This page provides an alphabetical listing of some of the basic hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, camping, and archaeological terms that one might encounter while preparing for an adventure in canyon country. The definitions on these pages are meant only as a beginning, a point from which to get familiar as quickly as possible with the jargon of the trail. Please do not consider these explanations as definitive nor comprehensive. There are outside resources listed and linked for more in-depth definitions.
The aquatic young of mayflies, stoneflies, dragonflies, and damselflies.
A type of "plastic" bottle that holds up well under the harsh conditions of hiking and camping. Originally designed to store chemical reagents, the plastic resists taking on the smell of the liquid or ingredients it contains. A very popular type of water bottle, especially the wide-mouthed variety. They hold up for years.
See Slot Canyon.
Plant or animal that originated in the region in which they live.
National Battlefield Park.
National Battlefield Site.
National Historical Park.
NHP and PRES
National Historical Park and Preserve.
National Historical Reserve.
National Historic Site.
Role of a species within a community.
National Lake Shore.
NM and PRES
National Monument and Preserve.
National Marine Fisheries Service.
National Military Park.
N and SP
National and State Parks.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Active at night.
Having the shape of, or composed of, irregular lumps of rock or mineral.
National Park Service.
NP and PRES
National Park and Preserve.
National Recreation Area.
Natural Resources Conservation Service.
National Recreation River.
National River and Recreation Area.
National Scenic River or Riverway.
National Scenic Trail.
The family of Uto-Aztecan languages in the western Great Basin that includes the languages of the Ute, Southern Paiute, and Western Shoshone tribes.
Nut-like, but small; used to describe any small, thick-walled, dry seed.
The terrestrial young of insects with simple metamorphosis.