Grand Canyon Winter Camping

Most vacationers visit the Grand Canyon Winter in warm weather months, but here’s a chance to see one of the most spectacular sites on Earth and not be bothered by big crowds. Bear in mind the north rim is closed in the winter due to snow. If you’d like to hike it in the winter from the South Rim.

The Grand Canyon Winter is inarguably one of the most spectacular sites on earth. One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the canyon’s incredible rock formations, color variations and craggy crevices combine to form a hauntingly beautiful vacation destination.                                                      grand canyon

Grand Canyon Winter hiking trips and camping adventures are great ways to see the splendor of one of the nation’s most famous national parks for yourself. we have the information you need to plan a great Grand Canyon Winter camping trip. See our picks below for the best places to camp in the Grand Canyon and things to know before you go.

Kaibab Camper Village located just north of the Grand Canyon’s Winter North Rim, is the nearest campground to the North Rim that offers full hookups for RVs. Located along the shores of Jacob Lake, Kaibab Camper Village offers secluded Grand Canyon camping amid old growth pines. It’s also a short drive from other stunning natural sites, including Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.

North Rim Campground The North Rim campground is a tent campsite located in the North Rim village. This is your only option for a drive in campground in the North Rim village area. Sites can be booked via an advanced reservation system, and for those don’t make a reservation you will usually find all the sites full. Pets are allowed, but must be leashed at all times, and may not be left unattended.

Desert View Campground Surrounded by piñons and juniper, this secluded Grand Canyon Winter camping spot is nestled 25 miles from Grand Canyon Village, but within walking distance of breathtaking Desert View Overlook. No hookups are available, but RVs are welcome.

Mather Campground Located near Grand Canyon Village, Mather Campground offers great camping close to all the South Rim’s conveniences and hiking trails. No hookups are available, but RVs are welcome. Or try the adjacent Trailer Village, an RV campground with full hookups. Campsites fill up quickly at both locations during peak months, so reservations are strongly recommended from April though November.

Toroweap Campground Located in the far reaches of the western Grand Canyon Winter off the North Rim is Toroweap/Tuweap Campground. There are nine sites available for 1-6 people and up to 2 vehicles on a first-come first-served basis. These sites typically don’t fill, but may in the spring or fall season.

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Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon National Park

The Best Hikes in Bryce Canyon’s landscape is unique there’s nothing quite like it anywhere else on earth. Views from the canyon rim are spectacular, but the views are even better when you hike down in among the hoodoos and other interesting formations. Below we list some of the more popular hiking trails.

Bryce Canyon offers several day hiking trails. Because many of these are interconnected, our most popular hikes are combinations of two or more of these basic trails. The hiking trails are divided into three categories of difficulty. Starting at Cedar Breaks National Monument, then Bryce Canyon, walking among rock formations and pink “hoodoos”, perhaps the most unusual display of erosive forms on Earth. Discover the hidden secrets left behind by ancient civilizations of incomparable landscapes of Utah’s canyon country.            Bryce Canyon

Rim Trail

(Bryce Canyon National Park): This underrated trail is a delight, providing splendid views down into spectacularly scenic Bryce Amphitheater from a variety of vantage points over its 5 1/2-mile length. More walking than hiking, the Rim Trail includes a half mile section between two overlooks Sunrise and Sunset that is suitable for wheelchairs. Views are especially fine early in the morning, when you can watch the changing light on the red rocks below.

Mossy Trail

The Mossy Trail is an easy hike without significant elevation change. The entire mile-long round trip is different from the rest of Bryce Canyon National Park. To locate the trail, drive past the Bryce Canyon entrance and keep going north until you see a small trailhead sign to your right. This is a nice stream-side walk to a small waterfall and a small mossy overhang or cave. The Mossy Cave Trail is a wonderful hike to take kids or to find solitude away from the main amphitheater.

Queens Garden Trail

This is a short trail and although there is a climb, it is considered to be the least difficult trail leading below the rim. Begin at Sunrise Point and descend below the canyon rim, but keep in mind that the uphill climb is a steep one. Know your limits. The trail does not loop, but there is the option to combine with Navajo loop.

Navajo Loop Trail

A moderately difficult loop from the rim at Sunset Point descending immediately downward into a series of switchbacks. The descent drops 520′ in less than a mile. At the end of the switchbacks, the limestone slot canyon section begins. Walls close in tight with only a narrow walkway in some sections of the trail. In the midst of Wall Street, two towering Douglas Firs are thriving. The lower limbs of the tree are void of leaves due to the lack of sunlight, but the top of the tree is heavy in foliage. Read More…

Most Famous Backpacking Accommodation in Europe

The best Backpacking Accommodation in Europe is a rite of passage for most students and travellers. But it’s such a vast place that many end up hopping between the most famous cities (London, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome sound familiar?) and never delve beneath the surface into what this continent, particularly the Eastern fringes, really has to offer.

