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DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – The National Park Service (NPS) will only accept credit or debit card payments for camping and entrance fees in Death Valley National Park starting June 1, 2023. Last year the park collected $22,000 in cash, which cost over $40,000 to process. Cash handling costs include an armored car contract to transport [...]
Spring hiking can be a challenge in the Eastern Sierra’s, not to mention unpredictable due to varying snow levels and melt. We decided to venture out to Hoover Wilderness near Bridgeport to explore the area around Twin Lakes and hike along Robinson Creek with hopes of making it to Barney Lake. Of course, the drive [...]
Trail signage and trail map symbols can be confusing to novice hikers. Understanding the rating system for hiking trails can help keep you safe.
Greenville Ca. - It is hard not to think of total destruction when you speak of Greenville Ca. A victim of the Dixie fire of 2021, Greenville, California, was devastated, and the historic structure of this quiet and scenic location in the Indian Valley was gutted by fire. However, not everything in Greenville was taken [...]
Having difficulty Finding a Camp spot Reservation? You are not alone! PORTLAND, Ore., May 9, 2023 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The Dyrt, the No. 1 app for camping information and booking, has found that it was nearly five times more difficult to find an available campsite in 2022 than it was in 2019. According to the 2023 Camping [...]
Is It Time to Enforce Heavier Regulation and Punishment "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." President Eisenhower Inaugural Address, Washington, DC, 1/20/53. Lake Tahoe, Nevada, July 6 2023 - Letter for the Editor - The following opinion's are the ramblings of one man frustration with the images from Lake Tahoe [...]
My Favorite Sierra Wilderness Lake -- By Bill Finch When I began hiking in the Sierras, primarily in Desolation Wilderness, my thoughts of what lay "beyond the next ridge" or "around the next turn" were exciting incentives to see what was ahead. My pursuit of new discoveries was always rewarded. I could gaze at a [...]
NorthStar Looking to Open June 16th for Summer Activities in 2023 As the warm sun blankets the picturesque landscapes of Truckee, California, families seeking a memorable summer getaway need look no further than Northstar Resort. Nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this captivating destination offers an abundance of outdoor activities that will [...]
News and Events
Sierra Nevada - July 2023 - If you enjoy mountain hiking in summer than undoubtedly you have seen Watermelon snow this July. The watermelon snow phenomenon has fascinated scientist for years, and it is back in force on top of our 2023 snow pack this July. Is it harmful? Well it definitely is helping the [...]
In a destination as timeless as Yosemite Mariposa County, it may seem on the surface that there wouldn’t be too much new to expect for returning visitors in 2023. But just like the landscape, Yosemite is ever-changing and always provides something new to experience. 2023 will bring a new glamping location and an old meets [...]
Day Hiking Yosemite
A Yosemite National Park Backpacking Trip Memory by Bill Finch Sometimes the Sierra Nevada plays tricks on you and sometimes you come out on top. This is a story about a reversal of fortune during aplanned Yosemite backpacking trip in late September 2007.A friend would travel out from Washington D.C. to backpack with me once [...]
Calaveras Big Tree State Park
Summer Vacations are winding down across the west already. Is there still time for one more Family memory maker in the Sierra? Are you looking for an exciting adventure vacation spot for your family before school starts? While popular destinations like Yosemite and Lake Tahoe are rightfully famous, there are plenty of hidden gems to [...]
Calaveras Big Tree State Park
With the closure of the Generals highway in Sequoia National Park for the summer of 2023, access to some of the worlds largest trees will be limited to summer travelers. Turning your attention North, to Yosemite and Calaveras big tree state park, might be the perfect vacation alternative is you are seeking the biggest trees [...]
Campers pack a lot for cooking, hiking, and first aid. Essential oils are important items to bring on your next trip. Their different scents and mixtures can help you in various ways while camping, and knowing which ones to pack will make your trip more enjoyable. Read on to learn the best essential oils to [...]
If you plan to bring a jet ski on your next camping trip, you must take care of it. Discover five tips for providing maintenance to your jet ski.
