Mainstream Adventures

When You Constantly Push Your Limits You Will Never Reach Them

This Incredible State Park That You Need To See To Believe

This incredible State Park was one of the first in Iowa, dedicated all the way back in 1920.  100 years later Backbone State Park is still one of Iowa’s most popular.

Nick Chill Photography

There are many reasons Backbone is one of Iowa’s most beloved parks.  But more than anything, its the many diverse activities you can enjoy within the park that keeps people coming back year after year.

Backbone State Park

The well maintained hiking trails are rugged and winding, and cover more than 20 miles of Iowa’s most scenic country.  The most popular is the Backkbone trail this loop trail follows a tall narrow ridge line along the inside bend of the river with several overlooks into the valley below.

Picture owned by Lori Frisch

Backbone State Park is also one of the only parks in Iowa that allows rock climbing! Climbers and rappellers will find many challenges at Backbone with its cliffs of rugged dolomite limestone throughout the park. With the most popular climbing spots are located near the popular Backbone Trail.

picture is owned by Eric Hanson KCCI

Anglers know Backbone for its exceptional trout fishing.  The cold, clear, quick flowing stream is few by Richmond Springs, which pumps more than 2,000 gallons per minute and is located near the north end of the park. A variety of shady and universally accessible trails (portions paved) are available for enthusiastic anglers looking for their “secret spot.” Lake fishing is also available, however only electric trolling motors are allowed on the lake.  The lake is well stocked with bass, catfish, and bluegill.

Backbone State Park

Cyclists are also know to frequent the park, as the Northeast State Park Bike Route is a 130 mile route which connects Backbone State Park, Wapsipinicon State Park, and Pikes Peak State Park utilizing county highways.

This picture is owned by Moser’s Moments

With so much to see and do Backbone is a great vacation destination and has several overnight accommodation options, including campsites, within two campgrounds, and 16 different modern cabins to reserve. A boathouse for renting boats and a swimming beach as well as a concession stand are all located near the southeast end of the lake.

Iowa’s Photographer

Backbone State Park is located at 1347 129th St, Dundee, IA 52038

For more information, click here.

Folklore, Legend, And Natural Beauty All Come Together At This Stunning Waterfall

Pagosa Springs is well known for its incredible hot springs, outdoor recreational opportunities, and close proximity to attractions like Mesa Verde.  But just in case that wasn’t enough reason to visit,  this charming town is also located just 15 miles East of the gorgeous Treasure Falls.

Lars Leber Photography

This incredible waterfall is visible from the parking area, and stands over 100 feet tall!  If you want to get to the base, a short hike is needed.

Picture is owned by Tom Marcho

Treasure Falls cascades into Falls Creek, which flows into the San Juan River, which flows all the way to the Gulf of California.

Tom Marcho

As beautiful as the area is, its unique history and folklore is just as stunning. The name Treasure Falls came from Treasure Mountain, which as the legends goes, holds buried gold. In the late 1700s about 300 Frenchmen secretly entered the San Juan Mountains, which at the time was Spanish turf.  The story is the men struck it rich, but only two of them managed to return east.  Rumors abound that the men buried treasure somewhere in the area.  Although it is yet to be discovered. Whether you believe the legend or not the spectacular scenery itself is reward enough for venturing to this beautiful Colorado landmark.

Tom Marcho

If your ready to see this stunning site, head east from downtown Pagosa Springs on Highway 160 for 15 miles. The parking lot is just off the shoulder of the highway. Just left of the parking lot lies the trailhead. Follow the trail 1/4 mile to a bridge at the base of the falls.

For more information, click here.

 

 

This Amazing Attraction Is One Of The World’s Greatest Sites

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in southern New Mexico. It features more than 119 different caves, spread out over more than 73 miles of the Chihuahuan Desert.  This National Park is known for its beauty, both above and below ground.  Above ground you can find high ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus, and desert wildlife!  Below ground lies some of the most beautiful caves on Earth.

RewardsCards

The cave is located deep underneath the Guadalupe Mountains.  The Guadalupe Mountains are an uplifted portion of ancient reef, which thrived along the edge of an inland sea more than 250 million years ago. Preserved in the rocks are the ancient bodies of sponges, algae, snails, nautilus and more. This fossil reef formed the caves beneath the surface. Over time, sulfuric acid dissolved into surrounding limestone, creating stunning rock formations jutting down from the cave ceilings.

