Picking a good camp spot can help you sleep
well and be ready for tomorrow’s adventures. Whether you are setting up at an established
campsite or deep in the backcountry, here are a few easy ways that you can find a great
camp spot and take care to Leave No Trace. Plan ahead and research the rules and regulations
for the area that you plan to visit. Some areas may require a fee or reservation
to use, while other areas may be closed during certain times of the year. Get your first pick of a campsite by arriving
early to your site with enough time and energy to set up before the sun goes down. This will help you find a site that is a good
size and fit for your group. Prevent your tent from becoming a swimming
pool overnight by picking a well-drained area that is far away from flood zones. Look for signs of water flowing through the
area like dry creek beds or storm debris. When in doubt, camp on higher ground. Keep yourself safe by checking the area for
any natural hazards like standing dead trees or overhanging branches that could fall into
your campsite. Protect fragile plants and soil by using a
designated campsite. Some campsites have tent pads, which are elevated
platforms that provide a dry and durable spot for your tent. If a designated campsite doesn’t exist try
to set up on a durable surface like rocks, bare ground, or dry grass. Avoid areas where impacts are just beginning
to prevent further damage to vegetation. Leave room for wildlife to access water by
camping at least 200 feet or 70 BIG sets away from the water’s edge. A good campsite is found, not made. Preserve the area’s natural beauty by leaving
things like rocks, sticks, and leaf litter where they are. These objects are important for the health
of the ecosystem and they keep the site looking beautiful for the next visitors. Enjoy your camping spot, have a goodnight’s
sleep, and Leave No Trace.