Trek Southwest - Hiking and Camping the Desert Southwest

Every time I mention to people that I love to tent camp – I get looks of dismay. Of course it’s a whole different story when you tell a kid you love to tent camp. They’re usually right there with you. But I find that when I dig down into the why that people don’t love tents is a lack of know-how. Most inexperienced campers simply don’t know how to set up a tent. But I’m here to walk you through basic tent setup step-by-step. It’s incredibly easy!

Tent Setup

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Boquillas Hot Springs – Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails

A short day hike down to the historic Boquillas Hot Spring on the banks of the Rio Grande.  If you’ve spent the day, or a few days, hiking in the rugged Big Bend Region, the perfect way to soothe your sore muscles and feet is a soak in the 105 degree Hot Springs along this trail. It […]

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Butler Canyon Trail – Greer, Arizona

Arizona

Butler Canyon Trail is a very short, but absolutely gorgeous nature trail in Greer, Arizona. We wanted to check it out because we’d seen the view from the trail’s start used several times on websites promoting Greer as a vacation destination. And after hiking the trail – I can see why. It’s a family-friendly little […]

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Tuff Canyon Trail – Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails

Tuff Canyon (not to be confused with tough) in Big Bend National Park is an easy day hike down into the bottom of a canyon consisting primarily of a soft rock made out of volcanic tuff (volcanic ash). This canyon has been carved by thousands of years of rainfall, falling high in the Chisos Mountains to the […]

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Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs

Camp Cooking

My family loves spaghetti and meatballs, but to take it camping just seemed like such a hassle. Between boiling the pasta and cooking the sauce and meatballs – it was just too much work for camping (and too many dishes to clean!) Until I discovered that you can do it all in one skillet! I […]

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National Geographic is Giving Away Free Topos

Odds and Ends

Here at Trek Southwest, we love free stuff. Camping and hiking gear is expensive, so whenever we find something that doesn’t drain the bank account, we take full advantage. National Geographic is now allowing you to download and print free USGS Topographic Quads covering virtually every inch of the United States, right off of their website. One […]

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Pole Knoll Recreation Area – Greer, Arizona

Arizona

My family recently went on a week-long camping trip in the Greer, Arizona area and absolutely fell in love. The Greer area was one of the hardest hit places when the Wallow Fire burned in 2011. The area is recovering nicely though and there is a ton of regrowth. While we were camping – we […]

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Dutch Oven Campfire Biscuits

Camp Cooking

I really love biscuits, but I’ve always been a little too intimidated to try them from scratch while camping. I usually just grab some of those canned ones and haul those along in the cooler. But now that I’ve got a dutch oven – I decided it was finally time to give them a go. […]

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Homer Wilson Blue Creek Ranch – Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails

The Homer Wilson Blue Creek Ranch Trail is a short hike off of Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive in Big Bend National Park down to a small ranch house in the Blue Creek Valley. The small ranch house that you’ll find here wasn’t the main house for the Homer Wilson Ranch, but only a secondary house for […]

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Courthouse Butte Loop Trail – Sedona, Arizona

Arizona

The Courthouse Butte Loop Trail in Sedona, Arizona is a lovely, family-friendly moderate 4.2 mile long hike that wraps around both Courthouse Butte and nearby Bell Rock. Bell Rock is one of the vortex sites in Sedona. This is a heavily used trail with easy access from two different parking lots. The day we visited […]

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The Dorgan-Sublett Trail – Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails

The Dorgan-Sublett Trail is one of the newest trails in Big Bend National Park, being turned into an official trail in 2008. They had to turn this area into an official trail since the ruins of the old ranch could be seen by passersby on Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. People would see the ruins, stop their […]

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