Free Camping Bend, Oregon: The Ultimate Guide (2023)

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Bend is a prime free camping location for many reasons. For one, being a famous mountain biking destination, right next to Smith Rock, an iconic climbing spot, and just a stone throw away from the Three Sisters mountain range, the city of Bend is an outdoor and adventure capital of the PNW. Second, nearly everything west of downtown Bend is designated National Forest land, open to the public for recreational use AKA a free camping haven.

It’s not just any free camping too. Free camping in Bend is a pristine experience with its beautiful old growth forests and natural features. Dispersed camping is totally legal, but for the sake of protecting natural places, ALWAYS follow Leave NO Trace principles.

Updated May 2021: I have to disclose that I have not been to Bend in a while. I’ve heard there’s an increasing homelessness issue which has really degraded the quality of the national forest camping here. I’d encourage you to check out the Cascade Lakes section of this blog below or even better, click here and check out the best paid campgrounds on the Cascade Lakes Highway.

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Free Camping in Deschutes National Forest

Best for: Varies depending on the road quality
Nearby activities: Right at the trailheads to Phil’s Trail system (Bend’s best mountain biking), short drive to Tumalo Falls, and only 15 minutes from downtown
Toilets: None
Water: None

While most National Forest has great free camping, Deschutes NF is even more spectacular. Deschutes National Forest is just west of downtown Bend. This National Forest is very big and where Deschutes NF does ends, more NF areas like Cascade Lakes and Willamette NF begin. Point being, Deschutes NF is a large, dense forest with plenty of room for everyone who want to enjoy its dispersed camping.

By camping here you’re also only a 15 minute drive from the hustle and bustle downtown Bend as well as Tumalo Falls, which is even further west.

The best part about free camping here is that the campsites sit right at the access points to Phil’s trail system, some of Bend’s most epic mountain biking.

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What is it like to camp in Bend National Forrest?

It is Free camping with no amenities. Make sure you have all the water you need and scout out some of the existing sites. Look for the fire pits those are the best sites.

How long can I stay in the National Forrest?

14 Days per area is what is posted. This area has a little more in the way of checks and balances because of the larger quantity of people that try to live in the area.

Is it safe?

Yes it is safe to camp in the National Forrest. Use common sense when you are setting up camp. If you are creeped out about camping alone in a forrest it can feel different.

Click here to read our Guide to Bend’s Best Mountain Biking.

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Dispersed camping sites can usually be found off of any road marked NF within national forest land. Some roads are extremely popular while others are quite desolate and different roads are also better for different size vehicles. Here are the top places for free camping in Deschutes and tips for who it’s best for. There are large open areas that are great for big rigs, group camping, and more.

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NF-4610, coordinates:44.038352, -121.419245

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This is one of the best spots for big rigs or groups tent. 4610 is a long forest road. Right where the road begins is where the largest sites can be found and is a popular access point for Ben’s MTB trail. Note however that these big spots are often taken. Get there before noon on a weekday and you should be able to snag a a spot.

Half a mile further up the road there are some big ruts that can easily be avoided if you straddle them but big rigs, you have been warned. Past the ruts you’ll reach more secluded campsites. The further out you venture, the less cell service there will be so be prepared.

NF-300, coordinates:44.032063, -121.461899

This is not an ideal spot for tent campers but it’s perfect for vans and okay for big rigs. NF-300 is the access point for Bend’s iconic Whoops mountain bike ride. The parking area is great for vans to camp at.

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If you have a larger vehicle/camper, it can be challenging to find flat parking. Instead you will have to drive another mile down the road to a flatter and slightly larger parking space at the bottom of a small hill. This is also the only turn around spot for large vehicles.

Needless to say, this isn’t a prime spot for big campers. This is however a great place for small campers and vans because of the proximity to Whoops trail. Mountain biking not your thing? Maybe opt for a different forest road.

NF-406, coordinates:44.052061, -121.401747

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This is the most secluded forest road that also keeps you in close proximity to everything. NF-406 does do a few–I guess you could call them whoop dee doos–on the drive in so really long vehicles should take caution not to scrape. Besides that, pretty much any vehicle can drive in here.

