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Dispersed Camping by the Rocks of Vedauwoo

Check out this designated dispersed campsite in Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming, marked by a post and featuring a primitive stone fire ring. Nestled in the popular Vedauwoo area, the site is surrounded by stunning rock formations and unique geography. It’s grassy and spacious, with room for two or three vehicles.

Camping on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon

Frankly, there’s a lot of rim. The aptly named Grand Canyon is vast, with many smaller canyons that branch off for miles in every direction. While much of it is located in the National Park, there are still scenic places to enjoy in the remote corners of Arizona’s BLM land.

In the Wooded Foothills of the Three Sisters

Discover a charming dispersed campsite in the heart of Deschutes National Forest. Nestled in a dense, mature coniferous forest, this spacious site comfortably accommodates two or three vehicles. With patches of open sky, it’s possible to catch some cell service and satellite connectivity. Enjoy the serene privacy, interrupted only occasionally by other vehicles on the forest road.

Verdant Rocky Mountain Streamside Paradise

Nestled in a lush mountain basin by a crystal-clear stream, this primitive campsite is a gem. It’s got a stone fire ring and enough room for one or two vehicles, all surrounded by towering conifers. Getting here isn’t for the faint of heart—high clearance four-wheel drive required for the rugged ascent.

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.

Shelf with a View on a Forgotten Mining Road

Nestled along a high-elevation bend in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, this primitive forest road spur offers a flat pull-off with stunning views of the mountains and valleys to the west. It is a good alternative to some of the more popular campsites found at lower elevations. Compact vehicles with high-clearance four-wheel drive can access this remote spot.

Creekside Paradise in Northwestern Wyoming

Check it out! Nestled in the heart of Shoshone National Forest, this campsite offers an idyllic Wyoming landscape. Accessed via a short two-track road requiring four-wheel drive, it’s tucked away in a forested basin off a gentle dirt road. The grassy campsite, shaded by trees and nestled next to a river, provides enough room for two or three vehicles.

Appalachian Waterfall in Pisgah National Forest

This gravel clearing at the end of a forest road sits right next to a stream in a densely wooded, mountainous area. It’s got a primitive stone fire ring and offers a rugged camping experience. The forest road has a couple of small stream crossings, which might be impassable during floods.

Perched Over a Painted Valley Near Escalante

Nice! A stunning designated dispersed campsite perched on the edge of a cliff near Escalante, Utah. The site offers an excellent view of an otherworldly landscape of red rock and sandstone to the east. Equipped with a primitive stone fire ring, it’s perfect for adventure seekers. Plenty of hiking opportunities and four-wheel drive touring nearby.

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.

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.

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.