Two days in Joshua Tree National Park and Indian Cove Campground with Kids

Joshua Tree National Park is a gem! With a higher elevation than our other favorite desert camping location, Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree offers a desert experience with more vegetation, wildflowers, and of course, Joshua Tree’s fabled … [Read more...]

Fall pit stop: Upper Rogue River Trail

The Upper Rogue Trail outside of Prospect, Oregon offers several starting points for beautiful hiking in Southern Oregon. In the perfect location if you're traveling to or from Crater Lake National Park or Bend, Oregon, this 'off the beaten track' … [Read more...]

Bouldering with kids: Mill Creek and Avenue of the Boulders OR

When I say 'bouldering' I don't exactly mean the sport catching on among the outdoorsy type from Colorado to New Mexico. I mean 'clambering' or maybe 'scrambling', as we really weren't climbing high enough to need mats or helmets. However, I have … [Read more...]

Family travels in my own backyard: Crater Lake to the Rogue River

If gas or airline prices are keeping you closer to home this summer, you're not alone. Soaring prices and family commitments necessitate staying in our home region of Southern Oregon this July, too, but we're not letting it stop us from getting away … [Read more...]

Thimbleberry Cabin: winter escape in Southern Oregon Cascades

For a year-round mountain getaway in the Northwest, families can't beat the Southern Oregon Cascades. Easy to access from I-5 (to Highway 140), this region south of Crater Lake National Park and west of Klamath Falls is rich with national forest … [Read more...]

Crater Lake National Park and Lodge

One of the Pit Stops crew's favorite national parks is in our backyard: Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon. Open year round, Crater Lake is a true natural wonder that's (surprisingly) never swarmed with crowds. It's not too large a park as … [Read more...]

Regional Snow Parks: Winter’s Best Pit Stops!

If you're traveling by car this holiday season, or have a family vacation road trip planned for this winter, don't forget that snow parks can offer a cheap, fun, and festive alternative to traditional play spaces or restaurant pit stops. Often free … [Read more...]