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Outdoor Family Life – March 2014

Great times were had in March and I have a lot of things to talk about.  I won’t be able to fit it all in this post, but will just give a quick overview and have to come back later with some follow up posts.  We finished off the month of March with a road trip to Moab, Utah.  We visited 4 National Parks and camped in 5 new campgrounds across 4 different states!

Lessons Learned

  1. I need to visit more National Parks.
  2. Don’t plan on being able to get a campsite at a National Park.
  3. Get to Mount Rushmore before 7:00 am and you will have the park to yourself.


We definitely got some camping in during the month of March!  We took advantage of the kids’ spring break and headed out on a road trip.  We camped each night during our road trip and had the opportunity to stay in 5 different campgrounds.  It was a great opportunity to see what some of the camping is like in other states.  I tend not to stay in the same place twice, but I will put a couple of these on our list for specific return visits.  I will also get these added to my campground reviews in the near future.

Campgrounds visited:

Lake Anita State Park – Anita, Iowa

Chatfield State Park – Littleton, Colorado

Dead Horse Point State Park – Moab, Utah

Horsethief Campground – Moab, Utah

Angostura Recreation Area – Angostura, South Dakota


We didn’t do any extended hikes, but we did do quite a few short .5 to 2.5 mile hikes as a family.  We bought the kids their own CamelBak hydration packs for the trip to get them a little more excited about hiking and it worked.  I still had to carry our 4 year old Reid in the Child Carrier Backpack during some of the hikes, but the kids still had a good time.  We were able to hike in a couple National Parks and one of the State Parks that we stayed in.  I will post links to our GPS tracks soon.

Trails hiked:

Horse Shoe Point State Park, Utah

Rim Overlook

Big Horn Overlook

Canyonlands National Park – Moab, Utah

Upheaval Dome Overlook

Arches National Park – Moab, Utah

Windows Arch Primitive Trail

Delicate Arch Viewpoint

Skyline Arch

Sand Dunes Arch

Broken Arch

Mount Rushmore – Keystone, South Dakota

Badlands National Park – Wall, South Dakota


We did some single track mountain biking as a family while on our trip also.  My oldest Kyle is now on a 20″ mountain bike and he is loving it.  My youngest Reid has taken over Kyle’s old 16″ bike and is happy to be on a bigger bike.  The kids did great on the rides and it was nice to get out as a family on the bikes.  I was able to get a couple of rides in on my own on Slick Rock and Porcupine Rim.  Moab, was a great place to go and we found plenty of trails for the kids to ride.

Trails ridden:

Dead Horse Point State Park


Big Chief



Twisted Tree


Sand Flats Recreation Area – Moab, Utah

Slick Rock

Porcupine Rim

Klondike Bluffs Area – Moab, Utah



MOAB Brands Focus Area – Moab, Utah



Rusty Spur

Cross Country Skiing

I was able to get some more skiing in this month as well.  I am pretty much sold on skiing as a winter sport and am planning to get the family set up with skis for next winter.  The kids say they want to ski with me, so we’ll give it a try.

Trails skied:

Swedetown – Calumet, Michigan

Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids – Hancock, MI

Big Rock Creek Farms – St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

Miscellaneous Notes

On a road trip you get to see all kinds of sites and sometimes all kinds of nothing.  I really enjoy seeing what is between home and the main destination and always try to make the journey interesting.  We live in Minnesota and were able to stay in or drive through the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah and South Dakota.

Here are a few other Parks and/or Landmarks that we were able to see:

Site of the first recorded train robbery by Jesse James, Iowa

Rocky Mountains, CO

Loveland Pass, CO

Chimney Rock, Nebraska

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Badlands, South Dakota

Wall Drug Store, South Dakota

We had a great March and are looking forward to this spring.  We covered a lot of ground during our March trip and was able to see and do a lot.  I will get more updates out in the near future with photos, videos and reviews.  Let me know if you have any specific questions about the trip and I will focus on those areas first.

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