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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.