Camp Out Colorado http://www.campoutcolorado.com Camping tips, tricks and help for great outdoor camping adventures plus campground reviews! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:24:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Great American Backyard Campout http://www.campoutcolorado.com/great-american-backyard-campout/ http://www.campoutcolorado.com/great-american-backyard-campout/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:09:39 +0000 http://www.campoutcolorado.com/?p=1863 Great American Backyard CampoutFor 10 years now the National Wildlife Federation has been sponsoring the Great American Backyard Campout. The Great American Backyard Campout is to help get people out camping and introduce new people to the joys of camping. This year they are hoping to get 200,000 thousand people out camping for the Great American Backyard Campout. Will you be one of them?

Here is a letter with more info about the Great American Backyard Campout.

Think back a moment to some of your favorite summer memories. Chances are, many of them involve vacations and spending time outside.

So what’s a great way to help build more favorite memories this summer?

Here’s your chance to create memories that will last a lifetime by taking part in this . . . → Read More at Camp Out Colorado: Great American Backyard Campout

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Great American Backyard CampoutFor 10 years now the National Wildlife Federation has been sponsoring the Great American Backyard Campout. The Great American Backyard Campout is to help get people out camping and introduce new people to the joys of camping. This year they are hoping to get 200,000 thousand people out camping for the Great American Backyard Campout. Will you be one of them?

Here is a letter with more info about the Great American Backyard Campout.

Think back a moment to some of your favorite summer memories. Chances are, many of them involve vacations and spending time outside.

So what’s a great way to help build more favorite memories this summer?

Here’s your chance to create memories that will last a lifetime by taking part in this summer’s 10th Annual Great American Backyard Campout.

On June 28th*, tens of thousands of people across the country will spend a night camping out under the stars in their own backyards, neighborhoods and local parks.

We really hope you will be one of them!

Whether you are a camping pro or new to pitching a tent, we have everything you need to make your Campout one to remember—from camp songs to games to recipes to camping tips.

Click here to learn more about this fun, FREE outdoor event.

Camping is a simple way to get outdoors and connected with nature, and create great memories. Plus, by participating in the Great American Backyard Campout, you can also help make an important difference for wildlife.

With National Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors and other friends donating $2 to NWF’s wildlife conservation work for every Campout participant this year, up to $400,000, with your pledge today, we can reach the goal of getting 200,000 Campout participants and maximize the support for wildlife.

Get all the details on this year’s Campout here.

Sincerely,
Karoline Hurd
Director, Special Events
National Wildlife Federation

 

Get out there and enjoy the Great American Backyard Campout. It is fun for the whole family. Make sure to donate to the National Wildlife Federation to help take care of some of our most valued and vulnerable national treasures.

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Top Ten Camping Gifts for Father’s Day http://www.campoutcolorado.com/top-ten-camping-gifts-fathers-day/ http://www.campoutcolorado.com/top-ten-camping-gifts-fathers-day/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:43:14 +0000 http://www.campoutcolorado.com/?p=1719 The Wave Multi Tool for Father's Day GiftFather’s Day is just around the corner. Father’s Day is a great time to get the camping gear that special father has always wanted. Here are Camp Out Colorado’s suggestions for some great camping gifts for dad on Father’s Day. . . . → Read More at Camp Out Colorado: Top Ten Camping Gifts for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is just around the corner. Father’s Day is a great time to get the camping gear that special father has always wanted. Here are Camp Out Colorado’s suggestions for some great camping gifts for dad on Father’s Day.

Leatherman Tool

The Wave Multi Tool for Father's Day Gift

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There is nothing quite as handy as a multi tool. Above anything else this is the tool that is used the most. It is very handy to have a multi tool. Besides the normal uses all of the various tools on them can really help out when something unexpected breaks or needs some adjusting.

Includes needle nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, hard wire cutters, clip point knife, serrated knife, saw, scissors, wood/metal file, diamond-coated file, large bit driver, small bit driver, 2 double end bits, large screwdriver, ruler, bottle/can opener, wire stripper, lanyard attachment

Headlamp

Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp for Father's Day Gift

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Headlamps might not be the coolest look when camping but they are very handy. Great to have in the dark. A headlamp keeps both of your hands free when camping at night. Keep a headlamp in my car, tent, and backpack to make sure you will always have light camping when you need it the most. You can never really bring enough light on a camping trip.

