Originally Posted by MickeyC
I am fairly new to this RV camping. How do you find the good boon-docking sites? I have a good generator and plenty of fresh water. I am heading out in August to go boon-docking in the Oklahoma Texas New Mexico and Colorado areas. Looks like you found some nice sites.
New Mexico and Colorado are easier than Oklahoma and Texas. These two States have different access than the Mountain States up to the Canadian border. Church parking lot in Ardmore... is my only experience in these two states. Not on Sunday, of course.
Colorado: West of the Front Range. The further west you go, the better the variety of Off the Grid Campsites. Having something like a DeLorme Atlas of a State you want to 'explore' is your first tool.
New Mexico: West of I-25 to Springerville, Arizona is a massive territory to search. The areas East of I-25 are massive Ranches and private, although you can find pull offs if you are running late and need a place to park for an evening.
When you are traveling in the Rocky Mountain area... National Forest and Bureau of Land Management vary in access and activities. Start traveling early and about 1PM, you need to be getting less picky and visually look to an area that you could spend the evening. Then study the map(s).
Any area near a major CITY... Friday, Saturday and Sunday bring the locals. Holidays, the same experience. Smaller towns... great access and lots of potential.
Not ALL National Forests to the west of the Front Range can be accessed. Access along many highways are Private Property due to the Mining Claims of the 19th Century. You can travel from Fort Collins, Colorado to the Wyoming Border and find no place to find access.
You will get better scouting as you go. Paved roads usually do not take you to isolated Camp Sites. Get use to eating dust... you and your Airstream. It washes off the Airstream.
Check out some older Posts I had on Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. They will get you to some wonderful locations and then work OUT for other campsites. Mark them on the map. GPS, elevation and make comments. Some of my comments are: Nice Place... Nothing to do.
It is not easy. I had been saying 20% of Airstream Owners Boondock Off the Grid... I am now down to 10%. Leaves you all by yourself. Finding hunter's campsites OFF SEASON are great campsites.
Hunting for OTG Boondocking sites is like Fly Fishing... you figure it out from doing it. Your favorite sites... once you give the location... things can change.
Welcome to the Dusty Airstream Society. You will EARN it.