Boondocking in National Forests

USFS: Rules for Boondocking on USFS Lands

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) manages all of the United States’ National Forests and National Grasslands. They also manage several National Recreation Areas. In general...

Why Is There Private Property Inside National Forests and Parks?

Not all land inside a national forest or national park is public. A lot of this land is privately owned by residents, businesses, and organizations....

How to Use Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) to Find Free Camping

Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are published by the U.S. Forest Service and apply only to national forests and national grasslands. These maps are meant...

How Much Does it Cost to Camp in a National Forest?

The cost to camp in a national forest can range from free to about $30.00 a night, depending on a few factors. If you want...

How Long Can You Camp in a National Forest?

Fourteen (14) days is the most popular answer, but it’s not the correct answer. Each National Forest and National Grassland creates its own rules on...

Is It Illegal to Live in a National Forest?

Yes and no. If you are a camper or RVer, it is illegal to establish residency on National Forests and Grasslands. However, it is possible,...