One of the best ways to experience the great outdoors is through dispersed camping! Dispersed camping is also known as boondocking, primitive camping, or backcountry camping.
The freedom and solitude that comes with it bring a sense of peace and relaxation to the experience. But it can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with it and unprepared. Knowledge is power and will provide a much more pleasant experience.
What Is Dispersed Camping?
Dispersed camping is typically free camping in a primitive area off the beaten path. It usually means driving on a dirt road to a place that is much less visited by crowds.
They are less known and typically don’t offer any amenities like electricity, water, a dump station or toilets.
Some of the more established camping sites will offer vault toilets, picnic tables, and fire pits. But everything else like water, power and waste management needs to be managed on your own.
Where Can You Go Dispersed Camping?
Most dispersed camping can be found in BLM areas (Bureau of Land Management) and National Forests. Some state parks will let you disperse camp in designated areas as well.
But before you go to any of these areas make sure to research the rules on where you can camp. While some areas will allow you to camp anywhere you want, some parks only allow dispersed camping in a few select areas.
So, it’s important to check the websites or call a ranger station for more information.
What You Need When You’re Dispersed Camping?
When going dispersed camping you will need to come prepared. There is typically no electricity, water or waste management. If you are planning to stay for a few days, having a generator or solar panels make it possible to still have power.
You will also need to make sure you have water. You will want enough water for cleaning, showers, and drinking. So, whether you fill up your gravity tank or bring lots of water jugs you will have to be self-sufficient.
The other very important thing is waste management. Sometimes there are vault toilets but what you pack in must be packed out. So, if you’re in an RV you should have enough space in your black and grey tank during your stay.
You will also need to pack any trash out with you that you bring in. It is important that we protect and keep these areas clean or they will close them down.
Why You’ll Love It
The best part of dispersed camping and why it draws campers to these spots is the solitude. More often than not you are the only person at the camping area. Even if there are others around you the space is usually large, allowing people to spread out.
The campgrounds are also typically free and in some very gorgeous areas!
When staying at an established campground there is always that one group that is loud and inconsiderate until late at night. Dispersed camping gets away from the crowds and city lights.
Build Your Confidence
If you’re not ready for dispersed camping, the RV Masterclass Boondocking 101 course can help you learn the ropes, gain confidence, and ultimately save money by being able to take advantage of free camping opportunities!
Boondocking 101 walks you through the best safety practices and shows you, step by step, how to find the best boondocking campsites.
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