We learned quickly that the most free camping was in the west. Some of our tops states for dry camping are Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and Colorado. We are going to highlight some of our favorite spots in Oregon!
Camping in Oregon
Oregon is filled with national forests and BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land. This creates some pretty amazing places to camp for 1-14 days, while being totally free. The places we have fallen in love with are in Central Oregon or Eastern Oregon.
Northern Oregon Along Columbia River
If you are driving along Hwy 80 near the Columbia River there are multiple places to stop for the night to rest. Beware though, train tracks also run along this hwy as well. It was well worth the stop for the night as some of the spots are not too busy.
A small town in Central Oregon, Sisters is situated near the Three Sisters Wilderness. You can hike, bike and horse ride right from town in the hundreds of miles of trails. Camping is abundant. You can find places near a river, in the middle of the forest or next to a trailhead.
We write a lot about Bend. It's because it has so much to offer a nature enthusiast. With homes built right to the edge of Deschutes National Forest, you can ride and hike right from town. You can also camp right in the middle of some of the most popular mountain biking trails.
In Eastern Oregon, fields is a little town with only a cafe, motel and gas station in one. Make sure to stop for a milkshake. Close to Fields, is Alvord Desert. This dried up river bed is known for being where dare devils come to break the land speed. We like the wide open space and the ability to star gaze at night.
Near the Middle Santiam Wildnerness, this area offers a lot of beautiful hikes and is near Detroit, Oregon which holds Detroit Lake. Detroit continues to rebuild after devastating wild fires. If you get to the area check out Marian Falls.
Mt. Hood, OR
Mt. Hood is an attraction that everyone wants to see. Camping is huge in the area. There are roads and spots that you can find that have zero cell service, but if you need to see be connected, the sno parks in the summer are free to stay at for a night or two. Even though you are in a parking lot, it doesn't feel like it since you have these views of the mountain.
Leslie Gulch, OR
As far east as you can get lies Leslie Gulch. An area worthy of exploring there is limited camping but the camping that is within Leslie Gulch is free. It is still primitive, but you are required to stay in designated spots, which are not too bad! This area has no services include cell service.
Oregon is very RV, trailer and van friendly. If you come to explore the state or just driving through some of you may want to know where you can fill with potable water, dump the black and grey tanks or where to find propane.
The easiest way to find these are on Campendium or SaniDump. Propane is a bit more tricky, but most RV parks and gas stations have a station. Stray from going to Uhaul as they are usually double to triple the price. Most of the gas stations have a free dump and potable water fill if you fill up with gas.
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Enjoy your time in this great state!