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Photo Gallery: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Posted On July 20, 2017 at 3:11 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 regularly. Among them are jaw-dropping spots like Death Canyon Shelf along the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park, The Narrows in Zion National Park, Camp Schurman on Mount Rainier, Johns Hopkins Inlet in Alaska’s Glacier Bay, a couple of unbelievable spots in the Grand Canyon, and Precipice Lake in Sequoia National Park (photo above).

My 25 favorite campsites are located deep in the wilderness of beloved national parks like Yosemite, Glacier, and Canyonlands, along the John Muir Trail, and some spots you may not have heard of, from the John Muir Wilderness to the Glacier Peak Wilderness to the Paria and Owyhee canyons.

Check out the photo gallery below and see whether you’ve been to some of my favorite campsites—or discover that you want to visit some (or all) of them.


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Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
Campsite one in The Narrows, Zion National Park.
Dome Glacier, Ptarmigan Traverse, Glacier Peak Wilderness.
Death Canyon Shelf, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
Campsite at Precipice Lake, Sequoia National Park.
Along the Beehive Traverse, Capitol Reef National Park.
Johns Hopkins Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Below Royal Arch, Grand Canyon.
Camp Schurman, Mount Rainier National Park.
Compromise Camp, Whirlpool Canyon, Dinosaur National Monument.

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 each of those campsites at The Big Outside, and trip-planning information on how to visit each one yourself.


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