Winter dispersed campgrounds in UT, NV, AZ, CO

Looking for dispersed areas for winter camping. Preferably in forests; not keen on deserts.


I can’t speak for the other states but in Colorado, camping in the forest generally means going to the high country. Not recommended at this time of year unless you’re a very experienced camper, well equipped, and prepared for a prolonged stay should you get trapped by a strong snowstorm. Deserts might be a better choice until the weather warms.

Best of luck,


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If you’re looking for forests in AZ, generally you’re looking to the North. Prescott, Show Low, Pinetop, Flagstaff, etc…There is tons of dispersed campgrounds off of Rim Road just atop the rim on Hwy 260. Some of these have amazing views as they are literally cliffside.

Hard pass on the deserts. It’s why I asked about CO.

I’ve camped out off Rim road a couple of times. Have also checked out White Mountains near NM - Aspen CG, Diamond Rock CG. Just hoping for other spots. Feels like I’ve seen them all lol