June Live Outside and Play

First of all, Happy June Flock! Our friends Ben and Roxy from Live Outside and Play continue on their journey across the country this summer. They’re in their Roofnest Eagle taking in all the birds eye views from West Virginia to Colorado this month. If you’re in the area, make sure to join them for some outdoor fun, good conversation, and above all a tour of their Roofnest Eagle!

LOAP June Calendar

  • 6/6-9: Wanderlust in Snowshoe, WV
  • 6/13-16: Franklin visit in Franklin, VA
  • 6/14: Meetup in Franklin, VA
  • 6/29: Aprés Day with Upslope in Boulder, CO

Wanderlust

Wanderlust is in Snowshoe! If you’re in the area, make sure to drop in to experience some of the world’s leading yoga and meditation instructors, musicians, speakers and more. A gathering about overall health and wellness, in short, this is something you don’t want to miss! And of course, after a long day of dancing and yoga you’re probably used to camping in a hot tent on the ground, however, this year we want to change that. Get yourself a Roofnest and live the festival life the right way.


Après Day

Apres Day with Upslope is a #VanLife rally for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. This rally will be Apres all day, and a big outdoor party! As a celebration of outdoor living and nomadic life, there will be experts from the road with their vans available for tour, and of course, beer! Join Ben and Roxy for some epic times and because there’s beer… and fully loaded sprinter vans…

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of Colorado’s hidden treasures. It’s located on the Eastern edge of the San Luis Valley, and only about 30 miles outside of Alamosa. Great Sand Dunes National Park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America, with these dunes reaching up to 750 feet in height. In the park and preserve you can find hiking trails with breathtaking and mountain and dune views, endless amounts of sandboarding, plenty of campsites, a shallow creek, horseback riding, and more. Our Sandpiper model is perfect for the Dunes, you can strap all your sandboards and sleds straight to your roof!

What to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Dunes Exploration

When you arrive in the park, you’ll be greeted most noteworthy with overwhelming views of the dunes. You’re able to hike all over the 30 mile dune field but Due to the risk of heat exhaustion, burned feet, and lightning strikes you should plan on hiking the Dunes early in the morning or if you’d rather not wakeup at the crack of dawn, you can catch the sunset . While the temperature isn’t too bad in the summer at this elevation, the hike can be strenuous at points. Make sure to bring your phone or camera for the one-of-a-kind views at the top.

Sandboarding

Sandboards and sand sleds are available for rental at several local retailers in Alamosa and surrounding cities to the park. Make sure to make reservations if you’re planning your trip in peak season! To hike up to a low or medium-sized dune, the hike will be around 0.7 miles, but to the higher peaks expect  hike closer to 1.25 miles. Pack and plan to wear some long-sleeves or pants if you want to avoid as much sand as possible getting in your clothes.

Medano Creek

Splash around in the shallow flowing creek adjacent to the sand dunes. It’s a pit-stop on your hike in and out and perfect for cooling off hot feet and washing off sand before heading back to camp. The snowpack in this region was over 100% average this year, so Medano Creek is flowing strong and fresh.

Pinon Flats Campground

This campground provides mountain and dune views! There are 88 campsites, therefore look to reserve before arrival during peak season. The campground is outfitted with restrooms, fire pits, and picnic tables for easy camp setup and maintenance. And for the most convenient camping solution you know where to get the best tent available.

If you make it out to Great Sand Dunes National park, make sure to tag @roofnest and #roofnest so we can share your adventure. Happy adventuring and above all, have fun!

May Ambassador Highlight

Roxy and Ben From Live Outside and Play

We are excited to introduce you to a new series: our ambassador highlights! We want you to get to know the faces of our flock members and hear their stories of adventure. This month we have our ambassadors Roxy and Ben from Live Outside and Play. You can check out their Instagram to follow along on their journey! (@liveoutsideandplay).

Who are you and what do you guys do?

We’re Ben & Roxy and we’re living in a van on the road full time with our pup, Henry. We do photography and videography for Elevation Outdoors and Blue Ridge Outdoors and seven awesome outdoor focused companies, one being Roofnest.

How is your Roofnest a part of your outdoor journey?

Living in a van, our space is limited. With the extra room up top from the Roofnest, we can focus on daily living in the van, and sleeping up on top. It gives us the option to bring friends along on adventures as well.

Why did you decide to start Live Outside and Play?

Connecting with nature and living each day spontaneously is high on our list of “Favorite ways to thrive.” This lifestyle works for us and gives us the freedom to explore parts of the US we never knew existed. Working with outdoor focused companies to spread the love of the outdoors is the best part of this job.

Follow along with our ambassadors on Instagram through @roofnest!

Live Outside And Play June Calendar

  • June 6-9, Wanderlust Festival, Snowshoe WV
  • June 13-16, Franklin VA visit, Franklin VA
  • June 14, Meetup in Franklin VA, Franklin VA
  • June 29, Apres Day with Upslope, Boulder CO

Lookout next month for another Ambassador highlight and reach out to us if you want to be featured. Happy adventuring Flock!

