Our secret that is not a secret. Maps open all possibilities to understanding where potential campsites may be located that are not commonly known.
Maps like the Black Hills example will also give you areas that may have undeveloped campsites that you can Boondock Off the Grid as well. We found a pullout using this map... where NO open areas could be found.
The United States Department of Agriculture prints and updates all kinds of maps.
Bureau of Land Management has all kinds of maps available.
States have their own maps available... as they want YOU to visit.
State Geological Survey have so many kinds of maps... you will get... LOST in the details.
Electronic Maps? Excellent... but we like paper.
I have maps of the Original Railroad Routes... and sold off the 13 volume set as it was more for historians than for our needs. I kept the damaged volumes and can find traces of the Railroad grade... with a glance.
Maps make you smart.
This is HOW we find wonderful Boondocking and Boondocking Off the Grid sites. Some we will never return... like where we camped last week SE of Fort Bridger, Wyoming to see the Eocene Badlands that were a novelty in the 1850's finding early fossil primate, horse, rodents that Professors from the East fought over naming them.
Also in Wyoming fossil fish west of Kemmerer, Wyoming where you can pay to quarry your own fish on private property. Ooooooh Weeeee.
Mountains, Prairies, State Parks, Towns... all have Maps. ASK. Many are free, but simple. Many have paper stock that will last longer than you will.
Thalweg is MY Map Expert, living on the side of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.
I have so many maps... I get lost trying to find one that applies to where I am going, may go to or just curious. If a Neanderthal can do it... you can.
Nancy is my Map Guide as passenger... as I cannot drive and follow each curve, detours, reroutes... as the Map and where you find yourself at the end of the road... is not what you expected. Maps are not 100% accurate... some times.
When you find those special campsites, we mark them on our DeLorme State Atlas for that area with coordinates, elevation, date and comments (which are important as to returning some day... or not).
Important: The passenger map guide needs to make NOTES of distances and road numbers or names, some change on the same road, and when you find a wonderful place... Coordinates and take some photographs. Wonderful places are hard to find and when you find some... keep them to yourself... or they will fill up when posted on the Internet.
You may want to GET OUT... Some traveling in wagons had difficulty, food and water is important. Donner Party? Bad judgment. Poor advice. Bad maps.
Thalweg may add some pointers. He MADE the maps for the 2016 Wyoming Adventure. We did not get lost...