The versatile Petzl Tikka® Plus Headlamp pulls together white and red LEDs, a 140-lumen boost mode and constant output throughout the life of the batteries to light up your nighttime adventures.

Hand Warmer

Zippo Hand Warmer - Black - for Father's Day Gift

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Crazy old dad just loves to stay up late, or head out early when camping. During these times it can get quite chilly. Give your dad the gift of a Hand Warmer this Father’s Day.

Provides warmth via a flameless catalytic burner; simply fill the warmer with Zippo lighter fluid (sold separately) and hold a lighter to the burner for a few seconds to light. Once the hand warmer is lit, stash it in the included fleece bag and then hold it between your hands or keep it in a jacket pocket for warmth throughout the day

Tackle Box

Flambeau Tackle Station Softside Tackle Bag  3005ST for Father's Day Gift

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Tackle boxes are made to keep fishing lures and other fishing gear. However, that is not the only uses that tackle boxes have. They are very useful to use to hold all kinds of things, especially camping items. There are often many smaller things that easily get lost. Give a tackle box on Father’s Day so he can keep these camping items organized and easily found.

The Flambeau Tackle Station holds five Tuff ‘Tainers and a spinner bait box. The Tackle Station features a top zippered mesh pocket and front quick access pockets. The bag also includes four side pockets and a large top storage compartment.

Windproof Lighter

Ultimate Survival Technologies Trekker Stormproof Lighter for Father's Day Gift

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A lighter is one of those must have camping items. Give dad the gift of the ultimate survival lighter this Father’s Day. Survival lighters can light in extreme cold temperatures as well as high wind situations. Make sure your father can get a fire started every time.

The Trekker stormproof lighter features an extra-large fuel tank to provide over 1,000 ignitions on one fill. The stainless steel wire closure with a rubberized casing makes it watertight. Catalyzer coil provides ultimate windproof flame that withstands winds of 70-80mph. Burns a clean hot flame of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit off of quadruple refined butane. Flame indicator glows when lighter is ignited and fuel level window located on lighters side for easy viewing. Slim design gives easy to one-handed operation. Lanyard included.

Camping Chair

Directors Camping Chair - Gray for Father's Day Gift

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A good camping chair is always a bonus when out in the wilderness. Rocks and logs can work as chairs but it is nice to have something nice and comfy to rest on when camping. Give dad this nice camping chair. It even has a table one once side which is really nice to have.

Lightweight and easy to carry, the directors camping chair features padded armrest with a deluxe two-tone fabric with aluminum frame and double locking table with cup holder. Opens and folds in a snap.

Water Bottle That Filters

Katadyn Vario Water Filter for Father's Day Gift

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When out camping in the great outdoors we need to drink more water than normal. The trouble is often times good clean water is in short supply. End that problem with this high quality water filter. Pack this when you go camping and you will no longer have to worry about your clean water supply.

The Vario combines individual efficiency with the simplest possible handling. The technology it uses consists of three filter levels: a high-performance glass fiber filter, a ceramic pre-filter that can be adjusted individually according to the cloudiness of the water, and active charcoal for eliminating odors. Anyone who needs up to two liters of drinking water per minute can use the glass fiber and active charcoal filter. If the water is extremely cloudy, the ceramic pre-filter can be fitted in a moment in order to extend the service life of the glass fiber filter. The Vario is compatible with most standard outdoor bottles and hydration bladders. -

Backpack

Kelty Frisco Backpack-Navy for Father's Day Gift

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A good quality backpack can mean the difference between an enjoyable hike in the mountains and an exercise is torture. We all love to hike but a backpack that doesn’t fit well will quickly rub your shoulders raw, strain your back, and make for a miserable trip. Why not help dad enjoy a long hike in comfort with one of these backpacks for Father’s Day.

