The Appeal and Value of Outdoor Recreation

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Camping remains one of the most popular recreational activities for all ages and backgrounds, whether the camping takes place in a recreational vehicle, a tent in a national park, or just in the backyard. In 2013, the revenue from campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks was about $5 billion U.S. dollars.

There are certain appeals to camping that make it such a popular outdoor recreational pursuit. For instance, the physical activity that comes with camping helps people stay or get in shape. Someone weighing 155 pounds will burn 281 calories per hour, while someone weighing 205 will burn 372 calories per hour. For the same weight levels, carrying between 10 to 15 pounds will burn nearly 530 calories per hour, or nearly 700 calories per hour.

In 2014, consumers spent more than $1.5 billion on camping equipment, with a large portion of that expenditure coming in backpacks and sleeping bags. Americans are camping, in large part because of the physical activity. But, also, to be closer to nature.

It may be surprising that different age groups also love camping. For instance, millenials love RV parks. Some believe that camping helps family stay together. So there are many different reasons for camping and why people enjoy camping.

One of the most enjoyable pursuits by some who love to be secluded in nature is renting a cabin. Cabins offer the possibility of being away from most of society, the hustle and bustle of the town and city life, and completely ensconced in the beauty and enjoyment of mountains, cliffs, bluffs, and wildlife.

Renting cabins may prove tricky, as they can be difficult to find. Searching for a reputable cabin provider online can help with the process of renting cabins or finding the best cabin to rent.

One national park that is enjoyable to visit, whether it is renting a cabin, camping, or just hiking is the Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rocky Mountain National Park covers more than 260,000 acres, or nearly 360 square miles, making it one of the largest national parks in the country.

Whether you are camping or hiking or just parked in an RV, the Rocky Mountain National Park offers strong options for hiking that are difficult or impossible to replicate within other parks in the country. There are 355 miles of trails that a hiker can traverse in the park.

A great place to stargaze is Trail Ridge Road, which climbs to a height of over 12,000 feet. The elevation of the trail and the ease of access, as you can drive up to a high spot, make it one of the best possible locations, some say in the world, to stargaze.

There are other national parks as well, such as the Smoky Mountains National Park, that offer options for stargazing, hiking, camping and generally being out there in nature, enjoying the quiet that almost never completely comes in the city environments and other urban locations.

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