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Photo Gallery: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Posted On July 18, 2016 at 10:11 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 backcountry campsites over more than two decades of backpacking and trekking all over the U.S. and the world. I’ve boiled my list of my favorite campsites down to 25, and I update it annually. Before planning your next trip, scroll through the photo gallery below, which highlights several of my favorite campsites, including jaw-dropping spots like Death Canyon Shelf 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).

See photos of all 25 campsites (plus several that used to be on my list), along with trip-planning information on how to visit each place yourself, in my story “Tent Flap With a View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites.”

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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.
Alice Lake, Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.


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