Hiking Tips and Advice for Beginners

Wander…Explore…Discover…Imagine…HIKE!!

One of our favorite things to do in our RV adventures is search for good day hikes near new destinations!  As a matter of fact, it’s one of the reasons we choose for destinations.  Most of them are in National Parks and State Parks, but others, we find either by driving or location research (i.e. word of mouth, Google, fellow like-minded RVers, etc.).

 

Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park – Arizona

Painted Desert Petrified Forest NP

Petrified Forest National Park and Painted Desert is one of the least visited National Parks. Not understanding why it’s not as popular as other National Parks, we think it should be one of your bucket list destinations when you’re visiting the southwest United States. Its’ unique and vibrant natural features will lead your curiosity into wondering how these remnants were once a forest in the desert today.

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Scotts Bluff National Monument – Gering, Nebraska

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There’s a cool National Monument in western Nebraska that is rich in history of our country. We actually happened upon Scotts Bluff National Monument on one of our cross-country motorcycle trips pre-RV. But it wasn’t just the history that drew us to this strange bluff situated on the flatland valley along the Platte River. We decided to visit again but with purpose…

Chimney Rock National Historic Site – Bayard, Nebraska

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Between 1840 and 1869, visions of wealth and opportunity lured over 500,000 pioneers west to fulfill their dreams and a nation’s destiny. These emigrants started their journeys in Kansas and Missouri, walking more than 2,200 miles for months in pursuit of a better life. Since there were no road signs back then, they used natural landmarks to point the way. Along the Oregon Trail, they named a few of those Chimney Rock, Courthouse and Jail Rocks. Today, you can visit Chimney Rock National Historic Site to learn about them.

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