BE AWARE that the less weight you carry the more enjoyable your trip. Keep this in mind when making product selections, for example, a backpacking sleeping bag will stuff down 1/5th size or smaller than a regular sleeping bag and weighs much less.
A good rule of thumb is the higher the price of gear the lighter it weighs and has less bulk. REI stores have very knowledgeable staff and can give good advice, please make sure to discuss purchasing with us beforehand, this will assist in making sure you don’t buy the wrong items or gear unsuitable for a desert environment.
We have all of these items in stock and can rent or loan for modest fees; if you intend on backpacking more in the future purchasing these items are recommended. We are happy to talk with you on what works best, what price ranges to stick with, etc. You can also rent or borrow some of our gear to decide what works best for you on future trips.
Contact us to schedule a backpacking trip. We also offer day trips, bird watching, dark sky camping, and more.