I’m grateful to be out of the rain, but it’s hardly ideal. I took cover quickly under the slight overhang of a shed-sized boulder, and I find myself squatting with my back against its sloping side. I have a tarp over my legs because they are sticking out into the rain, which is coming down [...]
Lassen Volcanic National Park
A day trip from Lassen Volcanic National Park from Lake Helen to Bumpass Hell Lassen Volcanic National Park is such a unique and special place in Northern California. The Volcanic landscapes created by the five different types of Volcanos in the park bring awe and wonder to visitors. On my visits to the park, I [...]
While some see cycling as a hobby, others are much more enthusiastic about it. This guide will help you get into the mood to ride your bicycle.
PORTLAND, Ore., May 4, 2023 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The Dyrt, the No. 1 app for camping information and booking, found in its 2023 Camping Report that 18.1 percent of campers changed or canceled plans due to flooding and natural disasters last year. Certainly many campers will be facing a similar situation this year. California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack is [...]
You'll want the best time riding the trails of nature, and between ATVs and dirt bikes, there is a better choice that will lead to the most fun.
Exploring new areas of California is a passion that we all share, so when I had 3 days off of work recently we decided to travel over to the redwoods for some always welcomed adventure. Come along as we Explore Redwood National & State Parks of Northern California. Elk Herds and the Ossagon Trail For [...]
Program designed to empower underrepresented communities’ storytelling Richmond, Calif. (May 8, 2023)/OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Mountain Hardwear, a leader in performance equipment and apparel for climbers, alpinists and athletes, is now accepting applications for its 2023 Open Aperture photo clinic. This year’s Open Aperture will sponsor six participants to sharpen their outdoor photography skills with the mission to better [...]
With super detailed maps, local plants and animals, and tools to start building your own atlas of nature, the new Natural Atlas is a great way to reconnect with nature this summer. PORTLAND, OR – May 31, 2023 - Natural Atlas, a pioneer in online topo maps since 2015, last summer launch of its new [...]
Hiking / Backpacking Hoover Wilderness
Summers in the High Sierra typically warm up in late July, and visitors to many mountain lakes, rivers, and valleys can expect a comfortable stay in the mountains. But like everything else in 2023, life is slightly different this year in the mountains. "Mosquito"geddon is alive and well in the High Sierra as we enter August. Every [...]
A new sport has become popular in summer lakes in the past five years. Lake Tahoe, the nation's largest Alpine lake and mega attraction for summer fun in the Sierra Nevada, is the new home of Ssummer wake surfing in the west. Wake Surfing has recently become an increasingly popular water sport on Lake Tahoe. [...]
Kayaks crystal clear water Tahoe
Summer 2023 finally feels real, even though they are still skiing in Mammoth Lakes, California. It is the perfect destination for adventurous families seeking a memorable outdoor experience. From exploring unique geological wonders to hiking to picturesque alpine lakes and cascading waterfalls, this stunning region has something for everyone. Let's delve into five incredible outdoor [...]
What to know and why you should get married here So you want to have a destination summer wedding in the Great Northern Nevada? What’s not to love about the beautiful blue waters of Lake Tahoe and the majestic Sierra Nevada range? Really, Northern Nevada is a great location for your summer wedding but there [...]
Fishing and Hunting
Carson City, Nevada - June 2023 - The Nevada department of wildlife this week sent out reminders to Nevada residents that thanks to generous donations made by our conservation partners and members of the public to the Nevada Youth License Fund, they are able to offer youth combination(fishing/hunting) licenses to anyone 12-17 years old at [...]
News and Events
New Gray Wolf Pack Confirmed in Tulare County California has a new gray wolf pack in Sequoia National Forest lands in Tulare County, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today. This is the Golden State’s southernmost pack and it is at least 200 air miles from the nearest known pack in northeastern [...]
The Carson Valley is steeped in history, with its roots dating back to the early days of the Pony Express traveling through Genoa. The town served as a stop along the Pony Express route, which carried mail and messages between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, in the mid-1800s. Genoa was also an important stop [...]
