If you enjoy staying the night in the wilderness, you may already camp in a tent.
There are however other options if you want to camp outdoors in something different. Here are five exciting alternatives you’ll love:
Not your typical campsite or camping option, Hogans are traditional earth houses which Navajo people used to live in (and some still do). Hogans are built into a domed shape, with their doors traditionally facing east so Navajo people could get the morning sun and good blessings. If you are looking for an authentic Navajo experience, this is the perfect camping option for you. Building a Hogan varies in price, but luckily, there are renting options in Arizona that are far more affordable.
If you are more into traditional tent camping, staying in a TeePee is a great way to enjoy your slice of nature. All through the 20th century, teepees were used as living structures by the Plains Native Americans. These cone-shaped, tall, tent-like structures were made by putting up a skeleton of 20-30 wooden poles and stretching buffalo skin over it. The skin would then be pulled to a central point and tied together near the top. While teepees are no longer used as homes, they have remained some of the safest, most aesthetically pleasing and reliable camping structures for the lovers of the wilderness. And, guess what? You can rent a teepee in AZ!
Feeling nostalgic for your childhood days and all those tree house moments? Ah, who isn’t! But, it’s not just childhood nostalgia that links us to spending time in a tree house. The feeling of experiencing nature from above is phenomenal, too! Humans started building and living in tree houses many years ago, and modern civilizations have continued the practice – but for camping. There are even Airbnb tree houses for rent!
Drive away from cities and go camping under the stars, far from the light pollution of cities. Look up, and you’ll feel one with Nature, and one with the Higher Power. So, to enjoy nature in its full glory, get your small portable, lightweight bed, set it up at the spot that gives you a clear view of the vast and limitless skies, and get ready to be blown away. The most significant advantage of a cot is that you can place it virtually anywhere.
Hammocking became increasingly popular only a few years ago. At first, hammocks were simple (but strong) pieces of cloth that could be placed anywhere you liked: all you needed were two strong trees and voila! However, these days the whole hammock camping thing fancied up. Some hammocks come equipped with a cover, and a single bed allowing you to spend nights outside under cover.
Whichever of the above attracts you, being in nature makes sense. So try it!
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There’s no denying that the outdoor industry has a significant impact on Arizona economy. The proud state of Arizona is vast and has a lot to offer nature-wise. Even apart from the most notable landmark – the Grand Canyon – Arizona has a lot more to offer.
The state is the sixth largest in the US, and it offers incredible and awe-inspiring deserts in the south and colorful forests in the north. It’s filled with beautiful mountains and ski resorts like the ones in Flagstaff and Greer.
It’s also home to many Indian reservations of almost 30 different Native American tribes, including the Navajo Nation.
So how does all of that and the outdoor industry affect the economy of the state?
Billions of Dollars and Thousands of Jobs
The Outdoor Industry Association released a report in 2017 that provides some impressive numbers.
Each year, the outdoor industry generates $21.2 billion from consumer spending and an additional $1.4 billion from taxes. Because the state’s GDP is around $270 billion, these remarkable earnings - approximately 8% of the GDP - are indeed playing a significant role.
Besides, the industry employs more than 200,000 people – a number that cannot be taken lightly when you take into account that the state is home to only seven million people. Plus, you can also compare this to the aerospace, tech, and defense sectors which provide only 184,000 jobs combined.
The people of the state seem to be aware of their state’s natural wonders, as some 59% participate in some form of outdoor recreation every year. That makes them a lot more physically active than the average American citizen. Not a small achievement for every Arizona resident!
All in all, these numbers prove something important – the nature of Arizona has a massive impact on the people of the state, and it has to be cared for if we want it to provide such benefits to the economy through the industry that operates because of it. That’s why it’s crucial for anyone in power in the state at any time to never stop supporting the policies that protect the nature and invest in outdoor recreation.
Experience Arizona Outdoors for Yourself!
But there’s a reason for these amazing numbers! Arizona has so much natural beauty, it’s no surprise that outdoor enthusiasts flock here in great numbers.
It doesn’t matter if you live in Arizona or are planning to visit the state. Everyone benefits from spending some time in the great, beautiful outdoors. And there are just so many choices here for all fitness levels!
If you’re ready for the experience, contact us and let’s make a plan that will suit your specific adventurous spirit. We at the Arizona Adventure Cooperative can plan a whole trip for you and connect you with some of the best guides. We are sure that it will be a truly memorable adventure for anyone who seeks it!