Camping Across the West

Just returned from a week long excursion through Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. Mostly, anyway, as my family and I also traveled through Idaho and Utah. We were meeting up with my extended family in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for a long overdue visit. It was a long drive (1,800 miles total trip) and rather than stay in hotels during the long drive, we decided to camp our way down to Colorado and back. What a way to spend a vacation. To give you an idea of what it’s like to camp in this part of the country, below is a photo of probably the least scenic place we pitched the family tent. It’s Clark Canyon Reservoir in Montana, right along Interstate 15! It was beautiful! We also camped at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.

I’ll tell you honestly, the five nights my family spent camping made this 8 day trip feel twice as long as the 10 day trip we took through Oregon, where we stayed in hotels and rental houses. The outdoors are very calming and you tend to lose track of time more readily I find. Although I’ll confess to you that three nights out camping in a row is my limit when it comes to needing a shower. You can only get so clean swimming in a mountain lake.

I’ll also add that although Grant Teton is very scenic, and Yellowstone is magnificent (I am definitely going to spend more time in Yellowstone), Glacier National Park in northern Montana is still the most spectacular national park I’ve visited. For what it’s worth.

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