is our favorite way to camp. Well, resort camping comes close BUT you can’t beat being the only ones in a mile radius of your campsite! The solitude, the quiet, the privacy, and often – the incredible views are too good to pass up. Not to mention the price tag is unbeatable – FREE!
Out west (west of the Mississippi River), there are an infinity of options for free camping. Public lands are plentiful, and the further west you go, the more options there seem to be. It is difficult though to pinpoint exactly where you’re allowed to camp on public land, though. I believe they (the government) make it this way for a reason. If it was easy and simple to find these sites, everyone would be going there, negating one of the best things about these sites – they’re often available!
Finding places to camp free on public lands is something I find really fun actually – I’m creating my own map of all the free camping I can find, and I encourage you to do the same! It takes a lot of digging around on government websites, camping apps, and camping websites. Then, you have to cross reference and often call the rangers for that particular area to make sure the information is updated and accurate. It’s a lot of work, but for those of us willing to put in the legwork, it’s totally worth it!
I had the pleasure of camping at a few different sites on ,my recent trip from Texas to Colorado and thought I’d share a them with you! So, without further ado, here they are:
- Rough Creek Park (Granbury, TX) – GPS Coordinates: 32.418446, -97.786685; No hookups; trashcan and bathhouse; riverfront; unlevel sites, height restricted
- Soldier’s Bluff Park (Laguna Park, TX) – County Road 3602 Clifton, TX 76634; Water hookups available in some sites, two sites with electricity; trashcan and bathhouse; riverfront park (campsites are not riverfront); level(ish) sites
- Stone Creek BLM Dispersed (Granite, CO) – GPS Coordinates: 39.0203840, -106.2397671; no hookups, very unlevel sites, very rough road (big rigs will not fit)