The Many Benefits of Backcountry Camping with Children

grand canyonBackcountry camping is the best kind of camping. Anything else is really just cheap lodging. I mean if you are going to camp it’s got to be in the real wilderness for you to understand and appreciate the great outdoors. It’s here that you’ll really enjoy the sounds, smells and joys of real camping.

But how do you go on a camping trip when you’ve got kids. Well, a couple of weekends ago we went for a camping trip in the Grand Canyon with our two young children. I guess we have a lot of experience with camping with the kids so I thought I’d share a few tips on what I’ve learned over the years.

Go Backcountry All the Way

Get off the campgrounds. Trust me when you go camping the idea is to get away from people. Besides, finding a spot in a campground, especially in the Grand Canyon can be difficult when you don’t have a reservation.

Drive outside the park and you’ll be in the national wilderness area. This is the perfect place to backcountry camp. Just head out on the trail or head into the park and find that perfect place to camp. Well, providing you’ve checked with the park rangers to make sure you meet all the regulations. When you backcountry camp you don’t bother anyone and the kids can be as loud as they want to be without having to worry about bothering the neighbors. What we do is just drive on a few of the unmarked dirt roads until we find a good spot. When you do this you generally don’t see anyone for miles.

So what are the benefits of backcountry camping? Well there are a lot of advantages to this type of camping:

The Best Way to Experience Nature

Backcountry camping offers a beautiful way for you and the family to experience nature without interference from other people. Its beauty in the raw, wherever you choose to camp. In fact, searching for the perfect place to camp is a major part of the fun especially for the kids. By walking through the woods, the water logged trails and rocky cliffs to get to that perfect spot you intensify the adventure, even if it is just a short distance from that off-road. For the kids this is a great way to observe all the natural elements that have been untouched by man.

Achieve Greatness

Backcountry camping is a great way to teach the kids about  nature, to reward their achievements and to give them credit for living in the real wilderness. It’s here that you figure out how to set up camp yourself, where to stay and what activities to enjoy without anyone else influencing your decisions.

It’s All Different

Things are different when you are really out camping instead of simply staying at a campsite. This allows you to focus your mind on  your surroundings, to focus on the crackling fire and to notice how the wildlife interacts with itself.

Become One With Nature

Backcountry camping lets you become one with nature. It allows you to teach children to become one with nature, to respect and love it, to see what others don’t. It’s here that you find solace in the birds, the four legged friends  you see far off in the distance, in the natural habitat of the marine life in the lake or area you are in.


Backcountry camping gives you a real chance to explore; to find the hidden trails that have remained unused for hundreds of years. It takes you back in time to those unused territories of the United States, those that can tell us the stories of our grandfathers and great grandfathers.