Have you been to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks yet? If not, now that spring is here, it’s time to go! It’s only a four hour drive from Salt Lake City so you could fly into the airport there, pick up a car, and make a great roadtrip out of it. Or a even better, take a long vacation this summer in your own car.
The trunk space in your vehicle can be put to the test with camping equipment. Pack in the tent, sleeping bags, lantern, camp stove, and cooler, and you will be set for the trip. Call ahead or make reservations for a campsite online so you won’t be disappointed once you get there. Sites fill up fast on nice weekends and during the summer in the parks.
Practice setting up your tent before you leave home, and once you get there you can teach your kids how to set up camp. Everyone should have a job and know what to do to make set up go smoothly. Even the youngest camper can help out by gathering sticks to use as kindling for the fire. Just make sure that gathering wood is allowed in the campground where you are staying as some National Parks don’t allow it.
Now that camp is set up, you can relax for the rest of the day, or go on a short hike. Get a trail map from the ranger station so you will know where the trails are. Also ask about the requirements for a Yellowstone Junior Ranger Badge while you’re there. Did you know that even adults can earn the Junior Ranger Badges? That is something fun and educational that you can do with your kids. Always take a bottle of water or two for each person on the hike. Salty snacks are also recommended. Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy the time spent in the forest or on the trail. This could be the beginning of a great new healthy hobby.