top 10 free camping 2018


This is the sixth year I’ve compiled our favorite spots for the year. Top honors go to some great free boondocking locations.

10. La Conner Marina RV Resort – La Conner, WA

Don’t be fooled by the name of this place. It is by no means a resort, and to be honest, the campground itself isn’t the reason it’s on our list. La Conner Marina has a full-hookup campground that is walking distance to the main drag in La Conner, a super cute artist community with many restaurants and shops.

9. Deschutes County Expo RV Park – Redmond, OR

The facillites at Deschutes County Expo RV Park are a step up from La Conner Marina. It’s well kept, has low rates with full hookups and even had availability over a holiday weekend. The primary reason this park made our top ten is because of its location – less than 30 minutes from Bend and Sisters Oregon.

8. Fossil Falls Dry Lake Bed – Little Lake, CA

I wanted to check out Fossil Falls Dry Lake Bed because of it got so many rave reviews on Campendium. Also a 2017 Campers Choice winner, Fossil Falls is a great spot to go isolate because it’s a wide open dry lake bed, and the only other RV we saw during our stay was way off in the distance.

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7. Harrington Loop Road | Deschutes National Forest – Sisters, OR

We’ve heard mixed reviews about boondocking in Deschutes National Forest, and are glad that we decided to check it out for ourselves. Harrington Loop Road is located between Sisters and Bend. There were quite a few other campers there while we were in early October, but everyone kept to themselves. The camping itself isn’t what you’d go there for, it’s free and in a great location.

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6. Crystal Crane Hot Springs – Burns, OR

We had so much fun here. This place was on my RV camping bucket list since I saw a photo of a bathtub on Campendium. The funny thing is, we enjoyed the outdoor hot spring so much, we never did try out the tubs. Oh and the camping is whatever. This place is all about the hot spring – which we went in every night we were there in October and it was COLD outside!

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5. Lovell Canyon Dispersed | Spring Mountains National Rec. Area – Mountain Springs, NV

This place was a fun surprise for us. We camp near Vegas at least once a year, but usually on the east side. Lovell Canyon is on the west side and is pretty much the same distance from the strip as Government Wash. It’s higher in elevation than Gov’t Wash, and a great option for us if we need to be in the area when temps are warmer.

4. Collier Memorial State Park – Chiloquin, OR

This pristine full-hookup state park was so nice to be in after two months of boondocking, I only wish we were there longer so we could explore a bit more.

3. Hidden Hill Road | Mojave National Preserve – Kelso, CA

Mojave National Preserve is one of our favorite National Parks. We didn’t see anyone during our stay here. Beautiful and isolated.

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2. Buttermilk Road | Inyo National Forest – Bishop, CA

Buttermilk Road is gorgeous. There’s a lot of activity here, but it didn’t bother us. Other campers and rock climbers were off in the distance. We had cell service with our booster and the drive into town was easy.

1. Soda Lake View | Mojave National Preserve – Baker, CA

This was one of those spots we loved so much we considered not sharing it!! That quickly passed, because all we want to do is share great campsites. The great thing about this spot is that it’s in a beautiful setting and can only accommodate a limited number of campers. We were here with a group of friends and had it to ourselves. (See the photo at the top of this post for a better view of the location).

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  • Reply Katie from Travellers-Autobarn January 8, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Love your post! I couldn’t agree more that some of the best camping in the US is in the Western region for sure! We recently wrote a post on our favorite camping spots in California. Our method is via camper van. Check it out!

  • Reply Cherri Megasko February 9, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    What a good idea to complete a list. My husband has been keeping notes about each site we visit, but we haven’t done anything with those notes yet.

  • Reply Scott--Boondockerz February 16, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Fossil Falls is an amazing destination. Glad you got to enjoy it. 👏👏

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