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.
Coconino National Forest (Flagstaff, AZ)
- Dispersed Camping Guidelines for this Area
- How Dispersed Sites look on the map
- Motor Vehicle Use Maps plus apps to download
Grand Canyon Camping (Tusaya, AZ)
Indian Bread Rocks Rec Area (Bowie, AZ)
Grand Canyon North Rim Campsite (Jacob Lake, AZ)
Quartzite (Quartzite, AZ)
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)
Sacred White Shell Mountain (Mosca, CO)
Scout Park (Bruneau, ID)
Eglin Air Force Base (Western FL Panhandle)
Big Knob State Forest Campground (Gould City, MI)
Brevoort Lake Campground (Hiawatha National Forest, MI)
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)
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.
Devil Creek Campground (Essex, MT)
Otter Creek Fishing Access (Big Timber, MT)
Taylor Fork Designated Dispersed Camping (Custer Gallatin National Forest, MT)
Hickison Petroglyphs Rec Area (Austin, NV)
Dog Canyon Campground (Alamogordo, NM)
Peconic River Campground (Calverton, NY)
Camp Springs Bluegrass Park (Elon, NC)
Lane Farm Campground (Marietta, OH)
Blue Heron Cheese Company (Tillamook, OR)
Cook’s Chasm (Yachats, OR)
Rufus Landing Recreation Area (Rufus OR)
Meepah Ventures (Bedford County, PA)
Buffalo Gap National Grassland (Wall, SD)
Nomad View (Wall, SD)
Reva Gap Campground (Reva, SD)
Meriwether Lewis Campground (Natchez Trace, TN)
Natchez Visitor Center (Natchez Trace, TN)
Brazoria County Public Beach (Surfside Beach, TX)
Magnolia Beach Camping (Port Lavaca, TX)
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)
Minnie Peterson Campground (Forks, WA)
Ranger Creek Airstrip (Enumclaw, WA)
Connell’s Family Orchard (Lafayette, WI)
Buffalo Valley Road (Moran, WY)
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.
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Here are some more boondocking resources:
- Is Boondocking Right for You? (Complete Guide)
- Boondocking vs. Dispersed Camping vs. Dry Camping
- How Safe Is Boondocking (Expert Tips & Techniques)
- 9 Super Important Boondocking Etiquette Tips for Better Camping
- Best RV Battery for Boondocking
- RV Upgrade That’s Worth It: A/C Soft Start Up
- 6 Helpful Tips for Using a CPAP Machine While Boondocking
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
Buckle up because here is everything you need to know on how to find cheap or free RV camping sites in the 33-page EBOOK.
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