Wilderness camping trips and gear

Boondocker Camping caters to those who prefer camping outside of developed campgrounds. If you are an off-road enthusiast who seeks the adventure of camping in the wilderness, then buckle up to read our camping tips and trips gained from our experience of various modes of camping since 1976. We share our outdoor adventures and stories of lessons learned to inform and inspire other boondockers to discover and explore the wild beauty of the western United States.

Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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  • Get tried and true guide books and camping gear I recommend on the Gear page.
  • Explore our favorite campsites category for boondock camping trips in the western U.S.A.
  • Favorite quotes are inserted into our posts to enjoy a chuckle or some inspiration.
  • Not sure what boondock or dispersed camping is? Check out what it’s all about. Other terms for this style of camping can be boondocking, dry camping and wild camping.

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Some favorite trips & tips

Pacific Ocean from San Martin Top

Big Sur’s San Martin Top with vast ocean views

Fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean can be enjoyed from San Martin Top along the South Coast Ridge area in the southern Big Sur Wilderness. At an elevation of 3,098 ft., ...
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This camping planner saves time and headaches

Enjoyable camping requires good planning! Don’t get overwhelmed with menu planning, and creating lists so you don’t forget that ONE thing that makes or breaks a fun outing…..darn, no can ...
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Inyo Mine ghost town structure

Ghost town at Inyo Mine

Ghost towns from the booms and busts of gold, silver, and assorted mineral mines are scattered all through Death Valley National Park. Lonely ruins from the promise of gold are ...
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Book by Patrick McManus

I laughed until I cried, reading these witty tales of outdoor misadventures.

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Foxes in a truck camper

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