One of the great things about ATV camping is sitting around the campfire at night talking about the days ride and telling stories. But what if fire restrictions are in place for the area you are planning to camp at? ATV camping without a campfire is not the end of the world, it is just a different experience.
Part of planning your ATV camping adventure is making sure you understand the fire restrictions, if any, that may be in place for the area you are planning a trip to. If fire restrictions are in place don’t let that detour you from ATV camping. ATV camping without a campfire can still be a rewarding experience.
So instead of sitting around the campfire at night you may have to settle for an lantern. When fire restrictions are in place a LED lantern is preferred to minimize the fire danger. Depending on the fire restrictions a gas powered lantern may still be allowed, I just would rather use an LED lantern.
No campfire also means no heat so make sure you have some warm clothing, especially if the night temperatures are known to drop significantly. Chemical warming packs can help also. Without the ambiance and calming effect of a campfire you may want to plan some night time activities.
A night run on the ATVs is always fun, some may prefer a moonlit hike or listening to music. Just relaxing in a chair watching the night stars and moon is fine also. You will find there is still plenty to do without a campfire.
Also depending on the fire restrictions in place, gas stoves may be allowed for cooking. But if stoves are not allowed plan your meals accordingly. There are many MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) and freeze dried meals available with heat packs so you can still have a warm meal without a fire.
A campfire also helps keep the pests away like mosquitoes and other back country insects, so pack extra bug spray. Much of the back country wildlife will stay away from a campsite if there is a campfire. When planning your trip a quick call to the area management can give you more information on the insects and wildlife prone to the area.
Campfire or no campfire, if you are camping in bear country proper food storage and a can of bear deterrent pepper spray is a good idea. When the fire danger is high you always want to be on alert for the smell and signs of smoke. You don’t want to get caught in a back country wildfire.
ATV camping without a campfire is just a different way to experience the outdoors. Through careful planning and preparation you can still have an enjoyable ATV camping experience.