Do you have a roof top tent or camper and looking for dispersed camping opportunities? Do you also have an off-road or overland vehicle? Then you want to bookmark Trailhunters and this page. Browse through our hand picked locations to get a look at some of our favorite camping spots. We document our trips with extensive photos and provide information for each spot we visit so you can have the best experience on your overland trip. Browse around our interactive map and spot your next adventure. We include photos, coordinates and details for each campsite.

⚠️ Dispersed camping can be very rewarding especially because these are typically low-traffic areas where the majority of public can not access due to off-road terrains. However there are many threats and dangers that come with increased activity at these locations so please read the rules provided by the Bureau of Land Management and your local US Forest Service.

Dispersed Camping

This is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest outside of a designated campground. Most campsites do not have the usual services an actual campground may have. This includes services such as trash removal, waste bins, bathroom facilities, picnic tables, and fire pits.  Just like any other outdoor campsites, cell phone reception is also very limited if not available at all.

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Anza-Borrego - Buttes Canyon #3

Narrow area great for solo vehicles. Surrounded by rock formations.


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Anza-Borrego - Buttes Canyon #2

Tight area great for solo vehicle camping. Between rock formations.


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Anza-Borrego - Blown Sand Canyon #2

A little pocket between 2 canyons. Fits 2 vehicles comfortably but can squeeze in 3.


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Anza-Borrego - Borrego Mtn Wash #1

A prime area. Between the canyons and in a little pocket. Can fit up to 5 vehicles. Plenty of shade during the morning and evening.


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Anza-Borrego - Blown Sand Canyon #1

This is a pretty open spot next to the trail, but tons of space to set up camp.


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Anza-Borrego - Buttes Canyon #1

A large area big enough to fit 7+ vehicles. Main pocket is surrounded by tall cliffs.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs #6

Camp area next to a large boulder. Existing fire pit, but not allowed. Close to water, but not a great area to get in the water.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs - Verplank

Verplank campground. Tons of shade if that's what you're looking for. Rocky but shallow water area.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs - Winfrey

Campground with vaulted toilets. This is near the back of the trail and is usually not crowded.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs #5

Lots of shade and about 25 yards from the water. Great spot for overlanders.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs #4

Prime spot. Lots of shade and close proximity to water although the current is fast here.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs #3

Prime spot for privacy. Close proximity to the water and lots of shade.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs #2

Close to water but high traffic area. There are a few other dispersed spots in this area.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs #1

Very large area with a vault toilet however it's more of a day-play area in high traffic area.


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Kings Canyon - E Trimmer Springs - Bear Wallow

Wide open camping area with beach. Lots of shallow water access, but is very packed usually.


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Kings Canyon - Trimmer Springs - Camp 4

Camp 4 Campground. This site features a vault toilet.


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Kings Canyon - Trimmer Springs #5

Mill Flat Campground. This is another prime spot for groups that want to play in the water. Right next to the campsite is a lagoon area with still warm waters.


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Kings Canyon - Trimmer Springs #4

A very large campsite dedicated for large group campers. This area is actually a designated campground called Green Cabin Flat Campground. There is a vault toilet on this location.


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Kings Canyon - Trimmer Springs #3

A prime spot on Trimmer Springs Rd. Lots of tree coverage for shade and "beach" shore for river access. Area is large enough to fit 3-4 vehicles comfortably. Be prepared to get here early as this spot is highly desired.


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Kings Canyon - Trimmer Springs #2

No vehicle access, however you can walk down from Trimmer Springs Rd. Noise is a bit louder here because of the fast current section of the river and vehicles driving by the bridge.


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Kings Canyon - Trimmer Springs #1

No vehicle access, however you can walk down from Trimmer Springs Rd. Very close to the water however the current is fast here. Close to water, but may be too loud for camping.


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Kings Canyon - Fresno Vomac #2

Less than 15 yards from the water this spot is the closest to the slow current river section which is great for large families. Water has shallow sections and mild-deep sections. Campsite will fit 2-3 vehicles comfortably.


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Kings Canyon - Fresno Vomac #1

About 30 yards from the river and 20 yards away from a slow current section of the river where it's perfect for shallow to mild-deep water.


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Big Sur - Plasket Ridge Rd #10

It's a bit of a journey to get here, but it's worth it. Climb to the top of the mountain and reward yourself to a breathtaking view of the ocean on one side while overlooking the valley on the other.


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Big Sur - Los Burros Spur

A long trail road will take you to a breath taking camp site overlooking the ocean. This spot is very close to the water, however it does not provide a lot of shade.


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Big Sur - Willow Creek #5

Only a few miles away from the coast, this spot overlooks the ocean set right on top of a steep mountain side.


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