5 Best iPhone Apps for Outdoor Adventures

You can explore the great outdoors all year round, no matter where you live. Whether you want to find a new spot to travel to, get in touch with nature, or be safe while exploring, these apps should help any adventurer while they’re out and about!

 
Hiking - Guthook Guides
 
Hiking - Guthook Guides
 
by 15383 users
Free! - View in App Store

 

“Explore trails around the world while staying connected to your loved ones back home. Friends & family can now follow you as you hike with our new social feature.

Guthook Guides is the most popular app for hiking on long-distance trails! Explore the best trails around the world with your own personal handheld trail guide.

WORKS COMPLETELY OFFLINE
Each guide works completely offline, even in airplane mode. It uses your mobile device’s internal GPS to display your location and guide you along the trail no matter where you are. Whether you go on a day hike, section hike, or thru hike, Guthook Guides will help you find your way without getting lost on the trail. The majority of thru-hikers use our app on America’s Triple Crown trails which include the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAN FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURE
Invite friends and family to follow you on your adventure. Drop check-ins along the trail and leave message updates to let your followers know you’re safe. Adjust your privacy settings, approve followers, request to follow other hikers, and manage check-ins in the new Social Feed menu.

TRUSTED DATA
Guthook Guides has your adventure covered with detailed maps showing your exact GPS location, detailed trails, and useful waypoints. All of the data for our trails is collected by trusted individuals and partners, and is kept up to date.

Let Guthook guide your next adventure!”

 
Recreation.gov
 
Recreation.gov
 
by 115970 users
Free! - View in App Store

 

“Get out there, experience America, and bring home a story!

The Recreation.gov mobile app is your on-the-go solution for reserving thousands of incredible camping destinations. Return to your favorite spot or discover a new one by searching for the campsite that’s right for you.

The Recreation.gov app helps you find and book campsites and experiences, review location details for your trip, and quickly access information on existing reservations from almost anywhere.

Features:
• Search unique campgrounds and individual campsites across the country
• Discover personalized recommendations based on your location
• Filter search results by what’s important to you and your trip (price, amenities, site type, and more)
• View photos and maps of campgrounds and campsites
• Seamlessly switch between interactive maps and search results
• Check real-time availability and location information for individual sites
• Pay for select campsites and activities on the spot by scanning a QR code
• Learn about passes and tickets that get you into your favorite spots
• Review important details on activities, attractions, and experiences for your next trip
• Conveniently access your account information and all your reservations
• Find tickets, tours, and permits for amazing activities
• Access your digital tickets for a smooth check-in”

 
Seek by iNaturalist
 
Seek by iNaturalist
 
by 17253 users
Free! - View in App Store

 

“Use the power of image recognition technology to identify the plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of plants, birds, fungi and more!

• Get outside and point the Seek Camera at living things
• Identify wildlife, plants, and fungi and learn about the organisms all around you
• Earn badges for observing different types of species and participating in challenges

OPEN THE CAMERA AND START SEEKING!

Found a mushroom, flower, or bug, and not sure what it is? Open up the Seek Camera to see if it knows!

Drawing from millions of wildlife observations on iNaturalist, Seek shows you lists of commonly recorded insects, birds, plants, amphibians, and more in your area. Scan the environment with the Seek Camera to identify organisms using the tree of life. Add different species to your observations and learn all about them in the process! The more observations you make, the more badges you’ll earn!

This is a great app for families who want to spend more time exploring nature together, and for anyone who wants to learn more about the life all around them.

KID-SAFE
Seek does not require registration and does not collect any user data by default. Some user data will be collected if you choose to sign in with an iNaturalist account, but you must be over 13 or have your parents permission to do so.”

 
Sol: Sun Clock
 
Sol: Sun Clock
 
by 797 users
$4.99 - View in App Store

 

“What time is sunset today? Or sunrise tomorrow? When is the “magic hour” next March 20 in Paris? With Sol, you can check times and get reminders of solar events, at home or while traveling! Great for everyone looking to plan activities based on sunlight. Use it to remind you to walk the dog before dark, get up with the sun, or find golden hour time for that perfect photo.

Sol: Sun Clock is the Swiss-army knife of sunlight tools with a design inspired by the simplicity of the sundial. Use it to plan your day, guide natural sleep cycles, get the best light for outdoor photography, make sure animals or kids are safe inside before dark, or to map out the best times to go running or fishing.

* Be in tune: Sol will tell you when the golden hour is, how much sunlight you have left in the day or what time the next sunrise occurs.

* Look to the future, travel around the world: Sol lets you find sunlight information for any date, anywhere on earth.

* Find solar midnight and solar noon, and all three twilight (dawn and dusk) periods: astronomical twilight, nautical twilight, and civil twilight. Keep tabs on the next solstice and equinox.

* Reminders and Alarms: Use Sol as a natural alarm clock that you can set to any event (like sunset, golden hour or solar noon), and the alarm or reminder time will adjust gradually as the days change with the seasons.

* Automatic Location: Sol not only calculates the amount of daylight and sunrise and sunset times, but does so for any location in the world (both Northern and Southern hemispheres) by using your device’s GPS… no network connection required.

* Other locations: Optionally, use the built-in map to choose any location in the world by moving the pin, or search using the name of any city.

* Optional location-aware alarms. Sol knows when you change with your location; and as you travel it will adjust any alarms you set relative to sunrise and sunset times. Create alarms for multiple locations around the world.

* Detailed almanac information: Useful information about the day’s length, sun’s azimuth and elevation, equinoxes and solstices, and a friendly glossary that explains all the terms.”

 
First Aid: American Red Cross
 
First Aid: American Red Cross
 
by 257 users
Free! - View in App Store

 

“Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.

Ahora disponible en español.

Features:
• Easy to use Spanish language toggle to switch translation directly inside the app.
• Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios.
• Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.
• Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.
• Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies.
• Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge.”

 
Cairn: Hiking & Outdoor Trails
 
Cairn: Hiking & Outdoor Trails
 
by 433 users
Free! - View in App Store

 

“Cairn helps you stay safe on your hikes, runs and outdoor adventures. Easily share your plans with loved ones, find spots with cell coverage, download offline topo maps, see stats on your route, and record your hiking trail.

Named one of the three best map apps for navigating the wilderness by Outside Magazine.

GET FOUND IF YOU’RE OVERDUE
• Notifications: Safety contacts are notified when you’re past due
• Live tracking: Contacts can see your GPS location during your trip or hike
• Rescue advice: Contacts get important info needed to make intelligent rescue initiation decisions

STAY CONNECTED IN THE OUTDOORS
• Know where others have found cell coverage
• Download maps that are designed specifically for outdoor pursuits
• Send status updates with a single tap

SEE TRAIL STATS
• Get live distance, elevation gain and ETA stats for 4000+ hiking routes, summits, and trails worldwide
• Customize your ETA stat based on your activity type (hiking, running, skiing, horseback riding, snow travel, mountain biking) and speed
• Record and save your trail while you hike

CAIRN IS
+ Easy: It only takes a minute to set up a Cairn
+ Open: Share plans with anyone – no app required to view
+ Customizable: Control how often Cairn collects your GPS location and battery usage
+ Flexible: Great for hiking, backpacking, trail running, horseback riding, skiing, cycling, rock climbing, camping, hunting, fishing, boating and more”

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