Ariel & John W.


Carrboro, NC

Joined September 2020

Full-timers in a vintage ‘67 camper & ‘67 pickup truck.

Decent state park

Camped here last minute while driving through. Well-run, easy check in, reasonably priced.

There are both primitive tent and RV sites with hookups. Small to large sites, back-in and a few pull through. Lots of trees and lilac bushes offer some privacy.

Fire rings, plus BBQ grills, picnic tables at each site. Centrally located bathrooms were clean. Water, trash and dump station by entrance.

The campground is on an incline so there are decent views of the reservoir from just about anywhere and the mountain backdrop to the east. Small but clean beach. There was also ziplining and kayak rentals at the state park but both were closed due to COVID.

Would camp here again.

Tons of dispersed in the shadow of Mt Hood

There are many park campgrounds in the Mt Hood NF but also tons of dispersed camping in the forest.

We camped off FS 2656 just south of Trillium Lake in August 2020. There are many other locations. Many are separate drives off a forest road but some side of the road spots too. Lake Trillium gets super crowded.

Download the forest map from Avenza for accurate locations of all the forest roads and trails.

The Mt Hood NF is amazing, with tons of lakes, creeks, waterfalls and hiking trails as well as great views of Mt Hood.

No amenities for dispersed locations but you can use nearby campgrounds for water, trash and dump stations.

There was decent Verizon service when we camped there.

Would definitely camp here again.

Pretty views, but buggy, rocky & crowded

Big dispersed camping site right on the southwest corner of Lake Mead. Being the nearest to the NRA entrance from Vegas it gets crowded, especially weekends and holidays. A lot of day-users come to fish. Also very hilly and rocky once you get off the main drag to find a better spot. Common to see 4x4s stuck on the rocky/sandy hills.

Views are pretty, sunsets are nice, and lots to do in the NRA. Lots of stone fire rings all over. There are dumpsters at the main lot. There are also water-fill, trash and dump stations at nearby campgrounds you can use for free.

Donkeys and coyotes everywhere. Supposed to be bighorn sheep, too, but we haven’t seen any here yet. Also gets quite buggy, flies, gnats and mosquitos. Good cell service. Not our favorite dispersed site but it has its charms, including proximity to nearby Henderson/LV, good scenery and good cell service.

There is a NRA entrance fee but free with the America Pass.

Odd place with a sad story

This is dispersed camping along and inside Cathedral Canyon, a small canyon that was converted to an outdoor “cathedral” by a local resident in mid 20th century. Just southeast of Parumph off 95.

What was once beautiful is now weird and eerie but well worth a visit. Google the story. Interesting read.

You can camp up above or down in the cathedral. There are stone fire rings all around. No other amenities but good cell service. There was lots if trash when we were here as well as gunshots during the day from a nearby shooting range. There’s also clear evidence things have been shot up in the cathedral, too, including a giant headless Christ statue.

Not for everyone but a fine stopover with an interesting backstory.

Remote, wild, beautiful

This is for dispersed camping in the Siuslaw NF off Forest Road 55, off 101. Turn into 55 from 101 between Thor’s Well and Devil’s Churn. There is a FS paid campground (Cape Perpetua Campground) right off FS 55.

If you follow 55 about 10 miles in, there are lots of established boondocking spots at around 4000 elevation. Additionally there are unmapped logging roads which can also be explored for camping.

Scenery is spectacular, lots of wildlife, deer, elk, coyote, and amazing old growth forests. No amenities of any kind, no cell service.

Good location, clean & well-run

We stayed here in March 2020 when COVID-19 blew up so it may not be reflective of more typical times.

Park is centrally located, close to stores etc and 5-10 min drive to Pismo Beach.

There are both tent and RV sites of all sizes, 30/50A hookups, water & sewer, plus concrete fire rings and picnic tables at each site. Lots of green, trees, and a small duck pond.

Some permanent residents but mostly travelers.

Park was clean, staff friendly and efficient. Bathrooms, showers, laundry were all clean and operational but were shut down while we were there due to COVID.

Per friendly with a dog run. Good for a night or two for us.

Great boondocking on Roosevelt Lake

One of our all-time favorite boondocking spots. There are many forests roads off 188 on the southern shore of Lake Roosevelt where dispersed camping is allowed. Some have spectacular views of the lake but are high up and difficult to get to. We found the most easily accesible dispersed camping off Forest Rd 83 between the national monument and little town of Roosevelt. There are large level sites here right off the forest road. As you go further up the forest road, sites get smaller but more private.

This is all working open range with lots of stock. We woke up many mornings to cattle rooting through our stuff and one morning to a real roundup with cowboys on horses. Amazing. There are lots if Saguaro and jumping Cholla cactus around as well as rattlers and scorpions so be alert.

We stayed nearly three weeks here and will go back. Lots to do around and across the lake.

No amenities but there is a dumpster at the head of FS83. Otherwise nearest towns are Punkin Center to the west and Roosevelt to the east, Globe being the nearest large town about 40 min away.

Note there is also dispersed camping off 88 along the Salt River, also worth taking s look. No cell service along 88, no amenities and roads get much more steep and difficult.

Dispersed camping on Lake Mead

One of many dispersed camping spots on Lake Mead. Stewart’s Point is midway on the west coast of the Overton arm of the lake, easily accessible from 167/Northshore Dr by turning onto Stewarts’s Point Rd. This is a dirt road that leads to the lake and many offshoots for plentiful dispersed spots right on or near the water.

GPS: (36.3740104, -114.3978818)

Upper sites are more level and packed, the roads and sites get sketchy and soft further down you go to the water.

