Courtney Johnson is a book author, freelance writer and teacher based in Erie, CO. Most of her days are spent chasing her 7-year-old daughter on hiking trails, down the hills on a mountain bike and up climbing routes. You can follow her adventures at: https://adventureswithmylittleray.com/.
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These are seven animals to look for during winter in the West.
These seven tips will help you make the most of your winter hiking excursions.
The Johnsons venture into US National Forests every year to find the perfect Christmas tree.
Here are seven tips for your first snowshoe adventure.
Make holiday dreams come true for the hiking enthusiast in your life with a gift that inspires them to get outside and on the trail.
Here are seven simple ideas to be active in the great outdoors this Thanksgiving.
Our family holiday kicks off in early December when we head to a national forest to cut down our yearly Christmas tree.
Here are some simple tips to ensure a trip to the water is both safe and fun.
Take in the change of the seasons while catching some of the best fish throughout fall.
Fly fishing is an exciting activity for the whole family. Learn how to get started in these seven easy steps.
Colorado is home to 58 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet. Commonly referred to as a 14er, climbing one of these peaks is a summer rite of passage for both Coloradans and outdoor enthusiasts who come to visit the state.
Here are some of the ice caves you can visit for an adventure that stimulates the natural senses.
Whether I am on a hike close to home or miles from home, I have come to rely on apps for knowledge and safety. These are the top seven apps in my arsenal that I use most when I am out on the trails.
From mid-September into October, male elk begin their yearly search for a mate. Here are some places around the United States where you can catch this fascinating display of machismo.
Here are five ideas for enjoying fall color and some of the places to do these activities around the country.
This new platform from the Montana-based company features GPS technology along with approximately 650,000 miles of trails, 450,000 points of interest and 24,000 topographic maps.
Here are just 10 of the many great glacier hikes you can find in the West.
Climbing to the top of your first mountain is exhilarating. Before you hit the trail, check out these seven simple tips for a safe and memorable experience.
Sand dunes offer a wide range of activities that are fun for your whole family.
A traditional summer activity on the Carolina shores is for beachgoers of all ages to head to the beach and go crab hunting.
Bouldering is an easy and accessible outdoor activity if you start with the right gear and the right training. Get started with these seven steps.
The West is one of the best places to view wildflowers and these eight hikes from various states showcase some of the best color to be seen from the trails.
Try out birdwatching for the first time with these simple seven steps. Stay close to home and discover all the bird species around you.
Seven easy campsite games and activities to try! These ideas will add even more fun and adventure to your camping trip. You can compete or relax and have fun day or night. The options are endless.
Keeping kids happy and motivated while hiking can sometimes be a tall task. Try any or all of these seven activities when a meltdown is soon to happen or trail boredom sets in.
These seven simple tips will help cache hunters of any age have fun and enjoy geocaching.
The American West is home to predatory animals, dry climates and high elevations. But the hikes are beautiful and worth it. Here’s seven things to know before planning a hike out west.
Use these 10 tips for your first camping trip with your kids.
Use this list of the top six most common types of campsites and campgrounds to decide which is right for your family.
Fishing with kids is a lot of fun, especially if it’s their first time. Make the trip even more enjoyable with these seven tips.