What is Boondocking?

What is boondocking? If you are new to camping, you may ask this same question. Boondocking is essentially camping without hookups. You may also hear it referred to as ‘dry camping’. Often, dry camping means staying in a campground without hookups, whereas, boondocking typically means staying in a completely undeveloped area. You may also hear people talk about ‘dispersed camping’, which is the official term often used by government agencies.

The real question to ask is whether or not boondocking is right for you. If you enjoy being outdoors soaking in peace, quiet and natural beauty, then it just might be. If you prefer to be surrounded by neighbors and have lots of defined recreational activities, then maybe you would be happier in a campground. While boondocking, you often need to amuse yourself rather than go to the campground’s swimming pool or the golf course down the street.

At CampReward.com, we understand that both types of camping are valid. Different people have different desires and people’s needs change regularly. We try to accomodate both types of camping without breaking the bank! Ten dollars isn’t what it used to be, so campgrounds that meet our most important criteria tend to be closer to boondocking than fancy resorts. However, there are still plenty of activities for people in the right mindset.

Did we scare you off yet, or have you decided that free camping might just be for you? The good news is that if you decide to try boondocking, you will find some of the most serene and beautiful campsites anywhere. You may very well end up with the kind of campsite that you, literally, can not pay for! If there was anyone around to collect your money, they’d stick fifty campsites on the land and ruin what makes it special. These are the gems that make a boondocking lifestyle worthwhile.

We won’t claim that every site we list is like that. Most are not. They are, however, a good jumping off point to explore the area. Most of our listings are small campgrounds on public lands. Many of these are gorgeous. Additionally, you can often find dispersed camping areas near them which may be more beautiful and secluded. We want to enable you to get out there and explore this beautiful world we all share. And please, come back and tell us what you found!


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