The best spots can be found at the large, obvious junction. There aren’t a ton of sites here, but so few people come camp out here that there should be something for you to grab. The spots are very big and open here with plenty of space to throw up a hammock, slackfline, or make a mike fire pit.

This campsite is less than a mile from Ben’s Trail access point. Just head back the way you came from Skyliners and cross the street to the trail. This is also a good way to access Shevlin Park and off roading areas.

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Free Camping on Cascade Lakes Highway

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Best for: Vans and RVs
Nearby activities: Mountain biking the Tiddlywinks trail system, hiking/backpacking in the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Toilets: Pit toilets at Trailheads
Water: None

Since the wilderness along Cascade Lakes Highway is filled with dozens of beautiful backpacking trips, most trailheads allow free overnight parking. If there is a sign however that specifically says no overnight parking, please heed the rule and find a different trailhead. Since it’s really only allowed for the purpose of backpackers having somewhere to leave their cars overnight, I wouldn’t set up a large camp or pitch a tent. This is great free camping for vans and RVs though and often times the trailheads are tucked away in beautiful nooks of forest. A peaceful place to chill and get some sleep and you’re in close proximity to tons of epic hikes.

Note: A NW Forest Pass, Oregon State Parks Pass, or Interagency (national Parks) Pass is required for parking at any trailhead along Cascade Lakes highway. Either of the the former two can be purchased in Bend at the Visit Bend store or at the Cascade Lakes Welcome Center/Ranger Station.

Top trailheads for overnight parking:

  • Six Lakes Trailhead
  • Lucky Lake Trailhead
  • Green Lakes Trailhead

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Overnight Parking at Sno Parks

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Best for: Vans and RVs
Nearby activities: Mountain biking the Tiddlywinks trail system, hiking/backpacking in the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Toilets: Pit toilets
Water: None

Along Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway there are a lot of options as far as NF-roads and disperse camping, however, if you’re looking or something easy and less rugged, all the Sno Parks along this highway allow overnight parking in the summer.

There are 6 different Sno-Parks along Cascade Lakes Highway over the course of only 8 miles so there are plenty of free camping spots to choose from. Wanoga Sno-Park is the best choice in my opinion since it sits at the trailhead to some of Bend’s best mountain biking trails, Tiddlywinks, Funner, and Tyler’s Traverse.

Since these Sno-Parks are really just big parking lots, tent campers will not be able to free camp here but this is perfect for vans or RVs that want peaceful, secluded overnight parking and quick access to outdoor activities along the scenic highway.

Use this map for quick access to all the free camping in Bend

Other Paid Camping Options

Smith Rock Bivouac Area

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Best for: Tent only
Nearby activities: Iconic rock climbing destination plus hiking and mountain biking at Smith Rock
Toilets: Pit toilets + showers
Water: Yes

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It’s not free, but if you’re tent camping it’s worth the cost to camp at the beautiful, scenic Smith Rock State Park. The campground is walk-in, though the parking lot is short one or two hundred feet from the campsites. Unfortunately your vehicle must be less than 20 feet, you are not allowed to sleep in your car, and RVs are not allowed. This campground is first-come first-serve and fills up fast. It also has free showers, a charging station, and a communal sink.

Skull Hollow Campground

Best for: Vans, RVs, and Tents
Nearby activities: 15 minutes from Smith Rock
Toilets: Pit toilets
Water: None

Skull Hollow Campground isn’t free but it’s low cost and a more ideal location if you’re looking to explore Smith Rock State Park. There are 28 designated sites here, all first-come first-serve, and cost $10 for single sites and $20 for double sites. There are pit toilets at this campground. Even though it’s cheap, I honestly think Skull Hollow is a bit overpriced for basically the same camping you can get in Deschutes NF. However, you do get better star gazing here and you’re a 15 minute drive from Smith.

There is a large parking lot right before the campground that is popular to free camped at.

Tumalo State Park

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Best for: Vans, RVs, and Tents
Nearby activities: 30 minute drive to Smith Rock or downtown Bend
Toilets: Flush Toilets + Showers
Water: Yes

Tumalo is not very scenic or in proximity to much as far as hiking, biking, climbing, and the city/nightlife. This State Park is simply good if you want to rest and recover with access to water, showers, flush toilets, and electricity. Tumalo also has a few sites with sewer hookups. There are 24 full hookup sites here ($40) and 54 regular sites ($20-30).