Europe is one of the premier budget and backpacking destinations in the world. Every year, and especially when temperatures rise in the summer, thousands of people go backpacking accommodation in Europe and as they do they have one thing on their mind. No, not museums. Parties. Europe in the summer is one of the most festive regions of the world and the continent is bursting with parties, nightlife, and festivals from end to end.                   Backpacking places

Paris, France

Aside from being stereotyped as a city with artists walking around wearing beret’s and eating croissants, Paris has a lot more to offer you. You definitely don’t want to miss the hotspots that include The Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, The Arc de Triomphe, The Sun Palace and of course the Eiffel Tower. But did you know that Paris is also home to their own Disneyland?! Disneyland Paris is a definite must see.

Peru

The Inca Trail has been very high up on the list of backpacking Must Sees for many moons. Although it’s frequently criticised for being overly commercialised, Machu Picchu is every bit as mysterious and beautiful as the pamphlets say you just have to share the view with a few other people. But there is so much more to this wonderful South American beautiful destination than the fabled ruins which are still worth seeing, along with plenty of other sites that will also blow your mind.

Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole country. From family travelers and cruise ships that dock in the port to the hordes of young travelers that descend upon this city during the summer months, Barcelona has a little bit of everything for everyone.

Oktoberfest

Though it takes place mostly in September, Oktoberfest is the annual drinking festival in Munich, Germany. There’s not much more to explain. For about two weeks, thousands of people descend on this city to drink, party, wear lederhosen and eat giant pretzels.

Amsterdam

My favorite city in Europe, I’ve been to Amsterdam countless times and even lived there briefly in 2006. I won’t lie the first time around, I came for the parties, the fun, and the “coffee shops,” but I stayed because of the canals, beautiful buildings, great scenery, and friendly locals.

Best Camping Holidays Sites in Tuscany

The Uncover great Campsites in the Tuscany area of Italy.If you are looking for campsites for Tuscany tents and touring caravans then you can discover the perfect camping sites for you.The Italian campsites used by Eurocamp are scattered throughout this central region of Italy, some not strictly in Tuscany but all enjoying the same lovely settings and the excellent amenities for which Eurocamp is well known.

A camping holiday in Tuscany offers the opportunity to enjoy this famous and beautiful landscape at its best, in the sun-drenched countryside amongst the ancient olives in the shade of the cypress trees, taking in the scents and perfumes of nature. The scenery invites exploration and there are plenty of walking trails and tracks for biking, or you can take the easy option and discover the region by car along the byways of Tuscany.           Camping Sites

Camping le Capanne

Camping le Capanne is an excellent choice for a relaxing family holiday, ideally located in the heart of Tuscany, just a mile from the nearest beach. Holiday life here centres around the ivy-clad bar and restaurant, housed in a converted Tuscan barn. Welcome shade is provided by tall pine, olive and eucalyptus trees, or you can cool off in the lagoon-style pool. Surrounded by a large, grassy sunbathing area and with a hidden water slide, it is sure to be a hit.There is a wealth of activities available on site, from a popular soccer school and children’s club for the little ones to exercise classes and entertainment for the whole family.

Orbetello Camping Village

Orbetello Camping Village is situated in the middle of WWF oasis, 10 km from Maremma nature park, and a few minutes from Tarquinia, Sovana and Saturnia, famous for its thermal baths. The Sun, rest, entertainment and good food will ensure an unforgettable holiday. The campsite is situated on a hill, offers stunning views of the bay which extends from Talamone to Monte Argentario and makes it one of the most beautiful holiday places in the Mediterranean.

Camping Laconella

The Laconella campsite is on the Island of Elba, in the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago. It covers an area of 20,000 square metres over the promontory of Punta Contessa, between the beautiful, sandy beaches of Lacona and Laconella. Surrounded by a wonderful natural environment, it offers the tourist peace and quiet, friendliness, a crystal clear sea and direct access to the beach.

Camping Scaglieri

Camping Scaglieri is a small coastal site on a steep slope with a steep entrance and relatively high prices. A small pool is directly alongside reception at the top of the site, as is the restaurant and bar, all enjoying great views. The 55 touring pitches are of varying sizes, all on terraces with 3A electricity and views over the bay, but the slopes are interesting! Some pitches have shade from attractive trees. The campsite is part of a group with two hotels and the facilities there may be used by camping guests.