Photo by Peter Jones

There are two ways to enjoy the cavern on your own either by elevator, hiking, or both. Visitors may choose to hike the steep one and a quarter mile paved trail entering through the cavern’s Natural Entrance, which leads them into the spectacular one and a quarter mile Big Room Trail. You can simply take an elevator ride from the visitor center directly to the Big Room Trail.

Photo by Peter Jones

Most of the cavern trails you can enjoy on your own and are included in the general admission fee that you will pay upon arrival to the park.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Seeking a more adventurous cave experience? Choose from among several ranger-guided tours to reserve in advance. Tours range from relatively easy strolls to physically strenuous and mentally challenging adventure tours. Ranger-guided tours require hiking boots or hiking shoes with good aggressive tread. Boots with zippers will not be permitted on the tour. No sandals, flip flops, tennis shoes, or similar footwear.

Picture by Peter Jones

The visitor center offers many services, including a bookstore, gift shop, cafeteria, restrooms, a park movie, information desk, ticket counter, and hands-on educational exhibits. It’s also where you will find the elevator to lower you into the cavern 750 feet (229 m) in less than a minute.

Peter Jones

For more information, click here.

Carlsbad Caverns is located at 727 Carlsbad Caverns Highway in Carlsbad, NM 88220.

Tennessee’s Incredible Adventures

Firefox Mountain Adventure Park

For more information, click here.

Best Read Guide Smoky Mountains

Forbidden Caverns

For more information, click here.

This picture is owned by Chris Totsky

Wild Water Rafting

For more information, click here.

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift Park

For more information, click here.

Ride The Coaster At Goats On The Roof

For more information, click here.

The Tennessee Safari Park

For more information, click here.

Loch Low-Minn Scuba Diving Resort

For more information, click here.

 The Lost Sea Cave

For more information, click here.

This Incredible Family Owned Adventure Park Offers An Unforgettable Experience

Foxfire Mountain is an outdoor adventure park like no other.  This incredible park, has zip lines. hiking trails, ATV rides, and beautiful campsites to boot!  There are package tours for everyone from beginners to pros.  Foxfire Mountain has fun- filled activities the whole family can enjoy.

Foxfire is the perfect destination for a fun an exciting day that will keep adventure enthusiasts of all ages busy from morning to night!

Visit Sevierville

The 150-acre park features some of the most amazing zip-lines you will ever see, including the highest, fastest and longest lines in the Great Smoky Mountain Region.

The Waterfall Canopy Tour is one of the most popular attractions in Tennessee , and the only zipline in the area that actually zips over a beautiful waterfall.  This is a true Smoky Mountain jungle tour, where you zip from tree to tree.  This unforgettable tour lets you experience the majestic beauty of the Smoky Mountains as you soar across breathtaking mountains, scenic valleys, and meandering creeks.

If your looking for a bit more adventure, The Goliath Zipline Tour may be just what you need. This zip line course is the highest (475 feet high) in the Smoky Mountains and the longest course at that height. The 2-hour tour encompasses five extreme zip lines that will leave you breathless as you zip from mountain top to mountain top over pristine forest, meandering rivers and pastoral valleys below. This is the adventure of a lifetime that you will never forget.

If that wasn’t enough there is also an incredible ATV tour and the second largest swinging bridge in the United States! Then of course there is also the aerial ropes challenge course, and the GORILLA, a 60 foot tall rock climbing wall.

Best Read Guide Smoky Mountains

Whatever your passion for adventure is, there is no shortage of adventures to be had at Fun Mountain Adventure Park.

365 Atlanta Traveler

With so much to see and do, it might be a good idea to spend a night or two.  Foxfire Mountain has an unforgettable glamping option.  With over 150 sq miles of forest surrounded by pristine mountain views, Foxfire glamping lets you be explorer while enjoying the comfort of glamping in authentic canvas tents.  They offer comfortable well furnished accommodations, packed meals along with campfire provisions. Wake up to the sounds of nature on the 150-acre campground close to Smoky Mountain National Park.

Located just minutes from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Tennessee.

For more information or to book an unforgettable adventure, click here.

