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They know these places like the back of their hand and will probably be excited to recommend a special spot to you. We stopped by the rangers station at Bryce National Park and a friendly park ranger gave us a map to a series of beautiful free dispersed campsites nearby! Many national parks are bordered by national forest or BLM land with plenty of wild camping while the crowds are gathered at the group sites in the park that charge a fee.
We did this at Bryce Canyon National Park and ended up camping in a gorgeous meadow next to a stream, where a dozen deer grazed nearby and a hummingbird literally flew in to our tent to say hello! Some national parks even have free campsites within the park available with a permit. It never hurts to ask! But just in case, a quick reminder: You will not have the amenities of a public campsite! That means no bathrooms, no running water, no trash cans, no showers. Before you go camping anywhere, let alone dispersed camping on your own, familiarize yourself with the seven basic Leave No Trace principles that guide campers to enjoy the outdoors without causing harm.
Only spend the night in clear, flat spots where others have obviously camped before. Make sure you leave your beautiful campsite even better than you found it! And when you leave, pack out all your trash. For more sustainable travel tips for any kind of adventure, check out our ethical travel resource page. Yes the rooftop tent keeps us cool in the summer!
Really hoping folks who use these tips do so responsibly! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Follow Us! But how do we find these awesome spots? Reply theitinerary1 August 12, at pm Great post Loading This post provides info on websites and apps that we use to find perfect campsites, including paid and free boondocking locations! It can be overwhelming to know what resources are available to aid in your search for the perfect RV park, campground, or boondocking i.
The list below which of these websites and apps include RV campsites from federal agencies that have camping locations such as the National Parks and US Forest Service, state and local camping locations such as state park campgrounds, and privately owned camping or overnight locations such as RV parks, Walmarts, casinos, and truck stops.
Each has different types of information to help you find where to camp. It shows which of these camping apps and websites include each type of camping location:. The summaries below provide an overview of the websites and apps that we use most frequently when looking for our next camping location. AllStays, Campendium, and RV Parky do a pretty good job of identifying all the potential RV parks and campgrounds, but they do miss some due to any number of possible reasons.
More on tips for searching for boondocking locations is presented below. I used the Sand Flats Recreation Area in Moab as an example of the campground listing for each location.
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See our post about Moab to see details about the campgrounds we camped at while visiting the area, including the Sand Flats Recreation Area. AllStays includes the same types of search results as Campendium and RV Parky, but it includes many other features and filtering options not available on either Campendium or RV Parky. See this example of how we use AllStays Pro to find campsites. For example, the pro version includes Elk and Moose lodges, which many offer discounted or free camping at their locations for members. The pro version of AllStays also includes the ability to search for RV dump stations which is an invaluable feature, especially for campers who are fond of boondocking.
See our post about apps and websites you can use to find RV dump stations while out on the road. With the free version, you can only filter by one item at a time, so you cannot filter for private state parks and 50 amp electrical connections, for example.
Then do a search for 50 amp campsites, and somehow cross reference the two search results. It makes finding that perfect campsite that much easier. With the free version on the AllStays website, you get the full state results and then must zoom in to the town of Moab. Once you select a potential campground, you can see details about the campground, such as the price, amenities, and navigation instructions, including a street view image pulled from Google Maps.
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AllStays differs from Campendium and RV Parky in that users cannot enter their own reviews of campgrounds. Instead, AllStays automatically does a web search for reviews of a particular location and presents links to other sources such as RV Park Reviews described below , Trip Advisor, and other outside travel review links. Similarly, AllStays searches for photos using Google, rather than allowing users to upload their own images of camping locations. Campendium is free to use and is available online as a website and an iOS app version. Campendium includes RV parks, public and private campgrounds, and a growing list of boondocking locations.
It does not include overnight locations you may be interested in stopping at on longer roadtrips such as Walmart or Cracker Barrel, however. You can search by location name and then sort the list of results by distance, highest rated, or best review ratings.
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You can also filter the list of potential campgrounds and RV parks by category which includes all public lands e. Users can also search by price, type of hookups available e. If you want to save it as a favorite, you simply select the heart to add it to your list of favorite locations.
Campendium will also provide a list of nearby camping locations as well. Next up is RV Parky. It is available for free as both an app and as a website version. However, RV Parky also includes privately owned locations such as common overnight stop destinations such as Cracker Barrel, Walmart, or truck stops while Campendium does not yet include these in the search results or map. Results show up on the map and also as a sidebar to the left of the map.
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The results can be sorted in the sidebar by distance, rating, or name. RV Parky also lets you filter results by star rating, the type of RV park or campground e. Users can choose which of these to show on the map. Additionally, users can filter by amenities available at the camping location such as water, pull-thru sites, wi-fi, laundry, fishing, and more.
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Similar to Campendium, RV Parky lets you add and view photos and reviews and save locations to your list of favorites. However, RV Parky also lets you add particular campgrounds to your saved trips, so you can plan your road trip and camping destinations with ease. RV Parky makes it easy to contact RV parks or campgrounds to make reservations by providing their websites and telephone numbers.
It includes more than , reservable locations e. Many of these agencies run campgrounds or campsites that are available to RV campers to reserve in advance. However, some of their land is not available for reservations, but is still available for RV campers to use.
The website provides details about each location, photos, availability, and an online reservation system to make the process of reserving campsites on federal land relatively easy. Users can search for different types of recreation activities, including camping, day use, tours, permits, and points of interest. Once you hone in on a specific campground, such as the Sand Flats Recreation Area in this example, you can see the cost per night, available dates, details about the camping area.
Detailed driving directions as well as GPS coordinates and an interactive map are also built-in features of the website. Reserve America is a website that allows users to search and make reservations for RV campsites in state, county, city, and private RV parks and campgrounds. It includes only campgrounds that pay to be included in its system, so is not as comprehensive for finding available RV parks and campgrounds as Campendium, RV Parky, or AllStays.
Once in the Reserve America system, users can search by location, campsites that accommodate the length of your RV, and various other options, including whether the campsite has a water hookup, sewer hookup, is a pull-thru site, and other search criteria. Users can search by available dates for a particular campground or campgrounds in a specific location, such as Moab, Utah. The Reserve America profile of the campground allows you to search by available dates, and also by specific campsites.
So say you stayed at a particular campsite in a campground several years ago and you wanted to stay in that exact same spot again, you can search in Reserve America to make sure it is available for your travel dates.