Interesting Facts About Great Barrier Reef

The Interesting Great Barrier Reef is the world’s most extensive coral reef system and has some of the richest biological diversity on Earth. This facts sheet provides a description of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area extends over 2 000 kilometres and covers 348 000 km2 on the north-east continental shelf of Australia. As the world’s most extensive coral reef system, it is one of the best known marine protected areas. The Great Barrier Reef’s diversity reflects the maturity of the ecosystem which has evolved over many thousands of years.                                                                                        BARRIER REEF

The Great Barrier Reef stretches more than 1,600 miles (2,575 kilometers) a little more than the distance from Boston to Miami. It covers an area of 133,000 square miles (344,400 square km), reaching from the Torres Strait at it northernmost point to Fraser Island in the south. The reef includes Lady Elliot Island and the smaller Murray islands.

  • The Great Barrier Reef is famed for its biodiversity, and is home to 1625 species of fish, 600 different soft and hard corals, 3000 kinds of molluscs, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, as well as many more.
  • The Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of turtles Loggerhead, Leatherback, Olive Ridley, Green, Flatback, and Hawksbill turtles. The only species not found in the Great Barrier Reef is the Kemp’s Ridley turtle, which is primarily found in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • A common misunderstanding is that the Great Barrier Reef is just one reef. It is not. In facts, it is made up of 3000 individual reefs.
  • The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2300 kilometres (1429 miles), and covers an area roughly equivalent to the size of Japan, making it visible from outer space. Its current form is between 6,000 to 8,000 years old.
  • There are 1500 species of fish on the Great Barrier Reef. The oldest fish on the reef is the Red Bass who can live for 50 years. The largest fish is the Whale Shark who can grow to a bit over 39 feet long (12m) long.
  • If turtle eggs are laid in warm, dark sand the hatchlings are mainly female (girl) turtles. Cooler, lighter sand produces mainly male (boy) turtles.
  • There are 6 species of Turtles that lay their eggs in the coral sands of the Great Barrier Reef Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Loggerhead, Flatback and Olive Ridley. Turtles can live for a 100 years.
  • There are 14 species of sea snakes swimming around the Great Barrier Reef. They must come to the surface every 2 hours to breathe.

Best Scuba Dive Resorts in Honduras

The best scuba diving Resort in honduras. The largest of the Bay Islands in Honduras. Discover an island with authentic Caribbean and Latin American lifestyles and warm, friendly islanders greeting you wherever you go.Roatan is the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, located between the other two islands of Utila and Guanaja. Roatan is the above water projection of the second largest barrier reef in the world. The main population centers on Roatan are Coxen Hole, French Harbour, West Bay and West End.

Roatan is home to one of the Caribbean’s largest wrecks, the 300’ freighter, the Odyssey. Whalesharks, manta rays and dolphins are more commonly encountered in Utila’s waters where the continental shelf drops vertically to over 3,300 feet.                                         Scuba Diving

Deep Blue Resort

Deep Blue Resort Utila is a 5 Star Gold Palm PADI IDC Resort and an all inclusive scuba diving vacation venue. The resort is set in a beautiful beach front location called Pretty Bush, it is surrounded by coconut palms with 10 spacious, air conditioned deluxe rooms, all with large private balconies overlooking its own white sand beach and the crystal waters of the Caribbean.

Turquoise Bay Resort

Roatan’s Northeast shore Turquoise Bay is the only Scuba dive resort in this lush and remote area of the island providing you with the opportunity to dive resort uncrowded, pristine Scuba dive sites. The resort is set on a hillside with spectacular ocean views and a protected bay which makes the water calm and perfect for swimming and kayaking. Beach lovers will enjoy our private, tranquil, 500 ft white sand beach.

Las Rocas Resort

Las Rocas is a small, intimate resort nestled into the soft white sands of West Bay, Roatan’s most beautiful beach. Our unique location puts Roatan Marine Park and all of its treasures literally just steps from your door, yet secluded from the usual beach noise and traffic. Everything you need for a perfect Roatan vacation is right here.Simple, freshly furnished and air conditioned bungalows feature private verandas and ocean views.

Barefoot Cay Resort

Barefoot Cay Resort in Honduras, a luxurious boutique resort on a private cay off the south shore of Roatan, Bay Islands. Our Scuba dive center is easily accessible on the main road, and is a short drive from both the Mahogany Bay and Coxen Hole cruise ship terminals.While our secluded resort is located across a channel on a private cay and is only accessible to resort guests, our dive center is oceanfront on the shore of Roatan, and is open to the public.

Mayan Princess Resort

The premises of Mayan Princess Beach & Scuba Dive Resort Honduras. If you are asking yourself Where is that? Simple, West Bay Beach, Roatan, Honduras. Roatan is well known for its pristine waters, wonderful reefs and friendly natives. An immense variety of marine life can be enjoyed here.Our dive center is owned by divers and made for divers resortHonduras. Dedicated to customer’s satisfaction and personalized service. We will all be glad to make your dive resort vacation a part of our diver’s family reunion.