There is a pit toilet here but no other amenities. There is free water, trash and dump station further south at one of several NRA campsites.

Good cell service, beautiful lake and scenery, amazing night sky and lots of donkeys braying day and night.

Nice campground way up there

Great national forest campground way up a long dirt forest road. Elevation like 7,000, so cooler. Various size sites with fire pits and picnic tables. Lots of trees provide privacy and wind screen too. Centrally located pit toilets.

Campground is at the trailhead of a short hike to the Toquima Cave, which is well worth the walk even though the mouth of the cave is fenced off. You can still clearly see the amazing artwork on the cave walls. Beware of rattlesnakes. We ran into one right on the trail near the cave.

Note there are also many free dispersed camping sites on this road up to and after the campground, plus all the dispersed sites at Spencer’s Hot Springs down below near the head of the forest road.

Good boondocking spot

Right off 95 south of Beatty next to giant sand dunes. Lots of ATV/OHV trails and activity so stay back from the dunes if that’s not your thing. Stay on established roads if you don’t have a 4x4 as there are soft/wet spots that might pose a problem.

There are pull off spots off the main road in, as well as a large flat packed gravel lot about 2 miles in on the left with a few picnic tables and area info. No other amenities but good cell service. Beautiful night sky and sunsets. 15 min from town of Beatty.


Camped here in Nov 2020 when it was pretty chilly and got a dusting of snow overnight. This is boondocking at its best, with tons of secluded sites off the main road (Movie Rd).

Roads are decent, there are lots of level, large and pull-through sites. Amazing scenery of the Sierra Nevadas and the unique landscape of the Alabama Hills. Lots of hiking trails, arches and movie locations.

Download the Alabama Hills Rec Area digital map from Avenza for locations of the arches, trails and movie scene locations.

No amenities, no cell service but the town of Lone Pine is 10 min away.


Stayed here in Oct 2020. Paid $55/night. They have a stated rig age limit but let us camp with our 1967 camper. Mix of permanent and transient RVs. Standard hookups but no picnic tables or fire rings.

We were placed right next to one of the bathrooms on a busy corner. People and staff kept driving/walking through our site. Leaf blowers/mowers woke us up super early.

Bathrooms were clean but the laundromat was out of order. The park is in town but not really near anything you’d want to walk to except the Truckee river.

Overall, could be nice but our experience was not good. Costs way too much for what you get.

Crowded, packed in

Stayed here one night. Hookups and different size sites. We were crammed in the back up against a chain-link fence. Some trash along the fence. Near highway so definitely some road and light pollution. Only one bathroom was open for the entire campground. OK for a last-minute stopover but would not otherwise stay again.

Beautiful, clean, quiet

Stillwater NWR has a number of designated dispersed camping sites with pit toilets and trash bins. Free. All dirt roads but roads are OK. When we were there in April/May 2020, we were the only ones camping in the Refuge. Camped on Division Rd.

All sites were clean and quiet. Level. Some of the lakes are paddleable depending on season and there are lots of hiking trails and interpretive trails.

Tons of birds, waterfowl, deer, coyotes, beavers. Amazing sky with mountains in the background.

About 20 min from Fallon for supplies. Would stay again.

Great location but crowded

Typical dispersed camping at a popular, busy location. Camped here when Arches NM was closed due to COVID. Lots of sites to choose from, many private, with trees or other shade. No amenities. OK cell service. Close to Moab and Arches and much more.

Remote, harsh, spectacular

Free/dispersed camping. Camped here in May 2020. Right at Black Rock hot spring and then in the middle of the playa. Camping near the hot springs (Trego or Black Rock, there’s also Soldier Meadows) is typical dispersed camping. Camping on the playa is unlike anything else. It’s a vast stretch of packed desert, 20x30 some miles. If you leave your camper/rig on the playa, make sure you save GPS coordinates, or you may have trouble finding it. Also, if driving on the playa, stay away from darker areas as there may be water/mud. Easy to get stuck. Lots of hiking trails, rock hounding, emigrant and Native American history. No services of any kind. Bring what you need. No cell service. Nearest town/supply is Gerlach. Spectacular night sky. Unique, amazing place. Not for everyone. Can’t wait to go back.

Beautiful, clean, great location

Beautiful, clean, great location. Camped here in Feb 2020, right on the river. Full hookups, mostly back-in but some pull throughs. Paved, level. Tent sites, too. Clean bathrooms, little camp store. Close to town. Would camp again.

Can get crowded but worth it

Free/dispersed only. Some nice private sites if you’re willing to drive in a few miles, otherwise it gets really crowded at the head of the road. There are a number of offshoots that lead to private, secluded spots, some with great views. It’s all close to town, hardware, gas, stores. Castle Rock access point to Lake Havasu and Colorado River is close by. No amenities whatsoever but there is decent cell service.

Rough road but worth it

Free/dispersed only. The hot spring is amazing and worth going as far as you can down a very rough road. We camped right next to the warm creek, about a quarter mile before the hot spring and walked to the spring several times a day. There were days when we had the spring all to ourselves, weekends got crowded. Scenery is beautiful with the meandering warm creek and the mountains. Did we mention the roads were incredibly rough? Otherwise five stars.

Remote but beatiful

The name is Medicine Lake campground. Stayed here in June 2020, had to camp at overflow because the lake loops were all full. Nice, clean, well kept. Pit toilets were clean. Fire pits and picnic table at each site. No cell service whatsoever. Paddled Medicine Lake, beautiful but buggy. Lots of mosquitos and lake flies. Lots to do nearby, Lava Flow NM, lava tubes, giant obsidian flows, hiking trails. Remote but beautiful. Lots of dispersed camping also available in the Modoc NF.