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Old 06-13-2011, 04:22 AM   #1
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I saw a few threads on various forums about boondocking around some locations (Zion, Bryce & Grand Canyons as well as Mt Rushmore and a few other places) How do you come to find the great sites as well as if you are allowed to stay there?
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
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National Forest, BLM, and many state owned lands, are usually free to camp on. Many National Parks have these lands on their borders. Western outdoors-men don't usually pay camping fees when they go hunting, fishing, etc.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:54 PM   #3
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I saw a few threads on various forums about boondocking around some locations (Zion, Bryce & Grand Canyons as well as Mt Rushmore and a few other places) How do you come to find the great sites as well as if you are allowed to stay there?
We stay at some of the Nat Parks at the places you've mentioned. The price is anywhere from $15-18/night, which isn't too bad. They usually have coin-op showers, group water taps available, and lighted, heated, toilet/sink facilities.
We also find the neighbors to be mostly friendly, and the Rangers are great folks too.
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If you're passing through Dumas, TX, north of Amarillo, there's a free spot if you get there early enough. Not quite boondocking...just a large paved parking lot with electric connections. They have no water, restrooms, or sewer dump. Box available for donations. A park close by for the kiddies to play and the dogs to take their walks. We drive through twice a year and almost always take advantage of this facility. It's on the north side of the road just outside of Dumas on the way to Dalhart.
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We've stayed at the Texas Welcome Center in Amarillo which is at I-40 and 468 (possibly Airport Blvd?).
It's kitty corner across I-40 from a Flying J Travel Center (which could have been rebranded to Pilot?).
It's a nice big lot, with restrooms, and 24 hour security for overnight stays, and it's free. No hookups,
so it's a true dry camping (boondock) experience. We happened upon it by accident about 2 years ago,
and if we're passing by (we use I-40 east/west a lot) and it's nap time, we stop.
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I have topographical maps for the US on my laptop. I use it to look down fire roads for relatively level areas and have some good success in finding good spots that way.
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We've stayed at the Texas Welcome Center in Amarillo which is at I-40 and 468 (possibly Airport Blvd?).
It's kitty corner across I-40 from a Flying J Travel Center (which could have been rebranded to Pilot?).
We passed by a couple of days ago, and it is indeed I-40 and 468 (Airport Bld.), and still the Flying J.
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We've stayed at the Texas Welcome Center in Amarillo which is at I-40 and 468 (possibly Airport Blvd?).
It's kitty corner across I-40 from a Flying J Travel Center (which could have been rebranded to Pilot?).
We passed by a couple of days ago, and it is indeed I-40 and 468 (Airport Bld.), and still the Flying J.
Thanks for the confirmation.
A nice, relatively quiet, apparently secure, place to catch 40 winks.
Bathrooms were quite clean, considering the amount of traffic they probably see in a day.
And fuel for the vehicle and the body just across the freeway.
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We are leaving in a couple of weeks....

Planning to go down the Atlantic coast from New Brunswick...

Anyone can recommend nice boondocking locations along the roads...

Maine, mass., News Hampshire etc....
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In Freeport, Maine you can overnight in LL Bean parking.
Kittery, Maine is near NH. I'm pretty sure you can overnight at the Kittery Trading Post outlet.
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