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Streamside Retreat in the Southern Chiricahuas

Located in the Chiricahua Mountains of Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona, this primitive dispersed campsite is a hidden gem. Accessible along a dusty forest road, it comes with a stone fire ring ready for action. Despite being remote and rural, the dirt roads leading here are gentle enough for most vehicles, though a stock four-wheel drive is recommended.

Next to a Crystalline Lake in the Absarokas

Nestled in the rugged mountains of southern Montana lies a primitive campsite that’s not for the faint-hearted. This spot demands a four-wheel drive to access from the main road, but the destination is worth it. Perched on the shore of a crystalline mountain lake, it’s a scene straight out of a postcard.

Dispersed Riverside Campsite West of Glacier

This is a primitive spot tucked away in Flathead National Forest, boasting a spacious gravel clearing with an incredible view of the river. Glacier National Park’s majestic mountains loom to the east. It’s got all the fixings, including a stone fire ring that’s perfect for those late-night marshmallow roasts.

Hidden Rainforest Saddle by the Oregon Coast

Check this out: a secluded little spur in Siuslaw National Forest, tucked away on the side of a mountain and just a short drive from pavement. It’s primitive, no doubt, but man, the atmosphere is on point. There are ferns and old-growth cedars all around.

Forest Service Camping North of Yellowstone

This is a small, free Forest Service campground in Custer Gallatin National Forest, just a stone’s throw north of Yellowstone. We’re talking high-elevation territory, with picnic tables, fire rings, and an outhouse to cover your basics.

Scenic 4×4 Campsite High in the Santa Ritas

This little campsite in the Coronado National Forest sits high up in the Santa Rita Mountains of southern Arizona. It’s perched on a knoll near the end of a long forest road spur. You ain’t getting there without a high-clearance four-wheel drive and some experience.

Papago Mountain Campground in Cabeza Prieta

Welcome to this awesome camping area just off El Camino del Diablo. Located near the eastern end of the route in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a spacious spot with plenty of room to set up shop. Featuring picnic tables and stone fire rings—perfect for grilling some burgers and watching the sunset.

Christmas Pass Campground in Cabeza Prieta

This campsite ain’t your average backyard retreat—it’s Christmas Pass Campground, and it’s tucked away seven miles off El Camino del Diablo. This place is about as remote as it gets. No cell service, so don’t even think about checking your messages.

Notch Canyon Overlook on El Camino del Diablo

Explore this primitive campsite perched atop a scenic notch over a canyon. It is accessible via a two-track offshoot, and overlooks a vast stretch of the Sonoran Desert to the southwest. this spot offers a unique vantage point with a distant view of the border wall on the horizon. The site features a small stone fire ring and can accommodate two vehicles.

Flat Cement Slab Deep in the Sonoran Desert

Discover a dispersed hilltop campsite near the ruins of an old mine, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Sonoran Desert. Set atop a cement slab, it feels like camping on a patio, with lush desert vegetation adding to the scenic charm.

Historic Mills Canyon in Eastern New Mexico

Explore a free National Forest campground nestled in a stunning canyon with towering sandstone walls. A gentle river meanders through the area, offering a picturesque backdrop. Each site provides ample space for one or two vehicles and features tent pads, fire rings, and picnic tables for your convenience.

Remote Desert Camping Near Blythe California

Discover an extremely secluded primitive campsite in the serene southeast California desert, on BLM land. With no amenities and no existing fire ring, this spot offers unparalleled peace and tranquility. Located several miles from pavement, this campsite is surrounded by mountains to the east and protected wilderness to the west, providing breathtaking views of the desert landscape.

Rocky Mountain Canyon Stream Near Crystal

Experience the tranquility of a spacious primitive campsite nestled in a picturesque canyon next to a crystalline stream with waterfalls. This tent-friendly site features flat ground and a stone fire ring, perfect for a serene camping experience. Located in a shady, densely wooded area at a high elevation, this campsite offers privacy and natural beauty.

Red Desert on the Verge of Sycamore Canyon

Discover a secluded campsite nestled on a bed of red dirt in Prescott National Forest. Situated near the end of a fourteen-mile primitive track, this tranquil spot offers peace and solitude amidst scenic surroundings. Accessed via a four-wheel drive with decent ground clearance, this campsite is ideal for those seeking a quiet retreat.

Idyllic Campsite on the Outskirts of Patagonia

Experience a convenient yet serene dispersed campsite nestled in a grassy canyon amid the rolling hills of Coronado National Forest. Located along a forest road spur, this idyllic site offers tranquility while being easily accessible. Situated about a quarter mile off a well-groomed forest road, this campsite is accessible via a gentle two-track suitable for any stock four-wheel drive vehicle.

On a Sunny Ridge in Coronado National Forest

Discover a scenic campsite nestled within the vast grasslands of Coronado National Forest, offering panoramic views of rolling hills and grassy canyons in every direction. Situated atop a ridge at the end of a short forest road spur, the site overlooks a picturesque valley to the north.

Woodland Getaway on the Shore of Lake Huron

Explore a cozy primitive campsite nestled along the scenic shores of Lake Huron within Hiawatha National Forest. The site features a rustic stone fire ring, offering a serene setting to enjoy the outdoors. While cell service is reliable, the dense forest canopy limits satellite connectivity.

Tucked Away in the Rainforest of the Cascades

Experience a secluded primitive campsite nestled within Willamette National Forest, surrounded by lush moss, ferns, and towering conifers. A serene creek flows nearby, adding to the tranquil ambiance of the area. While some cell service is available, the dense forest canopy limits satellite connectivity.

Wide Open Spaces by the River in Wyoming

Nestled within the barren desert foothills alongside a riverbank in southwestern Wyoming, this campsite offers a serene escape within a BLM road network. An old stone fire ring marks the spot, surrounded by stunning views of the nearby mountains to the west.

High Desert Ridge Near Taos with Connectivity

Discover a secluded dispersed campsite within Carson National Forest, featuring a small stone fire ring and sweeping southern views from its high desert ridge location. Easily accessible from a smooth primitive dirt two-track forest road with minimal traffic, this site accommodates any stock four-wheel-drive vehicle, though larger vehicles may encounter scratches from nearby vegetation.

Verdant Sonoran Retreat Flanked by Mountains

Experience a stunning campsite nestled in the picturesque Sonoran desert, situated at the base of rugged desert mountains. Surrounded by towering peaks on all sides, except to the northwest, offering a panoramic view of the valley. Adorned with lovely vegetation including saguaros and organ pipe cacti, this site promises a captivating desert experience.

High Elevation Mountain Basin in the Rockies

Enjoy a somewhat flat campsite adjacent to a secluded alpine lake, reached through a high elevation journey up a degraded forest road. This idyllic location demands a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle for access. It offers an uneven yet captivating camping surface featuring a primitive stone fire ring.

Picacho Campground Along the Colorado River

Explore the phenomenal developed campground situated in Picacho State Park along the scenic Colorado River. Operating on a fee basis, this campground shines during its peak season in winter, providing a verdant oasis amidst the rugged desert landscape.

Way Off Grid in Northern Nevada Near Jarbidge

Discover an extraordinary primitive campsite tucked away along a forest road in northern Nevada, nestled within the breathtaking landscapes of Humboldt National Forest. This remote site boasts a grassy clearing beside a mountain stream, surrounded by rolling hills adorned with groves of trees and scattered otherworldly rock formations.