Kelty Frisco Backpack – The Frisco backpack from Kelty is ideal for for commuters and students who want a multi-function pack that transitions easily from school to work but lives for weekends on the trail. Padded shoulder straps, a webbing waist belt, and the sternum strap adjust for the perfect fit. An airmesh back panel and shoulder straps keep you cool and comfortable. An internal organizer panel and multipurpose sleeve give you capacity for a laptop, files, and other daily essentials. Side water bottle pockets keep hydration close at hand. Make every day on the trail or in the urban jungle a breeze with the Kelty Frisco backpack.

GPS

Garmin Oregon 600 GPS for Father's Day Gift

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GPS has become part of the standard camping equipment that most campers take out into the wilderness. Whether heading to a place you know or somewhere new, a GPS device is an invaluable tool. Dad is sure to lead on some great hikes in the Rocky Mountains with this nice hand held GPS device.

Sporting both WAAS and GLONASS compatibility, an updated form factor, dual orientation and customizable buttons, the Garmin Oregon 600 GPS offers a cutting-edge experience in handheld navigation.

Camping Charger

Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Charger for Father's Day Gift

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Technology is amazing. It is great to see some of the recent breakthroughs be applied to our favorite past time. This is a hydrogen based charger that can be used to recharge a myriad of devices when out camping. Dad is sure to love this high tech camping gift for Father’s Day!

The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor Charger uses cutting-edge science, combining hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity for clean, portable and rechargeable power.

I hope this Top Ten gift ideas for dad on Father’s Day has helped give you some ideas. I know I certainly would enjoy any of these camping items!

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Free Fishing Weekend June 7 and 8 http://www.campoutcolorado.com/free-fishing-weekend-june-7-and-8/ http://www.campoutcolorado.com/free-fishing-weekend-june-7-and-8/#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 02:42:09 +0000 http://www.campoutcolorado.com/?p=1711 Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado June 7 and 8

Colorado’s free fishing days are coming up on June 7th and June 8th. Outdoor enthusiasts can fish without a license. All other rules and regulations apply so make sure to stick to your fishing limits for whatever you are fishing for. Fishing is a fun and family friendly activity that everyone can enjoy. Colorado is wonderful place to fish as we have a large variety of types of fish. Colorado is almost split in half with cold fresh water fishing areas in the mountains and higher elevations (approximately 6000 feet or higher). At lower elevations and out along in plains there are fresh warm water areas to fish (approximately 6000 feet or lower). Colorado is rich in both large bodies . . . → Read More at Camp Out Colorado: Free Fishing Weekend June 7 and 8

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Free Fishing Weekend in Colorado June 7 and 8

Colorado’s free fishing days are coming up on June 7th and June 8th. Outdoor enthusiasts can fish without a license. All other rules and regulations apply so make sure to stick to your fishing limits for whatever you are fishing for. Fishing is a fun and family friendly activity that everyone can enjoy. Colorado is wonderful place to fish as we have a large variety of types of fish. Colorado is almost split in half with cold fresh water fishing areas in the mountains and higher elevations (approximately 6000 feet or higher). At lower elevations and out along in plains there are fresh warm water areas to fish (approximately 6000 feet or lower). Colorado is rich in both large bodies of water such as lakes and pounds to moving bodies of water such as rivers and creeks. This offers Colorado a huge variety in the types of fishing that can be done. For the more adventurous there is river fishing with a flies. For more family friendly areas there are many ponds and lakes to enjoy.

Please remember to be courteous when you out this weekend enjoying the free fishing weekend. There are bound to be crowds so make sure to respect your neighbor and give anyone fishing enough room and peace to enjoy what Colorado has to offer.

If you plan to fish around rivers and streams this weekend be very careful. Run off this year is pushing most creeks and rivers over their banks and the fishing may be treacherous. Please be careful around this fast moving water. No fish is worth getting hurt over.

Be aware that the free fishing weekend does not include possible day passes, park passes, or other location specific fees. Be prepared to pay these if you decide to take advantage of the free fishing weekend.

More Free Fishing Resources

Find some good places to fish: Recent Fish Stocking

Find the best times to fish here: Best Fishing Times

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Bellaire Lake Campground Hit by High Wind Weather http://www.campoutcolorado.com/bellaire-lake-campground-hit-high-wind-weather/ http://www.campoutcolorado.com/bellaire-lake-campground-hit-high-wind-weather/#comments Sat, 24 May 2014 22:30:52 +0000 http://www.campoutcolorado.com/?p=1715 Bellaire Lake Campground ClosureOn May 22nd the Bellair Lake Campground was hit by a high wind weather event. There seems to be some dispute weather this was a tornado or a micro-burst. However, whatever it was, this has caused the Bellaire Lake Campground to be closed until further notice.