(Family Features) For many people, traveling is about exploring new cultures, landscapes, cuisines and ideas. However, the cost of the trip is still one of the most important considerations when booking a vacation. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Slickdeals, a one-of-a-kind online community of shoppers working together to shop smarter and save [...]
Fishing and Hunting
Be a steward of the earth! Help ensure we enjoy bountiful and healthy waters in the future by discovering how to fish using sustainable fishing practices.
This Earth Day, Ombraz Sunglasses, the Armless Sunglass vanguard, passed a major milestone. In its mission to deliver a net positive impact for the planet, Ombraz, along with its tree planting partner, Eden Reforestation Projects, planted its one-millionth tree. Since launching on Indiegogo in 2018, the brand promised to plant 20 mangrove trees per pair [...]
(Family Features) As temperatures rise during the summer months, the friction from your vehicle's tires rolling, turning and braking combined with higher pavement temperatures could lead to potential trouble while on the road. While added variables like increased traffic due to summer travelers, construction, sun glare and unpredictable weather can all increase your risks, knowing [...]
Find out which mistakes to avoid when setting up a camping tent so you can set yourself up for success and comfort during every camping adventure.
Crossing the Sierra during the summer season is a right of passage for many that love to adventure into the Sierra for travel and recreation. Typically the three largest scenic Byways (Tioga Pass/ 120, Sonora Pass/108 and Ebbett's Pass / 4) open in mid may to Early June each season and recreational visitors scramble up [...]
A Hikers Guide to preventing injuries & recovering faster - The sun is beaming down onto your cheeks and after the winter we’ve had in the Sierra, warming you from the outside in. All the greenery catches your eye and encapsulates you with every step forward. Being outdoors, feeling the Earth under your feet is [...]
(Family Features) With near-endless sunshine, world-class theme parks and abundant outdoor experiences, California is an ideal destination to embark on an unforgettable adventure. To make it easy for travelers to plan their trips, the 2023 California Road Trips guide includes 13 action-packed itineraries that begin and end at one of the state's 27 commercial airports, [...]
Calaveras Big Tree State Park
Parks across the state will offer special community events with in-person and virtual programming SACRAMENTO, Calif., — The public is invited to celebrate the second annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, presented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Parks California and California State Parks Foundation. Through special community events and in-person and virtual programming, this week-long event celebrates California’s [...]
Pioneer California Makes a Great base Camp for Exploring Gold Country ff Scenic Route 88. If you're looking for a breathtakingly beautiful road trip, look no further than California's Highway 88. This scenic byway runs through the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, taking you on a journey through some of California's most stunning [...]
Off-roading offers thrill-seekers unbeatable adventures, but extreme weather brings unique challenges. Learn more about the worst off-roading conditions.
The High Sierra region in California and Nevada is home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the United States. With towering peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and pristine forests, it's no surprise that the area is also home to some of the best golf courses in the country. From challenging mountain layouts to serene [...]
Eldorado County has a New Glamping Experience at Montauk built for Relaxation and Adventure Folsom CA - A new outdoor experience has landed at Folsom Lake. Montauk, the upscale camping resort located in El Dorado County, is redefining the campingexperience by providing an upscale and exclusive way to enjoy the great outdoors. Nestled in picturesque [...]
Located off of Highway 50 and Sawmill rd. near Meyers California , at the base of the breathtaking Echo Summit sits Washoe Meadows State Park. The undeveloped park encompasses a vast expanse of pristine meadows and lush woodlands, providing a serene retreat for visitors seeking solace from the hustle and bustle of tourism in Lake [...]
If you’re planning for a camping trip, you’ll want to ensure you have these essential items. You could end up having a horrendous time if you don’t.
The Sierra, 500 miles of a visual spender and recreational nirvana, is almost too large to comprehend for the weekend warrior or once-a-year traveler. As summer comes into focus in 2023, winter leaves a rather odd feeling in my gut regarding what is left to discover. I have been exploring the Sierra for over 12 [...]
Local Non Profit Volunteer Group 775 Off Road to the Rescue In what seems to be common sense, everyone needs that one great neighbor who will drop everything and rescue the day when things go south on a back road adventure. But then, when do we always do the reasonable and responsible thing when chasing [...]