The Art of Glamping Yasmine Jakmouj

Colorado Springs, Colorado

The very first trip my family took to Colorado was in 2006, when I was 7 years old and my brother was 4 years old (the last one didn't exist yet). We found a nice campground to stay at, Lone Duck, just outside of Colorado Springs. The very first day there we went up Pikes Peak in Pike National Forest, and took breaks from the drive to get out and hike a little or pan for gold at the reservoir. The next place we visited in the area were the Manitou Cliff Dwellings where we watched a traditional Native American dance. Our next stop was at Cave of the Winds and then Garden of the Gods. It was and still is by far my favorite place to visit in Colorado, and every year that we go we make sure to stop by there at least once.

Upper Left: Manitou Cliff Dwellings Upper Middle: Ahmed and I at the first stopping point, Crowe Gulch Upper Right: Family at the top of Pikes Peak Bottom Left: Dad, Ahmed, and I at Garden of the Gods Bottom Right: Family horseback riding at McNamara Ranch

Badlands National Park

In the summer of 2012 my family decided to take a trip up to South Dakota. We arrived in the evening, and after setting up our camper and eating dinner, we went to a nighttime ranger talk. They told us a Native American legend about the area and we stargazed for awhile before going back. The next couple days were spent going on hikes and climbing the big rock structures in the Badlands. After that we drove a little further to the Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse monuments. That same evening we thought it would be cool to go on a drive through Custer State Park, which is known for its abundance of wildlife.

Left: View of Mount Rushmore from below Right: Herd of bison at Custer State Park

During the summer of 2015, my family decided to extend our normal summer trip to Colorado and go up to visit Yellowstone as well. My mom had only been once before when she was a child and for the rest of my family this would all be our first visit. It was a very long drive, but as soon as we made it to the park we were all excited and ready to explore. We camped at Madison campground which was on the left side of the famous loop, and set up our camper as soon as we arrived. That night, we attended a ranger talk that was held close to our campsite, and learned more about the history of the park.

Left: Our dry campsite at Yellowstone Right: My brothers and I playing down by the river by our campsite

We camped at Yellowstone for 4 nights, and 3 days. There were many activities to do and sights to see, but our favorite was probably going on ranger led activities. Every hike we took with a ranger was filled with fun facts as they told us more about the land and the history behind it. We saw a lot of wildlife during our various hikes and drives too; elk, deer, grizzly and black bears. On our last day at Yellowstone we drove the entire loop, stopping to see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the MUD POTS, and the geysers.

Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin
Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Glacier National Park

  • In the area evidence has been found that suggests it had been used by humans for the last 10,000 years
  • European explorers "discovered" the land and eventually it became the country's 10th national park in 1910
  • Activities offered at the park include hiking, camping, fishing, boat trips, horseback riding, rafting, and more!
Avalanche Lake - Glacier National Park
Different places to visit in Banff National Park

Banff National Park

  • The park was discovered in 1883 and became Canada's first national park and the world's third
  • The landscape is very diverse with valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows, and rivers
  • There are a multitude of activities people can engage in at the park; boating, camping, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, swimming in the famous hot springs, and more!
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - Saint Augustine
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