Luckily nobody was hurt. There were a few camping in the campground at the time but were not hurt. Luckily this happened before they were really busy with the summer camping crowd.

For up to date information on Bellaire Lake Campground please visit American Land & Leisure’s website: Bellaire Lake Campground closure updates.

American Land & Leisure is the company that owns and operates Bellaire Lake Campground. They will post information on their page as soon as they know when Bellaire . . . → Read More at Camp Out Colorado: Bellaire Lake Campground Hit by High Wind Weather

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Bellaire Lake Campground ClosureOn May 22nd the Bellair Lake Campground was hit by a high wind weather event. There seems to be some dispute weather this was a tornado or a micro-burst.  However, whatever it was, this has caused the Bellaire Lake Campground to be closed until further notice.

Luckily nobody was hurt. There were a few camping in the campground at the time but were not hurt. Luckily this happened before they were really busy with the summer camping crowd.

For up to date information on Bellaire Lake Campground please visit American Land & Leisure’s website: Bellaire Lake Campground closure updates.

American Land & Leisure is the company that owns and operates Bellaire Lake Campground. They will post information on their page as soon as they know when Bellaire Lake Campground will be reopened.

To find and alternate camping location try using Camp Out Colorado’s 3D Google Earth Campground Map.

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Pine Beetle Spraying near Red Feathers and Surrounding Campgrounds http://www.campoutcolorado.com/pine-beetle-spraying-near-red-feathers-surrounding-campgrounds/ http://www.campoutcolorado.com/pine-beetle-spraying-near-red-feathers-surrounding-campgrounds/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 03:17:34 +0000 http://www.campoutcolorado.com/?p=1697 camp-out-colorado-bellaire-lake-path-to-lakeSome of the campgrounds in north central Colorado are going to be closed for the first few weeks of camping season. Due to the late season snow the mountains received this year, the US Forest Service was unable to spray the campgrounds for pine beetles before the camping season begins. The pine beetle spraying in these very popular campgrounds is now scheduled to start in late May and go through mid June. While these popular campgrounds are being sprayed, no camping or day use will be permitted. It’s important that the US Forest Service get these campgrounds sprayed before the pine beetles have a chance to lay eggs in healthy trees.

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camp-out-colorado-bellaire-lake-path-to-lakeSome of the campgrounds in north central Colorado are going to be closed for the first few weeks of camping season. Due to the late season snow the mountains received this year, the US Forest Service was unable to spray the campgrounds for pine beetles before the camping season begins. The pine beetle spraying in these very popular campgrounds is now scheduled to start in late May and go through mid June. While these popular campgrounds are being sprayed, no camping or day use will be permitted. It’s important that the US Forest Service get these campgrounds sprayed before the pine beetles have a chance to lay eggs in healthy trees.

If you have camping reservations for campgrounds in this area,  you should be receiving information from American Land & Leisure. They should be contacting everyone with reservations to either change the date, location, or provide a refund. If you have any further questions please contact them directly, http://www.americanll.com/. Camp Out Colorado does not have any further information, and we can’t help with camping reservations. We just review these campgrounds and try to offer as much camping news and advice as we can.

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There may be other locations nearby that are also affected, and though these three campgrounds appear to be open for Memorial Day weekend, you will want to make sure.

This is a good illustration of why it’s good to do a double check on recent camping news pertaining to the area you plan to camp. Oftentimes these are small areas that do not receive the news coverage that would let you know about a camping trip that may threatened. The US Forest Service is continuously fighting this pine beetle problem, which may periodically close down camping areas, either for spraying or cutting down beetle-killed trees. And if it’s not a beetle plague, there may also be the normal threats that come with camping season, such as wildfires or floods. These may also impact your chosen campground. So it is always a good idea to do a quick news search on the campground so you know what is happening in the area. This way you can change your camping plans if needed. The surprise of ending up at a closed down campground is not a fun way to start your camping vacation.

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