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Tips + Facilities

Showers

Tumalo State Park is a great place to get a shower because 1) you don’t have to be camping in the park to use the showers, 2) It’s $2 for an unlimited shower, and 3) the showers are SUPER warm. This is the go-to place when you need a REAL shower.

Smith Rock’s Bivy Area (the tent only campground) also offers unlimited $2 showers for unregistered campers.

If you just need to freshen up a bit take part in one of Bend’s awesome water activities like:

  • Go cliff jumping at Steelhead Falls
  • Try river surfing at Bend Whitewater Park (Hint: It’s not as easy as it looks)
  • Innertube/float down the Deschutes River (Start from the Whitewater Park and get out
  • Go for a swim at any river access point in downtown bend (Drake Park
  • Splash in the river at Tumalo State Park

Water + Dump Stations

If you’re in a self contained vehicle you’re going to be looking for water and a dump station. There are two in downtown Bend. One is closer to the Deschutes free camping areas but the other one is free:

  • Free dump & fill station: Chevron station on NW Revere (Next to the Blockbuster)
  • Paid dump & fill station: Shell station on NW Galveston
  • Paid dump & fill station: Lava Lake Campground on Cascade Lakes Highway. If you’re free camping way out in Three Sisters Wilderness, this is probably a more convenient location.

Laundry

If you need to do some laundry there is a laundromat right across the street from the Shell station and it’s right next to The Lot food truck patio (see below).

Food + Drinks

Real quick summary of the top places to eat and drink. Pretty much everything you could ever need lies on Galveston St including…

  • The Lot: A food truck patio, chill hangout, great lunch spot, live music on weekends
  • 10 Barrel Brewing Co:
  • Coffee & breakfast (Not on Galveston): Bluebird Coffee, Backporch Coffee Roasters, Lone Pine Coffee Roasters, and Great Harvest Bread Co

Get quick access to these camping spots, showers, dump stations, and more with this custom map:

Leave No Trace:

Once again PLEASE remember to follow these basic Leave No Trace rules. It’s sad to see how few abide by Leave No Trace and it’s caused these free camping locations to go down in quality over the years because of simple things like leaving your campsite covered in trash.

  • Pack out all trash
  • Camp on bare soil to avoid damaging or killing plants and grass.
  • Don’t try to level or dig trenches in the ground at your campsite. Select a campsite with good natural drainage.
  • Use existing fire rings if they exist. Minimize the scarring of new rocks, soil and plants by using existing fire rings
  • Clear an area of combustible material six feet away from a campfire to reduce the chance of it spreading into a wildfire.
  • If you don’t bring your own firewood, collect only dead and downed wood that is on the ground. You should not cut branches off of live trees. If a popular camping area does not have dead and downed wood, bring your own firewood or use a camp stove.
  • NEVER LEAVE A FIRE UNATTENDED. You should have a bucket, shovel, and axe available to control or extinguish escaped fire.
  • BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR CAMPFIRE, MAKE SURE IT ISDEAD OUT. You should be able to put your whole hand into the ashes without being burned and it should be cool to the touch.
  • Dispersed camping means no bathrooms and no outhouses. That means extra care has to be taken in disposing of human waste.To dispose of feces, dig a hole 6 inches deep andAT LEAST 200 FEET AWAY FROM ANY WATER SOURCE.When you’re done, fill the hole with the dirt you dug up and take your toilet paper with you to dispose of in a proper waste container.
  • Never defecate or leave toilet paper on top of the ground, it could easily get into the local water source and contaminate it.

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FAQs

Can you free camp in Big Bend National park? ›

You may only camp in campgrounds or designated campsites (with a permit). Visit Big Bend's backcountry use page for more information. Protect YOUR Park. These are a few of the regulations that all backcountry campers are required to follow.

Where is the Boondock in Bend Oregon? ›

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  • Meissner Sno-Park/Trailhead. 3 Reviews.
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Can you camp on BLM land for free in Oregon? ›

Free camping can be enjoyed practically anywhere on BLM or national forest land, and Oregon has an incredible amount of both. With 15.7 million acres of BLM land and 16 million acres of national forest, almost 50% of the state is covered by public land.

