How To Camp For Free In The USA
Camping on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land is free as long as you’re not in a campground and don’t see any “no camping” signs!
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You can stay for up to 14 days in a 28-day period on BLM land. After 14 days, you’ll have to move 25 miles away to keep camping.
You can also camp for free in National Forests! Again, as long as you’re not in a campground and there aren’t any “no camping” signs around.
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Just make sure you’re 100-200ft from a road in National Forests.
When you’re trying to find a spot, look for fire rings or flattened grass. This means someone has camped here before and helps preserve land.
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Camping in National Parks can be cheap, but rarely free. You can get a backcountry permit online or from the ranger office to camp.
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The BLM and National Forests websites have maps that you can download to show you exactly where you can/can’t camp.
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You can also download apps like The DYRT to help make that process even easier. They also allow you to use their maps offline.
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Walmart parking lots are also an option if you’re looking to park your car or RV to sleep in.
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Not ALL Walmart’s allow you to stay, though. Oftentimes, Walmart’s near bigger attractions won’t let you because people tend to abuse it.
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