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Hidden Bayside Landing on Vancouver Island

Discover a spacious, industrial, paved landing on the bay in northeastern Vancouver Island. This former log dump and loading platform for a nearby mining operation is now a fantastic boondocking spot. With a makeshift fire ring, it’s perfect for group camping.

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.

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.

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.

Hidden in the Mountains of Southern Oregon

This is a hidden clearing at the end of a forest road spur in Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest, about a dozen miles from Oregon Caves National Monument. This site sits at a moderate elevation, offering serious privacy and seclusion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.