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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Let’s just say you won’t ever accidentally arrive at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. This monument is located at the very end of hwy 15, a long and twisty two-lane paved road. Surrounded by what is now Gila National Forest, the Mogollon people lived in these cave dwellings from late 1200’s until the early 1300's.

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Visiting Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area For The Trails

Often times, the way I choose places to go next is by looking at a map and finding all the green public lands around us. That’s how we arrived at Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area. The sites I read online said it has around 93 miles of trails for hiking and riding (and horse riding).

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White Sands National Monument Hiking & Backpacking Tips

The dunes at White Sands National Monument aren’t formidable. They don’t cause a quick gasp of breath the way Great Sand Dunes National Park do. At around 60 feet tall, the sand dunes at White Sands are hundreds of feet shorter than the Great Sand Dunes. Walking out on the white sand brings the laid-back feeling of a beach trip whereas the sheer size of the Great Sand Dunes before you feel more like an outdoor adventure.

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Speleothems Of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Photos can't capture what it feels like to stand hundreds of feet underground looking at the most implausible things you’ve probably ever seen in real life. Put Carlsbad Caverns National Park on your list of parks to visit!

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The Unexpected: Stewart, BC & Hyder, Alaska

There’ve been a few places, since living in the Toaster, that have totally caught us off-guard. It’s the kind of unexpectedness where a breath gets caught on its way in.

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Tombstone Mountain Campground & A Rare Boondocking Site, Yukon

There's only one campground in Tombstone Territorial Park and by luck we found a pretty nice boondocking site about 12 miles from the campground.

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Welcome To Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon

Photos of Tombstone Territorial Park caught my eye. Its jagged peaks that reached straight into the sky and unbelievably colorful rolling tundra. Just Google “Tombstone Territorial Park” and you’ll want to book the next flight to Yukon. On top of that, the park area is referred to as “Patagonia of the North”. For me, Tombstone was going to be the climax of my time in Yukon.

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Five Finger Rapids & Midnight Dome In Yukon

The drive from Whitehorse to Tombstone Territorial Park is far, like 400 miles far. That’s too much mileage for us to make it in one go, especially knowing the Dempster Highway (which brings you to the park) is especially slow going in an RV. So we stopped at Five Finger Rapids and Midnight Dome on our way to Tombstone.

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Thachäl Dhäl Ridge Route, Kluane National Park

We had this kickass plan for hiking Sheep Creek trail in Kluane National Park. During our first trip to the Tachal Dhal Visitor Center, the ranger mentioned that we could make a loop out of the trail instead of hiking it as an out and back. We were excited to finally hike a loop trail in Yukon.

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What's Happening To Kluane Lake - Yukon's Vanishing Lake?

While at Kluane National Park we had been spending time in the southern end of the park. But there were two things we wanted to do in the section of the park north of Haines Junction: see Kluane Lake and hike Sheep Creek trail. Except we weren't expecting to see the lake this way...

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Mountain Bike To Samuel Glacier, British Columbia

Samuel Glacier is no doubt one of our top 5 places we visited while we were in Yukon this past summer. This is a place we insist you check out if you’re in the area. Though keep in mind that Samuel Glacier isn’t actually in Yukon, but in Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park, the most northwestern tip of British Columbia. It’s not far from the British Columbia/Yukon border, by Kluane National Park, about 70 miles one-way from our boondocking site next to Quill Creek. We left the Toaster behind and took a day trip there.

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My Love/Hate Relationship With National Parks

I remember my first national park. It was Big Bend National Park and I was a junior in college. We drove from Florida to Texas, picking up friends along the way until it was 6 of us in two cars driving the long distance across the longhorn state. We pulled into Big Bend in the dark, our car headlights catching a pack of javelinas scampering across the road.

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Ski Resorts That Allow RV Boondocking

The idea of being able to walk from our rig to the ski lift and not have to spend a shit ton of money on a snowboard trip is really enticing. Here's a list of ski resorts that offer overnight parking to RVers.

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Auriol Trail, Kluane National Park, Yukon

While Auriol Trail isn’t one of the best hikes in the park, it sure felt nice when we completed the 9 mile roundtrip hike in less time than it had taken us to finish some of the other shorter length hikes we’ve done in the area. The hike stayed in the boreal forest for the most part. After being spoiled with treeless views quickly into all of our other hikes, it was strange remain in the trees.

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