Outdoor where-to and how-to information is spread-out
across the Internet. This information is most useful when
collected into ONE spot.
The following web resources are a collection of the very
BEST sites about the outdoors, camping, backpacking, campgrounds
and hot springing. Enjoy!
As the online home for Outside magazine, Outside Online
is dedicated to covering the people, activities, gear,
art, and politics of the world outside. Outside Online
features over ten years of articles from the pages of
Outside, plus exclusive features found only on the Web.
Browse stories on health and fitness, travel, gear, and
culture, and see exclusive online photo galleries, slideshows,
interviews, on-the-scene event coverage, and more. Plus,
get expert advice from our Gear Guy, the Adventure Adviser,
and Chris Carmichael, in his fitness Q&A.
Have you ever been called “outdoorsy”? This site was designed
for the outdoorsy people of the world. It is a place where
these people pool all of their gear lists, trip reports,
photos, and information on our outdoor adventures. Outdoorzy.com
is a social network where you can share information and
get the most out of your outdoor play time.
The GORP site is part of the Away Network. This network
is a leading online provider of information and inspiration
about active travel and the outdoor lifestyle. The Away
Network's websites offer over 100,000 pages of extraordinary
travel content, have more than a million active registered
members. Check out their “Activities Guide” that provides
sections for Biking, Paddling, Fishing, Horseback Riding,
Caving, Climbing and Wildlife Viewing. This site has a
HUGE amount of ideas and information!
Home of the world’s largest camping community. There is
$15 membership fee for full access. This site has a great
selection of FREE info and ideas about camping gear, recipes,
guides and checklists. They also have resources for games,
songs and other fun activities.
This resource is dedicated to the backpacking and hiking
community. It is intended as a place for beginners to
learn about backpacking and also as a gathering place
for more experienced backpackers. Many people have used
thebackpacker.com to meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts in
their area. All the backpacking gear reviews and hiking
trail reviews are submitted by people just like you. The
“trails” link allows you to search for trail reviews by
region. The “gear” link allows you to search for gear
by type. It is always nice to know what others have to
say before you go!
This online magazine introduces you to the gear, the people,
and the stories that define the best of today's wilderness
experience. BackpackingLight.com is considered to be the
most authoritative source in lightweight wilderness travel.
They provide editorials, gear reviews, and technique articles
that have influenced equipment design and outdoor journalism
elsewhere. And they have an excellent backpacking gear
The mission of Backpacker.com is to inspire and enable
people to enjoy the outdoors by providing the most trusted
and engaging information about backcountry adventure in
North America. This site is a great spot for articles,
videos, ideas, gear reviews and discussion forums.
This award winning website provides its customers with
several great services…
- Unlimited access to our more than 40,000 routes;
driving directions, trail guides and maps.
- Unlimited access to every USGS Topographic map in
- Trail Finder and Topo Finder functionalities that
allow for fast and easy searching.
- Create, save download, email and print maps and guides.
You can check out Trails.com “Unlimited” now with their
FREE trial. With the free trial you can download up to 3
trail guides. If you like the service you can continue for
the regular subscription price of $49.95 per year.
- Real time weather, GPS and more!
This site offers a single point of access to information
about Federal recreational opportunities and reservations.
This site provides a comprehensive source of information
about thousands of Federal recreation opportunities.
- Discover which parks, forests, lakes, museums, and
other recreation sites managed by Federal agencies.
- Use interactive maps for trip planning activities
to locate specific recreation sites managed by Federal
- Determine the entrance fees and use fees for individual
recreation sites managed by Federal agencies.
- Make recreation-related reservations for use of Federal
sites via their shopping cart.
The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve
the natural and cultural resources and values of the national
park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration
of this and future generations. If you are interested in
camping at a National Park this site will allow you to learn
about the park before you go. Climate, History, Overview
and Contact information is provided for every National Park.
Just go to the “Find A Park” tab and explore!
National Forest Campground Guide
Whether you are interested in car camping, RV camping or
tent camping in America, you will find the type of information
you need to have when planning a camping trip. With up to
55 fields of information in each campground review, lots
of camping pictures, and authors who have actually visited
the camping locations, you should not have to go anywhere
else to plan great camping trips to National Forest Campgrounds.
A pure website. No revenue model, only information about
Natural Hot Springs. There is a database to search for
hot springs by name or state. Also, check out the Soak.net
Forum for the most current information.
This site offers the ability to search for hot springs
by state, spring name, temperature, area reference and
also USGS quadrangle name. You may enjoy viewing the “Related
Topics and Links” page from this site. There are many
other interesting soaking related sites on the net.