EcoGear Travels – Royal Gorge Trail

Our friend, Jared, explored Royal Gorge Trail in Canon City, Colorado with our Snow Leopard 40L Hiking Backpack. Check out the video above to go along on the journey with him!

Canon City is located about 115 miles south of Denver and is well-known for its beautiful natural scenery. Royal Gorge Trail is the perfect trail for hiking beginners and experts, or just anyone who wants to enjoy a breathtaking view.

With our spacious 40L Snow Leopard backpack, hikers can bring all of their necessities to ensure their hike is one to remember. The main compartment includes a sleeve to hold a hydration bladder, so you can stay hydrated on-the-go.

Here’s are some of Jared’s memories from his time in Royal Gorge Trail:

Waking up in Red Canyon Park, Utah to a blanket of fresh snow was initially not a welcomed surprise. Laura and I were planning to go rock climbing that morning, but those hopes were immediately dashed as we crawled out of our campsite. However, trying to take advantage of the spring snow, we drove up the highway to the Royal Gorge area. Known for their huge bridge and incredible landscapes, we hiked along the canyon rim through the snow hoping for some good views. We were not disappointed. As the canyon came into view, a train was chugging along next to the river, with the soft snowflakes falling all around. After a short (and cold) stop for a snack, we headed back out to find the elusive sunshine.

Endangered Spotlight: Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep/ Ovis canadensis 
Current conservation status: Least concern (previously Endangered)
Population: 15,500-15,700

Jean Beaufort / Publicdomainpictures.net

The bighorn sheep was once endangered, but conservation efforts have brought them back to a stable population. Just as rugged and tough as the sheep, our Bighorn II and Bighorn 17 backpacks are built to last.

Continue reading

Greening your Easter

Happy Good Friday! Easter is almost upon us, and kids will enjoy a day with family while hunting for those hidden Easter eggs and other fun activities. As with any holiday, there are ways to reduce the environmental impact some products can have on the planet. In preparation for the exciting day, here are 5 tips to make your Easter Sunday a bit greener than the last. Continue reading

Packing for Musical Festivals with EcoGear

Ready to go out to see your favorite musicians perform? Music festival season has returned, and fans are preparing for nights full of great entertainment and company. If you have ever been to one of these festivals, you would know that most venues are strict about what can be brought into the concert. One good example is the size restriction on bags and purses. This may seem like an inconvenience for some, but think about it: would you want a heavy backpack to weigh down your night?

Hip packs (also known as fanny packs for some) have become a music festival staple! Not only do they fit snugly around your waist and keep your items close to you, but they also have plenty of room for your essentials. As such, EcoGear’s Skipper Hip Pack is a great accessory for next music festival.

Continue reading

10 Best Hiking Spots in the United States

Hiking is one of the best ways to escape from civilization for a while and just explore. Especially if you love the serene feeling of nature, finding a perfect hiking destination is a must. Whether you’re already planning your next hiking trip or just want to scope out some locations for the future, here are 10 breathtaking hiking spots in the United States (in no particular order because they’re all great!)

Continue reading

Endangered Spotlight: Ili Pika

Ili Pika / Ochotona iliensis
Current conservation status: Endangered
Population: Estimated 2,000 in early 1990s

Jacob W. Frank / Wikimedia Commons

Note: Because of copyright, the photos used in the post are of the related Collared Pika and not of the Ili Pika that is discussed. A photo available in in the article linked down below.

Never heard of the pika? It’s probably because this cute but rare Ili pika has only been spotted in the wild a few times (both times by the same person!). We wanted to celebrate this endangered small mammal with our modern Pika Backpack.

Continue reading