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Avenza Maps - This is my favorite app for finding dispersed camping sites (camping for free on public land in the U.S. in other than organized campsites). Both paid and free maps are available on Avenza, but all the dispersed camping maps I've needed to download have been free. Yes, you can download the maps to be able to use them when you are in an area without cell service.
Campnab - This service helps you get a reservation at sold out campgrounds and is one of the most valuable camping resources around. Campnab monitors campgrounds you select for canceled reservations and notifies you by text with a camp alert when a campsite opens up.
Harvest Hosts - The road trip of your dreams is within reach. Harvest Hosts offers RVers unlimited access to farms, breweries, wineries, and attractions across North America. Your membership allows you to stay overnight at any of their 4,000+ host locations and in return, they ask that you support your host's business during your stay. It's a great way to explore new places and try new things!
Recreation.gov. Plan your next adventure and reserve experiences at over 4,200 facilities and 113,000 individual sites across the United States. Find information on places to visit, camp, hike and more. Rent camping and hiking gear and RV and trailers as well. The website provides amazing tools to use in preparation for hiking or camping.
American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations - Join American Hiking Society for a week of backpacking or day hiking while building and maintaining trails in exciting and diverse locations across the United States. You can read about my personal experience on a Volunteer Vacation in Joshua Tree National Park HERE.
Foster the Earth - An organization dedicated to helping vulnerable children and young adults in the foster care system through exposure to the great outdoors. They provide transformative backpacking expeditions through a 5-7 month program each year.
NOLS - National Outdoor Leadership School. You can learn by "doing" with the leader in wilderness education. Programs include: Wilderness Expeditions, Wilderness Medicine, and a Wilderness Risk Management Conference. I had the opportunity to earn my Wildernes First Aid certification through NOLS this year and I gained valuable knowledge for my hiking excursions.
Outward Bound USA - the "leading provider of outdoor education programs that allow young people to explore their personal potential." Outward bound provides backpacking trips, mountaineering trips, whitewater rafting trips, canoeing trips, dog sledding expeditions, sailing trips as well as programs in local schools and neighborhoods.
REI Co-op Adventure Travel - REI guides lead over 100 outdoor adventure trips annually including backpacking, hiking, cycling and much more. You can read about my personal experience on an REI-led backpacking adventure HERE.
Free Military National Parks Pass - The National Park Service in partnership with Operation Live Well would like to thank current US military members and their dependents, Gold Star Families, and US military veterans for their support of our country. To learn more about your eligibility to receive a free Military Pass to the National Parks, click HERE.
Escape Campervans - Rent a fully equipped and colorfully decorated campervan from one of 13 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Their mission is to" inspire people to escape their everyday routines and embrace their adventurous spirit by exploring the world in our campervans." Check out their newest model: the POP TOP Del Mar!
Adventure in Camping - You can rent a trailer and have it delivered to a campground in their service area which includes Mammoth Lakes and the Eastern Sierras in California. You can "Adventure more without the hassle of setting up your camp!"
The Holidays Delivered - Enjoy a vintage trailer delivered to your already booked campsite! They currently deliver to San Clemente, San Mateo, Doheny, San Onofre, and Crystal Cove Campgrounds and can also deliver to residences or private event locations in San Diego and Orange County.
Outdoorsy - " Experience the magic of the outdoors with the best RV, camper van, and travel trailer rentals imaginable." Find an RV to rent or list your RV to rent.
RV Storage - StorageUnits.com provides a detailed guide on types, sizes, and cost of RV storage options as well as how to prepare your RV for storage.
All Trails - Great for locating hikes near you and planning a hike. Contains trail maps and reviews. You need to upgrade to the Pro version to get offline trail navigation capability.
CO Trex - Colorado Trail Explorer - View trails by allowed uses on the map, browse featured routes, download offline maps, record trips and notes in the field, complete challenges to earn badges, and share your experiences with the community. I love using this app when hiking in CO because it's extremely detailed and works great for following trails while offline. And it's free!
HiiKER - discover thousands of trails worldwide, download free offline maps for National Parks and other great hiking trails, create custom hikes, import GPX files, track your hikes, and plan ahead by discovering accommodations and amenity options for your outdoor adventures.