Birds Eye Views at Banff National Park

Moraine Lake at Banff National Park

Banff National Park was founded in 1885 and was Canada’s first national park. The park provides hundreds of miles of hiking trails, high mountain passes with plenty of birdseye views, crystal glacial lakes, unique waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, and breathtaking canyon views. The park is also home to a vast array of wildlife from bighorn sheep to grizzly bears.

Camping in Banff

When you arrive at Banff National Park, it’s hard to find a campsite that doesn’t sport breathtaking views. The park has 2,462 sites in 14 campgrounds, but in the summer it can be tough to grab a spot during peak season. Most sites in the park provide waste disposal, showers, and toilets, but there are other options for those who want to be more off-the-grid. The park does require camping permits, and BLM lands are patrolled, so make sure to stay in permitted grounds.

Lake Louise Campground

Take in the views

When deciding where to camp in Banff, consider which views you would like to wake-up and fall asleep to each night. One of the most popular grounds is the Lake Louise campground, where you can have full lake views from many sites. If you’re camping in a rooftop tent, like our Sparrow, you can align your tent to have a wide angle view to take in the mountain lake fresh-air every morning as you wake up to the sound of wildlife and a crisp sunrise.

Get the full Banff experience

Staying in Banff National Park provides endless opportunities to get out there and really take it all in. Activities in the park range from hikes of all skill level, backcountry trails, visiting the hot springs and cave basin, fishing, climbing, tons of photo viewpoints, seeing the Bison and big horned sheep, and of course lake-side hikes for those famous instagrammable views, just make sure to tag @roofnest.

One of the must-see views in the park is Moraine Lake, though it can get heavily populated in the summer season, you don’t want to miss out.  Visitors come from all over the world to experience the vast, breathtaking views in Banff, so be sure to reserve your site as soon as you start to plan your trip, and of course, make sure to have a Roofnest Sparrow for the trip.


Live Outside and Play

Our friends Roxy and Ben from Live Outside and Play are back on the road for their epic summer adventure, so you know we had to set them up with a new Roofnest Eagle. They are starting their adventure on the East Coast, Virginia and Maryland specifically, and they would love to show off their new Roofnest to anyone who wants to see it. Go join them for some fun times, good conversation, and a tour of our Eagle model.

LOAP May Calendar

  • May 12– Group Hike with Rockfish Gap Outfitters Waynesboro, VA
  • May 16 – Appalachian Trail Days, Trail Magic Damascus, VA
  • May 17-19 – 33rd Annual Appalachian Trail Days Festival Damascus, VA
  • May 18 – Badminton Tournament Sponsored by LEKI Damascus, VA
  • May 23-26 – Delfest Cumberland, MD

The 33rd Appalachian Trail days festival is coming in hot and you better bet it’s going to be one hell of a time! Whether you want to join in on the hiker parade/water gun fight, bid on some new gear in the auction, or grab a beer and listen to some music, this festival is for you. Join Roxy and Ben in celebrating one of the most epic trails in our country!

To finish off the month, Roxy and Ben will be heading to Cumberland, Maryland to jam out at Del Fest. With a lineup including The String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, Trampled By Turtles, and more, this festival is one for the books! In between sets they offer yoga classes, an arts and crafts tent for you crafty Flock members, and theres no need to leave the kids at home because they have a full kid zone to keep them entertained. So join the fun and be the talk of the campground with your new Roofnest.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park is located in Luray, Virginia and is the perfect spot to start your summer adventures on the east coast. Whether you are planning a cross country road trip, need a weekend getaway, or just want to explore a new National Park, Shenandoah is a must see place this summer. With tons of wildlife including black bears, bobcats, barred owls, and red-winged hawks, you’ll want to bring some binoculars to take it all in, and probably stay in a Roofnest to keep away from the Ringneck Snakes.

Photo Credit: National Park Service

What to do at Shenandoah

  • Overall Run Falls – This waterfall is one you have to see when visiting the park, standing 93′ tall it is the largest in Shenandoah. You will climb 1850 feet on your 6.4-mile roundtrip, but there are rock ledges to relax on at the falls to take in the views of the Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten mountain.
  • Skyline Drive – If hiking isn’t your forte, take a cruise down the 105-mile Skyline Drive along the top of The Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll wander through 200,000 acres of Shenandoah National Park and see some of the most fantastic views the park has to offer, all while sitting back in the comfort of your vehicle.
  • Camp at Big Meadows Campground – There are 5 different campgrounds to choose from in the Shenandoah National Park but Big Meadows is our favorite. Located at mile 51.2 of Skyline Drive, this campsite offers everything you want when on an adventure. You can visit 3 waterfalls all within walking distance, take in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley from your Roofnest, and if you’re lucky you’ll also see some of the amazing wildlife this park has to offer.
Photo Credit: Ken Goulding

So what are you waiting for? Go explore Shenandoah National Park and make sure to share your adventures with us by tagging @roofnest.

Happy Adventuring Flock!