Boondocking! What is it? It 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.
We have worked hard to make our RV a comfortable, useable home but also keeping our campground fees to as close to zero as we can. It’s not always going to happen. Especially when you’re not flexible on the area you’re staying. For instance, we spent about 10 days visiting our youngest daughter in WV. We found some free camping areas about 2 hours from her. But to drive that distance every time we wanted to spend time with her, wasn’t going to save us any money in the long run. So we did stay in a state park campground.
Below are a few of our most epic boondocking areas! To date, as I write this, we have spent zero days hooked up for 2018 so far, and a total of $28 in camping fees since January 1st. Our hope is to go the whole year and spend less than $100 in campground fees. Stay tuned to see if we can do it!
Daniel Boon National Forest – KY – Paragon Dispersed
Beautiful, lake side area. Quiet, peaceful and beautiful!
Buffalo Gap Grasslands – South Dakota
Who hasn’t heard of this place? It’s spectacular! Just outside the North gate to The Bad Lands, you’ll find this amazing boondocking area where your view of the Bad Lands is right outside your door!
Forest Road 525 – Sedona, Arizona
There isn’t one bad view! The road can be a bit washboard, but take it slow and you’ll have no regrets.
Percos River Bridge – US 90, 18 Miles E of Langtry, TX
Your stay here can only be one night, but look at this view!! Amazing!
Youngs Creek Horse Camp – Indiana
This was one of the most peaceful places ever. There is an organic working horse farm just steps away, and the owners are the most pleasant, helpful, social people who love to visit with the campers and share their love for the area.
We hope we opened your eyes to boondocking. If you have not tried it, don’t be scared. Don’t think it’s a dark, back alley thing. There are so many amazing, beautiful places out there for free camping. And let us know if you want us to share more of our boondocking locations. Or if you have some to share with us, we’d love to hear from you!
Don’t forget to tread lightly, and pack it in, pack it out.
Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.