Visit the web page for Trail Ridge Road (U.S. 34), through Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and you will discover that it, “offers visitors thrilling views, wildlife sightings and spectacular alpine wildflower exhibitions, all from the comfort of their car.”
Now don’t get me wrong – this is totally cool if you opt to, (or have to) see one of our most amazing national parks from a car but, should you be lucky enough to have the choice, most wild places on our planet offer far more from a tent in the backcountry than through an air conditioned windshield. If that sounds like your style of trip, check out this quick review of the basic rules of backcountry travel that will make your journey better for you, and for those you’re sharing that “secret” spot with in the decades to come.