Forfire Mountain Adventure Park is located at 3757 Thomas Lane, Sevierville, TN 37876

Have The Time Of Your Life At This Incredible Adventure Resort

Looking for an incredible vacation destination, with a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation?  Than look no further,  Wildman Adventure Resort has exactly what you need!  This amazing resort is just the place to get away from distraction and immerse yourself into an area surrounded with natural beauty!

Located in the North woods of beautiful Wisconsin, Wildman offers a wide assortment of exhilarating adventure trips! Ranging from wild to mild, their trips have something for everyone.

The numerous activities include: paintball, kayaking, SUP trips, zip-lining, rock climbing, the  60 foot Alpine Tower, and of course some of the best whitewater rafting in the Midwest! Whether your looking for a relaxing float down the Peshtigo River or an adrenaline filled ride through  Pier’s Gorge on the Menominee River,  Wildman Adventure Resort is your one stop spot for relaxation, adventure, and fun!

Wildman Adventure Resort, in Athelstane Wisconsin, has a wide variety cabin rental and camping options to choose from. These options range from rustic to deluxe.  If tent camping is more your style, there are plenty of private, riverside campsites available with breathtaking views.  If a gorgeous north-woods deluxe cabin is more your style, they have those as well.  For a more unique experience there are a limited number of yurts available as well.

Wildman Adventure Resort has two amazing locations in the area, the Menominee Outpost and the Peshtigo River Outpost.

At the Menominee Outpost you can enjoy whitewater rafting, ziplining, paintball, rock climbing, and golf.

At the Peshtigo River Outpost activities include: whitewater rafting, paddle boarding, The Alpine Tower High Ropes Course, and kayaking lake tours.

In addition to the action adventures, they also provide catering, deluxe lodging, a beautiful golf course, exceptional fishing and hiking, and private access to miles of spectacular riverside trails. There are many other things to enjoy on the property including sand volleyball and horseshoes, an entertainment pavilion with fireplace, a fireplace lounge at the mercantile store, action photo slide shows of your adventures, free wireless internet and much more!!!

Whether you are visiting for a day or checking in for an extended weekend, you will have the time of your life at this incredible natural playground.

For more information or to plan your visit, click here.

New Hampshire’s Best Lodging

Adventure Suites

For more information, click here.

Peaceful Woods Yurt

For more information, click here.

Huttopia

For more information, click here.

Cozy Waterfront Cabin

For more information, click here.

Mt. Top Home for the Adventurous Spirit

For more information, click here.

Luxury Stone House

For more information, click here.

Amazing Treehouse

For more information, click here.

Tipi

For more information, click here.

Plan An Unforgettable Weekend At This Luxury Outdoor Resort

This amazing campground has everything your family needs for an unforgettable vacation.  Take your pick from the luxurious tree house, safari tent, retro camper, RV and tent sites.

 

Free Wifi, a swimming pool, and a beautiful pavilion are just some of the conveniences offered at Camp LeConte.  Book your room or site today.

 

Camp LeConte is located in beautiful Gatlinburg Tennessee, and has 40 different units to choose from.

 

The campground has numerous amazing attractions nearby! From outdoor activities like The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains Zip Line Tour to indoor things like Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Gatlin’s Escape Room Games you will always have something to do while you stay in Gatlinburg.

If that wasn’t enough, Dollywood theme park is only a few miles away!

Camp LeConte is a family owned and operated campground since 2013. Ian and Linzy Nicely, and their three children, are happy to have a family business where they can share the love of nature, mountains and Gatlinburg with all their guests. Ian is a lover of all things outdoors. Mix that with Linzy’s style and love of decorating and that’s Camp LeConte.

Camp LeConte is located at 1739 E Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

For more information, click here.

This Little Known National Park Is One Of Utah’s Best Kept Secrets.

For a state with five incredible National Parks, its easy to see how one might get a little bit overlooked.  Especially when the other four are, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, and Canyonlands National Park.  But just because its not as well known as some of the others, doesn’t mean its any less special.

Photo credit to Aleksandr Mironyuk

In a state where two-thirds of the land is federally owned, it can be rather hard for a natural area to stand out, however Capitol Reef National Park, is one of my personal favorites, and the smaller crowds make it even more enjoyable.

Photo Credit to Greg Owens

This beautiful park is located right in the middle of canyon country, and features some of the most amazing views in the west.

