Can You Boondock Camp in National Parks?

Boondocking, or dry camping, is the art of camping in remote places without any services. Boondocking is becoming increasingly popular among RVers and campers who want to experience the great outdoors without the crowds and amenities of traditional campgrounds. It is often considered to be one of the most authentic ways to experience nature, but can you boondock camp in national parks?

The answer is yes – boondocking is allowed in some national parks, with certain restrictions and conditions. Most national parks allow boondocking for a limited number of days, usually around 14 days per month.

Some parks may restrict where you can camp or have specific rules about size and type of vehicle you can bring. Additionally, many parks will require you to obtain a permit before you arrive.

Aside from obtaining a permit, there are a few other things to consider when planning your boondocking trip in a national park. For example, many national parks are located in remote areas with limited access to services like water and electricity. This means that it’s important to come prepared with your own supplies – including food, water, fuel, and other items that may be needed for your trip.

In addition to being prepared for your trip, it’s also important to follow all rules while boondocking in a national park. This includes respecting the wildlife and environment by avoiding areas that have been closed off for wildlife protection or conservation efforts. Additionally, it’s important to keep noise levels low at night so as not to disturb the peace of other campers.


In conclusion, boondocking is allowed in some national parks with certain restrictions and conditions. Before embarking on your journey it’s important to obtain a permit from the park if necessary as well as come prepared with enough supplies for your trip. Additionally, it’s important to respect the wildlife and environment by following all rules while camping in these protected areas.

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Samantha Mckinney