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Photo Gallery: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Posted On January 22, 2017 at 4:05 am by / Comments Off on Photo Gallery: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

By Michael Lanza

Everyone has favorite campsites from unforgettable backcountry trips. I’ve been fortunate to have pitched a tent in many great campsites over nearly three decades of backpacking and trekking all over the U.S. and the world. This photo gallery spotlights several camps from my list of 25 all-time favorite campsites (which I update annually). Among them are jaw-dropping spots like Death Canyon Shelf along the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park, Columbine Lake in Sequoia National Park, Sahale Glacier Camp in North Cascades National Park, and a magical spot by the Colorado River at Hance Rapids in the Grand Canyon (lead photo above).

My 25 favorite campsites are located deep in the wilderness of world-famous national parks like Yosemite, Glacier, and Grand Canyon, as well as some spots you may not have heard of, from the John Muir Wilderness to the Glacier Peak Wilderness to the Paria and Owyhee canyons.

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Check out the gallery below. Then see photos of all 25 campsites (plus several that used to be on my list) in my story “Tent Flap With a View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites,” which has links to existing stories about those destinations at The Big Outside, and trip-planning information on how to visit each campsite yourself.


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Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park, Washington.
Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
Campsite one in The Narrows, Zion National Park.
Death Canyon Shelf, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Campsite near Big Spring, Paria Canyon, Utah-Arizona.
Camp Schurman, Mount Rainier National Park.
Johns Hopkins Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park.
Columbine Lake, Sequoia National Park, California.

See all of my stories about backpacking and national park adventures at The Big Outside, and these stories:

My Top 10 Favorite Backpacking Trips
10 Tips For Getting a Hard-to-Get National Park Backcountry Permit
My 25 Most Scenic Days of Hiking Ever
The Simple Equation of Ultralight Backpacking: Less Weight = More Fun

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