Favorite Free Boondocking Sites Across the Country with Vanna Mae


With the liberty to camp in so many locations off-grid, you possibly can take your camper nearly anyplace. But what are the very best of the very best locations to boondock? In this text, I wished to share my private record of favourite boondocking spots I’ve explored to this point.

While visiting these attractive boondocking websites, it’s important to arrange your self and your rig for it! If you want to be taught extra on methods to boondock, take a look at my information on  6 Boondocking Basics  and a information on How to be a great boondocking neighbor  

Sunset over a group of boondockers in quartzsite

Quartzsite, Arizona

Quartzsite, recognized for being one of many prime locations to boondock throughout the winter, won’t appear like a lot whereas passing it on the i10 or i95. But hidden between the fuel stations and quick meals eating places is a thriving neighborhood for nomads. 

The selections to boondock in Quartzsite are limitless. You have the selection of staying in short-term boondocking spots (14 days max), most short-term parking could be discovered on the i95 heading north, solely 10-Quarter-hour away from the middle of city.

You even have the selection to spend money on getting long-term tenting via the La Posa Long-Term Visitor Center (LTVA).  For $180, this long-term go consists of entry to vault bathrooms, water taps, a dump station, and water companies. This long-term parking is sweet from September fifteenth to April fifteenth. 

Sunset over a group of boondockers in quartzsite

Camping in Quartzsite throughout the winter may be very good. What I really like most about tenting within the desert is its vastness and spaciousness, making it simple for any measurement rig to discover a good tenting spot. You have the selection to park near individuals or far-off. As the occasions round Quartzite begin selecting up, you can see there may be extra site visitors and folks tenting, however you possibly can nonetheless discover a great spot and discover new areas to boondock throughout Quartzsite. 

Events in Quartzsite

What makes Quartzsite my favourite place to remain is how a lot the city comes alive throughout the winter months and caters to nomads and campers. With many occasions taking place within the winter months, there are many alternatives to socialize and be part of the nomadic neighborhood. With occasions like “The Big Tent” one of many greatest RV Shows within the nation. For extra instructional occasions like “Rubber Tramp Rendezvous” (aka RTR and Women’s RTR) You can be taught all about methods to reside the nomadic life-style. There’s one thing for everybody when going to Quartzsite. 

Quartzsite Weather

Quartzsite additionally stays comparatively heat and dry via the winter months. It’s a fantastic spot to camp from December via January. The common temps attain highs within the 60s and funky off to the excessive 30 – 40s at night time. By February, the desert begins warming up, reaching the 70s throughout the day and the excessive 40s to 50s at night time. With the ample quantity of daylight throughout the day, your RV is bound to remain good and toasty. 

Cat lays on the hood of a class c rv

Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico

New Mexico is a treasure for any nomad to discover, with its number of landscapes and terrains and colourful cities and highways stuffed with artwork and shade. New Mexico is a state that holds a particular place in my coronary heart.

If you end up exploring the Santa Fe space throughout the day, you’re in luck, there are many wonderful boondocking websites solely half-hour from Santa Fe, nestled within the mountains of Valles Caldera National Preserve. The greatest a part of Sante Fe National Forest is there may be loads of free forest primitive websites to remain in. 

Using the app iOverlander, I used to be in a position to learn evaluations of the world and discover a campsite that was snug for me and Indigo to loosen up for every week. The dispersed tenting was deep within the mountainous forest, with attractive views in all places we appeared. With glorious cellphone service, I used to be in a position to keep in contact with my family members whereas boondocking in nature. 

Sunset over Lovell Canyon

Lovell Canyon, Nevada 

A hidden gem proper outdoors of Las Vegas NV sits Lovell Canyon. This was one of many first locations I boondocked. With the upper elevation, you possibly can beat the recent Las Vegas warmth. Because it’s not too removed from the town of paradise, yow will discover a great vary of cellphone service and keep linked whereas having fun with nature.

Finding a boondocking website in Lovell Canyon may take a while. The space has one foremost dust street and loads of facet roads you possibly can wander to discover a spot. For this space, it’s greatest to briefly park your rig, take a stroll/bike up any of the facet roads and see in case your camper could make it. Some areas are flat, however some are bumpy, so it’s greatest to take your time and have your levelers prepared.

Class c rv parked at Lovell Canyon

Lovell Canyon has a few of the most attractive sunsets in Nevada, surrounded by majestic mountains and loads of vegetation, you possibly can spend your day taking within the sundown.

This space is primitive tenting, with no services, so be certain that to have your individual lavatory and bathe on deck, depart no hint and benefit from the breathtaking views. 

Selfie of friends and a cat

Moon Lake Recreation Area, Pennsylvania 

The East Coast could be a difficult place to seek out boondocking spots, however they do exist! I had the possibility to go to a hidden gem not too far-off from the world-famous Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

I used to be invited to tag together with fellow RV Life Youtuber Queen Tasha. Tasha owns a stupendous RV known as the “Purple Palace”. It’s a 1987 26ft Jayco Class C motorhome that she custom-made from head to toe!

I used to be thrilled when she requested me to affix her for a boondocking journey! She was passing via Pennsylvania, on her approach to sunny Florida to snowbird. She discovered Moon Lake Campsite by utilizing iOverlander. Moon Lake has free boondocking websites which you can reserve on their web site. Moon Lake Campground has conventional campgrounds. Because of this, it’s important to make a reservation upfront to save lots of a spot.

Clear, sunny day at Moon Lake

Moon Lake has very spacious campgrounds. We had been in a position to match each of our Class C RVs facet to facet in a single campsite. Our leveled campsite additionally included a firepit, picnic bench, sufficient house, and privateness from different campers. Because the terrain was within the forest, we made positive that there have been no weak or lifeless tree limbs above our RVs. There had been additionally vault bathrooms not too removed from our campground.

In the morning, we took a stroll all the way down to the Lake, which was a couple of mile away from the campsite. But effectively definitely worth the train, the world is surrounded by tall timber, providing you with loads of shade throughout your stroll. Once on the lake, you possibly can take a loop climbing path and benefit from the lovely forest lake view.

These are simply a few of my favourite free boondocking websites throughout the nation. I hope you’ve gotten the possibility to cease at these websites and benefit from the view!


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