Flip Flop Cowboy Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
Apache Creek Campground, free

Yep. Beautiful, free (as of now) and pretty quiet. We stayed during hunting season, so there were a few generators and the road nearby can be heard, but the spots are HUGE and the road isn't very busy.

We heard plenty of coyotes and an elk or two bugling.

Flying J

They're all cold, of course, and at the regular car Island as well as a special island for RVs.

Chevron Truck Stop

No water. Turned on the tap and it's dry.

South Fork Trinity River camp spot

Absolutely stunning when we were there. Lots more space than just a few spots, but the river was very low. although plenty deep enough for swimming.

Definitely a local hangout/party spot, but we were totally alone on a Sunday night.

Road in isn't bad, but not suitable for trailers/RVs. just a bit tight. No problem in 2wd or for our Truck/popup camper

Gold Lake 4x4 Camp

Beautiful campsites on the shore of Gold Lake. No services, pack-in/pack-out.

You need 4x4 and reasonable clearance to access these sites. But it's worth it.


Antelope Reservoir

Quiet, beautiful, clean. Free with pit toilet.

Walmart free parking

This place is permanently closed.


This place is permanently closed.

Borrego Springs/Galleta Meadows

Lots of space. Cool experience among the sculptures. Be respectful of the property.

Keep driving past the iOverlander spot and toward the dinos in the distance *south* for more options than just the more popular pull-offs.

Sheep Canyon

Beautiful, dark, and absolutely quiet on this Thursday night in December.

No service and no services.

The road in is much "improved" over past years. I'd still recommend 4x4 and high clearance is necessary, but a stock pickup truck is more than capable of making the drive.

Galleta Heights, Anza Borrego SP

This place is permanently closed.

Galleta Heights, Anza Borrego SP

Private Property. open for public use, but posted no camping.

Leavitt Lake

Lots of spaces for wild camping with fire rings near a beautiful glacial moraine.

The road in from hwy 108 is 4x4 high clearance only.

But seriously. Not i-Overlander "4x4". I aired down and used 4x4 low with my Chevy truck and small popup camper.

If you get a 2wd Sprinter van up here, send me a picture and I'll buy you a whole case of beer when you get to Reno. It could maybe be possible with a lot of luck and a very skilled driver.

If you have a suitable rig and a couple days to spend at the lake, the drive is totally worth it.

Dispursed camping

This place is permanently closed.

Watson Lake Campground

Free, official "dispursed" camping near Tahoe. Bear boxes and fire rings, no bathrooms.

Quiet and beautiful. Paved road almost all the way from hwy 267 (73). Easy to get to and one of the only legal, free places to camp near Tahoe. Fires in metal rings only.

The Presidio/ Main Post

This place is permanently closed.

South Reno Forest Service

Good desert camping on Forest Service land near reno. Lots of places and tracks. High clearance is recommended.

Kings Canyon Rd. Boondocking

Nice spot to explore Tahoe from. Easy access, cell service. Slight road noise from highway below.

Nevada City Omega Scenic Viewpoint Rest area

Still available, still great.

There are many dispersed camping options in the area as well, but this is easy, beautiful, and close to the road.


A bit noisy right next to the highway, but free designated place behind the store for RVs.

Facilities inside the store during business hours.

Blackwater dump station.


Dump station behind store in RV parking area.

24hr Walmart Supercenter

Called and they said parking no problem. several other vans/rvs overnighting as well. Quiet.

Park in the SE corner.

Martinez Road Dispersed Camping

I sure love BLM! Tons of space, nice spot to stop on the way up to Santa Fe.

Abandoned Warehouse

Just an abandoned warehouse along the waterfront. Gaping open door, but great protection from the wind and rain with a nice view over the bay.

As soon as it is dark, no one will be able to see you inside. Lots of room for a few motos and some tents. A little broken glass, but not bad. Especially if you're sleeping in a hammock.. ;)

A tad bit of street noise, but Porvenir is a quiet town. I passed an excellent night here waiting for the ferry.

Ferry over Magellan Sts

4500clp for a motorcycle. The wind was so bad the ferry couldn't hold position on the loading ramp so everyone just had to drive on quickly while it slid sideways.

They had to reposition in the middle of loading as the ferry slipped off the ramp.

Rio Pipo

By far the best of the camping areas in the park. Nice big trees, lots of wind cover, and a beautiful setting!

RECASUR PARTS and Mecanics

OMG. You've come through all of Latin America to reach the end of the world. All the basic parts and supplies you've been struggling to find, searching for hours going from tienda to tienda, only to finally buy sub-par items at exorbitant prices.

Here, is your redemption.

Tires, oil, solar panels, batteries, everything.

Good quality, brand name items at US prices.

You've made it this far. You deserve this.

Matt, the motorcycle mechanic and sell tires.

Great! Friendly, knowledgeable, and fast. Got a new rear tire for my KLR from a selection of one tire, but it's a ton better than riding on the rapidly balding tire I had.

Mechanic across the street is also super nice.

Hospedaje Aldo

Wonderful. Warm, clean, very cozy and comfortable! Just what a motorcyclist needs along this stretch of road.

400 pp pn

Restaurant el Refugio

Sort of a small town dive bar. At least when we were there.

12 empanadas for 90 pesos. :)


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