What is the 2 2 2 rule for camping? ›

The RVing 2/2/2 rule is a safe and effective way to plan your travel. It means drive no more than 200 miles a day, stop every 2 hours, and stay 2 nights in each place. Some RVers also put an appendix on the rule encouraging drivers to arrive at an overnight destination by 2:00 p.m.

What is the 56 camping day rule? ›

The change in regulations to allow farmers to establish “pop-up” campsites for up to 56 days was introduced in July 2020, to help the rural economy recover from the Covid pandemic. Previously, they were able to operate for only 28 days a year without applying for planning permission.

Can you carry a gun in Big Bend National Park? ›

The new law allows for the carrying (in plain-view) of firearms in compliance with existing Federal and state firearms regulations. Although the new law allows for open-carry within the park, the following federal regulations remain unchanged and will continue to be strictly enforced throughout Big Bend National Park.

Do you need a permit to camp at Big Bend? ›

A backcountry permit is required for ALL backcountry camping in Big Bend National Park. This includes backpacking and primitive roadside campsites. Backcountry permits are also required for river trips and stock use.

Where can I camp my car near Big Bend? ›

Campgrounds in Big Bend National Park

The three park-run campgrounds are Chisos Basin Campground, Rio Grande Village Campground, and Cottonwood Campground. All require advance reservations booked (up to 6 months in advance) through recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

Where can you park overnight in Bend? ›

Since the wilderness along Cascade Lakes Highway is filled with dozens of beautiful backpacking trips, most trailheads allow free overnight parking.
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Top trailheads for overnight parking:
  • Six Lakes Trailhead.
  • Lucky Lake Trailhead.
  • Green Lakes Trailhead.
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Is there BLM land near Bend Oregon? ›

The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is open year-round, but is mostly accessed in the Fall, Winter and Spring. From Highway 20 and 3rd street in Bend, Oregon, drive east 17.9 miles to the Oregon Badlands Wilderness sign, turn left on the paved road and proceed 1 mile to the Badlands Rock trailhead.

Where do you shower when Boondocking? ›

Fitness centers with locations across the country are the best option. Get a membership that allows you to visit any of their locations. Choose a fitness center brand that has locations open 24 hours a day. This offers the most freedom, and you can often get away with parking at these locations overnight.

Is Boondocking legal in Oregon? ›

Oregon is booming with dispersed camping, legal and free on publicly owned land. What is this? There are 11 national forests and 361 state parks in Oregon, as well as nearly 16 million acres of land overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These are great places to boondock.

Can you camp on the side of the road in Oregon? ›

Camping along state highways is unsafe for campers and highway users and is not allowed. ODOT responds to public concerns about camping along state highways. Our efforts are designed to respect the circumstances of the campers and address the concerns of road users and neighbors, while following state law.

Can I sleep on the beach in Oregon? ›

Is overnight camping allowed on Oregon Coast beaches? Overnight camping is allowed on sections of the Oregon Coast, not adjacent to Oregon State Parks, not within the city limits of Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Seaside, Newport, Bandon, Gold Beach, Rockaway Beach and Manzanita.

What is the 3 3 3 rule for Rving? ›

By adhering to this simple rule of thumb, you can make traveling easier for your whole family. What is this? First, limit your travel to no more than 300 miles in one day. Second, arrive no later than 3 p.m. Finally, stay at your destination for at least three days.

What is the number 1 rule of wild camping? ›

The general rule is – leave the area in exactly the same condition as it was discovered. Be considerate and camp high: Whenever wild camping it's important to stay away from settlements and respect the privacy of others.

What is the 28 day camping rule? ›

At present, farmers and landowners can operate a campsite on their land for 28 days every year without applying for planning permission.

Will 56 day rule Continue 2022? ›

In 2020 and 2021, the 28-day permitted development rights for tent campsites were extended to 56 days in England and Wales, however unfortunately this extension has now expired.

What does CL mean in camping? ›

Certified Locations (CL – Caravan and Motorhome Club) and Certificated Sites (CS – Camping and Caravanning Club) sites are independently owned and can accommodate up to 5 units – caravans, motorhomes, or tents.

