I have always praised Marianne Edwards work in her Shunpiker book series because they lead to great free camping in fantastic places like the picture below we just took in Utah near Arches National Park. We used her direct GPS coordinates, advice, and VERY specific travel info to find dozens of secluded places to camp for free with great views. PICTURE is of our EXACT campsite for free with mountains on one side and the river behind and beneath us.
Free Off Grid Camping from The Frugal Shunpikers Guides To RV Boondocking
Boondocking is one of the best ways to have a super fun private wilderness experience for free. However most cheap camping resources give you only the big picture...like "go park on millions of acres of BLM land" or "you can stay outside Vegas in the desert in the winter". Then along comes Marianne Edwards a fellow traveler that has been to many of the places I have been. The difference is she exposes HUNDREDS of additional locations by exact GPS coordinates where you can have a top level experience for little or no cost. She currently covers Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and California. If you like the places we went on our last Western States tour shown in these pictures then get a copy of Vanabode and a copy of her guides. This is the very smartest travel investment you can make.
She shows you exactly where to go to get the most for your time in places like this in her Utah book.
She offers GREAT detail. Example she doesn't say "go to Coyote Buttes and Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area and camp". She covers individual spots where you can literally park inside these places for weeks like, Buckskin Gulch (Slot Canyon Hike), The Wave, Coyote Buttes, South Coyote Buttes, Petroglyphs and Pictographs, Camping on House Rock Valley Road, Convenient Dispersed Camping on Hwy 89, and more places where you can stay weeks to months for FREE! (just move every ten days or so to a fresh spot under BLM rules)
These books contain Important details like exact GPS coordinates linked directly to Google maps so you can click and view pictures of the area as well as other peoples reviews and more. She includes her own pictures of many of the sites so you can see exactly what you will be close to and what you will get to experience BEFORE driving in. The locations of, and directions to, the closest stores for both fuel and food as well as water and dump stations are included. ESSENTIAL LOCATION SPECIFIC details like: "you can drive all the way to the end of the road and park right on the river but the roads are so sandy we could never do it, better to camp at the big trees by the canyon wall and hike to the river to swim".
Her books don't just tell you to visit Zion. They explain what size vehicle can come in on what road at what time of day (NO, not every size RV can enter Zion going through the tunnel). She explains details like where to pay for the MANDATORY escort to help drive you in...where to get the free shuttles, where to park just outside the park for FREE, times to visit, what to wear, how long the hikes are, and more. These details are what make your trip utterly life changing rather than just another rushed "see what everybody else sees" trip.
The fact that we personally took this picture and we were NOT in a helicopter should tell you something about the size, scope, and sheer magnitude of this incredible place and this dangerous hike. Those are white buses on that road down there. That road is where we started this hike. That road is where 97% of the visitors stay. With Marianne Edwards books you too can have extraordinary experiences in very specific places on a micro budget. Many parts of the famous places she shows you are completely free (if you go where she shows you). I recommend The Frugal Shunpikers Guides To RV Boondocking.