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For those who are new to dry camping and wonder why folks camp without hookups let's post some pictures of places we've boondocked to give and idea of what we're talking about. This is Agguire Sp

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is south west Arizona. 

This is Red Canyon campground just outside of Bryce Canyon NP.  It's a FS campground.

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On 11/20/2020 at 12:12 AM, Jim_Oker said:

The first time I was there, in mid-late May, there were SO many bugs hitting my windshield and the rest of the front of the van while I drove out the loooong causeway that connects the island to the mainland. Don't say I didn't warn you ;-). There are pit toilets and not much else

Beautiful photos.

We had a similar experience with the gnats. Early May. We built a fire, and I wore long pants, long sleeves, a cap and a hoodie, and still got enough bites to trigger an allergic reaction. 

The park is beautiful,  but I  would only return in colder weather before the gnats are out .

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3 minutes ago, SeaDawg said:

I  would only return in colder weather before the gnats are out

My second trip was mid-October a few years later. No problems with the bugs. Mozzies, biting gnats, midges, and brine flies come out from  spring through  early fall depending on the species. The midges were what I'm still washing  off my van years  later from the causeway drive, but the mozzies and gnats were annoying at the campsite  (not as bad up on the  hill  where  I went to shoot most  of my photos though, thanks to a bit of a breeze up there).

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Last month we camped with some friends in Castle Valley, UT, which is east of Moab, in our two travel trailers. This was socially distant camping – eating outside at separate tables and wearing masks when needed. We decided to have the two trailers antiparallel, so that the doors would face each other, and the awnings, rugs, and tables would be in between the two campers. 

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The fall colors were really nice!

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This is Goose Island Campground, just east of Moab. We got a lovely campsite right on the Colorado River. This is a BLM campground, so only a picnic table and pit toilets; this qualifies as boondocking in my book. 

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This is Valley of the Gods in southern Utah, dispersed camping on BLM land. 

 

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On 11/23/2020 at 5:38 PM, BlueHighways said:

Meanwhile - back east, here's some swamp love. This is a Harvest Host at Breaux Bridge, LA.  We stayed there last week on our way to SETX. Give me a couple of years to catch up! Love your out-west pics!

By the way, to get a gator to smile for the picture, you have to tickle them underneath their arm - now THAT'S and adventure.

 

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We don't have to boondock to get up close and personal with the wildlife.  A few days ago we caught this owl perched in the Maples above our water tank.  This afternoon, our resident elk herd came by to show off this year's calves.

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1 hour ago, Ray and Susan Huff said:

our resident elk herd came by to show off this year's calves.

Very nice. We saw the herd along the Umpqua on our way to the coast back in  mid October. That's a pretty  drive.

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16 hours ago, DavidS said:

Last month we camped with some friends in Castle Valley, UT, which is east of Moab

That looks like a beautiful spot. Were you on BLM land or is that a primitive campground?  How easy is it to get to Arches from there?

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1 hour ago, Overland said:

That looks like a beautiful spot. Were you on BLM land or is that a primitive campground?  How easy is it to get to Arches from there?

That was private land in Castle Valley. Our friends are going to build a house on the land. There are some nice BLM sites further up the road beyond Castle Valley, on what is called the La Sal Mountain Loop Road.

It is probably 30-40 minutes to Arches. 

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