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November National Park Highlight: Joshua Tree

This month we’re getting a ton of snow in Colorado and are day dreaming of an escape to one of our favorite national parks, Joshua Tree. With an outer space like feeling, there’s nothing better than escaping to a warm out of this world park.

 

Camping

Joshua tree has many things to offer and if we wanted to touch base on them all, this blog would have to be 100 pages long. We thought we’d go over where to camp and what to hike. The first thing we wanted to touch on is where to camp, there are over 10 different campsites within the park. There are also two dispersed campsites that are AWESOME, on both the north and south side of the park.

 

Jumbo Rock Campground

One of our favorite campgrounds in the park is the Jumbo Rock Campground. With 124 sites available, this is a great option for people who want to be right smack dab in the middle of the park. This site is all first come first serve so it is best to take a “sick day” on Friday to get there on a Thursday night. This way, you’ll have a bit more options for which exact site you want in the campground. For $15 a night, you get one site that can fit anywhere from 1-2 cars, 3 tents, and maximum 6 people. There are trash collection areas, picnic tables, bathrooms, and fire rings here which is everything you need for a few days in the park. There are no water wells so make sure you pack a lot of water for your trip. 

 

Dispersed Camping

On a busy weekend, Joshua Tree fills up quick. But, lucky for us, there is plenty of dispersed camping on both sides (north and south) of the park. Last year when we were there we spent a night in the park, a night in the south dispersed camping, and a night in the north dispersed camping. I personally loved the dispersed camping at the south end of the park and wish we had stayed there all 3 nights. With one major dirt road cruising through the campground with slight off turns, you get a ton of room and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. With the extra room, you have plenty of space to pop open our new Condor model, spread out with the Family, and enjoy the epic amount of stargazing.

 

Hiking Ryan Mountain

For a moderate hike with an insane view, Ryan Mountain is the spot you need to hike while in Joshua Tree. Located right in the center of the park this hike is 3 miles round trip but packs a punch with just over 1,000 feet of elevation in a short distance. There is not a ton of tree coverage so expect to get quite the tan, pack some sunscreen and a hat, and bring more water than you think you’ll need. 

There are endless hikes to explore in Joshua tree and you won’t be disappointed no matter where you explore here. But, make sure to come prepared, respect the natural features, and watch out for the jumping cactuses.

Have fun soaking up the fun and catching a winter tan out in Joshua Tree and make sure to tag us in all of your adventures on Instagram @roofnest or #roofnest.

Cheers, Flock.

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July National Park Highlight: Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park, MI

Hey there, Flock! We’re back again this month with another National Park Highlight Blog. We’re excited to introduce you to this month’s destination: Isle Royale National Park. If you’re unfamiliar, Isle Royale is located in Michigan, within Lake Superior. This park offers a surplus of peace and solitude for outdoorsmen and women of all type. There is endless opportunity for backpacking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and camping. 

Lake Superior

Park Activities

Camping at Isle Royale is a one-of-a-kind experience. With 36 different campgrounds to choose from, you’re able to camp with Lake Superior access or on the Isle on an inland campground. The inland campground is only accessible by non-motorized boat. When camping in the park, it’s important to take into consideration how isolated it can be. Weather conditions can always take a turn, so be sure to pack an emergency kits and gear you may need, depending on the season. Campfires are not permitted at most campsites, providing an even more off the grid experience for experienced campers. One thing to note: camping gets very popular in the warmer months, so make sure to head to their site to confirm a reservation before your trip.


 

 

Gray Wolf in Isle Royale

Wildlife

Gray Wolves have inhabited the Isle since the late 1940’s. With the population fluctuating from around fifty in the 80’s to just two in 2018, your likelihood of encountering a wolf is very low. For this reason, no pets are allowed on the Isle and remember to practice safe camping practices. These wolves are unique apex predators who contribute to controlling the Moose population throughout the park. If you happen to see one, enjoy it! It’s a rare and beautiful experience. Moose have been on the Isle since the early 1900’s and their population in the area has varied from around 500 to 2,400 since 1980. 

 

So there you have it, Flock! If you get the chance to experience Isle Royale’s unique Lake Superior views, Wildlife, and hiking and camping opportunities. Be sure to pack your Roofnest down blanket for a light sleeping cover to keep you comfortable and protected on your adventures. Happy camping!

 

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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!