What are the golden rules of camping etiquette? ›

Campsite etiquette: Eight tips for behaving properly on camp
  • Give camping space to others. ...
  • Do not walk through other's campsites. ...
  • Don't just poo or pee anywhere. ...
  • Avoid loud noises at all times, and observe silence at night. ...
  • Be helpful. ...
  • Be friendly, but respect others' privacy.
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Are there rattlesnakes in Big Bend National Park? ›

There are 31 species of snakes found in Big Bend National Park, including 4 species of rattlesnakes. There are also three additional snakes listed as hypothetical (no confirmed sightings). After summer rains snakes may be more active. Keep in mind that all wildlife, including snakes, are protected in the park.

Do you need bear spray in Big Bend? ›

First off, the Mexican Black Bears that roam the Chisos Basin tend to be extremely skittish and shy. Unlike Glacier or Yellowstone National Park where bear spray is a requirement, you'll likely be just fine going without while you're hiking in Big Bend.

How many bears are in the Big Bend? ›

A healthy adult bear in Big Bend can weigh 200-400 pounds and stand five to six feet tall. There are approximately 30-40 black bears living in Big Bend.

What do I need to know about camping in Big Bend National Park? ›

Things to Know about Big Bend Camping
  • All campgrounds are open year-round. ...
  • Only Rio Grande Village and Chisos Basin Campgrounds have ADA specific sites. ...
  • Reservations are released 6-months rolling basis. ...
  • RV's are limited to the Rio Grande Campground and RV Park. ...
  • Quiet Hours are from 8 pm to 8 am.
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Can you stay overnight at Big Bend National Park? ›

Although very remote, Big Bend provides a variety of opportunities for overnight camping and lodging, as well as two gas stations, and three camper stores.

Can you get into Big Bend at night? ›

Big Bend National Park is open all day, every day, all year. . However, entrance stations are only staffed during normal business hours, and sometimes not even all of those. When the entrance stations are closed, visitors may enter the park and travel to their final destination for the day.

Can you sleep in your car along the Great Ocean Road? ›

Can I sleep in my car along the Great Ocean Road or at the beach? Unfortunately, no. There are many accommodation options for those on a budget, including the RV friendly 48 stop in Winchelsea plus many caravan parks and camping spots, each with their own set of requirements (some are even free!)

Can you just drive through Big Bend National Park? ›

More than 100 miles of paved roads throughout Big Bend National Park showcase not only gorgeous vistas, but also invite you to marvel at the geological splendor, contemplate the lives of early settlers, and observe the incredible diversity of plants and animals that call this home.

Is Big Bend camping safe? ›

The most common dangers in Big Bend National Park are the same dangers that exist in any remote, mountainous area – dehydration, heat exhaustion, hypothermia, and getting lost. Additionally, some animals in the park could pose a threat to humans, such as mountain lions, bears, bobcats, and rattlesnakes.

Can you park overnight at Walmart in Bend Oregon? ›

NO Overnight

They have a security guard driving in circles just to make sure.

Can I park my RV on the street in Bend Oregon? ›

The city of Bend is currently enforcing its parking codes amid the pandemic. Regardless of whether or not there are posted signs, the city's traffic code does not allow a vehicle to be parked on a city street for longer than 72 hours.

Is it illegal to park on a Bend? ›

Parking on a bend rules

Rule 243 of the highway code states we must not stop or park on a bend unless forced to do so by stationary traffic.

Does Google Maps show BLM land? ›

Google Maps does show BLM land for places like national monuments as well as many developed campgrounds. However, it does not depict all BLM lands. Otherwise, there are only two ways to find BLM land. You can use the “interactive map” on BLM's website, or use the BLM map overlay on FreeRoam.

Can you camp anywhere in Deschutes National Forest? ›

Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas or trailheads. There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It's your responsibility to know these before you try this new experience.

How long can you stay on BLM land Oregon? ›

Dispersed camping is generally allowed on public land for a period not to exceed 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period. Camping limitation rules vary per office, please check with your local office for details on camping limitations.

Can you dump GREY water while Boondocking? ›

Generally, as long as your gray tank contains water that was used for washing, it's legal to dump it on the ground. Note: Some boondockers have stated that this only applies to gray water from a shower or sink that was captured in a tub or bucket, but water that was allowed to drain into the gray tank is not.

