Boondocking in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (NRA)
This NRA sits in the middle of the Sawtooth National Forest and is adjacent to two wilderness areas. though several primitive campgrounds are are within the NRA, free dispersed (boondocking) camping is permitted along the Salmon River south of Stanley, as well as northeast of town in the national forest.
Lake Wenatchee National Forest is a vast forested area on the eastern flanks of the volcanic Cascade range near Mt. Rainier to the northeast. Out of Yakima, US 12 and State 410 split just past Naches. US 12 follows the Tieton River to the south entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park and State 410 along the Naches River over 5,400 foot Chinook Pass to the north entrance. All along both routes, several scattered boondocking sites are located along the rivers. These are good base camps for exploring the National park and forest trails.
This is a no-frills wildlife refuge on the Arizona border. No crowds here, 100 widely dispersed campsites, nature trails, world class birdwatching, informative visitor center, ranger-led grassland walks. Unique free-flowing creek and desert wetlands. Long range views.
This is a no hook-up park within walking distance from Lake Havasu City, yet it has lots of desert flora and fauna. Excellent birdwatching both in the park and on the adjacent lake. Nicely spaced campsites with lots of trees and shrubs adding privacy.