Five ways to camp right now.
LEAVE THE DETAILS TO SOMEONE ELSE
For family excursions without the sleepless nights, check into The Resort at Paws Up. Earlier this year, the Greenough, Montana, retreat debuted its secluded North Bank Camp, a small collection of two- and three-bedroom tents for adventurous groups. On a bluff over the Blackfoot River, North Bank has all the swanky amenities-underfloor heating, furnished decks, camp chefs, private butlers-that Paws Up is known for, plus a brand-new dining pavilion and firepit, where s'mores are browned to perfection. Bonus: Some of their cabins are now getting in on the glamping game too, with 500-square-foot tents to lure kids and kids-at-heart to camp out on the grass. From $2,783/night, including meals, for a two-bedroom for four people; pawsup.com.
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LIVE-STREAM AN EPIC MIGRATION
In B.C., even the water changes color in early October. At Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park outside Kamloops, the Adams River gushes red during one of the biggest sockeye salmon runs in North America. About 85 miles north, at Bailey's Chute in Wells Gray Provincial Park, chinook leap for their lives. To watch the action, overnight at nearby Dutch Lake Resort & RV Park campground, which is stocked with rainbow trout and kokanee-meaning you don't have to be a grizzly to catch salmonid. bcparks.ca; dutchlake.com.
UNLEASH YOUR PUP
Dogs have a hard time with heat, so venturing out in the cooler months means your four-pawed friend won't spend all day panting. To keep Fido snug and happy after sundown, set up the Ruffwear Highlands Sleeping Bag ($100; ruffwear.com) and Mountain Khakis Canvas Waterproof Dog Bowl ($30; mountainkhakis. com). For a trial run, book a stay at the recently opened Mendocino Grove (from $75; mendocinogrove.com), which allows leashed pets to roam the property's pines and curl up in an Airstream or European-style safari tent. A $15/night dog fee includes amenities like the use of a bathing station. Use it after your dog splashes around in Big River's bioluminescence nearby.
MAKE IT A WILD WEEKEND IN THE TETONS
Settle in at the closest campground to Jackson, Wyoming, for a mix of national-park discovery and cowboy recovery.
6:30 P.M. Once you've prepped your site at Curtis Canyon Campground, watch the sunset make the tops of the Tetons blush pink. Keep an eye out for pronghorns, coyotes, eagles, and-if you're lucky-wolves, on the National Elk Refuge below, fs.usda.gov.
10 A.M. After breakfast, pack some sandwiches and drive 11 miles west to the National Museum of Wildlife Art to get a primer on local fauna as well as a pop perspective on conservation with Andy Warhol: Endangered Species (through Nov 5j. On the sculpture loop trail, look for the newest addition, River Mates; it's a bronze heron, fish, and turtle scheduled to be revealed this fall, wildlifeart.org.
2 P.M. It's time to venture into Grand Teton National Park to see some fruits of the ongoing $ 19 million Jenny Lake Renewal Project. The interpretive plaza at South Jenny Lake features new viewpoints, and the rebuilt trails up to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point have spectacular unobstructed vistas, nps. gov/grte.
6:15 P.M. On your way back to your tent, take a detour up Signal Mountain Road and scan the forest line for elk. October is breeding season, meaning that travelers who encounter bulls at dawn or dusk have a good chance of hearing their piercing mating call and seeing them butt antlers with one another.
9 A.M. Set off on the Snake River with Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School to experience what some locals call "Rocktober"-all-star cutthroat trout fishing without the crowds. When the temperature and water levels drop, the fish swim into schools, making them easier targets. From $495; jhflyfishingschool.com.
6 P.M. Celebrate your ace angling skills and a weekend of roughing it at the new Anvil Hotel's Glorietta Trattoria in downtown Jackson. Dishes such as charred green beans with bacon, smoked sea-salt mushrooms, and a half- or whole rabbit are cooked on a wood-fired grill, glorietta jackson.com.
DIGITAL BONUS Our comprehensive guide to planning the best camping trip ever: sunset.com/camping.
Caption: NORTH BANK CAMP
Caption: SOCKEYE SALMON
Caption: A SLEEPING BAG JUST FOR DOGS!
Caption: MENDOCINO GROVE
Caption: THE TETON RANGE
Caption: LISTEN FOR THE ELK MATING CALL AT DAWN OR DUK