What is the difference between dry camping and Boondocking? ›

Dry camping is another term used to describe boondocking, but there is a slight distinction. While boondocking is camping without any hookups outside developed campgrounds, dry camping is simply camping without any hookups. The distinction is dry camping can take place at a developed campground.

Can you take long showers in an RV? ›

If water conservation is a priority because you're dry camping, 5 minutes or less in the shower is recommended. If you have water hookups and conserving water isn't necessary, you can technically take a shower for as long as your hot water will last. When RVing, a 10-minute shower is reasonable.

Where can you legally camp for free in Oregon? ›

Where to Find Free Camping in Oregon
  • Mineral Camp Campground—Umpqua National Forest. ...
  • Rufus Landing Recreation Area—Columbia River Gorge. ...
  • Pine Mountain Campground—Deschutes National Forest. ...
  • Mount Ashland Campground—Klamath National Forest. ...
  • Bonney Meadow Campground—Mount Hood National Forest.

Is it legal to sleep in your car in Oregon? ›

Yes. You are permitted to sleep overnight in your vehicle while at an Oregon Rest Area. You just cannot stay beyond 12 hours. It's worth noting that you must be inside your vehicle while sleeping overnight.

Where can I park my RV for free in Oregon? ›

So no matter what activities you'd like to do while RVing in Oregon, we have some great free campsites for you to choose from.
  • Alder Springs Campground. ...
  • Annie Creek Sno-Park. ...
  • Oak Flat Campground. ...
  • Bonney Meadow Campground. ...
  • Mineral Camp Campground. ...
  • Priest Hole Recreation Site. ...
  • Three Forks Recreation Site. ...
  • Hult Pond.
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Can you sleep overnight in Oregon rest areas? ›

Oregon: Oregon allows travelers to rest up to 12 hours at highway safety rest areas. No camping is allowed.

Where can I sleep in my car on the Oregon Coast? ›

Oregon Coast
  • Tillicum Beach Campground. Thirty-six car/tent sites adjacent to the beach and Pacific Ocean. ...
  • Cape Lookout State Park Campground. ...
  • Fort Stevens State Park Campground. ...
  • Jones Creek Campground. ...
  • Humbug Mountain State Park Campground. ...
  • Loon Lake Lodge + RV Resort.

Can you sleep while floating in the ocean? ›

This salty solution is so dense that our bodies naturally float on the surface of the water, just like a cork. The buoyancy is so great that it's even safe to fall asleep during your float. Yes, you heard us right – you can sleep ON the water in a Float Pod – and it feels amazing.

Can you build a fire on the beach in Oregon? ›

Small fires are only allowed in dry, open sand.

You need to be downwind and safely clear of the grass and driftwood lines. No fires are allowed in the dunes. In the case of dry or windy conditions, signs may be posted temporarily prohibiting beach fires.

Where can I sleep in my car Bend Oregon? ›

The Best Free Campsites in Bend
  • The Big Dirt Lot at Phils Trailhead.
  • Meissner, Wanoga or Swampy Lake Sno-Parks.
  • Harrington Loop Road Dispersed.
  • Badlands Road Dispersed.

Can you camp for free in Oregon? ›

In fact, Oregon is one of the easiest states to find free campsites because about 60 percent of the state is made up of public lands. RV park rates can vary depending on location and amenities. Free camping in Oregon is a great way to save money and get away from the crowds.

Can I sleep in my car overnight at Home Depot? ›

Most Home Depots don't mind you using their lots for overnight parking. However, the cities they are located in may have laws against sleeping in vehicles. Even though Home Depots are located on private property, these laws apply citywide.

Can you sleep in your car at Walmart in Oregon? ›

Generally, yes, you can sleep in your car at Walmart. Walmart does not have a corporate-wide policy of allowing people to sleep in their car in their parking lots. It's up to each store manager to decide. Most Walmart store managers tend to not issue a policy on the matter, preferring not to do anything about it.

Is Boondocking allowed in Oregon? ›

Thanks to the abundance of public land (roughly 53% of Oregon's land is public), including both BLM land and National Forests, there are top-notch dispersed camping and boondocking opportunities in every corner of the state.

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