The Best Free and Safe Places to Park Your RV

There are a number of places around the country where you can safely park your motor home, camper or travel trailer for free.

You do not need to compromise your safety or your finances when camping, if you simply take the time to find out what is available along the routes you wish to travel.

This article will give you an overview of available camping areas to help you get started.

There are many free, safe camping spots in the US (with special permission)

Campgrounds With Hookups

Few people realize that there are a number of camping facilities with hookups around the country where people can camp for free or for a small donation.

Just about all of them provide water fill and dump stations, but many also offer water and electric right at their sites.  A small number actually have full hookups, too.

Waylon Jennings Park in Littlefied, Texas is one of them.

You may wonder how it is that full facility parks are able to offer campsites for free, but the answer is that they usually are in small towns which subsidize them because they feel that by offering this perk to tourists, they will bring business into their communities.

In the case of Waylon Jennings Park, he donated it to his home town to thank them for the support they gave him when he first started his singing career.

This campground and all of the others that either have partial or full hookups are all safe for campers and are a much better choice than parking off the beaten track where there is no security.

Dry Camping Areas

Travelers need to take care when it comes to dry camping.  Some places, such as Quartzite, AZ are extremely safe, but others not so much.

If you want to dry camp overnight, the best place to do so would be in the parking lot of a Walmart store.  You will need to ask permission to stay there overnight and the manager will usually give you the OK to do so.  Once he knows you'll be parked on his lot, he'll make sure that his 24 hour security people keep an eye on you, which means you can be confident about your safety.

There was a time when people stayed overnight in rest areas, but this is not safe.  In fact, it is prohibited in many states. 

If you want to sleep but don't want to pay for a campground, stay in a rest area during the day and travel at night.  The sheer number of people coming and going will guarantee your safety, and you won't be breaking any rules.

There are many national parks that have supervised and safe zero hookup campgrounds where you can park your coach.  Some charge entrance fees.  Others charge small fees for licenses or camping.  

However, some of these places are located in desolate areas, such as many that are located on BLM lands.  Avoid these places because you will have no protection available if you decide to camp there.

Casino Campgrounds

In addition to the above choices, you can also choose to stay for free or very little in certain casino campgrounds.

These usually are small but have free hookups.  Two of the best are located in El Reno, OK and Devils Lake, ND.  Both are owned by native american tribes and, while remote, are great places to stay and rest up for a few days.  

The El Reno park has full hookups.  The Devil's Lake campground has water and electric on site and a dump station.
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Free and Low Cost Campgrounds 

Don Wright has written the above guide that my husband and I have used for years to help us save money.

It provides information about parks all over the US where people can camp for twelve dollars a night or less.

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You can also find some of these parks in another guide we always travel with, the Good Sam Travel Guideand websites such as that provide information about parking and camping at various casinos, some of which you can stay at for free.

There Are Many Free, Safe Campgrounds

If you combine the information given here with the benefits you receive from joining a good discount camping club, you'll be able to save a good deal of money while at the same time protecting your safety.

Happy Trails!