Dispersed Camping

Dispersed (road-side) Camping

Throughout the Lincoln National Forest you are allowed to do what is called 'dispersed camping'. This is a rustic experience where you are allowed to drive up to 300' off of an open public road onto USFS lands to park and camp.  No permits are needed for such activity and no cost is associated with this camping experience. Be sure to bring what you need, especially water, and also pack out what you pack in.

Dispersed Camping

Dispersed Camping Areas

  • Guadalupe RD area description
  • Sacramento RD area description
  • Bluff Springs
  • Lower Karr Canyon Campground
  • Smokey Bear RD area description
  • Monjeau Lookout
  • Upper Bonito Dispersed Recreation Area
Areas & Activities