Take your RV on the road less traveled

  By Bob Difley Many of America’s most scenic drives wind across and through remote public lands, such as our national forests (NF) and land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Though not receiving the same publicity as our National Parks and Monuments, the National Scenic Byways (NSB) and the especially notable All-American Roads are mostly low-traveled, two-lane... Read More

RV “Twilight Zone” — Eureka Dunes

  By Bob Difley If you are not a boondocker and don’t like weird, out-there locations, you need read no further. However, since you are still reading, let me suggest a place where there is only one campground, a really primitive, no-hookup, barren and desolate spot, where there are only ten campsites, not all of them with picnic tables or... Read More

Bureau of Reclamation camping — an RVing win-win

  By Bob Difley The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s mission is to “manage, develop, and protect water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American Public.” This mission encompasses 289 developed recreation areas on 6.5 million acres of land and water in 17 western states, mainly for water-based outdoor recreation including camping... Read More

Get free, but valuable, RV info from the Forest Service

  By Bob Difley Summer is almost here, and boondockers will soon be looking for campsites in the national forests. These tips may help make your camping trip more efficient and more pleasurable. Plan to reach the Forest Service (FS) office or visitor center before it closes, but also allow enough time to dump, fill water, and shop for food... Read More

What is boondocking? The readers speak

  Edited by Russ and Tiña De Maris “To the beatnik It’s his beard, beard, beard To the monster Something weird, weird, weird To a night owl It’s a good days sleep To the Yankee’s It’s a four game sweep Happiness is Different things to different people!” So ran the 1960’s tune made popular by Ray Conniff*. Yeah, everyone wants... Read More

Low-cost RVing at nearby wildlife refuges

  By Bob Difley Be on the lookout for Fish and Wildlife refuges, both national and state, for good boondocking and cheap camping opportunities. When there is no hunting season active, these refuges can be deserted. Though policies vary with each state, generally you can camp either free or very cheap. Some refuges can be quite scenic, on ponds maintained... Read More

National park campground alternatives: Joshua Tree

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We never thought we’d see the day when it would be nearly impossible to find a spot for our RV in one of this California park jewels’ campgrounds. But the phrase we’ve been hearing so much lately, “Our national parks are being loved to death,” might apply to this Southern California not-so-quiet-anymore place. We... Read More

BLM boondocking tips to keep you out of trouble

  By Bob Difley Most boondockers know about the BLM’s Long Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) near popular snowbird locations in Southern California and Arizona. But boondocking is also permitted on most BLM land, even if it is not a designated camping or dispersed camping area. The rule as it now exists allows you to camp/boondock anywhere on BLM land unless... Read More

Gun-shy about boondocking near Mexico border

  Dear RV Shrink: This is our first year living in our RV. We are not looking for the next RV resort with a pickleball team; we prefer the wide-open spaces. The problem is one you have talked about before: border safety. We have never camped down near the border on boondock BLM land because of all the stories we’ve... Read More