Boondocking Reports

Please Note: For various reasons not all of my Boondocking reports are listed in the BOONDOCKING REPORTS drop down menu item above or summarized below. Please try entering your query in the search field–look for the magnifying glass surrounded by green near the top right of any page.


Senator Wash Lake
Overlooking Senator Wash Lake at the BLM’s Imperial Dam Long Term Visitor Area near Yuma, AZ.

This is an interesting and unusual place! It quickly became evident that there is community here and that many campers have been coming here for the Season (see Seasonality, below) or a large part of it for many years. Many of them know each other or at least know of each other. I didn’t know what to expect before arriving here and now about a week later I’m still discovering things. What kind of things? All kinds of things: There are maybe 25 named camping areas within the Imperial Dam LTVA. There is a real sense of community here with organized hikes, potlucks, musical performances, model airplane and race car meets, exercise and yoga groups, all organized by campers. There’s and ice cream truck that comes around every other Thursday I’m told, a guy who sells wifi, the nearby Christian Center where you can send and receive mail, get propane, telephone messages, get Internet access and more. There is lots of hiking around here and a bat habitat where, beginning about March, I’m told, you can see, well, bats. READ MORE…


Hannold Draw, Big Bend
Looking north at sunrise to the Chisos Mountains from Hannold Draw in Big Bend National Park.

Big Bend is a large park with no fewer than five Visitor Centers. Panther Junction Visitor Center is also the park HQ. It is centrally located in the park. The turnoff to Hannold Draw is about 4.9 miles north of Panther Junction by my odometer. The turnoff is completely unmarked. A ranger told me it had to do with preventing “campsite jumping” which I took to mean unlawful occupation of the campsite by people without permits. Why then they would mark other turnoffs to primitive sites with a sign such as Paint Gap is unclear to me. READ MORE…


Six Mile Lake
My little RV family at Six Mile Lake dispersed camping area, MN

At 5:41 PM the day has cooled off a little bit. The high, at 76º was by no means hot, just very pleasant, and now it’s 68º outside and a very comfortable 75º inside my RV, Charlene. It’s a warm snap for where I am now, this third week of September in north central Minnesota. I’m at a dispersed camping area known as Six Mile Lake outside of Bena, population 116.





Located in Colorado along Route 550, 8 miles south of Ouray, about 16 miles north of Silverton
Elevation: 9756 +/-
GPS: see details below
Pet Friendly. I don’t know if there is a leash requirement
Accessibility: Rigs of all sizes, see proviso within
Cellular: AT&T none, Verizon, poor, see details below
Uncompahgre National Forest; Stay Limit 14 days per month after which you must move 15 miles as the crow flies if you’re going to another Forest Service dispersed camping location. READ MORE…


Free, off-the-grid camping (boondocking) in lightly forested and open areas for up to 16 days within about 10 miles, 15-20 minute drive to Bryce, with more than a few nearby sites big RV accessible.

Site Location: GPS:  N 37.72837, W 112.24389. Turn north (left) off

Looking north from my camp
Looking north from my camp

UT 12 coming from 89 onto Tom’s Best Spring Road at N 37.71973, W 112.25539. Tom’s Best is not all that well marked. Look for a sign on the left as soon as you come out of Red Canyon and the landscape flattens out and opens up. Traveling west on 12 Tom’s Best is a little more difficult to spot. GPS coordinates may not align with roads shown on map. Turn east (right) off Tom’s Best Spring Road onto unmarked spur road at N 37.73059, W 112.24600 then bear right at the Y. READ MORE…

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