Top 10 States for Free Camping & The Most Boondocking

Top 10 States for Free Camping & The Most Boondocking

The best things in life are free, especially free camping. There are thousands of free campsites in beautiful boondocking locations across the US that don’t charge a dime.

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Top 10 States for Free Camping!

10. Michigan

9. New Mexico

8. Oregon

7. Idaho

6. Utah

5. Wyoming

4. Washington

3. Arizona

2. California

1. Colorado

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  1. Paul Wicklund on November 26, 2019 at 1:02 am

    I’m glad Illinois didn’t make the list, so I can keep the free camping to myself.

  2. scalded frog on November 26, 2019 at 1:04 am

    free camping in wa? where?

  3. Walter Shumate on November 26, 2019 at 1:04 am

    They charge for you to get into most of the national parks and forests these days!
    If your daughter went to college, they would expect you to pay prostitution fee to visit her! This is the greed of the government with OUR PUBLIC LANDS. They steal them from you and then expect to sell them back to the highest bidder…👃

  4. Inkdraft on November 26, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I know you did the western states and thanks for that info. We have lots of great free camping here in New England too. White Mountains National Forest in NH and ME, and Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont just to name two. There’s more free camping down in the flatlands of Massachusetts  and Connecticut as well. Drop by in Leaf Peeper Season the colors are amazing. Happy Trails!

  5. Chris Kennedy on November 26, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Thanks for the well thought out, and nicely researched video. I would guess that the last quote is from someone who’s name is pronounced as two words rather than as a last name. Van tramp, rather than Vantramp. Just a guess.

  6. V Denton on November 26, 2019 at 1:08 am

    There’s nothing like the spring wildflowers in Colorado

  7. gaknskk on November 26, 2019 at 1:08 am

    New sub here.

  8. Luis Diaz on November 26, 2019 at 1:08 am

    Dude, give more info.

  9. Toph Lawton on November 26, 2019 at 1:08 am


  10. Sonny on November 26, 2019 at 1:11 am

    Lol Colorado I’m a native and where is the free camping 🏕

  11. James Matlock on November 26, 2019 at 1:12 am

    You forgot Kentucky dumbass

  12. ogr8bearded1 on November 26, 2019 at 1:14 am

    I’m confused, are you camping or moving a mobile home around to places?

  13. Bantham Nobilis on November 26, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Okay near nothing is NOT free, you liberals really should learn to stick to rules and guide lines, especially your own.

  14. Merv Schetter on November 26, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Is add for airstream????

  15. wannabe to wasabe on November 26, 2019 at 1:17 am

    In California "free camping" (dispersed camping) is available in more locations than the east part of the state, the opportunities to do so increase as you travel northward. In the eastern Sierra, every canyon with a paved road has camping/fire restrictions year round. That is, dispersed camping is not allowed in Bishop Creek Canyon, Convict Canyon, Big Pine Creek, Onion Valley, the Lakes Basin (Mammoth), the Devils Postpile/Red’s Meadow area and within about 2 miles of the town of Mammoth Lakes . . . . . Pretty much every major canyon or destination west of U.S. Highway 395 from Horseshoe Meadow to Twin Lakes (Bridgeport). The Inyo National Forest has the highest amount of use in its developed recreation sites (campgrounds, picnic areas, interpretive sites, etc.) of any National Forest (not National Parks) in the nation, about twice that of the #2 National Forest. It consistently ranks 3rd to 5th in total recreation use for any National Forest. This heavy use requires some restrictions to protect the land and resources. This is not unusual anywhere in the country. Stop by a ranger station or visitor center to obtain maps and other information. Remember that dispersed camping in California requires a fire permit, even if you are only using gas or propane stoves and year round, fire season or not.

  16. phục êwê on November 26, 2019 at 1:17 am

    I heard Detroit had a lot of free camping.
    Just keep a gun handy.

  17. jackgoldman1 on November 26, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Basically, anywhere west of the Mississippi river.

  18. wan-der-lust on November 26, 2019 at 1:20 am

    So much to see, so little time. Don’t waste it.

  19. Cerah Fang on November 26, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Colorado has the worst free camping. The whole place is trashed and traffic logged. The best place is Maine.

  20. Daniel Jones on November 26, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Maybe you could spotlight a few good free camping places from Michigan to Colorado. If they exist? Anything in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Texas, Nebraska? These would serve as connective spots between Michigan and Colorado.

  21. rappsks on November 26, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Free camping or not I will never cross into California. Ever

  22. Diogenes Ataraxia on November 26, 2019 at 1:24 am

    LOL, you didn’t mention either of my favorite states for free camping, which pleases me greatly.

  23. Jeffrey Allen on November 26, 2019 at 1:25 am

    The problem with Colorado is that it’s super crowded. The back country is crawling with people.

  24. Carolyn Tolliver on November 26, 2019 at 1:25 am

    How do you find free camping in Michigan?there is so much private property within the National and State forests and few designated campgrounds. Price at State ones went up to $17 per night, no amenities other than beauty and vault toilets.

