April 22nd, 2012

There are several ways to find free places to camp:

National Forests and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands: These public lands typically offer dispersed camping, which means you can camp for free in undesignated areas. Check the websites of the National Forests and BLM offices in the areas you plan to visit to find out about any restrictions or permit requirements.

Free Camping Websites and Apps: There are several websites and apps that offer information about free camping spots. Some popular ones include,, and iOverlander.

Ask Locals: Locals in the area you plan to camp may know of free camping spots that aren't listed online. Ask around at local stores or gas stations, or stop at a ranger station or visitor center for information.

Public Parks and Recreation Areas: Many public parks and recreation areas offer free or low-cost camping options. Check with the local parks department or recreation department for information.

Social Media: Joining camping groups on social media can provide you with access to a network of experienced campers who may be able to recommend free camping spots in your desired location.

Wildlife Management Areas: Many states have Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) that offer free camping. WMAs are typically used for hunting and fishing, but camping is often allowed in designated areas.

Roadside Pullouts: If you're on a road trip and need to sleep for the night, many states allow overnight parking in roadside pullouts. Check with the local transportation department to find out about any restrictions.

Private Property: While it's not always easy to find, some landowners may allow camping on their property. If you choose this option, always obtain permission beforehand and respect the landowner's rules.

Off-Season Campgrounds: Some campgrounds offer free or reduced rates during their off-season. Check with the campground to find out about any special offers.

Volunteering: Some organizations, such as the US Forest Service, offer free camping to volunteers who help with trail maintenance, cleanup, and other projects. Check with local organizations to see if they offer similar programs.

Remember to always research the rules and regulations of the area you plan to camp in, and practice Leave No Trace principles to ensure that the area remains clean and enjoyable for future visitors.

Happy Camping!

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