One great thing about living in the Western United States is the large amount of public lands available to explore. The majority of these lands are also available for overnight camping. The problem is knowing where you can park your RV before getting there. Nobody wants to turn down a single lane dirt road not knowing if there are campsites or a place to turn the RV around. When boondocking in the desert southwest, Google Earth is the RVers ultimate campsite directory. Just log on to Google Earth, zoom over the area you plan to visit and look for large pull off areas, circular drives and other RV friendly sites. Then record the coordinates in your GPS or mark your map accordingly. For example: My wife and I are on the road through Utah and we plan to dig some fossils near Delta. Google Earth shows a nice loop pull off from Highway 6 near the fossil site at 39 09.016N 113 04.150W. Want to explore the Ghost Town of Ballarat, CA and camp near the paved highway? Check out the turn off at 36 02.192N 117 16.843W an expansive campsite and fire ring await you.
Follow Dave’s RV adventures as he travels the West in search of forgotten and unique places. For Dave, home is where you park it, the more remote the better!