Photo Credit to David Long

In this day and age its not uncommon that parks feel more and more like an amusement park.  With long lines, congested trails and crowded parking lots.  At Capitol Reef its likely you will have large parts of the park all to yourself.

Photo Credit to Matthew Thompson

The park is a great location, for canyoneering! Some of the best routes in the park are The 5 Wives, Stegosaur Slot, and Cassidy Arch.

Capitol Reef is also a great place for hiking, there are fifteen day hiking trails with trailheads located along Utah Highway 24 and the Scenic Drive.  Round trip distances vary in length from less than 0.25 miles to 10 miles.  These trails offer the hiker a wide variety of options, from easy strolls over level ground to strenuous hikes involving steep climbs over uneven terrain near cliff edges. Hikes may take you deep into a narrow gorge, to the top of high cliffs for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area, under a natural stone arch, to historic inscriptions… and much, much more!

If your looking for a longer adventure, backcountry hiking is a great way to experience the park.  Capitol Reef offers many hiking options for serious backpackers and those who enjoy exploring remote areas. Marked hiking routes lead into narrow, twisting gorges, slot canyons, and to spectacular viewpoints high atop the Waterpocket Fold. Popular backcountry hikes in the southern section of the park include Upper and Lower Muley Twist Canyons and Halls Creek. Backcountry hiking opportunities also exist in the Cathedral Valley area and near Fruita…the possibilities are endless! A backcountry permit is required for camping outside of established campgrounds. The permit is free and can be obtained in person at the visitor center during normal business hours.

For more information, click here.

This Fantastic Park Has One Of The Midwest’s Most Stunning Waterfalls

The Outbound-Gooseberry Falls is one of Minnesota’s most popular state parks due to its easy access to several scenic waterfalls!

Gooseberry Falls State Park is the first State Park you hit traveling up the North Shore after leaving Duluth. Located 13 miles north of Two Harbors on Highway 61, Gooseberry Falls State Park a quick turn off of the highway which is very well marked with signs. Follow signs for Falls parking.

This picture is owned by John Keefover

You can stop by the Visitor’s Center to pick up a map of the park, visit some of the exhibits they have, or attend some of the naturalists programs they offer. After heading out, follow the signs for the Middle/Lower falls. It is about .3 miles to the popular Middle Falls. The path is paved the entire way and is wheelchair accessible.

Once you reach the falls, there is plenty to explore. The water level of the falls varies frequently, but if it is low enough, it is easy to walk through the shallow water and over the rocks to get close to the base of the falls. You can follow stairs to descend further along the river to see the lower falls. Alternatively, you can continue climbing the stairs and follow a path for about .3 miles to reach the Upper Falls. The short traveling distance is attractive to the many tourists that make Gooseberry Falls their first stop along the North Shore.

This picture is owned by Chris Edmonson

During the summer months, Gooseberry is very crowded as it is known as the “gateway to the North Shore.” To avoid crowds, try to get to the park during the earlier morning hours. Visiting during other seasons can also help avoid the large crowds and provide a nice change in scenery. The falls freeze over in the winter, but if you explore during these times be aware that the river ice is never completely safe. There is also a 2 mile round-trip hike to the park’s Fifth Falls that is often less crowded.

This picture is owned by Jerred Kline

The Minnesota Legislature authorized preservation of the area around Gooseberry Falls in 1933, and the area was officially designated a State Park in 1937.  In 1996, the Joseph N. Alexander visitor center was built, providing space for interpretive displays, a cinema screening room, and a gift shop. The visitor center hosts public events including nature, wildlife, astronomy, and music programs.

This picture is owned by Vasanth Rajkumar

This park provides 70 non-electric camping sites that are available year-round. There are 18 miles of hiking trails, including 8 miles of mountain bike trails. The trails connect to the Superior Hiking Trail. There are popular picnic and swimming spots found throughout the park.

The park is also home to a wide variety of animals, including white tailed deer, lynx, black bear, and timber wolf.  The lakes are also a popular fishing destination, with a large population salmon and trout.  Bird watchers will enjoy a variety of conifer-dependent birds, as well as ravens, and herring gulls.

This article was written by Allison Herreid, and the original article can be viewed by clicking here.

« Older posts