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75 Favorite US Boondocking Destinations (by State)

| Updated May 12, 2024

An ultimate list of favorite boondocking destinations across the United States, organized by state!

Jennifer and I have been boondocking across the U.S. for over a decade. We have stayed in countless national and state parks, on BLM land, and camped overnight on stunning private properties (with permission.)

We’ve also met countless other boondockers that have shared their favorite places and are always on the lookout for more great recommendations.

So, this list of favorite US boondocking destinations includes places we’ve stayed and places that come highly recommended. Boondocking is also called Dispersed Camping – and if you need more info on this type of camping, this post explains it –Dispersed Camping Guidelines.

We’d also love it if you shared your recommendations in the comments below so we can continue to add to this list. 

75 Favorite US Boondocking Destinations

As I mentioned, this list is compiled of boondocking locations across the US that we have personally enjoyed or have learned about through research and recommendations. Some are specific campground or GPS coordinates, while others are simply must-see destinations for boondockers.

One great resource we like is Leisure Travel Vans’ user-recommended boondocking list. We agree with many recommendations on their list and have added some to our boondocking bucket list as well.

We also highly recommend you read How To Find Boondocking Sites to see what other resources we use regularly. And two of our favorite sites for camping information on these sites – The Dyrt and Campendium – Free Camping. And if you really want to dig into this even more – FreeCampsites.net is for you!

**This is important** Some of these links go to a National Park or nearby town; you'll need to do a little more research to find an actual GPS location as there will be many, but this will get you started!

**Also Important** These might be boondocking or dispersed camping sites, but many do have fees.

Arizona

Coconino National Forest (Flagstaff, AZ)

Grand Canyon Camping (Tusaya, AZ)

Indian Bread Rocks Rec Area (Bowie, AZ)

Grand Canyon North Rim Campsite (Jacob Lake, AZ)

Quartzite (Quartzite, AZ)

photo of desert campers near quartzsite, az
The desert around the tiny town of Quartzsite AZ is one of the best snowbird destinations for tens of thousands of RVers

California

Alabama Hills (Lone Pine, CA) 

Blair Valley – Anza Borrego Desert (Shelter Valley, CA)

Changala Winery (Templeton, CA)

Humbolt National Forest (Burlington, CA)

Indian Cove (Pinto Wye, CA)

Joshua Tree National Park, Jumbo Rock Campground (Twentynine Palms, CA)

Kaweah Rec Area (Lemon Cove, CA)

Sawtooth Canyon (Lucerne Valley, CA)

Tuttle Creek (Lone Pine, CA)

Yosemite Stopover (Mono Mills, CA)

Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park

Sacred White Shell Mountain (Mosca, CO)

Stub Creek Recreation Site (Bellevue, CO)

Idaho

Scout Park (Bruneau, ID)

Iowa

Many Sites in Iowa

photo of our spot while florida boondocking camp at eglin air force base
Our spot while Florida boondocking during our camp at Eglin Air Force Base

Florida

Eglin Air Force Base (Western FL Panhandle)

Ocala National Forest

Tate’s Hell State Forest

Many Other Places in Florida

Michigan

Big Knob State Forest Campground (Gould City, MI)

Brevoort Lake Campground (Hiawatha National Forest, MI)

Pigeon River County State Forest

Presque Isle Campground (Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park)

Indian Lake State Park (Manistique, MI)

Finally! Mike and Jennifer's Michigan Bundle
(Michigan's Lower Peninsula AND Michigan's Upper Peninsula)

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This Michigan Bundle contains our ever-popular Guide to the Upper Peninsula PLUS our newest Guide on the LOWER Peninsula! Here's a little on both ebooks (not a printed book):

Michigan's Upper Peninsula Adventure Guide: This ebook is a seven stop guided exploration of the Michigan UP. We provide a suggested route and itinerary, links to multiple campgrounds and boondocking spots, and the best spots to see along the way. Don’t plan your trip to the Upper Peninsula without it!

Michigan's Lower Peninsula Adventure Guide: This guide explores the Lower Peninsula, also known as ‘the Mitten.” You can easily spot its mitten shape on the map. Most of this guide follows the coast of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, with a little bit of Lake Erie down near Detroit.

You are in for a HUGE adventure with this ebook bundle of the best of Michigan for RVers!


Montana

Devil Creek Campground (Essex, MT)

Otter Creek Fishing Access (Big Timber, MT)

Taylor Fork Designated Dispersed Camping (Custer Gallatin National Forest, MT)

Nevada

Hickison Petroglyphs Rec Area (Austin, NV)

New Mexico

Cosmic Campground International Dark Sky Sanctuary (Alma, NM)

Dog Canyon Campground (Alamogordo, NM)

New York

Peconic River Campground (Calverton, NY)

North Carolina

Camp Springs Bluegrass Park (Elon, NC)

Ohio

Lane Farm Campground (Marietta, OH)

Oregon

Blue Heron Cheese Company (Tillamook, OR)

Cook’s Chasm (Yachats, OR)

Rufus Landing Recreation Area (Rufus OR)

Pennsylvania

Meepah Ventures (Bedford County, PA)

Rhode Island

Many places in Rhode Island

South Dakota

Buffalo Gap National Grassland (Wall, SD)

Nomad View (Wall, SD)