Maps.me - free downloadable maps allowing you to see your position along trails while offline.
Modern Hiker: California Trails - Locate trail informaton including conditions, camping info, and directions for the Southern California region. You can download one trail map for use offline for free, then you must upgrade to a subscription for additional offline capability.
The Most Underrated Park in Every State - written by Outside. This article provides a description of one "underrated" state park, preserve or national monument for each of the 50 states in the U.S. Escape the crowds of the most popular national parks by visiting these locations!
Colorado Hikes and Hops - blog written by two Colorado moms sharing adventures on hiking trails, favorite brews and spots, and gear recommendations. Check out their article on Unmissable Colorado Hikes: Top 17 Trails to Explore.
Hiking Biking Adventures Blog - Find inspiration to plan and embark on your own hiking and biking adventures by reading about nearly 40 years of stories and photographs from Anne and Mike's hiking and biking adventures all over the world. They've also published 4 hiking guide books and 2 biking books. We met Anne and Mike while camping on a road trip this past summer and had a wonderful time discussing outdoor adventures!
Mile Marker Memories - National Parks travel, outdoor weekend getaways and travel tips for families.
The Modern Female Hiker - blog for outdoor lovers, dog parents (we have a chocolate lab and a basset hound) & weekend warriors!
RVing with a Disability - This RV resources article provides insight on what you need to know about RVing with a disability.
Wilderness First Aid Basics - This article provides important information on how to handle wilderness emergencies and was provided by Pacific Medical Training.
First Aid for an Unconscious Person - This article from the ACLS Training Center provides the key steps for first aid when someone is unconscious.
Wisconsin State Park Dogs - If you live near or plan to travel to WI, this website will help you plan your hiking trip with dogs to Wisconsin's State Parks. The book "A Dog Lover's Guide to Hiking Wisconsin's State Parks" divides Wisconsin into five regions providing details on specific dog-friendly trails.
A Full Guide on Hiking With Your Dog - This website provides information on exercise for your dog including a great guide on hiking with dogs along with the best scenic dog walking routes in the UK.
Grilio: Camp Cooking 101: A Guide to Outdoor Cooking - This article discusses different types of camping and how to minimize campfire impacts in addition to providing food preparation and cleanliness guidelines for your camping trip.
More to Come! If you have a hiking or camping resource you'd like included on this page or if you have an outdoor hiking, camping or adventure blog geared toward families, please email us at ContactUs@HikingBingo.com for the chance to be featured here or to write a guest blog post!
EXPED USA - Gear up for your next outdoor adventure! EXPED USA has a wide selection of durable gear bags, backpacking and camping mats, sleeping bags and waterproof packs. Check out my gear review articles: Sleeping Pad Review - EXPED Flex Mat Plus M and EXPED Ultra 3R Sleeping Mat.
KÜHL outdoor apparel. KÜHL is proud to be one of the few remaining privately owned and independent companies in the outdoor space. Check out my most recent gear review article: KÜHL Women’s Freeflex Roll-Up Pant.
REI - Provides outdoor gear (backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, trekking poles, hiking boots + much more) and apparel, guided adventure trips, classes and outdoor events.
Every Kid Outdoors - Fourth grade students can get a free annual pass to visit more than 2,000 federal recreation areas through the Every Kid Outdoors program. To obtain the free pass, fourth grade students visit the Every Kid Outdoors website, participate in a short educational activity, and download a voucher.
Kids in Parks - a nationwide program of outdoor adventure scavenger hunts known as TRACK Trails. Kids can track their adventures on hiking trails, biking trails, geocaching trails, paddling trails, and nature trail disc golf courses and can receive prizes in the mail.
Be sure to check out the Harvest Hosts program - which allows members unlimited access in their RV to over 4,000 farms, wineries, breweries, attractions and more across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Read more about it in my latest Hiking Bingo blog: Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome: RV Trip Planning Ideas.
EXPED USA is one of my favorite camping outfitters. I own several of their mats and I enjoy using them for both backpacking and car camping! My favorite is the EXPED Flex Mat Plus. I recently used the Flex Mat Plus on a backpacking trip. It was light weight and comfortable to sleep on during some cool nights.