  25. Lewis Wereb on November 26, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Who would want to stay in the 3 most liberal commie shithole states of Oregon, Washington and Kommiefornya even for free?

  26. James Meadørs on November 26, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Too bad my favorite state of Texas couldn’t make the list! Most land in Texas is privately owned so there isn’t much public land. It’s a beautiful state, just not many places to camp.

  27. Orwellian Horseman of the Apocalypse on November 26, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Correction – these were the top ten states for free camping. Good luck finding a spot now.

  28. Ric G on November 26, 2019 at 1:32 am

    "near nothing" is not free

  29. Harold Gatlin on November 26, 2019 at 1:32 am

    What if you don’t want to go west. There is nothing more beautiful than the Appalachian mountains two an a half thousand miles of it. An trees that are not pines that have been burned off black.

  30. Daniel Barrios on November 26, 2019 at 1:34 am

    When you say "free camping" you really mean "free boondocking" right"? Or are you talking about campgrounds with full hookups for free?

  31. Guy H. on November 26, 2019 at 1:34 am

    PLEASE BE QUIET!!!!! Retract what you said about Idaho! Idaho is a horrible place to camp. And Idaho is full! Please take it back!

  32. johnnie wayne turner on November 26, 2019 at 1:34 am look like that clown..bozo o Rourke

  33. Gregory Adkins on November 26, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Surprised Nevada didn’t make the list,I find just as much there as Arizona.

  34. John Eder on November 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Oregon. Free Camping. Bwahahahaha.

  35. Vaughn Blaylock on November 26, 2019 at 1:37 am

    What’s not to love about Oregon?


  36. benthere422 on November 26, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Hold it!!! I live in Michigan, for like 64 years. And I only know of 1 free campsight. So being at number 10 on this list is rather surprising.
    PS. Expressway rest stops are NOT for camping. Occupy a semi parking spot overnight and don’t be surprised to get an angry "knock" on the door (if you’re lucky it will be a cop).

  37. Michael Wahlstrom on November 26, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Land of 10000 Lakes didn’t even make your top 10 list wow

  38. Elias Saba on November 26, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Where in California???? The south has no free campaign what so ever

  39. Mr. Mark on November 26, 2019 at 1:43 am

    NO mention of Florida, North CArolina…? Where do these states come in??

  40. Jose Rodriguez on November 26, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Number 1 should of been Alaska. You can camp anywhere within the state.

  41. Elmer on November 26, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Michigan should be number 1

    Wikipedia: "The Michigan Department of Natural Resources manages the largest state forest system in the nation (3.9 million acres (16,000 km²)), administered by the Forest Resources Division. "

    plus we have

    Hiawatha National Forest
    Huron National Forest
    Huron–Manistee National Forests
    as well as our lakefront and beach areas.

    all of it can be camped on for free as long as your 1 mile or more from a regulated state camp site. all you need to do is print out a camp registration form and post it at your site.
    if you have the dnr print it there is a fee.

  42. DrMossydog on November 26, 2019 at 1:46 am

    And Oregon and Washington are like, really close together…….

  43. daveamtwo on November 26, 2019 at 1:47 am

    How do you FIND the free camping Spots Ya said the States but not the area as to the free camping is offered!!

  44. Steve Dugger on November 26, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Thought I Saw a little sales pitch for Airstream…

  45. Son of Liberty on November 26, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I would have to argue with you on order and significance. As somebody who has lived many years in Colorado and Wyoming, I have seen a serious decline and free camping in Colorado. Colorado has use significant amounts of its Lottery money to take rustic camping and parking areas and make them paying camping and parking areas. At the same time Wyoming has not changed much in that regard at all and has many areas of rustic camping and parking. The other bone of contention I would have his California, there may be quite a few free places to camp in California but you pay with losing a piece of your soul every time you roll a cross the border into California. Not to mention the high price of fuel and taxes on anything and everything you can imagine. It may seem like a free Camp space there but it ain’t free.

  46. Lucha Lew on November 26, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Most of Nevada is BLM land. Just watch out for UFOs and aliens.

  47. KingLoopie1 on November 26, 2019 at 1:48 am

    What he didn’t mention about Colorado was the traffic jams, fees, National parks pass and reservations (not free) and tourist town prices. Also, the testy rangers , sheriff’s and state patrol just looking for a reason to tell you that you have to move.

  48. Scott McCloud on November 26, 2019 at 1:48 am

    the New Mexico state park pass is near worthless from Opening day through September, i tell you what. The full-time RVers know which camp sites they want and book them solid for the summer. A lot of these full-timers would be living in a Walmart parking lot if they weren’t in the New Mexico state parks. There are first come first served sites but are you going to risk driving 200 miles only to find nowhere to park your rig?

    I haven’t tried booking for this coming winter yet.

  49. Jen Combs on November 26, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Current political powers want to sell off Federal Public Lands–not a good idea.

  50. Rut Moe on November 26, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I’m glad Montana didn’t make the list so I can keep my free camping to myself.

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