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What is boondocking? If you are new to camping, you may ask this same question. Boondocking is essentially camping without hookups. You may also hear it referred to as ‘dry camping’. Often, dry camping means staying in a campground without hookups, whereas, boondocking typically means staying in a completely undeveloped area. You may also hear people talk about ‘dispersed camping’, which is the official term often used by government agencies.

The real question to ask is whether or not boondocking is right for you. If you enjoy being outdoors soaking in peace, quiet and natural beauty, then it just might be. If you prefer to be surrounded by neighbors and have lots of defined recreational activities, then maybe you would be happier in a campground. While boondocking, you often need to amuse yourself rather than go to the campground’s swimming pool or the golf course down the street.

At Freecampsites.net, we understand that both types of camping are valid. Different people have different desires and people’s needs change regularly. We try to accomodate both types of camping without breaking the bank! Ten dollars isn’t what it used to be, so campgrounds that meet our most important criteria tend to be closer to boondocking than fancy resorts. However, there are still plenty of activities for people in the right mindset.

Did we scare you off yet, or have you decided that free camping might just be for you? The good news is that if you decide to try boondocking, you will find some of the most serene and beautiful campsites anywhere. You may very well end up with the kind of campsite that you, literally, can not pay for! If there was anyone around to collect your money, they’d stick fifty campsites on the land and ruin what makes it special. These are the gems that make a boondocking lifestyle worthwhile.

We won’t claim that every site we list is like that. Most are not. They are, however, a good jumping off point to explore the area. Most of our listings are small campgrounds on public lands. Many of these are gorgeous. Additionally, you can often find dispersed camping areas near them which may be more beautiful and secluded. We want to enable you to get out there and explore this beautiful world we all share. And please, come back and tell us what you found!



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Reviewed on March 3, 2016

Iam looking into boondocking for a cheep retierment place.


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Reviewed on January 15, 2016

I am getting so excited to get on the road and experience boondocking. We do camp in the summers (9 yrs together as a couple Him longer) usually for vacations and on the weekends. we have now purchased a 35ft motorhome (older). He's retiring in July and we are selling the house and the contents. AND we will be on the road


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Replied May 30, 2016

Just over one month to go. How exciting! I hope the two of you find many new grand adventures (or lots of quiet time in nature) in the years to come. Please come back and let us know about the places that you visit.


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Reviewed on July 28, 2015

Boondocking is exactly what we want. Just purchased our coach to remodel into a with extream off grid potential unit. Starting with what is the best battery and best set up to be able to stay out as long as we can.


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Replied May 30, 2016

Are planning on using a solar or a generator?


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Reviewed on July 23, 2015

I am interested in camping options in Utah, small trailer accessible.


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Replied May 30, 2016

We've got lots of camping options in Utah. With a small trailer, you should be able to camp almost anywhere.


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Reviewed on April 28, 2015

I am interested in finding free campsites for travel trailers in California


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Replied May 30, 2016

California is a great place to camp. The options are so varied. You can camp in the desert, on the beach, on a sand dune, next to an alpine lake, near a hot spring and so much more. Check out of page for California camping.


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Reviewed on April 3, 2015

Hello! I am interested in the starting the boondocking lifestyle. I have a my first trip semi-planned, around 12K-15K miles around the US. I am curious, what is better to tow a camper with, a Truck or a Jeep at that distance? I'm planning on this distance taking around a year to complete.


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Replied May 30, 2016

It's all about the weight of the camper and the capabilities of the tow vehicle. I would feel much more comfortable towing with a truck. Check the tongue weight of the camper and the GVWR of the vehicles. If the trailer is anything more than a small cargo trailer or popup, it'll have trailer breaks, so you'll need a break controller too.


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Reviewed on March 25, 2015

I'm planning on retiring in my RV and I'm looking for campspots that are remote but not so far from other RV's that safety would be a serious issue. Places where there is a hookup near but not too close. What forms of info do you have?


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Replied March 25, 2015

Take a look at our main page. There, you will find 1000s of free and nearly free camping locations.


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Reviewed on October 29, 2014

Just curious. I have two friends that are boondocking this year.


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Reviewed on October 4, 2012

In Australia we don't refer to it as Boondocking but as free camping or even freedom camping. As in America there are designated areas set aside for free camping, some better that others, also for various lengths of time. There is also the true bush camping where you stop alongside a river, creek, farm or ever roadside for a night or tow. Some people love it for various reasons and others like the security or other conveniences a paid campground offers. It takes all kinds to make the world go round. I covered this topic just recently on my blog here. robbiebago.blogspot.com/2012/.../free-camping-in-australia.html


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