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Camping on the Turbulent Coast of Bonavista

Discover a spacious community pasture on the stunning coast of Bonavista, Newfoundland, accessed via a gentle dirt road. This primitive campsite offers no fire rings or amenities, so campers should be self-sufficient, contain waste, and minimize their environmental impact. The rocky coast is shared with some horses and cattle, adding to the rustic charm.

Wild British Columbia Camping by the Glacier

Explore this incredible primitive campsite that may have once been a mining site or mill, with ruins and debris adding to its unique charm. Overlooking a spectacular glacier, this spot offers absolutely phenomenal views. Access requires crossing a very dilapidated, mostly-collapsed bridge, so it’s best for compact, high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicles. Not for the faint of heart.

Sonoran Seclusion by the Big Horn Mountains

Check out this hidden gem off a remote BLM road: a flat, rocky desert spot with killer views of the Big Horn Mountains to the east. Surrounded by Saguaros, sandy washes, and colorful vegetation, this spot is perfect for a few vehicles and even has decent cell service, though there’s no fire ring.

Secluded Desert Campsite Between Two Cities

Located deep in the desert backcountry between Tucson and Phoenix, this secluded campsite on State Trust Land offers privacy and tranquility. Accessible from the east by any stock four-wheel drive vehicle, vans or oversize vehicles can navigate the dry conditions to reach this lightly used dispersed site.

Barren and Otherworldly Badlands in Wyoming

This ain’t just any ol’ campsite, it’s a flat spot smack dab in the heart of Wyoming’s BLM territory, surrounded by badlands and hoodoos. Talk about otherworldly! This place is as remote as it gets, nestled in the rugged wilderness.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Surrounded by Sagebrush in Southern Utah

Explore a designated dispersed campsite in a popular boondocking area atop a desert plateau, offering stunning views near La Verkin, Utah. Conveniently located a short drive from Springdale and Zion National Park, this site experiences a fairly busy year-round traffic owing to its mild climate.

Edge of the Plateau Outside of Alamogordo

Discover a compact primitive flat spot nestled along a discreet stretch of forest road within Lincoln National Forest, just a short drive from Alamogordo, New Mexico. Positioned at a high elevation along a ridge, this campsite rests on a high-desert plateau featuring low vegetation, exposing it to the elements.

Within the Rolling Grasslands of Buenos Aires

Explore a designated dispersed campsite within the scenic Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona. Nestled in a grassy valley between mountain ranges to the east and west, and with the Mexico border to the south, this refuge boasts a vast network of gentle primitive roads, including some groomed dirt roads.

Sweeping View on the Threshold of Rug Road

Situated at the southern base of Rug Road on State Trust Land, this elevated dispersed campsite offers panoramic views of desert mountains and valleys to the east and west. A cost-effective annual use permit for Arizona State Trust Land is required, easily obtainable online for your convenience.

Behind the Sprawling Mounds of Red Rock

Nestled behind a substantial rock along a BLM road spur, this charming dispersed campsite unveils a picturesque setting with scenic rock formations. The site boasts a primitive stone fire ring and accommodates one or two vehicles. Excellent hiking opportunities await in close proximity, providing a delightful outdoor experience.