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Slim Pickings on the Outskirts of Ketchikan

Discover a high-elevation, primitive campsite near Ketchikan, Alaska, right off the forest road. This lightly forested area features lush greenery and offers stunning views of misty mountains with clouds all around. A primitive stone fire ring is located beyond the parking spot, providing a cozy campfire experience.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spacious Clearing in the Junipers Near Oracle

Seek serenity in the heart of Coronado National Forest near Tucson at this secluded, dispersed campsite. Unwind in a spacious clearing, ideal for multiple vehicles and tents, perfect for groups or solo adventurers craving wilderness immersion. Access the site via a four-wheel drive vehicle with decent ground clearance, navigating a long, primitive forest road.

Serenity in the Rolling Hills of the Santa Ritas

Experience a hilltop dispersed campsite featuring a stone fire ring, surrounded by juniper trees for shade and shelter. Despite limited cell service, the site accommodates three vehicles, requiring some leveling on uneven ground. Enjoy peace and quiet with good privacy, offering a view of the Santa Rita mountain range to the west and rolling hills to the east.

Hidden Canyon on a Scenic Arizona 4×4 Route

Discover a remote, spacious, and flat dispersed campsite tucked in a densely-wooded desert canyon. Accessible about fourteen miles into the backcountry via a primitive four-wheel drive track, this site requires vehicles with low-range capabilities and decent ground clearance. Larger vehicles or campers might struggle due to narrow trail sections, potentially incurring scratches.

Camping in a Basin of Unimaginable Hoodoos

Situated within a remote BLM recreation area in Wyoming, this designated campsite offers essential amenities, including a sheltered picnic table, metal fire ring, grill, vault toilet, and partial cell service. Positioned in a high desert basin surrounded by captivating spires in picturesque badlands, the landscape provides a remarkably scenic backdrop with hiking opportunities around the impressive hoodoos.

Hidden Grove in the Shadow of the Sawtooths

Explore this primitive campsite nestled in a shady grove of conifers, just off a well-traveled and groomed forest road in Idaho’s picturesque Sawtooth Mountains. Tucked away amidst dense trees, this hidden gem offers excellent privacy and seclusion, making it a peaceful retreat. Accessible by any vehicle, it’s important to note that access may be limited in winter.

Woodland Retreat in the Heart of the Sierras

Nestled in the wooded Sierra Mountains within Eldorado National Forest, this enchanting campsite offers a serene escape with tall conifers, rocks, and lush vegetation. Featuring a stone fire ring, the site provides ample space for two or three vehicles or ground tents.

Immersed in the Coastal Rainforest of Siuslaw

Experience this very appealing primitive campsite situated just off a forest road in the temperate rainforest of Siuslaw National Forest near the Oregon coast. Offering a splendid hiking opportunity down to the coast with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this campsite is nestled in a densely wooded area adorned with ferns, moss, and a damp ambiance.