Nudist Hiking, Rock Climbing
WEATHER PERMITTING, YOU CAN TAKE YOUR NUDIST LIFE ANYWHERE YOU DARE TO TAKE IT. WELL, ALMOST...
When it's a 102 degrees and sunny, why would you wear clothes? That's the logic of a Moab Meet-up group dedicated to naked hiking in the desert. "The freedom one feels is oceanic, but it isn't for everyone," said group leader Jenny. "It's open to anyone, but only the truly fit and lean would enjoy it. Ten desert miles up and down cliffs takes a certain amount of stamina. This isn't your typical "nudist" scenario; it's more like nudism taken to the next level."
Hide Your Clothes. Run.
KEEP IN MIND WE DON'T MAKE ANYTHING UP HERE.
For the truly adventurous, there's geo-caching. It involves putting your clothes in the club van, which disappears over the horizon, leaving you with nothing to wear until your hiking boots and GPS unit (your only accessories) take you to your second stash of clothes. Now, the parks have all sorts of tourists in them, few of them naked. How do you handle encounters? "Usually with a big smile," said Jenny.
Do National Parks Allow Nudists?
Is it legal? Technically, maybe (this land is our land, your land, etc.). The National Park Service official position is to look the other way.
A word of advice: Last summer one small group was fined for nude camping in Arcadia National Park. One group - total. Our adventurists logged more than 2500 nude camp-outs last summer, so one incident isn't bad. We're just sayin'.