Our first Colorado camping trip this year was in the Rio Grande National Forest, west of the San Luis Valley.

In May, it can still be frigid and snowy in the Colorado mountains, so we chose a lower-elevation destination. …


For most campers, fall and winter are the time to stow our camping gear until camping-friendly temperatures return in the spring. Here we’ll provide a quick run-down of the critical steps to ensure your camping gear successfully weathers the winter.

Storage locations

You may want to keep camping gear somewhat accessible so…


In the market for camping gear? Of course, you can visit your local outdoor store or friendly online retailer and pay top dollar for new-model camping gear. But that’s not the only option-you can also find bargain-price new gear from various retailers, buy “pre-loved” camping gear, or rent gear. …


If you like to camp and take road trips in the American West, you’ve surely run across sagebrush frequently. Sagebrush may seem at first blush a rather ho-hum plant, but in fact it plays a critical role in Western ecology.

Sagebrush is an emblematic plant of the West, covering 165…


I’ve grown to love downhill mountain biking almost as much as skiing, which is really saying something.

Like skiing, downhill biking reliably puts me in the precious state of flow: that elusive, magical experience of losing yourself in a challenging task that’s in the sweet spot between boredom and anxiety.


I tested out my new 360-degree camera while snowboarding/skiing the other day and it forced me to think of video in a whole new way.

Smaller than a fist, the Rylo 360 camera packs in some amazing technology and is among a new breed of action cameras.

Here are some…


The summer was nearly over and I still hadn’t climbed any 14ers, so I set out to rectify the situation with a trip to the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado.

The San Juans — Colorado’s biggest and wildest range — are home to more than a dozen mountains above…


One thing I love about fall in Colorado is the changing of the aspen leaves.

On my way back from the San Juan Mountains, I stopped at one of our favorite camping spots with hopes of capturing some drone footage of the fall foliage.

During our previous visits over the…


We love Crested Butte and the mountainous terrain around the ski town in Central Colorado, so we try to get there at least once a year.

This summer, we camped for a couple of nights on the way to a hotel near the ski resort, then camped again on the…


On the final day of my road trip to Utah, I made a quick stop along the Colorado River near Moab to shoot some video with my drone.

I set up my launch pad on a roadside pullout along Utah 128 and took the Phantom 3 for a spin, moving…

Mitch Tobin

Award-winning author, multimedia journalist, and FAA-certified drone pilot.

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