (AP) — Visitors to an eastern Nebraska park can now enjoy camping without sacrificing the comforts of Wi-Fi, air conditioning or even Keurig K-Cups.
Nebraska Game and Parks officials are inviting visitors to turn the three new "glamping" cabins at Platte River State Park into their next getaway. Parks officials will begin taking reservations Friday for the glamorous camping alternative near Louisville costing $165 a night.
As Miracle Ridge rises toward its peak on Jack Mountain, the remnants of a wire fence divide the mountain between lower slopes where cows once pastured and a high, narrow spine of virgin forest.
NEW YORK (AP) — Just imagine it, a luxurious room on an island, with chef-prepared meals and a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.
CIMARRON, N.M. (AP) — A Boy Scouts ranch in northern New Mexico is closing its summer backcountry season due to continued threat from extreme wildfire conditions in the region.
Philmont Scout Ranch's announcement Thursday says the closure of backcountry activities such as camping, hiking and climbing was forced by a lightning-caused wildfire that closed activity areas used since a previous fire burned part of the ranch.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A boy who lost his leg and part of his pelvis after a tree fell on his tent during a camping trip at a public park will receive $47.5 million from a California municipality and utility in a lawsuit settlement, an attorney said Wednesday.
Zachary Rowe was a 12-year-old camping with his family in San Mateo County Memorial Park in 2012, when a rotten 72-foot-tall tanoak tree fell and crushed his tent while he slept.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, a new study says.
Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. Besides becoming more vigilant and reducing time spent looking for food, many mammals may travel to remote areas or move around less to avoid contact with people.
The latest research found even activities like hiking and camping can scare animals and drive them to become more active at night.
SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man camping in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico was bitten by bear that was drawn to the area by food that was kept in his tent.
The bear ripped open the tent early Sunday morning in the southern portion of the forest.
The man was able to get to a vehicle and drive himself to an emergency room.
MOAB, Utah (AP) — Heightened wildfire conditions have prompted the National Park Service to impose fire restrictions at Arches and Canyonlands national parks and two national monuments in southeastern Utah.
The restrictions imposed Friday also apply to Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments.
Officials say fires will be permitted only in designated fire grates in developed campgrounds and picnic areas.
Exploring nature and sleeping under the stars can be viewed as an economical vacation. But buying gear and booking campsites or renting an RV can add up.
With some cost-saving strategies, camping can fit a variety of budgets, whether you're planning a car or RV camping trip or backpacking. Try these tips to enjoy the outdoors free of technology, traffic and a big tab.
As a young person I did my share of camping. In fact, it was one of my favorite activities.
I would stuff everything I needed into a backpack, hike to a spot, toss up a tent and camp.
Sometimes I would sleep in the back of my truck. I even rode my horse into the backcountry and slept under the stars.
Of course, I was young and my body was nimble and it recovered quickly.
Today, as a "mature" adult, my ideas of camping have changed a little.