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Are you a single person over 50, or a couple in a similar age range, that would love to camp, fish, and/or explore Utah and surrounding states, but you would like someone similar to go with?

Do you have an RV, a trailer, or camping equipment? Let’s Go!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU!

MATURE CAMPERS has discovered folks who would love to get together for a 2-4 day trip into the backwoods, find a fresh stream, explore hiking trails, or visit a National or State Park. Some of us are good at hiking, while others are better at sitting around a campfire…and we all have stories to tell. The idea is companionship and fresh air, as well as enjoying nature together in our great State, and you don't need to be in great shape!

***UPDATE: DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC***

We adhere to the CDC guidelines for social distancing, being outdoors, keeping things clean and isolated, and wearing face coverings (optional when outside). All campers should bring their own food (no potluck meals) and have their own sleeping accommodations. We will have an opportunity to attend check-ins daily - usually in the evening. (Please contact the host of the trip to volunteer for an evening check-in. All that is required is to allow campers to come to your site. It is up to you if you would like to build a fire, invite other campers to sit and talk for awhile, allow snacking, etc. Volunteers are not obligated to do/provide any of these things.)

***now back to our regularly scheduled programming:***

We plan trips on three levels:

***Some people like to attend festivals, events, museums, and visit new areas and camp nearby;

***Some people would like to be in nature exploring, hiking, and sitting around a campfire with some basic facilities;

***Some people would like to find a flat place to pitch a tent with no facilities needed.

We will plan all three types of trips. We will identify campsites, trails, and scenic drives, make reservations when necessary, and members can sign up in groups of 2-4 (or more) as often as they want to go. We provide the opportunity to connect and get organized.

We also have connections with national groups that promote the RV and outdoors lifestyle, and who get together periodically for rallies and fun, so we might also make an adventure out of it and join them.

CARE TO JOIN US?

It is free to join our Meetup group for 6 months and get to know us. If you would like to continue, please participate by becoming a dues paying member, with dues of $10 a year.

We are always looking for people who would like to be a trip organizer, so if you know of a really great place to camp, please contact us and share your favorite spot!

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Glacier National Park in August

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August Glacier NP Adventure -- with optional extension to Island Park Idaho

Monday August 15th to Monday August 22nd

Glacier National Park
UPDATE (23 APRIL 2022): APGAR CAMPGROUND IS NOW OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS AT https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/10171274 THERE ARE STILL SITES AVAILABLE FOR OUR DATES (PROBABLY BECAUSE THE CONCESSIONAIRE HASN'T ANNOUNCED THAT IT IS OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS YET). THIS IS THE PREFERRED CAMPGROUND, AS IT ALLOWS CAMPERS TO BE IN THE PARK FOR THE DURATION OF THE STAY WITHOUT HAVING TO LINE UP AT ENTRANCE GATES TO ENTER THE PARK EVERY MORNING.

Update (Feb 2022): We will be at Emery Bay Campground (25ish miles outside of the park) since no sites inside the park are currently available

OVERVIEW:
How about escaping the August heat with a trip to Glacier National Park?

ACTIVITIES:
This is a do-your-own-thing outing. Everyone is in charge of their own reservations and meal planning. We will organize optional evening get-togethers where like-minded individuals are welcome to coordinate outings to hike, kayak or explore the area. Socially distanced practices will be observed. Some could choose to meet at trailheads while other may decide to carpool.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a famous drive providing breathtaking scenery of Glacier National Park. Some attendees have purchased tickets for the Red Bus tour of Going-to-the-Sun Road on August 17 (9:30a - 4:30p). There are many great hikes in the park and outfitters in the surrounding communities that will be happy to take you rafting or adventuring.

We will take turns hosting a social-distanced campfire in the evenings providing an opportunity for some adult company, friendly discussion of our outings and experiences, and possible plans for the next day. These are low-key bring-your-own lawn chair and beverage type events.

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OPTIONAL ISLAND PARK EXTENSION – August 23rd or 24th to 27th:
Those that are not in a rush to get back to the Salt Lake Valley may choose to add on an extension with a camping stop-over in the Island Park Idaho area for a few nights. There are a number of attractive campgrounds in the Island Park area and we are focusing our efforts on the Buttermilk Campground in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The park has 20 miles of hiking trails and is near the Henry’s Fork River. Google maps says the drive from West Glacier down to Island Park is about 7 hours, so I will plan to make that a two-day drive and arrive on the 23rd.

Buttermilk Campground reservations: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233826

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CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK OREGON

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Join me at Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon between Eugene and Klamath Falls Monday September 5-9 to enjoy the splendour of this miraculous lake. I promised myself 30 years ago that I would come back to this lake. Hook-up sites are fully booked but there are water only sites in Mazama Campground. Enjoy warm days and cool nights, hiking, boat tour, license-free fishing, evening ranger programs and swimming if you can bear very cold water. See Crater Lake Lodge built in 1915. Unfortunately, personal water craft are not permitted and swimming is permitted at only one location. Crater Lake is nearly 2,000 feet deep - the deepest lake in the USA. The lake sits at about 6,000 ft elevation but due to its depth it never freezes. This is bear country so food stuffs must be stored in locked vehicles. Specific sites are not bookable - the campground host assigns sites upon arrival. Coin operated showers are available as is a camp store. Book a campsite at: www.travelcraterlake.com After this trip I will be visiting friends and family in Oregon then heading to the coast for some beach time! It is a 11 hour drive to CLNP from SLC.

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