Amidst the hustle and bustle of our modern world, the idea of getting off the grid has never felt more enticing. Parking your RV at a developed campground makes for a comfortable stay, but boondocking, also known as “dry” or “dispersed” camping, offers the adventure and remote solace that many North Americans are craving.
A stronger connection where the Wi-Fi is weak, right?
Boondocking is a lifestyle — and often a long-term choice for many RV owners as they find the freedom from rules and restrictions, combined with the awe-inspiring beauty of public lands, to be intoxicating. The hefty savings ain’t bad either.
Valley of the Gods, Utah
You’ll enjoy epic sunrises and stargazing all in the same day! The nearby town of Mexican Hat, Gooseneck State Park, and Monument Valley are also worth the visit.
Coconino National Forest, Arizona
This boondocking destination offers reprieve from busy Sedona, and offers one of the most diverse landscapes — ranging from alpine forest, to Red Rock Canyon, to arid desert.
Cook’s Chasm in Yachats, Oregon
Cue the sound of crashing waves and dramatic scenery at this oceanside spot. Stock up on supplies in the small town of Yachats or see nearby iconic sites like Thor’s Well.
Upper Teton View, Wyoming
Phenomenal views and access to Yellowstone National Park has made this site an essential destination. Mingle with fellow boondockers and check out the rugged nearby town, Jackson.
Big Bend National Park, Texas
This solitary mountain range amidst a weather-beaten desert is home to limestone rock and stunning night skies. Visit the nearby Santa Elena Canyon or Langford Hot Springs.
Joshua Tree South, California
Joshua Tree National Park is on nearly every RV owner’s bucket list, and boondocking outside the park means you’ll be close to town amenities and within cell service coverage.
Clark Dry Lake, California
Boondockers gravitate here, especially in spring, for an uncrowded view of vast canyons and badlands. You may even catch the stunning wildflowers in Anza Borrego in the late season!
Twin Lakes View, Colorado
The iconic view of the twin lakes with the mountains is simply breathtaking. As always in Colorado, don’t forget your hiking boots, kayak, fishing pole, and adventurous spirit.
Campbell Tree Grove Campground, Washington
This stunning site is run by the National Forest Service and is filled with enormous 300-foot-tall trees going on 500 years old. It’s truly the scene of a peaceful fairytale.
Buffalo Gap National Grassland, South Dakota
Camp in the middle of the badlands for a serene boondocking experience, complete with sweeping scenery and prairie wildlife, or discover the famous town Wall a few miles away.
The US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management share a joint vision “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations” — allowing boondocking where accessible. With the influx of boondocking over the last decade, there’s no shortage of resources highlighting the best sites across the US with more detailed descriptions of how to access them.
Now, get out there and don’t forget your Lynx Work Rite Lite for those dark, back-country nights.