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Lightly Traveled Campsite Atop an Old Volcano

Discover a hidden gem at the top of a volcano in Lassen National Forest! This small dispersed campsite offers unparalleled privacy, tucked away on a seldom-traveled forest road spur. Despite the road’s neglected appearance, it provides ample space for a four-wheel drive van to navigate to the summit with ease.

Ridge Overlooking the Sangre de Cristo Range

Perched on a ridge in the San Isabel National Forest, this charming primitive campsite offers breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the west. Encircled by stunning aspens, the site provides a picturesque setting for a memorable outdoor experience. The stone fire ring adds a rustic touch, perfect for cozy campfires under the stars.

Tuchuck Campground Near Glacier National Park

Explore a hidden gem deep in Flathead National Forest, Montana. This free campground offers vault toilets, fire rings, and picnic tables, making it surprisingly well-equipped for its remote location. With enough room for one or two vehicles per site, it’s a great spot for a peaceful retreat. Accessing this site requires a four-wheel drive vehicle, especially during certain seasons.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Verdant Sonoran Retreat Flanked by Mountains

Experience a stunning campsite nestled in the picturesque Sonoran desert, situated at the base of rugged desert mountains. Surrounded by towering peaks on all sides, except to the northwest, offering a panoramic view of the valley. Adorned with lovely vegetation including saguaros and organ pipe cacti, this site promises a captivating desert experience.

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.

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.

Tucked Away Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Experience a secluded creekside campsite in Pisgah National Forest, nestled along a technical forest road within the dense wooded expanse of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Accessible only by high-clearance four-wheel drive, this serene site offers privacy and seclusion in a tranquil valley setting.