Boondocking / Dry Camping, RV Camping

RV Camping in Oregon

Boondocking is what we do best! This is our preferred way to to camp and we have found some amazing, epic places we want to share with you! But we are also members of Boondockers Welcome, Escapees and Thousand Trails. So we’re here to share our tips on all the locations we stay in Oregon. We are full time RV travelers, so we will be updating this blog often! Come back often!


The Oregon coast is known as “the People’s Coast”. Per the website, you are invited to camp overnight on any of their public beaches, unless specifically stated no camping. Keep your eyes open for those signs before you go and set up. 

  • Elk River National Forest: GPS: 42.735652, -124.401737 – Watch this area if you’re a big rig. Depending on your size, you might want to skip this one if you’re a big rig. But check it out. The views are amazing. 
  • Winema Wayside – GPS: 45.14191, -123.96971 – This is a rest area, but it’s big rig friendly – Gorgeous coast view once the sun comes up. No facilities. Don’t stay too long here. I think the rules are one night, but you might be able to push it for 2. 
  • Are you going to the Evergreen Air and Space Museum in Oregon? Did you know they allow you to park in their lot for 2 nights for free? Yes, it’s lot-docking as we call it, but perfect if you’re going to be visiting the museum, right? GPS: 45.204028, -123.142602
  • 2020 Update! We went back to Oregon and learned about Rufus! Have you been there? GPS: 45.692701, -120.756865 (see picture below). Great cell service, and beautiful views! Can get pretty windy but that will make the kite surfers come out and that is super fun to watch! Since you’re at Rufus, check out the Stonehenge just into Washington. You can see it here!
  • Wild Horse Casino – Pendleton, OR – GPS: 45.647313, -118.682877 FREE with Great cell service!

Boondockers Welcome

If you’re members of Boondockers Welcome like we are, there is an amazing, wonderful couple in LaPine, OR. I’m not going to give GPS for this, but definitely look up LaPine on your list if you’re a member.

Thousand Trails

So far our only experience in the TT system in Oregon is at Mount Hood. Beautiful TT park, and if you’re there, give a big shout out to Rob Kenny. He’ll definitely help you with questions, and give you the best advice for your personal situation. Share your favorite TT park with us and let us know why. We’ll be back to the Oregon Coast and would love to hear from you.

Paid Campgrounds

To be honest, spending $50 to $75 a night (or more) at a paid campground in Oregon is just not in our budget. Which is why we joined Thousand Trails. Whether you’re full time, part time or a weekender in your RV, we hope you just find what works for you, and enjoy!

  • Newport RV Park – GPS: 44.623510, -124.049137  (We had not joined TT before we stayed here) If you’re ok with dry camping, Newport RV Park does have a big lot out back with no hookup’s that gets you into the Newport Oregon area. Cell phone coverage is amazing and it can get crowded on the weekends. Especially fishing weekends. But great for $20 per night if you need to be in that area. GPS

We hope you find value in our information, and don’t forget to check back soon! We live and travel full time in our RV and our blogs are constantly updated.

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