Handbook: Free Camping
The world is full of free places to stay.
From parking spaces in the squares of European villages to empty deserts, Walmart parking lots to Mexican restaurants happy to allow you camp the night away in exchange for purchasing a meal, free camping can be found almost anywhere you choose to roam, and it’s often the most beautiful and even desirable of locations.
In the United States, most free camping is found in the Western states, such as Colorado, Arizona and California, in national forests and on BLM land. This is by no means the only free camping you can find in this country, though. Cracker Barrel and Cabela’s often offer respite from the road to those traveling by RV, as do many a casino. It all comes down to what your idea of “camping,” and a worthy spot comprise.
Free Camping in the National Forests of the United States
A thorough guide to camping in national forests. Sorted by state, awesomeness, and more stuff the camper in you will love.
The Best BLM Camping in the American West
The wild open wilderness of every American’s backyard. Notes on cell coverage, specific sites in each state, photos and general vibe included.
The Most Beautiful Free Desert Camping in the Southwestern United States
Exploring some of the lesser-known, most gorgeous areas to camp completely free in the Southwestern United States. Includes links to actual camping spots on Campendium and info on flora, fauna and natural surroundings for each place.
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Free Camping with Cell Service in Colorado
Our top ten picks for finding gorgeous free camping in the State of Colorado, replete with enough cell service for digital nomads to get the job done.
Snowbirding Southern Arizona for Young Travelers
Amazing places to camp, hike and explore in Southern Arizona. Snowbirding does not have to be a retirees-only affair!
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Living in National Forests for Free
Living rent-free in the nation’s grand National Forests. Be one with nature, live off the government, no welfare involved!
Free Camping in God’s Valley
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