10 Free Campsites For Boondocking & Dry Camping:

We camped in a lot of sites this year and it was very hard to narrow it down to just 10. We chose these for various different reasons they all had something unique to offer so we’re going to go ahead and start.


Hieb Memorial Park:

Hieb Memorial Park, it’s a city park in Marion, South Dakota. There isn’t much going on in Marion, South Dakota, I will tell you that right now. But this was a very pretty city park and they offered free water and electric there.

Yes, it was awesome that we had the free hookups and we had great internet connectivity. There was a bathroom and a city pool all within a 50-foot radius of us it was a very big grassy Park. We had plenty of room to walk around and we could watch the ballgames in the afternoon.

Then and all the kids would rush over to the city pool in the afternoon. It is definitely worth checking out if you’re driving through South Dakota

Clark Canyon Reservoir:

Clark Canyon Reservoir is a reservoir about 20 miles south of Dillon, Montana. There are a lot of people that only stay for one night because there is no cell service.

But I don’t mind because I like to fly fish and there are some big brown trout in this reservoir. It has easy on and off access to the interstate as we were heading from the Grand Tetons.

We were going up to Glacier National Park so the location was great and the views are stunning. They also have free doggie bags so you can pick up after your dog. There are also have covered pavilions and trash cans for each site.

It was a very well maintained park for it to be free. It was right over the water and with all of the Mountains in the background, it was a beautiful sunset.

Snyder Hill:

Snyder Hill is near Tucson, Arizona and it is BLM land so we liked this for the proximity to Tucson. It is very close and there are lots of camping spots, and we had great internet service. It was great to be able to be so close to the town of Tucson.

We had access to the restaurants and shopping but the best part was the free camping. This seemed to be a gathering place for fellow boondockers and campers well. We got to meet a few different groups of people and got to share some camping stories. This was a great benefit as we got to socialize with them while we were there.

Blackwell Horse Camp:

 Blackwell horse camp in the Hoosier National Forest this was like a cool horse camping spot. TheBlackwell Horsecamp has been a long time popular destination and overnight camping area for equestrians. But other campers are welcome to use the facilities.

It was very spacious and grassy they had very clean vault toilets there. They are one of the free camping options in Indiana there wasn’t much for free camping in the area. But here any size rig could fit because of the huge grassy fields it was able to give us enough privacy between any of our neighbors.

Yes because it was so large it was kind of choose your own spot because there wasn’t really designated spots

Jameson City Park:

Jameson City Park in Poynette, Wisconsin we stayed here over the fourth of July weekend. It was a lot of fun actually even though it was busy and there were fireworks and things like that.

It was a really spacious grassy park and there were lots of camp sights there. You could kind of make your own sight there’s also a few fire rings you know here and there. They had water available, and porta-potties along with a huge dumpster and also the city police would drive through. 

They did this on a regular basis to just give it an overall feeling of safety. So this way we could leave our rig and not worry about it at all and it was near town. So we got to go to a really cool bargain market to get a lot of discounted goodies.

One thing I have to mention that there was a sign saying that it could be closed in 2017. So you might want to check to make sure that it is open.

Snake River Campground:

Snake River campground is right outside of the southern entrance of Yellowstone National Park obviously it’s a great site. Especially for the proximity to Yellowstone and it was right on the river.

So there are a few different camping options as you drive down the Snake River Road. This one had two camping spots that shared a vault toilet. And it was the cleanest vault toilet that we’ve ever ever ever used it was amazing.

The only downfall to that site is we didn’t have any cell signal there no reception but it was definitely worth it. If you’re going to Yellowstone and you don’t want to pay for camping this is a good spot. A big rig can’t fit too far back in there you know. I wouldn’t recommend taking in anything much over 24 feet back there.

But for us it was perfect and we ended up sharing the spot there was more than enough space. We let some tent campers use the tent camping spot since we were just staying in our camper there.

Lower Teton View:

Lower Teton View in the Teton National Forest right across from Grand Teton National Park. So obviously this camping spot had a great view of the mountains and we love that.

It was easy to access and very close to the road. You didn’t have to go down some long winding gravel road to get there and the internet connection was good. The network remained bogged down because of all the tourists that were there the whole time. But we imagine if you go on the offseason you’ll be able to have some pretty fast internet connection.

Harshaw Road:

Harshaw Road is right outside of a town called Patagonia, Arizona in the Coronado National Forest. The site we chose is just off one of the National Forest roads there. The place that we stayed in there’s one obvious camping area and it’s got a lot of camping sites. This is kind of open and we kept following that road back further.

We got the most perfect private little spot like tufting to the mountain it was such a nice camping area. In southern Arizona, we got to do some great hiking on the Arizona Trail that had a trailhead just about a mile away from our campsite.

The town of Patagonia was about four miles away and had everything we needed. A post office, coffee shops, a health food store, pizza place and restaurants. we loved the little coffee shop there gathering around I think it was and we liked they had great food and great coffee.

The only downfall to this spot was the poor reception no good reception there. But it was a nice peaceful quiet spot we could use our AT&T but we couldn’t really stream anything. It’s a great place to go if you’re in Arizona during the winter and want some peace and quiet.

Blakenship Bridge:

Blakenship Bridge is right outside of Glacier National Park on the west entrance. So this one’s a little tricky to get to, we got down there because our rig is so small. We did see a bigger motorhome down there but they weren’t afraid to you know maybe get a few dings or scratches.

But it was right on the river I mean we parked right on a riverbed. We were within a stone’s throw from the water and it was just beautiful. There was a boat launch right across the river from us. We got to watch everyone launch their tubes and kayaks, and everything and float right past our window.

With our weboost cell booster, we were able to get 4G LTE on our t-mobile and stream everything you wanted to. So in the evenings after we were done exploring nature we could just really veg out and watch some good Netflix.

We do not recommend going down there if you have a big rig. It’s probably a little dangerous just because the road is a little washed out in a few places. If you like to tent camp as or take a van down there or a small travel trailer that would be fine.

Buffalo Gap:

Buffalo Gap in National Forest right outside the badlands and it was a beautiful spot. This was one of our favorite boondocking spots of all time it was just breathtakingly beautiful. With lovely scenery over like the whole grasslands and all the rock formations and everything.

It’s a wide-open space but your neighbors are so very far away. Our neighbors were so far away that we had tons of privacy. There were cell towers right nearby so we could get blazing fast speeds it had the best of everything.

The biggest downside of it was that you know it was pure dry camping with no bathrooms – no dumpsters or anything. We did find a city park inside the town of Wall which was about eight miles away that had a dumpster. There was also water so we could restock or throw away if we needed to.

That was nice and we found that most of the people that stayed there were just staying overnight. For the most part, we didn’t have like any long-term neighbors or anything like that. It is a little bit hard to find but if you do find it it’s well worth the effort to find it.

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