In no particular order, here are our top 5 favourite FREE camping spots in America (so far…)
BLACK CANYON – New River, Arizona
You’ve gotta love waking up in a movie-like desert with Saguaro cactuses taller than you at your doorstep. Lots of wide open space in this BLM area where you can stay a day or even a week.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/black-canyon/
EL MORRO – Tinaja, New Mexico
The only National Park Campground we’ve ever seen that’s completely free. Amazing views of El Morro National Monument and you’re only a short drive away from exploring the grounds in the morning.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/el-morro/
PADRE ISLAND – Corpus Christi, Texas
Beware of high tides when camping on Padre Island’s sandy beach. As long as you’re parked far enough back from the shore, this makes for an awesome spot to drive right on the beach and set up camp. Only catch here is that you will have to pay the entrance fee to the National Seashore, BUT it is free with an annual parks pass (which is definitely worth it, I might add).
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/padre-island/
LAKE CUSHMAN – Hoodsport, Washington
One spot nestled in the woods at the foot of Mt. Washington with an awesome view of Lake Cushman. Part of the Olympic National Forest and not far from Olympic National Park.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/lake-cushman-overlook/
DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST – Leeds, Utah
Winding desert roads take you up to several campsites overlooking creeks and the nearby town of Leeds. Can’t beat rugged desert camping.
Everything you need to know here: https://www.genericvan.life/full-camping-directory/listing/dixie-national-forest/
We only just scratched the surface on the plethora of amazing BLM and National Forest land that America has to offer. Let us know your favourite spots in a comment so we can check ’em out!