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     Toadie Canyon
     Sheiks Canyon
   Mule Canyon
     Cave Canyon Towers
     Mule Canyon Ruin
     N.Fork Mule
     S.Fork Mule
   Lime Canyon
   Road Canyon
     7 Kiva Ruin
     N. Fork Road
   Slickhorn Canyon
   John's Canyon
   Arch Canyon
   Walnut Knob

Comb Ridge
  Procession Panel
  Wolfman Panel
  Upper Butler Wash
    Butler Wash Ruin
    Ballroom Cave
    Target Ruin

Canyon of the Ancients
  Lowry Pueblo
  Ruin Canyon
  Montezuma Creek

San Juan River
  16 Room House
  Sand Island Panel

Canyonlands N.P.
  Island In The Sky District
     Aztec Butte

Hovenweep N.M.

Other Cool Places
  Little Westwater Ruin
  Moki Dugway
  Milk Ranch Point
  Whiskers Draw
  Moki Dugway

 
Camping Index
Camping in Anasazi Country
Anasazi Country Campgrounds
Selecting a Campsite
Selecting a Tent Site
Selecting a Tent
Sleeping Bags & Pads
The Camp Kitchen
Campfires
Water Supplies



Camping in Anasazi Country

     Camping is a great way to experience Anasazi country. Camping gives you a direct connection to the outdoor world that is not easily achieved through day visits and hotel stays. Cooking, eating, sleeping and living in the outdoors gives you a whole new perspective about our wild places. There are a lot of different ways to enjoy camping in Anasazi country and we will discuss them more fully. 

Car Camping

     Many people car camp as their introduction to other types of camping like backpacking or float camping. However, most people remain car campers, preferring the advantages car camping offers. Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico all have car camping campsites in all parts of the state and you can find the camp sites ranging from totally undeveloped wilderness. To fully developed deluxe campgrounds. Car campers can cover long distances much more easily than any other form of camping. But the biggest advantage is your ability to easily carry large amounts of equipment.

     Even the smallest car provides enough room to pack gear that will allow you to camp in comfort. Car campers can usually pack coolers, chairs, fresh foods, liquid beverages and lots of other large or heavy items that other types of campers cannot. This gives you a lot of freedom to take the items that make a very comfortable camp. Most of the content on this site is geared for car campers.

 Back Packing

     Back packing is both the simplest and most complicated method of going camping. It's the simplest because you don't have very much stuff. You can only take what you can carry and the reality is, that's not very much. For a typical trip you need a tent, sleeping bag, pad, cook stove, cooking gear, food, water, clothing, personal accessories and more. That's what makes backpacking the most complicated way of going camping. You somehow have to figure out how to get all of the above into a small pack that you can reasonably carry out the downtown.

     Well, it can be done and lots of people love it. However, successful backpacking requires skills and equipment that are best acquired through personal experience. This site is primarily geared toward car camping but you will find a lot of practical backpacking advice mixed in throughout the site.


  Float Camping

     Float camping is a great way to experience camping in Anasazi country. There are fantastic camping float opportunities on the major rivers of the region. There are amazing flat water and white water float camping opportunities for kayakers and rafters. The type of boat you are in will dictate what type of camping gear you need to take. Most kayaks have little if any space or gear and camping in these boats is similar to ultralight backpacking, unless they have a support boat that carries gear for them. A raft can often take as much gear as a car campers can, allowing for very comfortable float camping. Although most of the camping advice we provide is aimed at car campers, much of what we discuss can be applied to float camping as well.

 Bicycle Camping

     The wide open spaces and beautiful back roads of Anasazi country provide great opportunities for bicycle campers. A lot of wind and a lot of hilly terrain, as well as roads with narrow to nonexistent shoulders make for some challenging conditions. However, the spectacular scenery and open vistas provide great rewards. I am not a bicycle camper myself, so, rather than try to provide information that may or may not be accurate, I suggest you check out this site for more information about Bicycle Camping.

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