Free Campgrounds And Overnight Parking Spots

As a service to our traveling readers, every issue we will list some of the many places where RVers can park overnight for free or almost free. These are not intended to be campgrounds where RVers will make extended stays, just safe places to pull off the highway and get some rest. The listings included here are from our Free Parking list, and come from our own traveling experiences, input from fellow RVers, and different RVing publications. The parking areas listed were accurate as of press time to the best of our knowledge, but the Gypsy Journal cannot guarantee an area might not have been closed down or parking prohibited since its inclusion in our list.

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Benson: Just west of Benson, exit I-10 at exit 302 ( Sierra Vista / Fort Huachuca exit.) Gas City has level parking lot, lots of room for overnighting.

Gila Bend: Free dump station and RV parking at 76 truck stop next to Super 8 Motel on I-8.

Globe: Apache Gold Casino about 8 miles east of town on Highway 70 allows free RV parking.

Maricopa: Free dry camping at Kortsen County Park (also shown on some maps as Pinal County West Park ), just north of Interstate 8 Exit 151. Lots of room for many RVs. GPS coordinates: N32° 50.4287'  W112° 6.7860'.

Tombstone : Parking area at bridge over San Pedro River on Tombstone-Charleston Road .

Tuba City : Truck stop & restaurant at junction of US 160 & State Route 264. Large parking area for RVs.

Tucson : 9 miles west of junction of Mission and Ajo Highway at San Jacinto Corner there is BLM land with a 14 day limit. 

Wickenburg: Very secluded campground one mile up hill out of town, across from rodeo grounds. Beautiful view of town after dark. Very quiet. $2 fee.

Wickenburg: On Vulture Mine Road , level area where RVs park frequently.

Williams: Dry camping at county-owned campground on Cataract Lake , 2 miles north of town. $6/night.

Yuma : A rest area about 20 miles north on US 95 allows one night parking. Look for sign to U.S. Army Proving Grounds.

Yuma : Many RVers camp for free six miles west of Yuma in California on north side of I-8 exit to Algondes , Mexico .

Yuma : Mittry Lake Wildlife Area, seven miles east on Highway 95, then 9˝ miles north on Avenue 7E.


Baker: US6/50. Roadside rest between Sacramento Pass & Nevada Highway 487. Tables, level, 2 areas.

Beatty: Parking lot across Highway 93 from Exchange Club allows overnight RV parking.

Hawthorne : Just north of town on shore of Walker Lake , very pretty, free BLM campground. Several other BLM areas on west side of Walker Lake .

La Veta: Former truck stop on US 160, about mile marker 289 has huge level parking lot.

Laughlin: Avi Casino, about 10 miles south of town encourages boondocking with ads in local newspapers, and has a free dump station. A dirt lot across the street is also frequently used by RVers.

Mesquite : RVs can park for free at south end of town across the street from the Peppermill Casino.

Overton: Poverty Hill, about 4 miles south of town near entrance to Valley of Fire State Park is a large boondocking area popular with RVers.

Pioche: City park has three or four pull-thru sites in town with water & sewer, no electric. Donations accepted.

Rachel: A’le’ Inn on State Highway 375 has a small RV park, but also allows RVers to overnight for free in their parking lot.

Searchlight: Large gravel parking lot on Highway 164 across street from casino has plenty of room for RVs.


Anthony: Texas State Tourist Info Center , Interstate 10 eastbound, level, paved.

Atlanta : Jackson Creek Park on Lake Wright Patman. 16 RV sites. 14 day limit. Maximum RV length 25 feet.

Belton: Owl Creek Park , on Lake Belton . 14 day limit. Pit toilets, picnic tables, swimming, fishing.

Belton: White Flint Park , on Lake Belton . 14 day limit. Pit toilets, fire rings, picnic tables.

Benbrook: Westcreek Circle Campground, on Lake Benbrook .  4 RV sites. 14 day limit. Pit toilets, boat ramp, fishing.

Canadian: Fairgrounds on north side of town has RV sites with water, electric & dump station. Free.

Crosbyton: City park on Highway 82, east side of town has 8 RV sites with water & electric. Dump station, grills, 3 day limit.

Canadian: Hemphill County Recreation Park , east side of US 60/83 north of town. 10 sites, 30 amp electric, water, tables, dump station. Free.

Canyon: City park on north end of town has RV sites with electric, $5/night.

Fort Worth : Cabela’s Outfitters at Exit 65 on Interstate 35W allows overnight RV parking GPS: N32° 57.684"  W97° 18.47"

Gainesville : Outlet mall on north side of town allows RVs to park free.

Gilchrist: Free RV parking area, 14 day limit at Rollover Pass , on Boilvar Peninsula .

Graham: Two free camping areas on Lake Graham . Inquire locally.

Granbury: Hunter Park on Lake Granbury has large parking area where RVs can stay up to one week free

Jasper: Ebenezer Park , on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, off FM-255 has 30 RV sites & dump station. 14 day limit.

Junction: Exit I-10 at exit 456, go south to Schreiner City park. Camp free up to 3 days. Nice campground, many trees, next to Lake Junction .

Katy: Katy Mills Mall, at Exit 740 on Interstate 10, allows overnight parking. Check in with security guard.

Kermit: Overnight parking allowed at Sand Hills Park , located about 10 miles NE of town on SR 115.

Kingsville: RVs can overnight in parking lot behind Holiday Inn and Fina gas station on US Highway 77 on east side of town.

Langtry: Large gravel parking lot across from Judge Roy Bean Museum allows overnight RV parking.

Olivia: County park on bay at end of SR 172. Picnic tables. 5 day limit, free.

Pampa : Hobart Street Park , from US-60 take Texas Hwy. 70 north to park. 20 RV sites. Dump station, shelter, grills. One day limit.

Paris : Lamar Point , on Pat Mayse Lake . 10 RV sites, 14 day limit.

Perryton: Whigham Park in town has 5 RV sites with water, electric & dump. 2 day limit.

Port Aranas: Camp on beach, $6 annual permit, no hookups, water available, no time limit. Dump station (fee) at county park on north end of island.

Port Mansfield : At end of SR 186 on Gulf of Mexico is a county park with cement slabs, water, fishing pier. No hookups. 3 day limit, free.

Proctor: High Point Park , on Proctor Lake has six RV sites, dump station. 14 day limit.

Riviera : Abandoned roadway between railroad and fast food chicken outlet. Noisy.

Rule: On north side of highway, free overnight area for RVs. Full hookups.

Silverton: City park on south side of Highway 86 has 2 RV sites with electric hookups.

Woodville: Magnolia Ridge Park , on Steinhagen Lake , has 41 RV sites, some with water & electric

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