Reva Gap Campground (Reva, SD)

image for driving the natchez trace in an rv

Tennessee

Meriwether Lewis Campground (Natchez Trace, TN)

Natchez Visitor Center (Natchez Trace, TN)

Texas

Brazoria County Public Beach (Surfside Beach, TX)

Magnolia Beach Camping (Port Lavaca, TX)

Utah

Canyonlands National Park 

Capitol Reef Park Overflow (Garfield County, UT)

Casto Canyon (Panguitch, UT)

Lone Rock Beach (Lake Powell, UT)

Tucson Estates (Canyon Point, UT)

Valley of the Gods (Mexican Hat, UT)

Zion Outskirts (Virgin, UT)

Zion Wright Family Ranch (Virgin, UT)

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Vermont

Many Sites in Vermont

Washington

Minnie Peterson Campground (Forks, WA)

Ranger Creek Airstrip (Enumclaw, WA)

West Virginia

Lake Sherwood Road Dispersed Camping

Anthony Creek Dispersed Camping

Stonecoal Dispersed Camping Area

Wisconsin

Connell’s Family Orchard (Lafayette, WI)

Wyoming

Buffalo Valley Road (Moran, WY)

Lake Hattie

Lily Lake Camping Area (Shoshone National Forest, WY)

North Crandall Trailhead (Shoshone, National Forest)

North Platte River (Fort Steele, WY)

Upper Teton View / Toppings Lake (Elk, WY)

We Need Your Recommendations!

You may have noticed that the above list doesn’t include all 50 states, and we only have a few places listed in some states. That’s why we need your help! Please share your favorite boondocking destinations in the comments below. 

Boondocking Tips & Resources

Come on along with us as we go boondocking in the 100,000-acre Pigeon River State Forest in Northern Michigan, a beautiful wilderness area dubbed “The Big Wild.” We hike, view the elk that make this area home, and offer up lots of dry camping and boondocking tips.

Click the video below.

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Here are some more boondocking resources:

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Beginners Guide to Boondocking (one of our most popular ebooks) and one of our newest ebooks, The Ultimate Guide to Free and Cheap RV Camping!

ebook #1: Beginners Guide to Boondocking

We created a 65+-page downloadable digital guide to help you understand the nuances that come with boondocking, the most common boondocking problems, and what you need to do to get your rig “boondocking-ready.”

ebook #2: The Ultimate Guide to Free and Cheap RV Camping

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Mike Wendland

Published on 2024-05-12

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

13 Responses to “75 Favorite US Boondocking Destinations (by State)”

May 13, 2024at11:18 am, Gail Brown said:

Nothing listed for Arkansas? It is The Natural State after all & offers many beautiful places to camp with lots of fantastic water views. Like the Buffalo River & Lake Ouachita just to name two of many. Y’all should definitely come check camping in Arkansas out.

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May 13, 2024at9:10 am, Kris Zuppan said:

Padre Island National Seashore, TX

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May 13, 2024at8:11 am, Stephanie Mullen said:

Don’t forget Flaming Gorge in Southwest Wyoming and a bit into Utah. Everyone should visit Red Canyon Lodge near the dam. Beautiful area!

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May 15, 2024at3:07 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thanks for those additions! Team RV Lifestyle

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May 07, 2024at12:08 pm, Stephanie Mullen said:

You can boondock in the Windriver Mountain Range in Southwest Wyoming. Don’t recommend motorhomes, and 5th wheel campers will have to drive slow and watch for a few low tree limbs. But it is a great place to go! Lots of trails, lakes and wildlife!

Love your site and all the information! Such a great help! Thanks!

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May 09, 2024at1:49 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thanks for sharing a space and thank you also for the encouragement! Team RV Lifestyle

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February 02, 2023at8:07 pm, Tom Torrella said:

Bonneville Salt Flats have some great (weather permitting!) BLM to boondock with plenty of resources nearby in Windover. LP, dump, water, supplies, etc. We enjoy Silver Island Mtns. Off exit 4 in November & March/April. We use instagram sharing pics as cirrus820travelers.

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February 01, 2023at10:56 pm, Peter Donaldson said:

I would highly recommend the Taylor Park, CO area in the Gunnison National Forest. It is our favorite boondocking location. Big Bend National Park Also has some great boondocking dispersed sites, but you have reserve in person at the Ranger station. White Wash Sand Dunes near Green River, UT is another great boondocking location. I have personally stayed at all of these locations

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February 02, 2023at8:49 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thank you for adding these to the list, Peter! Happy Trails – Team RV Lifestyle

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January 31, 2023at9:16 am, Patricia Bowler said:

If you are going to Zion National Park from the southwest, we bookdocked at La Verkin Overlook. There was plenty of room, a few other campers (not too close). One day, there was a wedding at the overlook, sorta cool! The town of La Verkin is right down the mountain so amenities are close by.

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January 31, 2023at12:27 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Thanks for sharing, Patricia! Team RV Lifestyle

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January 31, 2023at7:38 am, Thomas Clark said:

What? No boon docking places in Kentucky?? I am disappointed!

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January 31, 2023at12:34 pm, Team RV Lifestyle said:

Mike and Jen only included sites they personally stayed in OR came highly recommended. If the state is not listed it is because they didn’t have a spot that met those two requirements. But if you know of one, please do share so we can check it out! Happy Trails! Team RV Lifestyle

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