July/August 2021 Issue
When it comes to camping, you can never be too prepared. Luckily there are plenty of helpful tools to take along on your next outdoor overnight adventure, whether you’re looking for the perfect campsite or advice on trail safety.
Find inspiring stories highlighting where to find wildflowers and spectacular waterfall hikes, profiles on national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Canyon, and tips on the best places to experience everything from river rafting to romantic rendezvous on ExploreBetter.com. It's all put together by Delaware North, a hospitality management company that runs Yosemite's Tenaya Lodge and the Grand Canyon's Yavapai Lodge, among others.
Not sure of the difference between a sky lupine and a meadow lupine; or what kind of bird that is chirping around camp? Simply upload a photo or general description of the flora or fauna in question to iNaturalist and a community of scientists and naturalists will help to identify it for you. This well-established app is a joint initiative between the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
Enjoy free access to more than a million user-reviewed campsites—including KOAs, state parks, and federal lands—along with answers to questions such as “Is there wifi in Joshua Tree?” or “What's it like camping in and around Big Sur?” The Dyrt Pro ($35.99/year) comes with discounts on outdoor brands and offline access, so you can still search for campgrounds even without a cell signal.