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   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
Water Supplies

Selecting A Tentsite

     Selecting a tent site is a very important but often overlooked part of a good camping experience. If you don't have a good tent site to start with there is little you can do to end up with a comfortable night's sleep. At a minimum, you want a site that is level and relatively flat. Try to avoid a site that is slanted in any direction. Sometimes you cannot help but erect your tent on a sloped surface. In this case, make sure that tent site allows you to set up the tent with head to foot being uphill to down. Try to avoid a site that has any tree roots, rocks or other hard objects protruding from the ground. These hard objects make for a bad night's sleep.

     Make sure the tent site is not in an area where water collects or in any sort of gully. Anasazi country is subject to violent heavy rains and any place that is in a water run off path can become quickly swamped during a summer storm.

     Make sure the tent site is not in a pathway – for humans or wildlife. This is something that a lot of new campers don't recognize as trail areas are often flat and level and look like good tent sites. Also, think about where the sun will be as you set up your tent. If you are an early riser it's nice to have the morning sun get your tent early but, if you hope to sleep in, it is best to have morning shade on the tent. Of course, sunlight is also heat so keep this in mind as well.

     Once you've selected the exact location for your tent, spending a couple of minutes preparing the tent site is a good idea. The first thing to look for are any large easily movable hard objects that will interfere with a good nights sleep. Things like sticks,pine cones and small rocks are easily moved and make a big difference. Sometimes you will find a tree root or a large rock that sticks up and cannot be moved or worked around. The only options you have in this situation are to align tent so that the problem spot is in an place where you will not be sleeping directly on it. The other option is to find something to level the ground around the protruding obstacle. If you want to try to level the ground, look for leaves or loose soil. By covering the area around the protrusion with leaves or dirt you can help to smooth the spot so that it lessens the discomfort caused by lumps under the tent. Remember, the flatter and leveler  you can make the ground under your tent the better you will sleep at night.

     Selecting a great tent site is something that you will learn to do as you gain experience camping.I often spend time looking at tent site possibilities before I select a camp site. In a developed campground you will find a lot of variation in tent site quality between different sites. Make sure that you have a good tent site before you claim a campsite. There is not much you can do to have night time comfort if the tent site is not a good one.


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