Looking For An Outdoor Guide Job? Here Are Five Things You Need to Know

Many outdoor enthusiasts consider themselves to be quite experienced in hiking, backpacking, or camping, and want to take their experience and shift it into an outdoor guide job. As a former guide and guide service business owner, I can tell you that there is more to being an outdoor guide than just experience being outdoors–although […]

Continue Reading 3

Great Campgrounds On The Way to Great Places

The TrailDirt crew just returned from a foray into Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California (again), and we have some information to share with our readers about campgrounds we stayed in that were “on the way” to some great places. What is meant by “on the way,” you ask? Well, it’s a spot where the day’s […]

Continue Reading 0

New Mexico Camping: Campgrounds Near Cloudcroft

Southeastern New Mexico camping opportunities abound with the great campgrounds on Lincoln National Forest close to Cloudcroft. If you are headed to White Sands National Monument, or Carlsbad Caverns National Park (neither have campgrounds), why not camp in the mountains close by? From the Tularosa Basin all the way up to Cloudcroft, there are thousands of feet in […]

Continue Reading 0

No Reservation Campgrounds

If you are car camping across the Southwest, here are some recommendations and recollections of great forest service campgrounds where we have stayed. You can usually drive right in and find a spot, and be surrounded by the beauty of the area. California: During a recent road trip to California, we were pleasantly surprised by […]

Continue Reading 0

Marmots Eat Car!

Since our return from a successful adventure in Yosemite National Park, TrailDirt.com’s upper management has been demanding more spectacular pictures and thrilling stories from locations in The Sierra of California and Nevada. One of the areas that beleaguered middle management has ordered us to check out is Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. In my […]

Continue Reading 0

Southern Utah Short Film Is Stunning

This incredible short film, Journey to Skate Boulder, touches on all the beauty and magnificence that are the Canyons of Southern Utah. Watching it made us homesick here at TrailDirt, as we lived and worked in this country for almost seven years. The scenery, the places, the beauty of Southern Utah is perfectly encapsulated in […]

Continue Reading 1

My Day Hiking Checklist

When I go day hiking there are certain things that I wear–and certain things that I pack–in my day pack. The first thing I do is choose my clothing wisely. Fall or spring mornings? Choose breathable layers, like a polyester/cotton tee shirt, with a fleece pull-over I can remove when it gets warmer later in […]

Continue Reading 1

Ten Best Colorado State Parks

Colorado seems to be on everyone’s radar these days–and Colorado state parks are waiting for you to visit. If you are planning a Colorado trip that includes outdoor recreation, it may be a good time to review other camping options that are not the state’s more well-known national parks. Colorado has myriad choices for outdoor […]

Continue Reading 0

What It’s Like to Live and Work At A National Park

I don’t often write about things that may or may not be of use to folks hiking and camping, but I thought it might be a good time to reminisce about the three summers I worked in and lived just outside of Grand Canyon National Park. Many people that I’ve been following on Twitter spend […]

Continue Reading 0

Easy Backpacker Meals

Here at TrailDirt, we have been tossing around favorite trail food ideas (I think we are hungry) for quick and easy backpacker meals. There are so many options from prepackaged dehydrated meals to stuff you can get at the local grocery that are light, easy to fix and pretty tasty. I’ve met hikers that have […]

Continue Reading 5

Happy Birthday Ed Abbey

Happy Birthday Edward Abbey! In remembrance of this great lover of the desert and of all things right and true and gonzo, watch this never-broadcast video shot in Arches National Park in 1985. It was shelved because a well-known broadcaster didn’t want an “eco-terrorist” being featured on his show. The film features the inimitable Ed […]

Continue Reading 2

“A Dingo’s Got My Baby!” No, It’s Much Worse.

Geez, it’s always something. I know that all of my technology is secretly trying to kill me. Plastics off-gassing volatile organic compounds, my phone beaming death rays into my brain slowly but surely, and, of course, my car. My beloved automobile is waiting to usher me into the afterlife with one final horrific demonstration of physics. […]

Continue Reading 1

Here’s Why I Founded A Nonprofit

This op-ed was cross-posted from TerrestrialResearch.org’s Terra Blog. Support science and scientists by getting involved or donating to Terrestrial Research. There are many more problems out in the world than there are people who are willing to step up, latch on to an issue and try to make a difference. Most people simply don’t care. […]

Continue Reading 0