Learn About Boondocking in California

Boondocking in California!

Boondocking in California is an experience of contrasts, from its sunny beaches to its snowy mountains, from its bustling cities to its serene deserts. For those who love nature and adventure, boondocking in California can be a rewarding way to explore the Golden State. Boondocking, or camping without hookups, is allowed on most public lands in California, but there are some rules and regulations that you need to know before you hit the road.  We give you an overview of the best places to boondock in California, as well as some tips and tricks to make your experience safe and enjoyable.

California Boondocking Laws & Regulations

Boondocking in California offers the best balance between free, dispersed camping in deserts, mountains, forests, and coastlines. Learn the various California boondocking laws and regulations…

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Is Nude Camping in California Legal?

No, nude camping in California is not legal. The Golden State has a statewide law that makes being nude outdoors...

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Are Generators Banned in California?

No, generators are not banned in California. What the Golden State did was ban the sale of gas-powered generators starting...

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Can You Sleep On the Side of the Road in California?

This article is specific to roads, highways, and Interstates in the unincorporated areas of California (not inside city limits), presuming...

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California Rest Area Map

Map of all California rest areas and vista points based on information gathered from the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)...

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Can You Stay Overnight in California Rest Areas?

Yes you can. The official rules in California state that you can stay for a maximum of eight (8) hours...

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California Rest Area Rules

Is overnight parking permitted at a California Rest Area? How many hours can you stay at a California Rest Area?...

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Is Boondocking Legal in California?

Yes, Boondocking is legal in California. It just depends on where. It’s totally legal on federal lands managed by the...

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California Boondocking Laws for Specific Jurisdictions

Learn the laws and regulations pertaining to boondocking in California at specific jurisdictions and areas…

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Sequoia National Forest Camping Rules

These official Sequoia National Forest Camping Rules were gathered from Orders issued by the Supervisor...

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Can You Camp Anywhere in Anza Borrego Desert State Park?

Yes, for the most part you can camp anywhere in Anza Borrego Desert State Park,...

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California Boondocking Guides

Discover places to boondock in California with these boondocking guides…

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Dispersed Camping Near Big Bear, CA

Dispersed camping near Big Bear, CA can be tricky to find, but there are several...

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Dispersed Camping in Sequoia National Forest

Dispersed camping in Sequoia National Forest has risen in popularity due to the forest’s close...

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Places for Free Camping Near Yosemite National Park

There are places just outside of Yosemite National Park that allow free camping. Camping inside...

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Where to Find BLM Land Near Anza Borrego Desert State Park

There is lots of BLM Land surrounding Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Much of it...

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Free Camping at Joshua Tree National Park

Free camping inside Joshua Tree National Park actually does exist. But it’s not a practical...

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California Boondocking News

Read about California boondocking and camping closures, changes to laws and regulations, and what’s going on with the Golden State…

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Now Requires Bear-Proof Food Containers in Hoover Wilderness

The Bridgeport Ranger District of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest today announced that beginning Monday, July 17,...

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Alabama Hills Now Closed for Boondocking Due to Fire Danger

The very-popular Alabama Hills, a dispersed camping area in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California,...

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