The pleasures of tenting it under the stars—or, heck, eschewing the tent altogether and just bedrolling it—run mighty deep. Pitching camp in a wild place, after all, is a tradition we human beings share, regardless of culture: It’s part of our common heritage. And maybe that’s why camping of any sort has that near-visceral appeal to so many. Setting up the tent, fetching water in the piney breeze, cozying up to a dancing fire (or a friendly little cookstove), fawning over sunrises and alpenglow and Milky Way splendor, counting owl hoots and coyote choruses from a toasty sleeping bag—what could be better?

Here at Earth Gear, we’ve assembled loads of high-quality camping info on a variety of subjects, from overviews of the best places to camp in popular national parks to general tips on selecting and managing a campsite. And speaking of campsites, we cover the gamut—whether it’s family-friendly car camping, remote backpacking, or something in between that appeals to you.

So dive in and start scheming up your next great camping adventure! Woods and mountains and deserts and seashores are calling, after all; you’re not going to ignore those siren voices, are you?

Grand Canyon Camping

A few years ago while on vacation in Palm Desert, we decided to go for a drive and explore the surrounding area outside of the somewhat busy city. We had seen pictures of a mysterious place situated about 30 minutes north of Palm Springs. A place that is remnant of the Dr. Sues books we had read as children. It had mysterious bolder like mountain formations, strange looking trees and an almost cartoon like desert landscape. That place was Joshua Tree National Park. We only had the day and drove from the north end of the park directly down the center to the south. Stopping along the way to take in the beautiful scenery and walk among the Joshua Trees and cactus We where so taken back by the … [read more]

Grand Canyon Camping

The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, the crowning landform of the breathtakingly scenic Colorado Plateau, ranks among the largest and most awe-inspiring gorges on the planet. The splendor here comes at all scales: from the bowl-you-over skyline of the ravaged chasm (revealing several billion years of Earth history in its maw) and the raging waves of Colorado whitewater to the hanging-garden greenery of a little spring-watered gully. Given the majesty of this erosional landscape, camping in Grand Canyon National Park ranks among the finest in the Lower 48. Pitching a tent, though, can take place in a great variety of settings, from the most developed to the most primitive…[read more]

Glacier National Park Camping

Glacier National Park, together with the adjacent (and smaller) Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, encompasses some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery in North America. The heart of the so-called “Crown of the Continent” ecosystem in the Northern Rockies, one of the most pristine and intact wildlands in the United States, Glacier’s also home to an amazing suite of megafauna—grizzlies, gray wolves, wolverines, lynx, moose, mountain goats, and much more. Words don’t do justice to this place: It needs to be experienced firsthand, and preferably by camping out under the Big Sky at its wildest. There are 13 developed campgrounds in Glacier and…[read more]

Yellowstone Camping

Yellowstone may well be the most famous national park in the world; in any case, it can proudly lay claim on being the oldest, established back in 1872 to protect its geological wonders. Of course, this hefty park—the second-largest in the Lower 48 and core of the much bigger Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—showcases far more than the planet’s greatest collection of geothermal wonders: It’s also a temperate-zone Serengeti, thronged with bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn, mule deer, grizzly and black bears, pumas, bobcats, wolves, wolverines—well, the faunal lineup goes on and on. And as jampacked as the park’s road network may be…[read more]

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