This blog is a republished work, originally written by Macala Elliott for her Mac Geo Travel Blog.
Dry camping often offers rustic campsites with little to no facilities. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, many states in the US offer countless opportunities to dry camp (excluding Texas). These sites are usually unmarked and can only be found by those who know where to look! Luckily, this is my favorite way to road trip, so I've perfected the art of dry camping!
The Campendium App
Dry Camping in National Forests
I love to look for campgrounds maintained by the National Forest Service. This campground in the Sawtooths of Idaho was picture perfect and full of families enjoying the mild summer weather. If the site has facilities like water or bathrooms, they may charge a small fee for overnight camping. National Forest Campgrounds tend to be busy, but they offer a really nice camping experience!
I often use the USFS Portal App to find nearby National Forests. Don't forget to check out your road atlas to see an overall view of the National Forest System. Check out their website here.
My Favorite Dry Camping Spots:
Stanley Lake Dispersed Camping
National Forest Service
Alabama Hills Recreation Area, Bureau of Land Management
Location: Lone Pine, California
Upper Madera Canyon Campground, Texas State Parks
Location: Big Bend Ranch State Park
Nomad View Dispersed Camping, National Forest Service
Location: Hwy 240, Wall, SD (Badlands NP)